New York Eats

New York, New York, New York, gosh I love New York

 

There is a buzz about the city, that is like nothing else, which keeps me coming back for more. Another reason I adore the city so much is my best friend lives there. And the main reason I adore New York is the food. Oh the food. The restaurants. There are so many in such a small place. Every trip to the city becomes some what of an eating tour. Lots of my friends and family ask me where they should have their meals, so here we are with my favorite New York Eats.

Spot Dessert Bar

This was a last-minute decision, we already had ice cream before dinner, then dinner and then we needed something sweet again.. a vicious cycle really. The matcha lava cake was delicious, and there were a few other things on the menu I will try next time.  This really is my kind of place, a restaurant just for dessert, what dreams are made of!

Milk & Cream

Seriously?! Ice cream blended with cereal and then toppings? When we ordered this, I told Kat, there’s no way I will be able to finish even half of this. Boy was I wrong, it was SOOOOOO good. I ate over half then forced myself to throw the rest away otherwise I would have made myself ill. I had Cookie Dough Ice Cream blended with Cinnamon Toast Crunch topped with Roasted Almonds and a Caramel Drizzle. Honestly what heaven tastes like!!

Cheeseboat

Georgian Restaurant filled with loads of bread and cheese!  Most famous for their cheese boats but I loved this Megruli Khachapuri – Tender Yogurt Dough w/ Melting Cheese Filling & Cheese Added on Top. After lunch we walked over to Van Leeuwen Vegan Ice Cream, it was absolutely delicious, the best vegan ice cream I have ever had. Then we went to the Wythe Hotel for a cocktail at their rooftop bar for gorgeous views of the city.

Look at all that cheese in those layers

We also had the Cheeseboat with Bacon added, we wanted the bacon and egg yolk, cuz DUH!

 

 

Malatesta Trattoria

True Italian vibe, loud, busy and cash only.

Loved dinner here we had the Burrata and two pastas dishes. The cheese ravioli in a pink sauce was to die for. And as you would at any Italian Restaurant we finished the meal with Tiramisu.Just how I like it, those thick layers of cream MmmM. Waiters were casual and friendly. Great experience there.

 

Momofuku Milk Bar

I always stop here. Every trip. B’day Cake Truffles are a true favorite. So is Crack Pie, Compost Cookies and duh Bagel Bombs!

 

Levain Bakery

You HAVE to stop here, you probably recognize the cookies from Instagram. They are huge and gooey, chock a block full of chocolate. MY faves are chocolate chip walnut and chocolate peanut butter chip. Honestly go!

Shake Shack  

While I am a California Girl and In ‘n Out is a favorite of mine, I do really enjoy Shack Shake. I even visit Shake Shack in London. The crinkly fries are delicious and the burgers are delicious, totally different form In ‘n Out. I think its worth a shot and an easy quick lunch when you are walking around the city.

Sadelle’s 

Breakfast dreams are made here. Bagels, cream cheese, salmon, salads, cinnamon buns… the list goes on. Classic New York brunch you should definitely make a reservation.

 

Dominque Ansel 

You can visit the bakery or kitchen, or in my case both. DA is most famous for their cronuts. They sell out and you must pre order in advance, I have had a cronut from their once but honestly cronuts aren’t my thing. DA is almost famous for their cookie shot, it was good nothing to write home about. Their apple tarte tain was delicious. One of my fave desserts. Their granola is also spectacular, you can buy some to go or I had breakfast at the Dominique Ansel Kitchen, the granola was served toasted with pear compote and yogurt, seriously delish. The cookies and pastries are delicious and beautiful. My sisters faves are the DKA’s- Dominique’s Kouign Amann, croissant like dough with crunchy sugar sweetness, you will love them.

Seriously how cute are these pastries!!

 

 

Root & Bone 

The best fried chickening NYC. Okay, I haven’t tried all the fried chickens in NYC but Root & Bone is truly delicious. Whether for brunch or dinner, you will enjoy every bite. The waffle chicken sandwich is delish, you must order the biscuits with jus and Mac and cheese, cuz Mac and cheese.

 

 

Sarabeth’s 

With locations next to Central Park this is the perfect brunch spot. A scrumptious brunch with a stroll in the park after, what a beautiful Sunday. All the egg dishes were delicious as well as the ricotta pancakes but my favorite was the almond encrusted French toast. Holy Cow, so delicious.

