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Looking For Adventure After Covid? Here Are Our Top 5 Restaurants to try in New York!

My husband and I have done nothing but talk about travel since Covid started – we cant be the only ones right? We have been thinking more and more about returning to New York to experience the architecture, people and of course – the food.

New York is a restaurant city. Its neighborhood is full of Japanese, Korean, Thai, Albanian restaurants where you will find endless food debate options. It does not matter whether you are living in a small apartment or just in a room. Fine dining always gives space to the residents to gather outside their homes. 

So, you can have anything from pizza, pasta, ramen, sushi to pastrami if you are convenient with the big hall restaurant. Each restaurant has breathtaking views and adds a bounty of cityscape itself. It is full of skyscrapers views, Brooklyn Bridge, Central part, newly gentrified neighborhoods and unaccountably perfect for a family gathering, date, functions, or whatever might be the preference. 

Thus where to begin if I want to range top 5 restaurants in New York from low key to fine dining? Well, there is no clue, right? However, in this guide, I have accommodated the top 5 restaurants in New York to help you define what it means to eat in New York City with life and love.

Le Bernardin :

Le Bernardin first opened in Paris, and in 1986 it opened in New York. It’s one of the most fining dining rooms in the city, although it’s futile to declare any trendy restaurants in NYC. Being serving more than 30 years, it totaled up every accolade, including impeccable seafood to Sohm’s wine. Starting lunch from $90 and dinner from $180, you will see a range of amazing dishes. Don’t miss out on their seafood carpaccio and baked langoustines with foie gras croutons at any cost.

For sure, it will laps you beyond every other dish, and you will not find their end of the evening chocolate, bread, and rolls at any other coolest restaurants in NYC. Each dish in this restaurant is never drowned in and overpowered by strong ingredients. In fact, it’s a chic Persian-style separate lounge for which it’s called to be soigne. So, if you are a guest in NY, try to make a reservation at Le Bernardin or at least add your to-do list.

Dining at the restaurant: best restaurants in the city where you have a big dining hall in the front-row view.

Take out: it’s available on their website, and you can order via call.

Porter House Bar & Grill:

If you have a plan to stroll in the Central Park West area, particularly in the Time Warner Center, make sure to book a table for Porter House and Grill restaurant. Yet you know Peter Luger in Brooklyn and Palm and Smith & Wollensky are the two indigenous steakhouses, but Porter house is also has a top-quality slew in this high-end market. It’s a swank enjoyable, and sophisticated steakhouse where you can see a wonderful view of Central Park and Columbus Circle.

For lunch and dinner, Porter house has a large spacious room with leather banqueters and softly contoured furniture from where you can enjoy the maximum view of the panorama. However, the bar is only open from the evening to late at night, and you can have roasted marrow bones, New York strip, prime rib, wagyu beef anytime and make it most memorable.

Dining at the restaurant: It has indoor and outdoor dining facilities. Outdoor, you can enjoy a custom-built heated structure with a covered barbeque. 

Takeout: Takeout and online delivery are available through their website.

Delmonico’s:

Delmonico’s first opened by a Swiss sea captain in 1827, and it was the first full-served restaurant all over America at that time. It was a quite novelty at that time like guests are served by French wine, they entered and exit through a nicely decorated revolving door, etc. from that time to till present, it has maintained its remnants in every era. It welcomes a big plate for everybody. With $45, you can get the “Taste of the Classics” plate, which is an extensive grill bar menu here. You will also find lavish chilled seafood called “chateau,” which is the signature dish in Delmonico’s big dining room. 

What else! Want to enjoy Delmonico steak, cheese stuffed with King size crab, macaroni, gargantuan desserts, festive baked Alaska, and puffed New York-style cheesecake? Order your table now in Delmonico’s

Dining at the restaurant: it has a tweaked style layout for extra space and a heated sidewalk where you can sit and see dine outdoors.

Takeout: Takeout and delivery is available through the restaurant’s website.

