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March 19, 2010

Culinary & Cocktail Recommendations

Places to go

Last night I had a Pomegranate Daiquiri at The Smith in the East Village, now that we officially have amazing weather, the doors were open last night, and the vibe was great. The only thing better than talking to a great couple about their wedding is talking to a great couple about their wedding as sipping a delicious cocktail.

Earlier in the day I met a friend for lunch and randomly tried a place that I may have walked by a hundred times before. It’s on the corner, down the street from my previous life. I am not sure why I haven’t tried it before, but imagine I was inspired this day, because I was dining with an Israeli friend. I had the falafel salad. The toppings you can add are so fresh, healthy, interesting and delicious. I was a happy camper! The place is called Maoz and there are no seats (at this location, not sure about the others) but we took our food to Bryant Park, one of my favorite good weather Midtown retreats which actually got better. They now have the amazing Southwest Porch where patrons can sit, eat, relax and enjoy. Think wicker stools, bench swings and Adirondack chairs. Great photo opportunity! Just like the t-shirt. I love New York.

Last Sunday, motivated by Guy Fieri of the Food Network, I initiated dinner with friends and we crossed a place off my Brooklyn bucket list. We went for Turkish food on Coney Island Avenue. It’s deep Brooklyn, but entirely worth the trip. This couple was in Turkey six months ago and they were transported back there by way of the food. I loved the food but loved watching them enjoy it just as much. I see return visits in our future. What’s lacking in decor and ambiance is made up for in freshness, flavor and authenticity. Just a few doors down is apparently the best baklava. It’s flown in from Turkey. It’s lost on me, unfortunately, as they don’t make nut free or almond baklava (If you know of any please let me know!) but via my friends, the very good foodies, it’s excellent. I’d take their word for it. This is the duo who registered for their honeymoon and on their registry was baklava each day.

I would love to hear about your recent culinary discoveries, or cool places you’d like to share. Enjoy the weekend wherever you are. Eat well and cheers to spring time!

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