Hope you have a fabulous eating adventure in the big city and try some of my favorite New York Eats!

 

Hungry?

Blueberry Cheesecake usually fills me up

 

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Best Places to Eat in NYC

New York City..how I love you. I really just love the place. I wouldn’t move there but I do love it. I think I love it so much because every time I go it’s based on food and shopping. If you let me spend the day eating and shopping it would be the best day ever for me. So basically those 5 days in NYC were the best days ever! 😉

The Milk Bar

 I have always read/heard about The Milk Bar, so I decided this would be the trip I finally visited.

I enjoyed it so much I went twice. And both times it was amazing.

Birthday Cake Truffles- They were a mix between a cookie dough texture and a cake ball. I am IN love! Literally in LOVE. One of the best things I have EVER eaten…EVER!! Seriously amazing. I can not speak highly enough of these damn birthday cake truffles.

Crack Pie- Another absolutely scrumptious delicious amazing slice of heaven!! I felt like the texture was that of a lemon bar but it was a buttery, carmely, toffeey ish flavor.

Ess-a-Bagel

Bagel + Cream Cheese= YUMM-O

Bagels. I absolutely love them, especially if it’s an everything or cheese bagel or if I am feeling extra special a cheese & everything bagel. I visited Ess-a- Bagel for the first time this trip. When we arrived it was busy. We got in line and waited to order. Once I ordered the bagels I went to the register to pay, it took FOREVER. It was really annoying, as I had hot food and was just waiting to eat! It was worth the wait!

We had a Garlic Bagel with bacon, egg and cheese. It was very tasty. The bagel was like GARLIC obsessed. Coming from a garlic lover, I really think the bagel had too much garlic. I never thought I would ever say there was such a thing as too much garlic. But this was it!

We also ordered an Everything Bagel with cream cheese. It was scrumptious. We enjoyed every bite!

Morandi 

My best friend lives in New York City and I often speak to her as she is leaving work for the day. She passes an Italian restaurant on her way home that is always packed. When I last visited we decided to go. That night we had a reservation so we didn’t have to wait. The restaurant was warm and inviting. We sat towards the back.

We ordered lots of food.

Grilled Artichoke Hearts

Butternut Squash Salad

Buffalo Mozzarella

Sausage Stuffed Olive Breaded & Deep Fried

Meatballs

Polpettine alla siciliana
meatballs with pine nuts & raisins

Pici al limone
hand-rolled spaghetti with lemon & parmesan

Paccheri con ragú alla napoletana
large pouch pasta with pork ragu & caciocavallo cheese

Fettuccine di castagne con gamberi e zucca
chestnut pasta with shrimp, squash & black kale

Spaghetti Bolgnese w/ Meatballs

The food was amazing at Morandi, honestly not one bad thing to say about the place. Honestly give it a go, you will not regret it!

Max Brenner Chocolate Bar

I fell in love with Max Brenner Chocolate Bar in Australia. I was there for 16 days in February and visited good ol max 14 of those days. This place is honestly AMAZING! I fell in love everytime we went.

As soon as I knew I was going to NYC I knew I would be visiting the Max Brenner in the city. We went and it was the WORST experience I have ever had. The customer service was hideous. Honestly I have never experienced anything like it. Even the manager was a joke. Coming from the business I know things happen, you run out of ingredients, mistakes are made, some staff are not the politest but seriously this place was horrible.

Luckily, I have already experienced the amazingness of Max Brenner so I did on let this affect me, compltely. I will probably never return to the NYC location. Luckily there is a location in Las Vegas that I  visited last week that was great, just like all the locations in Australia.

Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate

 Clinton St. Baking

Clinton St. Baking was also a first for this trip. We went for breakfast with full intentions of getting the famous blueberry pancakes. But it never happened. I will be going back to try the pancakes. The french toast we had was spectacular. I loved every bite!

Farmers Plate

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Brioche French Toast w/ Caramelized Bananas, Pecans & Maple Syrup

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Alice’s Tea Cup

We wanted to go to Alices Tea Cup for brunch on Saturday but when we finally got there around 1:45pm the wait was 1hr 30 minutes. It was sad but we could not wait.. We were so hungry! I made sure to grab a berry scone before we left and I am glad I did. It was one of the moistest scones I have ever had.

