A Foodie’s Guide to Hell’s Kitchen, NYC

 

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 and a date weekend spent in the Hell’s Kitchen area of the city. For the work trip, 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!

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Migas-A Tex-Mex Egg Skillet Recipe

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!

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Mexican Lasagna Recipe

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.

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An Evening at Ninety Acres, Natirar Estate: Peapack-Gladstone, NJ

Reviews, The Dish | December 29, 2016 | By

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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$200 Starbucks Giftcard Giveaway

Contests, The Potpourri | December 28, 2016 | By

Hey Everyone-I bringing you a little holiday cheer and something to keep you warm today. Enter below for a chance to win a $200 Starbucks Giftcard. Check out some of the other awesome bloggers involved too! Good Luck! 

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Sun Basket Meal delivery-Why You Should Try and $30 off!

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!

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Christmas Round-Up: Recipes, Tablescapes and Dining Out

Christmas is less than a week away! Can you believe it?! I know I am currently writing up my big grocery list, wrapping the last of the gifts, and pitching in where I can to help prep the celebrations I am going to. I had so much fun doing the Thanksgiving inspiration post that I thought I would extend it out and do a Christmas one as well! It’s not too late to add some delicious and inventive dishes to your lists, get some table decorating inspiration, or book your family’s table out.

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Prosciutto and Blue Cheese Wrapped Pear Bites

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.

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Christmas Crunch Chocolate Bark

I have an over the top Christmas candy recipe for you today. Chocolate bark is one of the easiest treats to make, so for all of you “non-bakers” out there, this one’s for you! It’s a no-bake, recipe with everyone’s favorite snacks caked right into the chocolate. Bring this to your cookie swap to mix in with the classics so there is something new for a change.

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Brew House Comes to Morristown- Revolution

Reviews, The Dish | December 9, 2016 | By

I am a little behind on getting this one out there but, Morristown has finally joined the Beer Garden movement. The long awaited and highly anticipated empty storefront on South Street is now open for business. It didn’t take long for the locals to realize this either. My first visit was just about a month ago and Revolution was still just a few weeks into its inception. It was a Friday night at 5PM and there was hardly a place to stand, let alone sit, in the large warehouse style room. The large communal tables were packed to the brim and the bar was overflowing with activity. Revolution had already been discovered.

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