‘‘Tis the Season For Gifting

Now that Thanksgiving is over, the Holiday Season is upon us! 🎁 Here are a two of my favorite gifting items this year.

Mantra Band A cute and trendy bangle bracelet that reminds you to be a “Warrior” or “Breathe”. I have one I wear all the time that reads : “She believed she could so she did”. What’s your mantra? Great for gifting your bestie to help her keep optimistic and positive. 👯

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This is a perfect Treat Yo Self’ gift. Fred and Far Self Love Pinky Ring.. I love these lil rings so much and I love the message behind it. It comes with a lil card that comes with a pledge to love yourself. It’s a beautiful ring that has an upside down triangle lab created stone. You can choose from sterling silver, yellow gold, or rose gold. If you love yourself put a ring on it. This is my first holiday being single ..pretty much ever. This product is big on Self love and self worth which a lot of women struggle with.

They also have a sale going on. No promo code needed.

Love Me Some Philly

I have made several trips out to Philly over the past few years. It’s close to NYC and it is truly a Foodie’s Paradise.

I tried a new spot out this time and went for Sonny’s to get my Philly Cheese steaks

Old City Beergarden that stood out on the street with a cool outdoor seating area and bar to grab a cold one on a hot day. They provide giant checkers, and bean bag toss for you to entertain yourself with.

Food Truck Mashup at Empire Casino

Poutine with Crab

Food Truck Mash up at the Yonkers Raceway Empire Casino in Yonkers NY ..

Gone are the days of The Westchester County Fair and Flea Markets..

Food trucks from NY and NJ came to compete for the title of Best Food Truck ..

Souvlaki Truck .. Grilled Cheese Truck ..Empanada Trucks..

and of course Westchester’s Fav hot dog spot Walter’s was there .. and won Best Food Truck

Grilled Cheese with Pulled Pork and Mac and Cheese. Soooo yummy!

This event was Family Friendly and there was Live Music

Over The Top Milkshake from Carnivale Food Truck .. Salted Caramel milkshake topped with a powdered sugar donut and whipped cream.. It was heavenly…

I’ll def be there next year it was like a lil Westchester Smorgasbord.

Fortina In YO

After eyeing Christian Petroni (chef and co-owner of Fortina’s) Instagram I was very happy to see a new location opening in Yonkers, NY (My hometown). It’s located in North Yonkers.. off North Broadway (behind the Apple Bees). They are revamping the area. A plush Blow is opening as well as a Taco Project..

Anyway, back to Fortina.. I was making dinner plans to head to the Stamford, CT location to get my fix. However, I received a last min invite to a soft opening in  Yonkers!!!! So best believe I was there..

They have Great parking! The building is super cool in an old industrial building. They did a great job on the inside. Lots of exposed brick and Grafitti/street art gives it a really hip vibe. You totally don’t feel like you are in Yonkers or in a Pizza restaurant. The servers and the staff are so attentive and friendly. I have yet to be in any other restaurant with such cool staff. It has a great open concept where you can see what is going on in the kitchen and bar area.

The food!! Their goal was for the food to taste as ahhhmazing at the other 3 locations and they have succeeded. The food is just as delicious as the other fabulous locations.

Wine and cocktails are top notch (same menu).

Pasta is perfectly al dente just how I like it!

Garlic bread is crusty and cheesy just how it should be with a side of Marinara.

The cannoli is stuffed with a surpirse (nutella). I find it to be much more heavenly tasting than the ones on Arthur Ave and Lil Italy.

Since it was the soft opening, the man himself Christian Petroni was there making the rounds. I got to chat him up a bit about his latest creation Fortina in Yonkers. He was giving us a rundown on the space and talking about the big garden that is going to be outside with a wood burning hearth. He has been a hard guy to get a hold of between this new project, the new Brooklyn location, and of course the birth of his first born child. He is such a great, friendly, and charismatic guy that you can’t help but want good things to happen for him.

Have you checked out Fortina in Yonkers yet ?!

They are officially open!

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Xo

GIF Videobooth’s In NYC

Photo booth’s are a thing of the past. Let’s kick our selfie game up a  notch. The new trending thing recently are Video Booth’s (GIF)..so what’s better than taking your own 5-6 second mini video clip when you are out partying in the city.. You can easily type in your email address for you to have and share.

I first spotted the video booth when I was out to dinner this February at Vandal NYC. It is located in the bar lounge area. We found it after exploring the new space . The background is a perfect setting filled with graffiti covered walls.

Vandal , 199 Bowery  New York, NY 10002

Then I saw it again in Beauty and Essex’s Pawn shop. This background has guitars hanging on the walls. Click  for my movie clips. Me and my friends always get a kick out of it. You will get some people in the background wanting to photobomb you.

