Eggplant, Cheese & Olive Crostini Recipe: Have an Olive Day (w/ Olives from Spain)

Have you had your olive fix for the day?

There’s no better way to satisfy this craving than with delicious olives from Spain. I was recently sent some jars to sample and I developed a simple recipe which is just one of the ways you could enjoy these flavor filled treats.

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Alpha Fusion, Midtown West, NYC

Alpha Fusion is Henry Yang’s Pan-Asian restaurant on 34th street, serving a mash up of Japanese, Chinese, Thai, Vietnamese cuisine. This Bond Street trained chef has always been passionate about experimenting with different flavors and textures.

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Chimichurri Grill East, Upper East Side, NYC

I was recently invited to a really impressive press dinner at Chimichurri Grill EastI went in expecting a typical steak house/ grill affair but ended up with a fine dining experience that I am still savouring.

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Little Park, Tribeca, NYC

Andrew Carmellini is such a star chef in my eyes! I love Locanda Verde and now am equally in love with Little Park, his ingredient driven, seasonal restaurant at the Smyth hotel in TriBeCa.

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Indian Accent, Midtown East, NYC

The very first time I ate at Indian Accent was in New Delhi several years ago and I was quite astounded by the meal. Chef Manish Mehrotra was a vanguard in creating an Indian fine dining experience based on contemporary techniques, which became an instant success.

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Guan Fu Sichuan, Flushing, NYC

Guan Fu Sichuan in Flushing has for me, redefined Sichuan cuisine completely. The words “Guan Fu” literally translates to “Sichuan White House” showcasing a cuisine that was only accessible to the nobility in China. The owners Li Boru and Xue Wei had a vision of bringing these flavors historically enjoyed by the Chinese aristocracy, here to our plates in New York City – in its most authentic form.

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Fiskur Bistro by Icelandic Fish & Chips, West Village, NYC

Take a trip to Reykjavík without ever leaving the city at Fiskur Bistro by Icelandic Fish & Chips.

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Thaimee At McCarren, Williamsburg, NYC

Elegant Thai food that tastes just as good as it looks – is what the brand new Thaimee at McCarren is all about.

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Brunch with Indian flavors at Pondicheri, Flatiron, NYC

Brunch may not be the first word that pops into your mind when you think of Indian food. Pondicheri, however might just have you rethinking that.

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Amami Japanese Cocktail Bar, Williamsburg, NYC

The newly opened Amami Japanese Cocktail Bar brings really delicious Japanese eats to Williamsburg.

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Imli Urban Indian, Upper East Side, NYC

There’s a new contender on the Indian dining scene on the Upper East Side. Imli Urban Indian Cuisine attempts to combine stylish digs with regional small plate offerings.

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TsuruTonTan Udon Noodle Brasserie, Union Square, NYC

Ramen is all the rage in NYC that one tends to ignore the other great noodles that’s Japanese cuisine proffers. A good bowl of udon can be just as satisfying and is so much harder to find.

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Caprices by Sophie, Williamsburg, NYC

A banker turned baker! Caprices by Sophie is a darling little bakery in Williamsburg which specialized in dainty offerings.

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Gumbo Bros, Boerum Hill, NYC

Two Louisiana State University alumns aim to fill the void of authentic Cajun and Creole cooking in New York City. Adam Lathan and Clay Boulware bring po’ boys, gumbos and more to their cool storefront – Gumbo Bros in Boerum Hill, Brooklyn.

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Tijuana Picnic, LES, NYC

Looking for a really cool spot on the LES with a retro vibe and zingy Asian/Mexican small plates? Take a trip downtown to sample Chef Alex Lopez eats at Tijuana Picnic.

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Cooking with Truffles at Urbani Truffle Lab, UWS, NYC

Truffle lovers – did you know that you could do so much more than just buy truffles based products at Urbani?

One of the most fun things I’ve done this past month was a Chef’s Table style cooking demonstration at the Truffle Lab at Urbani. My blogger friend Jean Philippe from I Just Want to Eat was with me and we had ourselves the time of our lives.

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Vic’s, Noho, NYC

Brunch might just be one of my favorite meals and nothing thrills me more than finding just that perfect spot to spend an afternoon to luxuriate in.

 

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Ichiran, East Williamsburg/Bushwick, NYC

Ever feel like you want to enjoy a bowl of Ramen in total solitude?

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Rubirosa, Nolita, NYC

Rubirosa is one of the most beloved pizzerias in New York City. It is definitely on every “Best of” list and is so much more than just a pizza place.

 

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