Posts Tagged ‘Natalie Blankenship’

Tamarind: a must eat NYC Indian eatery

Posted by    |    July 13th, 2011 at 2:20 pm

Dum Aloo Gobi



Where: Flatiron District, NYC

What: Indian

Coming in at number two on my list of favorite restaurants in New York City (Extra Virgin being number one), Tamarind has me really turned on to Indian cuisine.

I have to start by giving props to my dad. He chose the restaurant by searching Zagat (?) and because of his love for Indian food, decided on Tamarind, an upscale authentic Indian dining experience.

I’ve always enjoyed Indian food, but I don’t usually even consider it when deciding on where to eat in Dallas. Maybe there’s a lack of Indian places here, or perhaps I just haven’t been looking hard enough.

Yankee Stadium: sushi, burgers and hotdogs

Posted by    |    July 6th, 2011 at 2:33 pm

I’m back in Dallas now, and back at my internship at You Plus Dallas. It feels great to be back in the city I like to call home, but also a little sad my month in New York is over. To help reminisce a bit, I still have a few more New York City posts for you all.

First off, My dad and I went to a Yankees game at the new stadium, and we had pretty awesome seats as you can see from the photo above. Coming into a baseball game, most people think a beer, a hot dog and some peanuts, right? Well, not at this baseball game. Food ranged from hot dogs to sushi to pizza to noodle bowls. What really made me laugh was when I saw a man carrying a big box that you would usually see filled with hotdogs, but this time filled with gourmet sushi and some extra wasabi and ginger on the side. Even the baseball stadiums are a foodie’s paradise in New York City!


Authentic Greek food at Snack NYC

Posted by    |    June 29th, 2011 at 2:48 pm


What: Greek

Where: Soho

I stumbled upon this little Greek eatery on my Four Square app…and when I say little I mean it. It was a tiny little 5 table restaurant situated on a relatively calm street in Soho. Thankfully we only had to wait about 10 minutes since it was just me and my Dad. We were squished into the little place and it was kind of hard to hear each other even though we were just a foot away from one another. But that’s New York sometimes, right?

Comfort food, wine bars & cupcakes

Posted by    |    June 28th, 2011 at 1:33 pm

So, it’s been a little while since I’ve posted and that would be because my twin brother Travis came to visit me in NYC. We toured around everywhere and ate lots of awesome food.

South Houston NYC

(pronounced [how-stin])

What: comfort food

Where: Soho

We stopped at this little restaurant in Soho for lunch one day only to be greeted by a comfortable and welcoming atmosphere. As you can see in the photo, it’s a little funky and rustic, open and airy, and made for a great lunch spot. I ordered the veggie burger, which was a bit mushy for my taste, but still good. Travis had the South Houston burger, which he seemed to enjoy. It wasn’t awesome food by any means, but I loved the fun music and the laid back ambiance that isn’t always easy to find in the Big Apple. But, the best part about this place came with the check: a box of chewy Lemonheads. Yum! My favorite! I love little personal touches like that–something that makes you smile…and come back again.


Popsicles & Ice Cream Sandwiches in the Big City

Posted by    |    June 21st, 2011 at 2:56 pm

Milk & Cookies Bakery

What: cookies, ice cream, ice cream sandwiches, baked goods

Where: West Village

YUM. We went a little overboard on the sweets that day, but would you just look at this ice cream sandwich!? You can choose two different cookies or two of the same, and then a flavor of gelato for the inside. I went with two dark chocolate toffee cookies with mint gelato inside. It was really good, really messy, and wayyyy too much sugar for one girl. I could only get through half of it and I felt uncomfortably full afterwards. I’d highly recommend the cookies, though. Just pop in and grab a cookie. Leave the ice cream sandwich to share with a friend.


Soba noodles & high-tech bathrooms: the Tei An experience

Posted by    |    March 2nd, 2011 at 11:41 am

Photo by Natalie Blankenship

From the moment you step into Tei An to the second you try your first bite, you feel as if you traveled all the way to Japan.
With the traditional rice paddy outfits the wait staff wears to the gorgeous larger-than-life décor, this exotic Japanese eatery is more than just dinner. It’s an experience.
The service is usually pretty good, and with tables situated in little nooks of the restaurant, the noise never seems to be a problem.
Located in One Arts Plaza in downtown Dallas, Tei An highlights their special: soba noodles. Not only are their soba noodles delicious, but they’re healthy as well. Made with buckwheat flour, soba noodles are thin Japanese noodles that can be served hot in a broth, or cold with a dipping sauce.
Although the menu is a bit hard to understand, the waiters are always helpful and happy to help. With soba noodles come many decisions—what length, cold or hot, what meat, what broth, etc. If you’re not into soba noodles, there’s also udon noodles, or thick wheat Japanese noodles.

Coal Vines: great pizza. epic sandwich.

Posted by    |    February 24th, 2011 at 12:29 pm

From the same owners of Nick & Sam’s, Joseph Palladino and Phil Romano, Coal Vines serves delicious food in a cool environment. Mostly known for their classic thin crust pizzas, they also throw in some other mouth-watering surprises.

Upon arriving to the Uptown location, the friendly hostess let us choose whether we wanted to sit outside on the enclosed patio or inside. We chose inside, where we sat towards the back. The atmosphere was young and hip—but the lights were a little too dim and the noise was pretty high. But that’s what you get in a smallish restaurant in Uptown.

The service was good, but the food was even better. It was tough to decide which appetizer we wanted—would it be the bruschetta with oven-roasted tomatoes and goat cheese? Or the homemade mozzarella sticks stuffed with prosciutto? We went with the latter. The mozzarella sticks were yummy, but lacked prosciutto. In fact, I’m not sure I ever tasted any prosciutto at all. Deceiving. Oh well.


Dream Cafe A Great Place for Empty Stomachs

Posted by    |    January 25th, 2011 at 11:12 am

Brunch lovers rejoice! If you’re looking for a cozy spot to enjoy brunch at any time of the day, any day of the week, Dream Cafe has got you covered. Not only does Dream Cafe offer brunch all the time, but they also have lunch and dinner options that vary from dinner salads to stir fry to Greek pitas. There’s something for everyone here.


Picture an old-fashioned diner with booths, but less retro and more like sitting at your kitchen table at your parents’ house. The environment is casual and inviting. There’s seating outside and even an enclosed porch area that is heated during the cooler days. A mini-playground sits right in front and mothers, young couples, groups of friends, and sometimes even celebrities (we saw a guy from American Idol there) fill the café.
Serving Dallas for 20 years, Dream Café offers fresh and healthy ingredients from different tastes and cultures. The “Dream” Eggs Benedict was nothing short of perfection. The hollandaise sauce was just right, the eggs great, and the spinach and cherry tomatoes added a healthier kick to the dish. (more…)