NYC Restaurant Week Reservations Now Open

Good day, Foodies! I have some exciting news for an otherwise mundane Wednesday: you can now start booking for NYC Restaurant Week.

By now, I’m sure you know the drill: three-course prix-fixe menus at over 300 of NYC’s best foodie digs ($25 for lunch and $38 for dinner). Visit nycgo.com to see participating restaurants, peek the menus, and most importantly, book your reservations! My Foodie partner-in-crime, Alycia, and I will be on the hunt to visit some restaurants on our 101 list, so stay tuned for updates.

This post is cross-posted from Feel Good Foodies, a fantastic food blog, if I do say so myself!

Where to Shop in NYC This Weekend: Fab Warehouse Sale at Chelsea Market

Fab’s first-ever brick and mortar warehouse sale at Chelsea Market is going on now, and ends tomorrow!

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Items are going for up to 90% off MSRP. I’ve been in the process of the most drawn-out move ever from Manhattan to Brooklyn (woo!), but I am going to try my best to get there tomorrow. We’re trying to upgrade just about everything, and our new apartment could use some serious finishing touches. Plus, I give Fab five stars in interior design.

Here are full details on the sale, belated, but there is still time!

The sale will run March 25-30

Hours:
Tuesday through Saturday 10am – 8pm
Sunday 10am – 4pm

At Chelsea Market: 75 9th Ave, New York, NY 10011

For her, there will be spiffy, springy dresses, jewelry, shoes, iPhone cases and other accessories from nOir, Fred Perry, L.A.M.B., Sven, Ted Baker, and many more.

For him, they have POP handsets, May28th watches, OnePiece loungewear, wallets, headphones, and watches galore.

For everyone, they have luggage, pillows, posters, cookware, lighting, and home accents that will keep you in style at home or on the go.

The best part? Merchandise will be restocked daily, and new deals will be announced each day. So no big deal that we’re tardy to the party! And plastic is accepted, shopaholics!

Foodie Friday: Juice for All

I’m a juice-aholic. By now, this is a well-known fact among my friends, and I receive requests for juice cleanse recommendations on the regular – I’d say about once per month.

Even if it doesn’t feel like it, Spring has sprung, and Summer is JUST around the corner! I noticed today that there are a ton of juice cleanse sales on all of our favorite daily deal sites, so I thought I’d do all you healthy-minded New Yorkers a favor and put the top ones all in one place:

Cleanses I’ve Tried

1. Cleanse:Jus By Julie

jus by julie cleanse

The deets:

  •          $99 ($200 value) for a 3-day juice cleanse + meal plan
  •          $175 ($350 value) for a 3-day juice cleanse for you and a friend + meal plans

Where to buy: Get it on LivingSocial

Thoughts: This is my favorite juice cleanse. I had a customer service snafu once, but they reached out and compensated with a free 1-day cleanse. The juices are so tasty, and they have puree in them, so you’re still getting some fiber and protein, and you don’t feel as hungry (or in some cases hungry at all) while cleansing.

2. Cleanse: Liquiteria

Liquiteria

The deets:

  •          “Juice, Eat, Repeat” $79 ($99 value): Four cold-pressed juices per day for three days (12 juices total)
  •          Level One Cleanse: “Explore & Nourish” $118 ($147 value): Six cold-pressed juices per day for three days (18 juices total)
  •          Level Two Cleanse: “Restore & Energize” $118 ($147 value): Six cold-pressed juices per day for three days (18 juices total) – same deal as level one, but different juices
  •          Level Three Cleanse: “Deep Dive & Heal” $160 ($200 value): Seven cold-pressed juices per day for three days (21 juices total); One coconut water per day (three total)
  •          All cleanses come with One-on-one coaching session with an expert cleanse coach. They basically walk you through the cleanse and answer any questions when you pick up your juices

Where to buy: Get it on Gilt City

Thoughts: The “Juice, Eat, Repeat” is awesome for juicing rookies! Juice all day and have a nice raw dinner – it leaves you feeling so refreshed! I really like Liquiteria, but you have to pick this cleanse up in person, so it takes a little extra prepping. They have three locations: Liquiteria Chelsea, Liquiteria East Village, or Union Square

Other Available Cleanses

1. Cleanse: The Squeeze

The Squeeze New York City Deal of the Day   Groupon New York City

The deets:

  •          $119 for a three-day juice cleanse ($177 value)
  •          $235 for a six-day juice cleanse ($354 value)

Where to buy: Get it on GroupOn

Thoughts: I haven’t tried The Squeeze yet, but maybe I will!  This is another ‘pick-up only’ cleanse. There are three locations: Battery Park City, Hell’s Kitchen, and Union Square

2. Cleanse: beQu Juice

bequ juices

The deets:

Where to buy: Get it on GroupOn

Thoughts: I haven’t tried beQu yet either, but here are some additional details from GroupOn: Recipients receive a supply of six bottles for each day of their cleanse, which includes three lemonade and three sweet greens juices that can be alternated throughout the day. Shipping is not included in this deal; beQu Juice will confirm delivery dates by email. Based on this, I would look up cost of shipping before buying!

