LA MELA

I met La Mela in Little Italy on a warm summer evening in May. For that, I have my foodie friends Stephen and Melwin to thank, because they introduced me to the restaurant with the best penne vodka. (Well to be honest, I haven’t sampled every penne vodka NYC has to offer, but you can bet La…

THE MEATBALL SHOP

Early this year when snow was still descending upon New York City, I went with Ming, Jen and Christina to The Meatball Shop in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. I was glad Jen suggested the restaurant, because before she told me about it, I wasn’t aware of its existence. I’d only lived in New York for two weeks…

THE BAGEL STORE

The day I visited The Bagel Store was the day my perception of bagels totally changed. I always pictured bagels the way I had them: plain, usually a boring brown color, occasionally sprinkled with toasted sesame… in fact, my first bagel wasn’t that long ago. When I came to America three years ago, I learned…

Le Pain Quotidien

Le Pain Quotidien: A quaint French bakery with several branches across the States, loved for its pleasant interior, fresh beverages and succulent pastries.