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instagrammable food orders

I post a lot of food photos on Instagram. You may or may not know that I LOVE to eat, and I really enjoy checking out new restaurants and hunting down trendy foods. When I go out to eat with other people, I like to coordinate orders with them so we get a good spread – both for budget/taste practicalities AND Instagram reasons.

Here are some of the prettiest and most photogenic foods to order at any eatery.

Avocado toast

I know, I know. So basic. So overdone. But SO DELICIOUS. And so pretty. You literally can’t go wrong.

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A gooey cookie.

Something with melty chocolate, ideally.


Pizza.

The love I have for pizza is truly endless, but I love the stuff even more when the pie is particularly instagrammable. Ask one of your friends to hand model for extra depth.

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A smoothie bowl.

Another trendy brunch item that I just can’t seem to quit. Big fan of this one, with candied orange slices and perfectly arranged toppings.

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Ice cream.

It’s a lucky coincidence that my favorite ice cream flavor is M&M, which almost always has a colorful, tie-dyed look. Perfect for the ‘gram, and my belly.

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calories worth consuming

It’s no secret that I love to eat. I appreciate all kinds of food, whether it’s a super fancy pizza or an old standby, like a vanilla cone from Dairy Queen. A lot of times, I’d rather skip a snack or wait for something better instead of “wasting” calories on a food item not worth its value in flavor.

I gave up “sweets” for Lent, and though I’ve had a few pieces of banana bread (technically a breakfast food!!) and some dark chocolate (to scare off starvation in Iceland!), it’s been a challenge. I usually end each day with something sweet – often a scoop of frozen yogurt (Ben & Jerry’s Phish Food is a go-to) or something dipped in chocolate hummus. It’s gotten me thinking about the foods that are worth eating, no matter how much fat or sugar it contains. Here’s my definitive list.

Ice cream.

I only buy frozen yogurt or low-fat ice cream to keep at home, so when I go “out” for ice cream, I want the good stuff. Full fat. Maybe a waffle cone. Maybe a sundae if I’m feeling famished.

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Wine.

Especially rosé. Especially in warm weather.

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Necessary. #humpday #rosé #repost @quaintrellebyab

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Pizza.

Again…the good stuff. Stringy mozz. Not-too-sweet tomato sauce. Lots of fresh basil. Maybe some kind of spicy pork product. Mike’s Hot Honey if you have it.

Doughnuts.

I probably have four doughnuts a year, so they need to be good to be worth eating. One of this allotment is reserved for an apple cider doughnut each fall. In January, I had a doughnut from Kane’s, a Boston icon that lived up to the hype.

Brunch.

Belgian waffles, pancakes, and allll the whipped cream. Plus maple syrup. And fresh berries. Nothing like a midday sugar high.

Good bread.

I told you I’m obsessed with carbs. Not sandwich bread, or pita bread, but real, crunchy on the outside, soft on the inside bread. Preferably with lots of Kate’s butter and a little salt on top.

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eat-a-city: SAVANNAH

In celebration of my birthday, I took a long weekend trip to Savannah, GA. It seems like kind of a random place to go, but I’d heard good things about the food and the scenery, and with a round-trip flight under $200, my sister (Diana) and I were game. We brought our mom, too. In the weeks leading up to the trip, we scoured Instagram and Yelp to compile a bucket-list of places to eat. These were my favorites.

The Collins Quarter

This place is brunch HEAVEN (and reminded me a lot of Two Hands in NYC). I got my go-to: avocado toast. Was not disappointed. My mom ordered a prosciutto eggs bene, and my sister got some kind of short rib/hash brown combination that was extremely tasty. In an ironic move, cold brew coffee from Brooklyn was served here.

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Leopold’s Ice Cream

Another frequently recommended place. We were in Savannah for three nights, and I had a scoop of this stuff every night. The peppermint stick was my favorite.

The Paris Market

To be fair, we didn’t dine here – but in addition to a sweet coffee and pastry shop, The Paris Market is an expansive shop with all kinds of home decor and odds and ends. It’s an Anthropologie lover’s dream.

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The Olde Pink House

This iconic restaurant came up on every “must eat Savannah” list I read, but the dinner entrees were on the pricy side. We went for appetizers (blue crab beignets and buffalo shrimp) and drinks, and I was surprised that the food lived up to the hype.

Little Duck Diner

Another brunch spot. Had a breakfast sandwich the size of my face and bites of my sister’s crispy-cheesy-polenta thing. We HAD to get an on-brand cocktail that looks a lot better than it tasted (too much lavender for me!). The decor in here was to die for.

