Get Ready for the 2017 National Fried Chicken Festival in New Orleans (Sponsored)

Willie Maes - Photo via Willie MaesThis post was created in partnership with New Orleans Tourism & Fried Chicken Festival. All opinions expressed in the post are my own and not those of New Orleans Tourism.

Are you drooling yet? Because I know I am. There’s something just SO crave-worthy about crispy, juicy fried chicken. Luckily for all of us fried chicken lovers, there’s a whole festival dedicated to it! The second annual National Fried Chicken Festival (FCF) presented by Raising Cane’s is happening this September 23 and 24 in New Orleans, and I am so looking forward to heading back to the Big Easy for it.

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Last time I was in D.C., I was in 8th grade on a school field trip, visiting all the national monuments to enhance our appreciation for the government. This time around, I could give less of a crap about those buildings and instead came to get out of NYC and eat great food, drink, and party. Daikaya ended up being the perfect choice to fulfill on all of these things, as the Japanese izakaya brought awesome and unique eats, a stellar whiskey and sake menu, and a party in the atmosphere and in our mouths. Continue Reading

Fuku Wall St.

Fuku is the fried chicken-focused outpost of David Chang’s Momofuku empire. What started with just spicy chicken sandwiches in the East Village has since expanded to the Financial District, bringing a bigger space and kitchen that’s allowed them to offer some unique and frankly better dining options. Continue Reading

Grilled Shrimp & Mexican Street Corn Tacos (In Collaboration with Men’s Health)

Mexican street corn is one of my favorite things to eat. The tart lime and cheese with that charred corn and chili powder make such an addictive dish that I call it crack corn. I’ve already written two different recipes for it, so when Men’s Health approached me to help them create something perfect for summertime grilling, I came up with these Grilled Shrimp and Mexican Street Corn Tacos. Not only are they tasty, but they’re lighter on the waistline and packed with protein for bikini season. Continue Reading

National Refreshment Day with Hilton Garden Inn (Sponsored)

The hustle and bustle of Midtown Manhattan can be overwhelming thanks to the hordes of office workers, tourists, and everyday New Yorkers crashing into one another. Since July 27 is National Refreshment Day, Hilton Garden Inn decided to provide everyone in the area with some refreshment by taking over a double decker bus parked right across from the iconic Radio City Music Hall, where they shared complimentary snacks and drinks from their new menu. Continue Reading

Quality Eats

Quality Eats Don Ameche Steak

If you’ve been following me at all, you know that I love steak. But sometimes to get a really great steak, you end up paying a ton to sit in an old, stuffy restaurant. Quality Eats knows this, and decidedly brings a more casual, modern approach to a steakhouse that is highly successful, so much so that they’ve expanded from their original location in the West Village to the Upper East Side. While I haven’t dined at the West Village location, both sport many of the same hit dishes and offer the same laid back vibe to cater to the neighborhood. We got to try a wealth of the menu on the Upper East Side’s sidewalk patio, which made for a perfect summer meal. Continue Reading

Blue Ribbon Federal Grill

Blue Ribbon Federal Grill Lobster Cocktail

If you live in NYC and have never heard of The Bromberg Brothers’ Blue Ribbon restaurants, you must be living under a rock. With 10 restaurants here (plus a few more on the West Coast), spanning everything from sushi to fried chicken, they’ve built a serious empire that embodies their founders’ approach of having “something for everyone.” Their recently opened Blue Ribbon Federal Grill is no different, with a crowd-pleasing menu filled with hits from their other restaurants plus a variety of new dishes. Continue Reading


Sessanta Restaurant Review - Flatlay

Italian food is probably my favorite cuisine. I would easily eat pasta, pizza, and Italian cured meats every single day if it weren’t for the calories. Given how much of it I eat, lately it’s been hard for Italian restaurants to truly impress or surprise me, as I’ve probably already had a better version of that spaghetti pomodoro/tagliatelle bolognese/etc somewhere else. So when I got to try out some delicious dishes I’ve never had before at Sessanta, a multi-regional Italian restaurant in SoHo, I was actually relieved. Continue Reading

Grilled Ribeye Steak and Watermelon Salad (Sponsored)

Grilled Steak and Grilled Watermelon Salad Recipe
This post is brought to you by Beef. It’s What’s For Dinner on behalf of the Beef Checkoff. All opinions are my own.

Over 4th of July, I went down to my family’s house near Long Beach Island in NJ. While I definitely got some quality beach time, including pit stops for seafood and drinks at a beach bar, the best part of the trip is always spent hanging out in the backyard by the grill. This time around, I got to grill a couple of my favorite ingredients: steak and watermelon. The two items separately pretty much scream summer, but most people wouldn’t think to pair them together. By making this Grilled Steak and Watermelon Salad, you bring in sweetness that acts as a great balance to your juicy grilled steak, the same way you might have a side of caramelized onions or use a sweet and tangy steak sauce or Asian-style marinade on beef.

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Chef’s Club Counter: Eggslut Grows Up into Alvin Cailan’s Paper Planes

Chefs Club Counter Alvin Cailan Paper Planes Smoked Salmon Avocado Toast Bacon

There are breakfast sandwiches at every corner bodega in NYC, but when Eggslut – one of LA’s most popular breakfast spots – came to the East Coast by way of Chef’s Club Counter, it was a big deal that had everyone talking. For those unfamiliar, Chef’s Club Counter is a modern fast-casual spot that curates a limited menu of dishes driven by their selection of esteemed chefs. It’s ultimately up to the chef to decide what to feature on the menu, so Chef Alvin Cailan of Eggslut decided to switch things up this June and retire his Eggslut menu in NYC. Instead, he’s launched brand new breakfast items under his Paper Planes concept, and the results are highly successful.

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