Road Food: Where We’re Eating in November

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During the Holidays we often finding ourselves spending more time eating out rather than cooking. And because this time of year is always a great excuse to try a new restaurant or a few with our loved ones, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite places to eat this month.

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I spent a chunk of time in Connecticut when I was working at Fine Cooking magazine, and for this Angeleno, two things took me completely by surprise: It almost always snows on April Fool’s Day, and the ice cream shops close in October. I’m a year-round ice cream eater (nightly isn’t unusual), and relish a trip to our local McConnell’s, even in November. I think I’ve tried them all, and it just doesn’t get any better than their Sea Salt Cream and Cookies. –Laurie, CEO + Founder 

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Now that winter is practically upon us in Denver, I’m craving comfort food all day, every day. Enter: Coperta. This Southern Italian restaurant is cozy, unpretentious, and wonderfully authentic. They even import their sun-dried tomatoes from Italy! The pumpkin ravioli gives me all the fall feels, but the eggplant parmigiana is equally delicious. –Edie, Account Manager 

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It’s gotten downright chilly here in NYC, and I’m constantly craving curry. One of my favorite Indian curries is at Bombay Bread Bar. Their halibut, cauliflower and turmeric curry is just the thing to warm me up. –Netanya, Social Media Manager 

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One of my favorite things to do in NYC when it’s cold outside is get soup dumplings and noodle soup. A spot in Chinatown I absolutely love is Noodle Village. Their menu is extensive, but every dish feels like a warm hug. Get the soup dumplings, house fried rice, noodle soup, and congee! -Anna, Brand Strategist 

 

Road Food: Where We’re Eating

 

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Since we’re not only foodies here at CookIt, but also travelers, we are always discovering new and delicious places in our hometowns and when we travel. Here are some of the places we’ve been lately and can’t help raving about!

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I was lucky enough to spend a couple of weekends in Palm Springs recently, the perfect antidote to LA sometimes! There was plenty of pool time and vintage shopping, but also a couple of great meals: Workshop Kitchen + Bar and Mister Parker’s were the standouts! Workshop has one of the town’s prettiest patios, and offers creative, seasonal dishes that really deliver. Mister Parker’s, located in the Parker hotel, is a crazy mix of dark wood, flea market art, loud classic rock and traditional French favorites, like steak au poivre. Only Jonathan Adler could pull it off! Laurie, CEO + Founder

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I didn’t think I was a frozen yogurt fan until I tried Culture: An American Yogurt Company in the West Village.  Now I want to go every week! They rotate their flavors each week and my favorite combo lately is the dark chocolate with balsamic strawberries. Netanya, Social Media Manager

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It feels like we’ve had a slew of visitors lately, giving us an excuse to go to some of our fave and impressive spots. La Esquina’s Brasserie is definitely one of our top picks to impress out-of-towners. When you walk up, it looks like a small diner-like taco spot (which is also very good), but once you go through a door and down some stairs, you’ll come across a massive hidden restaurant. Order a bunch of appetizers, tacos, and cocktails and you’ll be set. Don’t forget about the Elotes Callejeros too! Anna, Brand Strategist

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We rarely go out for Chinese food, but Denver’s Hop Alley has been a recent game-changer. This modern (yet unpretentious) Chinese restaurant features spicy shared plates and creative cocktails. I’m all about their veggie fried rice, but my husband swears by the Beijing duck roll. Edie, Account Manager

Road Food: Where We’re Eating

Being that our team is all over the country, we’re constantly sharing new restaurant recommendations with each other.  Here are some of the places we’ve been enjoying eating at lately.

