Today, I’m talking to Jeanette Chen. I absolutely love her blog called, Jeanette’s Healthy Living. That said, I’m excited Jeanette is joining Healthy Within Network (HWN) as our resident food expert. Her blog is my pick for the Hottest Healthy Recipes Blog.
Be sure to check it out for simple, yet amazing recipes that appeal to all your senses. If you stock your pantry with the right healthy foods, you can whip them together in a jiffy.
Here’s a little background on how she got started:
Prior to becoming a Healthy Living Blogger, Jeanette worked in corporate finance at GE for 15 years. But after having children, she found herself not only caring for her kids, but her husband’s ailing parents. That’s when she switched from the Board Room at the office to the cutting board in the kitchen.
While caretaking family members, she noticed what a huge role nutrition plays on how they felt each day. So, she began testing different healthy dishes and loved creating ones that were nutritious.
People began raving about her healthy recipes telling her she should blog, so she gave it a whirl.
Like me, she was a reluctant blogger. Four years ago, Stephen Meade told me to start blogging. I looked at him like he told me to extract a tooth. He said I was the Arianna Huffington of Health. I replied, Yeah OK. I can’t do anything unless I feel it. Like a calling. Finally, six months ago, I felt the inner calling and never looked back.
And Jeanette just won the award for TOP FOODIE MOM 2012.
WHAT OR WHO INSPIRED YOU TO BEGIN YOUR BLOG?
My husband, Michael, who is my college sweetheart that I’ve been married to for 25 years, encouraged me to start my blog. The inspiration behind Jeanette’s Healthy Living have been all the people I have been cooking for over the years, including friends with cancer, my father-in-law who had Parkinson’s disease and lived with our family for 8 years, and my youngest son who has food allergies. While I’ve always loved cooking, out of these experiences I developed a passion for cooking that is health-focused while never compromising on the need to be full of flavor.
WHO CAN BENEFIT FROM READING YOUR HEALTHY RECIPES BLOG?
My blog includes not only healthy recipes, but also stories about how I’ve gotten my kids to try new foods, some of the challenges I faced when we first discovered my youngest son had food allergies, and my experience cooking for friends with cancer. My goal is to inspire people to eat healthier by realizing that eating healthy doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice on flavor, with the hope of helping to prevent illness and disease. My blog has lots of healthy family friendly recipes, allergy-free recipes (gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free), and recipes I’ve made for friends with cancer.
CAN YOU SHARE 3 EASY HEALTHY RECIPES ANYONE CAN PREPARE AT HOME?
1. Roasted Corn, Avocado and Black Bean Salsa (http://jeanetteshealthyliving.com/2011/06/roasted-corn-avocado-and-black-bean-salsa.html)
2. Sun-dried Tomato Pesto Pasta (http://jeanetteshealthyliving.com/2012/04/sun-dried-tomato-pesto-pasta-sauce-recipe.html)
3. Crockpot Turkey Bolognese Sauce (http://jeanetteshealthyliving.com/2012/01/crockpot-turkey-bolognese-pasta-sauce-recipe.html)
HOW CAN PEOPLE CREATE A HEALTHY PANTRY AT HOME?
Creating a healthy pantry can be daunting at first, so you can either do it little by little, or in one fell swoop. Here are a few tips:
She gets our thumbs up for being a Top Foodie Mom. If you are looking for easy healthy recipes while you or your kids are poolside or at the beach, be sure to check in.
Be Sure to Follow Jeanette Chen’s incredible award-winning Blog: http://www.JEANETTESHEALTHYLIVING.com
Also, Check out Jeanette’s son, Alex as he shows you how to make a healthy popsicle that is also a good treat for chemotherapy patients:
The family that cooks healthy together stays healthy together!!
10 Foods Turn On Genes Related to Fat Burning
1. Olive Oil
5. Kiwi Fruit
6. Edamame (Green soybeans)
7. Wild Salmon
9. Quinoa (People always ask what this is: Quinoa are seeds that an be prepared like whole grains, such as rice or barley. You can find them in any grocery store where you find rice. Friends who have tried it say it’s yummy.)
