Emmy Squared, Detroit Style Pizza

waiting for emmy squared to open at 12

You know a pizza place is good when David Chang and his camera crew decide to feature it in an upcoming episode of Lucky Peach. That’s what we stumbled upon when we stopped by Emmy Squared, the new pizza restaurant in Williamsburg run by Emily and Matt Hyland, the duo behind the very popular Pizza Loves Emily in Clinton Hill,  for brunch. There were cameras in the back filming Chang and someone else digging into a plate of what looked like a very delicious and immense spicy chicken sandwich. With the Chang stamp of approval, expectations were sky high.Read More

The Bao, The Best Soup Dumplings in NYC

the bao on st. mark’s place

Everyone knows that Din Tai Fung makes the best soup dumplings ever. And NYC doesn’t have a Din Tai Fung, so when we eat out and order soup dumplings in the city, we are knowingly eating something inferior. We have to make our way through leathery, lukewarm xiao long baos from Joe’s Shanghai and watch in envy as the West Coast keeps getting all the new Din Tai Fungs.Read More

A Perfect Day in Barcelona, Spain

one of the many gaudi buildings in barcelona
views of barcelona from park guell
buildings from the barri gotic or gothic quarter
picasso mocking miro on a building in barri gotic

A trip to Barcelona, Spain will involve good food, the beach, a little shopping, and lots and lots of Gaudi, the architect whose style of Catalan modernism can be seen everywhere in the city. A weekend is nowhere nearly enough to see all that Barcelona has to offer, but if you need to pack it in a day, the guide below narrows it down to the essentials.Read More

Somorrostro, the Best Kept Secret in Barcelona

hi terrence!

There is no shortage of great restaurants in Barcelona. Everyone has their opinion of the essential restaurants visitors should go to (Tickets! Cal Pep! Quimet & Quimet!), but none of them are quite like Somorrostro, a low-key, seasonally driven restaurant that’s just a few minutes walk from the namesake beach. It was New Year’s Day and a lot of restaurants were closed, including our first and second choices. Never has “settling” for something ever resulted in so much more than less when we walked into Somorrostro.Read More

Michelin Moments in Costa Brava at Restaurant Miramar

miramar, a 2 michelin star restaurant in llanca, spain

A trip to Costa Brava should not be rushed. Physically, it’s impossible – the village roads are much too narrow or your car might get stuck in several tight corners.  And though the sights are few, what they lack in quantity they make up in sheer substance. Just getting through the first floor of the Dali Theatre-Museum is exhausting – there’s whimsy in nearly every corner, and then you realize you’re not even halfway through it. Leave the type A, cram-it-in mentality at home and just focus on taking in a few things, or maybe even nothing, one day at a time.Read More