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Voodoo Doughnut | Portland

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Lucky for us they are open 24hrs a day because we went around midnight and there was still a line filling up the store but then we passed by it during the day and the line was insane, going all the way down the block. The doughnuts were good but probably not worth waiting in that huge line during the day.  Check them out on Yelp or at their website!

Voodoo Doughnut Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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CloverCooks: hot pot at Chengdu in New Haven

It’s pretty much got the same structure and look as K2, which it replaced, but Chengdu Food Trail offers two important things that its predecessor did not: hot pot and BBQ. Of course, they’re still quite understaffed, and it takes quite a while to get any of your orders, but I’m nevertheless pleased that the quaint little town of New Haven has a place to go out for hot pot! The meat quality isn’t that great, and they don’t have the largest variety, but on a cold winter night, nothing really feels as good as hot pot with friends. You can, fortunately, get half spicy half mild pots, and I like the udon noodle and tofu skin. I love how you get to mix your own sauce because that way I can put as much vinegar as I want!

Check them out on Yelp or at their website!

3M: Eleven Madison Park | NYC

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By far the most amazing meal of my life. My husband surprised me this birthday with dinner at Eleven Madison Park. He told me we were going to Little Beet Table but wore a suit jacket, which in retrospect should have been suspicious, and then despite my protestations that we had passed the restaurant, walked us into Eleven Madison Park. The staff was gathered in a circle for their daily meeting, and we were seated shortly after. Everything about this meal was impeccable, and while the service was perfect, it never felt stuffy. Multiple members of the team wished me a happy birthday (I hear that the staff googles patrons beforehand), and never once was anything less than stellar. My husband hates cilantro and mushrooms, but I’m glad he made an exception for this meal because the mushroom tray was an amazing opener. The duck breast was the most succulent thing I have ever eaten. Dessert was a game of matching the chocolate with the animal it came from. I could go on for pages about how amazing this meal was, but I hope the photos can speak for me. Plus, the story of how the restaurant came together – the partnership between Chef Daniel Humm (so young!) and Will Guidara – it’s really astounding. Cannot recommend enough. Check them out on Yelp or at their website!

Eleven Madison Park Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Crimson Rye | NYC

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We stopped by for hip cocktails in a trendy lounge. It’s a complicated navigation to the bathroom involving getting a key from the bartender and talking to the Lipstick Building doorman and being let in through a closed area and taking the elevator. Check them out: Yelp | Website
Crimson & Rye Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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Brunch Box | Portland

116 Crown | New Haven

crown116-1 crown116-2 crown116-3 crown116-4 crown116-5 crown116-6 crown116-7 crown116-8 crown116-9 crown116-10I have wanted to try 116 Crown for a long time, seeing all the nice photos of the patio in the summertime, but somehow didn’t make it out until more than a year since we moved here.  I’m sad I didn’t go earlier!  They have a beautiful bar lit from inside and these cozy booths with cushions that look like logs.  Their drink list goes on for pages and pages, and their snacks aren’t bad either!  Yelp; website.
116 Crown Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

10 Below | Chinatown NYC

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