The Smith

afterlight(3)Last week, my girlfriends and I decided to go to The Smith for dinner. The Smith is a well-known restaurant that has 3 locations in NYC. We decided to go to the Lincoln Center location. We all decided to try some of their specialty cocktails to start. I decided to get their East Village Passion ($13) which was rum with lime, passion fruit and fresh mint. This drink was delicious. It was the perfect fruity refreshment to start with.

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For appetizers we decided to go with the Crispy Fried Calamari ($13) and the Mac and Cheese ($14). Both of these were unbelievably amazing. The Fried Calamari came with a spicy marinara sauce, that had just the right amount of spice. The Mac and Cheese was sizzling in the skillet and reminded me of the mac and cheese from S’mac. I would highly recommend both of these dishes.
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For my main meal, I decided to get the Chicken Pot Pie ($22). This chicken pot pie came in a cheddar chive biscuit with mushroom, peas and carrots. By the time I got my main meal, I was already too stuffed from the appetizer to eat much of it. However, this became the perfect lunch leftover the next day.

I also tried a couple bites of my friends Ricotta Gnocchi with truffle cream. This was AMAZING. Definitely what I am going to get the next time I come to The Smith.

Overall, I really enjoyed The Smith. This may become one of my new favorite NYC dinner spots. Next, I’m going to try their brunch – which I also heard is to die for.

Fonda

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The other day was my good friend Amy’s birthday, so a huge group of us went to Fonda to celebrate. Fonda is a Mexican restaurant that has locations in Park Slope and the East Village. This upscale Mexican restaurant had a great lively ambiance. Since we had a large group, we decided to get a few appetizers to split. The first thing we got was the Melted Cheese with Grilled Chorizo ($12). This was absolutely delicious. The melted cheese mixed perfectly with the sausage. This filled my quesadilla craving that I was having earlier.

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The next thing we got with the Guacamole ($11). You had the choice of mild, medium or spicy. We decided to go with the spicy. Although not incredibly spicy, the guacamole had a slight kick to it. This was one of the best guacamole I have ever had. It had huge chunks of avocado, which made it amazing. This is a must have if you come to Fonda.

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For my main meal, upon a suggestion from the waiter I decided to get the Enchiladas De Mole Negro Oaxaqueno ($18). To be honest, I have no idea what any of that meant other than Enchiladas. This had soft corn tortillas filled with braised chicken topped with a stone ground Oaxacan Black Mole, chopped onions, cream, queso fresco, cilantro and sesame seeds. To be honest, I wasn’t that big of a fan. The chicken was very tasty, however I didn’t particularly like the black mole. I would not recommend this dish unless you are a big fan of mole.

Overall, I enjoyed Fonda. I think this would be a great place to come for Happy Hour for some snacks and drinks. For more information on Fonda, check out their website here.

Kobeyaki

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Every time my friend Charlotte and I get dinner, we try to check out a new place. Most of the time we find something on Yelp with good ratings and go there. This time, Charlotte picked Kobeyaki. Kobeyaki is a Japanese-American fusion restaurant. You could call it the Japanese version of Chipotle. They have a variety of options: sushi, burgers, rice bowls or salads. After reading the reviews on Yelp I decided to go with the Kobe Beef Burger ($8.97) with their Tempura Sweet Potato Fries ($2.99). Now I have to say I’ve dubbed myself quite the burger expert after having one too many Umami Burgers. Unfortunately, Kobeyaki’s burger was not up to par. Although tasty, the meat was very dry and didn’t have much flavor. The flavor came from the teriyaki onions, teriyaki ketchup and spicy mayo that was on the burger. The sweet potato fries on the other hand were amazing. I’m not the biggest sweet potato fries fan, but this was quite good. My friend Charlotte got the Sashimi Roll ($9.66). I had a couple bites and that was also very good. The rolls were very large with quite big pieces of fish inside. Next time if I come I will definitely get the sushi instead of the burger.

Kobeyaki has two locations, one in Chelsea and one in Bryant Park. For more information check out Kobeyaki here.

How To Layer Statement Necklaces!

PopSugar Must Have Box: March 2014

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Brokedown Blue Ikat Scarf: I love scarves and this is such a beautiful blue one! It’s also incredibly soft. I can’t wait to wear it!

Jurlique Herbal Recovery Advanced Serum: I actually have the full-size version of this, and I enjoy it. It’s nice to get a travel size.

Dogeared Lucky Horseshoe Make A Wish Necklace: This is such a cute idea. You make a wish, put on the necklace and when the necklace wears off your wish comes true.

BaubleBar Elephant Ring Tree: I work at BaubleBar, and I absolutely ADORE these ring trees. They’re so cute and exactly what I needed!

ActiveForever Fusion Exercise Ball: I’m terrible at exercising and I’m really confused as to what to do with this ball…

Harvest Snaps Snapea Crisps: Green Pea potato chips? These are surprisingly really good and much better for you than chips!

Nature’s Bakery All Natural Strawberry Fig Bars: I’m so excited to try this out. I love trying new bars and this one sounds delicious!

