Afternoon at the Pub

March 20, 2013

It’s been awhile since I’ve stayed in my own neighborhood, but this past weekend I decided to venture uptown to Five Lamps Tavern. Located in close proximity to Columbia University, this whole area is buzzing with great places. While their food is pretty standard pub fare, they have an impressive craft beer list, and fantastic back garden space. Although the snow stopped us from a seat at the picnic table, next time around I’m hoping for more spring-like temps.

Sliders

Sliders

Corned Beef

Corned Beef

Beer flights including Third Shift Amber Lager, Radeberger to name a couple

Beer flights including Third Shift Amber Lager and Radeberger to name a couple

Back garden area

Back garden area

 

 

Swoon Kitchenbar

March 11, 2013

If you’re hungry and in Hudson, I recommend spending a lunch or dinner at Swoon Kitchenbar. Their fresh, locally sourced menu changes weekly based on the season, and it was top of my list to check out. To keep with our cheese trend of the day, we opted for a sampler plate including Humble Pie,  a cow, sheep milk blend that was creamy and tangy from Woodcock farm in Vermont, Ewe’s Blue, a sheep’s milk blue veined cheese from Old Chatham Sheepherding in New York, and of course our favorite Hudson Red from Pampered Cow. The shoestring fries with spicy aioli were a perfect extra snack. Although we stopped in during a quiet midday hour, the bar is known to attract a crowd and the tables fill up quickly in the evening hours, so be sure to get there early for a seat.

Ewe's Blue cheese

Ewe’s Blue cheese

Fries

Fries

Bread & Olive Oil

Bread & Olive Oil

Cheese plate

Cheese plate

A Hudson Preview

February 22, 2013

Wishing everyone a wonderful weekend! Here’s a preview of my recent Hudson River Valley excursion. One of those spontaneous trips planned in a matter of just a couple days, the jam-packed itinerary allowed us to see and eat our way through the beautiful region.

Hudson River Valley

Hudson River Valley

The Heart of Winter

February 15, 2013

Last weekend we saw our first significant snowfall in awhile. There’s nothing quite like waking up on a Saturday morning and venturing through the neighborhood as the sledders, skiers and snowshoers come out and transform Central Park into a great outdoor adventure. Feeling a bit lazy by the afternoon, I pulled together a meal for the apartment to enjoy thanks to Zabars. It included a couple pastas to warm us up– pesto and three cheese with mushrooms, our favorite rosemary bread with sun-dried tomato tofu spread and a side of asparagus.

Sun-dried tomato tofu spread

Sun-dried tomato tofu spread

Pesto pasta and asparagus

Pesto pasta and asparagus

Rosemary Bread

Rosemary Bread

Three cheese and mushroom pasta

Three cheese and mushroom pasta

 

Pesto pasta

Pesto pasta

Upper West Side

Upper West Side

Rosemary bread with sun-dried tomato tofu spread

Rosemary bread with sun-dried tomato tofu spread

 

 


 


 

 

Shake Shack

February 3, 2013

If you’re in New York and craving some fast food, you should make a stop at one of the quintessential burger joints of the city, Shake Shack. The other day I opted for their Smoke Shack burger– including cheese, applewood smoked bacon and peppers. About to get a milkshake for dessert, once I laid eyes on the Mast Brothers chocolate bar made just for Shake Shack, I had to splurge and try out the latest from my favorite Brooklyn chocolatiers instead. It was well worth the $9 for the delicious dark chocolate blend with earthy notes of cranberry and cinnamon, and of course the adorable packaging and artwork certainly helped sway my decision.

Happy Super Bowl Sunday! x

Smoke Shack burger with cheese, Niman Ranch all-natural applewood smoked bacon and chopped cherry pepper with fries

Smoke Shack burger with cheese, Niman Ranch all-natural applewood smoked bacon and chopped cherry pepper with fries

Smoke Shack burger

Smoke Shack burger

Fries and ketchup

Fries and ketchup

Mast Brothers Chocolate Bar-- A Shake Shack dark chocolate blend with earthy notes of cranberry and cinnamon

Mast Brothers Chocolate Bar– A Shake Shack dark chocolate blend with earthy notes of cranberry and cinnamon

Breakfast Frittata

January 23, 2013

There’s nothing better on a cold morning than staying in and warming up in your kitchen. We recently cooked up this delicious frittata– pretty much using every breakfast essential, including eggs, sausage, bacon, tomatoes, zucchini and sharp grated cheese. Home fries and toasted cheddar bread from Wegman’s made for the perfect side dish.

