Escaping the Big Apple for Another Kind of Apple – Adventures and Apple Picking in Hudson Valley

img_7624Fall – The most glorious time of year in the northeast. The leaves are turning bright hues of red, yellow and orange. The air is crisp. The fabrics are lush. And the fireplaces are starting to crackle. It’s simply fabulous.

And there’s no better way to celebrate this magnificent time of year than with an all-American weekend in New York’s gorgeous Hudson Valley. Now sure there are endless activities around the state and the region to participate in, but Hudson Valley has a sort of enchanting and extra special vibe.  Continue reading “Escaping the Big Apple for Another Kind of Apple – Adventures and Apple Picking in Hudson Valley”

The Pizza Princess Visits The Pizza King – A Day at DiFara’s in Brooklyn

IMG_3206Pizza – the famously delish diet staple for all New Yorkers, born and brought, alike. Whether you’re out for a full pie, or just a plain slice, pizza brings people together, regardless of your choice of toppings. You can eat it any time of day, any type of way, and I’d even go as far as saying it’s the (unofficial) grub of Gotham. Characterized by its round, thin crust (usually well-done), sweet sauce and very particularly placed mozzarella cheese, this food favorite originated in the Big Apple in the early 1900’s. Continue reading “The Pizza Princess Visits The Pizza King – A Day at DiFara’s in Brooklyn”

Very Vegan – Friday Night Nosh at the Natural Gourmet Institute

ngiSometimes low key and cool is the way to go when choosing your dining options in NYC. Sure there are a bevy of beautiful restaurants with fab fare, but every once in a while, you come across a hidden gem and it’s just as amazing an experience as anything else, if not better.

When a girlfriend of mine started posting picture perfect dishes on Facebook a few months ago, I was wondering where she had ordered from. I quickly came to discover, she was a student at the Natural Gourmet Institute – an institute leader in health-supportive culinary education since 1977. Continue reading “Very Vegan – Friday Night Nosh at the Natural Gourmet Institute”