May 13, 2013
Cayucas - East Coast Girl
May 13, 2013}
The restaurant earned one Michelin star last year, and it sure did live up to expectations.
Les Tablettes dining room is spacious, the ambiance is warm and modern, and the crowd is mostly men in suits, ladies who lunch and affluent retirees from around the area.
The amuse bouche was a light and refreshing tomato soup with lemon jelly. You wouldn’t think those two would go together, but the flavors and textures were exquisite. I chose foie gras raviolis with langoustine emulsion (not pictured) paired with a terrific white wine to start, and braised veal shank paired with a light red wine for the main course.The day’s cheese course was a very rich goat cheese with olive oil, spices and fresh marjoram. To finish, a chocolate-mascarpone composition, cappuccino and delicious mignardises— cream puffs, mini chocolate tarts with meringue, and more chocolate.
Highlights? The amuse bouche, veal and mignardises were all outstanding. Will I be back? Likely. The sommelier, Jennifer, was very attentive and chef Jean Louis Nomicos even came over to the table to greet us.
May 7, 2013}
Subtlety, as it regards to footwear, is dead. This spring/summer, it’s all about structured shoes, and the loafer is my favorite for everyday wear.
I love the edginess of sleek metallics with structure like Nicholas Kirkwood’s pink leather loafers and the sophistication of black loafers with tassels and golden embellishments.
Black, in the warmer months, has always been frowned upon, but this season it is publicly acceptable and I couldn’t be happier. If you’re looking for a black pair of loafers with incredible aesthetic, I suggest Giuseppe Zanotti’s Shark Tooth and Prada’s logo-studded tassel loafers.
All three of these loafers go well with skinny jeans or cropped pants in black, white, pattern or print.
Nicholas Kirkwood slip on shoes, $710 (Net-a-Porter) / Giuseppe Zanotti slip on shoes, $670 (Net-a-Porter) / Prada leather shoes, $720 (Barneys)
Apr 30, 2013}
The restaurant at Hôtel Relais Saint-Germain, Le Comptoir, is a typical casual Parisian restaurant—incredibly small and incredibly busy. Close to the Odéon metro stop and Jardin du Luxemburg, it is a great choice for an unpretentious but delightful lunch.
To start, we ordered oeuf mayonnaise (hard boiled eggs with slightly thick mayonnaise sauce) and sunny side up eggs with asparagus. The former is their most popular appetizer, and the latter is a seemingly simple dish loaded with flavor and texture.
Nicely cooked, the braised pork with lentils was flavorful, juicy and tender. The crispy skin on top made it even more delicious as it added a bit of saltiness and contrast.
Service at Le Comptoir is far from good, but if you can get past it, you will definitely have an enjoyable meal. Reservations are highly recommended, especially if you’re thinking about going for dinner.
Jan 7, 2013}
My first post of the year coincides with my first manicure of the year which I got done with Sally Hansen’s New Salon Insta-Gel Strips, Gel Manicure Starter Kit in Red My Lips— a classic red shade. I had never gotten my nails done with gel or manicure strips so this was exciting and completely new to me.
The kit includes all you need to get your manicure done:
First you file your nails and remove excess cuticle, then apply polish nail strips and top coat. Dry under the mini LED lamp and finish with cleansing pad.
Easy to apply and not messy at all, the gel manicure strips are supposed to last up to 2 weeks, so that’s a plus. Sally Hansen’s Salon Insta-Gel Strip are available in 24 fun colors and pattern.
Disclosure: Product provided by People StyleWatch.
Dec 3, 2012}
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Nov 29, 2012}
Just recently, Chef Dena Marino and her business partner Brandy Coletta opened a new modern-Italian restaurant called MC Kitchen in Miami’s Design District, and I got to dine there on its opening weekend.
The concept is casual and unpretentious, but the one thing that I appreciated seeing was a chef’s counter— a rarity in Miami. The dinner menu features seasonal ingredients like white truffle, pumpkin and brussels sprouts, and dishes include pastas, salad, seafood, beef, pork, chicken, and even lamb.
