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Good Eats | Maman Tribeca

March 19, 2017

Maman Tribeca
211 W Broadway, New York, NY 10013

Maman Tribeca is one of my favorite places in the city to grab brunch on a weekend, or a lunch on a weekday. The first time I tried their selection, it was at its Soho location, a darling little spot on Centre Street that is curious to all passerby. White, rustic French decor, and the cutest little coffee cups, on top of a delicious range of easy, made to-go breakfast and lunch selection that also were made to be healthy and fresh, really made me a fan. 

And then they opened a much larger location in Tribeca, plus an even larger one in Greenpoint which I have yet to try. One can always find something they find mouthwatering at Maman. The Tribeca location has a sweet coffee-shop and comforting (plus totally Instagram-worthy) style front, for the customer who wants just a coffee, a croissant and a quick chat with friends on their lunch break. They serve hearty farm fresh salads, quiches, sandwiches, soups, an assortment of pastries and desserts, and a selection of artisanal breads in the front. The back is a sprawling array of sit down, white washed tables . . . romantic for sure at night. The sit-down menu is an epic array of family-inspired recipes from the South of France and North America. My favorites are the Roasted Carrots and Quinoa Salad (an endless bowl of nourishing heaven), the Pesto Spaghetti Squash (so flavorful), the Deconstructed Avocado Toast (I can eat endless amounts of this) and the Maman Breakfast Sandwich (a reliable classic that is the best kick start to your Saturday morning). 

Definitely hitting up Maman Greenpoint for brunch soon!

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Sunday Favorite | AP Cafe

November 13, 2016

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I’m take pride in my neighborhood. And yes, I think that the best places to eat are in Brooklyn. Many in Bushwick, such as the lovely, well-lit and very Instagram-worthy AP Cafe. I can walk to this spot on a late Saturday morning from my apartment and never have to worry about waiting for a seat. The burger here is diviiiineeeee. I’ve been bopping around all of New York City since 2013 taste testing what should be the best burger in town, but none have yet beat the one from AP Cafe. The caramelized onions add the most phenomenal touch. Complete with a side of the thinnest, crispiest fries that came straight from heaven I promise you. For those looking for a healthier, and less indulgent option that is still well-rounded, the kale pesto quinoa bowl (I like to add chicken to this), is a great choice. I could take pesto on just about everything. AP Cafe just gets it right every time, all the way down to the succulents that add a simple delicacy that makes this one of the best places to get work done if you are just in a mood for a good coffee. If you ever have the chance to explore Bushwick, make sure to come by this spot for a coffee, a burger, a donut, or any of the other delicious plates they have on their menu. You’ll be back for sure.

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Vancouver Eats | The Birds and the Beets

July 6, 2016

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The Birds and the Beets
55 Powell Street
54 Alexander Street
Vancouver

This is a new spot our friend Kiara was very keen to bring us to since it was new and she has hear many good things since its opening. Plus, it’s decorated with flowers. Isn’t that just a brunch lover’s Instagram dream? lol. I had the Rolled Oat & Chia Bircher Muesli. One of the best tasting oatmeals that I have ever had. And so healthy, too. Look at me. It takes a lot to get me to eat oatmeal in the morning. This place is certainly changing the standards in the breakfast game. Stop by for a healthy snack or a sandwich, or an incredibly good and incredibly strong cup of joe. Anyway you like it! Vancouver, you are literally the bee’s knees when it comes to being all cute and hipster and shit. Love you.

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Vancouver Eats | Bao Bei Chinese Brasserie

June 29, 2016

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One of my favorite things to do when I visit a cool city that I don’t know too well is to explore its local food scene. And let me tell you, Vancouver’s food and night life scene was flourishing at the maximum level. I already knew this fact from my first trip to Vancouver 1.5 years ago, but I feel like I got to take an even bigger and better bite out of the city this time around. And having warmer weather helped, as well (despite being a little gloomy, but things could be worse). Our friend Kiara took us to one of her faaaaavorite spots for Chinese fusion, called Bae Bei, in the Chinatown neighborhood of the city. She talked it way up before we got to the restaurant, so I entered with high hopes. After literally what felt like 10 dishes in, I left with a belly full of love and wonder for what just entered it. Bao Bei made me feel warm and fuzzy instead, and was one of the biggest delights for my senses. Every single dish was phenomenal and bursting to the brim full of flavor. All the dishes are meant to be shared amongst the table, which makes it one big, fun tasting fest. And it makes it especially interesting and exciting to those who still need to get a little outside of their comfort eating zone. Let me just list all the fabulous and mouth watering goodness that we devoured in the 1.5 hours at the restaurant. With a side of Vancouver’s very own 33 Acres beer.

Sichuan Cucumbers with spicy vinaigrette

Vegetarian Potstickers 

Crispy Tofu with garlic sweet soy and fresh water chestnut

Kick Ass House Fried Rice with bacon, egg, broccoli, Lebanese pickles, pimento habanero soy sauce

Spicy Noodles with flat wheat noodles, chili lamb mince, pork fat, sesame sauce, cucumber, preserved yellow bean

Sticky Rice Cake with stir fried pork, salted mustard greens, wood eat mushrooms, bamboo shoots

It doesn’t sound like a lot, but for three girls, we actually went a little overboard. The fried rice was by far my favorite dish, and it literally kicked my ass just like how its name says. It was the best, best fried rice I’ve ever tried in my life. The bacon made all the difference. I could have eaten a whole bowl by myself. By the time the Sticky Rice Cakes came, we were far beyond letting down the zipper of our jeans for extra space. But it was well worth it. We slept hard that night and dreamt of more Asian fusion delights.

Make sure to check out this cozy and super cute spot if you ever visit Vancouver. The decor is the perfect mix of Asian and European. You won’t regret any bite at this place, I promise!

Bao Bei
163 Keefer Street
Vancouver, Canada

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