Ca’ Rainene olive oil from the Paolo Bonomelli Boutique Olive Farm

Ca’ Rainene olive oil from the Paolo Bonomelli Boutique Olive Farm

I recently received a bottle of the award-winning Ca’ Rainene olive oil which comes from the olive trees of Paolo Bonomelli Boutique Olive Farm. Nestled in the Torri del Benaco, on the eastern shore of Lake Garda, called “Riviera degli Ulivi” (Olive Riviera) which gives this particular blend of olive oil it’s unique properties.

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The Paolo Bonomelli Boutique Olive Farm is dedicated to what it calls “from field to bottle” where there is detailed monitoring and care taken to extract the very best quality extra virgin olive oil from their crop. This Ca’ Rainene olive oil is now available in the United States exclusively through Eataly in New York City. 

Get yourself a bottle or two– you won’t regret it.

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Disclaimer: This product was complimented to me though the opinions expressed here are my own.

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Kola House, Meatpacking District, NYC

Kola House, Meatpacking District, NYC

I was recently invited to a media dinner at Pepsico’s brand new Kola House in Chelsea. Pepsico has teamed up with Lenny Kravitz’s design firm, Kravitz Design, and The Metric, the group behind Gilded Lily, a nightclub to bring the Kola House into being.

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Padoca Bakery, UES, NYC

Padoca Bakery, UES, NYC

Brazil meets Israel at the bright and cheery new Padoca Bakery on the Upper East Side.

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Villard at The Lotte New York Palace, Midtown, NYC

Villard at The Lotte New York Palace, Midtown, NYC

The über luxurious Lotte New York Palace, now offers an equally indulgent breakfast experience at its newly launched Villard restaurant.

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Disclaimer: I was invited as a guest to this establishment for a complimentary meal. All opinions expressed in this post are my own

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Natsumi Tapas, Gramercy, NYC

Natsumi Tapas, Gramercy, NYC

The brand new Natsumi Tapas brings together a perfect fusion of Japanese and Italian flavors on what can only be described as art on a plate.

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Disclaimer: I was invited as a guest to this establishment for a complimentary meal. All opinions expressed in this post are my own

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Trattoria Machiavelli, UWS, NYC

Trattoria Machiavelli, UWS, NYC

Restaurateur Nathalie de la Fontaine spent several years in Italy and of course fell in love with it. Upon her return to the US, she felt compelled to bring the best pieces of her experience back here to New York City. That’s how Trattoria Machiavelli was born.

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Cooking w/ Chef Hooni Kim at De Gustibus, Midtown, NYC

Cooking w/ Chef Hooni Kim at De Gustibus, Midtown, NYC

Last week I spent a remarkable evening at De Gustibus – the upscale cooking school housed on the 8th floor of Macy’s. De Gustibus has one of the most impressive line-ups of celebrity chef’s who come in to demonstrate their culinary talents in a casual and intimate setting. Participants get to observe, interact and partake in a full course menu with wine pairings amongst a delightful cohort of gastro-enthusiasts. I spent the evening with my blogger friends Jean-Philippe from I Just Want to Eat  and Cindy from Chubby Chinese Girls Eats

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Pre Fixe lunch at Bagatelle, Meatpacking, NYC

Pre Fixe lunch at Bagatelle, Meatpacking, NYC

Bagatelle in New York City is a well-known hotspot in the Meatpacking District famous for its iconic chic party scene with weekend brunches that turn into patrons partying atop tables and chairs.

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Disclaimer: I was invited as a guest to this establishment for a complimentary meal. All opinions expressed in this post are my own

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Tasting of Olive Fed Wagyu w/ Chef Jaeckle at De Gustibus, Midtown, NYC

Tasting of Olive Fed Wagyu w/ Chef Jaeckle at De Gustibus, Midtown, NYC

I was recently privy to an incredible tasting event hosted by Chef Chris Jaeckle, Nick Solares of Eater, Journee and De Gustibus Cooking School. We had the opportunity to sample several cuts of Olive Fed Wagyu Beef from the island of Shodishima in Japan.

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ExKi, Midtown East, NYC

ExKi, Midtown East, NYC

There has been a really exciting re-birth in Midtown this past week. EXKi has re-launched their Madison Avenue location with a fresh vibrant look and a menu to match.

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Ponty’s Bistro, Gramercy, NYC

Ponty’s Bistro, Gramercy, NYC

Ponty’s Bistro is a unique little spot tucked away in the Gramercy area, which combines the delectable flavors of West African cuisine with French cooking.

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Marani’s, Rego Park, NYC

Marani’s, Rego Park, NYC

Marani’s was my first foray into Georgian cuisine and proved to be a fine place to start.

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Kurry Qulture, Astoria,NYC

Kurry Qulture, Astoria,NYC

Kurry Qulture in Astoria, Queens just might be one of the hippest Indian restaurants in New York City that you don’t know about.

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Santina, Meatpacking, NYC

Santina, Meatpacking, NYC

Thank you to the Carbone/ Torrisi duo for opening one of the very few places in the Meatpacking District where I can actually go and eat at.

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The Malt House FiDi, FiDi, NYC

The Malt House FiDi, FiDi, NYC

The Malt House has really upped their game in opening their expansive new Financial District counterpart. Located in the heart of historic New York, Malt House FiDi is an impressive tri-level space where each floor offers a different experience catering to all who walk through it’s doors.

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Delaney’s Chicken, Midtown, NYC

Delaney’s Chicken, Midtown, NYC

Daniel Delaney – master of brisket in Brooklyn, has now devised a darned good fried chicken sandwich at his bird shop at Urban Space Vanderbilt food hall.

 

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Patisserie Tomoko, Williamsburg, NYC

Patisserie Tomoko, Williamsburg, NYC

Patisserie Tomoko is a neat little dessert bar in Greenpoint/ Williamsburg where there is a perfect amalgamation between Japanese flavors and French technique.

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Gabriel Kreuther, Midtown East, NYC

Gabriel Kreuther, Midtown East, NYC

Michelin-starred chef Gabriel Kreuther packed his knives at the Modern in 2014 to open his eponymous restaurant overlooking Bryant Park in midtown Manhattan.

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Mission Chinese Food, LES, NYC

Mission Chinese Food, LES, NYC

The new digs of Mission Chinese are much more palatable than old divey basement ones, where Danny Bowien launched his scorching menu of eccentric Chinese food.

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Mansion Restaurant, Upper East Side, NYC

Mansion Restaurant, Upper East Side, NYC

Earlier this week, I had the opportunity to try a delicious local eatery called Mansion Restaurant a spot that put me in a food coma after everything I ate, but it was so worth it! 

Our dinner began with french toast – who said you can’t have breakfast fro dinner? We tried their cinnamon fresh toast with whipped cream and fresh strawberries on top. It was delicious. My mouth is watering just thinking about it.

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