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Where I’ve Been Eating and Drinking in NYC

In Uncategorized on November 22, 2010 at 11:50 pm

ROSA MEXICANO

So Rosa’s been a staple restaurant of mine since I began coming to NYC when I was a toddler. Something about the no frill, amazing guacamole, ridiculously strong Pomegranate Margaritas and friendly staff has always brought me back time and time again. I will say, watch out for the drinks, they are secret killers to say the least. I recommend absolutely ordering the guac tableside, you won’t regret it.


TANUKI TAVERN

I personally am not a big Japanese fan, so it’s uncommon for me to pick Tanuki Tavern, a Japanese restaurant, when girlfriends want to meet me for dinners lately. They have too fast of service for my liking, but in reality, what Japenese joint believes in slow eating? Anyway, they have one of the sickest presentations of entrees I’ve ever seen. I order the Black Cod — while they give you nothing but the physical baby sized piece of white fish? It’s brough out over a barbeque pretty much with hot coals underneath which keeps it scorching hot. LOVE IT.


BENNY’S BURRITOS

So I promise I don’t only eat at high brow restaurants — in fact, I tend on a day to day basis to prefer the hole in the walls, BY FAR. I stumbled, literally, upon Benny’s Burrito’s in the East Village a few weeks ago. While the area isn’t theee safest it really is a great little “neighborhood gem” as the Opentable website likes to classify things as. I have a FETISH (yes, you heard correctly) for Chicken and Turkey Chili so when it’s on a menu? There is no option what I’m ordering for an appetizer. Their chicken chili was different because it had huge pieces of white shredded chicken — so delicious. The chips that come with it are perfectly salty and crisp too. I have to say, that the extremely raw white onion at first confused me but then once I mashed in with the rest of my dish? It added SO MUCH FLAVOR.

TRESTLE ON TENTH

This little cozy joint is one I have walked by COUNTLESS upon COUNTLESS times on my treks from Hell’s Kitchen to Meatpacking (a trip I do bi-weekly, I know I’m obsessed). Anyway, I love the bustling nature of the restaurant at both dinner and especially brunch time. I had a wonderful yet unusual appetizer of Golden Beets/Jumbo Lump Crab for appetizer, a spiced Apple Cider Martini and Bricked Chicken with Broccoli Rabe. I was a happy camper and would definitely go back — probably for brunch the next time around.


DOS CAMINOS — MEATPACKING

So this is my absolute go to restaurant — it is always crowded, semi decent food and good company. Do I think the dishes are ever phenominal? No. But the pricing is reasonable if you really don’t know someone yet let’s say on a first date or your best guy friend from home it’s a lively non creepishly quiet spot to take them. And plus, who doesn’t love Mexican? Let’s be serious.

OLIVES AT THE W HOTEL (UNION SQUARE)

Very creepy people are usually found at Olives NYC located in W Hotel, but I have to admit, as much as I bitch about it? I’ve gone more than a handful of times. The drinks are great — seating is comfortable and not over the top. I also love the location in the center of Union Square. I would definitely go there before a nice dinner out or before you head to a club and want some drinks.

THE PUBLIC HOUSE

I went to dinner here recently, unaware before I walked inside that I had been there before — but for a birthday party at a “bar”. I was surprised at the very solid dinner I had there. They also offer a really cool deal I believe on Wednesday nights? Where you can get an appetizer, dinner, dessert and ENDLESS WINE FOR $35. SHEER PANDEMONIUM.

APOTHEKE

So when I was asked to meet someone at Apotheke in China Town I was wary — very much so. Once I was told “Oh shit” by the cab driver my fears CLEARLY intensified. After being plopped on a random street corner with all signs only in Chinese? Full fear set in. Once I got inside the bar, however, I had a blast. The concept of create your own sig cocktails applied here — not the strongest drinks by any means but the handlebar mustaches and lab coats were pretty neat.


