Culinary Inspirations

Culinary Inspirations



It’s Tuesday morning and I want to talk about food; well, I always want to talk about food, but today I want to share with you some of my favorite food finds. Over the past few years, several restaurants, cafés, and coffee shops have enticed me with their store fronts and Yelp reviews. I would love to share a few of these heavenly establishments with my friends at Miss Scrambled Egg this morning.



1. Chocolate Pi – Tampa, FL

Last February, I had the pleasure of visiting my best friend and her husband at their apartment in Tampa, Florida. Being a New England girl, February in the North is seasonably frigid and peppered with many snow storms. Florida, on the other hand, welcomed me with warm, open arms. In shorts and sunglasses, Olivia and I toured the city on bicycles. The Epicurean, a newly established hotel, was where we ended our bike ride. She had heard that the plaza below the hotel had recently opened a café called Chocolate Pi. After a long bike ride, a sweet treat was just what we desired. We were greeted by a friendly staff and an exceptional amount of choices. Loving all things graham cracker, I opted for the graham cracker macaron and strawberry-jalapeño soda. Oh my goodness, ladies and gents, this bakery is to die for!




2. Sesame Seed – Danbury, CT

If you live in-or-around New York City, I suggest you hop on a train or a bus right now and dine at Sesame Seed in Danbury, CT. Located in a renovated home, this electic  Mediterranean restaurant has the best hummus I have ever eaten and trust me, I have eaten a lot of hummus in my lifetime. I have attempted to replicate this recipe in my home kitchen, but mine is never creamy enough. On a side note, is it just me or do restaurants never give enough pita to sop up the hummus goodness? We always have to ask for more pita!





3. 121 – North Salem, NY  and Oxford, CT

Buffalo wings, or chicken wings, never were my favorite appetizer of choice on a menu with samplings of red pepper hummus and warm, creamy spinach and artichoke dip; however, 121 changed my perspective on wings. 121 has a simple, yet elegant menu with some of the best sandwiches I have ever tasted. One of the added benefits of 121 in Oxford, CT is that you sit and watch the airplanes take off as you wine and dine. The chili-hoisin wings are definitely on my top five favorite foods list. I have never experiments with homemade wings, but when I do, chili-hoisin will be on my list of sauces to coat these delicious chicken flappers.



Written by Miss Scrambled Egg

Erin is the author of Miss Scrambled Egg. She is a barista, teacher, and blogger. She is slightly overwhelmed by the sight of carrot cake and Bernese Mountain Dogs.

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