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posted by on Italian, Nolita, Pizza, Vegging Out

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Last night, a major craving for brick-oven pizza and a major bout of laziness led me to a neighborhood pizza shop called L’asso pizza, which specializes in D.O.C. That stands for Denominazione di Origine Controllata, but all you need to know is that the stamp of approval means this type of pizza is the real [...]

posted by on Chicken, Events, Italian, Lunch, Meat, Midtown, Olive oil, Restaurant Week, Vegging Out

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The last time I tried Restaurant Week was when I first moved to New York City in 2007. A bunch of us girls went to i Trulli and had a great time, but I realized that spending almost $50 (including tip) on a three-course dinner, which was more food than I needed, wasn’t probably worth [...]

posted by on Chocolate

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My boyfriend and I aren’t big on Valentine’s Day (we save indulgence for anniversaries and birthdays), but he still surprised me with these Payard ginger-Pop Rocks (!) truffles, which came in a cute pink purse package, from the Francois Payard Bakery yesterday since he’s traveling for work today. We’ll save the real celebration for this [...]

posted by on Baking, Bread, Chocolate, Comfort Food, Dessert, Pumpkin

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With a can of pumpkin puree hanging around since Thanksgiving, I was determined to use it this weekend on a delicious pumpkin and chocolate chip bread. This wasn’t my first stab at the loaf, but I wanted to try a new recipe, so I looked to my fave new chef/blogger, Candice Kumai, whom I interviewed [...]

posted by on Asian, Lunch, Meat, Midtown, Vegging Out, Vietnamese

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If there’s one chef to call the current hotshot in New York, it’s Momofuku owner David Chang. I’m no stranger to Momofuku Milk Bar, but I’ve never ventured into the main restaurant thanks to its por- heavy restaurant. But Chang recently opened seasonal eatery Ma Peche in Midtown, and though it’s still no place for [...]

posted by on Baking, Cupcakes, Vanilla

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Ever since I caught the baking bug a few years ago, you’d be hard-pressed to find me using a prepackaged mix. But since I was gifted a Sprinkles cupcake mix over the holidays, I was curious to see how the famed L.A. cupcakery’s formula would fare. Plus, I figured it was a good treat to [...]