NYC Restaurant Week Summer 2016

NYC Restaurant Week 2016 is upon us July 25th- August 19th. 3 course meals for lunch $29 and dinner $42. For the frugal yet fabulous..Exclusions do apply.. gratuity and beverages not included.

Saturdays are excluded and Sundays are optional You can check out all the participating restaurants here. You can book reservations conveniently at Opentable.

These are my picks. Foodies Rejoice..

Sabbia located In Eataly  (which I still have yet to visit)hosted by La Birreria rooftop bar and restaurant..Since it’s Summer you had me at rooftop bar. Stunning views of the Flat Iron and Empire State building await. Here you can check out the lunch and dinner menu. I like to look ahead of time to be sure that there are things that I like.

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200 Fifth Ave.
Manhattan, NY 10010
Flatiron District

Spice Market  located in the Meat Packing District.I have yet to dine at this pretty lil eatery with an attached terrace. I’m hoping that changes soon. Lunch and Dinner menu here.

403 W. 13th St.
Manhattan, NY 10014
Meatpacking District

Bodega Negra at  Dream Hotel downtown.. You enter this location thru a Tudor Styled Tequila Wearhouse! No menu listed however they serve upscale Mexican fare (expect ceviches and Tacos).

 

Also Participating in Restaurant Week are a few of my  go to spots…

Scarpetta I read in a magazine over five years ago that Beyonce and Jay Z dined here for the Spaghetti..Start it off with the Creamy Polenta in a mushroom truffle sauce. I have been in love with Scott Conant’s tasty dishes ever since!

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That F*in Spaghetti Tho!

355 W. 14th St.
Manhattan, NY 10014
Meatpacking District

Lupa (lunch only) I hope they have Bucatini All Amatriciana on the menu.. That’s my fav .. Thank You Mario Batali !

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170 Thompson St.
Manhattan, NY 10012
Greenwich Village

Beauty and Essex is always a good time… hang out in the ladies room where they serve champagne. Or grab one of my fav drinks the beauty elixir.

146 Essex St.
Manhattan, NY 10002
Lower East Side

Don’t forget to post up your pics on “the gram” to win a shot at a $50 gift certificate for a future dining experience! Use the hashtag #NYCRESTAURANTWEEK !

 

 

 

Holiday Drinks

Coquito: This recipe is without eggs..because I’m really not crazy about the idea of raw eggs in My Coquito.

Ingredients:

1 cup White Bacardi Rum or Coconut Rum

1-2 cans of Coconut Milk

1 can Condensed Milk

1 can Evaporated Milk

Pure Vanilla Extract

a few dashes of Nutmeg

a few dashes of Cinnamon

Ice

BLEND INGREDIENTS and VOILA Coquito

Winter Sangria

Ingredients:

Pour in a Pitcher

1 bottle of Pinot Noir

2 shots of Hennessy or Grand Marnier

2 shots of OJ,

1 tablespoon of agave nectar

a few mint leaves

1 sliced apple in cubes

1 pomegranate

1/2 cup raspberries

Ice

and BAM Winter Sangria

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Winter Sangria in My Copper Cup

Holiday Lustlist

Hey a girl can dream .. Can’t she 👸🏼

I love this Furla College Tote in Petrolio from Bloomingdales! I fell in love with this color Petrolio ! I gave up on my quest for a Chanel bag..  (my hubby says that I am not a Kardashian..Bummer) $578.00


I found this Nurse Jamie Age Delay Pillow on Khloe Kardashian’s website and it looks like a dream to sleep on! Super soft and it fights wrinkles !! I want it! Sleep is very important to me and I sleep on my tummy which is supposed to be no bueno! I can def see myself cuddling up to this at night.

Tis the Season for Gifting/Lounging

Holiday Season is upon us and I thought I would share a lil gift guide with some of my favorite things :)It’s always fun to make a wishlist so I decided to throw one together along with  my favorite stores. (These opinions are my own..)

It’s getting chilly outside so I’m all about being kept cute and cozy while I’m hibernating this Winter.

