Ducks Eatery

With the overwhelming number of restaurants to choose from in NYC, I am very glad I stopped in to dine at Ducks Eatery in East Village. Their alluring preparations of various meats kept us shoveling forkfuls into our mouths until each plate was wiped clean.

Smoked duck salad - black rice, pickled raspberry, apple, black garlic

Smoked duck salad – black rice, pickled raspberry, apple, black garlic

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U.S. Air Force Academy noon meal formation

When my husband said that the one thing we must do on our trip was visit the US Air Force Academy, I thought we were just taking another one of his military-inspired detours. But it turns out this stop was one of the most unexpected on our trip to Colorado! IMG_0698 Band

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The Populist

Before I went to Denver, I heard about the booming food scene but really didn’t expect it to be anything like Chicago’s. Once we started feasting around the city, though, my expectations were immediately surpassed. In fact, after eating at The Populist, I wished Chef Jonathan Power would open up a restaurant in Chicago.

Cheese and accoutrements - three cream brie with jam

Cheese and accoutrements – three cream brie with jam

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An impressive succulent collection

I figured it is time to end my hiatus and get back to writing some posts. It’s been a whirlwind the last three months with travels in The Netherlands and Switzerland, but now I’m back and finally caught back up. So I wanted to share one of the new places I went in Switzerland that is probably one of the few places you will find that is FREE in the country: the extensive succulent collection in Zurich.IMG_7834 Sukkulentensammlung

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Salsa brunch at Kokopelli

I was a bit unsure about Kokopelli, a Mexican joint that opened up this past October, because in my experience, most places with 3.5 star and below ratings on Yelp are just mediocre. But when it comes to foreign cuisine, Yelp reviewers are often a bit off… And after coming here for brunch, I don’t know what some of those Yelp reviewers were smoking because Kokopelli serves up very authentic, vibrant and flavorful Mexican cuisine! We were absolutely floored with each dish.

Salsas! (From least spicy to most spicy) Pico de gallo - tomatillo, chile morita, red onion, lime juice Escabeches - pickled veggies and jalapeño Espuma de mar - pineapple salsa with habanero Robo de dante - roasted pumpkin seed salsa with serrano and bell peppers Castigo Azteca - charred chile de arbol and peanut salsa Lagrimas de Lucifer - beets and roasted habanero peppers

Salsas! (From least spicy to most spicy)
Pico de gallo – tomatillo, chile morita, red onion, lime juice
Escabeches – pickled veggies and jalapeño
Espuma de mar – pineapple salsa with habanero
Robo de dante – roasted pumpkin seed salsa with serrano and bell peppers
Castigo Azteca – charred chile de arbol and peanut salsa
Lagrimas de Lucifer – beets and roasted habanero peppers

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Good Fella Korean Bistro

I’ve been to what are probably the two best places to dine out in Urbana-Champaign: Black Dog and Huaraches Moroleon. So it was time to discover something new. Thankfully, my friend suggested Good Fella Korean Bistro, which was certainly a step up from the Korean eateries right next to campus in terms of breadth of menu items and flavors.

Banchan

Banchan

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Knife and Tine

If you have some time, you should probably make a trip to Knife and Tine, where Southern cuisine meets modernity. If you search for this restaurant, you may come across the nasty Time Out review, but you should disregard it because our meal was the exact opposite from what was described blow by blow in that article.

Bread and fig butter

Bread and fig butter

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Little Bad Wolf

Little Bad Wolf is a tavern-like establishment with well thought out comfort foods that will fill you right up. Disclaimer: do not come here if you are on a diet.

Steak (shiitake pate, bulgogi, pickled carrot and cucumber) and pork (Japanese BBQ, pickled carrot and daikon) baos

Steak (shiitake pate, bulgogi, pickled carrot and cucumber) and pork (Japanese BBQ, pickled carrot and daikon) baos

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