To start, we got Aspen’s famous truffle fries upon the waiter’s recommendation (these fries do not appear anywhere on the dinner menu; they are a side dish served for lunch). Crunchy, well seasoned, and topped with a copious amount of fresh Parmesan, these truffle fries were a hit.
The most memorable dish— the one that left us wanting more— was the artichoke heart bruschetta appetizer, which is a slice of toasted bread topped with artichoke, a poached egg, a generous amount of truffle shavings and a creamy, cheese sauce. White truffle goes well with egg dishes, and this bruschetta was cooked to perfection.
For my entrée, I chose the roasted pear and cheese Fiocchi— an incredibly delicious, well thought out dish. The contrast of the sweetness of the pear and the creaminess of the cheese was fantastic. I also got a bite of the oven-baked spinach lasagna made with béchamel sauce and fennel sausage, and that was good too.
For dessert, we got the coconut panna cotta with figs in a marsala sauce. The panna cotta was light as it should be and the marsala sauce added a neat touch of acidity. However, the figs were too overpowering, and the plating and presentation could have been better.
The bar area is ample, but there isn’t a cocktail menu just yet— there’s a wine/beer menu. I asked the bartender to surprise me with a cocktail, and he brought over a refreshing concoction of gin, sage, lemon, lime, grapes. You should know that MC Kitchen only serves still/sparkling water at $2 per person, of which 50% is donated to Water.org, a non-profit organization that is involved in developing and delivering solutions to the water crisis in Africa, South Asia and Central America.
If you live in the Miami area or visit for Art Basel, I recommend stopping by MC Kitchen! I’ve already got my eye on the marinated grilled chicken “PLT” piadena and the “half pound” Harris Ranch Angus burger with farm fresh egg served for lunch.
MC Kitchen, located at 4141 NE 2nd Avenue in Miami, Florida., opens 7 days a week for lunch and dinner.
Nov 20, 2012}
Pretty packaging gets me every time and more so when it’s personalized. Well, Kellogg’s sent me a beautiful gift box with their newest Special K® Protein Effect products, which include the new Special K Protein Plus cereal for breakfast, Special K Protein Meal Bar, and Special K Protein Shake for snacking in between meals.
If you’re looking for a cereal that’s packed with fiber, you’d probably choose something like Fiber One, but if you’re looking for a lightly sweetened cereal that has fiber, you might want to try the new Protein Plus Special K, which has more fiber than Kellogg’s Smart Start and a touch of cinnamon.
The protein shakes are perfect for a mid-day snack— or lunch because they’re filling. I got to try three flavors (strawberry, french vanilla and chocolate), 2 of which reminded me of familiar flavors. The milk chocolate protein shake tastes just like chocolate milk, whereas the strawberry one taste like Nestle’s strawberry Nesquik, but my favorite is the french vanilla.
In addition to the basic chocolate chip, Protein Meal Bars come in flavors like caramel peanut (my favorite), cranberry walnut, chocolate peanut butter. But I must warn you (if you haven’t had these before), these are very sugary. I’m no nutritionist but I don’t think it’d be a good idea to over-indulge on these.
Disclosure: Samples of the new Special K® Protein line were provided by Kellogg’s.
Nov 17, 2012}
It is the last Smorgasburg weekend of the year, so you might want to head out to East River Waterfront between 11am-6pm today or Tobacco Warehouse (28 Water St.) tomorrow, and eat from these vendors:
Mighty Quinn’s Barbeque (Brisket or Pulled Pork)
This is the one stand that draws the longest lines— and it does live up to the hype. You must get the brisket and the pulled pork sliders because they’re that good. Mighty Quinn’s Barbeque, the restaurant, is opening soon in the East Village so stay tuned!
Buttermilk Channel (Fried Chicken & Waffle)
Warm and delicious… it comes with a soy-balsamic-like dipping sauce on the side.
