Farewells 

Parting is such sweet sorrow….

Sunday I had brunch with some friends who are moving to LA at this spot called Maya.  The place is listed as modern Mexican and Tequileria that offers small plates and good food.  BUT they also offer a true unlimited brunch, so for $43 you can get two hours of all you can eat and drink. BAM!  My fatass was happy to know this and planned to go in (once I sat down of course).

We had everything from empanadas, lamb tacos, chicken enchiladas, salad, to caramel French toast with Nutella and crema fresca.  The coffee is great and I heard the drinks were as well.  My only real issue was the noise level, obviously after you have enough semi drunk people the music goes up and then of course so does the noise.  Overall 4 out of 5 forks.

Buen Provicho


  
  
  
  

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Bucket Bites for NYC

Summertime.  Food, drinks, friends, parties, rooftops, food trucks and bucket lists.  Living in one of the greatest cities I have access to so much culture, music, and people.  What better way to experience these cultures than via their food?  What better way to do that then to check out the bazillion foodie events in NYC.  Now there are so many I’d be here for years talking about them, so I’ve picked out my faves and future “need to get there” and compiled my summer food bucketlist, or bucketbites.

But where to start::rubs chin deep in thought::…….I need a platform that allows me to search by city and experience and get tickets if needed.  EVENTBRITE!  Now I’ve used them before and love that its one place to go to find events and get tickets for all these great things to do citywide.  So with the help of this fantastic technology I can compile my list, get tickets and be happier than a hog in mud. BTW planning an event check out their sell tickets to events page to get started on organizing your own event.  And um tell a girl if it involves food, I’d like to come you know……

So here is my list

  1. The vendy awards http://www.vendyawards.streetvendor.org/
  2. Blues BBQ http://www.hudsonriverpark.org/EVENTS/SERIES/BLUES-BBQ
  3. The Jerk Festival – http://www.jerkfestivalny.com/
  4. Smorgusboard http://www.smorgasburg.com/
  5. Ferragosto http://www.arthuravenuebronx.com/ferragosto/
  6. Broadway bites http://urbanspacenyc.com/broadway-bites/

Now I do the Broadway Bites once a week.  I work around the corner so gotta get my fix.  There are some killer things to try, like Korean style tacos anyone?  I’m dying to try Palenque as I love me some arepas and they offer a fantastic line up.  If I could afford it I’d try it all, but alas a girl has bills to pay.

So moving along..

Smorgasboard – what CAN I say? How dare you live in NYC (and surrounding areas) and not go!  Well I haven’t and this makes my bucket list every year.  This event alone has over 100+ vendors and is becoming one of the most do’s in NYC for summer time.  I mean food.  FOOD EVERYWHERE!

The Vendy Awards – THE annual festival that determines who really is the best taco cart out there…this festival can make a food truck be the place to eat.  And it covers almost every cuisine out there (hello the movie chef?).  I want to go just because often I’m out and about and want a quick snack that’s lighter on my wallet than say waistline?  Enter food trucks or what NY’ers call it, street meat.

Blues BBQ – ok when talking about BBQ you have to mention blues and vice versa.  And I love me some BBQ (big apple BBQ anyone? Missed it this year).  Now this happens in August but is the best way to see some of the top blues performers and showcases the best in NYC “cue.  What better way to spend a day than listening to music, eating and enjoying the sights along the pier.

The Jerk Festival – No not a gathering of idiots, but if you know anything about West Indian culture you know that Jerk is where it’s at.  Served alongside rice n peas, stewed cabbage, mac n cheese and Johnny cakes (or festival cakes) washed down with sorrel, it just can’t be beat.  Plus each vendor has the chance to compete to be declared the JERK CHAMPION! This is a great way to bring the family together and eat, I mean the above are to, but honestly this girl LOOOOVES her some jerk.  It’s like my caviar.  This happens in queens and showcases Caribbean cuisine, and there is more jerk than you can shake a stick at!  I went last year and marked my calendar for this year (might become a tradition…)

Ferragosto – it’s the Bronx’s version of San Gennaro, just less people.  Carbs, followed by carbs then maybe some protein in the form of sausage and peppers.  This should be all delicious things Italian. Being that I just moved to the boogie down I will have to go.

So this is my list, and I love to eat (official fatass here).  Of course NYC has festivals ALLLLLLL the time for various things and there is always food.  But these are my tops picks to nosh on this year.

What about you?  Did I miss anything?  Let a girl know so I can go gets up on it…..

