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My favorite restaurant is ABC Kitchen (35 E 18th St, New York City, +1 212 475 5829). They have the freshest food on their menu and is the ultimate farm to table. The atmosphere is unstuffy, and the design mixes old world romantic elements (every table has curated vintage 1920's dishes as well as small flower arrangements) with organic and raw surfaces. It's a favorite lunch spot for creative women in the Flatiron district which is filled with photography studios, advertising and publishing offices — the new guard of ladies who lunch. A friend suggested this restaurants a few years ago for our annual birthday celebration and I've been hooked since, so I often take clients there for lunch. My favorite dish is the roasted beets with homemade yogurt.
I do like to cook at home and I just got a new grill pan along with some smoked salt from Williams Sonoma. It's perfect for grilling meat and vegetables — it's quick and everything you make with it tastes like you grilled on an outdoor BBQ.
The Plan by Lyn-Genet is my favorite cookbook. It offers more than 150 recipes for vibrant, healthy eating and ultimate weight loss. The recipes are so easy to follow and once I started following the Plan I have been feeling healthier, lost the 3-4 extra pounds I was carrying around and stopped craving sweets.
When my boys were little and I needed to make something with them in the kitchen, we used to love this super easy recipe for banana bread with a delicious result.
WHAT YOU NEED
1 stick unsalted butter
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup plain yogurt
1 tsp baking soda
2 cups flour
1 tsp vanilla extract
chocolate chips and or walnuts
WHAT YOU DO
Cream the butter and sugar together. Add all other ingredients (fold in mashed bananas last). Bake for 40 minutes at 350 degrees.