Cafe Beignets
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There’s a whole ton of hype around who has the best beignets in New Orleans and I’m here to set the record straight that it’s Cafe Beignet. Not only did I also visit Cafe Du Monde to help prove this theory, but I went back to Cafe Beignet twice to make sure my tastebuds weren’t trying to trick me.

My first visit was a great day for music and desserts. It was real exciting to see that Cafe Beignet has a live band on most days and a reasonable line to order from.

They also have a full bar serving one of my favorite drinks, the Milk Punch. I’m still not sure if this Milk Punch is better than where I order it from in NYC but it was definitely one of the better cocktails I’ve experience in life. Yes, in life. The Milk Punch was perfectly blended and just delightful. It was certainly needed to help wash down the basket of beignets ordered.

Cafe Beignets

Beignets, for comparisons sake, are similar to zeppoles considering they’re a doughy fritter covered in powdered sugar. The beignets at Cafe Beignet were served fresh so they were warm, easy to sink your teeth into and could get messy if you let it. I think the secret is in the softness because once it’s hard, it’s less enjoyable and that’s why they give Cafe Du Monde a run for their money. It’s a NOLA must now.

Casandra Rosario at Cafe Beignets

 

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Carnem French Toast

It always surprises me when places like Carnem exist and no one really seems to know about it.

I showed up in Brooklyn for brunch at Carnem, not far from the Barclay center and with enough foot traffic in the area for the place to have a decent amount of guest. However, we were likely one of two other parties there so I begin to get skeptical about the menu.

Carnem is obviously over staffed, however, the servers were all pleasant and more than accommodating. The restaurant is plain lovely, with a downstairs area as well and outside patio. Did somebody say brunch party?

Carnem Chicken and Waffles

The favorites of the afternoon were the Chicken and the French Toast. The chicken just had a perfect crisp to it and when torn, a mouth watering chunk of white meat stared back at you. The french toast was simply the right amount of sweetness needed. “Perfect” french toast is hard to make happen with all the factors involved but Carnem knew how to make it just right and my stomach was grateful.

Carnem French Toast

There was also traditional Steak and Eggs on the table and my order, which was the Steak Sandwich. The sandwich was definitely a heavier option than I was prepared for, but it was a texture party to enjoy. The steak, rubbed in a sauce paired with onions against the toasted bread, was exactly what I was looking for. Now, I will say I would have preferred to get the french toast because it was just that intense, however, if you’re struggling with the whole lunch versus breakfast thing, the steak sandwich is the direction you want to go in.

Carnem steak and eggs

In the end, I had no reason to be skeptical over the menu because the place is only lacking people like you to visit it. The upside to that is if you’re looking for somewhere laid back and chill, Carnem would be perfect.

Carnem steak sandwich

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Restaurant Guide

Remember when we use to host a restaurant list on our site? Would you think having a NYC Restaurant Guide handy would be more effective for you?

I’m sure you find yourself checking yelp or asking friends where your next experience should happen. Well, now you can serve as a guide for others.

Make dining out easy for yourself with this NYC restaurant guide.

You no longer need to scroll through blog posts to find out where to eat in NYC. I have crafted 50 of my favorite restaurants into this restaurant guide just for you. There’s everything in there from Mexican food to cupcakes and catered for all occasions possible.

So start being the restaurant expert in your crew with our #FoodBeforeLoveFaves restaurant guide.

NYC Restaurant Guide

 

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Kitchen 24 Waffle

Kitchen 24 was on my to eat list since my last visit to L.A. in 2014. So it meant a lot to me that I was able to make time to visit. Giving some serious Cafeteria Vibes, Kitchen 24 was full of young people, good music and a high-spirited staff.

Our waitress raved on about the Kitchen 24 Breakfast Sandwich and since I wasn’t sure what I wanted, I took her advice.  The Breakfast Sandwich consisted of an egg muffin, with an over easy egg, applewood bacon, onions, tomatoes, cheese and a side of fresh fruits. It was everything the waitress described it to be. I expected the sandwich to be messy, but to my surprise, it wasn’t. Each layer was given its own time to shine with my taste buds. I originally thought it wasn’t going to be that filling but it was the perfect size portion. I’m sure the density of the muffin had much to do with that.

Kitchen 24 Breakfast Sandwich

Being that I eat with my eyes often, I had to try the Nutella Waffle. It just seemed to good to pass up on. Me and my associates, decided to share this plate since the unlimited mimosas were already making sure we didn’t need to eat for the remainder of the day. The chefs didn’t over pour the Nutella and the waffle was warm, easy to tear and even better to taste. Talk about mouth-watering!

Kitchen 24 Waffle

The great thing about Kitchen 24 are the hours. They’re open when you come stumbling out of a L.A. night club and they are there for you during that morning hangover – or simply when you’re hungry.

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JONES CHICKEN NACHOS
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I stumbled upon Jones restaurant due to an unwarranted case of hunger with a group of friends looking for their next bite. I later came to find out that it’s considered a local favorite and it’s now on my must revisit list.

You definitely get that family favorite vibe when you walk in.  It’s somewhere you can bring the kids or friends and family visiting from out of town.

I grabbed the nearest booth and took a peek at the menu. Being that I have a standing love affair with loaded nachos, the Jones Chicken Nachos quickly grabbed my attention. It taste just like how you expect chicken nachos to taste, but better! Each ingredient uniquely making itself known on your palate. It had the right amount of cheese, chicken, peppers and nachos. If I recall correctly, we were on the verge of ordering another!

JONES CHICKEN NACHOS

To pair perfectly with my absolutely delicious tasting nachos, I decided on another Philly favorite.  A boozy milkshake! Jones takes a whole ton of pride in their liquored up shakes and after having one, I found out why.

I ordered the Creamsicle, a childhood favorite flavor of mine, and was utterly blown away by the first sip. (Insert flashback here…) The year is 1998 and a pig tail wearing, high spirited younger version of myself is standing in front of the ice cream truck ordering creamsicle flavored ice cream. Wow! I never anticipated a restaurant invoking such a memory like that from the flavor of shake. However, by pairing that wonderful flavor with alcohol, made the experience that much better.

Jones Creamsicle boozy milkshake

So be sure to put Jones on your to eat list for your next trip on the road.

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Solomon and Kuff Soup

If you live in Harlem and under a rock, then you haven’t heard that Solomon and Kuff is now open in West Harlem! Solomon and Kuff serves as a rum hall in West Harlem, serving up Caribbean flavors and favorites.

Everyone can’t stop talking about Karl Franz Williams from 67 Orange being apart of this venture, and how could you? 67 orange has been a Harlem staple years. I personally could not wait for some sort of extension of their current menu.

Solomon and Kuff Soup

The menu is easy to choose from and literally has something for everybody. The Shrimp and Yam Sauce and Yucca Chips were a table favorite and certainly a reason to make a reservation tonight. The combination of crispy chips and the bursting flavors of the accompanying sauce will make you become a regular.

Solomon and Kuff not only know what they are doing in the kitchen, but they aren’t too bad at the bar. Enjoy a Telenovela, a perfectly blended cocktail, or try your luck with the S&K Dark and Stormy.

Solomon And Kuff Cocktail

The layout at Solomon and Kuff is made to fit any mood. You can have a private dinner with friends, a romantic date towards the front of this caribbean-gastro pub,  or have a more casual time in the lounge area in the back.

Solomon and Kuff Fish

Solomon and Kuff Cocktails

So get from under your rock and stop visiting the same restaurants when you can experience a new one in West Harlem worth trying. Solomon and Kuff will satisfy all of your cocktail needs and culinary experiences alike.

 

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