Category Archives: food

united states of cheese


These cheese boards are seriously amazing.
Handmade by etsy seller AHeirloom

{via a cup of joe}

ming makes cupcakes

I just came across this website ming makes cupcakes and despite having just had a huge lunch with some of my favorite ladies – I am all of a sudden VERY hungry for dessert. This wonderfully simple website is full of decadent recipes and beautiful pictures that make me want to get in the kitchen and bake! yum!

los angeles local listing: lazy ox canteen

(via Los Angeles Times)
(via los angeles times) complementary toasted peruvian corn
(via kevineats) marinated yellowtail… ours was served sans pomegranates
(via yelp) black and blueberry cobbler

Last night I had one of the best meals I have had in a long time, which is exactly why I have decided to make the Lazy Ox Canteen my first review of a Los Angeles restaurant on the blog! Dining downtown is something I rarely do when I head west for a visit, but that certainly will no longer be the case. Highlights of the meal included marinated yellowtail perfectly seasoned over avocado with a dollop of creme fraiche and hash browns, fried artichoke with a honey dipping sauce, caramelized cauliflower and sauteed squid with cabbage and lentils. Thank goodness we decided to continue the delicious experience with the blueberry and blackberry crumble served with vanilla ice cream and fresh whipped cream. Seriously, it was nothing short of extraordinary. If you are in the LA area this restaurant is a must! A true celebration of culinary awesomeness and marvelous ingredients. Cheers!

Lazy Ox Canteen
241 S. San Pedro St. (between 2nd and 3rd streets)
(213) 626-5299

steel straws

I have a confession. While in LA in early January I had drinks at The Roger Room, an excellent bar with delicious drinks that come served with a metal straw. On my way out, I put the straw my purse. I know, I know this is technically stealing – but I had never had the pleasure of drinking from a steel straw before and probably had had a few too  many to drink… Anyway – thrilled to have come across the Brook Farm General Store because now I know where to buy my own! Trust me, these guys would be a fantastic addition for a cocktail party. They add the perfect zing to already tasty drinks!

local listing: Locanda Verde

I had the pleasure of eating at TriBeCa restaurant Locanda Verde yesterday for brunch (with two of my favorite ladies…) and let me tell you – this is one of my most favorite restaurants I have been to in a long time. Owned by Robert DeNiro, this lovely spot is attached to the Greenwich Hotel and the kitchen is run by head chef Andrew Carmellini formerly of A Voce and Café Boulud fame. Locanda Verde serves Italian food the right way, with a menu full of unique and comforting choices and an execution that has me longing for more. Incredible ambiance, wow-worthy fare, a dynamic bar scene, and the potential for that quintessential outdoor seating when the weather warms, makes me eager to return.

Corner of North Moore and Greenwich in TriBeCa

{image via kimberly belle}

perfectly pickled

When I was back in Los Angeles in December my mom made her grandmother’s pickle recipe and they were INCREDIBLE. While simple mason jars work perfectly and look nice too, these jars from Burgon & Ball are even better. I only wish they came in a larger size…

popsicle time

Today is the first day in New York that has made me feel like spring is here and summer will be here soon enough. If I wasn’t working I would be outside soaking in the sunshine and ideally eating a popsicle. Hence the post. The Zoku Quick Pop Maker only takes seven minutes to freeze (talk about some instant gratification!) and you can use fresh fruit juice (or anything you’d like)…

local listing: meatball shop


Yesterday at 5pm I found myself waiting in line with about 40 others eager to sample the fare of The Meatball Shop – a new lower east side restaurant – that has taken the classic meatball and made it the focus of the menu. The restaurant is well designed – a comfortable bar, one large communal table down the middle, a few two tops and a nice four top in the window. My favorite decorative touch was deconstructed vintage meat grinders on the walls…

Eaters have a few options:
1) a bowl of meatballs (pick chicken, veggie, pork, beef, salmon or the special of the day) which comes with your choice of sauce and focaccia
2) sliders
3) classic meatball hero with sauce and cheese
There are also a variety of side dishes, designated “greenmarket,” fresh salads, steamed, roasted, sauteed veggies, and “stick it to your bones,” pasta, risotto, polenta, mashed potatoes. My favorite course was dessert: ice cream sandwiches. You pick your homemade cookie and homemade ice cream and voilla – best thing ever. We had peanut butter with vanilla and brownie with caramel which was phenomenal.