Frittata and cheddar toast

Frittata and cheddar toast

Frittata

Frittata

Hashbrowns

Homefries

 

 

 

 

Some Syracuse Home Cooking

January 15, 2013

This weekend was spent in Syracuse, which meant a Sunday afternoon filled with delicious homecooked meals. We decided to go with a Greek inspired menu, starting with a flatbread pizza, topped with spinach, feta, tomatoes, mozzarella, parmesan and shredded basil. That was followed by a Greek lemon chicken with mushrooms.

Wishing everyone a wonderful week ahead x

Greek Flatbread Pizza

Greek Flatbread Pizza

Greek Lemon Chicken

Greek Lemon Chicken

Happy 2013!

January 6, 2013

Happy New Year! I’ve had such a wonderful couple weeks spending time with family, friends and relaxing– and hope you did as well. In between the holiday festivities, I’ve been working on my new website that I’m looking forward to sharing soon. As for the latest food shoots, I spent an afternoon in Downtown Syracuse grabbing some sandwiches to go. Of course, whenever I’m in the area, my first stop is Pastabilities for their infamous hot tomato oil. For the sandwiches, I decided to stop at Kitty Hoynes, a casual Irish pub, for a reuben, and lastly made my way to Franklin Square’s Boulangerie for a chicken salad sandwich.

Pastabilities Hot Tomato Oil

Pastabilities Hot Tomato Oil

Reuben Sandwich from Kitty Hoynes

Reuben Sandwich from Kitty Hoynes

Reuben Sandwich

Reuben Sandwich

Fries and pickles

Fries and pickles

Chicken salad waldorf with apples, raisins, cheddar and nuts

Chicken salad waldorf with apples, raisins, cheddar and nuts

Franklin Square

Franklin Square

Chicken salad waldorf with apples, raisins, cheddar and nuts

Chicken salad waldorf with apples, raisins, cheddar and nuts

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Merry Christmas!

December 24, 2012

My contribution to Christmas Eve dinner this evening is the cheese platter. I decided to go with a goat cheese, provolone and fresh ricotta. To add a bit of holiday color, I rolled the goat cheese in dried cranberries and chopped pistachios. The ricotta I placed on french baguette slices with prosciutto, honey and thyme. The provolone I kept simple, ready to be sliced with crackers. Wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas! x

Goat cheese with cranberries and pistachios

Goat cheese with cranberries and pistachios

Pistachios

Pistachios

Provolone

Provolone

Ricotta, prosciutto, thyme and honey

Ricotta, prosciutto, thyme and honey

 

 

 

New England at Christmas

December 13, 2012

It was one of those weeks that I was in need for a spontaneous adventure. I called up my best friend in Boston, told her I was venturing there, and we were going to drive up the New England coast to Maine. I’d never been this time of year, and it was rather pleasant, not having the summer tourist crowds, but instead the cozy Christmas atmosphere. Our first stop was the historical town of Newburyport, where we grabbed some cinnamon buns, ham and cheese croissants and a breakfast turnover from the Chococoa Baking Company before strolling around the cobblestone streets to do a little shopping. To warm up, we stopped at Plum Island Coffee Roasters and for very seasonal, delicious drinks– The North-Pole Mocha and the Snowflake Latte. Before long we hit the road again, driving up to Maine to hit as many antique shops as possible along Route 1 before the end of the day. At this point, I decided to retire the camera, but we finished up our daytrip in one of my favorite places– Perkins Cove– for some butternut squash soup with a smoked pork sandwich and clam chowder with bacon and chervil drop bisquits from MC Perkins Cove. The northern sun had since set, families had gone home, and we drove home along the dark windy coastal roads, being lit only by house’s Christmas lights and blaring Bruce Springsteen’s Santa Claus is Coming to Town.

Nubble Lighthouse & Cinnamon Buns

Nubble Lighthouse & Cinnamon Buns

Holiday Inspired Drink Menu

Holiday Inspired Drink Menu

Ham & Cheese croissant

Ham & Cheese croissant

Newburyport

Newburyport

Breakfast turnover

Breakfast turnover

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