Panda Onesie from American Eagle.. My daughter and I are big fans of onesies..They are super cute and comfy to lounge in (and binge watch Netflix in)..I fell in love with this one as soon as I saw it! Who doesn’t love Panda’s ?! Currently on Sale $52.46pandaonesie.png

Ugg Australia Dakota Slippers in Jester Red.. I love these slippers and I think they are a lil luxurious  and not something you would typically buy for yourself. (I asked my mom to get me these)You can also get them for the man in your life … Since they do come in men’s and Kid’s sizes.$99.95 slippersred

Blanket Scarf from Aerie.. I’m all about being cute and cozy this winter and I must say this is a trendy must have accessory for this holiday season! Here are a few ways to wear this look thanks to the aerie blog ! The chilly weather is kicking in here in NY and I’m excited to try this look!12317622_1115224435157412_1142826937_n(1)

I guess my theme of cute loungewear is going strong…with the Snowball Fleece Short Robe in Red from Victoria’s Secret. I thought this robe was adorable with the ears on the hood (I’m a sucker for the ears)! They only had a medium left in the stores and I gifted myself with it. I have been wearing it nonstop since then..$59.5012237341_1023378301015578_2118437329_n(1)

Totally Radical 80’s Bash

I have always wanted to have a 80’s themed party. I love to dress up so I will find any excuse to. I usually travel for my birthday, but since this year I was going to be around I figured I would throw a party. I haven’t had a birthday party since I was a child! So, I scoured pinterest for ideas. I figured I would write a blog and share what I did for anyone out there wanting to throw a 80’s theme party! It was really fun! Everyone participated and dressed up which made it great!

1. 80’s Themed Cake: I figure if i’m going to have a party ..the cake has to be amazing..Cake is very important. I worked with Riviera Bakehouse in Ardsley. Cake was delicious buttercream and decorations were chocolate pieces. I’m not a big fan of fondant since it is very expensive and it does not taste very good! It had all the key things I wanted on it such as a MTV symbol, rollerskate,  rubik’s cube, and a boombox. The buttercream was neon green with black leopard stripes. I loved it and it tasted delicious too! 

 2. Decorations: My hubby put together a giant rubik’s cube using a cardboard box. He taped black copy paper to it. Then added the multicolor copying paper to recreate the rubik’s cube. He’s very particular so it was lined up exactly how the original one was. Also I bought decorations from oriental trading. An inflatable boom box, neon disposable cutlery and cups that read I Love 80’s along with miniature Rubik’s cubes. Also, glow sticks were used.. I even found glow stick glasses and earrings! We also put cutouts on the wall that I purchased from Party City and we printed some out ourselves along with Pac Man cutouts we made. I thought the PacMan cutouts were the cutest (my daughter’s idea) and they were displayed around the house and up our stairway! (dots, pacman, and ghosts) 

    
 3. Photo Booth: I love taking pictures and photo booths are a fun way to get everyone involved! I Purchased a cheap background from Walmart and some props. Voila! 80’s themed photo booth! 

    
   
4. Games: We played Twister(mostly me and the kids), 80’s Trivial Pursuit, and 80’s HeadBands( I made up cards for). 

    
 5. Candy: I ordered Personalized lollipops that were supposed to read Tara’s Totally Bitchin 80’s party but was later changed to Tara’s Totally Radical 80’s party due to the profanity (Gasp). Yes I have a potty mouth! Fun Dip, Candy Dots, Nerds, Push pops, and pop rocks were all put in a basket. Also, I threw in the candy cigarettes I felt kind of guilty but they were a big hit! I was a big fan of them when I was little so I had to get them. These were purchased at Five Below.. love that store!

6.Cupcakes: I love baking however it was hot and I didn’t want to be stuck baking on my birthday weekend. So I bought cupcakes from the supermarket with Princess Peach rings on them (I figured Mario Bros. were also 80’s). Then we printed tiny printouts of cassette tapes, Ghostbusters, I love 80’s, and rainbow bright. You can just tape or glue them onto toothpicks. 

