The Chef And The Doctor Dinner Series at Bouley Botanical

Over the years, I’ve walked by the unassuming door of Bouley Botanical, never wondering more about the space.


However, earlier this month when Bo and I had the opportunity to walk through the door of David Bouley’s private event space, we felt as if we’d walked into a greenhouse versus a restaurant.  Th space is elegant but open and filled with a floor-to-ceiling herb garden!


When we were invited to join David Bouley’s lecture and dinner series, The Chef and the Doctor we quickly discovered that David Bouley’s passion is health and wellness. In fact, the chef recently retooled his restaurants and himself after recently becoming obsessed with health issues and taking nutrition classes at NYU and getting his executive MBA at Harvard. 


Based on his health adventures over the past year, this series seems like a natural fit for his brand. The series of collaborative health- focused lectures bring together world renowned doctors and experts with a multi-course dinner curated by Chef David Bouley. This clearly would not be your typical tasting menu or meal that would leave us in a food coma or feeling sick to our stomachs. Instead, we were intrigured to learn about the evening’s lecture topic, Linking Agriculture to Human Nutrition Through Cuisine, and see how David Bouley would weave health and wellness into the menu.


The lecture, led by Dr. Ray Glahn, an Associate Professor in the Department of Food Science at Cornell, shared his research related to how nutrients, taste and cooking time were related to the poulatrity of certain beans in Africa. They were trying to figure out, through the research, whether there was a way to optimize the nutrients relative to cooking time since a shorter cooking time is what makes beans popular. However, typically the beans with the lowest cooking time have the fewest nutrients.  It was so interesting yet so out of our typical consideration space.

Following the lecture, it was time to dine. The menu for The Chef and The Doctor with Dr. Ray Glahn is below.  IMG_2931

Malibu Sea Urchin with Green Apple, Meyer Lemon

Wild Coho Alaskan Salmon Fingerling Rosti Golden Oscietra Caviar, Salmon Trout Roe

Porcini Flan Golden Princess & Alaskan Dungeness Crab, Black Truffle Dashi

French Provence Jumbo White and Local Green Pencil Asparagus  Spirulina, Pumpkin Seed, Apple Cider Vinaigrette

Grass-Fed 100% Organic NY State Black Angus Steak Tartare

Harry’s Berries Mara des Bois Strawberry Parfait, Dairyless Almond Cloud

Valrhona Bitter Chocolate Soufflé (Traditional) Tahitian Vanilla

Bouley Botanical’s The Chef & The Doctor Series Tasting MenuFirst of all, let me recommend to any pregnant readers, that you not participate in a tasting menu during your third trimester. Regardless how healthy the food was, it was too much food for my cramped stomach. But, Bo’s experience, on the other hand was very different. This was one of his favorite food experiences in recent memory and he is still talking about his favorites from the evening – the sea urchin, crab and the steak tartare.

the chef and the doctor

If you are interested in attending one of the future Chef and the Doctor Dinner Series events at Bouley Botanical, you can find out more information on their special events site. There are seven events coming up in the next few months including topics such as Eating for Immunity and Inner Balance as well as Healing Arthritis through Food.

Thank you to the team at Bouley Events and Dining for inviting Bo and I to participate in this special evening of learning, food and community. As always, all opinions are my own.

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Five Things from the Long Weekend

Happy Monday! The sun is shining and the temperature is supposed to reach a mild 70 degrees today in Brooklyn. Our plan for the day is to stay local, exploring and doing some shopping before relaxing this evening with leftovers and Manchester By the Sea.

Washington Square ParkI thought it’d be fun to share a few of the things we did with my parents over the past few days during their visit. As you guys know, my parents visit us in New York at least 2 to 3 times per year so we tend to relax together and just enjoy versus trying to hit museums and tourist spots that they’ve seen multiple times. Since it was my dad’s birthday weekend, we chose a few restaurants that we knew he’d love so he could enjoy his favorite cuisine.

