Caffe’ dei Fiori (NYC, US)

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Phil and I celebrated Valentine’s Day this year with a dinner at Caffe’ dei Fiori on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. The atmosphere was romantic with a rose & lit candle at every table; and I also appreciated the cute touch that the restaurant put in sprinkling adorable Valentine themed confetti on the table! The food was great, especially the duck breast, and our waiter was attentive but not overly so. My only complaint was the distance (or almost lack of) between the tables, especially on Valentine’s Day when most couples are hoping for some space and intimacy!

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Narcissa (NYC, USA)

Brunch at Narcissa ranks up there as one of the best brunches I’ve had in NYC! It is owned by André Balazs and Michelin-starred chef John Fraser. The interior environment of the restaurant was amiable and inviting (even during this wintry month!) with warm wood and sunlit interiors thanks to the large windows overlooking the restaurant’s private garden. 10/10 would dine again!

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coca-cola float anyone?

For some reason, I prefer coca-cola floats to root beer floats. Probably because I never grew up with root beer, or really, any soda for that matter. There were few occasions when we had soda in the house, and they’re usually leftovers from some party or other. The first time I made this recipe was way back when, when I was in 5th grade. I remember really wanting to try a root beer float because my friends back then were talking about it during lunch time. But there wasn’t any vanilla ice-cream or root beer soda in the house when I got home. All we had was cookies ‘n’ cream ice-cream and coca-cola… I thought, “why not?”

To this day, this is still one of my favorite treats:

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