Category Archives: General restaurant reviews

Quick bites in Indianapolis: Napolese Pizzeria and IMA Cafe

A few weeks ago I set off on an 1,800 mile road trip to see my favorite musician, Stewart Copeland, perform twice with his new “Off The Score” ensemble. Yes, I just as dedicated to the music I love as I am to good food and cooking! The first stop on my journey would be in Indianapolis, Indiana, where I’d have time to grab one lunch on my own and then dinner with some of my friends who had also taken the trip for the show.

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El Tule Mexican and Peruvian Restaurant in Lambertville, New Jersey

Yesterday the sweetie and I decided to spend the afternoon and evening in Lambertville, a charming town full of delightful art galleries, craft shops and antique stores. We were dodging in and out of the rain all of the day, but I came home with a nice stash of vintage cookbooks—and a very full belly after a wonderful dinner at El Tule Mexican and Peruvian Restaurant.

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Barbaresco Restaurant (Upper East Side, New York City)

Finding an excellent  yet reasonably-priced meal on New York’s Upper East Side can be a bit of a challenge. It’s not exactly NYC’s trendiest dining destination, and a lot of times it seems that the high prices to be found in restaurants there do not reflect the quality of the food served. With that in mind, coming across Barbaresco Restaurant on a recent evening in the area was a truly wonderful delight.

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3 Days in Chicago: Miller’s Pub

It was a sunny if chilly Sunday morning when sweetie and I found ourselves looking for a brunch option and stumbled upon Miller’s Pub. We’d been looking for anything open that wasn’t a chain sandwich shop or — God forbid — deep dish pizza place (sorry, Chicagoans, but my opinion of deep dish pie is basically the same as Jon Stewart’s.) It was 11am and Miller’s Pub was not only open but promised a wide selection of options from breakfast omelettes to full dinner entrees. A quick peek in the door and there was no way we couldn’t stop in for what was supposed to be a light bite, but ended up being an extremely hearty meal to keep us warm and stuffed all afternoon.

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3 Days in Chicago: Publican

One Chicago restaurant which came highly recommended to me (both by local friends and foodie forums I visit) was Publican, described as “An homage to beer, pork and oysters”—nothing wrong with any of these things, right? Seasonal, local ingredients are at the forefront of the menu and it all looked delicious to me as I read the descriptions on-line in advance of our trip.

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