Don Antonio by Starita

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Every week, my girlfriends and I try to check out a new restaurant in the city. This week we stumbled upon Don Antonio’s in Midtown. Don Antonio is a small Italian pizzeria, that has locations in both New York and Atlanta. Pizza is one of those New York food staples, so I was really excited to check this place out. Each pizza is a “personal” pizza, but it is definitely enough to share with others. My friends and I decided to get three different pizzas to share. My friend Michele got the Margherita with Mushrooms ($15), Katie got the Margherita with Sausage ($16) and I decided on the Ortolana (tomato sauce, homemade mozzarella, artichokes, mushrooms, basil, percorino romano, extra virgin olive oil) ($16).

Out of the three pizzas, they were all incredible. I couldn’t really choose a favorite because I really enjoyed all three. The dough was baked perfectly and the homemade mozzarella was incredible. Although these were large pizzas, they were so good that we finished all three. I would definitely go back to Don Antonio’s. As far as pizza is concerned, they were perfect.

 

A Weekend With Me!

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BaubleBar’s blog “The Post”, did a feature on my weekend. If you want to check out what a typical weekend is for me, check out The Post here.

Mandoo Bar

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At the suggestion of my friend Charlotte, we decided to grab dinner at Mandoo Bar. Mandoo in Korean means dumplings, and boy do I love my dumplings. I’ve had mandoo at many Korean restaurants, but have never been to a place that specialized in mandoo. Charlotte and I decided to split two dishes. We got the Combo Mandoo ($12) and the Seafood Bibimbap ($13). The Combo Mandoo came with three different types of mandoo. It came with one vegetarian, one seafood, and one pork. All three of these were very delicious. They were larger than most mandoo, and had a good amount of filling. The vegetarian one was my favorite, but all three were good.

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The Seafood Bibimbap was also very delicious. Bibimbap is one of my all time favorite Korean dishes. Bibimbap consists of rice, vegetables, your choice of meat, tofu or seafood and is mixed with a spicy paste. I had never had seafood in my bibimbap before but it was amazing. If you like seafood, this is a must try! There were so many different types of seafood mixed throughout. This was my favorite out of the two dishes. I highly recommend this dish! Overall, I really enjoyed Mandoo Bar. If you’re in Korea Town and looking for a place to eat, check out Mandoo Bar!

Restaurant Week 2014: Morton’s The Steakhouse

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It’s Restaurant Week here in New York City, so of course my girlfriends and I had to treat ourselves to a nice meal. We decided to go to Morton’s Steakhouse the other night. For Restaurant Week, all dinners are $38 + tax and gratuity – this includes an appetizer, main course and dessert. At Morton’s we were able to choose a salad or a soup for our starter. I decided to go with the Bibb Lettuce Salad. This came with blue cheese, walnuts, and pears topped with balsamic vinaigrette. The salad was absolutely delicious. It was very refreshing and had the perfect mix between sweet and sour. The dressing was a little on the heavy side, but it was still great.

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For my main meal I decided to go with the 6 oz Filet. This filet normally retails for $42, so it was a steal with this Restaurant Week special. I chose a side of sour cream mashed potatoes. Don’t be fooled by how small the portions look. It was perfect, both in size and taste. I do however wish they used a smaller plate so that the presentation was better. Other than that it was great.

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For dessert, I decided to go with the Double Chocolate Mousse. This was topped with whipped cream and a raspberry. Oh my goodness, this was so heavenly. It was very rich and decadent. As delicious as it was I wasn’t able to finish the whole thing because it was a little too rich for my taste.

Overall, Morton’s Steakhouse was a delight. The food was incredibly tasty and it was a great deal to come during Restaurant Week.

Mercadito Grove

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I was craving Mexican (as I sit here wishing I was in Cancun) the other day. I dragged myself and three girlfriends to Mercadito Grove in the West Village. It was Taco Tuesday (2 tacos for $5), so we decided to get four different tacos and try them all.

The first taco we chose was the Camaron, which was shrimp, roasted garlic, avocado and chipotle mayo. This was probably my least favorite, not sure what it was but something threw me off with this one. The next one we got was the Calamar, which was crispy calamari, mango-frenso salsa, with chile guajillo vinaigrette. This taco was okay. The Camaron and Calamar were my bottom two and I probably would not get them again (both pictured on the blue plate). The other taco we got was the Pollo which had chicken al carbon, avocado, corn, salsa verde, and queso fresco. This was delicious. The chicken was grilled perfectly. I loved the corn on the taco with the avocado, it added such a great flavor. The last taco we got was the Carne, it had rosemary-marinated skirt steak, potato-poblano rajas, avocado-tomatillo crema and crispy manchego. This was amazing. By far the best taco out of the four. The steak was so juicy and tender and had such great flavor. The Carne taco blew the other three out of the water.

Overall, I enjoyed Mercadito Grove. If you decide to go, I suggest you going on Taco Tuesday… and you must get the Carne taco!