Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Crazy for Carbs at Mandolino Ristorante & Pizzeria

By: Finance Foodie

This past weekend, the Mister and I were in the Union Square area of Manhattan when the hankering for some pasta and pizza hit. As luck would have it, we happened to walk by Mandolino Ristorante & Pizzeria, a fairly new Italian addition to the neighborhood - we heard good things already about this place through the grapevine, so we decided to stop on in.
Exterior
The interior of Mandolino can be described as "chill hipster cool" with artwork by local up and coming artists adorning its walls (this is near the East Village after all).  As we were their for brunch, the crowd was pretty subdued (mostly local NYU students on a study break), but I can imagine it getting real creative during the evenings, especially as the spot is right across the street from the Classic Stage Company theater.
Interior
For our appetizer, the Mister and I shared the Porcina pizza ($18), a brick oven pizza topped with porcini mushrooms, prosciutto, mozzerella, truffle oil and shaved parm - basically all my favorites! Everything was so fresh tasting on this pizza, but the real highlight was the dough. I was later told by the owner that the dough (along with the yeast to rise the dough) is all made in house, which explains the nice chewy consistency that is reminiscent of my holidays noshing in the lovely cafes in Napoli.
Porcina Pizza
For our entrees, the Mister got the Linguine Alle Vongole ($19.95), the standard Italian menu staple of pasta and clams, and I got the Frittata Spagetti ($15.95), the not-so standard plate of spaghetti, pancetta and sauce tucked inside a frittata, served with a side of salad (gotta be at least somewhat healthy!).  Mandolino's Linguine Alle Vongole was super solid and well made - the clams were fresh and generous, the garlic butter sauce was tasty and the pasta was cooked perfectly.  The frittata was also very flavorful and perfect for brunch -and a good excuse to eat noodles before noon!
Linguine Alle Vongole
Frittata Spaghetti 


We were so full that we had to pass on dessert (the Nutella Pizza did sounded awfully tempting) but I take comfort in knowing we will return again to try more of the menu. Mandolino serves authentic high quality Italian food in a cozy atmosphere that is great for any meal period!

Mandolino Ristorante &Pizzeria
137 E 13th St
New York, NY 10003
(212) 477-1535
mandolinonyc.com

Monday, September 18, 2017

Gluten Free and Allergen Friendly Expo Tickets Giveaway in San Mateo, CA

By: Irene Yang

So happy to be announcing a ticket giveaway for the San Mateo Gluten Free and Allergen Friendly Expo! 5 lucky commenters will get free passes to the Gluten Free and Allergen Friendly Expo in San Mateo, CA happening November 18-19, 2017!!

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Flavors Galore at the Summer Fancy Food Show 2017 in New York City

By: Finance Foodie

One magical time a year, the Specialty Food Association's Summer Fancy Food Show descends upon NYC, bringing lots of good eats and treats.  For three days straight, attendees eat and drink and be merry with over 1,000 purveyors peddling their sweet, savory, sour and spicy delicacies.

Exhibition Hall
I always look forward to this blessed event - not only does my stomach thank me, but it's also a great way to see the newest products and coolest trends in food and drink coming to market. Below are a few highlights from this year's show.

Friday, June 9, 2017

The Top 5 Father’s Day Snacks

By: Finance Foodie, in collaboration with Big Wig Jerky

Father’s Day is a time to celebrate fatherhood and to treat the best man in your life like a king, as he so deserves it. This is celebrated in many parts of the world and has created a market of its own. While, there are a lot of products you can buy to make your father, husband or partner smile on this very special day, if not cry tears of joy that is, there are also other simple ways to make them happy. After all, these gentlemen don’t ask much other than remembrance and some really great time with their family.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

A Modern Mediterranean Diet with Pangea Nutrition Meal Delivery

By: Finance Foodie

The Mister and I have always had a goal of cooking more and eating out less (super hard in Manhattan - the land of never ending delicious restaurants just waiting to be sampled). However, as we have gotten older and more aware of our health, we've decided to make a conscious effort on this goal.  When we found out of about Pangea Nutrition, a meal kit delivery service that has a modern take on the classic Mediterranean diet, we just had to give it a test run.



Sunday, April 30, 2017

5 Tips For Using A Business Credit Card When Dining Around The World

By: Finance Foodie, in partnership with HSBC

As serious foodies know all too well, there is almost no greater joy in life than dining out at a delicious and distinctive restaurant. In addition to being a culinary experience, dining at a restaurant can be a welcome break from the tiring routine of cooking and cleaning when at home, and a necessary adventure when traveling abroad.

However, enjoying these experiences comes with a price. And when you are spending extra money, you might as well attempt to reap the benefits (benefits that stretch beyond your tastebuds!). For people who enjoy dining out on the regular — both close to home and abroad — the right credit card can bring massive rewards and elevate your travel and culinary experience.

