Travel Food Feature-Jersey Girls Food Tours, Jersey City NJ

Over the course of the next few months, I think you’ll see some content shifting and small changes to Behind the Plates. I’m in the process of a small re-branding to start really focusing on what I love most and more importantly what you readers favor, recipes and travel. I’ve dipped my toes into a bunch of other content related pools but, I these are really the heart of Behind the Plates. This post is the beginning of that evolution. I’m hoping to bring you travel inspiration features that really speak to people who travel like me! So what does traveling like Missy entail? Well, I’m often on the hunt for the best food related experience I can find. Sometimes I plan ahead; sometimes I stumble upon them in our explorations. The most obvious is restaurant experiences but what about tours, street carts, classes, etc.? For the traveling food lover, like me!!, I think you’ll appreciate the ideas I’ll share along my journeys.


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!


A Seasonal Escape to Park Avenue Summer, NYC

What do you do when you are having a honeymoon hangover and feeling a little like you aren’t getting the appropriate Vitamin D and excitement levels in your life? You whisk yourself and your husband off to a local getaway to ease the pain. At least that’s what we did. Just three weeks after our return from the honeymoon we were wander-lusting so hard that we booked a last minute weekend in New York City. After arriving at our Paris-inspired hotel, The NoMad, which had us flashing back to our European stays, we embarked on a tourist filled couple of days in our own backyard. We never take the time to explore New York City from a tourist perspective because we often take for granted that it’s “our city”. But, we realized we knew so little of the history of it that it was a perfect opportunity to pretend like newbies!


MomoFuku Noodle Bar, NYC-The Ramen Experience

New York, Reviews, The Dish | February 16, 2015 | By

I finally paid a visit to a New York City restaurant that has been on the “it” list for a while.  Momofuku Noodle Bar in the East Village has become a buzzworthy restaurant scene. They are known for their ramen bowls and however; some may confuse this establishment with David Chang’s other renowned restaurant, Momofuku Milk Bar which serves up an array of inspired desserts.  My visit to the noddle bar entity was in efforts to finally get my hands on a bowl of ramen (I felt like the only person left in the world who had not yet tried this dish!).  I was tired of scrolling through Instagram with repeated foodporn photos of the trendy “soup” so I was determined to finally have a tasting.


Bottomless Brunch at Cascabel Taqueria, NYC

Bottomless Brunch….it’s just one of the infinite reasons to love New York City. For those of you who are not familiar with what a bottomless brunch is, I’ll enlighten you. Essentially, it’s paying a set price for as many alcoholic drinks as you can consume (aka just another way to say “open bar”). While young 20 something’s flock to these Sunday Funday endorsing establishments for the great drinking deals; I always have to wonder about actual brunch quality? Don’t get me wrong, if I’m looking for a reason to party, a bottomless brunch could do the trick. But, can I actually consume a worthwhile Bloody Mary that’s not just tomato juice and house vodka? Or enjoy a decent meal?


The Marrow, West Village NYC in Review

My most recent restaurant outing in New York City was one I was eagerly anticipating for weeks leading up to it. I had booked a group of us to dine at The Marrow, Harold Diertle’s (The 1st ever Top Chef Winner for those not familiar), latest venture. The restaurant opened last year and I had been trying to get a reservation there the past two Restaurant Weeks with no success.  This time around I wasted no time, setting up our reservation 28 days out (The latest they will allow) on OpenTable.


Crisp Restaurant Starts Falafel Fever

Reviews | February 27, 2014 | By

I’m always on the lookout for new food spots to try. Most times I search the internet, read up on yelp, or get recommendations from friends to make my selection. In this instance the restaurant came to me. What I mean is the restaurant, Crisp, started following me on Twitter (my personal account) and challenged me to come in and try what they had to offer (Just to note-they did not offer to pay; they simply were a new restaurant looking to build up customers using social media).


The Cruise to Nowhere-a Norwegian Cruise Line Review

New York, The Journey | February 18, 2014 | By

I recently returned from my 2nd Annual Girls Trip. A group of my girlfriends and I instituted this tradition last year in efforts to set aside time for just us to get away and leave behind the work worries, boyfriends/husbands, families and kids for a moment. You always need quality girl time! Last year it was a weekend in Mystic, Ct (You can find out more about our past adventure up on the blog Small Chick Big Deals which I also contribute to: ). This year it was Norwegian Cruise Line’s “Cruise to Nowhere”.


Valentine’s Day Ideas for Couples and Singles-NJ & NYC Edition

Valentine’s Day is around the corner and whether you are part of a couple or a fun-loving single ready to find a special someone; you don’t want to be sitting on your couch drowning yourself in store bought chocolates when the holiday rolls around.