Tag: Food

NYC Restaurant Week: Top 3 Must-Try Favorites

Estiatorio Milos’ Milos Special

Hey there! So it’s been a little bit of time since I was in the city but I just had to share some of my favorite restaurants participating in New York Restaurant Week from January 16 to February 4th. If you’re not familiar with the week, restaurants provide discounts and prix-fixe menus so that you can have a somewhat less expensive dining experience. 

So, here are my top three favorite restaurants in New York that are participating in Restaurant Week.

Estiatorio Milos – has some of the city’s best Greek food, some of the fish and other produce are flown in on a daily basis from the Mediterranean

Estiatorio Milos’ Loup de mer
Philippe Chow Chicken Satays

Phillippe Chow – upscale Chinese restaurant with some of the best chicken satays and peking duck I’ve ever had

Red Rooster Fried Yardbird

Red Rooster Marcus Samuelsson created a Harlem staple some time ago and I just love Red Rooster. Forget the decor and the music, the Southern American food is just delicious. The deviled eggs, fried chicken, collard greens and cornbread are some of my fave dishes.

Are you going anywhere for New York Restaurant Week? 



Malinda F. Knowles

Makeb’s Bagel Run

Good morning! I had a taste for a lox bagel with cream cheese, red onions and capers. I got into them while living in Manhattan and found this cute bagel spot Makeb’s bagels downtown. They have all kinds of bagels as you can see, you definitely won’t be disappointed by their selection. One of these days I have to try a different kind than just regular or whole wheat. Anyway, I’m up virtually attending Milan Fashion Week and am excited about the shows today. What’s been your favorite so far?



Malinda F. Knowles

My Veggie-Forward 2019 and Mushroom Spinach Gnocchi

So I definitely gained some weight over the holidays and am trying to get it off now (like everybody else). So I decided to have a very vegetable-forward diet for a while. Notice I said vegetable-forward, not vegetarian. 🙂 Yea, I don’t think I could go all the way vegetarian or vegan but I have made vegetable dishes as the main dish for a few weeks. Have to share a recipe that I absolutely adore! You have to be a mushroom and spinach fan though. I find the more vegetables you eat, the more of a taste for them that you will have.

It’s actually from this great food site called saltandlavender.com which unfortunately is not a vegetarian recipe site but pretty good nonetheless. I had to actually go to an Italian market to grab the potato gnocchi but other than that, the ingredients are pretty easy to find. Check out the recipe below and definitely let me know if you make it!

Creamy Mushroom and Spinach Gnocchi

Creamy and delicious vegetarian mushroom and spinach gnocchi with a creamy parmesan and white wine sauce.

Course Entrée
Cuisine American
Keyword mushroom gnocchi
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 medium onion chopped
  • 12 ounces portobello mushrooms chopped
  • 2-3 cloves garlic minced
  • 3 dashes Italian seasoning
  • 1 heaping teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/3 cup dry white wine
  • 1 cup heavy/whipping cream
  • 1 pound uncooked potato gnocchi
  • 1 generous handful baby spinach
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • Fresh parsley chopped, to taste


  1. Add the olive oil to a skillet on medium high heat. Add the onion and sautĂ© for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. It’s ok if it becomes lightly browned.
  2. Add the mushrooms, garlic, and Italian seasoning. Continue to cook, stirring occasionally, for another 5 minutes.
  3. Stir in the Dijon mustard and white wine. Let it bubble for a minute or so.
  4. Add the cream and gnocchi. Wait until it starts to bubble again, then cover the pan and reduce the heat to medium-low. Cook for 3 minutes.
  5. Stir in the spinach, cover the pan again, and cook for 3 minutes.
  6. Stir in the parmesan and season with salt & pepper. Give it a taste; gnocchi should be soft. If not, continue to cook for another few minutes. Garnish with fresh parsley. Serve immediately with more parmesan cheese grated over top if desired.

Recipe Notes

  • This makes 4 reasonably sized portions. If you’re feeding extra hungry people, I recommend serving this with a salad, garlic bread, and/or something else.
  • The gnocchi will cook right in the sauce. 

Photo Credit: Salt and Lavender



Malinda Knowles

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Three Favorite Foods in West Palm Beach

So, ever since I hit South Florida, the foodie in me has been looking for some of the best eats in town. Well I’ve found a few and I just have to share. Between the fresh seafood, Cubans and Haitians in Florida, you are never without something good to eat. 

Anyway so here they are…

1.  Guava and cheese pastry from Tulipan Bakery

Between empanadas, croquetas and these guava and cheese pastries it’s a wonder that I haven’t gained any weight since I’ve been here. Grab a couple of these pastries and some croquetas de jamĂłn for a great breakfast.

2. Twice Baked Potatoes from Pinders Seafood 

Geez. I have no idea what they put in these potatoes. On a cheat day, I actually will go for one of these. It has to be potato mixed with cream and cheese and God knows what but it’s soo good! I had them with some shrimp scampi and it was the perfect match.

3. Oyster Shooters from Spoto’s Oyster Bar

If you like oysters with the works…(i.e. horseradish, cocktail sauce) these are some of the best in town. The oysters are really fresh and delicious. You have to pair them with a good glass of wine or a cocktail and you’ll be all set to go. 

If you’re in the area, let me know if you’ve tried some of these and if you’re a fan too.



Malinda F. Knowles

On My Weekend Bucket List: A Magnolia Cupcake


So yesterday I did some shooting in Williamsburg, Brooklyn and found myself starving. So, I stumbled into a cute little corner place that looked delicious Pies and Thighs. I don’t know if it’s the title or the thought of chicken thighs but it grabbed me. I had to wait outside and found a tiny spot on the bench but man, was it worth the wait. It’s been beautiful out these last summer days, so make sure to enjoy it! I rarely talk about food on the blog but I just have to rave about Pies and Thighs. So I had the Chicken and Waffles. I know, chicken and waffles. Everyone serves chicken and waffles. But they had buckwheat waffles with cinnamon butter and poached blueberries. I’ve dreamed about it ever since I had it.

Anyway, I’m all about grabbing a Magnolia Bakery cupcake (or two lol) this weekend. Have a great weekend!




Malinda F. Knowles