Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Pasta for Days at Caffe' dei Fiori New York

By: Finance Foodie

Inspired by tales from a friend's recent foodie trip to Tuscany, the Mister and I decided to head north last week to try Caffe' dei Fiori, a new Italian restaurant addition to the Upper East Side. Given that I heard all their pastas were homemade in house every day (nothing is better than fresh pasta!!) - I was excited to check out what this neighborhood joint had to offer.
The Mister and I started the meal off with the Prosciutto di Parma e Burrata ($25) - the thinly sliced prosciutto was super tender and excellently salty, which complemented well with the light and airy burrata. However, the standout was the warm Coccoli (a popular fried bread from Tuscany) that was accompanying the plate - paired with the prosciutto and burrata, it made one heck of starter.
Prosciutto di Parma e Burrata
For the mains, we obviously went with the pasta. I had the Spaghetti alla Chitarra alla Carbonara ($23) while the Mister had the Spaghetti alle Vongole ($24). Carbonara happens to be my favorite pasta dish in the world and Caffe' dei Fiori's version did not disappoint - the pecorino cheese was deconstructed from the egg yolk while the pasta was tossed with the black pepper. Just a warning - this dish is very very very rich! I finished the whole thing (as I just could not stop eating) but this left me feeling really really really full...
Spaghetti alla Chitarra alla Carbonara
The Mister's Spaghetti was also very good - the clams were meaty and the pasta was cooked perfectly. The sauce, while just a simple olive oil and garlic base, was done well and was the perfect touch to the bowl.
Spaghetti alle Vongole
The decor of Caffe' dei Fiori is elegant yet approachable - good for a first date or a cozy dinner with the family. I felt the price was also very reasonable given the high quality of the ingredients and the authentic preparation of each dish. While I wish I had more stomach space to try more items, it just means I'll have an excuse to come back another day to sample more from this delectable addition to the East side!

Caffe' dei Fiori
973 Lexington Avenue
New York New York 10021
(212) 327-3400

Caffe Dei Fiori Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

The CES of Food Shows: 2017 Winter Fancy Food Show in San Francisco

By: Irene Yang

Being an engineer in the Silicon Valley, I’ve tried to describe the Specialty Food Association's Winter Fancy Food Show to my coworkers many times. “Big food convention,” “giant snack show,” never quite hit the mark. However, I realized the perfect way to describe the glorious event of the Fancy Food Show: The CES of Food. All the new trends and interesting takes on what America is eating come out in full force in the Moscone Center in San Francisco every January. You didn’t think they could make coffee out of chocolate? Well they did. And it’s vegan. And gluten-free (probably).
Banana Car
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Wednesday, January 25, 2017

The Art of Earl Grey with Twinings Tea

By Finance Foodie

Last night, I attended a cocktail celebration at Haven's Kitchen honoring the official launch of Twinings’ new Earl Grey blends – Lavender, Jasmine and Extra Bold. Twinings is an English brand of teas with a rich history - they been around for over 300 years and sell over 200 teas in more than 100 countries around the world. They obviously know their stuff when it comes to tea - so I've come to the right place for my evening caffeine fix.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

A Bear-y Good Time at the Care Bears x Sprinkles Party

By; Finance Foodie / Alex Loanzon

In honor of the 35th Anniversary of the cute-as-a-button childhood favorite Care Bears, the awesomely delicious Sprinkles Cupcakes has teamed up with these lovable bears for limited edition Care Bear-themed cupcakes in stores until January 25th.

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