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Olive Pit, Brea CA

One  my favorite places to go for lunch or dinner is definitely Olive Pit. I discovered this place about 1 1/2 ago. Once it was discovered it become a hit in my life. Olive Pit is doing something right because it is always popping in there!

Mainly, I don’t think there are a lot of mediterranean eateries in North Orange County. So, Olive Pit is filling that void. And doing a good job I might add.

I generally like to eat here because it is so tasty and to me it is a healthy meal. 90% of the time I order the Mediterranean Salad with grilled Salmon. The salad is fresh chopped romain, fresh feta cheese, tomatoes, cucumbers and olives (which I omit). I absolutely LOOOVE it I could eat is every day.

Olive Pit is not a table service restaurant. But is on the high side of the price range for a order and sit down restaurant. If you order one of the “family” meals though it is not expensive at all. I went with my mother and sister the other day and we ordered the largest family meal. It consisted off a roasted whole chicken, 3 kabobs, and 3 small sides. We chose the Mediterranean salad, Roasted Artichoke Hearts and Basmati Rice. We also ordered a side of hummus.

Go to Olive Pit for lunch or dinner.

Steak Skewers

Roasted Artichoke Hearts

Steamed Basmati Rice w/ Tazitki Sauce

Roasted Chicken

Pita Bread

Mediterranean Salad

Hummus & Pita Bread

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The Stinking Rose

Growing up my family has a tradition of going up to LA for the day. In recent years  we have started at The Grove to get some shopping done and then head to St. James Episcopal Church for a service, ending the evening at the one and only Norms for dinner. We go about two weeks before Christmas every year. Growing up as kids we hated going down for church it felt like the service lasted all night. But by the end of the night we were rewarded with a delicious hot fudge brownie sundae.

Every time we drove to Norms on La Cienega Blvd. we drove past The Stinking Rose. I always watched the restaurant as we drove to Norms.Once I realized it was a restaurant based on garlic I knew I had to go. It has taken years but I finally went last friday night!!

My boyfriend took me there as a surprise. I had no idea. We were “lost in LA” and as soon as we turned on to La Cinega I yelled out “The Stinking Rose” and sure enough a minute or so later we pulled up. I always seem to guess were we are going. Blindfold or not! 😉 I am so lucky to have someone who wants to surprise me and thinks of places I love!

Anyways we had a reservation, but it appeared it was not necessary. It was a very large restaurant  We were tucked in a little table underneath a black and white tent. We sat down and were immediately given some water and garlic rolls by a server helper/busser. The waiter came over and offered us other drinks and helped us decided on an appetizer. He was very honest, which I really appreciate. Working in the restaurant business myself, I find it so helpful and wise to go with what the staff recommend.

The first thing we ate were the garlic rolls. They were good.  A few tablespoons of garlic definitely pumped up their goodness 🙂

We started with the Garlic Spinach Fontina Fondue. It was very tasty. Definitely needed more garlic in my opinion. But luckily the table had a container of chopped garlic on  it, so I felt free to add as much as I wanted!

The Fish N Chips were served with tons and I mean TONS of “chips”. The chips they served were really skinny french fries.

 I ordered the Petite Filet Mignon. I ordered it medium rare, the filet was a little more rare than I would have preferred but I did enjoy the filet none the less.  The dinner came with garlic yukon mashed potatoes and creamed spinach. All the juices that were coming off of the filet mignon were fabulous! I kept soaking them up. I loved the garlic on the steak, but again it could have been more garlic-y, since I am garlic fanatic I’m probably just being too critical.

I toyed with the idea of garlic ice cream but I just couldn’t do it. I love both dessert and garlic but some things are not made to be together. So for dessert we ended with the  Strawberry Sundae- homemade kustard ice cream, strawberry coulis and whipped cream. It was larger than life, but nothing special. The fresh strawberry sauce was very nice. But otherwise it was just a basic ice cream sundae.

The service was good. The actual waiter we saw only a couple times. But there were plenty more staff running out our drinks and food.

I really enjoyed my dinner and look forward to going back one day.

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Los Arroyos, Santa Barbra

It was Saturday Night in Santa Barbra. We were 4 girls on a weekend away. We wanted some good ol’mexican food. We heard that Los Arroyos was good from my friend’s sister and when on Yelp it had some good reviews. So we gave it a go!