Almost without fail, we do two things on Sunday mornings: Hit the Hollywood Farmers’ Market, and grab breakfast there at The Walrus and the Hedgehog. They get most all of their ingredients at the market, from bread to tomatoes, greens to eggs, which makes their food truly farm fresh and delicious! Laurie, CEO+ Founder

My husband and I recently spent the weekend in Aspen, Colorado. While every meal was memorable (and the backdrop equally impressive), my favorite lunch was at Spring Café. This bright, airy, and eco-friendly joint serves up feel good food: nutrient-dense smoothies, nourishing salads, hearty breakfast wraps, and the best dirty chai latte. Edie, Account Manager 

Since fall has finally arrived here in New York, I’ve had an urge to spend my weekends at farmers markets scouring all of the wonderful fall produce and in doing so, have discovered my new favorite bakery, She Wolf Bakery. Their rye bread is next level and their polenta loaf toasted with salted butter is my new treat and I don’t think it’s one I’m willing to share… Netanya, Social Media Manager

If you accuse me of rarely leaving the UES of NYC, then you’re not wrong. There’s almost everything you need in terms of cuisine from Italian to Szechuan to Indian. Which is why I was thrilled to find Blake Lane, the perfect healthy lunch spot that wasn’t Sweetgreen. Try the Poke or the Bibimbap. Anna, Brand Strategist

Last Sunday, we decided to drive out to Lookout Mountain to catch the sunset over the Rockies. It was beautiful— but as we took in the view, my stomach began to growl. I said— “Let’s get Thai!” When that cool air that swept through, that’s all I wanted— a hot bowl of Panang Curry at US Thai.  Jackie, Senior Account Manager

 

Photos: Walrus and the Hedgehog/ Spring Cafe / She Wolf Bakery/Blake Lane

 

 

Road Food: Where We’re Eating

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Here at CookIt, we love discovering new restaurants and thought it would be fun to share a few of our favorite spots we’re loving right now!

Tucked behind Melrose Place in the heart of L.A., Croft Alley is a rundown-chic little spot that I love for lunch. If it’s sunny, grab one of the rickety tables on the alley; otherwise, settle in at the communal table in the indoor patio. First, order the turmeric lemonade. From there, you really can’t go wrong with anything on the innovative menu, but I have a soft spot for the risotto and the vermicelli (which are entirely unlike their more familiar renditions). Their most ‘grammed dish is the cauliflower grilled cheese, which hinges on a classic, indulgent bechamel sauce. Laurie, CEO+ Founder

I’m going to go out on a limb here and jump straight to the good stuff: Sweet Cooie’s. This place is unlike any other ice cream parlor I’ve ever been to. With patio lights and an old-timey feel, this quaint Denver establishment is where sweet tooth lovers rejoice. They serve delicious frozen treats (including horchata vegan ice cream!), homemade truffles, and the most insane ice cream sandwiches. The dog days of summer never tasted so sweet. Edie, Account Manager 

There’s one small spot in NYC that I go back to again and again, Cotenna. It’s a dark, intimate spot great for a wine lunch or dinner. You can’t go wrong with anything you pick here, though I swear by the grilled lamb chops, beef meatballs or any of the pasta dishes. Bring your friends, family or SO. It’s the best spot for everything, and tops my list of NYC restaurant recs. My only regret is that I don’t live down the street anymore. Anna, Brand Strategist

When I just want to dive into a big bowl of pasta without the to-do of dressing up or making a reservation, I go to Maccheroni Republic. It’s a casual, no-nonsense spot that does all the classic fresh pastas you could want and does them well. I’m partial to the boar ragu and the pumpkin ravioli. They do indeed have a full menu with appetizers and entrees. Sometimes I will get the octopus or the panzanella, which are both great. But I’m usually inclined to get right to the point: the pasta. Renae, Senior Brand Strategist

Whenever friends come to visit me in Queens, Milkflower is always on the itinerary. This wood-fired pizza joint was transformed from a former laundromat into a classic spot, complete with white-tiled counters and an Italian-built pizza oven. Pies are made with housemade mozzarella, alongside a plethora of classic and innovative toppings. One of my favorites is the St. The Ghost, made with coastal cheddar, mozzarella, parmigiano reggiano, and burnt honey. Nothing beats indulging in a slice and washing it down with a glass of beer. Netanya, Social Media Manager