 7. Music: Of course you have to have 80’s music! We made our own playlist with my fav 80’s songs from artists like New Kids on The Block, Paula Abdul, Cyndi Lauper, New Edition, and Madonna.

My Totally Bitchin 80’s Outfit

Kickin it 80’s Style: So many options when dressing for the 80’s but this is what I went with!

Bright Pink Lipstick (Candy Yum Yum by MAC)

Purple Eyeshadow

neon yellow leggings (American Apparel)

Yellow Jellies (American Apparel) I remember those plastic shoes used to cut up my feet! 

Neon Pink Ruffled skirt (H&M)

Black Bodysuit (American Apparel)

curly hair (Curling wand and Patience) Go Big Or Go Home! I used a Nume Curling wand and tried to curl my hair as close to the scalp as possible with a deep part! However it was humid and I was running around so it ended up looking wavy..

Fanny Pack (American Apparel) To make it stand out against my outfit I clashed colors with a cotton candy blue and pink fanny pack.

Fishnet gloves neon green and pink (Party City

New kids on the block button: I had that same button when I was younger just not quite as large ! Found this on EBay!

    
 

A few of my fav cocktails👯👯

Who likes to drink?! 🙋🙋Everyone knows I love my cocktails! I typically drink wine, but on a nice Summer night it’s always nice to have a cocktail.. or two.(But, who’s counting?)I also have a new found love for St Germain liquor. So I figured I would share some cocktail recipes with you. Yes, I’m trying to get fancy like Tom Cruise in the movie Cocktails.

Cucumber Deliciousness

Ingredients:

1 ounce of St Germain Liquor

11/2 ounce of Vodka (I use Absolut)

6 Cucumber slices

5 Mint Leaves

ice

Muddle 5 Cucumber slices in shaker

Add liquor, ice, and 4mint leaves

Shake Vigorously

Pour into pretty glass

Add slice of cucumber and a mint leave to garnish

Or Dat Watermelon

Ingredients:

1/2 ounce of St Germain Liquor

2 ounce of Vodka

1 cup watermelon juice or muddled watermelon

4 mint leaves

ice

Add Watermelon, Liquor, ice, and 3 mint leaves to shaker

Shake Vigorously

Pour into pretty glass

Garnish with a cubed watermelon and mint leave

Also if you want to infuse some Vodka.. it’s super easy

Slice up  fruit (Pineapple, watermelon, my fav)

Fill up Mason Jar with fruit(or any glass container)

Cover the Fruit with Vodka

You can also add mint leaves.

Let sit for 5-7 days and shake daily

Voila infused vodka

Cinco De Mayo

 I enjoy celebrating Cinco De Mayo.. I love Margaritas and Mexican Food! I thought I would share with you my Shrimp Taco and Margarita recipe! I make this often cause it’s so yummy and easy ! 1lbs thawed frozen shrimp peeled 3 tbsp lime juice(fresh lime preferred) 5 cloves of minced garlic 1-2 tbsp Canola oil 2 tbsp of taco or chilli seasoning  1tbsp sofrito  Avocado or guacamole  Salsa  Corn or Flour Tortillas Heat 2 tbsp of canola oil in skillet Mix together shrimp, seasoning, sofrito, garlic, and lime juice Throw shrimp along with mixture in skillet on med-high heat and cook until shrimp is no longer pink (a few min) Remove shrimp and leave mixture in to simmer for a few minutes. Then add the shrimp and toss it with the sauce.  Heat corn (my fav) or flour tortillas in a wet paper towel and heat in microwave for 30-60 sec depending on how many you make at a time. Top with avocado, guacamole, salsa, and hot sauce if desired  Wepa Shrimp Tacos! Now on to The Margarita’s 1shot glass full of lime juice (fresh lime preferred) 1 shot glass of Patron(any tequila you prefer) 1/4 shot of agave nectar 1/2 shot of triple sec  Ice  Combine all ingredients in shaker..and Shake it up !! Makes one great drink !