Brunch with the J’s – Volume II

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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.

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We started off with the Roasted Wine Grape Focaccia served with Honey and Riccotta, the picture doesn’t do the consistency justice. This beauty was devoured in .2 seconds…

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  1. Well Fleet Oysters – with Spring Onion Vinegar & Japanese Spring Blossom Bellinis (nice and dry without that sweetness you often get with most cocktails, perfect brunch drink).
  2. Rigatoni – accompanied by suckling Pig, fennel and Chiles.
  3. Poached Egg avec. Polenta, Spring Onion and Parmigiano.

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

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Post Dental Surgery DIET

ICECREAM…

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!

  • Ingredients include: Milk of choice, Bananas (1 is enough but more the merrier), and anything you want to add in the mix, I prefer berries OR chocolate, sometimes I add Avocado for a nice creamy consistency.
  • Chop up bananas and any berries or fruit you may want to add and freeze over night.
  • Mix ingredients in a mixer/processor including a splash of milk (depends on how thick you prefrer the consistency (I’d suggest starting with 1/4 a cup or less).
  • BONUS: sprinkle chia seeds, shaved chocolate, honey or granola on top. You can get innovative!



I went with strawberry-banana with chia seeds and almond milk & blueberry-banana.

2. Congee

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:

  • Olive oil
  • 1lbs Carrots
  • 3 Medium/Large Beets
  • Ginger
  • Stock/Broth (you can use leftover from your congee!)
  • Salt & Pepper
  • Garlic
  • Onion

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.

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3. ICECREAM

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

You could use Kourtney K’s 3 ingredient recipe or use this Chocolate peanut butter recipe from the Minimalist Baker! Check out her other recipes too!

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.

6. Oatmeal

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:

  • Smoothies
  • Yogurt
  • Frittata
  • Soups (several options here for instance)
  • Hummus (if you dare eat to it as a snack without any hard foods)
  • Guacamole (same goes for this one…)
  • Apple sauce

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.

Cheers- Yeni

Brunch with the J’s – Volume 1

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.

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Flood Warnings and Taco’s

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 given 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).

P.S.I enjoy food a lot but wouldn’t claim I’m a good cook, which is kind of the point of this post, if I can do it, you can! Although I did learn how to cook up the basics unlike some millennials I’ve met (my first roommate asked how to make tea once…). My culinary talents shine brighter on the baking front. Will share some pancake, crepe and banana bread recipes in the near future!

¡Salud!