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Locanda Verde, NYC

Locanda Verde Executive Chef: Andrew Carmellini Cuisine: Italian Neighborhood: Tribeca Price: $20-30 mains Address: 377 Greenwich Street, NY, NY 10013 Phone: 212-925-3797 Hours: Breakfast: Mon – Fri 8am-11am, Sat-Sun 8am-10am; Lunch: Mon-Fri 11:30am-3pm; Brunch: Sat-Sun 10am-3pm; Dinner: Mon-Sun 5:30pm-11pm Locanda Verde, our neighborhood Italian inspired taverna sits on a quaint cobblestone Tribeca corner attached to … Continue reading

Roasted Squash Seeds

Next time you carve a pumpkin, or say… maybe make a Creamy Kabocha Squash Risotto or Butternut Squash Soup… save the seeds for roasting!  They make a lovely quick and flavorful snack that you can eat by itself or use as a salad or soup topping. Roasted Squash Seeds Ingredients: 1 C raw squash seeds … Continue reading

Our Thanksgiving Eve Dinner!

I hope everyone had a fabulous Thanksgiving and ate delicious food to your stomach’s content! For Natalya and me, it’s a bit too far to fly home to California for Thanksgiving (plus we work on Friday) so for the past few years, we have just stayed in New York.  We decided to host a Thanksgiving … Continue reading

Los Gatos Cafe, CA

Los Gatos Cafe 340 N Santa Cruz Ave Los Gatos, CA 95030 (408) 354-4647 Cash only I highly recommend trying out this cute and cozy diner, Los Gatos Cafe, especially if you’re a breakfast/brunch fanatic like myself. My boyfriend and I came here on a Sunday morning and only needed to wait about 5-10 minutes … Continue reading

Easy Pumpkin Muffins

I had some extra Kabocha squash (Japanese pumpkin) leftover from making my Creamy Kabocha Squash Risotto and so I went on the handy ingredient search engine on AllRecipes.com to figure out what to do with it.  I essentially had pumpkin puree leftover and an initial search resulted in many recipes for pumpkin pies, pumpkin smoothies, … Continue reading

Creamy Kabocha Squash Risotto

To get into the autumn mood, Natalya and I decided we should try to cook something involving a pumpkin!  I found a recipe from the The San Francisco Chronicle Cookbook Volume II called “Carol Field’s Creamy Pumpkin-Flavored Risotto” and decided to give it a go. When I went to the grocery store, I decided to … Continue reading