Five Napkin Burger

Five Napkin Burger
2315 Broadway
New York, NY

Oh Napkin, your juicy yet (a little) overpriced original burger always appeal to my carnivorous side. Yes you overcook my burger half the time (rare to medium rare means juicy hot pink, not brown!) but your burger is still delicious with your Gruyere cheese, onion rings and oh-so-amazing chocolate shake on the side. I think I might have to visit you soon!

The veggie burger is a yummy pick too. It’s very tasty without having that soy/fake taste I can’t stand. There’s actually lots of vegetables in it like beets (hence the surprising red color)! Sometimes my boyfriend and I will order one original and one veggie and split the two. It’s a veggie burger done right! So few out there in the world…

I have been to both establishments (Hell’s Kitchen and UWS) and both have a very lively atmosphere. I remember the UWS one better since I go to this one more often since it’s in Boy’s neighborhood. The one there seems a little bigger to me plus I love the decor of the place. Nothing says “fresh meat” than a bunch of meat hooks hanging from the ceiling! Overall, yummy burgers to have once in a while (or once a week if you have no self-control) for that special pricey burger indulgence. Go ahead; eat it. I won’t tell.

P.S: This might come off as harsh but don’t be THAT person that orders sushi at a burger restaurant…. I will never understand that. I get sushi at Japanese/sushi/seafood restaurants only… but I guess that is a personal preference. Eat the meat! Savor the meat. Love the meat. Use a napkin, you dirty animal.

Cynergy Spa

Cynergy Spa
87 Fort Greene Pl
Brooklyn, NY

 

So I had decided to surprise my then boyfriend of 4 years with the Couple’s Spa Package at Cynergy Spa this weekend for our anniversary. In all that time, I had never really fooled him or surprised him with a gift… Well, now it was my turn and I took no mercy. To begin with, I actually convinced him that we were going deeper into Brooklyn to pick up some gluten-free cupcakes for a beach BBQ later that evening at my cousin’s house. I had all my bases covered perfectly having my aunt and visiting cousin in on the situation. So come Saturday morning, we left to pick up the special cupcakes… No ounce of suspicion whatsoever. I should have been an actress! We walk right into the spa and I hand him his gift certificate… Surprise!! The rest is history.

Anyways, onto the experience… The woman in the front was very hospitable and sweet. She immediately escorted us down a long, dimly lit hallway to the couples room in the back. I was surprised at how big it was for what seemed like such a small place. The couple’s package consists of a jacuzzi dip for 25 minutes, 55 minute massages side by side and then champagne, chocolate and strawberries to cap it off with.

My massage was great… I think I fell asleep at the very end just because I was so relaxed. When we woke from our euphoric haze, we saw that at the foot of the massage tables they had set up a little table and two little chairs; on top of the table was a cute little ceramic fondue pot with melted chocolate and a large martini glass full of fresh strawberries plus two glass champagne flutes. The nice lady from the front then came in with a bottle of champagne and filled our glasses up and said we could always ask for more later (which turned into us drinking the whole bottle…I was buzzed for the rest of the day). The great thing was though we were not hurried at all and we took our time drinking our lovely champagne and savoring the delicious strawberries and chocolate.

We left feeling relaxed, unwinded and sleepy. All in all, a great experience! I would recommend the spa to any couple wanting to celebrate that something something special. Absolutely romantic and just delightful.

Au Pied de Cochon

Au Pied de Cochon
536 Avenue Duluth E
Montréal, QC

 
This review is about 7 months late, but I still remember it like it was yesterday. My boyfriend at the time had taken me to Mont Tremblant for a skiing trip for my belated Graduation present and Christmas present. On our trip, we stayed in Montreal our first night across the border. I had read many times over on websites that this place was the place to go for great Canadian-French cuisine so I thought this was the perfect place to try my first authentic French meal. Whoa, they were not lying! I’ll admit I did not know really anything about French food prior to this trip so I asked the waitress for her recommendations which she gladly gave in her thick French accent.

We started off with the cromesquis with foie gras appetizer which is basically this tiny pastry thingy filled with hot, liquid foie gras that explodes in your mouth. We also ordered an appetizer of marinated smoked sausages that we just had to try. Next, for our main course we split the infamous “Duck in a Can” entree as well as the Beef tartar with a side of fries cooked in duck fat! The tartar was great but the duck was PHENOMENAL. Even though I am pretty sure I contributed heavily to my LDL count in this one meal, I must say that it is one of the most delicious and mind blowing food experiences I’ve ever had! It has opened me up to the world of French cuisine. I can’t wait to eat here again when I come back for another skiing trip. It was my favorite meal the entire time I was in Canada.

If you’re ever in Montreal, do not miss the opportunity to have a food revelation like I did at this neighborhood gem!

Noodle Pudding

Noodle Pudding
38 Henry St.
Brooklyn, NY

I’ve been going to Noodle Pudding for at least 6 years. Every time I come to NYC to visit family we’d go here one night and to Queen’s another (located on Court). I really do like the place and it has become one of my favorites in the neighborhood. The place is lively and energetic with that rich neighborhood feel. Yes it gets loud but I don’t think anyone should claim this to be a romantic, mood place. It follows the Italian culture- it’s loud and energetic, just like my family! Haha. But on to the food… I personally love the mussels in the spicy tomato broth (AMAZING), the calamari and all the pastas. I’ve heard the osso bucco is amazing but I do not eat veal if I can help it. They have daily specials which are all delicious as well. Also when they have it, the lemon goat cheesecake is superb. And yes, there is a woman waitress who I hate to say is just really really bad there… I’ve had her on a few different occasions months apart and she will screw up our orders, take forever and acts very aloof. Every time I sit down and discover she will be my waiter I cringe slightly. Besides that, I definitely think you should give Noodle a try and have a good time! It’s worth it!

 

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El Pueblo

El Pueblo
9705 Main St
Lamont, CA

It’s funny to think that this was my first review on Yelp ever….

 

That being said, I love this place. My father would always take us when we came back to visit Bakersfield. The staff is always friendly and attentive plus the prices are great considering the portions of their dishes. I recommend the Cancun shrimp dish. It’s my favorite because it has a scrumptious blend of flavors! If you have a car and find yourself in the vicinity craving decent Mexican food, head on over here.

 

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