Almond Cocoa Energy Balls

Almond Cocoa Energy Balls

The weather is warming up, Spring is here and the long strolls around the city have started. For as many cafes and cold pressed juice shops I've wandered through here in NYC, I keep seeing these energy balls - mostly priced around $3 which I think is just insane. THE ELK in the West Village has a good version of what I mean. This gave me a hankering to try my own energy balls while having the luxury of keeping them around the apartment but with a fraction of the cost. 

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BAKED OATMEAL

BAKED OATMEAL

The inspiration for this humble slice of winter breakfast, which can double as dessert or a pre-baked camping treat, comes from the Delaware Baked Oatmeal at the Grey Dog here in NYC. It comes baked, streuselly on the outside and dotted with raisins and cinnamon on the inside and sits around a pool of warm almond milk. 

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CAULIFLOWER + QUINOA BALLS

CAULIFLOWER + QUINOA BALLS

Veggie balls like these are so easy to throw together, even with a small list of ingredients like I have here, I'm not sure why I don't make them more often! You might notice since my Super Bowl snack post, I can't shake the cauliflower train. They're so super tasty and versatile, so why not? At the Union Square Whole Foods lunch buffet I saw these cauliflower quinoa balls sitting in a Romesco sauce, which is a Spanish, smoky sauce made from roasted tomatoes and red peppers. It was as yummy as it looked.

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THE BEST TURKEY MEATBALLS

THE BEST TURKEY MEATBALLS

Is there anything much more satisfying than a pot of meatballs slowly stewing in a simple Sunday marinara sauce? I like to make a big batch of these for the week. My Italian supermom, Camellia, deserves all the credit for leaving that taste in my mouth.

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5 NYC MIDTOWN DATE NIGHT BARS (with food)

5 NYC MIDTOWN DATE NIGHT BARS (with food)

It's no secret the boroughs and hoods of NYC have a treasure trove of great bars and restaurants - some old standards, and some open and close as fast as the trends carry them. Where to go can be tricky. Where to bring a date can be an even bigger headache. For a number of reasons and any local will agree with this - most date night places are NOT in Midtown West, where I work and where I spend most of my waking hours. 

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