Winter Woes? Treat Yo Self!


windchillThe harsh reality of winter has hit me in the face like a bag of rocks. Good thing it’s so cold my face is too numb to feel the pain. For those readers who may not understand what this season really means here is a true or false test.                                                        Winter is a season spanning from Dec 21- March 21. (In the northern hemisphere)

TRUE-Simple facts of science

Winter is when the temperature drops below 50 degrees.

FALSE- Oh you foolish Californians and Floridians

In winter it is appropriate to wear Uggs, shorts, and a scarf.

FALSE- See above

Walking one block in winter can seem like ten miles.

167f755cce709370d8a75d6721ad4017TRUE-Cabs make a killing this season

Snow is pretty.

TRUE/FALSE-Like sugar falling from the sky tis so magical until dogs pee, people spit, trash is throw out, dirt is mixed in.etc

Snow is the worst thing ever; actually no ice is even worse.

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Bruise on my knee from last Thursday!

TRUE-See evidence 

 Winter is the most wonderful time of the year.

FALSE-Winter will make you hate everyone and everything

 

 

 

 

If you got any of these wrong you’ve never experienced the depths of despair this season can truly bring. While it would be easy to blame my lack of energy on lack of Vitamin D and drown my sorrows in take out and Netflix binging I have found a new way to fight away the winter blues.

TREAT YO (My) SELF

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A phrase I learned from overindulging in Parks and Rec..I guess Netflix is actually an educative tool.

 

The basic concept of 200 is to take time to do something out of the ordinary that makes you really happy, no matter the cost. In the past two weeks to get myself out of the house I have treated myself to expensive indulgent dinners. I even ordered dessert! When you live in a city it is easy to get comfortable with your eateries. I often choose what’s easiest and cost efficient overlooking deliciousity. (Yes, new word) While it is important to cook for yourself you cannot broaden your culinary repertoire if you never expand your palette past your own kitchen.I had two lovely dining experiences and would highly recommend both of the restaurants. I left both places feeling extremely satisfied and happy. If you are in New York definitely check them out!

 

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324 Lafayette St. New York City 10012

FACTS: Bobby Flay’s latest venture, Spanish accented Mediterranean faire.

FEELS LIKE: You are eating in an industrial garage, but a really hip garage with all of New York’s coolest people.

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YOU HAVE TO ORDER: Duck Confit– no words to describe the intricate flavors developed on this perfectly balanced plate Kale and Wild Mushroom Paella for anyone that says vegetables can’t be interesting. Chocolate Crema Catalina-chocolate crème brulee I would go back to just eat this again.

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Tapas style appetizers are 3 for 17$

SERVICE: Flawless.

OVERALL: Although I was not too impressed with the cocktails everything else about this place was awesome. Go with a group to try all the tapas, but be warned they are SMALL portions. Entrees are decent sized not the best value for your money but the flavors you will experience are priceless. Beware getting a reservation can be a bit tricky, plan in advance or try your luck at the bar.

print_logo653 11th Avenue, New York, NY 10036

FACTS: New American restaurant inside Ink Hotel that focuses on farm fresh produce and sustainability.

FEELS LIKE: A very warm, rustic, and cozy living room with dinning tables. People in there look like they are on Just for lunch dates.

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YOU HAVE TO ORDER: Grilled Quail- Stuffed with Prosciutto, Spinach, Salsify, Kumquats, with Mustard Vinaigrette. It’s small but so good! Chimayo– the featured tequila cocktail packs quite a punch with spiced quince but is rounded out with sweet pear cider.

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Pork Chop with hazelnuts and apples 32$

SERVICE: The waiter was kinda hot and my water glass was never empty. Basically perfection.

OVERALL: Not the most unique flavors but the quality of ingredients and perfection of simple technique is what makes this place stand out. Excellent place if you want familiar flavors. On the weekdays before 7pm they have a pre fix with three courses for 45 dollars!

So don’t let winter get you down! If you live in warmer climates and don’t have winter blues s1200_1526449_645676048808091_1691583960_n(I hate you right now) I still encourage you to TREAT YO SELF, whatever that means to you!

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my life has been a very interesting journey thus far. in my quarter century crisis im and not certain of much except that i love cooking and entertaining, and pleasing people is my passion. (wait that sounded a little funny) i am goofy eccentric, and love to laugh, in fact i often laugh at the most inappropriate times. i place high value in honesty and working hard. i don’t really believe in faking it until you make it, without some base knowledge or some sort of depth to your cause. i believe in making mistakes and trying everything once as long as you bring yourself no harm and no harm to others. i am a new age hippy, my words to live by are freedom, serenity, and love. i look for signs of the world and listen. i do judge, anyone who says they do not is a liar, but i use my judgements against you to reflect back on me to see how i can better myself. i hate constraints of our society, including grammar, punctuation, and recipes. i think fast except when it comes to numbers. the culinary world has always been and shall be my safe haven and outlet. i want to inspire, teach, and learn.

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