Alpin is inspired by all things French. It cherishes the "les joies de vivre" from French food, to wine and beer, to arts and culture. You would never believe this French bistro is in the heart of Downtown Gainesville. The relaxed interior reminds me of the 6th Arrondissement of Paris, and the menu offers a taste … Continue reading Le Goûter of Gainesville
The Oxford Exchange is the most instagrammable coffeehouse in Tampa. It resembles a modern library from its high ceilings to its black and white tiled floors. The rustic furniture and botanical dining area catch the daylight (and rainbows) perfectly. The restaurant has menus for breakfast, brunch, lunch and afternoon tea. From the brunch menu, I chose … Continue reading Coffee Break in Tampa
The Italian word sosta translates to take a break. This restaurant is perfect for that. It is a fast Italian getaway in the heart of NoLita. The restaurant is minimalistic and pink, with paper goods to match this aesthetic. The pink neon sign reading “Mangiamo, Baby” does not go unnoticed or unphotographed. Moving onto the picturesque menu... … Continue reading Vieni qui spesso?
Bohemian is a Japanese restaurant & bar hidden behind the Japan Premium Beef butcher shop (which is where the restaurant gets all of its meat). This same building was once home to Andy Warhol and Jean-Michel Basquiat. Sounds cool, right? Well, it isn't open to the public. New guests must be introduced by Bohemian's existing … Continue reading A New Nirvana in NoHo
From ramen to fine Italian dining, Downtown Gainesville brings me back to my New York roots... Crane Ramen is Gainesville's first craft ramen restaurant, and my favorite in the world. This trendy spot prepares its dishes from locally sourced ingredients. The small menu includes both Otsumami and Ramen selections. My top three picks from the Otsumami … Continue reading Dig into Downtown Gainesville
Summer is for getaways. The first half of mine was all about Italia... ROME San Marco was home away from home. In one weekend, I managed to hit this spot three times. It’s rustic interior resembled Lilia of Williamsburg. Although I enjoyed the large variety of pizzas, I enjoyed the red pepper infused olive oil … Continue reading Here, There & Everywhere Under the Tuscan Sun
Four weeks into my eating abroad, oops, study abroad summer in Florence! La Milkeria is a dessert-lovers dream. This cafe offers made-to-order crepes, waffles, and pancakes from morning until night. Wait, it gets better. You can top your made-to-order treat with scoops of gelato, heavy drizzles of Nutella and white chocolate, maple syrup, custard, jam, marscapone, … Continue reading Foraging in Florence