5 Appetizers to Make for Your Holiday Potluck

5 Appetizers to Make for Your Holiday Potluck

With Thanksgiving around the corner and most of us already beginning to plan for holidays, I figured it would be a great idea to share some quick & easy recipes! Every year my friends and I host a holiday “potluck” where each of us bring a food item. We all chow down, indulge on wine and partake in great conversation. So whether you’re hosting a Friends-Giving or planning for a Chrismukkah gathering, I think you’ll find the below recipes both delicious and easy!

Creamy Spinach-Stuffed Mushrooms 

Beer Pretzels with Beer Cheese Dip 

Zucchini Tots

Pizza Bombs

Guinness Cheesy Bread

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Summer Sip: Matcha

Every now and then there is a food trend that takes the Insta-world and internet by storm. From Black Tap NYC’s milkshakes to 10Below’s ice cream rolls, there’s always something new that keeps our stomachs growling and Insta feeds begging for more. That said, there’s a new, healthier trend (TG) taking the world by storm – Matcha.

So, why Matcha? According to MatchaSource.com, it has amazing health benefits. For starters, it’s packed with antioxidants including the powerful EGCg, boosts your metabolism, burns calories, detoxifies naturally and the list goes on. I rounded up some of my favorite places to sip on this bitter beverage below. Enjoy!

Cha Cha Matcha






Blank Slate NYC


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The Skinny Dish – The Health Coach for the City Girl On-the-Go

The Skinny Dish – The Health Coach for the City Girl On-the-Go

Sure you can cook light and pack lunches when you’re trying to watch what you’re eating, but eating out is always the hardest and sometimes sitting a meal out just isn’t a option. If you’re like me and live in a bustling city, with the best food in the world and a job that demands “face time” with clients over fancy dinners and boozy cocktails, then you understand the struggle of dieting and eating out.

For me, it’s the hardest when people want to order for the table and split items. It makes it impossible to order something healthy. It’s also tough to be “that girl” eating a salad, when everyone else at the table is stuffing their face with chicken and waffles and chocolate martinis.

Enter my friend Kim Buonassisi, Founder of The Skinny Dish and a self-proclaimed ex-fat girl.

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Make Something Egg-cellent for Your Loved One this Valentine’s Day


Know the way to your loved one’s heart this Valentine’s Day – through their stomach. Nothing says I love you more than breakfast in bed. Follow the below step-by-step instructions to recreate this egg-cellent breakfast that will make hearts explode.

1. Lightly toast a piece of bread

2. Remove from the toaster, let cool, and cut a heart-shaped hole through the center with a sharp knife

3. Carefully remove the heart-shaped piece of bread from the middle without loosing the shape

4. Grease a skillet and lay the piece of toast in the center, letting the pan get hot

5. Carefully crack an egg without breaking the yolk into the center of the piece of bread

6. Cook on medium-low heat, covering occasionally to let the white of the egg cook through until done

7. Remove carefully with a spatula, plate, sprinkle chili flakes to taste and serve!

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Roundup: NYC’s Best Avocado Toast

Like many, I consider myself an avocado toast aficionado, traveling great lengths around Manhattan to hunt down the best of the best. Find a list of my top 5 favorites below, in no particular order. DISCLOSURE: Your stomach will be growling and mouth watering by the end of this post.

BlankSlateBlank Slate | Coffee + Kitchen: I was pleasantly surprised when this new cafe and marketplace opened up next to my apartment, with the Avocado Toast quickly becoming a favorite of mine. It’s garnished with chili honey, smoked salt and served on country bread with the option to be served gluten free. (121 Madison Avenue at 30th Street) LittleCollins Little Collins NYC: ‘The Smash’ from Australian eatery Little Collins is a dream with avocado and feta mash on toast with chili flakes and pepitas. I order mine to-go during lunch break with a fried egg on top. (667 Lexington Ave)MartaMarta:  One of my first times ordering avocado toast out was at Marta and it’s been a favorite ever since. Served on whole grain toast with chili flakes and olio verde. (29 East 29th Street)TheCoffeeShopThe Coffee Shop: I always order the “Avocado Smash” when I go to The Coffee Shop in Union Square. It’s served on toasted multigrain bread (although I always opt for gluten free toast) with goat cheese & tomato-basil concasse. I add the poached egg for an extra dollar. (29 Union Square)
EggShopEgg Shop:  The ‘Avo & Egg’ from the Egg Shop is delicious with heirloom tomato and sea salt garnishes. All sandwiches are available on gluten free English muffins. (151 Elizabeth Street)

Hope you enjoyed!

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