The Meatball Shop
84 Stanton St
(between Allen St & Orchard St)

{images via new york magazine}

helvetica cookie cutters

time to throw a typography themed party!

{created by beverly hsu}

tea submarine

This tea sub submerges loose tea to the bottom of the mug for perfect infusion.
This is by far the most clever and fun loose tea contraption I have ever seen.
Such a great idea!

{spotted on swiss-miss}

take a bite




fact: food tastes better when your using fabulous flatware

{all flatware by lekker}

TasteSpotting


I recently discovered the website TasteSpotting and it is one of my new favorite sites to check…Essentially, TasteSpotting is a collection of exquisite images that link to something amazing with a simple click. I am obsessed with this visual potluck of recipes, references, experiences, stories, articles, products and everything else included on this site.

for a laugh

this made me laugh out loud.

breakfast in bed


I will take my morning meal and coffee on one of these trays any day…

{trays via huset shop}

see through toaster


I am a huge fan of bread. Pretty much all bread is fine by me. Who can resist a perfectly toasted bagel or slice of rye with cream cheese, butter and a pinch of salt or fresh mixed berry preserves. Then there is my all time childhood favorite, cinnamon raison bread with butter and sugar… mmm. The point is, this toaster is incredible. The clear glass window to watch your bread brown is a luxury I think everyone should enjoy. Magimix vision toaster is available this month.

{spotted on design milk}

salt and pepper

I spotted this arrangement of salt + pepper shakers on happy lady eats and am loving all of them… This is inspiring me to start a collection!

{1. wood line shaker from Urban Outfitters, 2. Jonathan Adler Mr. & Mrs. Muse, 3. olive wood salt keeper from Williams-Sonoma, 4. Balance salt & pepper, 5. mustache shaker byPaperDollWood, 6. Apiotek salt & pepper plant}

party time


Tonight is my family’s annual holiday party. These are some of my favorite hosting accessories as of late…

clockwise…
Hors D’oevres Pics
Large Tray
Rope Pitcher and Tray
Shot Glasses
Odd Number Plates
Bone Pitcher

tablescape

sunny side up placemat
martini olive coasters
alphabet table mat

How fun are these pieces for the table top! They would be great for parties…
{available at Tonky Designs}

chocolate. chocolate chip. raspberry mousse.


Tonight my sister and I baked chocolate, chocolate chip cupcakes topped with a raspberry mousse. They taste amazing and they are vegan! We got the recipe from the cookbook Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World. I highly recommend this cookbook for cupcake fans.

urth caffe

One of the things I look most forward to when visiting my family and friends in LA is spending a few hours with my ladies at Urth Caffe drinking incredible coffee, enjoying a delicious bowl of soup and salad, and perfect company… I am happy I got to check this off my long list of things to do while home for the holidays today, although since I am here for another two weeks I probably will go back again.

chocolate chip peanut butter cup cookies

yes, they taste as good as they sound!

lady in yellow


Germain is a Parisian restaurant in a newly revitalized space in the 6th Arrondissement. In the middle of the space is a massive yellow sculpture of a woman in an overcoat and high heels. Its lower half stands on the café’s first floor while the upper body and head break through the ceiling to the upper level VIP lounge area.

{designed by architect india mahdavi, spotted on the cool hunter}

wine rack and bottle stopper

wine rack
bottle stopper

yes and yes.

pick a card

The perfect gift for a foody! The Manhattan Diner’s Deck features 52 restaurants conveniently organized into one deck… Ranging for burgers to haute cuisine, this is the perfect way to discover new places to eat and explore new neighborhoods. Pick a place by cuisine, neighborhood or price. Or be adventerous and select at random. Slip the selected card into your wallet and go to dinner. Present it to your server and get $10 taken off your bill. It’s that simple!
This is the type of gift that will bring fun all year round! Pick a card, discover a restaurant, save money! Other decks include downtown/brooklyn and the bar and lounge deck. $29.95

wood and lacquer

I love the simplicity and the beautiful use of color on these wood chopsticks, plates, and cups.
I really love the chopsticks. They are by far the most lovely I have seen.