  1. Birthday dinner at Joe’s Shanghai in Chinatown for their famous soup dumplings. If you’re local or visiting and love Chinese food, Joe’s Shanghai’s Chinatown location is a great option for authentic, reasonably priced Chinese food. Unlike many places in Chinatown, they offer an English menu so you aren’t clueless. We loved that the restaurant was filled with locals versus a line of tourists. Soup dumplings
  2. A long, cold walk through Gramercy, Union Square, West Village, NoHo, SoHo and Tribeca. Even though the sun was shining and the sky was blue, the weather in NYC yesterday was deceptively frigid due to the strong wind gusts. We bundled up and enjoyed a long walk through some areas my parents are less familiar with while perusing shops and enjoying the sights, such as Washington Square Park. 
  3. Delicious Italian dinner at Gran Morsi in Tribeca. Our friends Mike and Liz introduced us to Gran Morsi earlier this year and since then I’ve been dreaming about their delicious meatballs and the cast iron Eggplant Parmesan.  My parents loved the relaxed yet chic atmosphere and the service and food were just as good as we remembered.  Ashley bump
  4. A very successful shopping experience at Seraphine Maternity. As you guys know, I haven’t purchased many maternity items thus far, instead relying on a few hand me downs and a few key items. Now that Spring is coming and I’ve also popped quite significantly over the past two weeks, my mom and I agreed that it was time to go shopping. The experience shopping in the Seraphine SoHo location was incredible. The staff was very friendly and helpful while their seasonal sale allowed me to walk out with seven pieces, 3 dresses, 3 tops, 1 sweater and one pair of panty hose, without breaking the bank. I couldn’t believe that two of my favorite items were under $60! I was able to find two dresses (this one and this one) which will be perfect for my Savannah and NYC showers. 
  5. Two nights of delicious cooking and baking with Mom and Bo. After two nights of eating out we decided to spend Saturday and Sunday nights cooking in and relaxing together. We were all craving meat so we opted for a traditional steakhouse dinner on Saturday night followed by a slow-cooked pot roast on Sunday night. Since my mom and I enjoy baking together so much, we spent both nights baking delicious treats including this delicious German Chocolate cake.  Even though my dad doesn’t cook, it was still fun to have everyone in the kitchen relaxing together.


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Best NYC Run Route for Holiday Lights


It’s the most wonderful time of the year in New York City! The holiday lights and decorations are shining in every corner of the city. Office buildings that are sterile and boring are suddenly bursting with holiday cheer while our department stores and famous landmarks are decked out in their most festive decor.

This morning I joined Theodora and the New York Junior League run club for four miles of holiday cheer through the streets of Manhattan. While our 9:30 AM start didn’t allow us to miss the crowds, even throngs of tourists couldn’t dampen my mood. nyjl-holiday-run



I thought it would be fun to share a holiday themed run route that locals and tourists alike can reference during the holiday season. This 4.5 mile route will allow you to see holiday windows, Christmas trees and other highlights while you run or walk through the city. Due to the tourists and crowds, I highly recommend you going either early in the morning or later in the evening.

best run route to see christmas sights in nyc

This route begins near the 77th Street Subway station on the Upper East Side before leading you through Midtown East, Midtown, Herald Square and finally Flatiron. Along the way, you will have the opportunity to see these famous sights, as well as have the option to stop in to see the famous Christmas trees in a few spots along the route.

  • The illuminated fir trees along Fifth Avenue
  • Bloomingdale’s 59th Street windows
  • Bergdorf Goodman windows
  • The Plaza Hotel Christmas decorations and tree (optional stop inside)
  • Saks Fifth Avenue Windows
  • Radio City Music Hall
  • The Christmas Tree at Rockefeller Center
  • The recently renovated St. Patrick’s Cathedral (optional stop inside)
  • Cartier, Tiffany’s and other boutique windows and displays
  • Bryant Park tree and Winter Village
  • New York Public Library Christmas Tree (optional stop inside)
  • Macy’s Herald Square windows
  • Madison Square Park’s Christmas Tree
  • City Bakery for a delicious cup of their famous hot chocolate

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