New Year, New Resolution!

Well guys, 2016 is FINALLY over and good freaking riddance!

I don’t normally like to write off an entire year as “bad” because it’s never exactly accurate. But wow was 2016 as bad as it has gotten in many years! Not just for me, but for many of my friends, families, the world, and hell, even celebrities! There have been constant bad news and to rise above it was more than difficult at times. Continue reading “New Year, New Resolution!”

Guide to the BEST Christmas Presents

Christmas is this upcoming weekend. Trying to do last minute shopping? Aren’t we all?! Continue reading “Guide to the BEST Christmas Presents”

Daily Recommendation: Veniero’s, Still One of the Best in NYC

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August 23: Veniero’s 

When you walk into a pastry shop that’s buzzing with locals, you know you’ve come to a good spot! That’s what you see when you enter Veniero’s in New York City’s East Village. Established in 1894, Veneiro’s is an Italian pastry shop that will have you going gaga over the plethora of dessert options. From cheesecakes, layered cakes, cookies, canolis, chocolate covered strawberries, tarts, and all things in between, there is something for every taste buds! And it doesn’t stop at pastries, they have a whole gelato menu & a nice selection of alcoholic and non alcoholic beverages. Continue reading “Daily Recommendation: Veniero’s, Still One of the Best in NYC”

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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Long Wait at Long Grain but So Worth It

Last day of our trip to Maine and I had saved the best for last. Sunny, breezy summer Tuesday afternoon in Camden, Maine when I decided to call Long Grain to make reservations for 5. I had been waiting weeks to try this place after hearing about it from fellow bloggers and reading about it on NY Times. I almost hesitated though, do I really need reservations for a week night in this quiet little town? Turns outYES, yes I did. Fasting as we were, we had hoped for a time slot between 7:45pm-8:15pm, which would put us in the perfect time to break fast. Much to my dismay, they could only offer us a 6:30pm (definitely a no go) or a 8:45pm (the restaurant closes at 9pm). With no option left (and the fear of not getting to eat here – you don’t understand, I HAD to eat here before I left; it was the highlight on my itinerary), I OK-ed the 8:45pm. Figured we could snack on some dessert from a nearby bakery prior to dinner. Continue reading “Long Wait at Long Grain but So Worth It”

Daily Recommendation: Essence of Ojo Native American Flute Music CD

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June 2: Essence of Ojo Native American Flute Music CD

Listening to sounds of nature is an effective stress reliever. Something about human beings and nature just go hand in hand, imagine that. I love listening to soothing music to relax my mind so when I walked into the Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs Resort & Spa in New Mexico, and heard the background music, I immediately knew I needed to own it.

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