Archive for the ‘Food’ Category

Wedding Weekend: Cleveland, Ohio

September 26, 2010

The best thing about going to a wedding (besides, um, bearing witness to the undying love and union of two people) is the excuse to visit a place you’ve never been before. Chicago or L.A. might be on your travel wish list, but not necessarily Cleveland, Ohio. (Or perhaps it’s just a bit farther down.) This summer we had fun exploring the (former) home of LeBron James (sorry guys), The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and one mean honey latte. Below, some of our stops and some things on the list for next time. . .



Gelato Tasting in Italy

April 27, 2010

Last December my husband and I took off for a (whirlwind) tour of Rome, Venice, Bologna and Florence. And while I wanted my Italian neophyte to get the very most from our trip (I carefully and strategically planned hotels, restaurants, museums, walks) I put practically as much time into plotting our gelato detours. Because while I couldn’t wait to see Italy again through my husband’s eyes — the Pantheon, the David, Piazza San Marco — I also couldn’t wait to eat as much gelato as humanly possible in nine days. Below is a list of the most notable places we visited.


Tara’s NYC Birthday Celebration

March 10, 2010

For Tara’s 30th birthday we opted to congregate in (my current home and perpetual pick for best city in the world) NYC.

Tara fled sunny-and-sixty-five Houston, her husband and boys and — braving New York’s third snowstorm this winter — miraculously made it on Thursday afternoon. I cut out of work a little early and we trekked one block to Pacifico for a late afternoon snack. It was a perfect beginning to our weekend — just me and Tara, catching up over “yardbird” quesadilla and red sangria by the fire.

On Friday morning, Mom, Tara and I faced more snow to eat the best pancakes in Brooklyn (and most likely in all of New York) at Cafe Luluc, headed to Luda for a brow shaping, then checked into the Waldorf. We “ladies who lunch”-ed at Telepan on the Upper West Side (an elegant and tasty three courses for $25), then walked through snowy Central Park on our way to see Monet’s Water Lilies at the MoMA.


NYC Winter 2010 Restaurant Week: The Bar Room at The Modern

February 17, 2010

We tested out New York City’s Winter 2010 Restaurant Week at The Bar Room at The Modern and weren’t disappointed. As advertised (or relayed in revered reports) every aspect of a Danny Meyers experience is good one.

From the moment we enter and are greeted by friendly-but-not-overbearing hosts whisking away coats, leading us to our table, we agree venturing out during RW is worth it. And we haven’t even tasted the food.

Moments later, we’re sipping bubbly beverages — craft beer for Eric, sparkling wine for me. (On a side note the wine list declares a RW special –20+ bottles of wine for $40 each.) In fact, the entire menu is set up for Restaurant Week, which is a welcome treat. Many participating restaurants offer a separate prix-fixe menu in addition to their regular menu, so it’s easy to feel like a cheapskate for sticking to the RW menu, even though it’s the entire point.