New Recipe Alert: Roasted Mushrooms with Lemon and Parsley

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Oven roasted mushrooms are a simple side dish you can quickly make to go with any meal. Whether you use shiitake, cremini or even oyster mushrooms, roasting these fungi in the oven adds amazing texture and flavor that’s hard to resist. I wanted to develop a recipe for roasted mushrooms that easy to make and will turn anyone into a mushroom lover. So here it is, Roasted Mushrooms with Lemon and Parsley!

The sprinkle of lemon zest and chopped parsley add a pop of flavor and brightness to these earthy veggies. Plus, it will take you less than 30 minutes to complete this dish from start to finish. Serve with a few wedges of lemon if you want an extra squeeze of acidity.

Check out the recipe for Roasted Mushrooms with Lemon and Parsley here, and make sure to check out all of the savory recipes on Coffee, Cabs and Bar Tabs. Cheers!

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New Recipe Alert: Toasted Coconut Cake

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Coconut cake is a classic baked good with the perfect combination of sweetness, flavor and texture. What makes this cake stand out from the rest is the cream cheese buttercream frosting that gives balance and creaminess. As well, the shredded coconut is toasted in the oven for some added texture and intense coconut flavor. Serve a slice on its own or with a scoop of ice cream for the perfect sweet treat.

To make this cake, check out the recipe for Toasted Coconut Cake here on Coffee, Cabs and Bar Tabs. Make sure to look at all of the other sweet recipes on CC&BT also for a wide range of treats to satisfy your sweet tooth.

Which Do You Prefer?

Which do you prefer; sweet or savory oatmeal?

Oatmeal is a breakfast staple in many households, and it’s the perfect base for a variety of toppings and flavor combinations. There’s also different types of oats; quick cooking, old fashioned and steel cut. The possibilities are endless.

It’s very common to see oatmeal sweetened with brown sugar and topped with fruit and maple syrup. However, savory toppings are equally as tasty and still a great option for breakfast. Check out these two recipes, one savory and one sweet, to see which you prefer.

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Blueberry Coconut Oatmeal

A sweet combination of blueberries and coconut make for the perfect bowl of oatmeal to jumpstart your day. If you don’t have any blueberries in your fridge, enjoy this oatmeal with raspberries or diced strawberries for an equally delicious breakfast treat. Check out the recipe here.

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Bacon, Egg and Cheese Oatmeal

The classic combination of bacon, eggs and cheese add the perfect savory flavor to your morning bowl of oatmeal. Serve with hot sauce on the side for a spicy kick. Check out the recipe here.

New Recipe Alert: Onion and Thyme Focaccia Bread

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Check out the latest savory recipe post on Coffee, Cabs and Bar Tabs, Onion and Thyme Focaccia Bread!

There’s nothing better than freshly baked bread, especially when it’s still warm and just out of the oven. So why not turn your kitchen into a classic bakery and make this onion and thyme focaccia bread. Add a pinch of crushed red pepper flakes for a kick of heat and serve with whipped ricotta cheese for a tasty appetizer guest will enjoy.

Make sure to check out all of the savory recipes on Coffee, Cabs and Bar Tabs, and also follow CC&BT on Instagram at @coffeecabsandbartabs. Cheers!

New Year, New Ingredients


When a new year begins, resolutions are commonly made and even more frequently broken. So why not reach for a more realistic goal that will positively effect your entire life?  It’s a new year and it’s time to experiment in the kitchen, starting specifically with unique ingredients.

For a variety of ingredients that range from quintessential to obscure, check out the Ingredient page on Coffee, Cabs and Bar Tabs. Learn all about Sweet Mini Peppers (as seen above) and many other ingredients you can cook with in 2016.

If you haven’t yet, also be sure to follow CC&BT on Instagram at @coffeecabsandbartabs  for daily food photos from my kitchen to restaurants around NYC. Happy cooking!

Food Industry Forecast for 2016


With 2015 coming to close and the new year quickly approaching, it amazing to think about how the food industry has grown and become such an important part of our culture. With so many amazing flavors, cooking techniques and food trends, it’s hard to even imagine what’s to come in the new year. But here are some of the food and restaurant industry trends we plan to see in 2016.

Fast-Casual Restaurants
Look forward to more fast-casual restaurants popping up in your neighborhood in 2016. It’s evident that more people are looking to get amazing food quickly and for a reasonable price, and major food industry moguls like David Chang (of Fuku) and Danny Meyer (of Shake Shack) are making it big by giving foodies what they want. Expect to see fewer fine dining restaurants and more casual restaurants in the new year.

Grocery Delivery
Grocery delivery services like Fresh Direct and Delivery.com have grown in popularity in big cities like New York, but now markets across the country are picking up on the trend. If you’re short or time or unable to shop at your local grocery store, you’ll now be able to order groceries online and have them dropped off at your door. This is one food trend we’re all looking forward to in 2016.

