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 

coperta denver
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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 

Bombay Bread Bar
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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 

Noodle Village
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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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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

 

 

 

 

5 Things You Don’t Know About…

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Edie Horstman

Our #CookItCrew comprises staff, influencers, brands, agencies, designers, photographers – all the amazing people we work with. Today we’re checking in with our talented Account Manager, Edie Horstman. We asked what we don’t know about her!

5 Things You Don’t Know About Me

  1. I’m Mexican-food obsessed, and I credit my mom. In 2005, she opened a small taqueria in the Bay Area. Fast forward 13 years later, and she has five Mexican restaurants called LuLu’s. Talk about inspiring!
  2. My favorite late-night snack is a scoop (or two) of So Delicious ice cream. Any flavor.
  3. The one cookbook I’d save in a fire (God forbid!) is Oh She Glows Every Day — Angela’s recipes are delicious, satisfying, and encourage me to get creative with veggies!
  4. I love live video (weird, I know)! My secret is practicing beforehand. Notes are also key.
  5. The strangest thing in my pantry is Annie’s Cheddar Bunnies. What can I say? I’m a little kid at heart.