the latest, Uncategorized

sound bites

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Things I found and enjoyed on the web this week.

I’m pretty loyal to Polar, but this DIY LaCroix can designer is a fun way to waste some time.

How to make my favorite pasta dish by one of my favorite New York chefs.

Apartment advice from one of my favorite Man Repeller writers.

News about vodka that could actually be good for your liver. (Also a shameless plug for my writing.)

This mesmerizing video recipe for chocolate cake that I will be making ASAP.

I got Rory on this quiz.

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eat-a-city, Uncategorized

amsterdam

I could literally talk about Amsterdam forever…and since it’s part of the eat-a-city series, I’m going to! When I originally thought of this series, my idea was more “city in a grocery bag.” But since a lot of the places I’ve travelled to were very short visits, I decided to do more of a food diary…though A’dam is kind of an exception considering I lived, grocery shopped and cooked there.

This blog post is a love letter of sorts to Albert Heijn, the most perfect grocery store in all the world. One of the best parts of living in Amsterdam was the incredibly cheap groceries–they were cheap by American suburban standards, and prices were drastically lower compared to Gristedes/Morton Williams/Fine Fare/every subpar supermarket in NYC. I’m talking loaves of bread for 65 cents, Dutch cheese for a dollar, and insanely delicious salads for $4…granted, the groceries were priced in euros, but the conversion rate was very close to 1:1 when I was there.

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One of my favorite products at AH was the guacamole kits they had in their produce section–it cost just under $3 for two avocados, a lime, a tomato, a chili pepper, garlic, and shallots, a.k.a. everything you need to make your own guac. For perspective, I paid $2.29 for a single avocado at the Tribeca Whole Foods yesterday.

Two very typical Dutch treats that I came to love were stroopwafels and hagelslag. Stroopwafels are wafer-thin waffle cookies sandwiched with a sticky, caramel-like syrup. You could buy a package of 12 for around $1 at the store, but lots of street vendors sell homemade ones the size of your face, hot off the griddle. Hagelslag are like quality chocolate sprinkles–sprinkled on buttered bread is a standard breakfast item in this beautiful country.

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One of my favorite things to eat in Amsterdam was a veggie burger from a little restaurant called Burgerlijk. Wandering around in a hungry daze, I stumbled upon this gem when my friends were visiting over their spring break. I can be particular about veggie burgers…and I’m not sure what this one was made of, but it was incredible. Like, I think about it way too much. The whole thing is super customizable–lots of different cheeses, toppings, and sauces, and their fries are also incredible. I took my meat-eating parents here when they came to visit, and they were impressed with the regular beef burgers.

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I also went to another incredible restaurant when my folks were in town (read: free dinner) called De Vergulden Eenhorn. It’s on the outskirts of the city in a restored farmhouse–honestly as “me” as it gets–and they have just a handful of items on their menu, all of which are exceptional. I always think it’s better for a restaurant to have four entrees that they do really well, rather than ten that are just ok. We went twice because it was so damn good, and I had cauliflower soup, barley risotto, and sea bass. The restaurant makes their own bread, aioli, and hummus, which were also delicious.

found my favorite restaurant. #amsterdam #succulents #local #farmtotable

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What are your favorite Amsterdam eats?

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pin-spiration, Uncategorized

pin-spiration: chocolate

Man oh man oh man. Thought I’d sweeten up your Wednesday with plenty of ooey-gooey chocolate pics. If my new kitchen wasn’t two feet wide and un-air conditioned, I’d definitely be whipping some of these babies up.

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places, Uncategorized

NYC snack spots

Food is amazing. Food in NYC is super amazing. Any time of day, you can find something delicious to eat in this city. Whether it’s traditional falafel at 4am or $1 pizza, I’ve tried eaten it all. Here are some of my favorite snacks in NYC and where to eat them!

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1. The PB Acai Bowl at Juice Generation.

This smoothie bowl is my favorite way to pretend to be healthy. They’re actually super simple to make at home (necessary since twelve bucks a pop makes these a rare treat), and are full of tasty things. Frozen acai, almond milk, and peanut butter are blended into a super thick smoothie that tastes almost like ice cream. It gets topped with strawberries, bananas, cacao, and granola. Oh, and a spoonful of more peanut butter.

Livin’ it up. #pbacai #leapyear

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2. Green Falafel at Taim.

