In the winter months, the back room at Café Select turns into a fondue room. With just enough space to squeeze in your closest friends, the back room quickly fills up, so a reservation is crucial.
Dani Barker is a Canadian actress/writer/producer, who has made a career as a moviemaker in New York. Some of you might know Dani from Starvival, which was a popular YouTube show that she did in the beginning of her career.
In New York City, oyster happy hour usually means $1-dollar oysters and inexpensive drinks. It’s a great way to turn an ordinary school night into something, that feels like Saturday, and it’s a great deal for someone like me, who orders oysters by the dozen. At Grey Lady, they have $1-oysters all night on Mondays, which is just one of the reasons why this restaurant on the corner of Delancey & Allen St has grown to become one of my absolute favorite spots.
Whitney Museum of American Art is much more than just a collection of paintings. In fact, the museum is known for embracing art in all forms, such as installations and films, focusing on American art and artists, who are still alive. The museum has a very dynamic, almost hip, vibe, a bit like MoMA PS1, and even those of my friends who aren’t really into museums tend to like The Whitney.
I don’t eat steak very often, but when I do, I want something nice, and Smith & Wollensky is always a safe bet. Smith & Wollensky is an old school steak restaurant in a corporate part of Midtown, so the restaurant attracts a lot of busy businessmen, especially during the week.
Before soup dumplings became a thing, and #xlb became a hashtag, Joe’s Shanghai was world famous in Chinatown NYC. Joe’s Shanghai is a Chinese restaurant with a multi-page menu, but most people go there for the soup dumplings, the xiao long bao.
I was meeting Vanessa for hot chocolate at Woops, but she was subway late, so I went inside to get us a table. I’ve almost learned to curb my food photography OCD, but I still get occasional relapses. Such as the other day at Woops. Is anybody watching? No. Ok, let’s go! The camera went out and macarons, flowers and hot chocolate were moved around, just like in the good old food blogger days. Gosh, it felt good!
Ehsan and Elena just moved to a new place in Midtown East, and the other night, they had invited me over for dinner. Ehsan and I know each other from university in Sweden, so before the dinner, he brought out different Swedish snacks from IKEA for old times’ sake. Can’t believe we’ve known each other for 14 years, but I’m so happy we’ve managed to stay in touch.
The appetizer was a delicious vegetarian soup and as main course, we had oven-baked steaks with tomato crust. For dessert, I had picked up some pastries at Supermoon Bakeshop, which is a hip, but tasty bakeshop in Lower East Side, but when it was time for dessert, we were all so full that we only had a small bite of the matcha croissant.
The fourth dinner guest was one of Ehsan’s old friends. That poor guy had gotten food poisoning after eating a piece of bad salmon the day before, and during the dinner he made numerous runs to the bathroom. It was so bad, that at a point, it looked like he was going to vomit in the soup, but somehow, he managed to endure the entire dinner AND keep up a conversation about international loans and prevention of money laundering. A hardcore topic for a dinner party, and you can probably imagine that my contribution was very modest, but it’s always fun to learn something new. I was therefore listening closely (I was!) until I managed to change the subject to something more down my alley (“so let’s talk about croissant toasts, shall we”). It was really nice to see Ehsan and Elena again, and we promised each other to do this again soon.
It was Sarah who introduced me to Atoboy in December, and it was love at first bite, so when April suggested that we went there for dinner last Saturday, I didn’t have any objections. Atoboy opened in August 2016, so it’s still a fairly new place, but it’s one of those places everybody is talking about, so a table reservation is absolutely crucial. Don’t wait until last minute like we did. Yikes! Still can’t believe we actually managed to get a table with such short notice.
About a month ago, I checked my Skywards account for the first time in 5 years and realized I had 200,000 Skywards miles to spend. Some of them were expiring this year, so what to do, what to do? I booked a First Class ticket to New York.