18 3 / 2014

Mushroom Ravioli with White Wine Butter Sauce

Mushroom Ravioli with White Wine Butter Sauce

Mushroom Ravioli with White Wine Butter Sauce

i just made this for dinner and thought it was super tasty and simple, so here’s the quick hit recipe!  :-)

Ingredients:

2-3 garlic cloves, minced

1/2 shallot, minced

fresh tarragon or parsley, minced

1 tbsp butter

1/3 cup white wine (i used a Chardonnay)

Directions:

1.  Melt the butter over medium heat and cook the garlic and shallot until…

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17 3 / 2014

Thai-Style Larb Salad Recipe

A few weeks ago, I finally tried thai-style larb salad, a minced meat salad seasoned with chili-lime dressing and served with mixed greens, tomatoes, cucumber, mint, and toasted peanuts.  I immediately fell in love with its contrasting textures and refreshing taste.  The chili-lime dressing is seasoned with pungent fish sauce, chili flakes, hot sauce, and sugar, which provides a myriad of…

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09 3 / 2014

Da Marcella (Greenwich Village)

a super special meal for a special day.  :-)

i found this place while randomly browsing through Opentable.  this place has high reviews for its food, atmosphere, and most importantly, all at a super affordable price.  we picked two apps, entrees, and a dessert to share, everything was fantastic!

what i liked:  friendly service, cozy atmosphere

what i didn’t like:  nothing

will i return?:  YES!

bread & olive oil

br…

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09 3 / 2014

Jo Malone Blackberry & Bay, English Pear & Freesia Cologne Review

a treat for me

a treat for me

i’ll admit it, i love perfumes and fragrance candles, there’s nothing that puts more bounce in my steps than a few spritzes of my favorite perfume in the morning.  in fact, i feel naked or under-dressed when i go without perfumes.  lol.  usually i lean toward citrus or fruity scents (ie. clinique happy or fresh sugar lychee), but i have expanded my horizon to more feminine scents…

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06 3 / 2014

i’m always craving pho and i found this place during a cold, winter night when i didn’t want to join the long lines at saigon shack.  pho sure (i LOVED the name!) is a small restaurant tucked away in west village.  their menu features pho, banh mi, rice and vermicelli dishes, as well as some clay pot casseroles.  we both liked the food and will return in the future.

what i liked:  MSG-free pho…

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06 3 / 2014

interior

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open kitchen

open kitchen

every winter, i’m on a never-ending quest for the most soul-satisfying bowl of ramen and it has brought me to Totto Ramen.  as a huge foodie, i’ve heard about its rave reviews but deterred by the long wait (2 hours during peak hours?  ain’t nobody got time fo’ that!  lol.).  luckily, they open up a second location in Hell’s Kitchen, it’s much more spacious and sleek.  the…

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06 3 / 2014

Casual Dinner at Room Service

chandelier

chandelier

i’ve been wanting to try this place and we finally made it happen last night!  wow, the place, it’s gorgeous with a romantic/trendy interior and black & white floor tiles.  in the middle of the dining room is a huge chandelier, so beautiful.  anyway, room service offers thai food in an intimate environment, and best of all, the prices are ridiculous.  everything was so affordable and…

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25 2 / 2014

Brunch at Highland Bakery (Old Fourth Ward)

my grand littles and i intended to go to west egg, but it was closed due to water problems (due to the storm), so after a quick search, we decided to go to the highland bakery instead.  not a bad choice after all.  :-)

what i liked:  tasty food, HUGE portions, friendly server

what i didn’t like:  PARKING

will i return?:  maybe

interior

interior

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menu

menu

mini muffins

mini muffins

-a selection of banana nut,…

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25 2 / 2014

Farm Burger (Buckhead)

less than 12 hours after i had my holeman and finch burger, i had burger again, at Farm Burger in Buckhead with a sorority sister.  definitely a burger overload, but it was tasty and i do love the fully customizable selections.

what i liked:  self-service, good lunch deals ($8.50 lunch is a burger, fries, and drink combo), sun-drenched dining room

what i didn’t like:  less-than-tidy tables, most…

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24 2 / 2014

Black Iron Burger Shop

i bought an Amazon Local deal for this place, two burgers, two sides, and two beers for only $18 (we paid $8 more at the restaurant because we made some substitutions).  for the quality of the food and value, this was a steal!

what i liked:  great burgers, friendly staff, great deal.  most importantly, they played 90s music the entire time.  oh, sweet nostalgia!

what i didn’t like:  extra charge…

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