Beauty & Essex, 146 Essex St   New York, NY 10002

I hear Catch in the Meatpacking district has a video booth on their rooftop too! I have yet to check Catch out but it’s def on my summer to do list!

Catch,  199 9th ave   New York, NY 10014

I’m all about it! I hope to see more restaurants/bars using this feature! It’s all about having fun and being silly with your friends. And you get to have a lil memory of your night.

 

A New Beginning

I am back to blogging after a little hiatus..I don’t typically get deep in my Blog Posts.. But I figured I would share a lil since the older I get the less igaf ..

 I’m currently going through a divorce with my husband of almost 8 years .. People say that divorce is one of the hardest things you will ever go thru and I was skeptical but now I agree..

Right now I am working on my happiness as well as my daughter’s(my #1 Fan).. And I thought that a good way for me to get back to myself and get out of my current funk would be to start writing and blogging again about what makes me happy.. Food..Restaurants.. Cute Outfits.. and just doing dope things.. 

Positive Vibes only please..

Vandal NYC

  

Vandal NYC : There’s a lot of hype surrounding this new trendy hot spot on Bowery in Manhattan… Now I know why!

You enter through a Flower shop (reminds me of Beauty and Essex where you enter through a Pawn Shop).


The Drinks… I went for the (Spicy) Las Palmitas and PushCart Wars and my friend opted for the (Sweet) Double Dutch… Drinks are on the pricey side but they were nice and strong.


The Food… It’s Tapas Style and as per the waiters suggestion, we ordered 5 dishes to share (typical for a party of two). Our picks were the Blackened Shrimp Arepas (delicious!), Grilled Avocado (love love love avocado) tossed with salad and candied pecans, Ceviche (my first time trying),  Chicken and Chorizo Paella served in a skillet with roasted tomato sofrito (that was yummy), and at last, The Vandal S’mores  Desert (heaven in my mouth!). It’s a warm S’mores pie with a scoop of graham cracker ice cream.

 


  

The Decor… There’s an icy, grape colored, break dancing bunny. Graffiti covers the walls throughout, and there’s tons of artwork to take in… The ambiance is amazing and the space is stunning! I’m happy we went on a Sunday evening to explore the two level space. The restaurant consists of a bar/lounge, full dining room, garden dining area, private dining room, and cellar bar/lounge.

AND…

Before you leave, don’t forget to take a video strutting your stuff on the “Vandal Cam” so you can send it to yourself via email; perfect for your social media accounts!


  
  
  

Service was also on point! Shout out to our waiter Kameer!

My friend made reservations using the Opentable app, which I love (highly recommend it)! Reservations do book out weeks in advance, so plan ahead.

Me and Maroon

I find myself wearing maroon more and more..  It reminds me of a glass of Merlot 🍷 I see myself reaching for this color instead of my go to black.. It goes great with my neutrals.. And I think it’s a perfect color for Fall 🍁🍂 Top,Hat,and cardigan: American Eagle
  Lips: yves St Laurent 
   
Skirt: Express 

Top: Zara

Adventures in Westchester

I’m Starting to explore Northern Westchester. I have lived in Briarcliff Manor for 3 years now. However, whenever I go exploring I tend to go to NYC and Brooklyn. Recently, I was at Oktoberfest in Bear Mountain and it was gorgeous! So I am determined to explore Northern Westchester more. Here are some pics from my recent trip to Yorktown Heights and Croton Gorge Park. IMG_6438.JPG

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Pio Pio Peruvian Restaurant

One of My Fav Restaurants. I always try to book a reservation on Open Table if there is availability, if not they do take walk-ins. I go here pretty much on a weekly basis. I always go to the Meatpacking Disctrict location, but they do have a few other locations. We always order a pitcher of Sangria(arguably the best sangria I ever had). We typically always order the Matador Combo which includes A whole rotisserie chicken, tostones, rice and beans, avocado salad, and salchi papas (it’s all soo good). It’s enough food for four people but we order it and bring home leftovers. They always give you their delicious “green sauce” and I put that stuff on everything. I dunno what exactly is in it and it is a lil spicy but it tastes so good, especially with the chicken. Recently I got introduced to Lomo saltaldo (tender filet mignon with onions, tomatoes served with French fries and rice) That’s my new fav dish! I crave it all of the time! I have tried other Peruvian restaurants and they are nowhere near this good. We also started making it at home. My hubby also likes their chicken fried rice. For dessert they have excellent flan. They also have the most delicious dulce-de-leche cookie sandwiches (alfajor) they are so soft and they melt in your mouth. They serve it with iced cream and whipped cream yum! This place is always busy even during the week, but food always comes out fast.

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