Blue crabs are probably my most favorite thing to eat. I get mine almost exclusively at Captain Pell's in Fairfax, VA. The owners purvey their crabs from Florida, so that means they are in season year round. Always fresh, the crabs are deliciously seasoned with Old Bay and their $29 all you can eat special on their Facebook page makes this a perfect dinner.
When I was little, my mom used to make this delicately steamed egg dish from Japan. Eggs are beaten with dashi and steamed with shiitake mushrooms and things like shrimp or chicken.
This one is from my favorite sushi place in VA, Tachibana.
I grew up eating spaghetti and meat sauce that was simple, meaty and comforting. Trattoria Belvedere in the Murray Hill neighborhood in NYC makes classic Italian dishes that never disappoint, including their Spaghetti al Ragu. Every time we go, we are greeted warmly by an Italian staff that make us feel like we are their most valued clients. It's an old school place with an unfancy atmosphere and I love it.
Trattoria Belvedere, 165 Lexington Ave New York
Yeast doughnuts rule. They are light, airy and feel like you're eating a cloud. These clouds made by Dough in the Flatiron, are not too sugary or sweet but deliciously balanced in flavor. We had hibiscus, pumpkin, passion fruit, cafe au lait, toasted coconut and cinnamon sugar.
Bon Appetite described Sadelle's on West Broadway a Wes Anderson movie come to life. I got to see for myself this past weekend and have to agree. Sadelle's attention to detail gives visitors an experience that feels like you've stepped into the glorious imagination of Anderson. From the bagel swords, origami paper hats and the prints on the insides of the pastry boxes, the owners thought through every detail.
Sadelle's is worth a trip to Soho.
Dinner Friday night was at one of my favorite Greek restaurants in NYC, Ethos Gallery. The owners make a point to provide an experience that makes you feel like you're in Mykonos. The food was incredible. We had the branzino, bass, roasted beets, feta and dolmades. And apparently every other person there is celebrating a birthday because the lights will suddenly go dim, a '90s throwback dance track (Right Said Fred "I'm too sexy" is a favorite) will begin playing and a dessert with a blowing flare will appear on a table. It's fun and a little unexpected for a restaurant situated in Sutton Place.
I made this using fresh little neck clams, Yukon Gold potatoes, dill and celery. Using fish stock as a base and letting the clams cook right in the stock produced a really yummy, briny soup. Perfect for a cold and rainy afternoon.
I was in Playa del Carmen recently with some of my closest girlfriends. This was probably the most chill vacation I've ever been on. We literally just ate, sat on the beach and drank. There was no pressure to go out and sightsee. We were happily camped out at our resort (the Vicerory which I highly recommend) the entire time.
We got an all-inclusive package which normally I would not be into because I think of mass-produced mediocre buffet food. But our resort had very good food and drinks so I ate anything and everything I wanted because I was on va-cay.
These fish tacos were my first meal and were served on a tray at my beach cabana. Paired with fresh lime, a curry aioli and pineapple relish, these were one of the best things we had the entire time.
SF has no shortage of good, healthy places to eat. This salad is from one of my favs, The Plant Cafe.
Mixed greens, dino kale, napa cabbage, carrot, cucumber, cherry tomato, roasted beets, pea shoots, quinoa, avocado, hummus, pickled onions, sunflower seeds and ginger miso dressing on the side.
My Taiwanese mother makes incredible spreads of food whenever I bring my boyfriend Ben home to visit. The star of the meal is her signature dumplings. These happen to be vegetarian, made with tofu, carrots, celery, cilantro and a ton of seasonings. There's also a platter of tempura and sticky rice with mushrooms and dried scallops.
These breakfasts are always an almost 2 hour affair so by the time we're finished eating, we're ready for an afternoon nap. I can't wait for the next one!
I call this an egg roll but it's not your typical appetizer that you find on Chinese-American menus. This is an 8-egg dish that's rolled from one end of a round pan to another, creating a rolled omelette. My mom used to make these for me using a ton of onion chives that are typically only found in Chinese grocery stores.
I made these hand pies with packaged pie crust dough, a box of blueberries, blackberries and some lime juice and zest.
Super easy and they surprisingly came out very good.