River Café:

Cue “Rhapsody in Blue” with lighted expanse arching way and moored dock only found in the River Café. Being located near the Brooklyn Bridge, these best restaurants, NYC 2021, first opened by O’Keeffe in 1977, are the awesome skyline of Manhattan. It is the cities most romantic dining full of music, a wine list, flowers, and decorated foods. Couples love to toast their most awaited anniversaries here, and the children come with their parents love to spend a lovey especial days with a bunch of food items in breakfast, lunch or dinner. 

Dining at the restaurant: River Café is still called “New American Cuisine” and open for indoor dining. 

Takeout: All restaurant’s menu is available for takeout through the website or by calling.

Mario’s:

If you are a fan of Italian food and want to see Manhattan’s Little Italy, come to the Bronx. Mario’s are the large restaurants for all devoid Italian residents located less than half a mile away from the New York Botanical Garden and 4 miles from Yankee Stadium. It’s near the Bronx zoo in Arthur Avenue street and famous for the best pizza, pasta’s, linguine with clam sauce, and chicken parmigiana.

Recently Mario’s celebrates its 100th anniversary, and no one left hungry on its special occasions such as birthdays, baptisms, couple dates, etc., it has become. 

New York restaurants open tourist traps for many foreigners, including Italians.

Dining at the restaurant: It offers an indoor patio with heaters, blankets, and hot cocktails to warm up.

Takeout: The takeout is available via their website. So, you can make a call and take away the food.


Final thought:

New York brings tourists for its world-class monuments, museums, theater, and shopping. Eating is also considered a hobby activity as it offers the most competitive and diverse restaurants in any corner of the city. So, whether you want to have a full plate of food or just sliced pizza, it will bring a new unforgettable taste to your life. During this pandemic, I hope you will find these top 5 restaurants in New York best spotted who ready to welcome you either outdoors or through takeaways.  

Covid Approved Valentines Day Ideas

Covid Approved Valentines Day Ideas

As we roll into 2021 we are still confronted with the Covid virus across our country. Many of us have missed out on yearly celebrations and events in order to stay safe and reduce the spread. Valentine’s day gives us a unique opportunity to celebrate a holiday that we can fully embrace, even during these odd times. Below are a few suggestions on ways to celebrate Valentine’s day fully while still maintaining Covid safety requirements!

Take A Hike – A scenic hike in any weather is a perfect way to unplug and spend time with someone you love. Not only can this hike provide a quiet escape but it can also provide picturesque views. If you are somewhere in a warmer climate – I highly suggest packing a lunch and taking a nice picnic at a great spot along the hike. 

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Take An Online Class – Hear me out here, covid has exploded the online courses market. I highly suggest taking part in a virtual cooking, mixology, or painting class. Both the cooking or mixology class will provide you with the feeling of going out and having a fancy meal/drinks but will also keep you safe at home. Not to mention, you may walk away with some sweet new skills. Painting classes are a blast too! These courses are designed to assist people from all levels of skill, so do not let your bad cooking/painting experiences turn you away. 

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Go Sightseeing/Take A Drive – Being from the Midwest, I love my road trips and Covid has reignited that love! Load up in your vehicle and head out for the day, plan on checking out new areas and some of your favorite local sightseeing places. 

Want to make it even more interesting? Add in the coin flip game – https://inallyoudo.net/penny-date-adventure-game/

How this game works: get in your car and head straight. When you get to the first stop sign or light, flip the coin (Heads = left, Tails = right). Continue doing this for a pre-chosen amount of flips. Once you run out of flips look around your area and form a date from there. Sometimes you end up outside of a lovely local restaurant where you can grab carryout and snack in the car. Other times you end up outside a field – talk about a perfect place to picnic haha. All in all the goal is that no plan is needed…..you just go where you go.