Here are 5 strategies (and lots of tips) that you can use next time you find yourself traveling the world for a great meal.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Brilliantly Good Pub Grub at The Spotted Dog

By: Finance Foodie

The Lenox Hill section of Manhattan is probably more known for its namesake hospital than the selection of restaurant options. However, the Mister and I happened to be in the area last weekend checking out the new Second Avenue Subway line when the hunger bells struck, so we decided to have dinner in the area. We walked around perusing some of the neighborhood joints down 1st Avenue and finally decided on The Spotted Dog, a newly opened Irish/British/American gastro pub.
Entrance

Monday, April 24, 2017

3 Easy Ways to Make Dinner for your Family During the Workweek

By: Finance Foodie, in collaboration with Slow Cookers Success

Cooking dinner during the week is just the worst, right? You’ve spent all day working and just want to come home, pop something in the microwave and go to sleep. Especially if you’re cooking for more than just yourself!

But this doesn’t have to be the case. Here’s three easy ways to make your next midweek family dinner a great one. These three quick and easy ways of feeding your family will be sure to put the pleasure back into the ominous after work chore that dinnertime too often becomes.


Monday, April 17, 2017

C'est Magnifique at Brasserie 8 1/2

By: Finance Foodie

When I first moved to New York City over a decade ago, Brasserie 8 1/2 was the first "finer" restaurant I dined at. I still remember it felt so chic and sophisticated walking down the swooping circular staircase into the dining room - in that moment, it was like I had made it and Manhattan was mine (then I went back to my box apartment that I shared with 2 other roommates and quickly came back down to earth...)

Fast forward to present day - I still live in a box apartment (sans roommates, at least) and Brasserie 8 1/2 is still very much alive and grand (no small feat considering the ultra competitive NYC dining arena). Given its prime Midtown location, this French brasserie is usually packed during the weekdays for business lunches but tends to quiet down for dinner service. The Mister and I, looking to unwind after a stressful workday and escape the hustle and bustle of the area, decided to have dinner here a few nights ago.
Octopus

Friday, April 7, 2017

A Financier Feasts: Midtown Italian Edition

By: Finance Foodie

It might be no surprise that one of the things I look forward to most each day is lunch, especially during the work week (sometimes, Foodie by Night seeps into Foodie by Midday). Working in Midtown Manhattan, I feel blessed that I can walk to a myriad of food options each day.
Midtown Manhattan
But where to go? Well I generally go for my favorite cuisine Italian. And as a Finance Foodie, naturally the financial markets dictate exactly which Italian destination - when I'm having a good day (read: making $$$), I get the urge to splurge. But when I'm on the wrong side of the trade, I go for the value orientated option (as they say: good food can be found at every price point). Below are my top go-to Italian spots for whatever the work day is throwing at me.

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Monday, March 27, 2017

North Italian South of Houston at San Carlo Osteria Piemonte

By: Finance Foodie

Last Sunday, inspired by the unexpected sliver of warm(er) weather, the Mister and I decided take a stroll around the SoHo neighborhood of Manhattan. A planned hour walk turned into three so we happened to be in the area during dinnertime. We stumbled up upon San Carlo Osteria Piemonte, a cozy and newish resto specializing in Northern Italian cuisine, specifically from the Piedmont region (hence the name, obviously) and decided to dine there. I had worked up an appetite walking around all day, so I was excited for some rich and delicious Italian feasting.
Exterior

Monday, March 20, 2017

10th Annual Taste of the Upper West Side 2017

By: Finance Foodie

The 10th Annual Taste of the Upper West Side is making an exciting return this spring to bring one of the city’s most exciting culinary events to the UWS on Friday, May 19th and Saturday, May 20th, 2017.
Source: www.tasteuws.com
Featuring two nights of celebration, this fabulous event will delight guests with fantastic food from world-renowned chefs of the Upper West Side. Presented by the Columbus Avenue Business Improvement District, all net proceeds will be donated to the local community for neighborhood improvement and beautification.

For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit www.tasteuws.com

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

A Tasty Test: Snoqualmie Organic Ice Cream

By: Irene Yang

Recently, I was lucky enough to be able to have a taste test with Snoqualmie Ice Cream’s new line of Organic Ice Cream!

Thursday, March 9, 2017

A Tasty Test: Lucky Spoon Gluten Free Muffins

By: Irene Yang

In short, Lucky Spoon Gluten Free Muffins are fantastic. They're a new player in the gluten-free baked goods market, and I can say that they're one of the best tasking gluten-free offerings I’ve ever had. Most gluten free goodies I've had are dry and crumbly, but Lucky Spoon has captured the perfect moist texture I've come to expect from normal baked goods. Beyond being gluten free, they're also preservative and trans-fat free, so you know you're getting something good.
I recently held a taste test with some other Tech Foodies (not many Finance Foodies in my neck of the woods - we are in Silicon Valley after all!). Below are our thoughts.

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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.
Interior

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
Here are some of the best new brands and ideas in food.

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.
Entrance

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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