{designed by HanaBlomst}

decorative veggies

These veggie candles would make excellent centerpieces. I haven’t decided if my favorite is the pea pod or the bunch of asparagus.
{available for purchase at ginger rose}

ain’t it the truth

{spotted on happy lady eats}

chop it up

I adore these new cutting boards by Fine Little Shop.

{spotted on poppytalk}

Local Listing: motorino



Ever since motorino moved into the neighborhood I have been eagerly looking forward to giving their neapolitan pizza a try. Tonight I went there for dinner and I now understand why lines gather outside; it was tasty! The perfectly charred and puffy pizza crust was perhaps the best I have ever had. I usually leave the crusts behind but this was just too good… The flavorful sauce, fresh buffalo mozzarella cheese, and crispy basil leaves gives this joint a place on my list of favorite east village restaurants.

motorino
349 east 12th street (between 1st and 2nd ave)
{photos via slice and eater}

treat your treats



Check out these cake stands by iacoli & mcallister.
This is the type of place I want my delicious desserts to rest…
before being devoured.
{spotted on happy lady eats}

lunch

pumpernickle avocado sandwich two slices of toasted pumpernickel bread
spread half an avocado evenly across one slice and lightly drizzle with olive oil
add thinly sliced cucumber, tomato, red onion
one deli slice of muenster cheese
brown mustard, salt, pepper to taste
top off with a squeeze of fresh lemon juice
YUM! Enjoy with a pickle halve

Local Listing: Dos Toros Taqueria

burritoThere is one thing both southern and northern California transplants to NYC have in common: they are on the constant search for a burrito that reminds them of home. Well folks, our prayers have been heard and answered because Dos Toros Taqueria has arrived. Two brothers from the bay area moved to NYC and decided to take the matter into their own hands. They learned the ropes from Gordo Taqueria, an insanely popular burrito joint in San Francisco and what we now have, are incredibly delicious and fresh burritos that within the first bite will transport to your favorite local joint that you’ve been missing since your arrival.
burrito SF

dining al fresco

photographer Con Paulos captures the joy of outdoor dining beautifully…
bike and bread
walking and sandwich
people and dessertsspotted on lake jane

Baked Broccoli

Broccoli is  my favorite vegetable and tonight while cooking dinner, I discovered a tasty way to prepare this green delight…
Preheat the oven to 400
Wash and trim broccoli into bite size pieces
IMG_4471Drizzle with olive oil, add salt and pepper
IMG_4479Arrange on a baking sheet and cook for 10 minutes. Remove from oven, lightly sprinkle parmesan cheese over the florets, return to oven for an additional 10 minutes. And that’s it! I recommend topping this dish off with fresh lemon juice.
IMG_4508A perfect addition to any meal! Mmmm…

cheese please

cheese labelsThis set of cheese labels is just what every wine and cheese party needs!
Designed by Rae Dunn. Spotted on Eat Drink Chic.

tasty tapas

zucchini bruschetta

Last weekend my friend Rose had a tapas party. Well it was more like a potluck dinner party, but the instructions were to bring a tapas dish. I made my own version of a zucchini bruschetta. It turned out delicious! I think the buttery garlic bread that I served the zucchini, tomato, basil, onion and fresh mozzarella on might have had something to do with it.

If you want to try this recipe on your own…

dice two zucchini into bite size pieces
marinate in balsamic vinegar for 20 minutes or so
toss into pan with some olive oil
add fresh chopped basil, minced garlic, diced onion, halved cherry tomatos
let simmer for 10 minutes
salt & pepper to taste
add fresh mozzarella once cooled so it doesn’t melt too much…
… voila!