Zen Palate Ruined My Palate

For years I’ve been hearing how amazing Zen Palate is for vegetarians. Seeing that my best friend is vegetarian, I even considered taking him for his birthday over the last many years. But after today’s accidental encounter at the Union Square location, THANK GOD I never did! The menu (which is extensive) looked wonderful from the outside, not to mention the Daily News article (from 2010) plastered on the window as a means of enticement. I think we barely glanced at the menu for a few seconds before walking in. The place is a dump (but fine, we got past that). After looking over the menu, I ordered the Vegetable (Rice) Noodle Soup (I wasn’t very hungry and wanted something small) and my friend ordered the Celestial Tofu (fried tofu with broccoli, served with a side of brown rice). Continue reading “Zen Palate Ruined My Palate”

Bar Americain: Expensive but Yummy

I had a great time at Bar Americain. The food was delicious – I do love the flavors Bobby Flay puts together. The ambiance and location was perfect for a pre-theater dinner and the service was on point.

photo credit: baramericain.com
photo credit: baramericain.com

Having said all that, it is exactly what you would expect from a famous chef’s restaurant: overpriced. I think once you accept the fact that this is for the experience, therefore, you will pay a premium for it, it’s totally fine. Continue reading “Bar Americain: Expensive but Yummy”

Best Pizza… EVER in Kutna Hora!

Small town. Dark. Gray. Cloudy. Medieval. Cobblestones. Quiet. Secluded. Historic. No English. These are the words that describe the little town of Kutna Hora in Czech Republic. It was quite an interesting January Tuesday when Dad and I ventured off from the capital of Prague to visit the Bohemian town of Kutna Hora. I knew it was going to be a dark town, but I guess I didn’t really know what more to expect. Certainly didn’t know that we’d be having the BEST pizza we’ve ever had here of all places! After some vague direction from a non-English speaking local, then from a fluent English speaking local and with the help of a map from the information center, we walked all around the little town. Eventually, we were starving and being on a budget meant no fancy sit down restaurant, though to be honest, nothing could really qualify as fancy in Kutna Hora. Down an alley towards St. James Church, off of the central square we stumbled on a little pizza shop, Mini Pizzeria Vita.  Continue reading “Best Pizza… EVER in Kutna Hora!”

Best Cupcake in Pennsylvania?

I know, I keep yapping about cupcakes lately. But I just tried a new cupcake recently and it was FABULOUS! In the midst of Pennsylvania in a little town called Newtown, I was introduced to The Caketeria, the store was just closing and we were greeted by two very flaky teenagers (calling it like I see it) who insisted on giving away a box of chocolate salty caramel & carrot cake cupcakes. After some confusion (and stupidity on their parts), we walked away with 18 cupcakes for $25 (normally each cupcake costs $3.) They had a menu of about 10 different flavors, but with them closing down (two hours early.. we’re assuming its because they sold out of their popular flavors), we didn’t get to try any of the other ones.


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Thai Thai – Nice Ambiance, Hit or Miss Food

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A new Thai place to try in New Jersey? YES PLEASE! So far I’ve tried 5 Thai restaurants in NJ and have my favorite but am hoping to find one that will top it (no luck yet). This particular restaurant, Thai Thai, was a little ways out of the way nestled in Stirling, NJ so I was really hoping it would be GOOD! It was neither here nor there. Here are the specifics. 

I know my Thai food pretty well. Thus, my recommendations when it comes to the same are quite solid in my opinion. Continue reading “Thai Thai – Nice Ambiance, Hit or Miss Food”

Lush’s T’eo Deodorant Review

I have been trying to move to a natural deodorant for many months. I’ve tried a few products but haven’t fallen in love with any, yet. My main problem with them has been in their lack of ability to keep me dry for a prolonged period of time. So, while I was at the Lush Spa in NYC last week, I bought the T’eo deodorant. I had four products to choose from, two bars and two powders. I find bars to be easier to work with, so I opted to try one of those first. I picked T’eo over Aromaco solely based on their scents. While nothing wrong with the scent of Aromaco, I really liked the soft citrus-y smell of the juniper berry, tea tree and lemongrass essential oils in T’eo. While not overpowering, it really spoke to my senses. It was also a prettier packaging.  Continue reading “Lush’s T’eo Deodorant Review”