Eating Out, Food, Travel

Years ago, during my very first visit to Hawaii, I read about poke (pronounced poh-kay) in my guidebooks (yes, guidebooks – before they were replaced by The Internet!).  Featuring diced raw fish seasoned with ingredients such as soy sauce, scallions, sesame oil, sesame seeds and other accouterments, it was fresh, delicious and not widely available outside of Hawaii.  Whenever I returned to Hawaii, I planned my meals around two things – poke and shave ice.  And all was well with the world.

These days, much to my surprise and delight, poke bowl places are evvvvverywhere.  Some may say that the hype is past its prime, but I for one hope these places stick around.  My neighborhood poke bowl place is in the weekly rotation of “too tired to cook after work, quick and healthy dinner” options.

During my most recent visit to Hawaii (to the island of Kauai to be exact), I picked up this delicious bowl from SushiGirl with cubed raw tuna, cucumber, onion, sea veggies, furikake, sesame oil, and Hawaiian sea salt. It was SO GOOD.  SushiGirl also sold rolls and sushi burritos (I won’t say I wasn’t tempted!), but I’ll always pick a poke bowl if it’s an option.

I’ve seen some buzz around that SushiGirl may have closed – or it may just be relocating? TBD. But I hope next time I make my visit to the Garden Island, it’s around so I can get my SushiGirl poke bowl fix.

Have you jumped on the poke bowl bandwagon?

MUD Coffee

Eating Out, Food


Happy Hump Day! Cheers to making it through half the week. We’re almost there!  I admit it’s been a hectic two weeks – the other day, I remarked to a coworker – “It’s been a long week,” to which she responded “…you know it’s only Tuesday, right?” Le sigh.

ANYHOO, I recently stopped by an old favorite – MUD Coffee, where I got this delish iced almond milk latte.  MUD started out as the MUD truck parked in Astor Place, where I’d stop by between classes back in college.  It has since expanded from truck to storefront, but the product and vibe still remain top-notch. Check it out if you’re ever in the East Village area!

What’s your favorite iced drink? Do you do “regular” milk or a milk alternative? (I’m always looking for suggestions 🙂 )

UnGreek Salad

Cooking / Eating In, Food


What type of salad have you been eating these days? One of my favorite dishes in Santorini was their Greek salad, and though I order it here in NYC as well, it’s just not the same. I like making my own at home – farmer’s market tomatoes, cucumber, onion, feta, oregano, salt & pepper, capers, lemon juice and olive oil. I know it’s a travesty to skip the olives, but I’m not an olive fan. Is it really a Greek salad if there are no olives? Inquiring minds want to know.


Eating Out, Food


I recently stopped by Tacombi, a super-casual and cute Mexican restaurant in the West Village  (there are locations throughout NYC, actually – with each one decorated slightly differently!).  The indoor/outdoor setup of this place makes it perfect for summer dining and happy hour.  My eating buddy and were seated and perused the menu, where you selected your choices with a golf pencil (is it just me or does holding one of those pencils make you feel like a giant?). Continue Reading

Bluestone Lane

Eating Out, Food


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