Sunday, July 31, 2011

5 Entertaining Summer Reads-Tune in!

Hey, hey,
So I am pretty excited, last Thursday I was contacted and asked if I wanted to do a short round-up segment on 5 Summer books for the local Pittsburgh CBS station, KDKA Pittsburgh "Today Morning Show."  Apparently, I was reached out to because of my blog, crazy no?!  I said Yes of course, because as many of you probably know- I joined a book-club when I first moved here (almost a year ago), the Pittsburgh Chick Lit book-club.  Through the book-club, I have met some awesome women and had a lot of fun.  There is no pressure with this book-club and our meetings are monthly, typically at a bar/restaurant.  I can't tell you how lovely it is to connect with other women over a cocktail and good book.  Yes please.  My group meets in Shadyside- if you're interested, come check it out.  Basically, I love reading/books-so would definitely like to share some great ones.  I don't want to give away the books I will be reviewing yet, but I will re-post after tomorrow morning.

My short segment will air this Monday, August 1st at around 8:30am-8:45am on channel 2 or 502 depending on your cable provider.  Tune in, I'm excited for my debut on Pittsburgh TV. :)

Wish me luck...wait no, that's bad luck...a broken leg?!

Sunday, July 24, 2011

As promised NYC eateries...part DEUX

Aight, so I received a couple of recommendations from a Pittsburgh friend (shout-out to you Goldberg) about places to try out.  On a Monday, (since Van was at work) I took myself out to breakfast at the Clinton Street Bakery Co. & Restaurant in the east village.  The wait was still an hour, on a Monday morning- but I hoped that it would be worth the wait.  Once I was seated,  I ordered a mimosa and potato pancakes with smoked salmon, caviar and lemon creme fraiche.
I brought one home for Van- but I was thrilled with my choice.  So tasty, with fresh and local ingredients- definitely worth the wait.  Can you tell that I am a sucker for beautiful presentation of food as well? Apparently the pancakes and waffles are amazing too. They are on the list of what to try next...
A few hours later I had my "lunch" at the Nolita dessert spot, Rice to Riches  This is literally a made-to-order rice pudding dessert bar.  Uh-mazing.  After sampling several flavors I chose the Panna Cotta flavor with peaches on top.  Soooooo sinfully good.  I also learned that you can literally ship rice pudding to anywhere in the country.  *Hint* If anyone is looking to buy me an early birthday present, message me for my address.

  I am a sucker for design, and the interior was interesting too- very contemporary with clean lines.
The highlight (eatery) of the second visit was a restaurant called Blue Hill in Greenwich village.  I can't even describe how delicious the food was- fresh, local and organic, they have their own farm. Exquisitely prepared, beautiful presentation, perfect portions, great service- we were happy.  Check out the cutest sliders that you have ever seen in your life, these were a freebie appetizer.

I then went on to have an heirloom tomato salad, the chicken breast and rhubarb with ice cream.  Chicken breast can generally be boring and dry- but this was perfect.

Sorry for the darker images, but I didn't want to embarrass myself with a bright flash in this restaurant. The atmosphere was intimate, and the restaurant was below street level- very romantic, dark and cozy.  Perfect date night location.
Ok- I am going to end with my McSorley's Old Ale House experience.  We went with our friend Max, after Ipuddo (the second time.) This bar is an intriguing OLD Irish watering hole- can you tell by the name? They only serve two drinks- both beer: light and dark.  Thank God I was told this before I went in.  I ordered a "light" and the beers come in two small glasses.

Until next time NYC. I love you, but it is so easy to spend lots of money. Then again, I suppose if you are going to splurge- then Manhattan is the place to do it. I am going again in August. Stay tuned. Also, I promise to do a "fashion" blog sometime this week with my findings: think independent designers, vintage Chanel and PinkyOtto.

NYC is the place! Duh! Part 1

Wow- it has been a minute since my last blog entry...sad. And not to get into a whole therapy session- but a lot has changed in my life recently: new job, new apartment, fiance in NYC for 3 months over the Summer- you get the idea. Kind-of overwhelming, but also exciting.  Regardless, I have genuinely missed blogging!
So the (only) good part about my fiance being in NYC this summer, while I am in Pittsburgh- is that I get to visit him in Manhattan, which is pretty amazingly fun.  I obviously love food and vintage fashion- so the city is a pretty ideal place for me to visit.  I tried out so many delicious eateries, that I think I am going to make this blog a 2 part series. Then I will get to the fashion...always the fashion.  Wow, I HIGHLY recommend the McQueen exhibit at the Met. Also, I discovered a couple of amazing vintage shops and an independent boutique that I am in love with now. Also- THANK YOU friends for all of the wonderful food/entertainment/museum recommendations: (Briar, Paige, Jade, Ellen) you guys rock!
Firstly there was the Flea Market Cafe.  Van lives in the east village- so a lot of these places are in that area.  This was just a cool, little cafe with really fresh ingredients.  I had a smoked salmon salad.

We then went on a David Chang rampage and visited the east village, Milk Bar.
Yes, those are "cake balls."  The Milk Bar is basically a coffee/dessert shop.  I didn't have any desserts, but I ordered an iced latte- and the espresso was delicious.  The menu was interesting offering drinks and milkshakes with different cereal-flavored milks.  When I asked the barista about those drinks, he told me that the milk was literally steeped with different cereals.  Interesting.  Website here.

Later that day- we had our second David Chang course at the mid-town eatery, Ma Peche. It seems to me that David Chang restaurants are a bit polarizing- basically people either love or hate them.  As of now, I am on team Chang.  Ma Peche was delectable, our service was impeccable, the waiter was funny with boundaries and not pretentious.
We started with the pigs head appetizer.
I then had the sole and Van had the veal.  Can you tell that we are far from vegetarians?

Beautiful presentation huh?
The next day, (which was Father's Day) we ventured to the famous Russ and Daughters for bagels of course.  Apparently the iconic eatery used to be named Russ and Sons but then the sons no longer wanted to be associated with the place- so the daughters took over.  Girl power what?! Needless to say, the place was PACKED, so we took a number and waited in line.

I chose to go with a mini-bagel with caviar cream cheese and smoked salmon.  Seriously yum.

Hot damn, is your mouth- watering yet?! Mine is... Ok, and finally we ended our tour at my favorite ramen restaurant in the city (so far) Ipuddo.  This place is amazing, and very authentic- with restaurants in only Tokyo and New York. I love me some ramen, it warns my soul.

We started off with these lightly-friend peppers with lemon and salt as garnishes, as an appetizer. Really tasty.
Then I ordered the Akamaru Modern ramen with the addition of egg and pork belly of course.

Did I mention that we love ramen?! The conversation at the table generally comes to a halt when the ramen is served.  Ooh- I almost forgot, I also ordered a Sriracha infused cocktail.
Aight, I am making myself too hungry.  Part deux...coming up.