T0 find out WHY these 10 foods have super powers, please visit SELF Magazine by copying/pasting this web address into your browser: http://www.self.com/fooddiet/2012/04/drop-10-top-superfoods-slideshow#slide=5
The above tips are part of a new book published by SELF: http://www.self.com/drop10diet/buy_the_book
- My 5 Favorite Superfoods (They’ll Help You Drop 10 Pounds!) (self.com)
- Rainbow Quinoa with Leeks, Sun-Dried Tomatoes and Roasted Sweet Potatoes (wholefoodhungry.wordpress.com)
- Craving a salad for dinner? Try this one with edamame and more deliciousness! (joyofspa.com)
- Food Saving in Portions (eclecticedibles.wordpress.com)
- Tabouleh Salad from Quinoa Cuisine (nancycreative.com)
- Italian Edamame (savoringeverybite.com)
- Southwest Quinoa Salad (nourishingresults.com)
- The Benefits of Quinoa (myfoxdetroit.com)
- Q is for Quinoa (cookingwithshy.wordpress.com)
- Anti-Inflammatory “Salads” (nourishingresults.com)
- Getting to Know Quinoa (everydaygoodeating.wordpress.com)
- 8 Health Benefits of Quinoa (refreshingnews99.blogspot.com)
- My Week With Quinoa (circleoffood.com)
- Is there really a grain that SUPERCHARGES fat loss? (calefitness.wordpress.com)
- Recipe: Warm Grain Salad (progressalways.wordpress.com)
13 Hot & Healthy Chinese, Japanese & Thai Choices
1. Brown rice
2. Summer rolls
3. Soybeans steamed in water (rather than oil)
5. Shrimp Lo Mein
6. Broccoli (stir-fry veggies, light on oil)
7. Snow peas
9. Steamed veggie dumplings
10. Soft or Plain tofu (not deep fried)
11. Request a sprinkling of chopped peanuts, almonds or cashews inside or outside your sushi roll
12. Request crispy salmon skin in your sushi roll
13. One Chinese or Thai dish can serve 3 people, so split your dishes
14. Steamed vegetables
Green tea is a good choice too.
HEALTH.COM “Lean to Go”
Be sure to check out the full article here: http://www.health.com/health/gallery/0,,20579042,00.html
Enjoy! Stay healthy. ~Maria
- 10 ways to order healthy Asian takeout (cnn.com)
- Recipe: Thai Style Tofu and Brown Rice – The Soy Connection – Health & Nutrition – United Soybean Board (soyconnection.com)
- Healthy Asian Cuisine Options (philammann.com)
- Guest Post: Golden Mushrooms with Broccoli and Dried Shrimps (thehungrygiant.wordpress.com)
- Health Benefits of Sushi (mariadorfner.wordpress.com)
Hot Healthy Recipe: Panini!
When I was in Paris years ago, I couldn’t help notice people eating panini’s.
Panini is plural for panino, which means sandwich in Italian.
After trying one, I recall exclaiming I want to open Panini carts in NYC!
Use natural ingredients, like fresh garden vegetables.
Sweet Red Pepper
Fresh Spinach Leaves
Your Favorites Cheese
Your Favorite Lean Meat
A Firm Whole Wheat Bread
- Start by scraping off the black area of the Portobello mushroom. Then, sauté in imported Italian Virgin Olive Oil and Thyme.
- Next, you slice open a sweet red pepper horizontal wise, take out seeds and core. Once your onion is sliced into large rounds, it too should be roasted. Slice a firm tomato in a semi-thick round. Set aside.
- The eggplant should be skinned, seeded and sliced lengthwise. Each slice should be dipped in flour, and sautéed in olive oil until soft.
- As for the spinach leaves, lightly blanch them in water until it turns a darker green.
- You need two a slices of firm bread such as a French Baguette fried in an egg beater (like French toast).
Add a thick slice of cheese and your choice of lean meat. The final step is to layer the sandwich with the meat first, cheese and the vegetables in any order you like.
Panini Press and Grill until the cheese and meat are well done.
Fun to do on weekends. Add soup and you’re all set. Buon Appetito!
