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Gluttony?

30 Jan

WE LOVE TO INDULGE. So today, we are going to share with you two of our favorite spots where we can do just that!

Our first stop: Shake Shack. You may already be familiar with this modern day “roadside” burger stand. Part of Danny Meyer’s Union Square Hospitality Group, Shake Shack is a restaurant chain serving the most delicious burgers, hot dogs, home made frozen custard (flavors change daily), and more!

Since is opening in Madison Square Park in 2004, Shake Shack uses the finest local ingredients to create these American classics. What do we love? The juicy Shackburger, gooey cheese fries, and their rich and thick chocolate shake! The concretes and frozen custard are also incredible – the perfect way to cool off on a hot summer day or to feed the sweet tooth that LeeJee has year round.

Shake Shack has opened several locations in New York City and made its debut in Saratoga Springs, NY as well as Miami. Make sure to visit one of their stands! Their quick, friendly service and consistently decadent food makes Shake Shack a must-try, especially for those of you who love to indulge.

Our second stop: Dallas BBQ. When we discovered this NYC chain serving mouth-watering BBQ and huge frozen drinks, it felt like we found hidden treasure. Dallas BBQ not only has a fun atmosphere, but provides the best bang for every buck in terms of taste and price.

Everything on the menu is served Texas size, including the drinks! Portions are huge, prices are affordable, and the food tastes great! We usually stick with splitting two entrees, but we’re warning you, even that is difficult to finish! Our favorite dishes are the spicy buffalo wings, house made chili and cornbread, decadent pulled pork sandwich, and juicy honey glazed rotisserie chicken – mmm mmm good.

After stuffing ourselves with barbecue and frozen drinks, we walk it off to the Cold Stone next door where we finish the evening with a large Chocolate Devotion. Gluttony? Some may think it is, but to us, it’s just everyday life!

A Euphoric New Year!

5 Jan

HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!!!

We hope you had an amazing holiday season and look forward to a new year filled with joy, good health, and tastes of euphoria!

New York City is absolutely beautiful during the holidays. The Rockefeller Christmas Tree is larger than life and every shop is festively decorated! This was our first holiday together in the city and it was incredible!

 

 

Last winter, my friend Katherine and I threw a holiday dessert party for our friends! Not only is Katherine one of my good friends, but she and I share a special bond – an insatiable appetite for all things sweet.

So, in the midst of the Hotel School’s endless final exams, papers, and presentations, we made sure to spread holiday cheer and enjoy a festive night with our friends! Here are some pictures from our party, Frost Yourself:

Frost Yourself

Peppermint Cheesecake Lollipops, White Chocolate

Green Velvet Cupcakes, Cream Cheese Frosting

Green Velvet Cupcakes, Cream Cheese Frosting

Decorative Sugar Cookies

YUM!!!

Hotelie Loves (Katherine on the far left!)

Swirly Goodness

5 Nov

If we could have one food in the world, it would be froyo. But not just any froyo…none of that 10 calorie wow cow or froyo that is really just soft serve in disguise. We mean the tart, tangy, and refreshing froyo that is true swirly goodness. PINKBERRY.

As ice cream, soft serve, and froyo fanatics, we have tried over a hundred different brands and flavors. Nothing compares to Pinkberry. The taste is almost too incredible to explain. It is light, refreshing, and melts in your mouth yet fills the palate with natural tart and tangy yogurt flavor.

Not only does Pinkberry taste like perfection, but it is also made with the highest quality nonfat milk and yogurt from cows that have not been treated with rBST hormones. Pinkberry is certified by the National Yogurt Association to carry the Live & Active cultures seal; in fact, each Pinkberry has over 10 million live and active cultures per gram that can help your digestion and immunity. Even the toppings are of the highest quality, as fruit is always cut fresh daily at each store and is never frozen, canned, or sitting in water.

Why do we love Pinkberry? It is the best tasting froyo out there. Competitors…sorry. You don’t have a chance with this one. Also, every Pinkberry location is consistent in terms of product, ambiance, and service. During rapid growth and development, consistency is a huge challenge for businesses. However, co-founders Shelly Hwang and Young Lee have truly created an amazing operation where the quality of the product and the guest experience are never compromised.

Pinkberry is our go-to spot for a meal, snack, or dessert (after all, it is healthy right?!). Pinkberry makes every day better and always puts a smile on our face – a true taste of euphoria. Now the only question is…how do we buy a Pinkberry machine?! Or become a Pinkberry spokesperson??

