Over the past few years, Australian coffee culture has made its way to the states – and along with that, some solid brunch and cafe options. One of these gems is Bluestone Lane, whose locations are popping up all around NYC (and the West Coast…and Pennsylvania, apparently!). Bluestone Lane offers an extensive coffee and beverage menu, and its cafes are a solid brunch choice. I recently visited the West Village cafe, which was packed! Thankfully (for everyone involved because hangry me is um, not super fun), we were able to be seated right away. Continue Reading
I had first eaten at Celeste years ago, and then promptly forgot its name (I knew the name of the restaurant was a woman’s name, and I kept thinking “Was it Gina? Adrienne’s? Stella?” – all names of *other* restaurants). So for years, Celeste was in my memory as “That Italian restaurant on the Upper West Side with good Italian food and a woman’s name that only takes cash.” I fortunately found my way back to Celeste recently, and it was as good as I remembered. Continue Reading
Before I made my visit to the Greek Islands (Santorini and Mykonos, specifically), I told myself that I was going to eat ALL THE SEAFOOD. And Greek yogurt (or is it just called yogurt there?). And Greek salad. And taramosalata/tarama (for the uninitiated, it is fish roe dip. Don’t knock it till you’ve tried it because it’s amazing). I’m a woman of my word, and sure enough I ate myself silly on the Mediterranean diet. For better or for worse, at each meal out we kind of ordered the same menu – Greek salad (with a ton of feta obviously), olives, taramosalata, and fresh seafood. Our order was no different at Captain’s, a seaside restaurant we happened upon in Mykonos.
Yes, Captain’s has a menu in both Greek and English, which may turn some people off, but we gave it a go anyway – and we weren’t disappointed.
First, the Greek salad: Continue Reading
The weather in NYC has been a little temperamental these days, hasn’t it? Don’t get me wrong, I love summers in city – but the occasional super hot, high humidity days are a bit tough. Always looking on the dairy side of life, I used one of these days recently to finally pay a visit to Ample Hills Creamery. Ample Hills has been around for 7ish years now, but I never had it before last month – I know, a travesty! I stopped by the High Line location, which was, unsurprisingly, packed. Continue Reading
Juuuust kidding – but who doesn’t like a little Fresh Prince reference every now and again?
This IS a story, however, of an old-school burger joint here in KC that reminds me of one of my favorite slider dives in NJ – White Manna. Like White Manna, Town Topic in KC is a no-frills, not-dressed-to-impress, counter-top seating only hole-in-the-wall that has won the hearts and stomachs of many.
As you can see, the exterior is not much to look at…. Continue Reading