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As a busy New Yorker, coming across a ravioli bar like I Ravioli at Eataly Downtown is ideal for my day-to-day. While I normally frequent their Flatiron location, I happily accepted an offer from the Eataly team to visit their second location. I had never been to Eataly Downtown so I was excited to see what was in store, literally.

Though I was guided to the bar upon arrival, I loved that there was a pathway on the floors that was leading the way. Now, you never have to worry about getting lost in the hustle and bustle of lunch since it takes you directly to where you need to go. Before approaching the bar, you get to see the chefs making the fresh pasta and the variety of options. Both chefs present on my visit seemed happy to chat about what they were making for the day, and knew plenty about each variation shown. They explained the process and how quickly it would be for me to get my meal. After the chef made a few suggestions on his favorites, I was ready to try them out for myself.

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Photo by Tanya Maithai

The menu was pretty easy to choose from and so was having a glass of Rosè while I waited. The ravioli comes stuffed and there are a number of sauces available as well so you can pick your favorite day (based by sauce) to come grab your bite to eat. It wasn’t even three sips later, when my order was already up for me to grab. It was really quicker than a New York Minute, which is perfect for someone always on the go. Should you have some time to spare, there was ample seating to enjoy.

I ordered the prosciutto stuffed ravioli with the sauce of the day which was a mushroom, arugula and beef sauce. To my surprise, I was also invited to try the Pesto Trapanese, as well as, the Carbonara sauce over a bed of ravioli. I was already enjoying the pasta I ordered but the Carbonara had come to steal the show. It was creamy, with the right amount of cheese and sauce to compliment it. I found myself digging my fork back and back again into the bowl.

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Photo by Tanya Maithai

The best part about the experience at I Ravioli at Eataly Downtown was that you could take ingredients home with you and recreate what you’ve had. From fresh pasta to the sauces, everything is suddenly available to you for the days you won’t have time to run in for lunch. Again, completely ideal for any ravioli lover, especially one who wants to bring the taste of Eataly, home.

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Steak & Eggs Whisk Chicago
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Anyone who finds themselves in Chicago and is a lover of all breakfast foods, is going to love Whisk. Even more so, if they’re a huge Ron Swanson fan because the place is basically a shrine to the guy. But we get it, because no one loves food more than Ron Swanson, except maybe you of course.

Kam at Whisk Chicago

Created by two brothers, Whisk is a breakfast delight by day, and the perfect burger spot at night. They’re open seven days a week and are BYOB friendly location. You can run to the local grocery store across the street in case you pop up on this place without your bubbly. I visited during the Taste of Chicago so with friends, we had more champagne than we could stand at our table. We did drink it all though, we had to. Especially since I ordered two dishes without an ounce of shame in my body. Not much of a drinker? Whisk has an extensive soda list for your tastebuds to have a party with.

Chilaquiles Whisk Chicago

Ilbert and Martine at Whisk Chicago

We experienced a short wait outside and our server was just the right amount of “is everything okay?”. The menu is easily Mexican inspired with crowd favorites like chilaquiles and huevos rancheros. However, their insane list of out of this world pancakes are what really steal the show and will leave you deciding on what to get. I bet you’ll order two dishes as well because of that.

Steak & Eggs Whisk Chicago

Every choice we made was a good one, starting with the steak and eggs and chilaquiles which were both hearty dishes. The right amount of spice, sauce, and flavors shines through each dish. Not leaving much room for their special pancakes of the day and the banana berry pancakes we happily indulge in.

Featured Pancakes Whisk Chicago

The pancakes are indeed sweet, smothered in the toppings of your choice and best of all, fluffy. That’s how a true pancake should be and Whisk honors that, which you’ll be happy about on your visit. Breakfast lovers, enjoy!

Banana Berry Pancakes Whisk Chicago

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Last minute Father's day idea - family

Father’s Day is right around corner and you still have no idea what to get your old man and now you’re stuck looking for Last Minute Father’s Day Gift Ideas. Whether he loves BBQ or always orders an old-fashioned, the grill master of your home, deserves something nice. It’s okay that you waited a little longer to put something together, we’ve got you covered with our last-minute Father’s Day ideas for the foodie in him (and you too).

