All posts filed under: Food & Drink

My Favorite Places: Smorgasburg

Spring is (almost) here! And with the warm(ish) weather comes the opportunity to emerge from my winter-long hibernation on my couch and take advantage of all the fun outside activities the city has to offer. One of my favorite places to frequent in said warm weather is Smorgasburg – an open-air food market that pops up in Williamsburg on Saturdays and Prospect Park on Sundays. So, with empty stomachs and high expectations, Matt and I made our way to Brooklyn to indulge in a day full of decadent dishes. Not only is the food out of this world, but the views don’t suck either. It’s fun to see the skyline from the other side of the East River – I’m so used to the view from across the Hudson in Hoboken. East River State Park has both grass and beach areas, making it a great place for a photo opp (or several). Brooklyn is always a fun place to visit in any case – although I usually don’t feel like I’m cool and/or trendy enough …

My Favorite Places: Sunnyside Cafe, Hoboken

Recently, Matt and I have been trying to branch out from our typical weekend routine of hibernating inside on the couch binging Netflix and Hulu all day. Don’t get me wrong, that is still probably one of my favorite ways to spend time, but with the spring drawing nearer I think we are both getting sick of wasting away inside. So, this past weekend we decided to spread our wings and fly – staying within the approximately square-mile radius that is the city of Hoboken. Now, if there’s one thing you should know about Hoboken, it’s that there are the most bars and restaurants per square mile than anywhere else in the country. (Okay, in fairness I have never seen an official report supporting this claim, but most people seem to agree that it’s true.) In any case, there are a ton of new places to try. Having lived in Hoboken for close to three years now, I have made my rounds in terms of its bar and restaurant scene. But, as a millennial constantly …

A Lot O’ Gelato at Mia Chef Gelateria

I’m usually pretty good at thinking of gifts for Matt. I’ve gotten him Yankee tickets and concert tickets for his birthday, a messenger bag for his new job, and a Patagonia jacket and couple’s massage last Christmas (okay, the couple’s massage clearly benefited me as well, but you get the gist). But this year for some reason, I was having trouble thinking of a good Christmas gift. On our commute to work one morning, we both ended up admitting we were having trouble thinking of gifts for each other. A year and a half of dating and we were out of ideas?! That day at work, I racked my brain for a good idea. As a couple, we typically tend to prefer experiences over material gifts. So, I found myself on the most reliable source for affordable experiences – good ole Groupon. As I browsed, I realized some sort of cooking class might be a fun idea. We always talk about learning to cook (other than pasta, chicken, and the occasional tacos, our collective knowledge …

My Favorite Places: Bungalow Bar

Over the past few months, I’ve admittedly been pretty behind on my blogging. So as a final ode to summer, I decided to do a catch up on everything that has happened between now and my last post. One of the places I want to highlight is called Bungalow Bar, eloquently described by Google as a “waterfront restaurant with a casual vibe offering American food, drinks & frequent live music.” Google, you’re not wrong! My boyfriend, Matt, introduced me to Bungalow Bar at the beginning of the year, but the first time we went it was still too chilly to eat outside. Bungalow Bar in the summer, however, is a whole ‘nother ballgame. It’s an awesome summer spot for dinner or drinks, and the night we went happened to have ideal weather – warm enough to be outside, but cool enough that I wasn’t wading through my own sweat. It was the perfect weekend getaway to escape the city while staying close to home.

My Favorite Places: Grand Vin, Hoboken

One of my absolute favorite places in Hoboken is Grand Vin, a quaint restaurant and bar located on the corner of 5th Street and Grand Street. I stumbled upon it accidentally when I was (hangrily) searching for a brunch place that had little to no wait – a rarity in Hoboken on a Sunday afternoon. As soon as I saw its beautiful rustic exterior, I had a feeling this place was right up my alley (only figuratively though, since it was a decent walk from my apartment). The inside was even more beautiful; its repurposed decor, organic textures, and soft lighting provided a natural warmth and welcoming atmosphere. I felt instantly at ease in a place so full of charm and character (which may be even more rare these days than a brunch place with no wait). The food was excellent, too. I had never had avocado fries before, but I can confidently give them a 10/10 and two thumbs up (especially paired with the chipotle aioli sauce, yum). Every meal we got looked and tasted delicious, which increased my love for this newly found …

10 Must-Try Restaurants in the NYC Area

I love food. I love food that is good for you, I love food that is bad for you but tastes good for you. I even love food that is bad for you and makes you feel bad afterwards. I love eating until I’m painfully full and can’t walk and all I can do is complain about how full I am. And I especially love carbs. Carbs are just the best. Now, I am by no means a New York City food connoisseur. In fact, one of my goals in life is to become said food connoisseur and know all the best places with the best hidden treats (specifically fried mac and cheese balls, which are, for the record, a food that makes you feel bad afterwards). But for now, I’m just a regular girl who occasionally goes out to eat and takes six or seven almost identical photos of her food from slightly different angles. Now, it’s time for (you guessed it!) me to show you these photos and talk all about the mouth-watering,  decadent meals I once …