Around Town: Cafe Luxembourg in ‘When Harry Met Sally’ – New York City

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When Harry Met Sally (1989) is one of the greatest romantic comedies ever made. It’s effortless, hilarious, and filled with lots of restaurant scenes. Nora Ephron is a romantic comedy wizard and I can’t get enough of her work. During the film, Harry, Sally, and their two best friends go out to dinner at Cafe Luxembourg on the Upper West Side. In this scene, emotions are realized and relationships have changed. A very funny interaction between all of the characters takes place before they have even ordered their food.

Cafe Luxembourg, which opened in 1983, has a low-key vibe that made for an enjoyable breakfast. I ordered fresh squeezed orange juice, hot chocolate, and the Classic French Toast with fresh berries,‏ honey butter, and Vermont maple syrup. The French Toast was incredibly soft, and you just can’t go wrong with real syrup. This charming restaurant was a perfect backdrop for this double date, and it’s a must-visit for all you Nora Ephron/When Harry met Sally fans!

Cafe Luxembourg
200 West 70th Street, NYC
(between Amsterdam Ave. & West End Ave.)




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{Photos by Lauren & When Harry Met Sally}

Around Town: Terra Plata, Seattle


I haven’t been to a farm-to-table restaurant that I didn’t like. This is especially true of Seattle’s farm-to-table restaurant, Terra Plata. During a Sunday brunch, I enjoyed rustic bread and fresh-squeezed orange juice while basking in Seattle’s grey gloom. Each dish I tried was flavorful and appropriately sized. I’m so used to dishes arriving looking as though they are meant to serve 2-3 people. Though there are some great-looking options here, don’t miss out on the savory hash and manchego biscuits. Maybe one of the few times I’ve eaten vegetables for brunch. It’s rare but very possible with the right dish.

P.S. A delicious farm-to-table in L.A.






{Photos by Lauren}

Around Town: Le Saint Regis – Paris, France

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In Paris, starting the mornings with a warm croissant, a tartine, and café au lait is pretty common. While this is a tasty option, I crave variety after a couple of days of buttery croissants. Enter: the Eggs Benedict at Le Saint Regis café. I’ve enjoyed quite a few Eggs Benedict over the years, but this was the most delicious I’ve had. With thick bacon, fresh hollandaise sauce, and soft eggs, this meal was perfect in every way. The eggs in the omelets were cooked the way eggs in an omelet should be cooked, and the orange juice was freshly squeezed. The hot chocolate was a little too thick for my taste (it was as though I was drinking a melted chocolate bar), but then again, how can you go wrong with chocolate in the morning?

With a classically Parisian interior, Café Saint Regis is authentic without being a parody. The service was quick and friendly, and it is so easy to sit back and relax while people-watching. If you’re in the mood to be in awe after breakfast, just walk across the bridge to the Notre-Dame Cathedral.

Le Saint Regis address: 6 Rue Jean du Bellay, 75004 Paris

P.S. Le Grand Colbert in Paris.

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{Photos by Lauren}

That’s a Wrap!

This has been a long week, but it’s nice getting back into a routine and catching up with friends. This weekend will be filled with work and sleep, but I’ll be sure to sneak in some movie time. For now, wrapping up the week with a recap…

* Finally saw Silver Linings Playbook – really great!

* Finished Seasons One and Two of Homeland, and I can’t wait until Season 3! Brody just can’t catch a break.

* Getting ready for the Academy Awards in February.

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* Had breakfast for dinner (more than once).

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* Fresh-squeezed juice is great any time of day.


* Candy necklaces used in a practical and cute way.

{Photos by Lauren}

That’s a Wrap!

Wrapping up the week with a recap…

· Mid-week brunch that included Belgian waffles, homemade whipped cream, bacon, ham and goat cheese scrambled eggs, and fresh orange juice [1st photo].

· Absolutely loved The Avengers…after 2+ hours I still didn’t want it to end.

· One of my leopard cupcakes pictures was accepted to FoodGawker! After lots of picture rejections, it is always (and will always be) exciting when one makes it through.

· Beyond grateful and excited that my Summer Reading List 2012 was Freshly Pressed on Thursday! Ahh!

· Made my weekly visit to Din Tai Fung. I will never get tired of that restaurant [2nd photo].

· App of the Week: Food Truth – for when I’m feeling healthy and want recipes on-the-go.

Happy Friday!

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{photos by a dash of cinema}

Grapefruit Juice

Last week I became a big fan of grapefruit juice. It was my way of getting Vitamin C in a different form than orange juice and vitamins. I used to hate how acidic grapefruits tasted, but now I kind of love it. It has become a morning ritual to squeeze my own grapefruit juice, and enjoy every last sip! However, there are upsides and downsides to this delicious fruit juice. The upsides? There are an incredible amount of health benefits, some of which include: a good source of Vitamin C, energy boosts, reduces fever, relieves sore throats, promotes digestion. Check out this site to learn more about the great health benefits. The downsides? The acidity of the juice can interfere with certain medications you may be taking. Check out this interesting article on why you may want to avoid grapefruit juice.

If you are not a fan of grapefruits, ease into it slowly – you might change your mind. Or just stick with orange juice and green tea, which also have a lot of health benefits. Are you a fan of grapefruit juice?

Here are some more ways to eat grapefruit:

→ Plain and simple – cut it up!

→ Grapefruit cake – check out this recipe

→ Grapefruit margaritas – yum!

→ Grapefruit and basil sorbet – recipe here

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