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2014 Jerk Festival

Broadway Bites 2015

Broadway Bites 2015

Les Halles      

So the other weekend the bf and I meet you with a friend of the family to celebrate my recent graduation from FIT as Les Halles.  Yes that’s right I am now the proud owner of an AAS in Fashion Merchandising Management….not sure what it will translate into but all I know is that I’m DONE with school.

So we went to the location on Park Ave and it was almost like stepping into Moulin Rogue.    The premise of the restaurant is taking major components of French cuisine and culture to create and eatery.  Dark woods, reproduction vintage posters, and turn of the century solid wood bar completed the look.  The menu was straight forward and the brunch was $18 per person and included a drink of your choice.  The coffee comes in a French press, and honestly could have been stepped a bit longer for my liking, but hey who am I?  I got the veggie omelets(aka the Ratatouille) and my bf got the Florentine eggs.  Food was good and just enough portion wise to fill you up.  I think they used fake eggs for my omelet (boo) but the veggies were delish and cooked just right.

I would recommend this place for price and ambience alone.  If your into vintagy old timey places this might be right up your alley.  Overall 3 out of 5 forks.

PS was rocking that color code from Chloe+Isabel

  


Date Night at Horus on A

So last Friday was date night for me and the mans, and him being such a great bf he brought me flowers (prob helps that’s I’ve been harping about it) but anywhoooo he wanted to be surprised with where we would eat at.  So after trolling Living Social I came across an offer for the Horus Cafe on ave A.   The deal included two glasses of wine, two appetizers, two entrees and two deserts.  I picked it because they have belly dancing shows on Fridays (which we missed).

So after picking me up from work we headed on down to Ave A in the LES and promptly got seated.  Its your typical middle eastern décor, beige walls, Moroccan style lamps, and these awesome copper top tables.  The café as has hookah service as well, being a former smoker I passed.  So we got hummus (extra), Moroccan cigars and a Greek salad to share.  Nom, nom, nom is all I can say.  There was enough in appetizers we were kinda full by the time the food rolled around.  For entrees the bf got lamp chops with a potato gratin and I got chicken royal.  His chops were delish!  The potato’s were so creamy and tasty and complimented well with grilled veggies.  My chicken was moist and flavorful and served in what was an Alfredo sauce and a side of sautéed spinach with CHUNKS of garlic.  I mean who DOESN’T love garlic? For desert we got baklava, which was eh.  My bf was burnt and mines was kinda cooked, plus it was served with whipped cream and drizzled in chocolate (strange bedfellows).  We did get coffee to wash it all down and MAN was it strong (which was nice and have the BF buzzing).

Overall great laid back ambiance with a noise level that makes it way to talk to your party without screaming.  Most everything was good so I’d say like 3.5 out of 5 forks.  So if your looking for something off the beaten path and a little different give it a try.

BTW I realize this photo makes it seem like I have no eyebrows………….

    

        

Tavern on the Green

So last night the mans and I went to Tavern on the Green, its restaurant week here in NYC so that means dinner for $38 (plus tip and tax).  Being that tog is a historic NYC  landmark I felt that this was a great time to check it out.  As a mere mortal there is no way I could afford to eat there non-restaurant week.   As you’d guess it was opulent but refined in its elegance.   The building was built to house the sheep that grazed in the meadows (hear that ny’ers,  this area was open land at one point) and was converted into a restaurant in the 1930’s. 
So after depositing our coats and being escorted to our table, we went with the pre fix menu for NYC restaurant week.  My bf decided to add the wine pairing for an additional $20.   So he started with a Caesar  salad and I with a Atlantic char tartar.  I’ll tell you his salad was phenomenal!  My tartar was good, and the pickled beets served to offset the consistency of the fish.  For the main course he had the chicken with mushrooms and parsnips and I had the pasta carbonara.  To die! If I could have that everyday it would never be an issue for me.  They managed to toast the top without burning the macaroni (which if you’ve ever made a pasta dish in an oven know that’s a rare skill).   It was soooooooooooooo creamy and delish!  But it was not overpowering, which sometimes creamy dishes can be.  I think the noodles may have been homemade….
For desert we got the bosc pears with ice cream.  Originally it was supposed to be salted caramel, but by the time we got there all they had was vanilla.  Now here’s where it gets interesting, it was cooked with peppercorns!  It added  nice tang, but the vanilla did nothing against the peppercorns.  Salted caramel would have been just right.  
Overall I would give this place 4.5 our of 5 forks,  if you want to go a do fine dinning this is a great place plus its an icon in and of itself.  Even in winter its gorgeous. 

