Sitting outside and eating pizza on a beautiful Spring Day in NYC. One of the joys of life here in the big city.
We have all been there. You walk by a spot seemingly hundreds of times and never notice it. If you do, then you never bother to give it a try. One late afternoon the weather was too good to pass by again, and a table was beckoning to us to take a seat at Olio e Piu.
While wandering around the West Village we stopped by this resto for an early dinner. I can’t even count the amount of times I had walked by this place, but so glad the aroma of pizza and Italian food lured us in. As it was a perfectly sunny day out and not too hot we sat on the outside patio seating which is kind of picturesque with all the flowers and plants adorning the space. A friendly waiter handed us menus and told us about some specials. We were having none of that! Just hand over the pizza and back away slowly. Back away! Continue reading Olio e Piu – pizza love while dining al fresco in NYC→
Mmmmm…..fresh made pasta! Carbs Carbs Carbs! Wonderful Carbs! Joyous carbs!
Hey, even though we are eating healthy and employing a more nutrition based intake nowadays doesn’t mean giving up on eating out and indulging a bit. We just decided to do it on a once a week basis, and pick out a new joint that we haven’t chowed down at before. Even so, there are plenty of spots here in NYC that offers up some delicious grub with a healthier kick to it. You just have to show some restraint and not give into sinful desires!
We happened on a restaurant called Giovanni Rana Pastificio & Cucina. Located in the Chelsea Market we decided to give it a try for dinner while sauntering around the area as I took the day off for my birthday a few weeks ago. After walking around the High Line elevated garden and park we had a hungering for something to nourish our souls. Turned out to be a solid choice.
The market has some really nifty places to shop and dine at. We were drawn into here by the terrific selection of multi-colored and multi-flavored freshly made pastas in the displays. To dine in, or take out and prepare at home. After a full afternoon of strolling around the Chelsea/Meatpacking District area some carbs seemed like perfect way to replenish our energy packs. Or just to fill our bellies! Continue reading Giovanni Rana Pastificio & Cucina – Carb Love in NYC!→
Not many of these old school family style bakeries are left in NYC so when I happened upon this one in the neighborhood that I work in I had to drop by for some cookies. Maybe it was the large bakery chef statue standing outside the entrance that drew me in. That, or all the delicious looking stuff in the windows. La Delice Pastry Shop has been doing it right since 1935 and is a long-time mainstay in this part of town, Kips Bay. In an era where it seems that the city is getting rid of and losing many of its old-school, iconic, and cultural mainstays it’s always reassuring to discover a few of these places still surviving. To me, there is nothing like real bakery style cookies made the old-fashioned way, and not just pumped out by a factory pre-packaged and mass-produced.
Blondes, brunettes, and redheads. There can be found quite the variety here in NYC, but there is just something to be said when you bump into a sexy redhead.
After hanging with a bunch of friends for drinks in the East Village area we decided to grab a bite to eat. Using the Yelp ap on my phone we discovered The Redhead and called. They were able to hook us up with a table for six with only a minimal wait. As it’s not a large place it was pretty packed, but that was to be expected since this seems to be a popular joint in the hood. Especially on a weekend night. Can be a bit cramped for seating as we discovered but they made it work for us.
It was so dark in here I could hardly read the menu. Using the candlelight I almost set my menu on fire. Had to go with the Fried Chicken which was pretty decent compared to many I have had throughout the city, and the cocktails were strong but tasty. Always a plus in my book. Also, the Wedge Salad accompanying the meal was a nifty side that you don’t see too often in places like this.