The List Volume LXXXI

By |July 27th, 2012|The List|

moving truckIn the last 10 years of my life, I’ve moved (at least) once a year (this is the eighth apartment in NY).  I hate moving.  The mere sight of cardboard boxes makes me shudder.  The sound of packing tape makes my skin crawl.  So, why do I keep doing it?  There is a variety of reasons, but one upside is that every time I move, it’s another chance to re-decorate.  Granted this move was less than smooth sailing (couch got ripped, mirror got cracked, rug got a perm…), I am finally home.  And who can complain about that?

  1. pile of moving boxesMoving.
  2. Making coffee only to realize you’re out of milk.
  3. Naysayers.
  4. That one scratchy, scraggly edge of a toenail that scrapes against the sheets all night.
  5. People who do the right thing and then act like they did you a favor.  Um, thanks for being a decent human?
  1. walk in closet chandelierThe undying support of loved ones.
  2. Not having to share closet space.
  3. The fact that Cafe Gitane has Kirs on the menu.
  4. Grocery delivery.
  5. Moving on.

Now, if you don’t mind, I’ll be over here sitting on my nonexistent couch.



Why Don’t You Eat Me: A Few of My Favorite Meals

By |May 10th, 2010|Guest Blogger, Why Don't You Eat Me?|

You all know I love food. Passionately. What you may not know is that I almost always plan my meals out in advance. I’m thinking about breakfast the night before. Once I’ve had breakfast, I start to think about lunch and well, dinner will be figured out way before the sun goes down. It’s not that I’m particularly OCD (okay, maybe just slightly). It’s the fact that I love food so much that once I’ve got one meal covered I simply can’t wait to think about the next. So, today I’m going to give you a little more insight into the person you’ve come to know and love as WhyDon’tYouEatMe and share my favorite meals to all of you! They’re good, so get ready. Here we go!


maincafeatlasAtlas: I used to live a block away from this place and I was there probably there at least 2x a week. First of all, the food is just plain good. Secondly, it’s fairly healthy. Thirdly, it’s inexpensive. That’s a winning combo in my book. My two favorite dishes are the granola with yogurt and fresh fruit or the goat cheese eggs with olives, and sundried tomatoes with a side salad and whole wheat bagel. Breakfast of champions.


cafe gitaneCafe Gitane: I honestly love this place any time of day, but it’s best for lunch. I probably go here about once a week during the spring/summer. Their moroccan couscous with chicken is amazing. Their goat cheese salad with apples, olives, and goat cheese croutons is perfect. The avocado with lemon juice, olive oil, and chili flakes on seven grain toast is a MUST.  Everything I’ve ever had there is good and I’ve tried just about everything on the menu at this point.


newyork_momofukossam_001pMomofuku Ssam  Bar: Two words: pork buns. This is another menu where I’ve more or less tried everything at this point and it rarely disappoints. I’ll just highlight my faves for you though. The cured hamachi with edamame, horseradish, and pea leaves has the most amazing flavor. I get this dish every time along with an order of pork buns. My two favorite main dishes are the spicy pork sausage and rice cakes and the hanger steak. The flavors in both of these are sensational as well. I could eat here multiple times a week every week and never get sick of this place.


venieroVeniero’s: When I’m not craving cupcakes from Baked by Melissa or cookies at Momofuku Milk Bar and want more of a variety, then I go to Veniero’s. This is where I find the best cannoli, eclairs, and napoleons around. They also have mini pastries, so I can get one mini of everything and pat myself on the back for getting to try ten different things in one sitting.

Now you have my favorite and most frequented restaurants in the city. They may seem simple and fairly uncomplicated, and inexpensive, but when it comes down to it it’s all about consistently good food that keeps me coming back.

See you next Munchin’ Monday!