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Scrapbook – I am not a big scrapbook person but I think a Covid heavy Valentines day may be the perfect time to do this! Go into your pictures and print/find photos of you and your partner throughout your relationship. Take the time to look through the photos and document each event/time in your lives. Not only are these fun to show off to family and friends but they will come in handy as you age and progress through life together. It is crazy how much you forget even in a few short years. 

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Lazy Day – This one might be my favorite, I have been married over 10 years so maybe that’s why HAHA. This Valentines day idea focuses on enjoying the day and spending all of the time with your significant other. Start the day off with an easy breakfast in bed (I suggest pancakes, easy to make and small cleanup), take the time to make that fancy coffee or tea you love. Then snuggle up on the couch to watch your favorite movies or TV shows. Spend the day chatting and just enjoying each other’s company without having to do something. End the day with a long bubble bath including wine for two (wink emoji). 

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Most of all, enjoy your day with your person and make sure to express what they mean to you!

Searching For An Easy & Delicious Side Dish – Look No Further!

Searching For An Easy & Delicious Side Dish – Look No Further!

Baked Brussel sprouts and broccoli are a staple in our home. Not only are these two vegetables delicious and healthy, they are also cheap! This recipe is perfect for families of all sizes since these vegetables usually come in either pre-packaged small portions or in bulk – choose for yourself – styles. Below is my favorite take on this simple and easy to do side dish. 

Baked Brussel Sprouts & Broccoli with Cheese

Ingredients

1 – Package Brussel Sprouts (usually about 12oz)

1 – Crown of Broccoli

1 – Tbsp. Olive Oil (more if you love it like I do)

1 – Chopped White or Yellow Onion (optional)

½ – Cup Parmesan, Cheddar or other cheese of choice

1 – Tbsp. Paprika

1 – Tbsp. Garlic Powder (or substitute for fresh garlic if available)

Directions

Salt & Pepper to taste

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. 

Remove brussel sprouts and broccoli from packaging and rinse well. 

Cut the broccoli down to just the crowns (or buy them this way from the store for an additional cost).

Add the broccoli and brussel sprouts to a large baking dish. Coat with olive oil, paprike, garlic, and salt & pepper. 

Bake in the oven for about 20 – 25 minutes. 

Remove Sprouts/Broccoli and sprinkle with cheese of choice (you can also stick this back in the oven for about 5 min to ensure cheese is melted thoroughly). 

Makes roughly 4 servings.

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Dressing the Part – While Saving $$$$$

Dressing the Part – While Saving $$$$$

Anyone in the working world knows the term Business Casual. As working professionals, we are expected to dress a certain way in order to adhere to office standards. The issue is that for many who are just starting out, or taking a career step, this can be a costly wardrobe to compile. Many business formal or business casual items start in the $20 an item range. Now for many I am sure this is no concern, but for many of us we cannot just go out and drop $100 on one new outfit for a job. If you fall into this, no way category, I have some news for you. You absolutely DO NOT have to spend a small fortune to create a business wardrobe. What you will need is patience. 

I was a tomboy/super lazy dresser all throughout high school and into college. Once I was in college, I began working at daycares to pay my rent and my way through school. That did not help the whole lazy dresser situation. Once I started applying for fellowships and internships, I realized I had to step my outfit game up! I was told by one of the interviewers for a fellowship that even though my resume was impressive I had to make sure I was dressing the part. That has always stuck with me, I had heard it before but never so blatantly and at a time when I desperately wanted to be a member of this fellowship. That was the day I decided I had to create a professional wardrobe; it was also the day I realized just how broke I was haha. 

As I stated, I lived on my own and paid my own way through college. It was tough to say the least and it also meant that most months I was living on negative $$$$$. The idea of creating a professional polished wardrobe seemed totally out of reach, until I made a visit to my favorite store – GOODWILL! Now I am sure many of you out there shop at Goodwill already but do you really shop? Do you find yourself wandering around one store for over an hour, digging deep into all of the items and even coming back on a regular basis (think 3x per week)? If your answer is no, this is exactly the time to change that. 

