Friday, March 27, 2015

Ed's Chowder House Restaurant

Ed's Chowder House has been on my "to do" list for some time. I was thrilled to get back into the city last Thursday after a few month absence. I had the pleasure of dining with Cutie Patroller from the blog of the same name. When 2 food bloggers get together, you know it's going to be a great time! 
Ed's Chowder House is located inside The Empire Hotel, a classic New York City Art Deco hotel. How gorgeous is this lighting fixture ? 
The decor is wonderful, and feels very "old" New York 
They have a $25.00 pre-fixe lunch which sounded like a great deal to both of us. The bread tray was very nice, with some corn bread calling my name! I am a huge lover of seafood, prefer that to steak any day, so I was really excited to finally try this place! 
crispy calamari / saffron aioli

My Mom loved calamari and got me hooked. Their dish was quite tasty, the breading was not heavy, just the right amount, and the saffron aioli was perfect. The portions in this lunch are just unreal. Many times when you have a pre-fixe meal, the sizes are smaller, but not here. We were shocked at the portion sizes for every item we had the pleasure to savor! 
organic salmon tartare / fresh cucumber & horseradish crème

The presentation here was lovely. I have never tried any kind of tartare, but was offered a taste of this one, and I have to say, I liked it. 
I would for sure order this on my own. Just very tasty! 
salmon sliders / lemon cucumber mayo & fries

The little buns here were so adorable, a very intense tasting slider, lots of flavor. The fries were also seasoned which makes for a yummy experience! 
seared skate wing / melted leeks, crushed potatoes & herb butter  

Is this piece of fish big enough? I mean really, the portions here are just unreal. They seemed to be full size for sure, which is a nice surprise. I tasted this as well, my first time eating skate and I enjoyed it very much, It melted right in your mouth! 
lemon meringue

The desserts did not disappoint as I imagined they would not after our 1st 2 courses. This is a work of art, and almost to pretty to eat. But eat we did and it was fantastic! 
vanilla banana cream pie

Words cannot describe this pie. It was so full of flavor and fluffy, I felt bad only being able to eat a few forks of it. Times like these I wish I was staying overnight in a hotel with a fridge to save everything. 

I cannot recommend this place to you enough! Amazing food, gorgeous atmosphere and if you can have lovely company as well, you are one happy person! I will be back again for sure, next time I am in the Upper West Side. You can make reservations on Open Table which I recommend highly. 

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Thursday, March 26, 2015

Throwback Thursday "Grocer in 1939"

This wonderful shot of a grocery store in 1939 in New York City. The prices are enough to really make you laugh! I love the Dr. Pepper soda holder! My Grandfather had a grocery store in his hometown, and I am sure it was similar to this one. Everything was so fresh, and they knew all their customers. A much simple time, but I bet it was wonderful!! 

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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

MixCups Single Cup Coffee Review

I was really excited when I had the opportunity to review the products from this company called Mixcups. I was sent a box of  30 single cup coffees to check out for myself, which was amazing! My Mom had wanted a Keurig machine for a while before I broke down and bought it for her one Christmas. Once we had it in our home, it grew on me. So much so, when one would break, I was ordering a replacement asap. It is just so nice to have a fresh cup of coffee or tea when you want it, and you don't have any waste. 

Mixcups is really a very cool idea. You have the choice of a lovely box of 10 or 30 various types of coffee to enjoy. I like the idea that you have the option of single cup quantity if you feel the 30 is too much for you. They also offer gift subscriptions, which I think is fabulous for the coffee lover, in 1 - 3- 6 - 12 month options. 

The coffee flavors they carry are really wonderful. Some that caught my eye were: Cake Boss Italian Rum Cake, Martinson Joe's Vanilla Velvet, Brookyn Bean Roastery French Roast, Barnie's Creme Brulee, Redwood Roast Guy Fieri, Martinson Joe's Mint 'n' Mocha, Premium Arabica. The Cake Boss flavors have me in BIG trouble! They even have a Chocolate Cannoli flavor!! There are also many non-flavored, decaf options available. You can purchase the coffees on their own as well, if you like a particular brand/flavor. 

I think this is a great idea, and it's nice to mix up your beverage as well as try new coffee/tea/cocoa on a monthly basis. These are also great for parties or family gatherings, as many people do not like the same type of coffee/tea and it gives you a nice selection of variety. I don't think you can go wrong with this subscription box!! 

About the Product 
Our Mixcups Mix of the Month subscription box includes 30 single cup coffees or teas. We select 10 selections to feature in each month's box (3 cups per selection) with selections rotating monthly.

Price: Mix of the Month (30 K-Cups/$28.95 w/shipping included)
Mini Mix of the Month (10 K-Cups/$10.95 w/shipping included)

Learn About the Brand 
Mixcups was launched in 2012 by coffee fanatics who were tired of drinking the same cup of joe every morning and wished for a way to try something new without having to buy boxes and boxes of coffee that went stale before they ever got used.

The idea of getting a variety of single cup coffees delivered to your door each month seemed so genius yet nobody was offering it, so that idea was turned into reality and Mixcups was born.

Today we ship our Mixes of the Month to awaiting coffee fiends nationwide. They say variety is the spice of life so we like to think we make people's lives a little happier by mixing up their daily grind!

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. 

Tuesday's Quote of the Day for March 24, 2015

As many of you know, my Mom passed away in January. It has been a hard beginning to the year 2015. We were very close, and she taught me all I know about cuisine, class and style. I thought this quote was just lovely, and I truly believe she is still with me everyday. I can't even describe the loss of a Mother, except I hope many of you do not have to experience it for a long time. The wonderful memories are always fresh in my mind, along with the idea of this beautiful quote. 
Hope you have a most fantastic Tuesday !! 

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Sunday, March 22, 2015

Macy's 2015 Flower Show "Art in Bloom"

A wonderful treat after the harsh winter is the Macy's Flower Show! This year is the 41st time they have transformed their store into a floral wonderland! The locations are New York City, Philadelphia, Chicago, San Francisco, and Minneapolis. I have attended quite a few shows and they are really wonderful, it is also a free event which is nice. You can shop and enjoy the flowers all at one time. The New York City lamdmark store  has many events going on, and you can check them out HERE. I have below some of the many photos I have taken at prior shows for you to get a little taste of what you will see!

The flower show is open the same as Macy's store hours. If you are a lover of flowers and gorgeous displays, you really should not miss this vintage Macy's Flower Show !!

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