A friend of mine asked me if I knew any places she could pop some tags on her dresses. After I started compiling the list, I thought oo this would be a bomb blog post and here we are.
Some of these places are Michelin Star restaurants and if you're broke like me, you go once in a lifetime. Others are on the lower end but just as magnificent. There's also an array of food types on here suitable for any palette. The stars indicate the rating, the $ indicates the price and what type of food.
1. Blend on the Water in Long Island City - has a view
*** 3.8/5 $ Latin Fusion
2. Penthouse 808 - has a view
*** 3.7/5 $$$ Asian Fusion
3. Le Bernardin
**** 4.6/5 $$$$ French Restaurant
4. Chef's Table At Brooklyn Fare
*** 3.7/5 $$$$ Japanese
5. Daniel by Daniel Boulud
**** 4.5/5 $$$$ French
****4.3/5 $$$ Seafood
7. Del Friscos
**** 4.3/5 $$$$ Steak House
8. The Capital Grille
**** 4/5 $$$ Steakhouse
**** 4.4/5 $$$ Italian
10. Gotham Bar
****4.5/5 $$$$ American
**** 4.4/5 $$$$ American
12. ABC Kitchen
**** 4.4/5 $$$ Organic
13. Catch NYC
*** 3.8/4 $$$ Seafood
**** 4.4/5 $$$$ Asian
**** 4.2 $$ Tapas
So the title is a tad misleading because I don't do anything small in my house. This was a burger disguised as a slider for the sake of post name cuteness. This recipe is super easy and geared to those who burn water. You really can't screw this up. It's really straight forward. Here's what you need:
Progresso Bread Crumbs Italian Style
Mozzerella cheese (preferably but I used Cracker Barrel marbled cheese)
1. Season the ground beef using the Lawrys, black pepper and garlic powder. I sprinkled over the top, rolled the meat in together, flipped it over and sprinkled on the other side.
2. Sprinkle the Progresso Bread crumbs over the meat and roll again.
3. Grab a small amount of meat and roll into a patty.
4. Using your thumb press in the middle of your patty.
5. Stuff with chunks of cheese.
6. Pour parmesan over the chunks of cheese.
7. Pinch the sides of the patty to cover the parmesan and cheese.
8. Place some olive oil in a pan (the bread crumbs will make the burger stick to the pan) Cook on both sides at Medium-High Heat until brown.
9. Meanwhile heat up 2 tbs of butter in a small frying pan and sprinkle garlic powder. When it melts add your bread and toast for about 2 minutes or desired toasty/garlickyness.
10. Be prepared to go mmm.. Omg....
Life resumed as normal today following our Christmas/ New Year's holiday (for the most of us). For some reason I still feel like I'm in vacation mode. 5 days into 2016 and I have yet to post my goals for this month or even given them a second thought. I'm slacking! Does anyone else feel the same?
I plan to do a lot of detoxing for 2016 not just physically but mentally. I feel as if a lot of thoughts consume me and prevent me from being awesome. I'm looking to fix my body while fixing my mind.
I have been completely disappointed in myself as I have neglected my yoga for the past few weeks. I know, I know, it's totally unlike me. I have also consumed sad amounts of liquor so I'm ready to detox with a vengeance. My body has gotten readjusted to having sugar, so I'm craving sweets and I've been satisfying that craving by having Arizona Iced Teas for the past few days. A habit I really have to kick. After dying on New Years Day and not coming back to life by Sunday, I had to do something and fast. So, here's a quick recipe that I used to flush my system and cure that crazy ass hangover.
1 bottle of water
3 capfuls of Apple Cider Vinegar
2 dashes of Red Pepper flakes
3 dashes of cinnamon
Every person has that one friend at their job that brings the banging coquito. You can get the same taste at home with 5 ingredients. No boiling eggs, no steeping, none of that just a cheat sheet. Are you ready?
1 cup of E&J brandy
1 Bottle of Turkey Hill Egg Nog
1 can of Sweet Evaporated Milk
1 cap of Vanilla Extract
1 teaspoon of Cinnamon Sugar
You can use a little less liquor because I'm heavy handed. You can also use Rum instead of Brandy. If you don't have cinnamon sugar, you can make it by adding cinnamon and sugar together. If you have cloves, those are also great to add that spice in it. Happy Holidays!
