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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…)

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…)

Clydz’ creative cocktails & unique menu

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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?

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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…)

Buffalo Calamari at Blue Point

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One of my favorite local restaurants is Blue Point Grill in Princeton. It’s on the pricey side but you can’t beat the fresh seafood. In fact, the menu changes daily depending upon what is caught that day. The menu is also extensive and offers all kinds of fish and seafood. One thing I love about Blue Point is that many of their fish entrees come prepared very simply with just a light lemon butter sauce. I love this because it really allows the flavor and the freshness of the fish to stand out. Food doesn’t always need tons of ingredients to make it taste good. Sometimes simpler is better and in this case it definitely is. (more…)

A salad I would order again

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If I’m being honest I generally hate ordering salads when I’m out to eat. It always seems like such a waste. There are usually so many other things on the menu I would rather be eating than a boring old salad. Don’t get me wrong, there are definitely moments when I crave salad and when made with fresh, good quality ingredients salads can be really yummy. But for the most part when I’m out to eat I always want to try other things on the menu. It’s pretty easy to skip over the salad section. (more…)

My favorite meal of the summer

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This was hands down my favorite meal of the summer, perhaps my favorite meal in years. I cannot remember the last time my taste buds rejoiced the way they did with this meal. We were in Maui on vacation and had decided to hike to a waterfall that morning. We were in gym shorts and t-shirts and probably could have used a good shower after the hike and the swim in the waterfall but we were all really hungry and remembered passing a cool restaurant on the drive up to the waterfall. We decided we would stop on the way back for lunch and hope there wasn’t a dress code.

The place was called Mama’s Fish House and happened to be sitting on one of the most beautiful beaches I have ever seen. The view was absolutely breathtaking. I could have stayed there all day. The restaurant is open air and sits on it’s own private beach. Between the ocean breezes, the view and the soft Hawaiian music playing in the background, I felt like I was in heaven. Mama’s Fish House is also one of the fancier restaurants on Maui. We were underdressed to say the least. It’s the kind of place you wear your best to and you definitely don’t wear your workout clothes after schlepping up a mountain and swimming in questionable, murky (freezing) water. Nonetheless, they sat us and no one questioned our attire. (more…)

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