WARD III

So I did an amazing 4 hour Mixology Class here at Ward III last month. It was amazing! I learned how to make every “commonplace drink” — count me in. The staff was so knowledgeable and helpful with our whole food and beverage team who was clearly unable to even stir a drink properly prior to taking the class. Our team went back for dinner and whiskey tastings weeks following and that was even better of an experience. TOTALLY make your way down there — it’s a trek but totally worth it.


WATERFRONT ALE HOUSE

I first went to Waterfront when my old intern boss got married in Central Park — after the wedding we all had a crazy fun down to earth celebration at the Ale House, located next door to their apartment. While I have yet to try the food, you can always find some fun people to talk to and inexpensive/unique beers to try. I think it’s definitely an after work spot not meant to be a weekend plan.


PEGU CLUB

From what I remember this place was very fun. I don’t think I am the best nightlife reviewer to be honest with you guys. I don’t like the scene in the first place, so in order for my ass to be dragged there? Drinks are pouring heavily. I loved the innovative cocktail menu and esoteric drink names, definitely for the more foodie/winos not as much people looking for a normal sports bar night out.


5 NINTH

Eh, not the best experience here to be honest. We were short changed a menu due to sampling for Food Week in the city. The appetizer of a plain dinner salad should be passed over and the fish I got (which I can’t remember currently) means that it wasn’t memorable. I wouldn’t go here for dinner, however, they have a beautiful outdoor space so possibly over the summer for sangria it would be a much better idea. Great location, not great food, great scenery.







What Songs I Listen To When….

In Uncategorized on November 19, 2010 at 4:10 pm

I GET READY TO GO OUT

  • “Heartless” — Kayne
  • “Shake Your Coconuts” – Junior Senior
  • “I’m Not a Human Being” — Wayne
  • “Get Your Freak On (Remix)” — Missy and Nelly Furtado
  • “2 Man Show” — Timbaland

I WANT TO REMINISCE

  • “Hotel California” — The Eagles
  • “Whiter Shade of Pale” — Annie Lennox
  • I’m Not The Only One — Melissa Etheridge
  • These Arms of Mine — Otis Redding
  • Tears In Heaven — Eric Clapton

WHEN I GO FOR A RUN/ WORK OUT

  • “Sound of a Gun” — Audioslave
  • “Home Wrecker” — Hello Goodbye
  • “SPAZ” — N.E.R.D.
  • “Every Man Has a Molly” — Say Anything

I WANT TO FEEL BAD FOR MYSELF

  • “Open Your Eyes” — Snow Patrol
  • “Don’t Panic” — Coldplay
  • “Grenade” — Bruno Mars

I AM SMITTEN

  • “Morning Yearning” — Ben Harper
  • “Sideways” — Citizen Cope
  • “Dosed” — Red Hot Chili Peppers
  • “There For You” — Damian Marley

  I JUST HAD A BAD BREAK UP

  • “Home Life” — John Mayer
  • “Heaven Forbid” — The Fray
  • “Empty” — Ray LaMontagne

 

The Evolution Of My “Under The Influence” Photos

In Uncategorized on November 18, 2010 at 7:10 pm

I am 23 (well almost) so I can sit here and write about my evolution of drunk photographs. I also represent various hard alcohols and wines therefore, it is somewhat encouraged you can even say to take part in the drinking festivities.

Facebook has done a wonderful job at remembering many many nights that are somewhat hazy to me, that’s ok — that’s what it is there for. Thank you Mark Zuckerberg for saving me hundreds of dollars on digital cameras, chargers I’d lose most likely lose and time I would’ve wasted on uploading pictures.

I decided to take an awkward look back at the various photos of me in social settings — by social meaning, well you know what I’m referring to. I thought it would be humorous while all the while embarrassing on my end, to post the photos of my evolution. Enjoy as I uncomfortably recap my years of drinking:

MY YEARS OF BEING THE “ONE WHO DROVE US THERE”

The years of high school for me were vastly different  from my college years. I took it upon myself to be the designated driver for my group of girlfriends. I would always have a hot Wawa tea in hand and be the “more responsible” one of the evening. I wouldn’t really have all too much of a desire, to be quite honest, to get hammered off  $2.00 beers, feel bloated, have to eventually return home to my parent’s house and wake up to their contemplative glances. Hence, why, yes I was the sober chauffeur most of my younger years.