I have been repeatedly blown away at the nice items I find at various Goodwill stores. Now in all honesty, I rarely find a complete outfit in one visit (it usually takes 2-3). However, once I have my items, I end up with a professional outfit that I paid around $20 for (that includes shoes and accessories) ……MIND=BLOWN. 😊

Below are my top tips for a Professional Wardrobe from Goodwill:

  • Look everywhere! Do not rely on their size or color organization, dig through it all……you will be surprised at the items you find miscategorized or hidden. 
  • If you are Plus Size-always, always check the maternity rack. So often I find plus size items misplaced in that area. 
  • Be open to items that may be a little large or small, these often work as great undershirts, cover ups or you can even use accessories to synch them in and give a great tailored look. 
  • Double & Triple check all items! Look for small stains, tears, or any other blemishes. Since Goodwill receives so many donations, they often are not able to assess the clothing closely. 
    • The last thing you want to do is find a great shirt, at a great price, just to get it home and find out there is a hole in a bad place (trust me, it happens to the best of us).
  • Try on/consider shoes that are a size too small or large. Many times, the various shoe brands will end up fitting you even though they claim to be the wrong size. 
    • For example, at any given time in Goodwill I can wear a size 8-9.5 shoe. It really just depends on the brands themselves. 
  • Shop the sales! Yes, the already very affordable store offers sales on a regular basis. When you go in look at the signs in the store and they will usually have a color and a % off. Do your best to find items that have this sale color. 
    • I have personally purchased shirts, dresses, shoes and more for less than $2 a piece working the sales.  
  • If you find an item with a small rip, a button missing, or just something that you are willing to either fix or ignore – do not forget to ask for a discount! Many times, they will take a small percentage off for damaged items. 
  • Lastly, shop consistently and always try out new locations! I have had amazing luck in some of the “nicer” more affluent areas of my city. However, I have had just as good of luck – if not better, in the “working” areas. 

** Below are pictures of some of my favorite Goodwill finds** 

Make sure to share pictures and updates if you give this a try! Once Covid numbers calm down in my area, I plan on posting a Goodwill shopping haul video! Let me know if this is something you would like to see 😊

Good Thrifting to you!!

Is this the perfect Thanksgiving recipe?

Is this the perfect Thanksgiving recipe?

**No Bake Strawberry Pretzel Pie Recipe Below**

For weeks now I have been on the hunt for a perfect, crowd pleasing Thanksgiving dessert. I plan on making a couple other more traditional dessert items but since this year has been so crazy, I also wanted something new and unique to add to the rotation. I am excited to say I think I finally found it! Now I have to admit, when I first read this recipe I was not sold. The original version called for marshmallow cream on top of cream cheese, whipped cream and sweet condensed milk. As I read this overly sweet recipe, I realized that with a couple of small tweaks this could easily be a light, refreshing recipe that would be a crowd pleaser. Cut to a scene of me rummaging through my kitchen cabinets like a mad man and screaming out to my husband; ooooo I bet this would work HAHAHAHA.

Not only did this recipe turn out better than expected (we ate the whole thing in 2 nights) but it was surprisingly easy to make. Not to mention, no bake! In my eyes, this makes it the perfect recipe. On Thanksgiving day, at any time, I have multiple items in my stove being prepared. I love that this recipe is simple, easy to follow and will not take up any needed space in my oven!

Here is my recipe for the perfect No Bake Strawberry Pretzel Pie:

Ingredients:

4 cups Miniature Pretzels (regular will work also)

8 tablespoons butter, melted

¼ cup sugar

¾ cup boiling water

1 package (6 ounces) peach gelatin (strawberry, mango, raspberry, etc. will work as well)

¼ cup lemon juice

1 pound fresh strawberries, divided

2 cups heavy whippine cream, divided

2/3 cup whipped cream cheese

2/3 cup coconut milk

Directions:

