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Goes to New York City, Eats All The Things: SOHO Itinerary

Weekly Update, Curated LivingCarlene ThomasComment

I went, I ate, I need to go back and eat more. Does New York City sell a shirt like that? That was the embodiment of my first New York trip. Typically when I travel, I do a lot of research before hand on where I want to shop, eat, museum browse. To make the most of each trip, I will plan walking routes so they are the most efficient possible and call for reservations for dinners etc. But this trip. Nope. I landed from St Thomas, packed and left again the next morning. No planning. But if you too like to know what's in a specific neighborhood when you travel, I've got you covered. Here's what I did while I was in SOHO (and very close by) while I toured the Chobani Mezé House (more on that later). 

the butcher's daughter, NYC SOHO
Goes to New York City, Eats All The Things: SOHO Itinerary
Goes to New York City, Eats All The Things: SOHO Itinerary

Day One:

I landed at JFK early afternoon and took the HOUR Uber ride to my hotel, Sixty SOHO. First of all, let me say New York traffic is TERRIBLE. And that's coming from someone in the DC area. New York wins. It's awful. Immediately after checking in to this gorgeous, gorgeous hotel I went to grab lunch at The Butcher's Daughter ('vegetable slaughterhouse'). It's adorable and has a great healthy menu. Other stops:

  • Dominique Ansel Bakery (see the key lime tart below)
  • Aritzia (shopping if you love monochrome)
  • Canvas home (homegoods shopping if you love plates, bowls etc)
  • UNIQLO (basics for your closet)
  • Chobani Mezze House
  • Balthazar (you'll need a reservation if you have more than 1 person)
Goes to New York City, Eats All The Things: SOHO Itinerary
sixty soho Goes to New York City, Eats All The Things: SOHO Itinerary
Goes to New York City, Eats All The Things: SOHO Itinerary
soho ny shopping and food
soho ny shopping and food

The Chobani Mezé house has some cool edible features like a floating garden in the pool and a totally edible wall in the dining room. It's actually on the market right now if you have a cool $12 million. Chobani was showing us the new dip line which are Greek yogurt based dips with flavors like red pepper and smoked onion parmesan. They pair well with basically all veggies but also pita and pretzels (so if you're looking for a Fourth of July easy idea-->boom). 

soho ny shopping and food
soho ny shopping and food
soho ny shopping and food
chobani edible house
soho ny shopping and food
soho ny shopping and food
soho ny shopping and food

Day Two: 

Meet bagel hoarding day. SOHO is the most glorious adorable neighborhood with tons of shops and restaurants. I went straight away to Black Seed Bagels to pick up bagels for home and breakfast. These bagels have absolutely ruined my life because now I know what a real bagel tastes like. I bought extras and packed them in my suitcase like a woman obsessed. After bagels I walked to Maman Coffee for the main purpose of their cute coffee cups. They coffee is also great, but I can't even cover up my main reason for going. I had hoped that extra 10 minutes would free up some hunger for Egg Shop, but alas...too full. Next time. 

I spent a few hours working from the rooftop seating area of the hotel. It's so wonderful up there with plenty of seating/couches/tables. 

Other Stops:

  • Sabah Dealer (to buy those black and tan shoes!)
  • Momofuku Ssam Bar (to eat duck)
  • Navy (to see my friend and eat dinner)
soho ny shopping and food
soho ny shopping and food
soho ny shopping and food
soho ny shopping and food
soho ny shopping and food

Day Three:

With an early afternoon flight and a minor understanding of how traffic works, I knew I had at least breakfast to enjoy before heading to the airport. David Burke Kitchen did not disappoint! I also had time to run over to Laduree for macarons for the road, although to be totally honest, there's a shop here at home I like better. But now I know. 

soho ny shopping and food
soho ny shopping and food
soho ny shopping and food
soho ny shopping and food
soho ny shopping and food

For Next Time:

I'm only one girl with one stomach. Next time I'm in the SOHO area I'm definitely stopping by Jack's Wife Frieda and N28 Pizza.  

Where are your favorite SOHO stops? 

 

 

soho ny shopping and food

Disclosure: Chobani provided this sponsored travel opportunity in return for me sharing my experience with you all. 

Hazelnut Milk Ice Cream With Summer Peaches

dessertCarlene ThomasComment

Disclosure: I am a Pacific Foods Partner and love working with them to produce recipes like this for you. Thank you for supporting an awesome Healthfully Ever After sponsor. 

Have a seat, because I'm about to blow your mind with these two words: Hazelnut Milk. Not only is it my current iced coffee favorite but it also makes, as you will see, the most delicious ice cream to pair with summer peaches and basil. Hazelnut milk has a very distinct sweet and nutty taste that holds up exceptionally well to freezing. Sometimes, when you freeze flavors, they don't come across as robust as you intend but I'm thrilled to report that this is not one of those times.