Importance of Images
Recipes with big, beautiful pictures will become the norm in 2016. Individuals are attracted to and more interested in reading food writing that has visually stunning images, rather than a more wordy article (thanks social media). Look forward to seeing more image-driven blogs and websites  as the year progresses.

Artisan Butchery
Whether it’s a suckling pig or round fish, butchery is an art in the food industry. In the next year, expect to see a growing interest in butchery from seasoned professionals to avid home cooks. Cutting edge butchery shops and butchery classes will educate individuals on the art of butchery in 2016.

To Tip or Not to Tip
Tipping in restaurants is one of the most controversial trends of this year and will continue to grow and be discussed in the coming year. While this has really only gone into effect in a few NYC restaurants, it is projected that more chefs and restaurants will jump on this trend as the year continues.

Thank you for reading Coffee, Cabs and Bar Tabs, and here’s to an amazing and productive new year! Cheers to 2016!

New Recipe Alert: Coconut Chicken Soup

Check out the latest savory recipe on Coffee, Cabs and Bar Tabs, Coconut Chicken Soup!

For a soup that warms you from the inside-out, make this bright and herbaceous Coconut Chicken Soup. You’ll love the bursts of juicy tomatoes, creaminess of tender potatoes, and earthiness of shiitake mushrooms. Serve with jasmine rice on the side for a wholesome meal you’ll want to make time and time again.

To make this recipe for Coconut Chicken Soup, click the link here. And make sure to check out all of the recipes on Coffee, Cabs and Bar Tabs now!

Homemade Holiday Gifts


Finding the perfect gift for family and friends can be a challenge. So why not make a simple gift that is both inexpensive and delicious? This holiday season, make these adorable festive mason jars with edible holiday goodies inside.

To make the jars, go to your local craft store and purchase small to medium glass mason jars. I bought these at Michael’s for 3 dollars each. Also buy some festive figurines for the top and ribbon to tie into a bow. I found a pack of four holiday figurines at Michael’s for 5 dollars and the ribbon for 99 cents.

Once your jars are finished, fill them with homemade edible snacks your friends and family can munch on. I made and filled the mason jars with some white chocolate holiday popcorn. Check out the recipe for White Chocolate Holiday Popcorn here. You could also make spiced nuts, small shortbread cookies, or any small treat to fill your jars.

These homemade holiday gifts are the perfect present to give because they can enjoy the edible treat inside, then have an adorable jar to keep and reuse for months to come. Get creative this holiday season and give a thoughtful gift anyone would love.

Styling Your Thanksgiving Table


With all the planning and time it takes to execute the perfect Thanksgiving meal, it makes sense that the table setting could get pushed to the back burner. However, creating a festive and beautiful table is easier than you think. Here are some tips and tricks to create a beautiful table setting this Thanksgiving that is quick, easy and effortlessly stunning.

Mix and Match Texture and Design
When setting your table, mix and match the texture and design of your plates and bowls for a unique and personal touch. Try combining plates with different patterns but make sure to keep them in the same color profile. You want the table to look organic but not messy. For my table setting, I kept it simple with white plates but I added a salad plate with a dot design on the boarder to add depth and texture. This is an easy way to add personal details to your Thanksgiving dinner with items you already have.

Create Your Own Name Cards
Go the extra mile and create your own name cards for each guest. Making your own name cards doesn’t have to be expensive or time consuming. Use what you already have laying around your house. For example, I used white card stock, a permanent marker and some fresh thyme to create festive name cards. The cards are simple to make, plus I only used items I already had in my apartment. Get creative and make your own personal touches on your Thanksgiving table.

Add a Touch of Sparkle
A little sparkle and glitter is always appropriate during the holidays. So why not add some to your Thanksgiving table setting? I used a sparkly bread plate to add a touch of glamour. It was a great balance with the black wood table and brown paper napkins. Don’t be afraid to add a sparkly touch this Thanksgiving to make your table look effortlessly chic.

If you need some additional tips for a perfectly moist Thanksgiving bird, check out the CC&BT recipe for a Turkey Brine here. Happy Thanksgiving from Coffee, Cabs and Bar Tabs!

New Recipe Alert: Grilled Cheese Egg-in-a-Nest with Spicy Mayo


A grilled cheese is a childhood favorite, college student staple, and all around classic sandwich individuals of all ages know and love. Everyone has their favorite recipe, ingredients and technique for making the “perfect” sandwich, so I decide to create my own spin on the classic; grilled cheese egg-in-a-nest with spicy mayo!

For a twist on the grilled cheese sandwich, try cutting out the middle and crack an egg into it for a grilled cheese egg-in-a-nest. What makes this sandwich special is the spicy mayo spread on the bread, giving this grilled cheese a unique kick of heat. Serve with additional Sriracha on the side if you’re a lover of spice.

Click here to check out the recipe for a Grilled Cheese Egg-in-a-Nest and all of the savory recipes on Coffee, Cabs, and Bar Tabs. As well, don’t forget to follow CC&BT on Instagram @coffeecabsandbartabs. Cheers!