Author Archives: sydneyohagan

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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Babbo

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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Cornelia Street Cafe

Brunch is a big deal in New York City.  Everyone loves brunch: on any given Saturday or Sunday you’ll find girls in their twenties gossiping about last night’s escapades while wearing yesterday’s make-up, old men working their way through the … Continue reading

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Gray’s Papaya

I have days when I am really grooving with that eating locally and seasonally thing.  I shove fistfuls of fresh kale into my blender and sauté Swiss chard to accompany my organic roast chicken, but then I have days when … Continue reading

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Mayhem and Stout

If you live in New York City long enough, some of your standards will change.  For instance, you’ll have a completely different concept of what qualifies as a clean restaurant or bar bathroom.  Time and again, I have had friends … Continue reading

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Last Gasp of Summer Dinner

It is late October and although fall is by far my favorite season, I have grown to appreciate summer – mostly because of the abundance of delicious produce.  I love the light and flavorful meals we have in the summertime … Continue reading

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Good Beer

Does every family have their own signature beverage?  One that says “welcome home”?  In my house it is wine, but at my parents’ house it is beer.  Invariably, moments after walking through the front door at my parents’ house, a … Continue reading

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Tea and Sympathy

Some things just don’t translate.  You have to experience them for yourself.  Like, why you should only eat tomatoes in the summertime and never from a grocery store.  Why you can catch fruit flies with amazing accuracy so long as … Continue reading

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