Fratelli’s: The Other NYC Pizza

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When I think of pizza and New York City in the same sentence, I think of dollar slices in Chelsea, too-long lines at Grimaldi's, and pure bliss at Artichoke. The common denominator here is affordable, relatively fast, and thin crust (well, unless it's Artichoke). That's a New York slice, right? But then there are places like Fratelli Brick Oven Pizza and Wine Bar on the City's Upper East Side, a classy-casual respite from the goings-on of First Avenue. It's a joint that could pass as any other ...

Crazed for Irish Car Bomb Cupcakes

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I'm not the first to put two and two together--or should I say two and one together in the case of these triply-boozed cupcakes--to transform the classic Irish Car Bomb cocktail recipe into a cupcake. Similar recipes sweep the web and dominate Pinterest. What's more, I made this recipe almost two weeks after the Irish holiday during which about 95% of all Car Bomb cupcakes have likely ever been made. And yet, earlier this week I found myself yearning to make a boozy cupcake for a ...

I Think I’m Ready

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I think I'm ready. I'm ready for these dragging winter days to morph into puddle-filled, no-jacket afternoons. I'm ready to taste the crunch of the my first spring radish. I'm ready for flowers to bloom, to feel grass beneath my feet. I'm ready to be on the water, in the water, near the water. I'm ready to eat endless ice cream. I'm ready to feel the wind in my face during a long springtime bikeride. I'm ready to feel the sun on my back, to wear shades, and sandals. These sentiments are not ...

A Mardi Gras Tour of New Orleans

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Happy Mardi Gras! I'm celebrating Fat Tuesday in New York, but read on for a little about my Fat pre-Mardi Gras Week in the Big Easy: The sun hadn't yet risen last Saturday morning, but yet I found myself navigating the tunnels of JFK airport with one destination on my mind: New Orleans. A large latte, three hours and a cramped half-nap later, there I was. I was suddenly in a place that had until that point been completely foreign to me. It was warm, I could ...

Obsessed with Buffalo Chicken Soup

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I often find myself going through mini-obsessions in many realms of my life. With music, for example, I tend to find a new band I like and listen to that band on repeat until it's worn out--sometimes months--before considering moving on to something new. I keep a little more variety in my dining habits, but still there are usually one or two things I simply can't get enough of. In this moment, I'm obsessed with anything green tea or matcha flavored, cinnamon, and hot sauce. I've ...

Katz’s Deli, At Last

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I had quite the lineup of recipe-filled posts ready to go up on the tasty tRuth this week. But then! Then I ate at Katz's Deli--New York City's restaurant institution if ever there was one--and I knew that post needed to go up first. Katz's is important. For one, it makes the top five of just about every tourist's must-visit list. Most New Yorkers have eaten there at least once, and if they haven't, they have a good reason for it. And lastly, it's been around since ...

A Mandolin and Homemade Sweet Potato Chip Nachos

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I've never been a fan of a cooking with excessive gadgets. Instead, I prefer to simplify, manipulate, and create equal results with a few essential tools. I lived for almost a year without a hand mixer, and instead mixed things with the brute force of my arm muscles. I don't own a grater, but I do have a mini food processor and an appropriate amount of sharp knives. Tasty food gets cooked; nobody complains. So I surprised myself last week when I found myself setting out ...