Honestly, this is the best falafel I’ve ever had in my life. It seems a little fancier at first, but I promise this is the traditional sandwich you’ve been waiting for. In truth, this is more of a meal than a snack, but it’s been a favorite of mine for years–I ate here on a weekend visit to NYC in high school and have never forgotten it.

 

3. Chocolate Chip Walnut Cookies at Levain Bakery.

This famous cookie was part of a dessert round-up I did a while ago, but these cookies give me *life.* Like, I never want to eat any other kind of chocolate chip cookie ever again. It’s a major goal of mine to recreate these enormous cookies, that are somehow perfectly gooey on the inside & crispy on the outside. I’m usually not a fan of nuts in dessert, but somehow Levain makes it work.

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4. Tacos at Burrito Box.

This midtown west staple is my go-to when I’m craving Mexican food. It’s crazy cheap, crazy fast, and crazy delicious. It’s the tiniest eatery ever, so take your food to go and hop over to Central Park to enjoy your Tex-Mex perfection. Two tacos come in an order, so share with a friend for a perfect snack. Bonus tip: their guac is to die for.

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the latest

sugar rush

So I’m pretty obsessed with food. I love making it, taking pictures of it, and eating it. I write for a food website, as well as a food column for my school paper, and I’ve decided to share a list I created of the best & most famous desserts in NYC. 

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Frozen hot chocolate sounds like a contradiction, but after taking a sip of this magical concoction, nothing will seem out of place. The appropriately named “Frrrozen Hot Chocolate” is essentially a frosty chocolate milkshake topped with an insane amount of whipped cream and chocolate shavings. Share this massive dessert with a friend (or two) in the charming Upper East Side cafe. The whimsical decorations of Serendipity 3 remind me of a Friends-era NYC coffee shop, but you won’t be able to get a table without a reservation. They have a crazy long menu of savory and sweet eats, but stick with this classic drink—unless you’re willing to splurge for the $1,000, record-breaking Golden Opulence Sundae. 

Levain Bakery

If you think your mom makes the best chocolate chip cookies in the world, you’re in for a wake up call. Chocolate chip cookies are one of the most perfect foods—crispy on the outside, soft and melty on the inside, and perfect with a glass of cold milk. Levain Bakery has taken this classic after school snack to the next level. The large cookies look more like scones, nearly an inch thick, and are deliciously gooey on the inside. Like, the chocolate is going to get all over your face. At $4 a pop, I can definitively say that these are worth every penny.

my favorite kind of intern duty 🍪 #levain #vscocam

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Magnolia Bakery

Magnolia Bakery is kind of a two-for-one. We began obsessing over their cupcakes thanks to Carrie Bradshaw, but the adorable retro-style bakery has way more to offer. Read: banana pudding. I’m someone who hates bananas, but am obsessed with Magnolia’s banana pudding. It’s a super generous portion of light, fluffy bananas and Nilla Wafers…so you can save some for the next day or pretend it’s a meal. Their cupcakes are also decent, but stick with classic flavors like red velvet or black and white. Their Bleecker Street location is open until 12:30am on the weekends, so it’s the perfect place to grab a late night snack.

Dominique Ansel

If you’re someone who thinks the Cronut is overrated, you probably haven’t had one from Dominique Ansel’s bakery. Layers and layers of fresh pastry are revealed after you take the first bite, and a new flavor each month keeps newbies and Cronut veterans coming back. Each pastry is rolled in sugar, filled with cream, and topped with a special glaze. According to Mr. Ansel, the entire Cronut process can take up to three days depending on the complexity of the flavor. At $5 each, these seem like a bargain. P.S. December’s flavor is Gingerbread Valrhona Milk Chocolate and Pear, with cinnamon sugar and speculoos cookie.

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Eileen’s

There is perhaps no dessert more iconic than classic New York cheesecake. The indulgent, creamy treat is done best at Eileen’s, a bakery that’s overshadowed by more well-known Junior’s. Cheesecake is a relatively simple dessert (my mother’s no-fail recipe has only four ingredients), but it’s very easy to overcook or undercook, resulting in soggy crust or dried-out and crumbly filling. Eileen’s Cheesecake is a no-frills bakery in Lolita that has an endless selection of cheesecake flavors—everything from Pina Colada to Peanut Butter—but still, I recommend ordering the original, plain, no-fuss cheesecake. Top it with strawberries if you must, but this dessert shouldn’t need any pomp and circumstance.

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