Around Town: The Dutch – New York City

The Dutch has been on my list for a while now, so I was excited to try it for brunch a couple of weekends ago. Located on a tree-lined street in Soho, The Dutch has a dark interior that makes it the right amount of cozy. The space is surprisingly spacious, with an open kitchen and a couple of dining rooms to maintain the right amount of privacy. There are so many great items on the menu – there was a lot of debate happening internally. For a delicious and low-key morning, this place is perfect.

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Start with the Honey Butter Biscuits. They are fluffy, warm, and come with a side of melt-in-your-mouth butter and apricot jam. I still dream about these biscuits.

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For the main meal, it was hard to resist the Banana Waffles with Cashew, Maple Syrup, and Crème Fraîche. The bananas on top of the waffles reminded me of Bananas Foster – always a good thing. The Smoked Salmon and Bagel with Soft Scrambled Eggs and Trout Roe was another item on the menu that was irresistible. The best part about it? Two bagel tops. Genius.

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The Dutch
131 Sullivan Street, New York

Images by Lauren

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That’s a Wrap!

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It was a shorter week, and yet so much still happened. Next week we’ll be in June! Summer is rapidly approaching. I don’t know how we zipped through spring, but I’m not ready for the heat (or humidity). I’m already dreaming of the recipes to make this summer, many of which involve pies and fruity frozen treats.

This weekend I’ll be surrounded by books and book lovers at BookCon – I can’t wait! Until then, let’s wrap up the week with a recap…

WILL TRAVEL FOR: Ice cream.

HEALTH MATTERS: Great health tips and a personal background from an Instagram food superstar.

FOOD TRUCKS: That are picture-perfect. Why are these food trucks not in my life?

CLASS ACT: All hail Audrey Hepburn.

NEW ON NETFLIX: All of the movies that you can look forward to in June.

SLEEP IN & EAT WELL: 35 make-ahead breakfasts – I can’t wait to try these.

FAMILY DINNERS: They are a treat – make time for them.

MORE IN ICE CREAM NEWS: The recent listeria outbreak has had a profound effect on Blue Bell ice cream and the Texas town of Brenham.

SUPERHEROES: The secret history of Ultimate Marvel.

DESSERT FOR THE WIN: A family of refugees turned a bakery into a major business.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Image by Lauren

Around Town: Empire Diner – New York City

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Sometimes there are days when all you want to eat is diner food. This craving hit late one night so I decided to make my way to the iconic Empire Diner in Chelsea for breakfast the next morning. Empire Diner was built in 1946 and was recently renovated to give the restaurant a more modern feel while maintaining its classic look. Empire Diner has been seen in many television shows and movies over the years, including Manhattan, Home Alone 2, Men in Black II, and Law and Order.

Also, today is Star Wars day (May the fourth be with you), and the Galactic Empire is referred to as ‘the Empire,’ so you see how it all comes full circle.

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I love the painted EAT sign above the diner and the retro look with the silver and old-fashioned interior. The space isn’t too big, so it feels cozy and laid back.

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Empire Pop Tarts were an obvious choice, because who can resist homemade pastry puffs with jelly on the inside and icing on top? The flaky edges were perfect for the first bite of the day. The Buttermilk Pancakes were fluffy while maintaining a crispier edge, and the Chilaquiles, though spicy, tasted fresh and was loaded with cilantro. Next time I’m going for lunch and trying the Classic Grilled Cheese with a Cookies ‘n’ Creme milkshake.

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Images by Lauren

Around Town: Clinton Street Baking Company

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On any given weekend, you could be in line for two hours waiting for a table at Clinton St. Baking Company. Go on a weekday, however, and you only have to wait 20 minutes. I kept hearing great things about the pancakes at Clinton St., so I decided to finally try it for myself. The verdict? They are pretty darn good. Fluffy, thick, melt-in-your mouth pancakes, that’s for sure. And the side of warm maple butter doesn’t hurt. Major perk: you can enjoy their pancakes after dark. Breakfast for dinner is a cure-all.

I ordered the Wild Maine Blueberry Pancakes, along with the Country Breakfast. When it comes to breakfast, I enjoy having meat, egg, potatoes, and something that goes well with syrup. This combo was perfect. Add a glass of fresh squeezed orange juice and you’ve got yourself one delightful morning.

Clinton St. Baking Company
4 Clinton Street (btw. East Houston & Stanton)
New York

P.S. If you’re in Seattle, the pancake (yes, singular – a literal pan cake) here is out of this world.

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Images by Lauren

Breakfast Frittata

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When it comes to eggs, I don’t usually think to bake them. Boil or scramble them, sure. But bake? This was new to me. I attempted my first Breakfast Frittata out of desperation for a cheesy egg combination (while also getting in my greens). Luckily this frittata doesn’t take too long to whip up, so have this recipe on hand when for those mornings when you wake up hungry. I baked my frittata in the pan, but you can also bake the mixture in a pie crust (which would make it a quiche). If you like meat as part of your breakfast, bacon or ham would be great additions.

You’ll Need

2 tablespoons of butter
1 sweet onion, minced
2 cups of chopped broccoli
1 teaspoon of minced garlic
1 cup of chopped green pepper
2 cups of spinach
1/2 cup of parsley
1 cup of grated mozzarella
1 cup of grated Parmesan
6 eggs
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper

Preparation

1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees F.

2. In a medium non-stick, oven-safe pan over medium-high heat, melt 2 tablespoons of butter. Add onion, broccoli, garlic, green pepper, and spinach. Cook until vegetables are soft.

3. In another bowl, whisk together eggs, salt, and pepper.

4. Add egg mixture over vegetables. Sprinkle cheese on top.

5. Let the mixture cook in the pan for 5-7 minutes until the bottom and top have begun to set, then place the pan directly into the oven for 20-30 minutes (until the center has set). When completely cooked, flip or slide the frittata onto a large plate. Let cool or enjoy hot.

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{Photos by Lauren}

Around Town: Zazie – San Francisco

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When visiting my friend in San Francisco, we explored the city and kept our eyes open for a good brunch place. Then we discovered it: Zazie. The menu is incredible, and they let you order single items, such as one or two pancakes along with another item. I wish everyone would just do this because when it comes to brunch, I tend to crave every flavor – potatoes, eggs, meat of some kind, pancakes, waffles, French Toast, you name it. We started off with a sparkling champagne cocktail (naturally), and moved onto our main meals. The highlight: pumpkin spice pancakes with pumpkin topping. With a charming atmosphere and delicious food, Zazie is a must if you’re in SF.

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Around Town: Ralph’s Coffee – New York City

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When I first heard about Ralph Lauren’s coffee shop, Ralph’s Coffee, opening, I knew I’d eventually have to find out what it was all about. I’m so glad I did. Located on the second floor of his 5th Avenue flagship store, Ralph’s is adorably charming. With tiled floors, a large seating area just outside of the shop, and a stack of books behind the tables, Ralph’s is a perfect place to meet a friend for coffee or to have a business coffee meeting. The logo is amazing and I enjoyed the coffee (and I don’t normally drink coffee). The ham and cheese scone was just okay. Nothing spectacular. Next time I go back I’ll be bringing my work and camping out with a latte.

Ralph’s Coffee: 711 5th Avenue, New York City

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{Photos by Lauren}