Have to finish up some posts soon but I just wrapped an insanely long Monday, it’s 1am in NYC so I’m clocking out, later.✌🏼🐒
My second feature is Charlie Bird in Soho, New York.
“Charlie Bird means New York” is a statement you’ll find quoted on their website and it’s quite easy to grasp that feeling as soon as you step up to the hostess stand.
The restaurant which serves Italian influenced American fare has that cool Downtown New York vibe. The chic retro yet modern decor curated by Leroy Street Studio (as I discovered through Architectural Digest) includes beautiful leather seats, exposed brick, settle ‘neon’ signs, a sleek white marble bar and just the right amount of hardware details. Accompany this with a hip- hop/R&B playlist and an above moderately priced menu and you may see it’s quite fitting for a neighborhood like Soho where laid back chic and luxury mix well.
The focal point (the food and drinks of course) are nothing short of amazing. I have yet to return for dinner but I’ve heard nothing but pleasant comments about the extensive wine (and food) menu, which is no surprise considering the men behind it. You’ll definitely be able to enjoy an early brunch here and truly scope out the restaurant but I would recommend making a reservation if you decide on dinner for the sake of your sanity.
The staff includes: Sommelier/Hospitality Experts Robert Bohr and Grant Reynolds and Chef Ryan Hardy. You should check out the rest of the staff here, they make Charlie Bird the amazing destination it is, which in my humble opinion is just what they aim to be “a neighborhood favorite”.
Below are the brunch items Jamie and I shared on a lovely Saturday a few weeks back.
We shared the above which was a comfortable amount of food for two ladies, everything was fresh, delicious and not the least bit boring. The restaurant’s dedication to source local and organic produce shows.
Cheers – JP
You already knew that one, I mean a girls gotta have something to look forward to am I right!? Besides ice cream I think anyone can agree that at some point the over consumption of sugar becomes OD and we need to find something more nutritious. I made a list of recipes/dishes I found to be relatively easy to make and which are soft enough to comfortably consume while you’re recovering from the horror of a dentist pulling teeth outta your damn mouth, ouch.
1. Nana Ice-cream
The “healthy” version of icecream. I’ve made countless versions of this and it’s one of my favorite ‘treat yourself’ snack/breakfast/dessert-s. Three easy steps and done!
I decided on Shrimp Congee since I already had most of the ingredients at home. Alex (my partner) had all the shrimp in this case since chewing 24h after surgery wasn’t really an option.
I made my Congee pretty simple and included: long grain white rice, Shrimp, sesame oil, broth, scallion, soy sauce, garlic, ginger, salt and pepper. I would suggest adding the soy sauce and sesame oil afterwards to taste. You may think the mix of chicken broth and shrimp is bizarre but it works just fine. I usually make mine in my rice cooker but will link a few congee variations below!
3. Beet, Carrot & Ginger Soup
This recipe is hard to screw up. You’ll need the following:
Wash and peel carrots, beets and onion, chop into smaller chunks. Bring water (enough to cover all the contents) to boil and add olive oil, salt, pepper and broth. Mince the ginger and garlic, toss in with carrots and beets, leave to soft boil for about 45 min. turn stove off when the big chunks are easy to pierce with a fork yet stay on it without crumbling. Pour out some of the liquid if you prefer your soup firm. Season as you please. Mash with a processor or hand mixer (hand mixer is much easier since you can leave the soup in the cooker).
I prefer to serve mine with sour cream although I had yet to add that when taking the picture below. This recipe is easy to play around with, if preferred you can skip the hand mixer and leave it as is after boiling.
Surprisingly if a friend asked me out for an Ample Hills date next week I most certainly wouldn’t decline. I can curve my sweet tooth for candy by indulging twice a year but ice cream is another story. Too many flavors. So creamy, so perfect.
