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.
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.
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.
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!
Gorjana Brooks Jewelry Roll: I work for a jewelry company (yay BaubleBar!) so I clearly have a lot of jewelry. I love the Gorjana brand so this was fun to get. This will be great to use when I travel!
Nourish Organic Pure Hydrating Argan Face Serum: I love trying new skin care products, especially if they’re natural. I’m excited to give this one a try.
K Hall Designs Peony Travel Candle: Not sure why would you need to travel with a candle, nor do I enjoy floral candle scents. This one I will be giving to a friend.
ModelCo Lip Pops Duo Lip Gloss and Lipstick: This is great because it’s a lipstick on one end and a gloss on the other!
Sugarwish Mini Red Cinnamon Hearts: Getting spicy for Valentine’s Day…I can dig it.
NCLA Rodeo Drive Royalty Nail Polish: I absolutely love this ox blood color, can’t wait to wear it!
Dial Vitamin Boost Body Wash: I ran out of my body wash the day I got this…perfect timing! Plus it smells great!
Malin + Goetz Detox Face Mask: SO EXCITED to try this!! I love love love face masks and discovering new ones. Hopefully this is as good as they make it sound!
The Juice Generation Book: I’ve tried juicing once…it was terrible. But, I do like drinking green juices every once in a while. This book seems fun, I’ll have to give some of these a try.
Jack + Lucy Tech Gloves: My Coach gloves are not cutting it in this horribly cold weather. That and the fact that I can’t text in them, I’m in need of a new pair. I am so excited to wear these gloves tomorrow.
Rifle Paper Co. 2014 Flip Around The World Desk Calendar: Not a big calendar person, but it’s cute.
Pipsnacks White Truffle Pipcorn: Tried this, it’s amazing. I love all things truffle so truffle popcorn? Perfection.
Revlon by Marchesa Box O’ Files: I love this Revlon x Marchesa line. These nail files are super cute!
Color: Rock the Boat
A couple coworkers mentioned to me that there was a great sandwich shop near our office. It was called Num Pang Sandwich Shop. This Vietnamese inspired sandwich shop intrigued me so I decided to give it a shot. After reading reviews on Yelp, I decided to go with the Five Spice Pork Belly Sandwich ($8.50). All their sandwiches are served with cucumber, pickled carrots, cilantro and chili mayo on freshly baked bread. The pork belly sandwich also included a pickled Asian pear.
This sandwich was delicious. It’s very filling, and full of flavor. The pork belly was tender and juicy yet not fatty. The mix of all the vegetables and chili mayo added so much flavor to the sandwich. The only downside to this sandwich was it is VERY messy. With all the sauces and the juice from the pork belly, be prepared to use a lot of napkins. Overall, I really enjoyed this sandwich and would go back to try their other dishes.
For more information on Num Pang check out their website here.
I recently ran out of my trusted Yes to Carrots cleanser. When I went to Walmart to pick up another bottle they were sadly sold out. I saw this Yes to Cucumbers Gentle Milk Cleanser and decided to give it a try. My skin can be very sensitive so I was a little skeptical to try this. This said it was geared for sensitive skin so I figured I would be okay. I love the Yes to Carrots brand because their products are mostly natural and are free of parabens.
The cleanser comes in a pump bottle which I love. It’s a gel like consistency and smells like cucumbers. When you put this on your face you instantly get a cooling sensation. I absolutely love this stuff. It works great for those with sensitive skin. After using this my face felt extremely clean and refreshed. I like this even better than the Yes to Carrots cleanser. If you are looking to get a natural cleanser that is gentle and effective, this is a must have.
“Although no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending.” – Carl Bard
This post is coming a day late, because I spent yesterday laughing and enjoying my last minutes with some of my favorite people before they all left to go their separate ways. 2013 was a year of exciting new adventures, laughter, and heartbreak. A year ago, I never would have imagined where I would be now. Now, I can’t imagine where I am going to be next year.
I don’t normally make new years resolutions, but this year I made one…to have more fun. I spent the past year stressing about making sure everything was perfect. But, I’ve come to learn that life isn’t perfect and you can’t control everything that happens to you. It’s about time that I sit back, relax and just have fun. I’m looking forward to another year, and can’t wait to see where I will end up by the end of it.
Last week, my friend and I were trying to find a good sushi restaurant to go to. I get skeptical on certain sushi restaurants. When sushi is good it can either be good, or amazing. But, when sushi is bad…it’s BAD. After looking on Yelp, my friend suggested Mizu Sushi. We decided to give it a try. For an appetizer we ordered the Edamame Potstickers. Edamame is one of my favorite foods, so I was excited to give this a try. Unfortunately, I was a little disappointed. These “potstickers” or dumplings didn’t really have much flavor. They only had one or two pieces of edamame in each dumpling and it tasted pretty bland. I would not recommend getting this dish.
For our main meal, we decided to split two rolls. We got the Fire Fire Fire Roll (top), and the Bahamas Roll (bottom). Both of these were delicious and unique. The Fire Fire Fire Roll had spicy crunchy tuna and seaweed salad with spicy crunchy salmon and jalapeño. I’m a huge fan of anything spicy so this was right up my alley. The Bahamas Roll had spicy grilled salmon and cucumber with avocado and mango. I loved this roll as well. The grilled salmon was cooked perfectly. The mango added the perfect bit of sweetness to balance the savory salmon. I recommend both rolls.
Overall, I enjoyed Mizu Sushi. I don’t recommend the Edamame Potsticker, but their specialty rolls are delicious. I would definitely come back again for the sushi.