I am not a New Yorker, or even a full on frequenter of the city. I say this upfront because there are PLENTY of restaurants I have not tried, discovered, or reviewed yet. This post comes from a recent business week trip I spent in the Hell’s Kitchen area of the city. I was lucky enough to be with a group of like-minded food lovers who were excited at the prospect of trying out some of the area’s restaurants. Based on a little research, some friendly recommendations, and pure proximity we scoped out our week’s food conquests. This is a compilation of the best restaurants to encounter while visiting. It will give locals some new inspiration if they haven’t already tried these locations. And for the visitor or tourist, you can try these eateries with confidence that you will be eating something delicious. One quick public service announcement…I apologize for the lack of photos. After long days in our conference I tended to eat first, think later. You’ll just have to trust me!
Do you know what I love about Christmas break (aside from no work, of course)? Breakfast! I actually have the time to cook and enjoy a full breakfast meal on those cold lazy days. Most mornings I am drinking a protein shake on the go or grabbing a quick meal in my work cafeteria. I’m never up early enough cook a meal. I do cook breakfast on the weekends however; I usually don’t have time to do recipe creation and come up with exciting new dishes so scrambled eggs or an old recipe are my “go-tos”. But with a whole week off between Christmas and the New Year, I was able to whip up a new breakfast sensation that I can add into that weekend repertoire moving forward!
Last week I did my first ski (Or snowboard in my case) trip to Killington, Vermont. My husband and I rented a house with our sister and her boyfriend. It was a fun yet, relaxing couple of days. We used VRBO to search for and rent a townhouse right in the Killington resort. If you don’t already know about VRBO, it’s a great service similar to Airbnb. I have had fantastic experiences with their website and renters, this time included. But, today’s post isn’t about rental properties; it’s about meal prepping for a group. In order to save us from constantly driving in the snow, trying to hail a cab (Uber doesn’t exist yet in Killington!), and keep the costs down; I worked on cooking up some big meals that were easy to transport and good for a family of people.
Spoiled Rotten. That’s the words that best describe me after my recent excursion to Ninety Acres at Natirar. Before I carry myself back and away with the dining experience, I’ll let you know how I ended there. Natirar is a sprawling 500 acre property and estate in Peapack, NJ that houses a cooking school, farm, meetings and event space, and a fine dining restaurant, Ninety Acres. The property is the embodiment of countryside elegance. The restaurant is reserved for luxurious nights out with an expensive menu, extensive wine list, and elaborate farm to table fare. Previous to my most recent visit I had visited the restaurant one other time for a special birthday dinner date with my now husband. However; our friends know us all too well and more than one of our wedding guests thought to give us a gift card to this estate to use to enjoy the finer foods in life. We’ve managed to make it six whole months without finding the time to make a reservation. But, we had an empty weekend and we finally ceased the opportunity.
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The New Year is almost here and what better time to start fresh?! Part of me is sad that I no longer have the excuse of Christmas celebrations to stuff myself and indulge in gluttonous activities. However; the other half of me is excited to get back on track with my daily eating and exercising routines. I am going to resolve to be a little more conscious of what I am cooking throughout the week. Last year, leading up to the wedding I had become a pro at this activity. Unfortunately, I let the post-wedding bliss get to my head and my stomach a little too much this fall!
I’m keeping the holiday preparations theme going with another crowd pleasing recipe. In my family, the holidays are all about appetizers! On Christmas Eve we do an entire meal of just appetizers with our extended family. Essentially its one large cocktail hour with Christmas cookies to follow! Every year we have our standard recipes that must ALWAYS be present for it to be a Somers (My maiden name) holiday. While my mom’s cranberry meatballs and my uncle’s spicy calamari marinara never leave the list, I try to come up with inventive new ones each year to tack on to the menu. This year I’ll be bringing my stuffed mushrooms that I shared a few weeks back and today recipe, prosciutto and blue cheese wrapped pears.