Miami

I was in desperate need of a vacay. So I headed out to Miami for some fun in the sun. Perrrect Weather awaited me in South Florida. We stayed at the Eden Roc hotel after a coworker told me how amazing it was. I agree. 🌊 Ocean view balcony with spacious rooms and friendly check in made the trip seamless. We did not rent a car so we Ubered everywhere .. 🚗uber everywhere 🚗

A few of my fav places i visited on my trip to Miami..

For My Love of Latin food I checked out:

Versailles ..Excellent Cuban restaurant in Lil Havana 🌴  They boast that they are the worlds most famous Cuban restaurant. The churasco was excellent and so was the Cuban sandwich 😋 This restaurant gets very busy but the line to sit and eat moves quickly! So don’t let that discourage you from trying this place out. FYI not much English is spoken here so brush up on your espanol. 

For Culture :

Wynwood Walls 🎨 Free admission 🎨🌴Here you Stroll around and admire the grafitti and street art splattered across the wynwood walls. Street and Grafitti Artists from all over the globe 🌎 have their art displayed here. 


For a fabulous dinner:

Lure Fish 🐟 Bar located inside The Loews Hotel .. Amazing dranks and Sushi! Yes Bae got me into Sushi 🍣 Crispy Rice Cakes were amazing and so was the Lazy Lobster Special (lobster off the shell). There’s a location in NYC too! A bit pricey but def worth the splurge.

For a Drank:

Broken Shaker Bar located inside the  freehand hotel. They have a large outdoor sitting area to enjoy a cocktail. 🍹 

2727 Indian Creek Dr., Miami Beach, FL 33140 | 305-531-2727

For Brunch:

Yard 🐦 Bird Southern Table and Bar in Miami has to be one of my favorite Brunch spots. This is a very popular place! However, we got lucky and we were seated outside pretty quickly. The Fried Chicken 🍗 Spicy  Watermelon 🍉 and Cheddar Waffles 😋 for two was ahhhmazing. The Eggs Benedict was also a big hit. 🍳 The poached egg was crumbled with a biscuit and bacon 🥓 😍.  Let’s not forget the cocktails 🍹 I had a tipsy debutante monster because I liked the name of the drink and I like tequila 💃 My bf got a Bloody Mary with bacon 🥓 in it !They are located at:

1600 Lenox Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139

Cellar 49- Spring HVRW 2017

I made a Last minute decision to check out Cellar 49 in Tarrytown, NY for HVRW… and I’m sooo glad I did . Food and service is top notch 👌🏻

Reservation booked on OpenTable

This restaurant is a hidden gem. It is located on the grounds of the Tarrytown House Estate 🏡 As I walked down the stairs to a wooden door entrance and sat at the bar…I def got a speak easy vibe. Which I love ❤️. It was the “original” Cellar in the historic Biddle Mansion.

I started with the Truffle Burrata. It was drizzled in balsamic with pistachios and flatbread on the side. Delicious! 

🍽For Entree I chose the Flat Iron Steak that was cooked perfectly . It was paired with mashed potatoes and charred asparagus in a savory sauce. It was so tasty and one of the best steaks I have had in a while!

🍰The Dessert was a toffee almond cheesecake drizzled with caramel😋 (the main reason I chose this restaurant). It was heavenly! 

Everything was so amazing..I definitely recommend trying this place out. They have a three course pre-fix menu year round Mon-Thurs.

Tarrytown House Estate – Cellar 49

49 East Sunny Side Lane

Tarrytown, NY 10591

tel:(914)591-3143

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Divorce is hard

I recently gave blogging a break .. contrary to popular belief, divorce is difficult and it has taken an emotional toll on me.. .  I try to stay positive and post mostly fun things like food and selfies…

 I’ve struggled a lot with myself and I can let my insecurities get the best of me.

 I try to stay strong for my thirteen year old daughter ..I don’t always succeed. 

Like many things you cannot grasp the severity of the situation until it happens to you.  I felt the same way when I struggled with infertility for five years. It leaves you feeling very lonely like no one truly understands. 

And that’s why I’m posting this very personal blog because I’m sure there are other people out there that feel exactly like I do. And I’m hoping my readers can relate … divorce is lonely …and it’s depressing. 

