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Sushi Class: Roll With It

Sushi comes in many forms—the grab n’ go package, the dodgy half price buffet and, of course, the classy over-priced restaurant with the open kitchen so you can admire the chef’s handy work.  Out of my experience in all three types of establishments, I always come away with utter admiration for the sushi chef. Even […]

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The Banana Index

There’s always money in the banana stand. “I just paid 75 cents for a banana!” a friend yelled at me in disgust as he slammed the banana down on my desk. This troublesome injustice was somewhat lost on me, especially given that the banana now likely had a bruise from the slamming. Apparently, this outrage […]

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Montauk in October: Pumpkin Patch & Pumpkin Bisque

While most New Yorkers prefer to head to the Long Island beach towns throughout the summer, my friend’s family has a standing Columbus Day weekend out in Montauk, the end of the south fork of Long Island.  Montauk has been dubbed as the town “Where the Hamptons Relax.” Though I think this phrase is taken […]

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50,000 Meatballs and a Dream: Giada’s Meatball Madness

Last week a generous soul gave me tickets to the opening event of NYC’s Wine and Food Festival: San Pellegrino’s Meatball Madness, hosted by Giada De Laurentis and presented by one of my favorite foodie blogs EaterNY.  Considering my general love of food, the Food Network and all things Italian (my middle name is Pellegrino, […]

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To Brita or Not to Brita?

NYC tap water has been branded as the best in the nation.  In fact, some clever entrepreneurs even started bottling it last year but considering it didn’t explode in popularity, I’m not sure that venture was much of a success.   NY Mag went to the trouble of testing NYC’s water a few months ago from […]

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12 Hours in NYC

Before I set off to France I checked one of my all-time favorite blogs for food and French life, Chocolate & Zucchini. If Clotilde Dusoulier isn’t in your life, she should be. I came across an intriguing Paris post she wrote entitled, 12 Hours in Paris, which answers the question: If you had only twelve […]

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National Coffee Day, The French Way

Apparently today is National Coffee Day. The first thing I thought when I saw the string of tweets this morning related to National Coffee Day was “Gawd, how American!” (A week in France isn’t without some snobbery, right?) But in the American spirit many coffee chains like Dunkin are offering a free cup of Joe, […]

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Dinner with Italian Nonnas on Staten Island

I never thought the words “I want to go to Staten Island” would leave my mouth. True, I wanted to take the Staten Island Ferry as a free nautical tour of the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island and the lower part of Manhattan but actually getting off the ferry and stepping foot on Staten Island […]

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Hanging onto Summer at Pier-i

True, Labor Day has passed and though I have reluctantly tucked away my seersucker for the season and indulged in a Starbucks’ pumpkin latte, I am still in denial of summer’s end. Some of this denial stems from my desire to cross off a few more Summer Bucket List items, but mainly I want to avoid the slide into […]

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Making a KC BBQ Droolfest in NYC

Living in New York it’s no secret that we eat like kings—every cuisine imaginable is a quick walk or subway ride away so I always find it a little ironic when I crave a nice home-grilled meal or some KC BBQ amidst such culinary greatness.  I’ve talked before about the reactions I get when people […]

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