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Restaurant | Eating Flavorfully and Responsibly

On a late Saturday morning last August in Philadelphia, the wait time for a table for two at the Midtown Village location of Green Eggs Café was no less than 35 minutes. There was a very long line before our arrival, and sure enough the line doubled in size by the time we got our…

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Food Truck | La Casa Azul Tacos

For those who know me, they know that I attribute most of my food experiences and knowledge to New York City. The culinary scene in this multi-faced city not only has made me adventurous, it has also left me always hungry for more. Until now, however, food offered by trucks has not persuaded me to…

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NYC Restaurant Week Summer 2015 |Cecil

A fire destroyed the Hotel Cecil in Harlem in 1974. Thirty-nine years later, flames were back in same building, but this time they lit by Chef Alexander Smalls. And almost two years after the opening of Cecil, the restaurant, I made my way there to finalize my NYC Restaurant Week experience for the summer of…

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NYC Restaurant Week Summer 2015 | Kefi

“To be in a good mood.” my Greek friend, Aris, answered me when I asked him about the meaning of “Kefi,” the Greek restaurant on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. I was not really sure that I wanted to do one more Mediterranean restaurant after the many I had experienced in this food genre…

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Bookstore-Café I Shopping for a Cause

The historical building on 126 Crosby Street in SoHo is another testimony to how creative New York can be. Its tenant, Housing Works Bookstore Café, has a mission that goes far beyond selling books, artisanal coffee (Intelligentsia Coffee), unique sandwiches (bread from Balthazar Bakery), salads and soups (Hale & Hearty). Rather, it focuses on helping…

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NYC Restaurant Week Summer 2015 | Lafayette Restaurant

Sore from the gym, I was ambivalent about showing up for my-visit-to-be at Lafayette, the restaurant. But I was seduced by the online restaurant week lunch menu (a la cart choices were available, too) and I showed up just in time for my reservation. The sourdough aroma from the three slices of the crusty Pain…

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Dialogue | Taste Talks: The Future of Food

  When I saw the advertisement two weeks ago for the Taste Talks Conference (September 11th-13th) I was eager to participate. How could I fail to participate in such a foodie gathering attended by the likeminded and industry leaders? As is the nature of food, the activities of this symposium were diverse: an opening dessert…

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Café | Sipping Coffee the Aussie Way

In life, everything happens for a reason. One might go to a café for pastries, sandwiches, or an artisanal cup of coffee brewed by a skilled barista. Some visit cafes to enjoy lighthearted conversation with a friend or to pin down the details of a prospective freelance project. What led me to the new, Upper…

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NYC Restaurant Week Summer 2015 | Boulud Sud

My friend and I decided to have a lunch reunion, and upon consulting her on her choice, Boulud Sud was selected. Our reservation was set for 2 pm on a Thursday afternoon. As much as I could not wait to set down and catch up with her, I was very eager to start sampling the…

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NYC Restaurant Week Summer 2015 | Asia de Cuba

Having been opened for about four months (dinner only) after its return to the Big Apple, Asia de Cuba welcomed diners for its first lunch service during New York City Restaurant Week for Summer 2015. Although Philipe Starck did not design this new premise like he did for its first location at the Morgan Hotel,…