Author Archives: sydneyohagan

Jacques Torres Chocolate

I have a friend whose husband, year after year on Valentine’s Day, goes down to the local Duane Reade and gets her the Whitman’s sampler box of chocolates.  You know these chocolates.  They are the ones that seems stocked to … Continue reading

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Levain Bakery

You know the type of person who has to go somewhere or see something just to say they’ve done it? “I went to Paris, Barcelona, Vienna, and London – each for one day”. “I went to this place that serves … Continue reading

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I knew this place was going to be good when my French teacher recommended it.  The croissants and other treats are to die for, the coffee is ….god, it is terrible.  But the croissants totally redeem the place, along with … Continue reading

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Pasta with Brown Butter, Beets, and Poppy Seeds

I hear you, beets are not your favorite vegetable.  If you had them canned at the cafeteria or dinner table growing up, you might wonder why they grow them at all.  I am with you.  They kind of taste like … Continue reading

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Several years ago my husband and I had dinner at Babbo a few weeks before Christmas with some friends.  After that meal, we decided to make it an annual event.  It has become my favorite Christmas tradition.  I look forward … Continue reading

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ICE (Institute of Culinary Education)

I love to cook.  It is my therapy.  I do it in a room the size of most people’s walk-in closets with one child on my hip and the other tugging on my shirt.  This environment doesn’t always inspire creativity … Continue reading

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Bank Street Book Store

  Every time I step into the Bank Street Book Store I can’t help but believe I will spy Meg Ryan behind the counter, looking adorable (read: pre-plastic surgery), and ready to fall in love with Tom Hanks, because I … Continue reading

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