For The Cocktail Loving Dad (who loves cigars too)

A Personalized Cigar Case and Flask

A  personalized cigar case and flask is perfect for that Dad who likes to keep his vices private. Let him do the choosing or pour in his favorite libation and best cigar. This case also triples as a lighter so Dad has everything he needs to lay back and relax after dinner on Father’s day.

The Honeywell

Take Dad off the grid and over to this basement cocktail bar in West Harlem. Full of bartenders who love what they’re doing and know how to do it well, The Honeywell is the spot to take Dad before the weekend gets too crazy and a good drink (or a few rounds) is a great gift.

Location: 3604 Broadway, New York, NY 10031

Honeywell
Courtesy of the Honeywell

For the Dad who’s a Chef

Chef T-Shirt

Give Dad something to wear when he’s not in the kitchen and let’s him know you’re proud of him too with this T-shirt. If you’re Dad can cook well, he’s our hero too this Father’s Day.

Ocean Prime New York

Every chef needs a day (or two off) and for Father’s Day, you’ll really want to do it in style. It’s never too last-minute to make a reservation at Ocean Prime New York where Dad can enjoy his seafood, steak and wine, all under one house.

Location: 123 W 52nd St, New York, NY 10019

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For the Dad who’s a Barbecue King

Five Piece Barbecue Grill Set

Who’s Dad doesn’t love BBQ? This five piece BBQ set is perfect for the Dad who plans to spend most of his time outdoors this summer. You can also engrave the set to gift something special for Dad.

Fette Sau

This Cafeteria style restaurant is a favorite for BBQ lovers in New York. If Dad just wants to chill out on Sunday, take him to Fette Sau for some hearty BBQ and a few rounds of beer.

Location: 354 Metropolitan Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211

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For Dad who loves to Travel

RIU

It’s time you took Dad on a vacation, he deserves it. Plus the RIU always has amazing food and you could schedule the trip for anytime, just let Dad know this Father’s Day.

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Streets BK

You can still go international with Dad without leaving New York by checking out Streets Brooklyn. This restaurant serves street food from all over the world and you won’t even have to leave the state.

Location: 53 Broadway, Brooklyn, NY 11249

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For the new Dad

Your best bud, brother or coolest cousin is about to be a Dad and shouldn’t be left out of the fun. He’ll certainly need to stay up during his work day and this coffee maker and coffee mug are about to make it that much easier for him.

Whatever you decide to get Dad, now’s the chance! Hopefully these last-minute ideas have saved the day or inspired you to do something really cool for that awesome Dad of yours that you were thinking of this Father’s Day.

*This post contains affiliate links, which means I receive a small percentage of sales if you make a purchase using some of the links above*

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Taste of Chicago Group Trip
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Sometimes the hardest part of taking in a new experience is figuring out where to begin but the Taste of Chicago is a great start. Especially if you’re going to a city as big as Chicago you might ask yourself, what do you eat first and where to visit once you’re full? Well, with a dedicated team here at Food Before Love who’s already done the research for you, all you have to do is show up and be ready for a great time! Join us by securing your spot here.

Traveling While Hungry Chicago is for new-comers and experts of the Windy City alike. From July 6thJuly 9th, we are not only going to eat our way through the Taste of Chicago, but really get to know the entire city. Hidden gems, a cultural oasis, face-time with local restaurant owners & chefs – we have all of this planned and more. It is the perfect food-cation because you’ll be experiencing culinary delights with all of your senses – and the memories will be unforgettable. You can even find our top tips to experiencing the best out of the Taste of Chicago.

Taste of Chicago Group Trip

The best part of Traveling While Hungry with Food Before Love is sharing this experience with young-at-heart food lovers from different walks of life who love to eat as much as you do! With a flexible itinerary, there’s always something to keep you busy, but Food Before Love also has tons of recommendations for things to do on your own time. Traveling with the TWH family means you’ll always have a squad ready to explore, enjoy and experience the total beauty of the Taste of Chicago. Deposits are due by June 15th, so don’t delay! Sign up right now

 

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With the weekend approaching, everyone is pulling out their best as they prepare for the line up at Roots Picnic this year. Celebrating it’s 10th year, The Roots Picnic have some of the best in the hip hop, R&b and rap game headlining the show. With acts like Pharrell and Solange, festival goers are bound to be at Penn’s Landing all day and now, won’t have to do so on an empty stomach.