NYC Gifts from Fab.com – Make the City Your Valentine

Valentine’s Day is tomorrow, and for the procrastinators like myself, the dreary weather forecast is not boding well for our last-minute gifting. Though I’m sure that stores will be open in the city that never sleeps. City schools are open today, which pretty much dictates that NYC will be business as usual.

But, in a city of convenience it is all the more tempting to stay warm and cozy as the snow inches pile up. It’s looking very possible that cards will be homemade, and IOUs might be issued (in the form of printed online shopping confirmations, of course).

Fab.com has your back though. With fast shipping options, maybe your gift will make it to your Valentine by the end of the weekend (or sooner?). And with their adorable selection of NYC-centric gifts (swoon), I’m considering making myself my second Valentine. I’m super forgiving for late presents, especially of the NYC persuasion.

Here are some great gift ideas for your NYC lovers:

Cityscape Umbrella-Fab

Cityscape Umbrella

steel cut map-nyc-fab

New York City Steel Cut Map by Cut Maps

I Love NY More Than Ever Print by  Milton Glaser

I Love NY More Than Ever Print by Milton Glaser

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New York Magazine by Milton Glaser

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New York Coaster Set by Common Rebels

new york jfk t-shirt-fab-christinadoes

New York JFK Tee by Pilot & Captain

I’m personally loving the umbrella and the steel cut map, for all of my Valentines out there. Stay warm and happy shopping!

Event Alert: Shop Discounts in SoHo Tonight

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A thoughtful friend just sent me a link to a lovely little shopping spree, scheduled for tonight. RSVP to shop the night away in NYC, with names like Kate Spade, Theory, DVF, and C. Wonder (just to name a few) offering 25 percent discounts on full-priced items.

Happy shopping!


Renegade Craft Fair Holiday Market and Other NYC Holiday Shopping

Sing with me, “It’s the most wonderful timmmeee, of the yeeaarr…”

Yesterday I shot down to Williamsburg for some best friend time at the Renegade Craft Fair Holiday Market. My normal plan of attack for such events is to collect business cards of the shops I like and check out their websites or Etsy shops later. This is mostly because I hate carrying cash, so I was excited to see many vendors using Square to accept credit cards this year.  I, of course, still collected cards. Here are some of my favorite vendors from the event:

  • Gneiss Spice: Magnetic spice racks. Absolutely in love with these.
  • YardSale Press: Creative prints for your home.
  • T-WE: Amazing loose tea from San Francisco. I’m sipping some Madame Morocco right now.
  • A.HEIRLOOM: State-shaped wooden cutting boards. Can you imagine serving up hunks of cheese on a Wisconsin-shaped board? Love.
  • Georgia Varidakis Jewelry: Very unique pieces, I really want it all.
  • Jamie Lau Designs: Jamie said she sources her fabrics from Japan – the dresses are amazing, and she offers custom work.
  • Docksmith: Driftwood iPhone dock, anyone?

Unfortunately, the Renegade Craft Fair was this past weekend only, but you can find a full list of vendors on their website.

If you didn’t make it out, fret not – here are other NYC holiday markets you can check out:

Bust Holiday Craftacular
When:
December 1-2
Where: 82Mercer, 82 Mercer St, between Broome and Spring Streets

Union Square Holiday Market
When:
Starting today through December 24
Where: Union Square Holiday Market 14th St to 17th St, between Broadway and Park Ave South

Artists & Fleas Brooklyn Holiday Bazaar
When:
November 25 through December 9
Where: Artists & Fleas 70 North 7th St, between Wythe and Kent Streets

Artists & Fleas at Chelsea Market
When:
Starts today through December 31
Where: Chelsea Market 75 Ninth Ave, at 16th St 

Brooklyn Flea’s Gifted Holiday Market
When:
November 24 through December 23
Where: One Hanson Place, 1 Hanson Pl, at Ashland Pl

Columbus Circle Holiday Market
When:
November 28 through December 24
Where: Columbus Circle Central Park South, at Central Park West

Grand Central Holiday Fair
When:
Now through December 24
Where: Grand Central Terminal, Vanderbilt Hall 42nd St, between Vanderbilt and Lexington Aves

The Holiday Shops at Bryant Park
When:
November 28 through January 6
Where: The Holiday Shops at Bryant Park Bryant Park, 42nd St, between Fifth and Sixth Avenues

Astoria Market Holiday Markets
When:
December 1 through December 23
Where: Bohemian Hall and Beer Garden, 29-19 24th Ave, between 29th and 31st Streets, Astoria

For more details on any of these markets you can visit Time Out New York.

LinkUps: Inspiration from Around the Web

I’ve been finding it difficult to blog this week. Everything seems trivial in the shadow of Hurricane Sandy. The storm has passed, but there is still so much work to be done to clean all of the areas that were hit. Jamie and I were lucky – the Upper East Side was completely spared. But I think our building felt sympathy, because this morning our hot water went out. This is also trivial in comparison to what others are going through.

