Instagram Spotlight: @EatingNYC

Instagram Spotlight: @EatingNYC

I love perusing Instagram, living [and eating] vicariously through all of the colorful, flavorful looking posts. I came across a fellow native New Yorker, Alexa Mehraban, who has quite the passion for food. Since starting @EatingNYC in January 2014, this fabulous foodie has garnered a following of over 78,000 Instagram users! I reached out to her via email and she was kind enough to answer a few Q’s.

Where did the inspiration to start @EatingNYC come from?

AM: I was a food writer at the time, which really piqued my interest in the NYC dining scene. Naturally, I was trying a lot of new restaurants and sharing photos on Instagram, which led to the creation of my Instagram account and blog.

What do you attribute your large following to?

AM: A lot of things. Most importantly, I think I’ve created a following of users who trust and value my opinion. My followers visit @EatingNYC for a mix of everything: a first look at NYC’s hottest new restaurants, recommendations for their next dinner, and of course, delicious food porn. By creating a brand people love and can relate to, I’ve created a growing fan-base of food lovers from NYC all the way to Australia.

Are all of the posts your own?

AM: All of my posts are my own, unless it’s the occasional “regram” of another photo tagged with #EATINGNYC.

You post so many delicious looking foods, but do you have a favorite that stands out?

AM: That’s a tough one. Some of my favorite foods include sushi, hamburgers and pasta – I love a good pappardelle ragu.

Is there any food you absolutely don’t like or won’t try?

AM: Nope, I’ll eat just about anything!

While Alexa’s Instagram is definitely worth a visit, you should check out her blog too! She has a restaurant rating system for spots in NYC as well as a few in the Hamptons. The highest rating listed [9.8] is a tie between Carbone and, the bakery that put cronuts on the map, Dominique Ansel.

Many thanks to Alexa! Happy eating, y’all!

Spread kindness and cheer, xo

NYC Restaurant Week: Isabella’s

NYC Restaurant Week: Isabella’s

Conveniently located near the Museum of Natural History, Isabella’s is a Mediterranean restaurant that’s been serving folks on the Upper West Side for over 24 years. Having walked by Isabella’s several times, Restaurant Week was the perfect opportunity to finally try it out… so I invited my college buddy Brett to wine and dine!


Brett went with the warm winter panzanella, while I opted for the parmesan bisque with bacon, sourdough croutons and chives. The bisque was really good and surprisingly not too salty given it was made of cheese and bacon.


Arctic Char.

I went with the oven roasted arctic char with farro (a whole grain similar to couscous, quinoa and rice), cauliflower and a citrus beurre blanc.  Our waiter (who was really friendly – the entire staff was great) recommended the fish be cooked medium, like salmon would best be served. He was right – the arctic char was cooked perfectly with a really crispy crust. Arctic char is a meaty, mild fish and it was quite filling paired with the farro.


Brett ordered the braised short rib ragu pappardelle and said it was good. The dish included some mixed vegetables, not all of which he could discern but that’s the joy of a culinary adventure!


What’s a restaurant week dinner without dessert? I’m normally a chocoholic but I went with the lemon tart while Brett chose the caramel chocolate torte. The lemon tart, served with a raspberry sauce, was light and not too sweet. The chocolate torte, a flourless chocolate cake, was served with a toasted almond gelato. I had a taste and it was delicious! Two very different desserts — if I had to choose again though, I’d go with the chocolate torte because…chocolate.

Spread kindness and cheer, xo

NYC Restaurant Week: Let’s try some kangaroo…

NYC Restaurant Week: Let’s try some kangaroo…

Alas, NYC Restaurant week is upon us (until March 6th) which means food that’s normally “$$$$” is now accessible to us peasants at $38 for a three course dinner (not including drinks — can’t have it all, dude).

My friend Chelsea and I decided to embark on an Aussie Adventure and take a trip to Burke & Wills on the Upper West Side. The name of the restaurant comes from the folks Robert O’Hara Burke and William John Wills who led an expedition in the late 1800s and trekked 2,000 miles across Australia. Yay exploration! Speaking of which, let’s get on to exploring the food…

Chicken Roaster.

Chelsea and I walked in, past the long slim bar area, passing the kitchen window and a chicken roaster on the way, to the rear of the restaurant where tables and booths circled the room and framed photos filled the walls. If you look up, you’ll find a lovely skylight ceiling. The area where we sat definitely had a more sophisticated vibe than the bar area which appeared to be very laid-back and, well, Australian.

Butternut Squash Soup.

Ok, food time! For starters, I went with the Butternut Squash Soup which featured a chestnut vinaigrette and brioche croutons. It was one of those charades where they bring you the bowl and then pour the soup in front of you…faaaannncyyy. Let me tell you, this dang soup was absolutely DELICIOUS. I wish I could just have a constant IV drip of it. It tasted like Christmas in a way I can’t really explain other than perhaps the chestnuts in it…

Roasted Scallops.

Chelsea opted for the Roasted Scallops and, again, they were DELICIOUS. If you’ve ever watched anything on the Food Network/Hell’s Kitchen, you know how hard it is for people to cook scallops correctly. It’s like the food that everybody inevitably screws up. I’ve had many a scallop (thinking they were good) but now I know I’ve only ever eaten ‘screwed up’ scallops, because the bite I had (that Chels so graciously offered) was perfection. A bit crispy on the outside and then tender and fresh and PERFECT in the middle. Go. Run. Get those scallops.

Main course: KANGAROO BURGERS, Y’ALL! There was really no other option. When in Rome Australia New York (pretending to be in the land down under)…

Getting excited to try some ‘roo!


I wasn’t sure what to expect in terms of taste and I’m not even sure how to describe it now that I’ve tried it. Chelsea said it was a bit ‘gamey’ — we both enjoyed it though! It was served with “triple fried chips” which were basically very large, thick fries which came with a spicy dipping sauce. The burger itself was topped with a tomato jam and pickled onions.





For dessert, I asked for the waiter’s recommendation to which he immediately offered the Bomboloni and, with that, I was sold. Served as four little cinnamon sugar donuts with a dulce de leche filling and vanilla ice cream, it was the perfect note to end my Aussie Adventure.


Chelsea went with the more traditional Australian dessert, Pavlova. A passion fruit curd, fresh berries, and whipped cream all stacked between these unique melt-in-your-mouth crispy wafers.

Now that I’ve had a taste of Australia, I’m ready to book a flight! Who’s with me?!



Spread kindness and cheer, xo