Do you listen to Burnt Toast, the Food 52 podcast? I didn't until a few days ago, when I binge-listened to several episodes at work, and I'm here to tell that you it's a keeper.Back in May, they hosted guest Adam Platt, the long-time restaurant critic at New York Magazine, for a show called "Everyone's a Critic." He spoke about Yelp's role in influencing restaurant-goers, current NYC restaurant trends, and of course, millennials. Adam said that millennials grew up privileged, being bombarded with great food options at every turn (we did). He also said that . . .
When a restaurant's Instagram account boasts a photo of Alexa Chung, and Google describes the place as having "hip clientele," I can almost safely assume it's too cool for me.A few Saturdays ago, Rene and I headed to the Chinatown/Lower East Side neighborhood with the intention of having brunch at Dimes, a vegetable-forward restaurant co-owned by another great NGI grad. Unfortunately, the wait for a table was 45 minutes to an hour, and no self-respecting hungry human should be willing to wait that long. So, we sauntered down the block to The Fat . . .
Every summer for the week of July 4th, I look forward to camping on Cape Cod with my boyfriend and his family - a tradition of theirs that spans ~15 years back. With miles of surf, sand and unspoiled natural landscapes, it is a magical place to visit in the summer. Having been there for the past four years, I've gotten to sample a wide variety of restaurants on Cape Cod and take tabs on which ones are worth the while. (Most of these are located between Wellfleet and Provincetown since we camp on the outer Cape). So whether you're camping in the woods like us, or . . .
Over the last couple of weeks, I've told you about the two main destinations of our California road trip - LA and San Francisco. In this last road trip recap (*le sigh*), I want to share some of what we saw while passing through, including Santa Barbara, Big Sur (!!!), Carmel and Yosemite.My dream mode of transportation - spotted in Santa BarbaraThis being my first time on the west coast, eating at In-N-Out Burger was among my top priorities. This burger chain is often the subject of cult-like praise, bordering on obsession, and I've heard it being . . .
Ah, San Francisco. The fantastical hills, the beautiful colors, the dreamy fog; the setting of many classic movies and TV shows; the sweeping Golden Gate Bridge. I've wanted to visit this city for a long time, and even though we spent less than two days there on our road trip, the impressions I left with were many."What ever happened to predictability? The milk man, the paper boy..." Anyone, anyone...?!One of the highlights of our time in San Francisco was, hands down, breakfast at Tartine Bakery. Even living on the east coast, I well know this bakery is a . . .
Since our road trip down south over Christmas, I've officially been bitten by the road trip travel bug. It's so exhilarating to drive through different landscapes of the country, get acquainted with numerous cities, and track down amazing foods, all in a matter of days. You gather so many impressions and memories, which really makes it seem like you've had a longer vacation than you actually did. Now that I'm familiar with the whole road trip thing, spending an entire vacation in just one city seems so tame. I highly encourage you to try it!An opportunity recently . . .
When I first heard a ramen place was opening in our neighborhood, I was thrilled. Rene and I are big ramen lovers, and seeing as this was in the dead of winter, we were psyched for some steamy noodle-slurping action. Naturally, everyone else in the neighborhood (and lots of visitors, too) had the same idea. Within the first week of opening, we made our way to Mu Ramen to be greeted with a two and a half-hour wait for a table. Realizing this would be standard procedure, we didn't go back for a few months. We've walked by, but the place is just constantly packed, which . . .