  • Place pretzels in a food processor; pulse until chopped (If you do not own a food processor, place the pretzels into a gallon size Ziploc bag and get to smashing)! Add butter and sugar; pulse until combined.
  • Press mixture onto bottom of a greased 9-in. pan. Refrigerate 30 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, in a bowl, add boiling water to gelatin; stir 2 minutes to completely dissolve. Stir in lemon juice. Refrigerate 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Chop half the strawberries (or leave as larger slices for more true strawberry taste); slice the remaining berries and reserve for topping.
  • In a large bowl, beat 1 cup heavy cream until stiff peaks form.
  • Beat coconut milk and cream cheese into cooled gelatin mixture until blended. Gently fold in chopped strawberries and whipped cream. Pour into crust.
  • Refrigerate, covered, until firm, 4-6 hours.
  • Beat remaining 1 cup heavy cream until stiff peaks form; spread over pie. Top with reserved strawberries and pretzel mixture.

Share your pictures below and make sure to let us know if you made any changes yourself!

Rating: 5 out of 5.

We Bought a House – FINALLY!

We Bought a House – FINALLY!

My husband, Josh and I, have been searching for a home for roughly 2 years! The area we are based in has had a booming housing market even through this crazy pandemic. We moved in a little while back and have been working hard to organize and plan upgrades on the house. We ended up purchasing a small (roughly 998 sq ft) home with 2 bedrooms/1 bath, a large living & dining room as well as a spacious kitchen. We got this home for a steal of a deal, which was our goal the entire time! The downside: it was dark, outdated and in desperate need of some cleaning. As soon as we moved in we got to work on cleaning and organizing and now we have been planning out our wish list for the home. The wish list includes, automating everything 😊, painting our retaining wall, replacing light fixtures, painting the front of the home, landscaping, and a full kitchen remodel.

As soon as me moved in we decided to tackle the crazy miss matched colors on our front porch (before and after below for comparison-can we say eww to those original colors?) and we honestly cannot believe the change it has made! I want to encourage anyone out there who is reading this that painting the exterior trim and door was a breeze! We choose multiple sample colors, painted our swatches, and even had the whole neighborhood take a look so we could get opinions (we have amazing neighbors). We ended up choosing a Sage green color that complimented the existing siding well. There is a supply list to home depot & amazon below if this is a project you are hoping to tackle on your home. Make sure to comment and share pictures of your home if you take on this update, I cannot wait to see it!

ITEM LIST:

  • Paint Brush (I prefer Purdy brand)

https://amzn.to/32EgpBq

https://www.homedepot.com/p/Wooster-2-1-2-in-Pro-Nylon-Polyester-Thin-Angle-Sash-Brush-0H21430024/206852296

  • Drop Cloth

https://amzn.to/3nmljL4

https://www.homedepot.com/p/Everbilt-6-Ft-x-9-Ft-Medium-Duty-Canvas-Drop-Cloth-69CV8/203737046

  • Paint Tray

https://amzn.to/3eVHtkk

https://www.homedepot.com/p/9-in-Deep-Well-Plastic-Paint-Roller-Tray-RM-405-SP/100142784

  • Paint Tape

https://amzn.to/35rbuFy

https://www.homedepot.com/p/3M-ScotchBlue-1-88-in-x-60-yds-Original-Multi-Surface-Painter-s-Tape-2090-48CP/100550611

  • Paint Roller

https://amzn.to/32D2RGl

https://www.homedepot.com/p/9-in-5-Wire-Heavy-Duty-Roller-Frame-RF-211-9/100001737

  • Paint

Paint color & brand is your choice, keep in mind that you do not want to go cheap on the paint!

-We utilized the Kilz Primer (because it is amazing) and we used Glidden Essentials Exterior Paint (both links below)

https://www.homedepot.com/p/Glidden-Essentials-1-gal-Base-3-Semi-Gloss-Exterior-Paint-GLE-7013N-01/304187918

https://www.homedepot.com/p/KILZ-2-ALL-PURPOSE-1-Gal-White-Interior-Exterior-Multi-Surface-Primer-Sealer-and-Stain-Blocker-20941/100096395

****Now as we consider what items to move onto next we have been trying to decide on a feature in the kitchen that we cannot seem to come to an answer on – WAINSCOTING. Here is the question I pose to all of you, to wainscot or not to wainscot HAHAHA.*****

2020-The Year of Quarantine & No Thanksgiving Get Togethers?