Since I haven’t been writing much, here are some highlights of what I’ve been reading this week:

Image courtesy of Meals and Moves

Janeetha of Meals and Moves blogged about switching to an oil cleansing method to clean her face. Sound weird? I guarantee you this is more popular than it seems. It’s not the first time I’ve heard mention of this method, but hearing it again and seeing Janetha’s healthy skin puts me one step closer to trying it!

Image courtesy of Feel Good Foodies

My Feel Good Foodies partner Alycia baked a healthy banana bread recipe, and was kind enough to share it with our readers.

Image courtesy of The Pioneer Woman

The Pioneer Woman is giving away three Le Creuset 9-Quart Round French Ovens, in a gorgeous “Flame” color. This item has been on my wish list for…oh about three years. All you have to do is comment on her post – the winner will be announced today!

Image courtesy of CPW

Jonique of Confessions of a Product Whore posted a simple and chic DIY, transforming a pair of boring flats into something extraordinary.

Were you inspired by something you read this week? Share some links in the comments section!

Restaurant Review: Brunch at The Smith

THE SMITH
956 Second Ave (at 50th Street)
The Smith has been my favorite NYC restaurant ever since my first experience a couple of years ago in the East Village location. Every time I bring up this restaurant, Jamie shakes his head and says, “you love that place.” He doesn’t seem to understand, but luckily everyone else who has been there gets where I’m coming from.When they opened the Midtown East location, I simply couldn’t stay away. Weekend visitors gave me the perfect excuse to drag Jamie & company out for an exquisite brunch on Saturday.
The Midtown location is significantly easier to get a table on the weekends. I still always reserve with Open Table, but it’s notably less crowded, regardless.
We settled in, and were given the complementary bottles of flat and sparkling water, and sourdough bread. The boys ordered coffee while the girls chose Bloody Marys. Their Bloody Mary is good. Nothing exciting or eccentric about it, but it never disappoints. Entree choices were as follows:
Mushroom Omelet: wild mushrooms, herbs, fontina, home fries

 

Chicken Sausage + Eggs: spicy corn bread, gravy, home fries
Croaker: smoked ham, gruyere cheese, sourdough rye, sunny up eggs
Potato waffle Benedict: spinach, caramelized onion

I ordered the potato waffle benedict – as I do every time I come here. They cook potato pancakes in a waffle iron, and top it off with poached eggs and a spinach/onion mixture. It’s a little over the top, and a lot delicious. Next time I’ve promised myself I will switch from my norm and order the chicken sausage. I also recommend the grits. They add jalepeno and the result is outstanding. I think the photos speak for themselves, if you’re looking for a hearty, comfort-food brunch, The Smith is a good go-to.

Restaurant Review: Lasagna Ristorante

As Alycia and I prepare to embark on a BluePrint Cleanse starting tomorrow (her second, and my first), I am sitting here in the early hours of Monday morning day-dreaming about carbs. Yummy yummy bread with cheese, or Thai noodles, anything starchy and filling to warm up this cold, cold morning. The mixed fruit I ate for breakfast is already long forgotten, and my mind is falling on the incredible lasagna I had with Alycia a few weeks back. And then I remembered that I never did write up my review of that deliciously layered goodness. So without further ado…

Lasagna Ristorante

941 2nd Ave, New York 10022 (At 50th St)
 
Ever since switching jobs a few months back, I have been walking home up Second Avenue from Midtown East to the Upper East Side, and passing Lasagna every day. The restaurant is warm and inviting with an open front leading to outdoor seating, under an awning that wraps around the corner property. I am always jealous of the people sitting down to delicious pasta as I pass by on my way to the gym. Blech. So when Alycia and I decided we needed another foodie outing, the Garfield in me suggested this spot.
 

We started off healthy with a gorgeous Arugula Salad with goat cheese, crostini, roasted pepper, and balsamic vinaigrette, accompanied by the complimentary garlic bread that is all the rave on Yelp

 
 
With 17 different kinds of lasagna to choose from, accompanied by a menu of other Italian favorites, choosing an entree was no easy task. I landed on the lasagna with hearts of artichoke and capers in pink sauce, and aLYCIA CHOSE THE lasagna primavera which had zucchini, yellow, squash, red and green pepper, broccoli, mushroom and carrots. 
lasagna with hearts of artichoke

The portions were enormous and more than satisfying. I’m not a lasagna connoisseur, but what came out was exactly what I had been craving. The artichokes an capers added a nice zing to the traditional dish, and Alycia’s primavera was to die for – I think it was the red peppers that did it for me. If I were to go back, I would probably order the primavera (and I will be returning!). Prices were reasonable, and we left full and happy.

Event Alert: Budweiser Made in New York Party

Hello lovelies! I’m dropping in to quickly tell you about tomorrow’s Budweiser party at Roseland Ballroom. In the wise words of Benjamin Franklin, “Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy,” so grab a bud and head over to Roseland tomorrow at 8 p.m. All you have to do is register through Facebook, here. Hope to see you there!
 
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