Cheesecake I’ve Tried (NYC)

1. Paris Baguette: Fluffy, almost angel food cake-y 2. Breads: At first glance and feel it looks too dense, but looks are deceiving, the melt-in-your-mouth feeling is addictive…lemony 3. Fairway: This one got rave reviews from Serious Eats but it tastes like it’s from a grocery store 4. Venieros: you envision a brick of cream […]

Chocolate Chip Cookies I’ve Tried NYC

1. Culture (New York Cafe cookie fully actualized, thick, encompasses all three textures crispy, chewy, fudgy pockets of chunk) 2. Jacque Torres (thin disc-like crispy chewy melty chocolate swirled thorughout rather than pockets of chunks) 3. Levain (Scone-like, cakelike) 4. Dominque Ansel (Chewy, Fudgy.  The cookie is chunky and so are the chunks). 5. Breads […]

Mainstream Fancy Restaurants in NYC

You know, the ones that the Kardashians would go to 1. Marea 2. Le Cirque 3. Le Bernadin 4. Minetta Tavern 5. Spotted Pig 6. Nobu 7. 11 Madison Park 8. Gotham Grill 9. Koi 10. Cipriani 11. Jean Georges 12. Daniel 13. Mr. Chows 14. Per Se 15. Masa 16. Bouley 17. Blue Hill […]

Burgers I’ve Tried in NYC

1. Shake Shack (chain) good: juicy flat-ish patty, potato bun, addictive sauce, a refreshing yet un-distracting lettuce and tomato 2. Steak & Shake (chain) good: thin smashed burger 3. Schnippers: get the Schnipper’s classic with blue cheese and arugula 4. McDonald’s: I’m embarrassed that I still go here once in a while, but it has that […]

Popcorn Ideas

1. Nutty Buddy Popcorn (Almond Butter, Dark Chocolate, Powdered Sugar) 2. Gorgonzola Honey Popcorn (Gorgonzola, Mild Honey Comb, Parsley) 3. Chocolate and sea salt Popcorn (Dark Chocolate, Sea Salt) 4. Spicy Nutella Popcorn (Almond Butter, Dark Chocolate, Smoked Chili Powder) 5. Tika Masala Curry Popcorn (Tumeric, Masala Powder) 6. Sichuan Mala Popcorn 7. Furikake Popcorn […]

I Love Chips and Dip

A thick hardy dip scooped up by an equally hardy corn or pita chip. Perfection. Chips and Salsa Chips and Guacamole Chips and Hummus Chips and Baba Ghanouj Chips and French Onion Dip Chips and Sour Cream Dip Chips and Melted Cheese Chips and Tzatziki Chips and Spinach and Artichoke Dip Just enough to feel […]

Spanish Food I’ve Tried in NYC

1. Boqueria (Pricey, but good) 2. Tertulia (My favorite so far.  flavorful yet comforting and satisfying) 3. Cafe Española (nothing to write home about but will get the job done) 4. El Pote (feels really authentic lots of comforting stewy bowls here) 5. Nai (not amazing but edible Paella too salty)   Need to try […]

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) food chart

I don’t know if this is the most accurate one but it’s accurate enough for ME Cooling foods Fruits Vegetables Grains, Legumes & Seeds Meat, Seafood & Dairy Condiments & Beverages Apple Banana Grapefruit Kiwifruit Lemon Orange Pear Persimmon Star Fruit Strawberry Watermelon Alfalfa sprouts Asparagus Bamboo Shoot Bitter Melon Celery Chinese Radish (Daikon) Cucumber Eggplant […]

Pho I’ve Tried in NYC

1. Saigon Shack (so cheap and huge quantities and generally good quality) 2. Pho Sure 3. Thai Son 4. Pho Bang (I call it the mobster one) 6. An Choi (really good, want to go back) 7. Sao Mai (straight forward to me, flavorful broth but didn’t knock my socks off) 8. V-nam Cafe (the […]

Winter is the Best Time to Eat Ice Cream

Made possible by modern heating. Let me explain: My favorite flavors, those chocolatey, vanilla-y, caramel-y ones, heavy heavy flavors.  Make you very very thirsty.  Even sorbets make me thirsty.  This is not what you want in the heat of the summer.   But in the winter, that is when you crave something rich.  Sometimes/Oftentimes you […]