I follow a TON of food and restaurant related accounts on my personal Instagram. Over the past year or so, I’d noticed several of those accounts, including NYC based food folks, pimping out a fairly new Chinese food restaurant in Hartsdale, NY. As this is sadly not a usual occurrence, I took notice and put O Mandarin high on my to do list. With a good amount of delay, we finally made it there last summer. And now we keep going back. Find out below why this spot is a great addition to the suburbs.Read More
Last week I saw a meme on Instagram that said something like, “What Do you Want for Christmas this year?” And then the mom responds, “a Saturday night babysitter.” Boy can I relate to that one.
I really, really love restaurant dining, and well, parenting cramps your dining style. We do our fair share of dragging the kids out to eat, as well as paying a sitter so that we can dash into NYC for an adult meal. But even still, I don’t get rock star fine dining on nearly as much as my heart would like.
Here now are the spots in New York City that I would hit if given the gift this holiday season of a sitter AND a magic reservationist that could actually get me in at a reasonable hour. Oh and another big “if” here is IF I had unlimited funds. These restaurants are not cheap - but if you’re going to splurge, these are places to do it.Read More
If you follow local food news at all, then you already know that Chef Bill Taibe is a rock star around these parts. If you don’t follow local food news, then I’m here to tell you that Bill Taibe is a rock star around these parts.
A James Beard Award Semifinalist for multiple years, Chef Taibe is the real deal. His three* [some signs indicate there’s another on the horizon!!] restaurants, all in Westport, CT, are so damn good, they’re not only worth traveling to, but I believe they rival some of the best of NYC dining. The Whelk, the oldest of the three operating restaurants (RIP Le Farm), is my personal favorite and especially shines in warmer weather. Read on for more details.Read More
Everyone knows that Manhattan has a lot of really killer restaurants. Since I am a food obsessive and a general lover of Manhattan, I get asked often where to eat there. A daunting question, no doubt, but I’m always happy to wax poetic about NYC eats.Read More
It’s a known fact that adulting makes you crave the sweet release of alcohol from time to time (or a lot of times). Very often, when that feeling arises, we grab the quickest thing we can find in our fridge or liquor cabinet. Or we beg a friend or spouse to take us to the closest restaurant or bar with a wine list.
But once in awhile, it’s nice to hit a bar that takes its drink seriously and serves you the good stuff. Here are a few (in the suburbs!) that I’ve visited recently.Read More
Taproot opened a year ago in Bethel, CT and I’d been wanting to go for about a year, too. Chef Jeff Taibe was already very well respected in the world of Fairfield County dining - we’d previously enjoyed his food while he was Executive Chef at Kawa Ni in Westport and Oak + Almond in Norwalk. Alas, we live about an hour from Bethel, so getting to Taproot had not been so easy for us. Luckily, my husband’s birthday recently needed celebrating, and we committed to making the drive. It was well worth it.Read More
Where do I begin? Paris? South Africa? Tokyo? Ok, I’d love to go a lot of places without kids but a list of achievable goals might be more useful. It’s not surprising that these choices mostly include alcohol.