Tonight's dinner was homemade risotto from Ina Garten's cookbook How Easy Is That?
It really was easy and pretty darn good too.
Tuesday, July 30, 2013
Pastrami Queen on the Upper East Side is a kosher restaurant that features classic Jewish deli dishes. We went there this weekend, and I have to say, I like it a lot. It's not as hyped as Katz's and seemed very clean. Somewhere in my memory, I have a faint recollection that Katz's had a mouse problem - it is also extremely touristy. Pastrami Queen is a tiny and chill place to get your pastrami fix.
For any Upper East Siders, I highly recommend Pastrami Queen!
|We ordered a bunch of sides: Fries, Pickles, Cole Slaw, & Homemade Potato Chips - I couldn't stop eating the homemade chips; they were addictive!|
|My husband got the Reuben, which because it was a kosher did not include cheese. I think I might like it better this way.|
|My mom and I split a Reuben. The sandwich was pastrami, sauerkraut, & Russian dressing on toasted rye bread.|
|My dad got the pastrami platter with a side of toast, which proved gigantic and awesome.|
Sunday, July 28, 2013
Bloomingdale's had a huge housewares sale yesterday, and my parents (who were in town visiting) treated me to a set of gorgeous Villeroy & Boch Boston highball glasses and a cute bowl. Cerulean was always my favorite crayon color, and these glasses are a beautiful cerulean or cornflower blue color.
|Villeroy & Boch Boston Highball Glass|
|Gin & Tonic with Princesses Long Island|
|A bowl of nuts to go with my cocktail|
This week, we had a delightful lunch at Café Boulud. We ordered off of the Restaurant Week Menu and everything was wonderful. $25 for a three-course meal is not bad!
|For a starter, I had the wild arugula salad with peaches, almonds, and parmesan cheese.|
|Everyone else ordered Gazpacho|
|My parents ordered New Jersey corn ravioli for their main course.|
|My husband ordered the grilled leg of lamb for his.|
|I ordered the blackened hake.|
|My dad and I got poached blueberries and shortbread|
|My mom and husband got salted caramel bavorois that they said was amazing!|
Tuesday, July 23, 2013
I saw Hollywood Game Night for the first time tonight and was not charmed by Jane Lynch's humorless, stilted banter. Hollywood Game Night is a subpar knockoff of Watch What Happens Live.
I truly believe some of the best off-the-cuff interviews with celebrities are on Watch What Happens Live, and Hollywood Game Night is a really poorly executed imitation.
|Hollywood Game Night has a bar, but contestants don't seem to be relaxed and uncensored the way they are on WWHL.|
|Watch What Happens Live frequently has guests get tipsy and a little inappropriate in a good way (e.g.: Ethan Hawke talking about making out with Angelina Jolie). There is always a guest bartender who is sometimes more interesting than the guest.|
|Note beverage here on Hollywood Game Night.|
|WWHL has in-depth interviews with (for the most part - excluding Ray J and Vinny Guadangnino—yuck) interesting celebrities like Tina Fey (note beverages).|
|Andy Cohen plays creative and quirky games with guests as part of Game Time! that are both entertaining and scandalous, whereas CGN's games are stilted and boring.|
Monday, July 22, 2013
The sunset Saturday was spectacular, and the weather Sunday was beautiful again. We really lucked out and had such a relaxing weekend.
|Sunset on the bay|
|Firey Fire Island Sunset|
|Ice Castle on Ocean Beach for Ice Cream|
|Cookies and Cream|
|Slightly demolished cookies and cream|
|I bought fudge Sunday night and chowed down on it tonight in front of Bravo|
We left NYC early on Saturday to go to Fire Island. I made a pit stop at the 7Eleven in Bay Shore to grab some coffee and breakfast. It was a very relaxing Saturday on the beach with beautiful weather.
|Coffee, sausage, egg, and cheese biscuit with my Vera Bradley "yellow bird" bag in the background|
|Unwrapped sausage, egg, and cheese biscuit - surprisingly okay|
|Ferry to Ocean Beach getting ready to get out|
|Beach on Fire Island|
|Reading "Original Sin" by P.D. James|
|You can't avoid advertising, even at the beach.|
Sunday, July 14, 2013
Summer dresses are hard to find, and this Target Racerback Shirt Dress is a winner.
|Target website - the dress was $24.99|
|I chose the orange color.|
|It seems very Jackie O, Cape Cod to me.|
|Great for the beach, but not for the office - especially not with this risqué racerback|
After the Bastille Day celebrations on 60th Street, we headed for the shade of Central Park.
I felt a little hungry and decided that I would try Epicerie Boulud.
Along our walk we saw all sort of cool architectural details and this cute Bonsai stand. I love the Upper West Side.
|Shady trees on the Mall|
|This Natalie's Lemonade was good.|
|The quiche I got, however, was nasty.|
|Most of the quiche and all of the gross looking dressing were leftover.|
|Adorable acorn light fixture on this historic building|
|Another cool light fixture|
|Old beat up gate on a church|
|Bonsai stand auguring good luck and happiness|