- Ham and Cheese Panini (04.09.12) (fox13now.com)
- Grilled Eggplant Panini (cookpendium.wordpress.com)
- Pear Panini (munchomom.com)
- Balsamic Roasted Vegetable Panini (rollinoatstampa.com)
- Made in Peirce: Mastering the Panini Press (thekenyonthrill.com)
- Pastrami & Swiss Panini (thelushnest.com)
- Chicken Cordon Bleu Panini (cookpendium.wordpress.com)
- Spicy Tuna Melt with Jalapeños and Sharp Cheddar (repleteeats.wordpress.com)
- Salami, eggplant, tomato, and goat cheese sandwich (snixykitchen.wordpress.com)
- How to build the perfect vegetarian sandwich (mnn.com)
- Portobello Pesto Panini (yesiwantcake.com)
- artichoke snap pea spring panini (thetalkingkitchen.com)
Panini grills range in price from $25. to over $500. You can check them out or order on-line here:
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Happy & Healthy Weekend! I just learned it is the Thai New Year. Happy Thai New Year!
Healthy Recipe: Wrap It Up!
I love this wrap from EATING WELL Magazine. It’s stuffed with chicken tenders and couscous (recipe below) with a hit of lemon and a healthy dose of fresh herbs. You can also use veggies instead of chicken. Serve with: Mixed green salad
Active Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/3 cup couscous, preferably whole-wheat
- 1 cup chopped fresh parsley
- 1/2 cup chopped fresh mint
- 1/4 cup lemon juice
- 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- 2 teaspoons minced garlic
- 1/4 teaspoon salt, divided
- 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
- 1 pound chicken tenders
- 1 medium tomato, chopped
- 1 cup chopped cucumber
- 4 10-inch spinach or sun-dried tomato wraps or tortillas
- Bring water to a boil in a small saucepan. Stir in couscous and remove from the heat. Cover and let stand for 5 minutes. Fluff with a fork. Set aside.
- Meanwhile, combine parsley, mint, lemon juice, oil, garlic, 1/8 teaspoon salt and pepper in a small bowl.
- Toss chicken tenders in a medium bowl with 1 tablespoon of the parsley mixture and the remaining 1/8 teaspoon salt. Place the tenders in a large nonstick skillet and cook over medium heat until cooked though, 3 to 5 minutes per side. Transfer to a clean cutting board. Cut into bite-size pieces when cool enough to handle.
- Stir the remaining parsley mixture into the couscous along with tomato and cucumber.
- To assemble wraps, spread about 3/4 cup of the couscous mixture onto each wrap. Divide the chicken among the wraps. Roll the wraps up like a burrito, tucking in the sides to hold the ingredients in. Serve cut in half.
Per serving: 479 calories; 17 g fat ( 3 g sat , 11 g mono ); 67 mg cholesterol; 49 g carbohydrates; 0 g added sugars; 34 g protein; 5 g fiber; 653 mg sodium; 382 mg potassium.
Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin C (57% daily value), Folate & Vitamin A (40% dv), Iron (32% dv).
Carbohydrate Servings: 3
Exchanges: 3 starch, 4 lean meat, 2 fat
Low cholesterol | Low saturated fat | Heart healthy | High calcium | High fiber |
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60. Minimum # of days it takes to change an unhealthy eating habit.
HOW TO CHANGE AN UNHEALTHY EATING HABIT TO A HEALTHY ONE:
1. AWARENESS – Be mindful of the unhealthy eating habit. Think of WHY you reach for certain unhealthy foods. Then, exchange it for something healthy. See list below.
2. PLAN MEALS – If you have no time for lunch and that is when you grab something unhealthy, prepare a healthy meal the night before and bring it to the office with you. If you work from home, put it in the refrigerator for easy grabbing the next day.
3. REDUCE STRESS – Meditate. Reducing stress will also improve your sleep. Mediatating just twice a week can help with sleep problems. Turn off all electronic equipment and find a quiet place with no distractions and simply breathe and stretch. Nature is wonderful to quiet the noise.
4. TAKE IT SLOW SO YOU DON’T CRASH – Slow-and-Steady is best.
20 SMALL CHANGES YOU CAN MAKE THAT ADD UP in 60 DAYS:
- Start each day with a nutritious breakfast.
- Get at least 8 hours of sleep because lack of sleep can cause you to overeat.
- Drink more water instead of sugary drinks, sodas, soft drinks or energy drinks.
- Don’t eat meals on the run.
- Eat when you’re really hungry. Stop when you’re comfortably full.
