Brunch at Clinton St. Baking Co., New York

Brunch at Clinton St. Baking Co. NYC

My friend Mikayla brought Kiyo and me to brunch this summer at Clinton Street Baking Company & Restaurant on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. Extremely popular with locals and tourists alike, the restaurant is puzzlingly small but has a cozy diner atmosphere. Obviously, they make great food! Mikayla had a crab cake Benedict, which was huge! Served with tomato and spinach on a biscuit, this looked awesome and tasted good too (according to Mikayla – I don’t like crab so I didn’t taste it).


My eggs Benedict with chopped tomatoes and scallions was much smaller; but it came with tons of bacon and I ate it all! I loved that the biscuit was grilled to give it a little crunch.


Kiyo downed his grilled chicken sandwich, with avocado, french fries and coleslaw, in record time, so he obviously had no complaints! The bread was really soft and fresh (I stole a bite!)

Clinton St. Baking Company

Address: 4 Clinton St, New York, NY 10002 Phone: (646) 602-6263

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Dinners at Maggie’s House, North Stonington

homecooked dinners at Maggie's CT

This summer, I lived with Maggie and her parents at their home in North Stonington, Connecticut, while the two of us were in Yoga Teacher Training. Maggie’s mom cooked us so many delicious, homemade dinners! Above is a dish Maggie, Chelsea and I made: pesto pasta made with fresh basil from the garden. We also made a version of the pesto with avocado, which was really good.


We had a salad along with the pesto pasta.


Another night we grilled burgers; Maggie’s family only uses the grill (no stove or oven) during the summer.


One night we helped Maggie’s mom make an amazing pasta salad with fresh herbs, zucchini and yellow squash from the garden, as well as ham, peppers, mozzarella and parmesan cheese.




Maggie’s mom made us lots of great salads; here’s a cobb salad.

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What I Ate Wednesday: Seattle & Vashon

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Last week Wednesday this post went up prematurely; I’d scheduled it and forgotten to write anything! So apologies for the repeat, but here are the pictures again, this time with explanations:

Kiyo and I spent a couple of days in Seattle this month, staying with his brother and sister-in-law. Here’s what one of our days looked like:

Breakfast: tiny apple and black coffee, before an hour-long power yoga class at Urban Yoga Spa. I really disliked this teacher, but I ended up taking three classes over three days, and the third teacher was great.

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Snack: Right after my yoga class, Kiyo and I shared leftover Thai food from our dinner at Buddha Ruska: white rice with crispy garlic chicken, and chicken pad see ew with broccoli.

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Lunch: After running a few errands, Kiyo and I met up with his friend Lizzie (the co-founder of awesome vegan & fitness blog Photosynthesis206) for lunch at Lá Lốt – more Asian food! I ordered the sausage, which turned out to be meatballs, but were delicious nonetheless. The meat came with vermicelli, a sweet and sour dipping sauce, and a vegetable and herb salad.

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Snack: After lunch, Kiyo and I picked up iced coffees (mine with half a packet of stevia and just a drop of skim milk).

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Snack: On the ferry ride back to Vashon, where Kiyo’s dad, brother, sister-in-law and nephew live, we snacked on a Trader Joe’s dark chocolate / caramel / sea salt bar. These are so good! I had the full serving of four squares.

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HouseTrip’s New York City food guide just went live, and because of eyechow, I was lucky enough to be one of the experts quoted!

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