Food for Thought

October 2017: Who got the bibs? Michelin’s 2018 Bib Gourmand picks for New York City are in.

January 2017: Is the notorious durian fruit making a move into the New York food scene?

January 2016: New York Magazine’s Adam Platt on food trends and where to eat in 2016.

May 2015: Finally it’s feeling like spring in the city. That means ice cream. But not just any ice cream — New York City ice cream.

April 2015: The always insightful Pete Wells’ ode to the New York City breakfast sandwich.

March 2015: I’m super picky about which food bloggers I follow, but I get excited about almost every post by Oh How Civilized! A must follow for matcha lovers!

May 2014: You need not spent money on a cookbook ever again with Saveur’s line-up of best food blogs this year.

April 2014: The world’s top 50 restaurants for 2014 are being announced on the 28th. Here’s a review of the 2013 winners.

March 2014: It’s not too often food critic Pete Wells of the New York Times does a top 10 list. But he’s done one for the booming ramen shops around town. This should serve as your ramen check-off list.

November 2013: Should have posted this earlier, but if you’re looking for the perfect mix of good food, good vibe, good times all at the latest hot spots, just look to NY Mag’s ever-evolving power rankings.

October 2013: Jiro’s “sweet-omelet dude” comes to New York. My review of it coming soon!

July 2013: Wonder why hard cider is popping up across restaurants in Manhattan and beyond? Check out my dear friend John BF’s Rowan Imports and the ciders they’re bringing to us!

October 2012: With football season in full force, Eater compiled the most comprehensive list I’ve seen yet of pigskin bars throughout the city. Let’s just say in an island as diverse as Manhattan, there’s room for every team.

September 2011: Quickly! Before the summer’s gone. Head to the Brooklyn outdoors for a marketplace of breakfast, lunch and dinner: Smorgasburg! Here’s Village Voice’s top 10 things to eat there.

December 2010: Check out this hip yet cozy chocolatier — Bond Street Chocolate — run by Lynda Stern down in the East Village.

October 2010: Eating out for breakfast? You’re not alone.

October 2010: Check out my grad school’s site, The Recovery Times, where I’m writing about consumption and restaurants trends in the food and beverage industry.

April 2010: Derrick reminded me that The World’s 50 Best Restaurants in 2010 was released today! Of note, Spain has 3 of the top 5, which means it’s time to go back to Barcelona! In the US, New York City’s Daniel made a huge jump up to #8, while Keller’s French Laundry dropped again, now at #32.

April 2010: New York Times article on “People Who Photograph Food and Display the Pictures Online.” It’s this phenomenon that’ll make FoodSpotting big.

March 2010: Thanks for the heads up Kev! This Saturday (March 20th) is Macaron Day. Tell this list of participating bakeries that you’re visiting for this holiday and get a free macaron =)

March 2010: If you’re into social media, get involved with Foodspotting! It’s a visual mapping of dishes and restaurants around you. Ingenious concept and mouthwateringly addictive! I even started an NYC Eating Guide, under CYN8NYC, open for anyone to challenge and contribute!

March 2010: New York Magazine’s annual “Best of NY Eating” is out! I’m really liking the new concept category with rooftop restaurant farms. Looking forward to it in time for Spring!

February 2010: Cathy Erway on The Art of Eating In, announces the Eat In for a Week challenge set for Feb 22 to 28.  I didn’t think it was much of a challenge until I just went through what I ate this past week. From my to-go sandwiches and five coffee shop lattes each day to Sunday brunch and weeknight take-out, this is going to be much harder than I thought.

February 2010: Here is Inc.500’s fastest growing companies in the food and beverage category. Opentable still on a roll. Notice the trend in organic foods and healthier eating.

January 2010: Thanks for this Caroline! This New York Times review totally reaffirms my suspicions about The Breslin – great fling, but not marriage material.

January 2010: NYC Restaurant Week has been pretty lackluster the past couple seasons, but here’s a list of this Winter’s newcomers and recently inducted members of the restaurant graveyard. I wouldn’t cry over the loss of Cub Room, Ono, and Cafe Des Artistes, but definitely take advantage of The Breslin and Dell’Anima!

December 2009: Stocking Stuffers for Foodies this holiday season! The Cups Gift Box by This Chick Bakes looks like the perfect idea!

December 2009: 12/15 is National Cupcake Day! NYC is the home to Magnolia’s, Billy’s, Butter Cup…and newcomer minis like Baked by Melissa and Kumquat. What are your favorites?

December 2009: The Brooklyn Flea market’s coming to Manhattan! Visit their Gifted Holiday Market at 4th & Lafayette, featuring vendors like Brooklyn confectioners Whimsy & Spice and baby cupcakes from Kumquat Cupcakery!

November 2009: Ten oh-so-delicious holiday cocktails, from my beloved CNBC slideshows!

November 2009: I always love New York Magazine’s Thanksgiving Guide. This year, your feasting weekend done in three ways, covering everything from recipes to Black Friday shopping.

November 2009: Would you eat at Paradou if you knew owner, Vadim Ponorovsky, treated his employees like this??

November 2009: Ever wanted to buy your old buddy across the country a drink? Do it now with GiveReal! Your virtual gift card translates into actual drinks of your friend’s choice at ANY bar! And beyond that, the site had expanded to cover restaurants, spas, theaters, and clothing retailers! I think I’ll be doing a lot of this this holiday season =)

October 2009: Tina, as usual, keeping me on my toes. Recent blog entry mentioned Michael Bao Huynh, who’s now featured in the latest Grub Street article. Apparently he intends to open four restaurants in the four weeks of November. Hope we’ll have time to try them all!

October 2009: For delicious recipes and other delightful food experiences, follow Caroline at

October 2009: New York Times reports on revised FTC law requiring bloggers to disclose any endorsement/advertising deals or receipt of free goods for review. Thanks for the heads up Caroline! Not that I come close to falling under this rule….yet =)

September 2009: Here’s an interesting article off New York Magazine, courtesy of Tina, regarding the plethora of food blogs out in the World Wide Web. Please feel free to invade my commentary space to let me know if I’m ever turning into this so-called “Foodiot” =)


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