Category: Restaurants

Washington DC restaurant recommendations

Balkan Cuisine at Ambar in DC

My husband and I spend a couple days in Washington D.C. every summer. I’ve fallen in love with it and it’s become one of my favorite cities. I love the history and beauty of it. It’s quieter than most cities but still has the feel and vibe of a big city. No matter how many times I’m there, I love to walk through the National Mall and all the outdoor parks. And close to the top of the list of reasons why I love Washington D.C. is the food scene. I’m lucky enough to live in central Jersey, which offers a wide variety of restaurants itself, but also happens to be 45 minutes away from both Philly and Manhattan. Needless to say there is no shortage of fabulous restaurants and good food in my neck of the woods. However, I daresay DC’s food scene can rival that of New York and Philly with it’s diversity and quality. Here are my picks for where to eat in DC. Bring on the food porn! (more…)

Food in Ho Chi Minh

Pho

I recently returned from an amazing trip to Southeast Asia. Vietnam had been on my “to see” list for a long time so, after trekking and schlepping halfway around the world to Bangkok and spending a few days there, I decided it would be ludicrous not to take the short one hour flight from Bangkok to Ho Chi Minh City.

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Best brunch I’ve had in a long time

croque monsieur - Pascale & Sabine

I’m obsessed with brunch lately. And although New York City, with it’s plethora of fantastic brunch restaurants, isn’t far away, sometimes I don’t want to make the trip. But finding local places that do brunch well isn’t that easy. Princeton definitely has some notable places but I’ve pretty much tried them all. I came across Pascale and Sabine via an internet search a few months ago and I’ve wanted to try it ever since. It got great reviews on Trip Advisor and the menu looked promising. And although I’d like to sample the dinner menu as well, the brunch menu is what really stood out to me. I added it to my list of restaurants I must try and finally got around to stopping in this past weekend. (more…)

Lunch at The Dutch in Miami

The Dutch Miami

I recently spent the weekend in South Beach for a bachelorette party and although the entire trip was fun, one of the highlights of the trip, at least for me, was lunch at The Dutch Miami. First of all, one of the other bridesmaids happens to work at The Dutch New York and was able to get us a pretty amazing discount but aside from that, the food and setting are both phenomenal. If it’s not too hot, dine outside. It’s absolutely dreamy. By the way, they have one of the cutest about pages ever. (more…)

Princeton brunch spots

brunch frittata

Mmm…brunch. There is something about brunch that just makes me feel relaxed. I love it, especially around this time of year. The weather is warm, many places offer outdoor dining, the menus are incredible and it’s a great way to enjoy the spring season. Recently, I was lucky enough to get brunch in Princeton two weekends in a row and it got me thinking about all the awesome Princeton brunch spots there actually are. If I choose to eat out, it’s generally for dinner. I often forget or overlook the brunch spots altogether. But going out to eat for brunch is such a rewarding experience, especially if you get to do it in the Princeton area. (more…)

Lunch at the Yankee Doodle Tap Room in Princeton

crab, corn and avocado salad at Yankee Doodle Tap Room

It’s that time of year where the trees begin to bloom, everything is green again, the weather is beautiful and temperatures tend to stay in the mid 70’s. After a long, exceptionally COLD winter, people just want to get outside and enjoy the warmth of the sun and the spring breezes, even those people that suffer from allergies, like myself. We brave the outdoors despite the itchy, watery eyes, constant sneezing and swollen throats. The warm weather and sunny skies are worth it.

Outdoor dining becomes all the rage in the spring and the Yankee Doodle Tap Room is the place to do just that. The Yankee Doodle Tap Room is part of the historic Nassau Inn and is located in the heart of Princeton, in the middle of picturesque and popular Palmer’s Square. The restaurant offers a variety of menus, including special gluten free, weekend late night, and Sunday brunch menus.

Last weekend we met my parents and grandparents for lunch at the Yankee Doodle Tap Room and dined outside on the patio. The outdoor patio exemplifies the feel and charm that Palmers Square in Princeton is all about. It was truly one of the most pleasant lunches I’ve had in a long time. The weather was perfect and the food did not disappoint either. (more…)

Birthday blessings

birthday blessings

Sunday was a gorgeous day here in New Jersey. The sun came out and it was probably the first day that truly felt like spring. Sunday also happened to be my birthday. I’m a lucky girl because, between Matt, family and friends, I usually get to celebrate my birthday multiple times. It makes me realize how loved and how blessed I am. Sometimes It’s easy to get caught up in the negatives and the drama of everyday life and it’s not always easy to stay positive. But between the beautiful weather and all the birthday cards, gifts, texts and phone calls I started to reflect on the previous year and all the blessings I am truly thankful for. Here’s to a great 27th year and here’s a few blessings I’m thankful for from the previous year: (more…)

Clydz’ creative cocktails & unique menu

Clydz
Alligator in a blanket

When I was attending Rutger University, Clydz, in New Brunswick used to be one of my favorite neighborhood bars. It’s classier than a lot of the bars you’d find near the University, along Easton Avenue (Scarlet Pub, Knight Club, and Old Queens anyone?). It’s also more expensive, which is why, as a poor college student, I couldn’t frequent it as often as I’d like. But it’s expensive for good reason. Both the food and drink menu are so unique, unlike any other restaurant/bar in the area. I mean where else can you order braised python ravioli or kangaroo loin served with potato gratin and garlic broccolini?

Clydz
Lychee martini

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The best key lime pie in the entire world

best key lime pie

Oh em gee. You guys. This dessert. Amazing.

My brother always tries to convince me that key lime pie is not worth ordering when we go to restaurants. He thinks it’s a waste of a dessert. He says key lime pie is boring and that there are so many better desserts out there. He feels the same way about tiramisu. And sometimes, he might be right. Key lime pie is on plenty of restaurant dessert menus and his feeling is, once you’ve tasted one key lime pie, you’ve tasted them all. Now I happen to love key lime pie but I do see his point. Or at least I SAW his point. And then I tried the key lime pie at Fogarty’s in Key West and I quickly realized, not all key lime pies are created equal.

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Fusion appetizers at Michael’s in midtown manhattan

fusion appetizers

I’ve been in Manhattan a lot lately. It’s been great. I love the city and I like to venture in as often as possible. My brother and his girlfriend, who is from Cambodia, are visiting from Asia for the Holidays and my family wanted to take them into the city to see Rockefeller Center and the famous Christmas tree. I generally avoid midtown because it’s always so packed with tourists but since we were there doing touristy things and it was impossible to take any sort of transportation (I will never take the train into the city the weekend between Christmas and New Years ever again) it seemed easiest to just pick a restaurant near Rockefeller Center for dinner. We settled on <a href=””>Michael’s Restaurant on West 55th Street between 5th and 6th. (more…)

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