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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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Hopelessly Devoted to Banana Leaf

November 4, 2016

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When one is in Southeast Asia, anything flowing, oversized and breezy is a must. Because you will be sweating . . . all day. This country is though, in fact, a huge fan of air conditioning. But it isn’t something you can really rely on. You have to learn to love the heat. Not to mention the endless amounts of spicy foods to be found in the local Malaysia food scene. I can’t help but take everything hotter than hot with an extra side of spicier than spicy. In the South Indian culture, many dishes are served on top of a Banana Leaf, and it is one of my favorite things to eat when I’m visiting Malaysia. For those who haven’t tried it yet, make sure to come with a huge appetite and a strong stomach, because it’s A LOT of SPICY food. Banana leaf is actually an artistry, consisting of levels of portions and side dishes added to be eaten in a certain order and in certain combinations on top of the banana leaf. For me, I’m easy, and really pay no attention to a particular order. I only care about taste. And color. So a side of rice, red curry, a yellow lentil dahl and some spicy fried chicken and maybe some vegetable fritters to be dipped in a yogurt blend is good for me. This combination is everything. Just be careful not to splash any curry on your whites. That would be a nightmare, but also one that is well worth it.

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Vinegar Hill House | Brooklyn Eats

September 23, 2015

Still thinking about this brunch I had a few weeks back with friends at the cutest little nook  called  Vinegar Hill House in (you guessed it!) Vinegar Hill, a charming little neighborhood right next door to DUMBO in Brooklyn. With its cobblestone streets and preserved Federal-style brownstone buildings, it reminds me of my first apartment in Philadelphia when I first moved to the east coast. Remnants of an early 19th century America frozen in time. I always get so nostalgic feeling when I set foot on a cobblestone street surrounded by faded brick and shady trees. It’s amazing to still see neighborhoods like this preserved amongst the newness of the city! 
My friend and I Citi-biked from Bed Stuy to meet our other friend in DUMBO and from there we made our way by foot to the hidden neighborhood that is Vinegar Hill. I wondered the entire time why I never knew this little area existed!! The wait at the restaurant was a little bit long, but I sneaked peeks at what everyone was devouring, and I didn’t mind at all! It all look very much worth the wait.
Things to try at Vinegar Hill House:
Eggs Benedict with smoked trout, pickled pearl onions, hollandaise. This is what I ordered and let me tell you, every single bite I took was a burst of heaven.
Omelette with ricotta, zucchini, sweet corn, mint
Egg Sandwich with brisket, cheddar, English muffin. Perfect for all you meat lovers.
Plum Sourdough Pancake with maple syrup (we shared this for the table). Like woah!! We described the texture of this pancake as something like we’ve never experienced before. Most likely because of the sourdough. It was like a melt-away pancake. Incredible!!!
So if you are looking for a cozy environment and some spectacular food in a neighborhood that you never have visited before, then Vinegar Hill House is where you need to go. I hear it’s also super romantic for a dinner date night. Candlelit and all! 
Vinegar Hill House
72 Hudson Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11201

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