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What I Drink When….

In Uncategorized on March 29, 2012 at 8:40 pm

I want to relive my very hazy college years 

SoCo & Lime Shots I was also considering the oh-so-delectable Kamikaze shots, but I could only source a gross blue colored shot photo so I thought the SoCo & Lime would do JUST fine. Boy those shots never went down hard, but come 1am you for sure regretted cheering with your friends and polishing off five of them. I wonder what would happen if I attended a work event and ordered rounds of SoCo for my co-workers? Don’t think that would go down smoothly – literally and metaphorically.

 I’m at a sports bar and only cheap alcohol and wine are available

Bud Light on Draft, UGH – don’t get me wrong… maybe once or twice a year I crave a glass of beer. Other than that? I’d prefer pretty much…… any other type of booze thrown in my direction. I hate regular beer with a passion – I probably would opt to stay sober and go home alone, than to polish off five glass of Bud heavy. No thank you. I do think the whole liking beer as a girl thing goes hand in hand with liking sports too ….. yeah, maybe that’s why I’m not a fan of beer. I can’t tolerate most sports involving balls and bats.

 I want to emulate my late grandfather 

Pimm’s Cup cocktail while I didn’t get a chance to “formally introduce myself ” to my Pop Pop, I do know that one of his all-time favorite drinks is the Pimm’s Cup. Seeing as that I have NO liking for sweet, sugary drinks, I opt towards more savory and satisfying ones which leads me to my love for Pimm’s.  I think I’m channeling him every time I order one – don’t worry though, I don’t channel him all too often!

 I’m pre-gaming before a night out with my girlfriends 

Vodka, Soda & a Lime – obviously – do I really honestly enjoy this staple that EVERY GIRL IN AMERICA DRINKS? Um, no – not necessarily, however, it does provide the following benefits: a) it’s a lower calorie option b) it’s clear so you automatically look cool c) you can have three and still feel somewhat in charge of your evening d) your hangover is less ridiculous than it would be had you opted for the wine/beer/shot combo


I want to pretend I’m a Parisian or more likely when I try to be seductive

 Full-bodied glass of Merlot or Malbec wine does many wonderful things for your body. It calms you down, apparently helps boost your daily intake of antioxidants and provides you with a delicious beverage to consume with mostly any dinner-time meal. I personally love Chardonnay, Malbecs and Merlots, I’m a fan of both sides of the playing field. 

  I want to impress my friends with all that I’ve learned from “work”

 Glass of either The Glenlivet, Redbreast or Chivas #client – yeah, at this point I can honestly say “I know my shit” when it comes to most of the dark spirits on the market. I am the girl who helps lead tastings for large-scale whiskey and scotch companies, pretty sick gig right? From my two years working for these brands, I’ve come to enjoy some a lot but more so, respect the category as a whole. I enjoy scotch over whiskey – I love the smoke, Halloween-esque smells and taste of scotch rather than oakier whiskies. I am also Scottish so perhaps I am a bit (ok very) biased.

Chicago, My New Found Love Interest

In Uncategorized on March 28, 2012 at 5:33 pm


I’m the first one to search for local’s favorite spots when traveling. I have yet to dine at Joe’s Stone Crab in Miami or Hard Rock Cafe in Vegas – just not my scene. I much prefer to find an off-the-beaten path joint that’s known for good food and local company. Feast fulfilled both of those desires for me. I loved the home-like feel of the restaurant and the laid back environment. The three variations of bread in the bread basket were all incredible and I never comment on bread bowls. Some stand out dishes included the Chicken Tortilla Soup with fresh chicken, avocado and homemade tortilla strips and the Bacon Seared Brussel Sprouts.

Table Fifty-Two

I have no words to describe how much I enjoyed my time at Table Fifty-Two. From the amazing Vermont-style house decor and feel (literally the restaurant looks like a home from the exterior) to the welcoming kiln in the center of the restaurant that cranked out the most unbelievable items: oozing gooey mac and cheese, bacon and jalapeno cornbread cakes and of course, some pizzas as well. The line cook who prepared everything by the bar that I dined solo at, kept me company alongside one of the restaurant owners. Some standouts were the Pistachio-Crusted Chicken with Lo Mein Noodles, the Frogmore “Fisherman Stew” and oh – my – god the side of cauliflower. Yes, I said cauliflower – cauliflower with pepperoncini, bacon and white cheddar…. words can’t describe.  