Pacific's Hazelnut Milk is packed with vitamin E and folic acid (a type of B vitamin)  as well as calcium and vitamin D. But what really makes me happy is that it also comes in chocolate (RIDICULOUSLY GOOD and great with frozen banana and peanut butter in a smoothie) and single serving sizes that are great for a dessert craving or even a kid's lunchbox. It's just one of 30 dairy alternative options Pacific makes. 

Hazelnut Milk Ice Cream With Summer Peaches

Now before you get up in arms about the thought of ice cream being difficult, you're going to be surprised how easy this really is. And we're going to show you in this recipe video! The only thing that might trip you up is forgetting to freeze the ice cream maker shell. Other than that, you've got this.

This hazelnut milk ice cream recipe serves 8 people and is just the thing for your next summer party, or even for the Fourth of July. You could actually easily swap out the peaches in the recipe for berries (especially if you're going red white and blue)! 

Hazelnut Milk Ice Cream With Summer Peaches
Hazelnut Milk Ice Cream With Summer Peaches
Hazelnut Milk Ice Cream With Summer Peaches

As far as ingredients go there is one 'different' ingredient that you may be unfamiliar with: xanthan gum. And to be clear: you can do this recipe with out it if you don't want to order it online or find it in your grocery! The purpose of xanthan gum is a stabilizer that is going to help reduce iciness in your ice cream. That's one of the things many non-heavy-cream based ice creams struggle with when you make them at home: crystals, ice, and just the mouthfeel in general! You'll use less than a teaspoon for this batch, but wow does it make a difference! 

Hazelnut Milk Ice Cream with Summer Peaches

serves 8

/// Ingredients ///

  • 3 cups Pacific Foods Hazelnut Milk
  • `1/2 cup sugar
  • 6 egg yolks (large)
  • 1/4 teaspoon xanthan gum (optional)
  • 3 medium peaches
  • 1/2 cup hazelnuts, chopped
  • 3 large fresh basil leaves

/// Directions ///

freeze ice cream shell. Separate egg yolks and whites. Reserve egg yolks for a different recipe. Whisk egg yolks in a large bowl until smooth. Add sugar in small increments, whisking until fully blended. In a medium pan, heat hazelnut milk on medium heat and bring to a simmer, stirring occasionally. Remove hazelnut milk from heat and temper eggs, spooning in small amounts of the heated hazelnut milk to the whisked egg yolks and whisking. Continue to whisk and add small amounts until about half the hazelnut milk is incorporated and pour the remaining together and whisk until combined. (Note: this process is important because it will keep the eggs smooth by heating them slowly.) Sift the xanthan gum over the top of the mix and stir to combine. Chill mixture for an hour (ideal) and add to ice cream machine to churn for 15 minutes. Use a rubber spatula and remove the ice cream from the ice cream machine and spoon into a large bread pan. Freeze at least 30 minutes and scoop into bowls. Top with sliced peaches, hazelnuts and fresh basil. 

Hazelnut Milk Ice Cream With Summer Peaches
Hazelnut Milk Ice Cream With Summer Peaches
Hazelnut Milk Ice Cream With Summer Peaches

last recipe: http://healthfullyeverafter.co/blog/2016/5/19/spiced-mango-shrimp-tacos-with-refried-black-beans

Food Network Feature: Indoor Picnic Ideas for Summer

Main Dishes, Weekly Update, Weddings and EventsCarlene ThomasComment

The Fourth of July is next week. What are you eating? Inquiring minds need to know. As much as I love a wide variety of cuisines, I really do crave some good 'ol Americana happenings in summer. Deviled eggs, fried chicken, pie, potato salad, any summer produce and you had better believe ice cream all need to happen for me. I am even into classic red and white gingham cloths, despite the fact I will, without a doubt, lapse back into monochrome a day later (in New York I bought a slightly green shirt. I'm wild). But as a born and raised Virginian, one thing I know for certain is that the weather in summer is unpredictable. It could be thunderstorms or horribly humid. Or it could be perfect. You just don't know. But that's why an indoor picnic is never a bad back up idea. This Food Network piece we did is how you can upgrade your indoor picnic from salad in jars to oven fried chicken and deviled eggs that are easier to store and transport to the living room floor. 

Oh... and yes. These are THOSE deviled eggs. 

See the latest Food Network feature here. 

Food Network Feature: Indoor Picnic Ideas for Summer
Food Network Feature: Indoor Picnic Ideas for Summer
Food Network Feature: Indoor Picnic Ideas for Summer
Food Network Feature: Indoor Picnic Ideas for Summer

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