I had Ben & Jerry’s Vanilla flavor (forgot how amazing such a simple flavor could be!?), tried Halo Top (which FYI makes you bloated af so may not go that route again) in Strawberry, Oatmeal Cookie (favorite) and Peanut Butter Cup. Definitely tastes good but it’s not the real deal plus I’m skeptical about what that prebiotic fiber ingredient is?
4. Avocado Pudding
5. Chia Pudding
Ingredients: Almond milk and chia seeds. You may want to add honey, banana, fruit, berries, vanilla extract, cocoa powder, granola etc. play around with the recipe. The very basis is simple, mix 1/4 cup of chia seeds with 1 cup of almond milk and leave in the fridge overnight. Mine wasn’t exactly pretty hence why I chose not to post a picture.
Filling and hearty, one of my go-to breakfasts that I’m glad I was able to eat this week despite my limited diet. I’m lazy so I usually do over night oats with chia seeds or quick-oats that you prepare on the stove or in the microwave. The below image was a seamless order I cheated with…
Other soft foods to consider:
I hope someone found inspiration in these easy recipes that can certainly be used even when you aren’t limited to soft foods. I apologize for the pictures being so simple, I was a bit light headed from my fever and couldn’t quite find the energy to style properly.
A few days ago I downloaded the The life changing method of tidying based on the Konmari Method created by its author Marie Kondo. So far so good, my problem is finding the time to sort through my belongings. Sustainability is important to me so I wouldn’t just fill up garbage bags and toss stuff so I’ve created categories. I’ll share my own summary of the book and my suggestions once I’m done. In the meantime I got lost looking up inspiration for my vanity and how to make it look more organized and less cluttered. Will post before & after pictures once I’ve come up with my final solution.
I don’t own rights to these images, you can find their original links through my board.
The idea of using trays to display a few of my Byredo perfumes (my favorites) and having a small plant and a candle along with SOME not all of my makeup visible would be ideal.
Cheers – Yeni
Saturday May 6th, 2017
After cancelling an upstate hiking trip due to agony from impacted wisdom teeth and tonsils the size of tumors I still convinced myself that brunch with my best friend would be a stellar idea. Surprisingly I was able to down the Frittata without any major problems.
Located in Brooklyn’s Clinton Hill on busy Fulton street Sisters Restaurant is accompanied by neighbors such as Emily (yup the burger + pizza joint) and Belli Osteria.
The space doubles as a music venue at night but during the day it’s inviting and soaked with natural light highlighting the long marble bar, wooden features and brick walls. They don’t take reservations but if you’re meeting a friend for Brunch the wait to sit at the bar doesn’t typically seem too brutal, you can grab a drink while you wait).
Jamie (the other J ofc, and one of my dearest friends) had the Savory French Toast (specifically the dish I wanted but couldn’t indulge in due to this damn tooth) and I had the Frittata as previously mentioned. The French Toast was an excellent twist on a classic French Toast, more or less the perfect option when you can’t decide between sweet or savory. It’s both! It’s topped with pulled pork, scallions, cheddar and fried egg 🍳 with a side of maple syrup. The frittata included goat cheese and spinach with a side of arugula. Bonus points to Sisters for using organic, antibiotic free and local produce not to mention the beautiful and unique interior.
It’s the very first Friday of May which happens to be Cinco De Mayo this year and it’s down pouring, nice. Of course my thoughts are consumed with tacos but I’m working from home and trying to avoid seamless for the sake of my bank account. I’d also assume Mexican Restaurants have an insane demand at this giving moment to add to this equation of things.
I decided to pull up my adult pants and scavenged through my fridge. Luckily I eat tacos often enough where I always have soft tacos in the fridge or freezer and your girl never skips the avocados (especially when they’re in season). Add some sriracha and an egg (not claiming this is a traditional taco) and boom you have a simple yet delicious lunch. I also made some corn in a cup which may be my favorite little side dish to make in a matter of minutes (you can cheat with frozen corn from the bag).