CloverEats: B-Natural in New Haven

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B-Natural Cafe is a great little natural cafe that is located in an alley off Chapel St. It offers a wide range of fresh-squeezed juices and smoothies, as well as bowls loaded with healthy ingredients like quinoa and spinach and hummus. I just feel so healthy after I eat one of their bowls!  Some parts of the bowl are tastier than other parts, but when mixed together, it feels pretty healthy and very filling.  The smoothies are also pretty good, and the whole place has that veggie juice scent.  Great for a post-yoga snack!

Check them out on Yelp or at their website!
B-Natural Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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CloverEats: Miso in New Haven

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I loved the atmosphere at Miso, with the generous use of wood and the cork-paper menus.  The sushi was not bad, our favorites being the Rock’n’Roll (tempura spicy salmon with wasabi mayo) and the Tuna Sandwich (unfortunately not pictured; basically, think spicy tuna unwrapped into sandwich form).  The Butterfly Salmon was not bad, but I’d stick to the sushi here.  It’s a little pricier than some of the other sushi offerings in town. I’ve also ordered take-out from them before, which unfortunately was a lot worse than our dine-in experience; not sure if they were just having an off day.

Check them out on Yelp or at their website!

Miso Japanese Restaurant Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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Butterfly Salmon - grilled salmon with yuzu miso sauce, side of sauteed green tea soba noodles

Butterfly Salmon – grilled salmon with yuzu miso sauce, side of sauteed green tea soba noodles

Snapshot: Proof in Newark Airport

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We came across this great setup in the Newark Airport. Proof had iPads at each seat, from which you could browse internet, put in orders, call for help, and even pay! This is what all restaurants should adopt! I hate waiting for the bill to come back, or for the waiter to come take our order. Let this be the future! Otherwise the food was pretty mediocre, what you’d expect from airport food, but the setup, the setup!

Check them out on Yelp!

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CloverTravels: Nobu in Atlantis, Bahamas

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Nobu is one of Atlantis’ restaurants, located right off of the casino. On our first day, we made the mistake of going to the Marketplace buffet for dinner; at a whopping $60/person, we were subjected to buffet food that was worse than that of my freshman dorm dining hall’s. Nevertheless, determined to have at least one good meal, we grit our teeth and laid down our room card. Maybe it was our incredibly low expectations, but Nobu greatly surprised us. The fish was consistently tender, and changed up in fun, unexpected ways, for example, wrapping a piece of nashi pear and soaked in truffle yuzu sauce, yum! Or lightly seared and paired with scallion and sesame. The tamago here was also a pleasant surprise – it was delicious and perhaps the lightest, fluffiest tamago I’ve ever had. As you can see in the photos, we ordered it three times. My Grapefruit on the Rocks cocktail was also refreshing and strong. Dessert was also surprisingly tasty. Of course, this all came at the cost of $100/person, but it was nice to know that it is at least possible to get good food in the monstrosity that is Atlantis. Check them out on their website!

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CloverTravels: Twin Brothers in Nassau, Bahamas

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Twin Brothers was recommended to us by several people we encountered on the island. We walked from downtown Nassau to the Fish Fry area to see what all the fuss was about. There are several restaurants all lined up next to each other, all with pretty similar offerings. As we got closer, a stranger tried to steer us to another restaurant, telling us that since Twin Brothers got so popular, they got lazier and stopped using fresh fish. We went ahead anyway. There’s another location right next to the bridge to Paradise Island, where I literally saw the chef lean over the edge of the restaurant, which was over the ocean, and pull out a conch that got chopped up and put into my conch salad. That was both cool and kind of gross. My ‘cocktail’ was basically sugar from a slushie machine with some alcohol poured in. Fred reported that his fish was okay, and both of us thought the conch fritters (deep fried conch) were nothing too special. Anyway, now we experienced it, hooray! Check them out on their website!  Here are some other photos from our trip.

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This local beverage tasted like bubbly sweet potatoes!

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CloverLoves: Ordinary in New Haven

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Smoked pulled pork with chipotle cider vinegar BBQ sauce

This restaurant should have been called ‘anything but’ – the atmosphere is absolutely fantastic. Even though we stopped in on a blustery fall afternoon, it immediately felt like we were in a ski lodge at night, with the jukebox playing all the right tunes. Our drinks were on point, sophisticated and complex and lovely. There was also a huge selection of liquors that we didn’t dive into. The food, too, was simple yet elevated – grilled cheese is no longer just a childhood snack, but something to wonder at and indulge in. The pulled pork was tender, succulent, bursting with flavor, and the pickled veggies went perfectly with the meat. The bartenders were also fantastic, checking in on us frequently and excited to share the menu with us. What an amazing experience! Check them out on Yelp or at their website!
Ordinary Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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CloverSnacks: Grace Street in NYC: Ktown

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Our friend Jenny made us promise to save room for dessert. Grace Street was also completely packed when we stopped by after dinner, even requiring a wait. I’ve never heard of a little dessert cafe requiring a wait before, but after the amazing experience we had, I can now understand why. The shaved snow had fantastic texture – it’s so fluffy and light, like freshly fallen snow that vanishes on your tongue. The delicate folds were sweet but not overly so, and absolutely heavenly. I also really liked the honey tapioca that came with it. If I hadn’t been so full from the full day of feasting, I would have loved to try some of their warm treats, like doughnuts or other pastries. Next time! Check them out on Yelp or at their website!
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