However, at 32 years old I think it’s time to put my big girl pants on ..boss up ..because Life goes on💃💃💃

And FYI I’m completely sober writing this 😜

Spring HVRW 2017

Who said you can’t eat fabulously in Westchester for a reasonable price ?! 💃

I enjoy going out and having a great meal locally in Westchester. Parking is never a issue and it’s a lot less hectic to get to..Westchester has many great restaurants to check out and HVRW is one of my fav time of the year.

HVRW let’s you check out the top restaurants in Westchester at a prefixed price of $ 32.95 for dinner and $ 22.95 for lunch March 6 – 19th. You can make it a date night or an excuse to get out with your girls for some over due girl talk.  You can also check out a new restaurant that you were hesitant to try. Make your reservations ..many are located on OpenTable. Prices do exclude beverages, taxes, and tip. Also Saturday’s are typically excluded!

Visit https://www.valleytable.com/hvrw/restaurants  for more info and many list their HVRW menu 

I’m picking all new spots this year!

My picks this year are …

Lil drunken Chef in Mt Kisco, NY .. they had me with the Tipsy Goat Salad 🥗 and the drunken jerk chicken on the bone 🍖 along with the Tres Leche they will have me Drunk in Love with this new eatary. 

TutabellaTrattoria in Scarsdale, NY they are new to HVRW but they have been around for years. I picked this restaurant based on the fact they have one of my fav dishes on the menu bucatini al amatriciana. I also have worked down the street for more than five years and I have never checked them out!

Lusardi’s in Larchmont, NY. My bae actually picked this one out(one of the many reasons why he’s bae). I am eager to try the  Orrechiete Baresi and Risotto Porcini😋

What restsurants are you dining in this year for HVRW? 

Don’t forget to snap a pic and post it on the gram or any other of your social media sites to win a shot at a free dinner for two. Don’t forget to hashtag #HVRW and tag @Valleytable.

Want another shot at winning something yummy take a survey @ valley table.com after your dining experience. 

Stay Tuned Pictures and more posts on HVRW to follow..  

Momofuku Noodle Bar – NYC

Momofuku Noodle Bar : Between 10th and 11th St on 171 1st Ave New York, New York 10003

I love me some Ramen and Pho.

Here you can have both.

Along with tasty buns and sake slushies.

No reservations. Be prepared to wait.

Wait times can exceed an hour.

Food comes out fast and delicious.

Chicken Pho


Pork Belly Lettuce Wraps.. I like pork belly.. who knew


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Spicy Lychee and Apricot Sake Slushie


Blueberry and Cream Cookie


Momofuku Ramen with Pork Belly


Shrimp Buns ..Best Buns Everrr


Pork Bun

Tarry lodge – A Mario Batali Restaurant in Westchester

 

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Mario Batali (a big named chef)has a restaurant in Westchester County and I’m just checking it out.. I guess i’m late. However, I’m glad I finally got to sit and enjoy a great meal in this lil Portchester eatery.

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Great wine selection.. I love a bottle of red wine along with my Italian food.I highly suggest the Clam, Garlic, Chilis, and Oregano Pizza.. the crust reminded me of Burratta’s in Eastchester (my fav pizza place in Westchester). The service was excellent along with everything that was served. I had to order the  Creamy burata with butternut squash and Walnut Pesto (Burrata is bae)!.. . burrata

 

The big hit of the night for me was the Pollo Francese with Artichokes and Capers.

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Pollo Francese is one of my fav go to dishes.  I am always a lil leery of ordering it because it seems to be a hit or miss dish. It’s Chicken cutlet in a wine, lemon, and butter sauce and sometimes restaurants can get a lil crazy with the lemon. The chicken was incredibly tender and the sauce it was in was just perfect! I loved it.

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For desert we had Tiramisu and ended our night with after dinner dranks at the quaint lil bar. After doing some research I came across that this restaurant was once a speak easy, and a dive bar.

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They are also open for Lunch and they serve Brunch on the Weekends! They are also participating in HVRW this Fall.

TarryLodge

18 Mill Street
Port Chester, NY 10573
Tel: 914 939 3111

I booked my Reservation using  Opentable.

Looking for another Mario Batali restaurant that is amazing?! I mentioned this restaurant several times in my older blog posts.Try Lupa Osteria In NYC. Get the Bucatini All’ Amatriciana and the Tartufo. You won’t be disappointed!

