Bon Appétit

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It seems like every visit I make back to NYC revolves around food. It’s necessary to stop at all of my favorite spots for a bite even when making a quick trip. I started off my Fourth of July weekend with patriotic doughnuts and iced coffee at Doughnut Plant in Chelsea. The trip continued with fireworks on a friend’s rooftop in Brooklyn, a glamorous Italian dinner at the Mondrian in Soho, beautiful pastries at Dominique Ansel Bakery (sadly, they were sold out of cronuts for the day), and Upper East Side cocktails to escape the heat.

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Processed with VSCOcam with f2 preset^^The most ornate French pastries at the newest Ladurèe in Soho.

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 preset ^^Lime Me Up tart with brown sugar sea salt at Dominique Ansel Bakery.

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 preset ^^I need these doughnut pillows that adorn the wall at Doughnut Plant.

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 preset^^Patriotic doughnuts calling my name.

IMG_4331^^Our view of Manhattan before the fireworks on the Fourth. 

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 preset ^^Spaghetti Al Limone & Garganelli Bolognese at Isola Trattoria. I wish I could teleport this pasta to my kitchen right now.

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 preset^^Our view while we ate our pasta. The glass chandeliers were absolutely stunning.

DSC_3999^^Escaping the heat with cold cocktails at Upstairs at the Kimberly.

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Feelin’ Blue

Each spring, I anticipate the arrival of fresh berries. I needed to make a dessert for a family get-together and didn’t have time to be too creative so I thought a Blueberry Cheesecake would please everyone. I usually consider cheesecake to be one of those super indulgent desserts, only saved for special occasions but when combined with fresh berries and jam, it’s the perfect spring treat.

I went apple and pumpkin picking while living up in New York and it was one of my favorite autumn memories. When I heard there was 25 acres of blueberry bushes at Keel & Curley Winery, I took advantage of an afternoon of berry picking. Although picking blueberries is a bit more tedious than picking apples, I came home with a bucket full of berries and a great reason to start baking.