THROWING MY INTENT TO MAINTAIN MY “DESIGNATED DRIVER” STATUS OUT OF THE WINDOW

So, come mid senior year, I took it upon myself to get involved in the drinking. I still wouldn’t opt for a beer still or any nonsense of that nature. Instead, I decided  if I were to partake in the whole high school binge drinking ordeal? I’d do it full out. In the lovely picture displayed below, I had a tendency of driving my friends still TO THE EVENT, however, once at the party? It was straight vodka, no chaser, in a classy Propel bottle for me. Yes, I made it back and no I did NOT enjoy the looks on my dad’s face the following morning.

MY PASSION FOR HUGGING MY FRIENDS IN PHOTOS AS THOUGH WE HAVE NOT BEEN UNITED IN YEARS AND YEARS

This is not going in chronological order from this point on, for your information, but it will be covering all basis don’t you worry. I love when I wake up and find photos of me hugging my friends and sometimes thought that I am not even all too fond of SO tightly. I first off, don’t like hugging in general soberly and second off, don’t get why I feel the need at times to show to the world just how much I like them via tagged photos on Facebook?


TAKING PICTURES WITH FRIENDS IN BAR BATHROOMS/ BATHROOM STALLS

I really don’t like bathrooms…. actually I hate them. I don’t like the concept that you pee where you shower. It just doesn’t do it for me. With that in mind, I spend the smallest amount of time POSSIBLE in the physical bathroom. Why you may ask, do I then take photographs in bathroom lobbies and stalls (yes, it has happened)? I cannot answer that for you at this point in time. When I come up with an intelligent answer, I will let all of you know.


REPPING AN UNUSUAL AMOUNT OF SORORITY PRIDE

The ironic part about this one is that in general? I’m known to be quite the back burner kind of sister. I love my girls but I have no intention of ever stepping up and doing anything above and beyond. With that being said, I consider putting up our sorority symbol in pictures is asking a  bit too much. When in foreign countries with best friends and drinks in hand, however, I guess my interest in showing my Greek pride escalates to high levels?


TAKING A LEISURELY BREAK FROM MY DRINKING ON FRIEND’S STAIRWELLS

Hmmm… again I don’t think there is a lot to explain about this behavior. The only way I can rationalize this is to say that standing in heels for 2 hours while pregaming takes a big ass toll on your feet and your body. Sometimes ya just NEED to plop your ass down wherever you find a floral 1980’s rug and take a breather before you head out for a night again on your feet.


ALLOWING PEOPLE TO TAKE PHOTOS WHEN CLEARLY I SHOULD HAVE AVOIDED ON ALL COSTS

There are many photographs like this one — which I cherish and hold dear to my heart. They are priceless, timeless and all the while extremely embarrassing. I think that photos that you know should be erased that aren’t make for the best stories. The picture shown here was from the summer going into college — I thought at the time this would be the only one of it’s kind? Boy did I not see what was comin’….



Lessons Learned As A New New Yorker

In Uncategorized on November 13, 2010 at 11:13 pm

YOU CAN ALWAYS FIND A RIDICULOUSLY CHEAP AND FUN HAPPY HOUR, ANY TIME OF THE DAY ON ANY STREET CORNER

This is something I don’t usually get to take full advantage of, however, if you do have the opportunity to either get off work (funny) by 5pm or you take a little break and then go back to the office, you couldn’t be more appreciative you live in NYC. The sketchier and divier the bar is the better the Happy Hour deals are usually. I walk by shoe box “restaurants” that feature both Chinese and French cuisine (yes, you read right) offering $3 vodka cocktails for 4 hours a day. COUNT. ME. IN.