2020-The Year of Quarantine & No Thanksgiving Get Togethers?

Now for those of you who are hardcore holiday people…hear me out! This year has been a rough one to say the least. The holiday season is upon us and yet here we all are, stuck in various forms of lockdown going into these holidays. My husband and I have been talking about what we want to do for Thanksgiving this year and I know a lot of our friends and family have as well. As we were sitting on the couch talking about how all of our normal holiday events have been cancelled and what that means for us this Thanksgiving, we realized we were looking at it the wrong way. Instead of viewing this as a loss in our normal holidays we decided to look at it as an opportunity. Since our families are spread out across the country we knew getting everyone together was just not an option, so we started to brainstorm about other alternatives. I decided to share our thoughts on the holidays, Thanksgiving in particular, so others can use this information to plan for  their “altered” 2020 holiday season.

Below are our top ideas for Thanksgiving Alternatives.

  • Friendsgiving– If seeing your family is impossible this year either for Covid safety concerns or for lack of travel access Friendsgiving is for you! This option allows you to still have a small, manageable get together while avoiding a large group or any real travel needs. You could even prepare the traditional meal but in smaller amounts or enjoy a potluck style meal. We suggest a group of about 4-8 close friends to share this event with.
  • Neighborsgiving– If seeing family and friends is not an option due to concerns/safety issues but you are close with a neighbor or two, consider Neighborsgiving! Similar to Friendsgiving but once again accommodating more for availability, Neighborsgiving is a great way to spend a day! You can enjoy a potluck style dinner or once again provide a slimmed down traditional Thanksgiving meal. If you are not this close to any of your neighbors…..you are not alone, consider sharing food with any elderly or isolated individuals in your area. This can be a very lonely time for seniors in particular and Covid has pushed this even farther.
  • Couplesgiving– This is perfect for those who are away from loved ones and friends and those who are new to a city and have not had a chance to meet anyone in your area. Once again this can be as simple or complex as you would like. Make a homecooked meal, make a traditional meal or go wild and just make whatever it is that makes you happy at the time! Spend the day enjoying an extra special date night with your significant other.
  • Takeoutgiving– This one might be my favorite! Family & friends, neighbors, couples, or single individuals this is the one for you!!!! Go around to your favorite fast-food places and order a random assortment of foods (i.e.: tacos from taco bell, fries from McDonalds, Shakes from White Castle, etc.) and share with anyone/everyone who comes to celebrate. Not only do you still get to have a fun and special meal, but you also avoid all cleanup!
    • Our plan this year (since Covid is hitting our area hard) is to buy our favorite items from local places who will be open the day of or day before. We plan on buying a pizza or two, fried rice & crab Rangoon, Pho, Tacos & Nachos, etc. from some of our favorite little spots. We then get to enjoy the laid back holiday while still supporting small local businesses who have been struggling.

*Most importantly, stay home if you are sick and use your best judgment on anyone who you invite to your home or who you choose to spend time with in their home.*

Hello World

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Hello Everyone and thank you for checking out my blog! I am so excited to start this adventure and I hope the information I share will help others in some way. I have always enjoyed sharing my experiences with others, this includes the good, bad and everything in between. My husband and I started documenting different activities, trips and random DIY’s we had tried. One day while sitting and looking over a new batch of pictures we realized that we should share our experiences with the world using a Blog. We are not world renowned travelers, cooks, or fashion idols but we love all of these things and have a blast experiencing them. We hope sharing our experiences will encourage others to try new things as well. Lets explore together!

“A mind that is stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions.” — Oliver Wendell Holmes