With no re-entry possible, it’s going to be hard to avoid the food trucks that may just charge way more than you were hoping to spend. That’s why you eat before you go, like mama always told you. Except in this case, you’re grabbing mimosas too. Here’s a few brunch spots you can swing by to before doors even open at Roots Picnic. Don’t see your favorite brunch spot on the list? Email us at info@foodbeforelove.com

Miles Table 

Our Tip: Miles Table always has a special feature on their menu that is not to be missed. Not to mention, they’re BYOB.

Price: $$

Location: 1620 South St, Philadelphia, PA 19146

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Miles Table

Cafe Ynez

Our Tip: This Mexican brunch spot is likely to give you the most bang for your buck with low prices and heavy platters. Strictly for the very hungry. Also, BYOB.

Price: $$

Location: 2025 Washington Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19146

Green Eggs

Our tip: The wait at Green Eggs is always crazy so try to arrive as early as possible. They have three locations so play it smart with your crew. Also, BYOB.

Price: $$

Location: 212 S 13th St, Philadelphia, PA 19107 +  719 N 2nd St, Philadelphia, PA 19123

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Green Eggs Cafe

Jones Restaurant

Our tip: Jone’s always gives me a family friendly vibe but the brunch turn up can still be real. They like to bring the bottle of champagne over to the table so you can make your own mimosas but the adult milkshakes are a win too.

Price: $$

Location: 700 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19106

Silk City

Our Tip: They don’t have bottomless here but the food is worth it. You can get pitchers of sangria for only $25 and if you’re feeling fancy, grab a pain killer cocktail for extra fun.

Price: $$

Location: 435 Spring Garden St, Philadelphia, PA 19123

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Silk City

Cafe Lift

Our Tip: It gets noisy in here but the Cannoli French Toast will help you forget about all that. Get here early too + it’s BYOB

Price: $$

Location: 428 N 13th St, Philadelphia, PA 19123

Sabrina’s

Our tip: Do not try and eat the stuffed french toast by yourself. I repeat, do not try and eat the stuffed french toast, by yourself.

Price: $$

Location: 910 Christian St, Philadelphia, PA 19147

Stuffed French Toast Sabrina's Cafe
Sabrina’s Cafe

Honey, Sit & Eat

Our tip: These guys are cash only so be sure to visit the ATM before grabbing a seat here.

Price: $-$$

Location: 2101 South St, Philadelphia, PA 19146 + 800 N 4th St, Philadelphia, PA 19123

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Picky's Speed Pie

Hailing from Brooklyn, Picky Eater’s NYC restaurant is quickly becoming a staple of the neighborhood. Most popularly visited for their Trini style barbecue lamb, Picky’s is a crowd favorite. If you don’t believe us, just ask Flatbush. Food Before Love was invited to the Picky’s Eater’s pizza party pop up at Sugarcane in Prospect Heights. Every now again, Picky’s will host a themed pop up event highlighting different foods with Caribbean flavors.

Picky's Pop up Restaurant

Sugarcane, another Caribbean restaurant, is extremely popular amongst the locals. No matter the day of the week. you’ll always find a line outside of Black professionals waiting for a table. However on this particular day, Picky’s pizza made the wait a bit more worthwhile. It became obvious to any bystander, that Picky’s Pop was going overwhelmingly well. We took it to the kitchen to find out what the chef was cooking up and how much pizza we could really bite into. 

Picky's Pop up

Picky’s Pizza Party menu was Island Flavored with choices like Sunday Lunch – callaloo base, topped with shredded saltfish, ricotta cheese and cherry tomatoes. There were options for Vegetarians like the vital Ital Veggie which consisted of pineapple, sweet peppers, onions and tomatoes. Being the jerk chicken lover that I am, Picky put together a speed pie for me. This personal pizza came with shredded jerk chicken, pineapples, and a drizzle of their signature sauce. Talk about hot!

Picky's Speed Pie

It’s not jerk chicken if there’s no heat. The key is to not let that heat overpower the flavor of the chicken. Picky’s made the perfect pizza when he combined these ingredients and he wasn’t stingy. Plenty of chicken adorned my plate and the sweetness of the pineapple helped combat the hotness. However, it was truly the jerk sauce that took the dish through the roof, making it juicy as it soaked into all parts of the pizza. For information more information on Picky’s next pop up, follow them on instagram @PickyEatersNYC and don’t hesitate to RSVP!

Picky's Speed Pie

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