I have a major weakness for French brasseries and Balthazar in New York is one of my all-time favorites. I remember the first time I ever went - it was in September a few years back and my husband surprised me by taking the red-eye flight from L.A. the night before. He arrived on a drizzly morning and we walked through Soho for a cozy brunch. The tiled floors, the bustling waiters, the warm interior - the whole place just felt electric and the food was just as comforting. I ordered the french onion soup and loved it so much that I soon after bought the Balthazar cookbook just so that I could make it from home as often as I pleased (I even bought these classic bowls that can withstand the heat of the oven). Any kind of soup that involved a toasted piece of bread, a gooey layer of cheese, and a tangy broth is a winner in my book.
Tortilla Soup (Sopa Azteca)
One of my favorite ways of reminiscing about a past vacation is thinking back on the amazing food we've eaten. Mexican food is often our default choice when we're too lazy to cook dinner, but after returning from Riviera Maya, I had a renewed passion for making some ...read more