Monthly Archives: November 2009

Coffeehouse/Cafe - FOOD - "The Delicious" - Italian

Cafe Reggio in Greenwich Village

November 30, 2009

Cafe Reggio is said to be the oldest coffeehouse in Greenwich Village. Dating back to 1927, history seems to have trapped itself in the sometimes claustrophobic dimly-lit cafe.

The restaurant is decorated heavily with Renaissance art paintings. At the far back of the cafe sits the monstrous original espresso machine, which I learned later was once the pride and joy of the original owner, Domenico Parisi, who was said to not let anyone operate it but himself.

The Italian dishes are pretty standard, but the great thing is the portions are just right without going overboard, and the prices are very reasonable.

My favorite is the Ravioli Pesto ($5.50), which always does the job filling me up.



The Pasta Campagnola with sauteed zucchini and garli is also really good — add chicken for an extra $2 because it’s worth it.



And if you visit Reggio, you have to get a coffee drink. I ordered a latte on my last visit and it was divine.

Restaurant Info:
Cafe Reggio

119 MacDougal Street
New York, NY 10012
btw Minetta and W. 3rd St.
Greenwich Village


FOOD - "The Delicious"

Enter OXO’s contest to win a trip to NYC!

November 28, 2009

Kitchen Buffs, you have a chance to win a trip to NYC, $1,000 worth of products from OXO, and a starring role in OXO’s How-To Videos by entering the Search for the World’s Greatest OXOniac contest.

All you have to do is upload a 30-90 second video demoing your favorite kitchen tool. There will be THREE GRAND PRIZE WINNERS who will win all of the above.

Go to for more info. Contest ends December 3rd.



Beautifully Delicious Links, 11/27/09

November 27, 2009

Zac Efron gives us his hair tip Photo source:

Zac Efron gives us his hair tip Photo source:

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Happy BLACK Friday!

Hope you all had a lovely Thanksgiving, and I really hope you’re out shopping (or coming out of post-Thanksgiving feast coma) instead of reading this.

But just in case you’re not doing either:

  • Zac Efron’s tried-and-true hair tip – TIME
  • How to rise above the overindulgence of the Thanksgiving feast and feel human again by Monday – MSN
  • Five beauty items WORTH the hype – Glamour Girls in the Beauty Dept.
  • A round up of weird people eating weird things – Serious Eats
  • The glitz and glamour that is the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show – Vanity Fair
  • GQ’s handy guide to the best men scents – GQ
  • RECIPES: Gingerbread Man Cookies – Simply Recipes
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    American - Breakfast/Brunch - Coffeehouse/Cafe - FOOD - "The Delicious" - Travel Feasts

    Chicago: Orange you hungry?

    November 26, 2009

    While in Chicago recently, my friend Katie and I did brunch at Orange for the first time.

    Apparently, brunch foods are this restaurant’s specialty, which is a mini-chain throughout chi-town.

    I tried the French Toast Kabob, which is a coconut-infused toast skewered with fresh strawberries and pineapples, topped with honey and served with coconut-mango salad. Sounded enticing enough.

    French Toast Kabob, $8.95

    French Toast Kabob, $8.95

    French Toast Kabob

    French Toast Kabob

    A+ for presentation, but the taste with the sauces was too citrusy for toast I thought. It was also an odd texture — I wasn’t loving it.

    Katie got the Veggie Sandwich, which is served open face on thick-sliced brioche bread, and stuffed with grilled eggplant eggplant, carrots, potatoes, red peppers, zucchini and caramelized onions.

    Veggie Sandwich, $8.95

    Veggie Sandwich, $8.95

    Veggie Sandwich

    Veggie Sandwich

    Again, looked beautiful, but kind of hard to eat and pretty bland overall.

    After our underwhelming lunch, we decided to go around the corner TO Iguana Cafe for some coffee and more treats. Because when people are with me, I force them to keep eating.

    Chocolate chip cheesecake

    Chocolate chip cheesecake


    Chai Latte

    Chai Latte

    We decided not to get too experimental this time and ordered a cheesecake — because really, who can go wrong with cheesecake, especially one drizzled with chocolate chip yumminess. And yea…eating that with a way-too-generous sized cup of chai latte, we definitely felt the food coma kicking in soon after.

    One out of two aint so bad.

    Restaurants Info:

    730 W. Grand Ave
    at Halsted/Milwaukee
    Chicago, IL 60654

    Iguana Cafe

    517-19 N. Halsted St.
    at Milwaukee
    Chicago, IL 60622


    American - FOOD - "The Delicious" - Italian

    Delicious mac n’ cheese at Cafeteria

    November 25, 2009

    (Seriously, I don’t know why I’m always in Chelsea these days either).

    I was desperate for some girl time, and when I called up my friend Shahla for a quick afternoon bite, she suggested we take it to Cafeteria. This place is open 24/7 and specializes in comfort (read: so bad for you yet so good) food.

    Its also probably most recognized lately for its cameo in Season One of The City. Ok fine, maybe I’m the only one who noticed that.


    Anyway, we indulged in a super cheesey, super filling bowl of mac n’ cheese with truffle oil. I think I could feel myself expanding with every bite, but it was soooo good.

    The mac n’ cheese itself is $8, but add in 3 well-worth-it bucks for the truffle oil.

    Please be warned its looks are deceiving…it comes out in a relatively small bowl but it is HEAVY — meaning I could barely eat anything else the rest of the day. Or move. Or breathe.

    But nothing like a good bowl of mac n’ cheese done gluttonously right.

    Restaurant Info:

    119 Seventh Ave.
    at 17th
    New York, NY 10011



    Another break from the routine…

    Thanks for filling out your answers for the last questionnaire :).

    Here’s another just-for-fun questionnaire:

    1. Favorite movie? Oh man. I have many. Amélie, High Fidelity, Zoolander, Almost Famous, Nacho Libre…I know, it makes no sense.

    2. Do you type with your fingers on the right keys? Yes

    3. What’s under your bed? I’m scared to look, but I’m sure I’d find a lot of things I definitely thought grew feet and ran off years ago.

    4. What is your greatest ambitions? I just wanna be, I just wanna be successful…sing it Drake

    5. What is your greatest weakness? Does a bad memory count?

    6. If you could build a house anywhere, where would it be? Paris

    7. What is your favorite article of clothing? Scarves

    8. Beach, Mountains, or City? City

    9. Technology or Art? Art

    10. Comedy or Horror? Comedy. What’s the point of horror movies?!

    11. Favorite smell? Jasmine

    12. First thing you think of in the morning? “I wonder what the weather’s like outside…”

    What would be your responses? Copy and paste your own answers in the comments section!