Review: National Geographic Encounter

Instagram traps -- they're everywhere in NYC lately, from relatively awesome ones like Color Factory and Nightmare/Dream Machine to lackluster ones like Room for Tea. It's pretty easy to spot one and know what you're getting into. There are telltale signs like timed ticket entry, ubiquitous key photo ops all over the 'gram, a prevalent…

Rose Gold Mini Pavlovas

Fact: I'm not a meringue person, really. I like marshmallows, and I particularly like marshmallow fluff, especially paired with peanut butter in sandwich form. I love light, airy angel's food cakes and swiss meringue buttercream, but I've never been one to bake meringue cookies with leftover egg whites. For all their simplicity, to me, meringue-focused…

Menorah Tutorial + The Best Brisket

Like many Americans of my generation, I'm a "mut." Raised with a Catholic mother and a Jewish father, a mish-mash of Irish, English, Italian, and Romanian genetics, the one consistent thing about celebrating the holidays throughout my life has been the presence of varied traditions. Growing up, there was always a tree and a menorah --…