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Top Haunted Attractions

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Bae and I at Horseman’s Hollow

Everyone knows I absolutely LOVE Halloween.. I have been going to Haunted Houses for as long as I can remember. It’s always been a Halloween tradition so I try to hit up as many attractions as I can.

These are my fave that I have been to and I recommend checking out:

Terror Behind The Walls at Eastern State Penitentiary : Looking for a reason to visit Philadelphia besides grabbing one of there famous Cheese steaks.. here you go. A huge haunted house located inside a Real  Abandoned Prison. At this attraction they can also touch you, grab you, send you into hidden passages, and put you in on the show. It’s totally up to you to opt in you make this decision before you enter.  I did and was taken away ..put into secret passages.. and was part of the show(lucky me) several times. Check out my earlier blog on Scare Me Philly.

Horseman’s Hollow: Sleepy Hollow in Tarrytown, NY is notorious when it comes to Halloween. This attraction takes you on the tale of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow located in Phillipsburg Manor..  I love how local it is 10 minutes from my house! Click here for  my blog post from my experience.

Headless Horseman: Located in Ulster Park, NY(boondocks). Its been rated the #1 haunted attraction for years and I agree. They have a one mile long hayride, a labyrinth-style corn maze, and 7 haunted houses. Lines are long and it gets cold up there so bundle up!

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Getting strangled and liking it at Terror Behind The Walls

What are some of your favorite haunted attractions?

BK’S Smorgasburg

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Beasting at Brooklyn’s Flea Food Market

Bring your appetite and your Cash…(ATM is Provided)

Smorgasburg is Open Every weekend, Rain or Shine with 75-100 food vendors

Saturdays:  Williamsburg, East River State Park, 90 Kent Ave. (at N. 7th)

Sundays: Prospect Park, Breeze Hill (at Lincoln Rd.)

What I stuffed my face with:

Mofongo: OMG I’m a big fan of PR cuisine. One of My fav dishes is Mofongo (mashed green plantain (tostone) with garlic.. This one was delicious with fried pork and drizzle of spicy chipotle sauce on top.

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Ramen Burger: A yummy burger with a ramen noodle in place of a bun with soy sauce…i had to try it and I’m glad I did.. very tasty..

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Doughnut from Dough: I’m not a big doughnut person but I make an exception for Dough.

Thai inspired Rolled Ice cream from Roll and Chill.. made on the spot.

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C Bao Asian Buns.. pork chicken and duck bao buns  .. yum

Other things I wanted but was too stuffed to eat:

Sober Papusas: Because I have never had a Pupusa and I’m eager to try one.

Big Mozz Pizza and Mozzarella sticks

Federoff’s South Philly Cheese steak

Sunday Gravy

Wowfulls.. These fully loaded waffles look amazing

Rainbow Drop Cake this jelly cake made from gelatin looks pretty interesting.

 

#Views

 

Fabulous Rooftops with Stunning Views.. Are you going to pay $16+ for a cocktail.. YES! Is it better to go Sun-Thursday YES! Is a tourist going to photobomb your pic…Probably.. I still think gorgeous NYC weather calls for a Rooftop Bar…

That View Tho…

Press Lounge :  This Rooftop Bar has Gorgeous Panoramic Views of NYC. Located  atop Ink48 Hotel. Delicious cosmos and friendly service. No Guest lists and No Cover Charges Ever.

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Mr. Purple : Rooftop Bar located on the 15th floor of Hotel Indigo on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. Try the Mr. Purple cocktail (casamigos reposado tequila, cranberry liqueur, allspice dram, apple, lemon. served punch style).Yum!

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230 Fifth Rooftop : Rooftop Lounge located at 230 fifth Ave in Manhattan, NY. It’s NY’s largest rooftop garden open to the sky. Open year long 7 days a week.

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AZUL on the Rooftop- Hotel Hugo –  Cuban Vibe in SOHO with gorgeous views of Lower Manhattan. Live Cuban Music on Sundays starting at 8pm. My drank was the Sandia Fresca made with Tito’s Vodka, Watermelon juice, Cucumber Puree, and Organic Honey. Alot less pretentious than the other rooftops in Manhattan.

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