Everyone in New York and beyond has an opinion about bagels so I’m just going to put my two cents out there. Tompkins Square Bagels makes the best bagels, period. A great bagel has to be big and round, golden brown and slightly crispy on the outside and doughy on the inside – and that’s what Thompkins Square Bagels are.
With two locations (the original location at 165 Avenue A by Tompkins Square Park and 184 2nd Avenue between 11th and 12th Street) in the East Village, Tompkins Square Bagels is a neighborhood bagel shop but also a destination spot for many New Yorkers who know a good bagel when they taste one. Read more
Rich in Omega 3’s, fiber, and magnesium, organic and fair-trade Himalania chia seeds are grown in Peru. A popular seed used in cereals, chia seeds are also used as an egg replacement because the seeds when moistened expand into a gel-like texture that helps bind and elevate foods together. But beyond using chia seeds as a nutritional boost, leavening agent, or binder for cereals, puddings and baked goods, chia seeds are also a great tasting snack food, especially when they are covered in rich, dark chocolate. Read more
Several years ago at a party, a friend of the family was sitting by the fireplace enjoying an ice-cold beer when he started talking about a married man who used to help our family take care of a summer house. Seems this married gentleman was carrying on with a woman in town and using our place as a love shack, unbeknownst to us. When the seductress forgot to turn off the silent alarm one autumn afternoon, the police and fire department were alerted, along with the married gentleman’s wife (who had a police radio at home) – all of whom raced to the house where there is only one road in and one road out. Read more
Wallets haven’t changed that much in decades. Most are made of leather with a windowed section for a driver’s license or personal identification, slats for credit cards (and the multitude of store loyalty cards) and often a coin or zippered section to place receipts. When you think about what a wallet is meant to do: carry and protect some of your most valuable personal effects – driver’s license, credit cards, and cash – then you may begin to wonder why wallets haven’t kept pace with the technological changes that protect our personal identity and define our daily lives? Read more
Pretzels are a part of the landscape of New York City and, yet all pretzels are not created equal. Those hard, dry and tasteless pretzels sold on virtually every street corner taste like cardboard and make people wonder what the fuss is all about. Surely New York can do better than that…and, they do but you have to know where to find them. Read more
Chocolate caramel turtles – the unbeatable combination of roasted nuts combined with creamy caramel enrobed in chocolate) were one of three foods (the other two being a slice of cheese on my toasted bagel with lettuce, tomato, and red onion; and bread pudding) that made me think twice about changing my diet from vegetarian to completely plant-based.
I could certainly enjoy nuts and dark chocolate on a vegan diet but caramel which is typically made with milk and butter was out of the question. After much soul searching, I made the leap anyway and went through a brief period of mourning until I discovered Lagusta’s Luscious Salted Galapagos Turtles – which turned out to be better than the chocolate turtles I gave up! Read more
If you’re looking for a cold, refreshing, and classic drink, look no further than the Club and Cranberry: a tall glass of club soda on ice with a splash of cranberry and a squeeze of fresh lime. There are few drinks as festive as this red drink tinged with a slice of green lime (or the “Cape Codder” or “Rose Kennedy” which includes vodka) making this sparkling non-alcoholic drink a perfect choice during the holiday season.
The Club and Cranberry sounds so simple and yet the quality of the drink varies greatly with the three ingredients: club soda, cranberry juice, and the lime (I won’t get into ice right now but ice cubes matter, too). Read more
The base of most homemade soups starts with chopped onions, carrots, and celery along with water or broth. These days, most supermarkets, including Trader Joe’s sell containers of fresh diced vegetables which makes it easy to make a batch of soup in a jiffy. But, if you want to add some pizzaz to a homemade soup, consider adding a 1/4 to 1/2 cup of dehydrated vegetables made by Harmony House Foods. Read more