Tortas Frontera

Since when do airports have legitimately great Mexican food?! While on my way back to JFK, I stopped in O’Hare’s lunch cafeteria for an early lunch. I couldn’t help but see an array of fresh salsas and chips on display in the window… what if there was actual quality Mexican in here was what I thought. Boy, was the food delicious. From incredibly seasoned chicken and steak to three variations of homemade salsas and chips, I definitely recommend trying this restaurant for a happy last reminder of Chicago.


I really don’t like shopping, I can preface this as such, but when I find staff that is just incredibly and genuinely nice, you can’t help but want to stay in the store for hours and play dress up. I was given millions of “Taylor-like” outfits to play around with and even a 800 dollar jacket which for the time being, isn’t a purchase I’ll be making but fun to try anyway right? I got a great fitting pair of khaki J Brand’s and a beautiful black ruffle blouse. Their collection of Hudsons, J Brands and Citizens are extremely noteworthy – also, the way in which everything is paired for display makes you pretty much NEED to purchase “outfits” not only pieces of clothing. Just found out they have a shop in SoHo, cannot wait to spend money I probably shouldn’t there as well.

Tempo Cafe

I have become such an advocate of relying on Yelp comments to help pick breakfast/lunch spots while traveling. I wouldn’t go so far as to book a dinner reservation based on Yelp comments, I trust Opentable and Zagat more for that – but regardless, I trust Yelp’s opinion. Luckily, I took their word on trying Tempo Cafe – it’s a diner of sorts, but not a chain (luckily) that offers THE COOLEST cask-iron skillet omelets for a scary low cost of $8 for enough food to feed any army. I ordered various oversized omelets during my stay in Chicago and can say with confidence, everything including the massive pancakes looked and taste incredible. The meals also come with some fruit on the side – which is something you LUST for after polishing off FAR TOO MANY EGGS and cheese in one amazing looking skillet.

Rockit Bar & Grill

I usually don’t comment on night life in other cities or even really within New York since I’m up to drink wherever – ironic seeing as that I work in the spirits industry and attend many wonderful events at the coolest mixology bars. I guess when it comes to the weekends though, I’m just up for some loud music, sleazy scenery and a good environment. Rockit fufilled all of my checks off the list – it was loud, people were tacky, the music was and the drinks weren’t complicated by any stretch of the imagination.

Corner Bakery Cafe

Even before you place your order at Corner Bakery, your mouth is salivating and  googley-eyed. Every single pastry looked like it was baked by my mom this morning at my home – incredibly delicious pastry selection. In addition, they have amazing hearty breakfast sandwiches and lunch options. Some of the most delectable sweets included their signature Cinnamon Creme Cake, Cinnamon Pecan Rugalach and Maple Pecan Bars.


 Sable Restaurant & Bar

For the launch of my client, Redbreast Single Pot Still Whiskey’s latest brand, Redbreast 12 Cask Strength, we conducted a semi-informal tasting lunch at Sable last week. Not only was I incredibly impressed with head bartender, Mike Ryan’s ability to make a Redbreast cocktail that was both innovative and refreshing, featuring: ginger ale, sherry, lemon juice and Redbreast 12 year old. The food served throughout the tasting was incredible but there was one standout dish: the Sweet Corn Creme Brulee – yes you heard right. I have never enjoyed corn this much in my life and I’m a corn fan to begin with! It took the stereotype of creme brulee having to be a sweet dish and turned it on its head to make it a savory one – incredible.

Sixteen at Trump Hotel

 I was able to enjoy lunch at Sixteen during my stay at the Trump Hotel last week also for business. The hotel was delightful and beautiful and the restaurant was no different. I ordered a Roast Chicken with Sunchokes and Mashed Potatoes – I tried also some of the restaurant’s waffle fries with truffle, amazing as well. The decor on its on takes your breath away with floor to ceiling windows – it’s a must stop for lunch.  

