Emily Siegel is a freelance writer based in New York City. Her work has most recently appeared in Nylon, Maxim and the popular Man Repeller blog. Visit her Poetry Project at UrbanDitty.com!
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How To Have A Dinner Party With Total Strangers

New York City's restaurant scene can feel overwhelming, even for a food journalist like me. It's a never-ending carousel of openings, reservations, and trendy dinner guests. Sure, you could throw a dinner party — but who has the time? Or space? When …
By Emily Siegel

7 Ways To Give Mac And Cheese A Major Upgrade

I love mac and cheese, but I also really love proving I can prepare meals that don't come out of a box. There's just something so grown up about eating foods with an expiration date in the next calendar year! Fortunately, I found a happy medium with …
By Emily Siegel

These Simple Additions Will Transform Your Ramen

The best part about your favorite cup o' noodles is that it never has to be boring — there are countless different ways to make ramen ridiculously good. I remember my first cup of ramen. It was freshman year of college, and I'd just returned from a p…
By Emily Siegel

Can A 10-Minute Facial Actually Make A Difference?

New York loves doing things the express way. Express trains, express DMVs, Pizza Hut Express... so Skin Laundry's express facial was an inevitability. But can you really get the same results from a ten minute treatment as one that lasts 45 minutes to…
By Emily Siegel

7 Easy Tweaks To Up Your Burger Game

I recently heard that summer doesn't officially start until June 21, but let's get real: it's game over after Memorial Day. White jeans come out. People sport casual attire no matter where they go. And, perhaps most importantly, the world hits play o…
By Emily Siegel

7 Popcorn Recipes To Upgrade Your Movie Night

Popcorn might be the ultimate American snack — researchers have found evidence of the salty dish in New Mexico as far back as 3600 B.C. (And here we thought Twizzlers were classic!) On movie night, nothing beats some classic gourmet popcorn recipes, …
By Emily Siegel

Why Tea Lovers Are Definitely Having A Moment

If the Boston Tea Party taught us anything, it's that people love tea. That cold, December morning, however, almost ruined its reputation forever. By the time the sun rose, coffee — which was seen as an obvious break from stuffy British rule — had be…
By Emily Siegel

This Lemony Pasta Dish Will Make Your Summer

Cooking for the warmer months can be difficult — especially in New York City. Heat seems to emanate from the pavement, leaving otherwise hungry diners dreading the act of eating. What you need is the perfect seafood dish. Enter this easy scallop scam…
By Emily Siegel

A Delicious Gluten-Free Alternative To Lasagna

This amazing gluten-free lasagna recipe comes with a personal backstory. My 19th birthday was the first time I heard the word “gluten." It was 2009, and I'd spent the day fantasizing about my celebratory dinner of homemade lasagna, garlic bread, and …
By Emily Siegel

The Perfect Summer Quinoa Salad

Quinoa is all the rage these days. It's high in protein and low in carbs, making it the perfect alternative to rice and other grains. Quinoa — which is actually a seed — has a distinct, nutty flavor. Plus, it goes well with just about anything! I lik…
By Emily Siegel

How To Make Chocolate Like Jacques Torres

Most people have heard of Jacques Torres — either from his time at Le Cirque, his James Beard Award, or — more often than not — from his Food Network show, aptly named Chocolate With Jacques Torres. Torres has come a long way from Algiers, where he w…
By Emily Siegel

7 Crazy Good Ways To Eat Asparagus This Spring

Before you write off asparagus recipes, let's settle in for a little history lesson, shall we? When he founded the Roman Empire in 27 BC, Augustus had his work cut out for him: His uncle, Julius Caesar, had just been murdered (by his supposed pal, no…
By Emily Siegel

Making Risotto Has Never Been So Easy

We get it — certain risotto recipes can be awfully intimidating. The rice? The stirring? The bathtubs-worth requirement of chicken stock? It's a lot. But this succulent dish doesn't have to be so scary. A good risotto won't require a degree from the …
By Emily Siegel

5 Best Rooftop Gardens In New York City

No doubt about it: Sustainable food is all the rage. But when you live in an urban area, it can prove exceptionally difficult to find fresh, locally-sourced ingredients — even for the city's most prominent chefs. Enter a new generation of New York Ci…
By Emily Siegel

The Best Fish Tacos On Land Or Sea

It's not quite summer, as evidenced by the fur scarf that remains firmly wrapped around my neck. (It's mid-April... seriously, what's the deal?) But even though the weather won't let me forget that Memorial Day is still several weeks away, my mind ha…
By Emily Siegel

These Are NYC's Most Laptop-Friendly Coffee Shops

New York City's West Village is a neighborhood in crisis: Long heralded as a feeding ground for art and artists, the area has slowly morphed into an upscale outdoor shopping mall. Sure, the NYU students do their part to keep it grungy — and no one is…
By Emily Siegel

5 Cocktail Bars You NEED To Know About

Anyone who has had a drink in the past five years (a.k.a. everyone except Robert Downey, Jr.) will know that speakeasies — and the three dollar signs that accompany them on Yelp — are all the rage. These days, the best cocktail bars in the country ar…
By Emily Siegel

8 Mouth-Watering Brisket Recipes For Passover

It's almost time for Passover, which can only mean one thing: Brisket. Long known as the ultimate dish of the Jewish High Holidays, brisket recipes are beloved by a variety of cultures across the world. And while the Jewish culture traditionally serv…
By Emily Siegel

About That Time I Was Cryogenically Frozen ...

Fellow '90s kids will remember the urban legend surrounding Walt Disney’s death: Rumor had it this cartoon king was cryogenically frozen, then interred beneath the Pirates of the Caribbean ride at Disneyland. We all loved the story, believing Walt li…
By Emily Siegel

The 6 Best Gluten-Free Restaurants In Manhattan

For some of us, the diagnosis of gluten intolerance or Celiac disease can feel like a death sentence. After diagnosis, most people will go through the standard stages of mourning: Denial, anger ... and gorging oneself on the nearest subpar gluten-fre…
By Emily Siegel