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January 19, 2015


I've decided something. Something groundbreaking. Something so highly requested that I was too lazy to put together up until now. Each month, I'll be sharing my #instaeats, which will be a compilation of places I embarrassingly stuffed my face at for the month. You'll now be able to not only track my bad eating habits, but also discover the places I #luv all around New York City!

So without further adieu, and even though the month isn't quite over yet, here are the top 5 places I ventured to in January, that you just need to know about!

1) Galli Restaurant - SoHo

My friend and I stumbled upon Galli while doing a little "still intoxicated from brunch" shopping in SoHo. I was in dire need of something sweet, and she was in dire need of a chair to sit in after walking around for 5 hours. While we skipped an actual meal (lolz, cake is totally an actual meal for me), we ordered two glasses of wine, followed by one of the most dreamy slices of tiramisu that I have ever had. 

2) Roast Kitchen - Financial District

I need to just stop for a moment and get on my knees to thank baby Jesus for introducing me to Roast Kitchen. Actually, it was my friend who introduced me, but whatever. It's sort of like a Chipotle in terms of creating your own bowl, but the options are so endless, you can try out so many different selections and never get bored with the place. Pictured above is a combination of couscous, spicy chicken, broccoli, peppers, and onions. I'm embarrassed to admit how many times I've eaten here this month, so I'm not going to tell you. (9)

January 13, 2015

Healthy Meals To Help Keep You On Track

Ohhhhhhhhh resolutions. A new year, a new you... right? Sometimes it's a little harder to stick with our low-food "I'm only eating air until bikini season" diet plans than we had intended. You can totally go 14 days without solids, right? Haha, no you can't. You've had pizza before. You're already predisposed to failure.

But hey! It's not all bad. It is possible to eat delicious foods and stay on track at the same time. Here's a roundup of 20 of our favorites from around the web!

Check out Quick & Healthy Meals
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January 07, 2015


Valentines Day may be the time for roses and sweet love letters, or in this years case, Fifty Shades of Grey (hubba hubba), but it's also a time for homemade sugary goodness. Why not show the person you love just how much you love them by shoving chocolate or bacon in their face? And while hearing your sweetie mutter the words I love you in that candlelit restaurant, staying home in your pajamas and chowing down on something is just as good. (if not better)

Here are 10 great ideas!
Check out 10 Valentines Day Recipe Ideas For Your Sweetie
by Mel at

December 29, 2014

Best of Food and the City 2014

It's that time of the year again! Time to roundup the recipes that you loved the most in 2014. This year has been a whirlwind, and Food and the City saw quite a few changes. From layout fixes, to guest writers, to traveling to Montana with the Skinny Cow crew - we had an absolute blast.

So here's to you, 2015! May you be just as delicious as the last!
Check out Best of Food and the City 2014
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December 23, 2014


With the Christmas season soon coming to a close, you may have New Year's Eve plans on the mind! Maybe you're heading to a cocktail party, or a house party, or a super shmancy gala, and you need something sparkly to wear!

Here are 16 perfect dresses to wear for your New Year's Eve festivities, all which would still arrive in time for the big day!

December 22, 2014

Last Minute DIY Gift Ideas

Christmas is just a few days away! How exactly did that happen again? How did the holiday season just fly by so quickly that I'm still full from Thanksgiving dinner? Next comes New Years Eve, then before we know it it will be Valentines Day, and heck I guess that means it's basically Memorial Day so bring on the BBQ?

Anyway, seeing as you have about 48 hours before Christmas smacks you in the face, and the shopping lines at the mall are for sure out of hand as we speak, why not make a few gifts? Like this adorable DIY brownie mix in a jar from heygorg!

Or what about some homemade lip scrub by a little glass box?

Don't forget about my yummy mulled wine recipe for all your wino friends. Aka everyone.


And then lets talk about how everything over at a beautiful mess is just adorable. Including that DIY glitter dish and this DIY his & her coffee lovers basket!

Who doesn't want a chalkboard painted mug? This one by wit & whistle is caa-ute!

How about some DIY coffee liqueur by man made diy for your friends and family that like a little kick in their morning coffee? 

The man in your life definitely needs this gentleman's survival kit!

Last, but not least, if you know somebody who just got their own place, they'll definitely be needing some glitter encrusted magnets!

Happy DIY'ing!