If you are a Pinkberry fanatic like we are, check out the groupie page here! Also, new pumpkin Pinkberry is now in stores! Go ahead and go swirl wild.

D-DAY: Part 2

22 Oct

The finale to Dax’s birthday extravaganza was his birthday lunch at Jean-Georges’ Spice Market in the Meatpacking District! It was our first time dining at one of Jean-Georges’ restaurants, and we were both so excited for this experience!

403 West 13th Street

During my search for the perfect place to take Dax for his birthday, I came across this restaurant and was captivated. First, the interior – as soon as you step foot inside, you feel like you have entered a Southeast Asian paradise. The airy two-level space is filled with rich violets, indigos, and deep reds and adorned with artifacts imported from Rajastan, South India, Burma, and Malaysia adorn the airy two-level space. Custom-made colonial style furniture is mixed with Oriental period pieces such as wooden Thai and Chinese porcelain garden stools.

Next, the menu – innovative yet authentic, Southeast Asian street food inspired dishes. Regional fish sauces, curries and spices are tweaked to tantalizing effect in dishes like chicken samosas with cilantro-infused yogurt, a vinegar-infused pork vindaloo and halibut cha ca la vong. Guests can truly experience the culture of Southeast Asia by dining family style. Food comes throughout the meal and is placed at the center of table for all to share.

I surprised Dax with the Spice Market Menu – a tasting of Jean-Georges’ favorite dishes! Over the course of two hours, we enjoyed nine incredible dishes that were each so unique, flavorful, authentic, and creative. Here are pictures from our wonderful meal. Feast your eyes and enjoy!

Crisp lentil chips, spicy chutney

Shaved tuna, chilli tapioca, Asian pear and lime

Lobster summer roll, citrus-dill gelee, sriracha emulsion

Spiced chicken samosa, cilantro yogurt

Charred chili rubbed beef skewer, Thai basil dipping sauce

Cod with Malaysian chili Sauce, Thai basil

Char grilled chicken, kumquat lemongrass dressing

Ginger fried rice, breaded egg, raw yolk

Thai jewels, crushed coconut ice

Ovaltine kulfi, caramelized banana, spiced milk chocolate sauce

HAPPY BIRTHDAY D!!!

Spice Market offers exceptional food and attentive service in a casual and sexy atmosphere. If you love Asian cuisine and are eager to try exciting new dishes, visit Spice Market! It is a true taste of euphoria!

Spice Market

403 W. 13th Street
New York, NY 10014
(212) 675-2322

D-DAY: Part 1

19 Oct

Hi everyone! Sorry we haven’t posted in the last two weeks! Our schedules have been crazy busy with work, interviews…and Dax’s 23rd birthday extravaganza! People flew into New York City for D-DAY (Dax Day), and his doorman, Joe, had to leave his post to deal with the paparazzi!!

We kicked off Dax’s birthday at 230 Fifth, a rooftop bar and restaurant with an incredible view of the city! We reserved a table on their rooftop, which was adorned with hanging plants, standing plants, and Christmas lights. The heat lamps kept us warm, but they even offered robes in case people get cold! The ambiance, music, serve, drinks, and food were all great! Here are some pictures from the night!

We ended the night with decadent birthday cupcakes from Sugar Sweet Sunshine! Every flavor was delectable. We finished the entire box by the end of the weekend…

The rest of the weekend was filled with amazing food and great restaurants. Here are some pictures for you to enjoy!

Brasserie Ruhlmann

45 Rockefeller Plaza

American Kobe Hamburger - 8oz., gruyere, mozzarella

Croque Monsieur - French ham, bechamel, melted gruyere

Island Burgers and Shakes

766 9th Ave

Black and White Shake

Chocolate Malt

Otto

1 5th Ave

Margherita D.O.P.

Tacozette con Stracotto

We also made our first home cooked Indian meal! Chicken tikka masala with mango and potato chutney. After we cooked the rice and chicken, we realized that we didn’t have naan. So Dax improvised with a pizza crust and it came out even better than actual garlic, onion naan – amazing!!

As a surprise, LeeJee brought a bottle of mead wine from Montezuma Winery in the heart of the Finger Lakes in New York. Honey wine (mead) is the oldest of all fermented beverages and dates back to the Renaissance period. Created from their own blend of honey, this light-bodied wine was smooth with wonderful tones of honey and a lingering sweet finish.

Winner of 5 Gold Medals!

