Argentine reminiscing and a kale salad

Look out, New York City! We’re back from our adventures in South America. I wish I could say I’m completely relaxed and at ease with the world but something about coming back to snow, slush, freezing temperatures and the realities of a desk job has the the effect of making vacation seem extremely far away….

Alaskan adventures in cuisine + wildlife

Welllllll I’m back! This city girl survived the wilderness. And, as I told everyone who would listen, I am SO good at camping. I mean, ok. We weren’t exactly camping since we stayed in a cabin with electricity. And ate all our meals at restaurants except for hot dogs one night. And had access to…

Restaurant week adventures at Park Avenue Summer

My feelings about Restaurant Week(s) have changed over the years. I used to get really excited about it and spend hours planning which restaurants to hit. I still spend hours picking out a restaurant. But I’ve had enough mediocre meals at normally highly rated restaurants to know that most places aren’t pulling out the stops for…

North River Lobster Co: You’re on a boat

The Infatuation wrote an article on the best lobster rolls in the Hamptons and I’m slightly embarrassed yet slightly proud to say I’ve had all of them. The review I’m about to share is not on the best lobster roll I’ve ever eaten. However, it is about one of the best* experiences I’ve ever had while eating…

Hotel, motel, Mermaid Inn

When it’s below 20 degrees outside and you’ve just stepped in an ankle-deep puddle of frozen sludge disguising itself as normal sidewalk, nothing seems better than an NYC summer. Fast forward to summer in the city and all we want to do is get out of NYC. It’s like they say, grass is always greener. That being said,…

Negronis with a side of pasta

When I heard there was a restaurant serving negronis on tap I got there as fast as I could. The fact that Dante is owned by Australians* and serves up gorgeous bowls of pasta is merely a cherry on the sundae of a truly fantastic dining experience. And they don’t  just serve negronis – they really commit…

Little Beet Table (healthy but good)

I, like most people, have always wanted a surprise birthday party. Unfortunately, I also happen to be a big micromanager and the two don’t really go hand-in-hand. It’s pretty hard for someone to plan a party for you when you’re simultaneously coordinating every detail. But recently I got to plan a surprise birthday dinner for my…

Javelina

I hate to be too optimistic but I really think we might be on the cusp of a Mexican food breakthrough in New York City. Or at least, I am. Sure, we still have way too many of those unnecessarily upscale places, and just because you had a killer prickly pear margarita at Dos Caminos…

My favorite cocktail (and some Chelsea recommendations)

The older I get, the fewer drinks I like It’s not a “bad experience on vacation that one time” kind of thing – I think I’m just getting pickier. These days I pretty much only drink gin or wine (red October-February, rosé the rest of the year). That said, I’m a sucker for a fancy cocktail and…

Mission Chinese food and tingles

Last week a good friend of mine headed off to Italy for an incredible adventure that (I hope!) she’ll be sharing via guest posts on Whisks & Wit. To send her on her way, we ate (obviously). At her favorite restaurant, Mission Chinese. I’d never been but I did have her leftovers once and the…

Bollywood and curry: a match made in India

This story begins back in December when I made it over to Avenue B to the Indian place I had been hearing so much about. Spoiler alert: it was closed for a holiday party. Womp womp. But last week I finally got to eat at Babu Ji and it was a revelation. It’s like they…