IT’S A FAUX PAS TO ACTUALLY ACCEPT PLASTIC GROCERY BAGS AT THE MARKET

I’ll admit, in Boston if you looked in the trunk of BMW you’d see ….. let’s just say a sickening amount of “eco friendly Trader Joe/CVS/ Walgreen” bags. I did have the intent to use them when I frequented those stores, however, it just did NOT HAPPEN. I will say the bags were eventually used when my brother and dad moved me out of my apartment — using my “eco bags” to throw all of my miscellaneous “crap” into. Since having moved to NYC, however, I have taken accustomed to actually re using the bags — who woulda thunken?

COFFEE SHOPS SERVE MANY MORE PURPOSES THAN THEY DO IN OTHER CITIES

Ok, so my Foodie God, Frank Bruni, wrote a sick article for the NYTimes yesterday about the concept of spiked coffee beverages being served all over the city. Personally, I think coffee shops a whole lot hotter and more intimate than a loud sweaty ass bar environment. If I could bring a gentleman on a date to a coffee shop with chill music, warm couches and spiked drinks? There’s no question to be asked. Reservations for 2 please?

PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION IS IN FACT MORE EFFICIENT DURING PRIME RUSH HOURS THAN CABS

I don’t think is really some large “revelation” however, it is so true. I was not one to ever use public transportation in any other city I have resided in but when it comes to NYC? Not only do you spend 5x more money when you take a cab, but you also will most likely get motion sickness and get there 5x later than you would had you sucked it up and taken a subway. $2.50? I think I am justttt fine with that.

NO ONE GETS OFF WORK BEFORE THE SUN SETS

I tend to be too anal and get to work for no rhyme or reason earlier than my co-workers. Keeping in mind it has been fall slowly turning into winter, the mornings are dark. Now that daylight savings just passed, I actually have some light in the morning and can unfortunately see the attire I throw together for work. I’d like it to be dark again, k great thanks. Regardless, in NYC if you get off work before 6? You clearly don’t have a job with health security or benefits — I’ll leave it at that.

NO SMART PHONE? CHECK PLEASE.

As shallow as that sounds? You will NOT be called back for a second date in New York if you whop out a flip phone. You can say I’m spoiled, go right ahead but this city is very materialistic and work friendly. Most people have jobs unless you work as a struggling artist (at which point you probably would need to shower AND buy a smart phone before we call you back), you have to have a smart phone for work. I’m JUST stating the facts here guys — and sometimes life’s a bitch.

FORGET IT BEING “LAUNDRY DAY” — SUNDAY IS DEDICATED TO DOMESTICATED SHOPPING

If you are not at The Container Store or Bed, Bath, & Beyond? You clearly left town for the weekend. I literally wait in lines outside of Container Store to get inside on Sundays, it’s a bit ridiculous when you think about it. I wait in a 30 minute line to get an underwear separator? Yes, yes I do.

What The Holidays Bring…

In Uncategorized on November 11, 2010 at 11:34 pm

TAKING FULL ADVANTAGE OF MY GRANDPARENT’S WET BAR DURING THE HOLIDAY GET TOGETHERS

Who actually gets excited for dry holiday get togethers? That’s right — no one. Unless you’re wildly fascinated by your own family whom you’ve done the same holiday annual dinners with for 20 years plus and still find them intriguing. If you’re one of them? You should be studied. Every year I feel like it’s like an adult version of Christmas/ Hannukah when you walk into a warm familiar home and see an array of bad for you foods, mostly fried but even better a full on wet bar, ready for the taking. It’s like a bat miztvah, but so so much better.

 

127 HOURS WITH JAMES FRANCO

So here’s the deal — I read the book, while semi-queasy throughout, I thoroughly enjoyed the captivating story of the real life hiker that had to drink his own urine and sever his own arm to survive. While the story did it for me, the movie starring one of my favorite celebrities, James Franco, makes me over-the-top excited to shell out way too much money for an overpriced ticket and overbuttered popcorn. The reviews have been unreal — everyone praises Franco for an A+ job, can’t wait to see you Franco in the near future.