- Say no to second helpings.
- Eat healthy snacks every few hours: fruits, veggies, almonds, walnuts.
- If you eat dairy, switch to soy or lower-fat dairy products.
- If you eat white bread, switch to whole-grain bread.
- Use mustard instead of mayo.
- Instead of sauces, flavor your foods with herbs, vinegars, mustards, or lemon.
- If you drink coffee, switch to cafe au lait, using strong coffee and hot skim milk instead of cream.
- Limit alchohol to 1 or 2 drinks a day.
- Eat larger portions of water-rich foods and less of calorie-dense foods.
- If you never exercise –start with walking each day. Stretch and walk.
- Replace unhealthy snacking foods in your house with healthy ones.
- Replace ice cream with yogurts.
- Replace salty pretzels and chips with cereals, almonds, walnuts or popcorn.
- Stock your refrigerator with fresh fruits & veggies for snacking.
- Make your goal feeling healthy, rather than a certain weight.
60 DAYS. TWO MONTHS. LONGTERM CHANGE. BE PATIENT.
- SHINE ON: Foods for Healthy, Glowing Skin (mariadorfner.wordpress.com)
10 Hot iPhone Apps for New Parents
Parenting in the internet age certainly still has its challenges, but tech-savvy parents have several options in the App Store that can help ease some of the stress. Storing important information, accessing records and even entertaining your newborn can all be done with a tap of the screen; here are ten iPhone apps that all new parents should check out.
All new parents need some help, so it is a great idea for the iPhone to serve multiple purposes. Check out the App Store for these and other great apps for new parents. You never knew a phone could do so much.
THANK YOU NANNY NET – Debbie Denard
BEST NEW PARENTING BLOG: NANNY NET – http://www.nanny.net/blog/10-iphone-apps-for-new-parents
HOW A BABY TAKES SHAPE INSIDE YOUR BODY: http://www.babycentre.co.uk/video/pregnancy/baby-takes-shape/
WONDERFUL PBS DOCUMENTARY recommended by author, Michael Gonzalez Wallace: http://topdocumentaryfilms.com/the-secret-life-of-the-brain/
- TappyTaps Releases the First iOS Baby Monitor to Work Over a 3G, CDMA and Wifi Network (prweb.com)
- Coming Soon: The Wearable, Online, All-the-Time Baby Monitor (parenting.blogs.nytimes.com)
- Monitor Babies from iPhone, iPad or IPod (mariadorfner.wordpress.com)
- Apps for Pregnancy & Beyond (bellissimom.wordpress.com)
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Health Benefits of Sushi
|Sushi– Sushi Nutrition Facts – Health Benefits of Sushi
For a person with normal health, sushi has many health benefits. All dishes (excluding eel, and some fusion style sushi) are low in saturated fat and high in protein. There may be a slight load in carbohydrates in thick sushi rolls, but it is negligible for nigiri sushi since they are small in amount.
High content of fish oil is the main health factor which promotes a healthy cardiovascular system. The hikarimono, or shiny fishes (mackerel, Spanish mackerel, sardine, Pacific Saury) contain the highest amounts of EPA and DHA omega3 fats. (Ironically they are the least expensive fishes). These fishes are also high in vitamin E which is a powerful antioxidant.
Nori contains a great source of minerals found in the ocean and vinegar acts as an important factor in promoting cell metabolism. People who use vinegar frequently (to dress salads, blend with soy sauce, or drink in small amounts (please refer to rice vinegar in choosing the best ingredients) have lower percentages of body fat.
Unfortunately, people with type I or II diabetes should stay away from sushi, and stick to sashimi. Individuals with high blood pressure must limit their use of soy sauce (see: how to eat sushi).
Registered dietitian Zannat Reza says sushi, like any meal, can be healthy if you choose wisely. Here are some of her Sushi eating tips:
• Many rolls are low in protein, which may bring on hunger pains two hours after eating. Reza suggests augmenting your sushi roll with a small, plain latte or a small yogurt.
• Look for sushi made with minimal ingredients and be wary of the rolls with the yummy extras, such as mayonnaise, barbecue sauce and tempura. These, of course, add extra fat and sodium to the meal.Women who are pregnant and who are breastfeeding and young children should avoid fish high in mercury, including tuna, king mackerel and orange roughy.
