The not so secret, secret

The not so secret, secret

New Yorkers love secrets.  Speakeasy bars?  Unmarked restaurants?  New Yorkers will be all over them.  So I love that one of the longest running “secrets” can be found in the Bloomingdale’s 59th and Lexington Street store.  Forty Carrots in Bloomingdale’s has some of the best frozen yogurt in New York City.  It used to be in the … Continue reading

Subway to Venezuela

Subway to Venezuela

Have you discovered Venezuelan food yet?  Venezuelan Arepas are pretty common and there’s a few places in the city that feature them such as Caracas Arepa Bar and Arepas Cafe.  Recently, on an Elmhurst food crawl, I tried Patacon Pisao.  They’re know for their Patacon, a sandwich that uses flatenned plaintains, instead of bread.  Although very good, since I’ve … Continue reading

Weekend pastry break

Weekend pastry break

(Strawberry Basil Tart, Lemon Praliné Éclair and Blueberry Religieuse) I am always on the hunt for good pastry shops.  With the macaron trend that has hit the city, pastry shops are a dime a dozen and you have to be careful because it’s easy to end up with a too sweet or badly made pastry that … Continue reading

Heat Wave!

Heat Wave!

It feels as if Summer was feeling neglected and wanted to make sure we knew it was its time.  I’M HERE!  CAN YOU TELL?  Oh yes, we can.  In New York City and throughout the East Coast, we’ve had a couple of heat waves hit us and many, including myself, can’t imagine spending more than … Continue reading

Old School Pesto

Old School Pesto

I’m not sure when or how this happened, but I always thought I needed to have a food processor or blender to make basil pesto.  Not that using the food processor is such a hard thing, but something about the heat wave had me really lazy and the thought of moving my processor and then … Continue reading

Stuck

Stuck

Right now, I feel like my thoughts, feelings and actions are stuck.  So it’s only appropriate that the picture is from Alcatraz.  I’m doing a lot of thinking nowadays – a big mix of what I want to do with my life, where I want to live and what I really want.   So all the stuff … Continue reading

Bonkers for BBQ

Bonkers for BBQ

Bonkers.  That is my word of the month.  People are bonkers.  Things that happen are bonkers.  This weekend, I was bonkers for BBQ.  The Big Apple BBQ, has been on my calendar for months.  This event, where some of the nation’s best BBQ pitmasters congregate in Madison Square Park in NYC and smoke up a … Continue reading

Manhattanhenge-ish

Manhattanhenge-ish

Oh Manhattanhenge.  I had seen the many beautiful pictures that others had taken of you and I had such big plans of how awesome my pictures would be too.  I practiced and surveyed the land to control as many aspects as I could.  Alas, the clouds got in the way, and I didn’t get blinded … Continue reading

Weekday luxury

Weekday luxury

Do you ever have one of those work days where you start off leisurely and bored, but around noon, things go nuts.  Everyone needs something and you don’t get a break.  That was every day last week for me.  Each day, I had high hopes of going to the gym or even cleaning my apartment, … Continue reading

Aimless walking

Aimless walking

I’ll be upfront.  I can be a control freak.  I know it.  My friends know it.  My coworkers know it.  I can’t help myself.  I like to figure out the most efficient way to do things.  If I can see some way to improve something, I say something.  That personality trait has followed me on … Continue reading