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Sandfly BBQ at the Streamliner

I have no clue how Diana heard about this place since it was a little far from the city center (we took an Uber), but it was SO cheap and SO good. I had a pulled brisket sandwich, and we shared slaw, sweet potato fries, regular fries, and mac and cheese. It’s in this retro diner car, and we could watch the sunset from our window seat.

The Coffee Fox

Solid coffee place. Cute decor and outdoor seating.

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B. Matthew’s

We sort of stumbled across this place on the first night, and ended up going back later. Great service, and even better kale salad! Seriously…I’m still thinking about it.

Mirabelle Cafe

Popped in here for an afternoon coffee (I got a dirty chai) and enjoyed the BEAUTIFUL atmosphere. So pretty. Right across the street from Savannah’s iconic cathedral, too.

Bonus eat: Giant Cinnamon Roll from the Farmers Market in Forsyth Park

I think the photo speaks for itself. We shared it three ways, and it was more than enough.

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All photos by me, 2018.

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pin-spiration: easter brunch

I can’t believe Easter is this Sunday! Like Thanksgiving, this is one of my favorite holidays because it’s mostly food-based. No buying or wrapping gifts, just spending the day with your family and eating chocolate. For this week’s pin-spiration installment, I thought I’d share some of my favorite brunch pins. Easter Sunday is the most brunch-able day of the year, so you’d better be indulging!

1. This tasty (and healthy!) egg white frittata. How festive are all those fresh greens?!

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2. Having a crowd? Set up a mimosa bar so people can pour their own bubbly. Put out fresh fruit & different juices for custom cocktails!

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3. Serve these Brown Butter Bruleed Doughnut Holes while they’re still hot! Get the recipe from Joy the Baker.

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4. This handy template for setting an informal table is perfect for brunch.

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5. Every brunch (especially an Easter brunch!) should have plenty of beautiful, springtime flowers. Tulips & hydrangeas are my favorites!

Happy Easter, everyone!

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weekend mornings in NYC

Sunday is such a bittersweet day. The weekend has come to an end, but since you can’t go out drinking, you can stay in your yoga pants all day, bake cinnamon rolls, and go to bed at a reasonable hour. Since I went to brunch on Saturday this weekend, I actually got to do all of those things today. Even though it’s still freezing here in New York, there have been some signs of springtime…beautiful flowers have started popping up at corner bodegas, I get glared at less for drinking iced coffee, and I’ve started wearing Birkenstocks around my apartment in eager anticipation of warmer weather.

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NYC must don’ts

While there’s plenty of great things in NYC to do, there’s also plenty of things in NYC not to do. If you’re planning a visit to the greatest city in the world, you should definitely avoid these hyped-up attractions that will 100% peg you as a tourist.

1. Don’t take taxis everywhere. “Real” New Yorkers rarely indulge in a cab ride, and use apps like Uber almost exclusively for those 2am rides home. Use CityMapper to get MTA directions, and spend just $2.75 to get anywhere you want in the city.

2. Avoid tour buses. Like, honestly, if you come to NYC you’re in for a lot of walking. If you want to take a scenic ride, take a ride on the Staten Island Ferry (free) for killer views of the Statue of Liberty. Tram rides to Roosevelt Island cost the same as subway fare, and from the island’s waterfront park you’ll get amazing views of the Manhattan skyline.

3. “Little Italy” and “Chinatown,” two areas located close to each other in Manhattan, are NOT where to go for authentic food. All of the restaurants are overpriced, and that area is always teeming with tourists and people hawking knock-off handbags. If you’re looking for a fake LV bag, this is the place to go. If you’re in search of authentic cuisine, you’re gonna have to travel to the other boroughs. Take a trip to Arthur Avenue in the Bronx for quality Italian food (skip the zoo, take a walk in the nearby New York Botanical Garden).

4. There are plenty of free things to do in New York–don’t pay for a wax museum. Check out the endless amount of art galleries in Chelsea, and take a stroll on the High Line. (Bonus tip: many of these galleries have openings on Thursday nights with free drinks + snacks).

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5. If you have a weekend morning to kill, do enjoy a leisurely brunch–and make a reservation. Brunch is an integral part of the modern New Yorker, and it’s a boozy way to start the day.

What are your favorite (and least favorite) things to do in the big apple? (Also, never refer to NYC as “the big apple”).

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