Is your mouth watering yet? It freaking should be. But after debating back and forth about whether to put this on Facebook or not, I decided to put it on my blog and get a little bit of traffic. This list is dedicated to the best fucking foods of Brooklyn. If you're a fat ass like myself you should know most of these restaurants. If not you need to catch up my friend. I love good food. I breathe good food. I am good food! These are spots that will make you go mmm, that's good. Or damn, I need to go back. Yes, it's that real. Some categories may be missing because I didn't feel as if anybody excelled this year. For example, Mac and Cheese is a staple and I've had some decent macs this year but I haven't been wowed. If you have any differing opinions, drop it below and we can discuss it. Now let's get to the good stuff, I present the fat ass foodie list Brooklyn edition 2015.
1. Best Burger
Dram Shop/ Burgers and Beer
2. Best Kimchi
3. Best selection of beer
Brooklyn Beer and Soda
4. Best Henny Colada
5. Best Spicy Salmon Roll
6. Best Flavored Sake
7. Best Tom Yum
8. Longest Wait for Food EVER
9. Best Chicken & Waffles
10. Best Customer Service
11. Best Rum Punch
12. Best Mimosa
13. Best Capirinha
Bogota Latin Bistro
14. Most Overpriced Seafood
15. Best Friday Night Local Turn Up
16. Best Desert Spot
Piece of Velvet
17. Best Collard Greens
18. Most Overrated West Indian Restaurant
19. Best Curry Goat
20. Best Roti
21. Best Fishbowl
22. Best Budget Plate
23. Best Original Slice
Tony's Pizzeria (Rutland)
24. Best Supreme Slice
Original Pizza (Ralph)
25. Best Fast Food Seafood
26. Best Steamed Seafood
27. Best Old Fashion
28. Best Shrimp Scampii
Randazzo's Clam Bar
29. Best Seafood Brunch
30. Best Peruvian
31. Best Cuban
31. Best Salt Fish and Bake
32. Best Doubles
Jen's Roti Shop
33. Best Tacos
El Tigre Taco
34. Best Empanadas
35. Best Unlimited Brunch Spot
36. Best Ramen
Before I start getting to the good stuff about this restaurant, I have to let you all know that Tosca Cafe is in the THE BRONX. Yes, the Bronx! Any New Yorker knows that the Bronx is foreign territory. You remember the Lion King where Mufasa told Simba that the dark area was off limits? That hunty, is the Bronx.
Anyway, we went to Tosca Cafe for my best friend Shanee's birthday. (She was also with me for the Miti Miti excursion that we had. You can read about that here) It was a party of 10-14 people or so. We were sat promptly and left in a bit of confusion as our waitress didn't come to us and take a drink or food order. After watching other people, we realized it was a buffet kind of thing and our waitress took our drink order. The buffet area was a little ways from our table and involved going through small places, tip toeing in our high heels and then after passing the bar, you are in food heaven. Although it was a brunch they had an array of other things to eat besides breakfast food and a number of desert items, if you're in to that. My favorite things on the menu were the home fries, steak, omelette station, and the pizza. The bread with pesto on it was quite delicious as well.
As for the drinks, you have the options of having a Bellini, Champagne, Bloody Mary or Mimosa. The Bellini was more like peach syrup instead of peach juice and I'm the kind of person that gets to the point so I ordered Champagne for the entirety of our brunch.
All in all, the ambiance was beautiful. It's a wonderful restaurant. I just wished a few things,
1. that the buffet wasn't so far
2. that the buffet area wasn't so dimly lit
3. our waitress was more thorough in explaining the process since it was our first time there.
4. that the buffet wasn't so damn far
Other than that for $29.95 per person with unlimited drinks, it was definitely worth it. So I will be back.
Side note: do you see me though? I'm out here! If you like my shoes you can cop them from Lulu's or if you're in Brooklyn you can get them from Dr. Jays. If you love my dress, it's by Mad Rag and I bought it from the $10 spot.