i like to read about, eat and cook food...although that last one could use some help. i have a huge list of restaurants i want to try out but unfortunately, im stuck in an office chair for 12+ hours/day staring at my computer, doing something finance-y

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  • Location: NYC
  • Favorite foods: at the moment, a big fan of mexican. but pretty much an omnivore, except for eggs and offal. and fat. i dont like fat. so no pork belly for me.
  • Last bite on earth: a perfect strawberry

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You Don't Eat Well, and More Things I Learned on My Cookbook Tour

Congrats! I came across your blog a while ago when my husband and I were close to moving to Mexico City for work (didn't work out though) and I got sucked in...probably read all your Mexico City posts in under a week! Can't wait to get your book and put it to use!

Tiny Ovens, Hidden Cranberries: How to Survive Thanksgiving in Paris

I rememember my two thanksgivings in Paris...the first one I was making cornbread biscuits three at a time in my tiny mini convection oven. Took a while. The second my friend with a FULL SIZE STOVE AND OVEN (!!!) graciously let me use his kitchen. And let me cook everything I needed (sauce, gravy, biscuits). And then we took it over to our friends' who were hosting and who had a tiny oven. It was awesome.

Win a Copy of 'Baked Occasions'

Banana pudding because everyone loves it and it takes more than a day for me to make

Win a Copy of 'Plenty More'

sauteed fairytale eggplants with caramelized shallots and balsamic

The Best Sweets We Ate in September

um...those AMAZING LOOKING BISCUITS? Any chance of a recipe? :)

Win a Copy of 'Extra Virgin: Recipes and Love From Our Tuscan Kitchen'

Mole. Knowing that the mother-in-law spent hours and hours to make it just for us = love

Manner Manners: Splitting Up the Tip

Some people are so strange...

In groups, if we split the bill evenly, I tend to be the one to calculate how much everyone owes so I just add 18-20% to the total and divide by the number of people, and then round up to the nearest dollar. People can't really argue with that.

If we're paying by what everyone ordered, I add 18-20% to the total bill, divide by the number of people and again round up to the nearest dollar and tell everyone to add that amount on top of what they ate. This seems to have eased the process as I also had some friends who would skimp. As long as someone sane takes control, everything will be fine...

Where to Get the Best Canelé in NYC

I love love love the Dominique Ansel one. Dare I say I prefer it over the cronut and the DKA...

Win Two Tickets to the Big Apple Barbecue Block Party

Big bob. Always and forever. I get there at 11am just to get that and not have to wait in line.

5 Great Drink Ideas From the Manhattan Cocktail Classic Gala

I loved the other cocktail at the los amantes table. There was also a really good rye whiskey, raspberry and lillet drink being served somewhere on the ground floor in a study type room

Poll: Are You a Blotter?

I'm with @gargupie. Only blot if necessary; no need for empty calories that don't add much.

Are Cronut Lines Still Long?

I've done it twice. Yes, its silly and yes there are a ton of people taking pictures of the line and such but the staff sometimes comes out with goodies (I've gotten free madeleines!). The first time was totally worth it(salted dulce de leche), the second time I was debating if it was worth it (chocolate with orange zest sugar). First time I went on a weekday, got there at 7:30am and got in line which hadn't turned the corner yet. Had my cronuts and was out of the bakery by 9:10am. It was a pretty cold day, one of the coldest in November, so that may have deterred people. The second time I went on a Sunday and got there at 7:45am and we were a good 15 people past the corner. It was an unseasonably warm day in December (didn't even wear a jacket). I didn't get my cronuts until 11:30-ish. So my advice is go on a weekday around 7:30am if you have time to spare in the morning. The colder/rainier, the less people. The bakery opens at 8am and they let in about 15-20 people at a time. I might get in line for February's flavor - raspberry and lychee. If you decide not to go, you should still try to get something from there - I love the canelles and you can skip the cronut line if you're getting something else in the morning.