 Henri Bendel in Water Tower Place

Henri Bendel just takes me back to my childhood – my mom would always keep her makeup and hair accessories in the signature bags. I love Bendel – while overpriced, they do have such an array of upscale jewelry and accessories to splurge on. The staff in the newly opened Chicago store were incredibly friendly and knowledgeable.

Credit: Racked Chicago



The Voice – My Two Year Long Obsession

In Uncategorized on March 11, 2012 at 11:10 pm

It’s kind of funny…. living alone (again) has turned me into a TV watcher, much more so than when I had a roommate. I watch Morning Joe while getting ready for work every morning, Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives between work and dinner time and  either The Voice or American Idol from dinner to bedtime. I’m really cool, no need to say it.

I loved The Voice season one and was apprehensive to see if the second season could keep up and it most definitely has. Instead of analyzing all of the various contestants and judges (no one cares about Carson so he’s not included regardless), I thought it would be funny to just list off my running thoughts about this season:

1) I predict Adam and Christina’s team will be the Final Two left in the competition

2) In the end, however, I think Christina’s team (gag me now) will reign supreme this year

3) Blake is adorable and a very successful country music singer, but I have to confess, his pick of musicians just sucks in general – the latest “duel match” of singers who sang “Ironic” was pretty much a sing-off comparable to one you’d stumble upon in a dive bar anywhere in the USA

4) I  wonder every episode if Christina has a) a stylist b) a mirror c) any ability to withstand eating food at this point d) what she’s thinking when it comes to her “fashion accessories” and wardrobe choices 
5)  I want to do inappropriate things to Adam Levine pretty much every time the camera pans on him
6) Some of the top contenders in my opinion include: Tony Lucca, Sera Hill, Jesse Campbell, Tony Vincent and RaeLynn
7) The duel between Anthony and Jesse was epic – I wanted to take both home with me to wait until I find a husband just so that I know I’d have two confirmed amazing performers for my future wedding
8) Christina, while you have a great voice – everyone doesn’t want to hear you since every single song the contestants – this isn’t your competition, it’s theirs – just saying 

The Girl That Fell From The Sky – Book Review

In Uncategorized on March 1, 2012 at 10:34 pm

You know those books that just grip you from the beginning and don’t allow you to do anything else until you’re done reading it? The Girl That Fell From The Sky was undoubtedly one of those types of books. The book was both extremely compelling and unbelievably heartbreaking all at once.

The book, written by Heidi Durrow, is a story centered around a horrific tragedy: a helpless mother, Nella and her three children that shockingly fall off the ledge of a high-rise in Chicago. The only remaining survivor, Rachel, is left in the world alone and forced to move in with her grandmother (who she detests) and her aunt (who she admires). In addition to being the “new girl,” Rachel being mixed-skin evoked confusion with her fellow classmates and at times blatant acts of racism.

The story is told from four different view points: Rachel, Nella, Nella’s boss/Super for her living situation and “Brick,” the boy who saw the tragedy land right on his doorstep (literally) and in front of his eyes. Each of the character’s take you through their own life experiences before the tragedy occurred and of course, how it affected them following the event. There were themes of alcoholism and drug abuse, racism and violence weaved throughout the story, told through the eyes of the different point of views.

While the story begins in an unbearably sad tone, the story concludes with a sense of hope and closure. The Girl That Fell From The Sky sucks you in immediately with readers longing to know, throughout the novel, why the family fell off the ledge? Who orchestrated it? If Nella did it, what could have been so bad that a mother would be willing to kill her entire family? The story demonstrates that regardless of where you’re from, your ethnicity and skin tone play a larger role than they should even in the 1980’s when you’d think racism against a mixed-colored girl would be far non-existent.

I suggest reading this story – preferably begin reading at 10am and don’t move until you’re completed probably around dinner time. Trust me, you won’t forget reading this book.