Native New Yorker, currently living in DC where I work for the feds. I love to cook, eat, travel and I am a lover of the arts.

  • Location: DC/NYC
  • Favorite foods: italian is what I grew up with...I love indian food as well.
  • Last bite on earth: my mom's eggplant parmiggiana.

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A Closer Look at Your Italian Bakery's Cookie Case

And actually, in the picture below biscotti, the third cookie is actually called quarsemaeli, not biscotti di mandorle (even though I suppose, technically, that's what it is).

What about savoiardi, the flat white cookies? Not the ones you use in tiramisu, the OTHER ones that are soft? Old people and babies love savoardi.

Btw, Sal and Jerry's in Bensonhurst makes all of their own cookies.

Meet the Italian Ice Cream Sandwich: Brioche Con Gelato

I'm fortunate to live around the corner from Villabate Alba in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn. They serve this as well. It's my dinner about once a week during the summer!

Al Safa's Counter Serves Up Solid Lebanese

I agree with the review. I've eaten there a few times, the owner is very, very nice, but I wish they didn't have to reheat so much of the food. Anyway, If you're ever in Bay Ridge again, on 4th avenue and 86th street is another place called Karam...AMAZING rotisserie chicken served with the most pungently garlicky sauce I've ever tasted (in a good way!!).

What Gross Food Stuff Did You Do as a Kid?

Oh, and some of you are mentioning bread balls--I used to make communion wafers out of bread. Rip off pieces of bread and press them very, very flat. Then I'd let it disolve on my tongue.

What Gross Food Stuff Did You Do as a Kid?

um, in elementary school we used to snort pixie sticks. Yes, snort, like cocaine. We used to make a line in our hand and snort it. I didn't know what cocaine was, don't know if the other kids did, but I'm assuming one of the kids saw it on TV or something and taught us to do that.

I also used to love sardine and avocado sandwiches. This was in the early 90's when I was around 8 years old, so long before it was cool, healthy and trendy. I'd ask my mom for this to bring to lunch at school. I was very popular, as you could imagine.

Market Tours: Homemade Pasta and More at Pastosa Ravioli in Bensonhurst

Also, their canned tomatoes (pictured in the slide show) are WELL worth getting...some of the best I've ever had.

Market Tours: Homemade Pasta and More at Pastosa Ravioli in Bensonhurst

Their store on Richmond Avenue in Staten Island is even better. Three times the size and LOTS more products, including many interesting imported items. Lovely people, too.

Our Favorite Lard Breads in NYC

wait! stop the presses! You need to try Sal and Jerry's on 20th ave and 68th street in Brooklyn--prosciutto bread is their specialty!!!

Also, re: Faicco's--there's a difference between what's billed at lard bread and what's billed as prosciutto bread. Faicco's sells lard bread, therefore there's not much prosciutto in it...still delicious. So is their sausage. And their prosciutto balls are the best around! Everything is great in's my go to butcher shop.

What food smell do you hate?

eggs cooking. gives me the dry heaves.

What Food Do You Cook Better Than Anyone Else?

Lasagna and mac and cheese. Once people try my mac and cheese, they ALWAYS say it's better than any other. I've given out the recipe and they say it's not as good as when I make it--there really is a certain technique involved.

As for my lasagna--the trick honestly is just using really, really good ingrediants. Fresh mozzarella, fresh ricotta, fresh basil, good quality tomatoes for the sauce, and high quality Italian sausage make for a happy lasagna. I don't make a meat sauce, but rather crumble up and cook some sausage and put that over the cheeses, some basil leaves, then add some sauce to each layer. The sauce just tastes more fresh that way (without the sausage cooked in it I mean).

Cook the Book: 'The Homesick Texan Cookbook'

orangette, thekitchn, pioneer woman, smitten kitchen...

Where to Eat a Pre- or Post-Theater Dinner in NYC

Becco is wonderful, have no idea why the "ew" comment above. Everything is really well done.

I also love Joe Allen--classic. And Une Deux Trois.

Cook the Book: 'Food Trucks'

The mexican truck on 6th and 10th (maybe a little lower) in nyc...good old chicken and rice carts all over nyc...the waffle truck, too!

Snapshots from Amsterdam: The Best Street Food

The best is olliebollen--only sold in November and December. Google it. AMAZING stuff.

Cook the Book: 'Goat: Meat, Milk, Cheese'

spread on slices of baguettes and lightly toasted, then served on a salad made with mixed greens, lardons (or cooked small chunks of pancetta in the US) and walnuts.

A Guide to UK Chocolate Candy

Yeah, I have to say, this whole thing is making the site lose some credibility for me. Crunchie in no way, shape or form looks like or tastes like a butterfinger. The texture and taste are just completely different. Plus, you left out almost ALL of the best bars! I think whoever did this taste test hates the UK, and I'm not even joking.

Braised Chicken with Apricots, Green Olives, and Herbed Couscous

sirrix, that's a very popular combination in middle eastern cooking (Italian too, minus the cilantro)

Our Favorite British and Irish Crisps, Candies, and Other Snacks

Cadbury is only made by Hershey in the US. The UK version is far superior.

I loooove McVities Digestives and Hob Nobs. I'm not English, but I travel to London a lot, and I also love Myer's of Keswick :-) love their steak and kidney pie!

Will all the avocado lovers please stand up.

I eat 2-3 a week, sometimes more. I'm trying to lose weight, but I tend to disregard the extra fat grams on avocado days! I'm down 14 pounds in a month, so it doesn't seem to be hurting my progress. One of my favorites is to spread the avocado on a jalapeno english muffin from Wolferman's. So so good. Also love to take Trader Joe's Reduced Guilt tortilla chips, put some in a bowl, then add some refried black beans a fried egg and a sliced half of an avocado. So so good.

We Try the Whole Menu at Pret a Manger

I like Pret and have been known to buy a sandwich there when I'm in a rush, BUT, I'm super disappointed they don't offer my favorite--the all day breakfast sandwich--in the US locations (have looked in NY and DC and have never seen it on this side of the pond). When I'm in London I eat loads of them. Soooo good.

Dinner For Unwanted Guests

This is one of my pet peeves. My partner and mother-in-law (who lives with us) but have a habit of telling me "oh, so and so might drop by" as I'm cooking dinner. First of all--I wish I knew earlier. Second of all...might??!? Come on! It's rude. My partner has gotten a bit better about it. If I have enough of what I'm cooking--and I usually do--they can have some, but if I don't, they are SOL.