Meet Martha Stewart at Macy’s in NYC on 9/23!

Martha Stewart

To all of my NYC friends – what are you doing Sept. 23 at 6pm? Hopefully you are joining me at Macy’s to meet Martha Stewart! Martha will be hosting a special book signing of her fabulous new cookbook, One Pot. I can’t wait to get my hands on this book – it is full of over 120 recipes, all using only one pot! These are just the kinds of recipes I love after a busy day.

Fun Fact: Martha Stewart was my very first celeb sighting when I moved to NYC 7 years ago! I was at a dinner at Scalinatella and she was having dinner at the next table!  I was quite excited about it :) .


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Farro Salad

Arugula, cherry tomatoes, and fresh herbs are mixed with farro and tossed in a lemon vinaigrette. Shaved parmesan and roasted pistachios finish off this amazing farro salad!

Farro Salad |
Do you ever have an amazing dish at a restaurant that you wish you could recreate at home? I had the most incredible farro salad at one of our favorite restaurants in NYC, Charlie Bird.  I know it doesn’t sound that exciting – I mean it is salad after all.  But I promise you, this salad is memorable.  And when I got home from dinner and googled it, I found a  recipe in the New York Times for the farro salad! Lucky me!

Sidenote – Charlie Bird is delicious.  If you live here and haven’t tried it yet, you really should!  Their chicken is outstanding!   Also when we were eating there once with TheBetterHalf’s parents, we saw Jerry Seinfeld and his family.   One of our best celeb sightings!


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Macy’s Great American Grilling Guru Sizzle Showdown

Sizzle Showdown |

Last Saturday I had the privilege to attend the Sizzle Showdown Finale at Macy’s Herald Square, hosted by Macy’s Culinary Council.  Macy’s spent all spring searching for the best grillers in America to compete for the ultimate prize here in New York City.  It was a fun day of watching six top grillmasters compete to win $10,000 and take home the title of Grilling Guru!  The judges were celebrity chefs Johnny Iuzzini and Todd English – two guys who clearly know a thing or two about great food.


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Grapefruit Tequila Cocktail with Chocolate Bitters

This Grapefruit Tequila Cocktail with Chocolate Bitters, modeled after a drink at the popular Seattle bar Sun Liquor, is the perfect combo of sweet and tart.

Grapefruit Tequila Cocktail with Chocolate Bitters |

It is an absolutely gorgeous day here in NYC! Sunny, 75, just a few puffy white clouds in the blue sky – perfect! It rained about every day this week, including an absolute monsoon last night, so we are ready for some sunshine. And chez CateyLou, beautiful weekend days mean rooftop cocktails! One of the perks of NYC living:) So today I have a Grapefruit Tequila Cocktail with Chocolate Bitters for you.

Yes, chocolate bitters!! Perhaps my new favorite cocktail ingredient.

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Carbone – NYC

Carbone in NYC |

A $55 Veal Parmesan?

There’s no way to assess a meal at Carbone without acknowledging that you’re paying for an experience. For an ambiance lifted straight out of the Mad Men era: white table cloths, old-school tile floors, and a Rat Pack heavy playlist. For waiters with a surly demeanors outfitted in snappy maroon tuxedos. And especially for a menu that’s almost audacious in its simplicity – straightforward dishes that are souped-up versions of Italian-American classics.

So taking this all into account, does it live up to the hype? It sure does.  … 

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