Best of 2019

2019 was a year of ….

More tea, less alcohol, more real food, less food products, more hard conversations with myself, less auto-pilot, more checking in, less checking out, more could, less should, more mindfulness, less busy-ness, more eating in, less dining out, more no in a positive way, less yes in a negative way.

I’m still digesting and reflecting all that this year meant to me, but in the meantime, here is the best and the brightest of Caro’s City in 2019. Whether you’re looking to enter the new decade with a fresh recipe, a restaurant dish to look forward to sampling, a book you can’t wait to read, or the foundation for your upcoming travel itinerary, these are all some of my most favorite memories from the past year.


Best NYC Restaurant Dishes 

Soft serve ice cream with fennel pollen, honey, sea salt, and EVOO at Caffe Lilia

Roasted cod with maitake mushrooms, swiss chard, chili oil, and mushroom gravy over rice at Hunky Dory 

Pizza fioletti at Una Pizza Napoletana 

Duck duo with crispy duck sausage, scrambled duck egg, and maple flatbread at Olmsted

La Colombe cold brew soft serve with milk foam and anise biscotti at Dominique Ansel Kitchen 

Tomato toast at Gertie 

Greek salad and tzatziki at Ovelia

Housemade granola with yogurt at Bakeri Greenpoint

Soft scrambled eggs with chili and fresh herbs over buttery basmati rice at Carthage Must Be Destroyed 

Brisket at Mothership Meat Company

Plain square slice at Mama’s Too

Tortelli with winter squash, brown butter, hazelnuts, and balsamic at Maialino


Best Recipes Made at Home

Crispy chocolate cake with hazelnut and sour cream (made it with tahini in the batter)

Bombay frittata 

Black bottom oatmeal pie

Chile crisp

Hearty seed bread

Cranberry crumble pie

Chicken bone broth 

Eggplant caponata

Strawberry polenta crisp (made sans rhubarb)

Chicken tortilla soup


Best Books

Maybe You Should Talk to Someone


The Body Keeps the Score

The Third Plate


No One Tells You This

The Uninhabitable Earth

My Brilliant Friend 

Genius Foods

The Heart’s Invisible Furies 


Best Travels


Hoi An

Siem Reap and Angkor Wat


Updated: San Francisco parts I, II, and III

Updated: Napa

Updated: Washington DC


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