• Like all takeout food, sushi can sometimes be high in sodium. Reza points out that even the otherwise healthy brown rice California roll has 750 mg of sodium, about half of what your body needs in a day.
• Soy sauce is laced with sodium. One tablespoon contains about 1,000 mg of sodium, so Reza suggests going light on the soy or skipping it all together.Verdict: Sushi can be a diet delight or a diet disaster — depending on what you pick.
Brown rice California roll
This is the classic Cali roll — that’s imitation crab, rolled with avocado and cucumber and sprinkled with sesame seeds — made with nutty brown rice. SERVING SIZE 9 pieces CALORIES 310 FAT 6 grams SODIUM 740 mg PROTEIN 7 grams CARBOHYDRATES 58 grams (4 grams fibre)
Verdict: Reza likes this roll’s calorie content and its dose of heart healthy avocado and fibre-rich, whole grain brown rice.
The veggie version — carrots replace the ‘crab’ — also gets two thumbs up. The roll contains similar amounts of calories, fat, protein and fibre, but has 240 mg less sodium. Multi-grain salmon avocado rollPink pieces of salmon and wedges of avocado rolled in nori and multi-grain rice. SERVING SIZE 9 pieces CALORIES 330FAT 7 grams SODIUM 520 mg PROTEIN 15 grams CARBOHYDRATES 51 grams (7 grams fibre)
Verdict: This is superhealthy sushi. Reza notes the 15 grams of hunger-busting protein is higher than most other rolls, while the 520 mg sodium is lower than many rolls. The avocado and salmon also make it a heart health booster, while the addition of multi-grain rice — and with seven different kinds of grain, including rye berries, purple barley and black japonica rice, it is truly multi-grain — adds an impressive 7 grams of fibre.
Volcano roll. For those unfamiliar, this is a roll of cucumber, avocado and cream cheese topped with, among other things, spicy tuna, panko and two kinds of mayo. SERVING SIZE 5 piecesCALORIES 560FAT 29 gramsSODIUM 810 mgPROTEIN 16 grams CARBOHYDRATES 60 grams (3 grams fibre)
Verdict: This is sushi at its most decadent. Five bites of food contain one quarter of your daily calories, half the sodium your body needs in a day and more fat than two large chocolate sundaes from Dairy Queen. Yikes.
Chicken udon soup Pieces of chicken and thick udon noodles float in a savory broth with baby bok choy, broccoli, carrot and seaweed. SERVING SIZE 1 bowl, about 200 grams CALORIES 250FAT 1 gramSODIUM 5,970 mgPROTEIN 14 gramsCARBOHYDRATES 15 grams (1 gram fibre)
Verdict: By looking at the ingredient list, the soup’s minimal calories and fat and its 14 grams of belly filling protein, you would probably guess this is a comforting and healthy meal. Unfortunately, the 5,970 mg of sodium quickly renders this meal a dietary danger. The salt-soaked soup — the equivalent of 150 shakes with the salt shaker! — has four times more sodium than your body needs in a day.
RECOMMENDED DAILY ALLOWANCE
Men/Women Calories: 2,500/2,000 Fat: 60 to 105 grams/45 to 75 grams Sodium: 1,500 to 2,300 mg Carbohydrates: 281-325 grams
(Souce: The Dish, Megan Ogilvie)
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Aphrodesiacs for Valentine’s Day, Romantic Dining in NYC, Musings from Mom & Dad
“Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it.” ~Steve Jobs
“When the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie — it’s amore.” ~Dean Martin
Ah, love. And pizza. And love of pizza. When I was a bright-eyed kid, my Dad made pizza for a living when he wasn’t working in “construction.” Fellow Brooklynites will get the quotations joke. While in grade school, I waited up for him for three reasons. One, he brought home the next day’s New York Post and Daily News. I loved feeling like I knew what was going in the world while everyone was sleeping. Yes, New York was the WORLD. Two, he always brought home large fresh pizza pies and three, quality time with Dad talking about news and pizza. So naturally, I associate pizza with love.
Turns out, pizza made Reader’s Digest list of Top 10 Love-Foods for Valentine’s Day. Saying “Love Foods” the way Don Cornelius would say, “Soul Train” in his honor today.
