“Entrepreneur Hawa Hassan Loves Pão de Queijo and Doro Wat”

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“She’s the creator and CEO of Basbaas Sauce, a line of condiments that so far includes tamarind-date sauce and coconut-cilantro chutney. (She’s also involved in fundraising efforts for ZanaAfrica.)

[…] Lunch is at Colonia Verde. I go there at least once a week, and it’s become my favorite local hangout. I love taking my Manhattan friends there. We order Cómodo’s sliders, which are lamb meatballs with cranberries on gluten-free pão de queijo, and a big salad.”

Follow the rest of Hawa’s food adventures here

Alinea’s Ultra-Luxe cocktail bar

Now five years in the making, Chicago’s Alinea group makes its New York City debut tonight at the top of the Mandarin Oriental with the speakeasy portion of its experimental cocktail bar, The Office.

“This is New York-ified in every single way,” Achatz says. That means double the ceiling height, double the seat capacity (44 here), and incredibly luxe food and drink. The food menu is studded with ingredients like foie gras, jamon Iberico, and caviar, and there’s an entire drink menu devoted to rare spirits that ring in at $500 an ounce.

Read more along with stunning photos of the restaurant here