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I’m Mari.
On Marivelous Me! you’ll find recipes, food gifts, food I’ve traveled for and food solutions. Poke around, maybe you’ll find inspiration for something you’re working on. Enjoy! 


Here's a cheat sheet of restaurant, excursion, and shop websites with their related posts that I hope to keep updated, but forgive me if things slip a little from time to time. Enjoy and happy eating!


eggslut - website - um, they serve eggs

La Casita Mexicana - website - super good Jalisco-an Mexican food
Laurel Hardware - website - "new American with global influences..."
SQIRL - website - locavore preserve maker's take on breakfast and lunch foods


Stew Leonard's - website - super fun supermarket for the whole family

Louis' Lunch - website - lays claim to originating the hamburger
Red Lobster - website - "for the seafood lover in you"


The Seafood Bar at The Breakers - website - stone crab claws and pickle martinis. Happy Happy.  


Firecakes Donuts - website - another donut shop to add to the growing list in Chicago


Chinatown, Manhattan - many Asian fruits not usually seen in supermarkets
Golden Shopping Mall; Flushing, Queens - stellar Chinese foods at extremely affordable prices
H Mart - website - large, mainly Korean supermarket
Union Square Farmers Market - website - operating on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. I think Wednesdays and Saturdays offer the most variety of vendors 

al di là - website - fantastic ragù and farro salad. Worth the trip to Brooklyn.
Balthazar - website - THE brasserie in NYC
Balthazar Bakery - website - the jewel box-sized bakery next door to Balthazar. I proudly say I worked there. 
Cafe Luxembourg - website - an Upper West Side fixture of classic French bistro food. An early Keith McNally resto.
Café Orlin - website - café with Middle Eastern notes
Heidi - website - traditional Swiss restaurant
Jack's Wife Freda - website - super cute, homey Israeli-South African-Jewish Grandmother foods
Japadog - website - Japanese style hotdogs
Kyo Ya - website - an incredible kaiseki meal
La Maison du Croque Monsieur - website - croques monsieurs, bien sur
Lucky Strike - website - an early and casual American/French Keith McNally restaurant
Morandi - website - the first Italian restaurant by Keith McNally
Menkui Tei - website - no frills, celeb chef or sous vide egg ramen shop
Minetta Tavern - website - an old Greenwich Village spot that's been reimagined and brought back to life, thanks to Keith McNally. And an AWESOME burger. 
Momofuku Noodle Bar - website - ramen and fried chicken two ways
Monument Lane - website - seasonal American fare
Mooncake Foods - website - modest interior masking delicious Asian-inspired food
Muffins Café - website - the "best" tuna sandwich
Parm - website - I-talian subs the way mamma and nonna would want them
Pastis - website - the less uppity and sweet cousin to Balthazar
Piccolo Café - website - simple, well crafted sandwiches
Pravda - website - an underground Russian Keith McNally bar. Think vodka and caviar. And sexy.
Prune - website - tasty American fare but the wait on the weekends can be long and uncomfortable. A Bloody Mary menu during brunch.
Pulino's - website - probaby one of the most beautiful pizza "joints" you'll come across. A Keith McNally endeavor, of course.
Schiller's - website - Continental food and as neighborhoody a Keith McNally joint can be
Shopsin's - website - NY institution with a crazy huge menu
Tea & Sympathy - website - traditional British fare serving a proper cuppa
The Fat Radish - website - hipster central, gastropub fare
The Odeon - website - the one that started the Keith McNally restaurant empire
Trestle on Tenth - website - Swiss-inspired restaurant

Black Hound New York - website - beautiful (and tasty) mini cakes
CuRious Candy - website - Cynthia Rowley's Grimm-inspired candy shop 
Designs by Ahn - website - dewy floral arrangements
Dominique Ansel Bakery - website - toutes très bonnes French pastries: DKA, canelé, fresh madeleines
Doughnuttery - website - mini fried in front of your wide eyes doughnuts
Levain Bakery - website - a-mayyy-zing cookies
Myers of Keswick - website - THE British grocery store in NYC
Sigmund Pretzel Shop - website - German-style pretzels




il Luogo di Aimo e Nadia - website - amazing, "simple" pasta dish



Cha Cha Thé -  website - fancy fenglisu