According to the Food and Drug Administration, aphrodisiacs are based in “folklore, not fact.” Still, people continue to believe in the love-inducing effects of certain foods, herbs and extracts.
Some say if you believe something, you’re halfway there. Ah, the placebo effect. None of these attract a mate, but if you already have one, they may help improve your love life.
“Love each other.” ~Nonna Angelina
Discovery Health listed some of these:
- Asparagus: The vitamin E in this vegetable is said to stimulate sex hormones.
- Chili peppers: Some researchers say that eating hot peppers makes us release endorphins, which might lead to “other things.”
- Chocolate: This favorite for Valentine’s Day contains phenylethylamine, one of the chemicals your body produces naturally when you’re in love (see The Chemistry of Love).
- Oysters: Oysters contain high levels of zinc, which reportedly increased the production of testosterone. Testosterone increases libido for both sexes.
Others include Ginkgo, Spanish fly (dead beetle parts) and Damiana.
Back to pizza. READER’S DIGEST also compiled a list of sexy foods to boost your libido. This one includes pizza pizza. Lots of ’em are yummy, so enjoy! The first 6 are in my favorite snacks. The link that follows it describes the health benefits of each.
- SPANISH OLIVES
- CHAI TEA (See 15 health benefits of chai tea according to science, which includes 5 chai tea recipes at https://www.jenreviews.com/chai-tea/
- WHIPPED CREAM
Reader’s Digest Magazine: Only $4.00 per Year! (livingrichwithcoupons.com)
You could stay in with your love and one of the yummy items on the list above OR if you’re in NYC you can check out these special 2012 NYC Valentine’s Day deals and prix fixe menus OR do both.
By Pamela Skillings, About.com Guide
1. 21 Club
Celebrate Valentine’s Day at New York’s landmark ’21’ Club, where the romantic upstairs dining room has been the site of numerous wedding proposals. For Valentine’s Day 2011, ‘21’ is serving a sumptuous three-course dinner, including a Veuve Clicquot champagne toast, for $125 per person.
(We had Rush’s book signing at 21 Club and I found it a tad stuffy. Although, it may have been in a different room than the dining room they speak of)
Enjoy a laid-back Southwestern Valentine’s Day at Agave with a special three-course menu and a premium tequila tasting for $120 per couple.
For Valentine’s Day 2011, Aureole is serving a sumptuous five-course, prix-fixe dinner featuring foie gras and lobster for $175 per person ($100 wine pairing supplement). While there are certainly more affordable Valentine’s Day options, Aureole is a great choice for a special occasion splurge.
The legendary Chef David Bouley is offering a six-course tasting menu for $195 per person ($295 with wine pairings) this Valentine’s Day. You can also take your Valentine to lunch at Bouley for just $36 per person for the tasting menu.
5. Bun Soho
This fabulous Grand Street Vietnamese spot is serving up a four-course prix-fixe menu with specialty cocktail and dessert for just $45 per couple. It’s the most affordable Valentine’s Day deal we found in Manhattan for the second year running.
6. Bryant Park Grill
At Bryant Park Grill, Valentine’s Day specials include the seafood raw bar for two, romantic cocktails (Budding Romance for Two features raspberry vodka and an edible orchid), and a complimentary box of hand made truffles. The regular menu is also available.
7. Chez Josephine
Chez Josephine, the restaurant inspired by the legendary Josephine Baker, offers a romantic setting complete with red velvet walls and chandeliers. Pianist/vocalist Christ Curtis will serenade diners as they enjoy a prix-fixe menu of French American bistro favorites for $75 per person.
Enjoy incredible food in this historic Greenwich Village space. The three-course Valentine’s Day menu offers options for $69-$98 per person (depending on entree choice).
9. Gentleman Farmer
Make it an intimate local Valentine’s Day at Gentleman Farmer on the Lower East Side. This cozy 20-seat restaurant serves a menu that combines traditional French cuisine with fresh local ingredients. The Valentine’s Day 2011 prix-fixe menu is $55 for three courses.
