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Because any month with the Letter "R" is...

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I LOVE oysters and usually have them all year round.  Although, I have been told  that the best times to eat oyster are in the months with a letter "R". So I did a little research and found out more...

This belief was started in the 1900's when there was no refrigeration, so oysters had to be eaten when they were freshest. Also this may have come about because the warm months are when oysters mate. The oysters are not as plump and become soft, unlike in the colder months when their meat is firmer and has more flavor.

So what are you waiting for, get out there and grab a couple dozen! I especially enjoy them with a dirty martini or bloody Mary!

Here is a list of some of my favorite spots for the oyster enthusiast.


Coffee crash



It might be the summer heat, but I'm really needing a lot of coffee lately.  The drawing above is one of the picture perfect cups from Joe the Art of Coffee in New York.  If you haven't been, go to the Joe Coffee on Waverly Place in the West Village and sit in the tiny front garden. It will force you to slow down and savory this coffee the way it was meant to be enjoyed.

Illustration by Danielle Malmgren


Northern Spy (East Village, NY)




Stripped Bass with Corn Puree

Gnocchi with Sweet Popato

Peach Pie


(not pictured above)--

Kale Salad (Clothbound Cheddar, Kabocha Squash, Almonds, Lemon Dressing, Pecorin) 

Flat Bread with Potato and Rosemary, Squid 

So yes this little restaurant/market tucked away in the East Village is quite a find.  The food fresh and locally sourced , the dining room low key and cozy, the beer and wine selection featuring both local and imported options, and the prices so resonable you can come back again and again.  Although, when I tell friends about the magic of  Northern Spy all they can ask is "What does that name mean".  Well my dear friends the restaurant is named after New York's state apple...The Northern Spy.  Juicy, crisp and mildly sweet the restaurant pays homage to the apple in there Northern Spy Apple Pie....oh how devine!!!!


Northern Spy Co

511 E. 12th Street

New York, Ny



images from Northern Spy.com


Prune (East Village, NY)

Fried Oyster Omelette with remoulade sauce

Ricotta and Merveilles


Now you may be saying... wow..really?...10:30am for brunch...that seems a tad early....and I will simply say you can never and i repeat NEVER get to Prune too early for Sunday Brunch.

For one, you have to get there early, because the wait will generally be an hour or longer (so be prepared to get coffee at Bluebird next door while you wait).

Two you will wake up so early on Sunday from craving the Oyster Omelette with remoulade sauce,  Spaghetti A La Carbonara, Spicy Stewed Chickpeas, Dutch Style Pancakes and Soft Scrambled Eggs you will wait in front till they open.

Three and MOST IMPORTANTLY the bloody marys.  Which really is the only reason to get out of bed all together on a sunday morning. They bloody mary menu is so impressive they feature TWELVE different Marys.  My favorite is Chicago Matchbox (homemade lemon vodka, pickled brussels sprouts, white turnip, caper berries, green beans and radishes)I'm a garnish girl when it comes to marys so its like this one was meant for me.

Prune is the kind of place once you get there you will never want to leave, because a life filled with Oyster omelets, endless Bloody Marys options and unpretentious honest to goodness good food is one worth living...not to mention the cute little black licorice candy they give you with the bill..that helps too.


54 E. 1st Ave

New York, NY




Pop (West Village, NY)

Saturday Afternoon-2:00pm Pistachio Gelato Bar with Pistachio Nut topping and Dark Chocolate Drizzle @ Pop Bar

This is one of those places where I think to myself...Gosh I wish I would have thought of that.

It's really as easy as 1,2,3

Choose from the options of Frozen Yogurt, Sorbet or Gelato on a stick

Next pick at topping... coconut, almonds, pistachio, granola, coffee grains, brownie chunks....

Then decide if you want to go with a dip or drizzle of Dark Chocolate, Milk Chocolate, or White Chocolate.

The result is pure delicious genius.

Pop Bar

5 Carmine Street (at 6th ave)

New York, NY 10014

212 255 4874

image from popbar.com


Stumptown Coffee/Ace Hotel-Midtown NY


Upon my arrival to Stumptown this afternoon a sweet little Beet Cupcake  proposed marriage to me and...I said YES...OH YES....A THOUSAND TIMES YES!!!!!The moist carrot cake-like texture, smooth sweet cream cheese frosting  and  savory hazelnuts were a match made in heaven. So....of course I skipped all the way back to work and search for a  beet cupcake recipes AND as luck would have it, there was the exact one I wanted in NY times magazine. ohhhh sweet success

For your own Beet Cake visit The Breslin or Stumptown NYC at the ACE HOTEL


image from NY times