MARIAH’S LATEST CHRISTMAS INSTALLMENT (JUDGE ME AND I KICK YOUR ASS, PERSONALLY)

No I don’t like Mariah. And no I don’t celebrate Christmas. But yes am I already playing Mariah’s updated Christmas CD on repeat at the office. She just knows how to belt the Christmas tunes so effectively that I can’t help but sing along to “Oh Holy Night”. This CD and the N*SYNC Christmas album dated to about 2004 (don’t judge I repeat) are the only tunes that get me in the holiday spirit in a BIG WAY.

THANKSGIVING HOMEMADE STUFFING

Now that Marilyn Monroe apparently had the “most innovative stuffing recipe to date” — I can’t wait to try the varieties of stuffing available to me during this time of year. I think the mushroom/leek/onion varieties are my favorite but I’m not picky, whatsoever. I think I prefer stuffing over the turkey itself — I mean, what’s so special about a turkey basted and roasted? B-ORING.

KANYE WEST TO MAKE HIMSELF LOOK MORE LIKE A JACKASS THAN HE ALREADY HAS (IF THAT’S EVEN POSSIBLE)

Kanye never ceases to amaze me — he is a psychopath, cocky to no avail and unable to deal with his VERY VISIBLE issues with women. I thought his grab of the award from TSwift last year was going to conclude his crazy ass behavior, but low and behold it was only the beginning. He just debuted an album cover closely resembling ape like behavior with a white woman straddled over top of himself with a hard stiff drink in hand. He also recently struck chords with two of the most prominent people in the US: Matt Lauer and George W.Bush.

Celebrities Destined Never To Wed

In Uncategorized on November 1, 2010 at 2:15 pm

JEN ANISTON/JOHN MAYER

Ya know, the more I think about it the more I think they are an ideal match. Come on — let’s analyze here for a minute. Both have been around the Hollywood block and back, many – o – times and have yet to keep a relationship that’s lasted. I think John is less likely to ever get married solely his doing; he is too self absorbed and childish to move out of his own way. JAniston would marry her LA car driver if he were to pop the question at this point, but for some reason the chick is nuts as I’ve blogged about years ago.

JOHN STAMOS

While I think John is personally one of the top 5 most attractive men in Hollywood?  I think he just prefers to maintain his “I look 30 and I’m uber bronzed and still getting TV gigs so I will continue to dirty text girls born in 1988 or later”. Hey, whatever floats your boat John — I will just chime in, if you happen to read this message me– well exchange BBMs. I have no shame.

CHARLIE SHEEN

This one goes without saying. Come to think of it — I don’t think I could think of one human alive less inept to get married than Mr. Sheen. He is not only a narcissistic, raging alcoholic drug addict? But he’s scary and threatens the lives of all women that enter his sick and perverted world of hookers, coke and many many suites under fake names.

LINDSAY LOHAN

If she ever happens to stop abusing drugs, pain killers, cocaine and pot maybe she will be able to then figure out which gender/ sex she prefers? I think she is a train wreck headed for the deep end of the Hollywood cliffs. I will say her relationship with Sam Ronson made me more sad for her than the drug addictions — she just really has no idea who she is. Maybe if she’s around to see the age of 30 she will realize that Hollywood just isn’t where she should be. Perhaps find a burn out like herself and settle dog, maybe buy a Boxer?


CAMERON DIAZ

I love her I think she’s hot, in shape and wildly independent. What I don’t necessarily understand about her, however, is why she always chooses the over steroidal athletes who will be willing to ditch her for the next young thing that falls in their lap at the strip club. I think she should take some pointers from other actresses who pick less well-known, more “I enjoy nights in watching Seinfeld and drinking 2 Buck Chuck”.

GEORGE CLOONEY

I will conclude with Clooney — oh I like how that sounds. I mean he clearly took an anti aging pill at 24 and it has been wildly successful for him ever since. He is unable to age and if anything looks better as he gets older. But I think he has a lot of momma issues if you will and will never be content with any one woman — no matter how hot  they make look on the back on his Vespa in Florence.