Make it a Cuban Valentine’s Day with a three-course dinner, live music, and hand-rolled cigars for $69 per person.If you want to impress someone special, choosing the right restaurant can make all the difference. These restaurants offer romantic atmosphere, as well quality food and service that are sure to impress — whether it’s Valentine’s Day, an anniversary or another special occasion.(Some of the following seem like nothing special when you’re a local. Gramercy Tavern and Union Square Cafe don’t seem particularly romantic to me. The Sea Grill gets lots of tourists.)More Romance in New York City:
1. Gramercy TavernDanny Meyer’s restaurants are reknowned for impeccable service, and Gramercy Tavern is no different. Serving creative American fare, Gramercy Tavern is the perfect place for a perfect meal, from start to finish. Reservations suggested, though the tavern area has reduced prices and a no-reservation policy.Gramercy Tavern Basics:
42 E. 20th St.
Between Broadway and Park Ave. So.
2. Union Square CafeAnother Danny Meyer destination, Union Square Cafe offers great service and delicious fare in a comfortable setting. Union Square Cafe is friendly to vegetarians. Reservations suggested, though the bar area offers you an in without a reservation.Union Square Cafe Basics:
21 E. 16th St.
Between Fifth Ave. and Union Sq. West
3. One If By Land, Two If By SeaOften considered the most romantic restaurant in New York City, One if By Land, TIBS is housed in a former carriage house that features nightly live piano music and working fireplaces. Exposed brick and dim lighting make this a great destination for a romantic evening.One If By Land, Two If By Sea:
17 Barrow St.
Between 7th Ave. S. & W. 4th St.
I must admit, I’m a bit prejudiced, since Balthazar is where I went for dinner after I got engaged, but if being transported to a bustling Parisian bistro is your idea of romance, this is the perfect destination. Steak frites are fabulous, as is the onion goat cheese tart.Balthazar Basics:
80 Spring St.
Between Crosby & Broadway.
If you really want to dazzle your date, Daniel is among New York City’s most impressive restaurants, with prices to match. Decor reflects Daniel Boulud’s appreciation for Italian Renaissance design, but the menu features creative French cuisine. 3 Course Prix-Fixe $96.Daniel Basics:
60 E. 65th St.
Between Park and Madison Aves.
6. Blue Hill
With an annual Valentine’s Day tradition of serving a “hands-free” meal, Blue Hill offers an off-beat take on your typical romantic evening. Serving American cuisine, Blue Hill builds a menu focused on seasonally available produce from the Hudson Valley.Blue Hill Basics:
75 Washington Pl.
Between Sixth Ave. and MacDougal St.
This warmly lit restaurant feels more like a country inn — complete with a roaring fire in the colder months. Dine on fine American cuisine and if you’d really like to impress, reserve for the chef’s special menu.Savoy Basics:
70 Prince St.
Between Crosby and Lafayette Sts.
8. The Sea Grill
Overlooking the ice rink at Rockefeller Center, The Sea Grill is a great choice for a romantic evening, assuming your date likes seafood. From oysters and clams to herb crusted skate, the menu offerings reflect a range of seafood options all well prepared and very fresh.The Sea Grill Basics:
19 W. 49th St.
Between Fifth and Sixth Aves.
212-332-7610If it’s the perfect view that makes you feel romantic, you can do no better than The River Cafe on Brooklyn’s waterfront. Featuring delicious food combined with professional, attentive service, The River Cafe is well worth leaving Manhattan for the food alone, but the view of downtown Manhattan makes this an irresistable choice.The River Cafe Basics:
1 Water Street, Brooklyn
10. The Place
This West Village restaurant offers all of the romance of New York’s finest restaurants, but with a more affordable price tag. The menu features both American and pan-European cuisine.The Place Basics:
310 W. 4th St.
Between Bank and W. 12th Sts.
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MUSINGS FROM MOM & DAD
MOM: Love isn’t about getting roses or going to restaurants.
ME: What is it?
ME: Dad, Mommy said to ask you what is love?
DAD: She’s crazy.
ME: Well, what is it?
ME: Love. Amore!!!
DAD: When you want to be with one person so you can be crazy together.
ME: Brilliant.Actually, Mom gave me a beautiful answer when I asked her once before. I always ask them that question. If they have an epiphany, I want to be the first to know. Mom said love was about two people who want to grow a garden together, water it every day, watch it grow, thorns and all. Something like that. I wrote it down somewhere.
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