Tapas and a View at Halifax, Hoboken

My brunch hiatus ended with a bunch of small plates at Halifax in Hoboken. Inside of The W Hotel, Halifax offers what they call ‘Bubbles Brunch’ where they offer unlimited small plates for two hours and a bottle of sparkling wine. We walked in around 11am and being that it was Father’s Day, all tables were reserved with the exception of outdoor seats and the … Continue reading Tapas and a View at Halifax, Hoboken

Industry Insider: Santiago Peláez

Santiago Peláez is an international food and beverage expert, specializing in fine Italian dining. He has cooked in numerous restaurants in the US and managed dozens of multinational luxury brand resorts across Mexico as the F&B Director at Grupo Diestra. Currently, Mr. Peláez is gearing up to become the F&B Director at Zanti Cucina Italiana, due to open in The Woodlands, TX, in the spring … Continue reading Industry Insider: Santiago Peláez

Smorgasburg: Your Guide to Brooklyn’s Largest Food Market

Smorgasburg, Brooklyn’s largest food festival, reopened its doors on Saturday, March 31st at the East River State Park. Hundreds of food lovers rushed in to try 75+ vendors of every cuisine imaginable. I, of course, was one of them. My last trip to the event the New York Times calls the “Woodstock of eating” was in 2015 so I was excited to jump back in … Continue reading Smorgasburg: Your Guide to Brooklyn’s Largest Food Market

Where to Brunch: Poco

Standing at the corner of Avenue B and East 3rd Street, you’ll find Poco, a tapas and brunch restaurant known for its bottomless drinks and upbeat vibes. I visited Poco on a Saturday morning for my best friend’s birthday brunch. This East Village hot-spot can be best described as a party-style dining experience perfect for birthdays and celebrations. At the beginning of the day, service … Continue reading Where to Brunch: Poco

Where To Brunch: Carroll Place

If you find yourself in Greenwich village looking for somewhere to sit and enjoy brunch, Carroll Place on Bleecker should be at the top of your list. Brunch has shifted from a mid afternoon meal combining breakfast and lunch into a festive event merging bottomless drinks and the best of both mealtimes. What “LIV on Sunday, King of Diamonds Monday” is to Lil Wayne is … Continue reading Where To Brunch: Carroll Place

Vintage Flows: “I swirl like that, I sip like that, I wine like that…”

“Just sending funky rhythms right down ya block, We be to rap what key be to lock… But I’m cool like that, I’m cool like that, I’m cool!” Growing up where I did, wine wasn’t exactly considered “cool”. See, I was always led to believe that wine was for women, the elderly, and the rich. Men were supposed to drink beer, scotch, maybe whiskey, but that … Continue reading Vintage Flows: “I swirl like that, I sip like that, I wine like that…”

Vintage Flows: Halloween Hack to Level 1 Wine Tasting

“I sip fine wine to spit vintage flows. What y’all didn’t know? Cause you can’t knock the hustle…” I am not your everyday wine connoisseur or enthusiast. Some say I am a little rough around the edges. To begin, I do not consider wine to be fancy or elegant. My wine descriptions and pairings are unorthodox and untraditional. Sommeliers despise me and may say I … Continue reading Vintage Flows: Halloween Hack to Level 1 Wine Tasting

3 Tips For A Great Friendsgiving

When it comes to hosting, the easier the décor, the better. Freixenet’s chic black bottle bubbly in adorable mini-sizes serve as the perfect place cards for your guests at the table. Grab a gold pen and customize each bottle with a name and instantly eliminate the struggle of seating arrangements ahead of time!  And at just $4 a bottle…it’s Cordon Negro minis for the win! … Continue reading 3 Tips For A Great Friendsgiving

7 Twists On Classic Holiday Foods

Food is a central part to any holiday celebration, but after having the same recipe for the fifth or sixth time, even beloved dishes can feel bland and boring. This year, spice up traditional fare with a few unique twists guaranteed to have guests raving. Mushrooms give earthy appeal to stuffing The golden turkey or glazed ham is the star of the show at most … Continue reading 7 Twists On Classic Holiday Foods

In a World of Pure Imagination: Co Co. Sala Chocolate Lounge & Boutique

I stood in front of the thick glass entrance that guarded what seemed to be nothing more than a mere ordinary upscale restaurant, one of many located on the bustling streets of downtown D.C. As I gripped the bronze handle of the restaurant’s glass barriers, entering the dimly-lit establishment, my mind could not prepare me for the wealth of amazement and awe I was about … Continue reading In a World of Pure Imagination: Co Co. Sala Chocolate Lounge & Boutique