When Dax visited Vermont last Christmas, we made King Arthur Flour’s chocolate indulgence cake using their cake mix. And it was honestly the darkest, richest, densest, most moist and chocolatey intense cakes we have ever had! Not only is it our favorite chocolate cake, but it is also so incredibly easy to make. So for Dax’s birthday, I made him this special cake! Happy birthday D!

The World is Our Lobster

1 Oct

The world is our lobster! Today’s post is all about lobster, because if you couldn’t tell by our last two posts, WE LOVE LOBSTER!

Recently, we went to Thalia, which is located in the heart of New York City’s theatre district. The main dining rooms’ soaring ceilings, huge theatrical posters, and massive columns made a fitting tribute to the neighborhood. We sat at a great table by the window and looked over the menu over cheddar biscuits, pumpkin spice muffins, and mimosas.

We enjoyed the Lobster Benedict and the Thalia Burger (Rachel Ray’s favorite!). Both were great! The lobster benedict was absolutely decadent. The lobster hollandaise sauce was rich and creamy, and the fresh Maine lobster meat was sweet and bursting with intense flavor.

The Thalia burger was great too! 10 ounces of prime New York sirloin, gruyere cheese, bacon in between soft, onion bread with a heaping side of Thalia’s fresh-cut fries…what could be better??

We had another awesome seafood meal at Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. in Times Square! The restaurant was huge and filled with vintage, sea-related décor. We started off with their signature oversized cocktails: one Bayou Surprise and one Blue Louisiana Lemonade. So refreshing!

We each had a bowl of shrimp and crab bisque and shared the steamed shellfish platter: an assortment of mussels, clams, snow crab, lobster claws, and shrimp steamed in garlic butter. It was served with a side of warm Jasmine rice, fresh coleslaw, and Mama’s best garlic bread. We put on our plastic bibs and dug in with both hands. The seafood was incredible! All of the flavors were well-balanced and the broth was so tasty. We ended up pouring it onto our rice and dunking our garlic bread into it!

After our great lobster meals at various restaurants, we decided to cook our first lobster dinner together! We headed to the Lobster Place in Chelsea Market to find some fresh lobster. We bought two 1.5 pound steamed lobsters and brought them home!

We heated up the lobster, sautéed fresh asparagus, cooked Parmesan herb couscous, and made some rich, garlic butter sauce.

Then we cracked the shells and pulled out all the yummy meat! We plated the couscous, asparagus, and lobster and enjoyed it with our home made garlic butter. Our dinner turned out amazing!! We encourage every lobster lover to buy fresh lobster and prepare a wonderful meal at home, because it is budget friendly, easy, and fun!

Time to enjoy! Bon appetit!

No Soup for You!

22 Sep

“Soup so good you can’t eat it standing up, because it will make your knees buckle.” Welcome to The Original Soup Man, home of the world’s greatest soup!

You are probably familiar with the famed “Seinfeld Soup Nazi.” This character was based off of Al Yeganeh, who founded the soup shop in 1984. He closed his shop six years ago, but re-opened his original store this summer. Neither of us had ever tried Al’s soup, so we were really excited for our first visit!

We followed the large sign that directed us to the shop front, which was crowded with hungry customers. There were footsteps painted on the sidewalk so that people do “not step out of line.” Al’s infamous rules were still posted above the counter in 10 languages: “Pick the soup you want. Have your money ready. Move to the extreme left after ordering.”

We glanced over the chalkboard menu that was hanging on the door. There were four types of soups, but our eyes were instantly drawn to the lobster bisque. Behind the counter was another chalkboard where Al wrote his seafood shipments for the week. “100 lbs of lobster, 200 lbs of crabs, etc.” Since we are lobster fanatics, we ordered two large orders of the lobster bisque.

What a surprise! We opened the bag to find our soups, two bananas, two Lindt truffles, and two utensil sets! In addition to the soup, Al gives every customer a piece of fresh fruit, which changes daily, as well as a truffle. This is truly unique and provides customers with the feeling that they are getting more for their money.

The lobster bisque was INCREDIBLE. It was actually the most amazing soup we have ever tasted. The bisque was thick, creamy, and rich. The herbs, vegetables, and sweet lobster meat worked beautifully together to create the perfect balance of flavors. Don’t be surprised if you come across an entire lobster claw or half of a tail in your single serving of soup! Each of our bisques literally had the meat from an entire lobster. YUM!

Are we going to go back? Absolutely. There is no place in New York City where you can find soup like this. Al’s original store on 55th St and 8th Ave is now open, so get your soup today! And if you don’t live near the city, don’t worry! You can order his soup on his online store.