Fashion, Food and…Fitness?

So like most people I have decided to start 2015 with getting fit. I came across this page called fit girls and decided to give it a whirl. Now the premise of this is to give you an eating plan along with at home excises that you can do. I am taking the 28 day challenge (check out the photos on IG with #28daychallenge to see what’s happening) and so far I like what I see. With anything, please check with a doctor first! So after purchasing the eBook I was given 4 weeks of meals and workouts coupled with instructions and motivation techniques. The eBook also provided game plans and easy prep steps. Not going to lie, I started a day after as I failed to plan doing the meal prep but I’m digging it. Also there are rewards you earn for completing each week! And they encourage the consumption of CHOCOLATE!
Now I wont barrage you with photos of me in my before stages, but needless to say personally I feel that I have put on some extra layers and want to get more toned. The meal plan give you 3 meals and a snack, but because I know that I have to eat every 3 hours I plan on breaking out my lunch into smaller portions. You are given a total of 1400 calories, and before you whine that’s not enough it is. As Americans we don’t take the time to chew or drink lots of water. So if you feel that this isn’t enough check this out, the next time you plan on eating drink a glass of water and wait 20 minutes. Hungry? Ok now eat, but count to 20 to make sure that your food is properly masticated. Reason behind bloating and indigestion? Not chewing properly to prep the food for digestion….. The meals are tasty and filling and they even give you ideas to mix it up so its different. Also the eating plan calls for oatmeal, and that for me es no bueno so I switched it to Quinoa and yes it mean some more prep but worth it. So check out my posts on IG for the food at @bkblueagave to see what is in these meals.
The program also encourages you to get at least 30 minutes of activity EACH day…now here’s where I’m cheating. I have to take PE for school (yes to get my AAS I have to complete 2 credits..) so that class meets each day for the duration of this challenge.
Overall, I am looking forward to this and hoping that I can shed some weight and get toned. I know that I will never be the size I was in high school, but am hoping that this helps me develop better eating habits to use the rest of my life. Its a challenge to change your habits, but stick with it and find others to keep you motivated and you might just surprise yourself. If your doing this find me on IG and leave me some motivation and I’ll return the favor!


Fashion, Food and….Fitness?

So like most people I have decided to start 2015 with getting fit. I came across this called fit girls and decided to give it a whirl. Now the premise of this is to give you an eating plan along with at home excises that you can do. I am taking the 28 day challenge (check out the photos on IG with #28daychallenge to see what’s happening) and so far I like what I see. With anything, please check with a doctor first! So after purchasing the eBook I was given 4 weeks of meals and workouts coupled with instructions and motivation techniques. The eBook also provided game plans and easy prep steps. Not going to lie, I started a day after as I failed to plan doing the meal prep but I’m digging it. Also there are rewards you earn for completing each week! And they encourage the consumption of CHOCOLATE!

Now I wont barrage you with photos of me in my before stages, but needless to say personally I feel that I have put on some extra layers and want to get more toned. The meal plan give you 3 meals and a snack, but because I know that I have to eat every 3 hours I plan on breaking out my lunch into smaller portions. You are given a total of 1400 calories, and before you whine that’s not enough it is. As Americans we don’t take the time to chew or drink lots of water. So if you feel that this isn’t enough check this out, the next time you plan on eating drink a glass of water and wait 20 minutes. Hungry? Ok now eat, but count to 20 to make sure that your food is properly masticated. Reason behind bloating and indigestion? Not chewing properly to prep the food for digestion….. The meals are tasty and filling and they even give you ideas to mix it up so its different. Also the eating plan calls for oatmeal, and that for me es no bueno so I switched it to Quinoa and yes it mean some more prep but worth it. So check out my posts on IG for the food at @bkblueagave to see what is in these meals.

The program also encourages you to get at least 30 minutes of activity EACH day…now here’s where I’m cheating. I have to take PE for school (yes to get my AAS I have to complete 2 credits..) so that class meets each day for the duration of this challenge.

Overall, I am looking forward to this and hoping that I can shed some weight and get toned. I know that I will never be the size I was in high school, but am hoping that this helps me develop better eating habits to use the rest of my life. Its a challenge to change your habits, but stick with it and find others to keep you motivated and you might just surprise yourself. If your doing this find me on IG and leave me some motivation and I’ll return the favor!

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