We walked in and were expecting a sit down restaurant. But it was more casual. Order, sit down, and someone brings your food to you. The staff was really friendly and attentive. Especially as it was not a sit down and order restaurant. I was really craving Flautas but since they didn’t have that on the menu I ordered the Carnitas Chimichanga. Basically a big Flauta. We ordered some chips and guacamole to start. It was a good portion for the price and was tasty! But not to spicy for me 🙂 When the Chimichanga came out it was a good size and served with a dollop of sour cream and guacamole on top of it. Two of my favorite things ever! I definitely ate it with a knife and fork. It was nice and flavourful. I didn’t finish it all, we all walked out so full. Later on we got Cold Stone, what a nice treat!

Next time I am in SB I will probably grab some lunch at Los Arroyos 🙂

 

If you are in Santa Barbra, Camarillo or Montecito check out Los Arroyos.

 

 

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Bari Bari Japanese Steak House

Bari Bari Japanese Steak House

Last Friday night I went out to dinner with my parents. For the past few years they have walked past this restaurant and always said “we have to try that place” but never got around to it. Well friday night was the night. We arrived around 6:45pm. When we walked in the restaurant was full but there appeared to be no one waiting. We were told a wait time of 15-20 minutes. We were happy to wait and looked at a menu in the meantime. As we were waiting the lobby area started filling up some people agreeing to wait 45 minutes to 1 hour. From all of my experience in the restaurant business I knew that this was a good sign.

We got seated in about 15 minutes. We were sat at a teppan grill with another group of 6 next to us. The waitress came over and took our orders promptly. Before we knew it we were being handed a small salad with homemade ginger dressing (that was to die for so yummy) and a soup. Then our chef came over to “work” the teppan grill. He was wonderful, included everyone and made it a fun, friendly and enjoyable experience. He even chopped up some of the cooked egg and had everyone catch a small piece in their mouth. Sadly I was the only one who did not catch the egg 🙁 Typical of me though! 🙂

He first cooked the veggies, then the rice, and finally the meat. The food was fabulous so flavorful. I ordered half chicken half filet mignon. I ordered the filet medium rare. I was a bit skeptical when he chopped the filet into small pieces that it would end up being over cooked. I was wrong it was so juicy and wonderfully flavored.

The only down side to this experience was that before anyone at the table had time to finish even half of their dinner there were to go boxes and checks left on the table. Looking back on the whole dinning experience the servers seemed very pushy- they wanted to get us in and out quick. And as a waitress I realize that the more tables the more money you make and you have people waiting but there is a way to go about it and be respectful to your paying customers. And the decor could be updated.

Here are a few pictures. If you are in the area I really would suggest going it was so tasty and a fun experience 🙂 Unfortunately it looks as if there is no website but just google Bari Bari Japanese Steak House Yorba Linda, CA

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Roasting Garlic



Garlic is a wonderful! What can I say I love it! Add it to some pasta, some bread throw in some cheese and I am in heaven!!! And it is supposed to be good for you too 🙂 Whenever I see a recipe call for some garlic I usually end up doubling or tripling the amount. For some reason my body likes a LOT of garlic more than the average person! 🙂 But I don’t mind! 
Roasting Garlic is easy and you can get multiple uses out of it. Here I made a garlic olive oil, garlic butter and a garlic spread. 
Ingredients: 

Garlic Head
1/4 Cup of Extra Virgin Olive Oil per Garlic Head

Directions: 

1. PreHeat oven to 350F and use a small baking pan ex. 8X8, 9X9, Pie Dish…etc. 
2. Take each head of garlic and chop about 1/4 of an inch off the top. *Some cloves might fall off and that is fine- if the individual pieces fall out I prefer to peel the skin off before I  bake it. 
3. No need to peel the skin off the whole head of garlic.
4. Drizzle Extra Virgin Olive Oil all over the garlic * You can use more olive oil if you are using the olive oil for another dish ex. Pasta.
5. Cover the pan with foil and bake for 40-50 minutes.
6. When you take the pan out of the oven be careful as the Olive Oil could burn you! Let it sit for a few minutes. The garlic should ooze out of the skin. 
7. Use it just as it is a spread, or mix in with some butter, throw the garlic into some pasta, on some pizza, sandwiches..the options are endless!! 🙂 
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