Pigs in a blanket from Brooklyn Piggies— There’s original and spicy, and you get to pick mustard/bbq/ketchup on the side.
Lobster roll from Red Hook Lobster Pound— I’ve been going to Smorgasburg for the last two years, and this has always been my favorite (well, that changed when I tasted Mighty Quinn’s BBQ!)
Donuts from Dough— I’m not a huge fan of donuts to tell you the truth, but Dough’s donuts are better than most. Get passion fruit, hibiscus, blood orange and dulce de leche.
Nov 12, 2012}
Up until the birth of The Man Repeller, Bryan Boy and Sea of Shoes, style bloggers had little credibility in the tightly knit fashion industry. But the number of personal style bloggers who post photos of themselves, their daily outfits and their latest acquisitions has increased exponentially— and so has their fame and influence. Not only within the online fashion community, but in the world of fashion as a whole.
Unlike mainstream media channels, self-shot bloggers have no pressure to meet a deadline— they’re boundlessly creative and their content is purely organic.
“I’ve had an issue with trying to blog consistently, daily. Ideally, I would love to blog every day. Realistically though, I don’t because I don’t want to just post for the sake of posting. I have to love what I post,” says blogger/stylist/creative Julie Sariñana of Sincerely, Jules.
Sariñana, who currently lives in the Silver Lake area of Los Angeles, started blogging a little over three years ago while she was a Visual Communications student at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising. She’s been featured in Refinery29, Nylon, Glamour, MTV, Who What Wear and many more.
Q&A With Julie Sariñana
Queenie: Tell me about how you started blogging. Where were you and what were you doing at the time?
Julie: It started a little over two years ago and at that time I was attending F.I.D.M (the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising) where I studied Visual Communications. I had literally dropped everything to just focus 100% in school, so I had nothing else going on besides school, projects, staying up until 5 am working on assignments, shopping trips to the arts & crafts store…I mean, I was breathing and living FIDM only at that time. So, I felt a little drained at times and wanted a new creative outlet to express myself. One of my sisters told me about Chictopia and I was completely fascinated! After that, I started following some blogs and soon after my blog was born. Having my blog definitely helped me get through school a lot easier as it helped me get inspired and tap into my creativity a little more.
Q: What motivated or inspired you to become a self-shot blogger?
J: The positive response from my readers motivated me to shift my blog to a personal style blog. I think it’s more interesting to see what people wear everyday, how they style pieces, where they would wear a certain outfit to, or where to get a particular item because it can definitely influence your style.
Q: What do you think about the idea of self-shot bloggers becoming the new fashion ‘editors’?
J: I think there’s room for bloggers to become anything they want to be. I think it’s awesome that bloggers are being looked at as other titles (ex: editors, stylists, photographers) other than fashion bloggers. People feel more connected to bloggers because they feel like they can relate to what we do, what we wear, our lifestyle, etc. It’s a genuine connection between the blogger and their audience. The blogging community is a very tight-knit family and we’re very supportive of one another. If some become fashion editors- more power to them!
Follow her on Twitter @sincerelyjules
Nov 7, 2012}
Featured in Esquire and the New York Times, Gwynnett St. has become a new favorite. The non-traditional American menu is far from your typical Williamsburg restaurant menu— the dishes are elaborate and their presentation is impeccable.
The whiskey bread is not to be missed, and the desserts are almost too beautiful to be eaten. To drink? Get the Thick As Thieves (Tanqueray Gin, Bonal, Cocchi Americano, Quinine, lime) or the Dark Horse (Vodka, black plum, ginger, lime).
WHISKEY BREAD with cultured butter
BLOOD DUMPLINGS parsnips and apples
STEELHEAD TROUT fig leaf, sweet potato and tobacco
STRIPED BASS kohlrabi, sunchokes and sage
CRANBERRY caramelized white chocolate and yeast
PEAR pine and white wine
CHOCOLATE rose hips and bulls blood
Nov 7, 2012}
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