Nougatine at Jean-Georges – New York Restaurant Week 2018

My first choices in Restaurant Week are the famous restaurants, who don’t want to check out the famous ones first? ^_^ Nougatine at Jean-Georges is the first one I put into my list. And I made it!!! It was a great experience.

I will give 4.5 stars for it, the only problem is the service is a little too slow, and they forgot our wine until we finished the first course. But the food is delicious, the view is pretty, the atmosphere is lovely. So I still give a big recommendation about Nougatine at Jean-Georges!

$26 for a two course lunch meal.

Ryan and I tried both Appetizers, but I think their menu changed.

Both are amazing!!! Very beautiful display and very very delicious taste.

Ryan and I also tried both Entrees. And the same, their menu changed.

The dishes are pretty big, we don’t have any room for dessert.

And definitely we feel full and satisfied!

About Nougatine at Jean-Georges:

Nougatine is the more casual sister of Jean‑Georges, with a very lively bar scene at night. The restaurant attracts a mix of celebrities, socialites, and movers and shakers in the business world. Adjacent to the formal Jean‑Georges dining room, Nougatine serves the signature and seasonal dishes of Chef Jean‑Georges for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, 365 days a year. The menu is more casual than that offered at Jean‑Georges but still market driven, utilizing only the freshest and finest ingredients. In addition to providing gorgeous views of Central Park, the newly renovated dining room by Thomas Juul‑Hansen features a bustling, immaculate open kitchen. Tones of brown and cream mingle to create an elegant space that is soothing by day and exciting by night. Nougatine offers a prix‑fixe lunch menu Monday through Saturday from noon to 3 p.m.

Hidden behind lush greenery you will find the Terrace at Jean‑Georges. This oasis features a magnificent lounge reminiscent of the most luxurious outdoor patios in the world. The Terrace offers table dining under umbrellas, with a terrific view of Central Park. Guests enjoy the menu served at Nougatine while taking in a beautiful day or evening. (The Terrace is open weather permitting.)

 

 

 

 

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Summer Weekend Party Idea – Boulder Canyon Chips

When you see this image, do you feel excited? As a chip fan, of course I do. I have a lot of chips prepared at home for every single weekend. But too many chips are not a good idea for a girl who also loves working out and keeping healthy. Here’s the solution: We need healthy chips. And Boulder Canyon is the best choice for a chip lover.

Boulder Canyon Kettle cooked chips use thickly sliced premium potatoes that are slow cooked in small kettles using sunflower and/or safflower oil. We then add our distinctive flavors to create the finest kettle chips around.

They are perfect for summer parties!

I have some recommend flavors.

Coconut Oil Mesquite Barbecue

Warning: Tropical snacking experience ahead. These kettle chips will transport you to a tropical paradise with pure coconut oil and the perfect blend of smoky mesquite barbecue flavor. Do your taste buds a favor, and savor each delicious crunch.

Rice Bran Oil-Himalayan Pink Salt

East meets West in these unique kettle cooked potato chips. Cooking in 100% Rice Bran Oil provides a smooth mild taste and crispy finish. Adding a dash of Himalayan Pink Salt makes these chips a global phenomenon.

Olive Oil Red Chili

Ready for the ultimate taste bud transcendence? Our Red Chili Kettle Cooked Potato chips are cooked in 100% olive oil for a smooth, flavorful finish. With just the right kick of red chili goodness and a crave-worthy crunch, this inspired delight will have your taste buds feeling victorious- like reaching the peak of a mountain, victorious!

Hickory Barbeque Kettle Chips

Boulder Canyon Hickory Barbeque Potato Chips deliver a sweet, smoked flavor that takes you back to your favorite outdoor barbeque. These rugged, rich and tangy chips feature a robust combination of hickory flavor, garlic and onion in a snack.

Or you can just enjoy the whole bad chips by yourself!

Deliciously Simple…Naturally Better

Next time you are in your local grocery or natural foods store, pick up a bag of Boulder Canyon snacks and flip it over. The common inclination is to start reading calories and fat counts, but first scan below to the ingredient list. There you will most often find three, maybe four ingredients. For instance, “Potatoes, Avocado Oil, Sea Salt,” is all there is to find within our Avocado Oil Canyon Cut™ chips, but we’d wager a bet that it’s a snack experience unlike any you’ve had before. Then look to the right hand side of the back panel and note our Boulder Benefits such as no trans fats, no cholesterol, low sodium, gluten-free, non-gmo, etc. Then head back to the nutrition panel; who knew sea salt had far less sodium than traditional refined salt? And the small batch cooking approach? Well, because our chips cook for shorter periods they are naturally 30% lower in fat. The list of benefits goes on and on…

In the end, Boulder Canyon is proud to be among the natural food innovators out to prove that a better experience exists when using real food ingredients.

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Café Boulud – New York Restaurant Week 2018

As a foodie living in New York, one of my favorite things in a year is always New York Restaurant Week! For this year, I tried four different restaurants already. Today, let me tell you my wonderful experience at Café Boulud!

I chose to go there for lunch, which is $26 for two course. I added $6 more for a dessert, which I feel it’s super worthy.

This is the Appetizers Menu, I chose Shrimp Tartine!

Looks beautiful! Tastes awesome!

For the Entrees, I chose Pan Seared Salmon. Yes, I am a seafood fan.


The dish is very pretty, I can’t help myself to draw. ^_^

Dessert! I ordered Peach Melba.

Everything at Café Boulud I can only say, is perfect. You have to go, but don’t forget to make reservation first. It is always packed.

The history of Café Boulud:

Named for the café Daniel Boulud’s family operated outside Lyon at the turn of the century, the modern-day Café Boulud opened in the original Upper East Side location of his eponymous restaurant DANIEL in 1998, when the flagship relocated to the historic Mayfair Hotel space on 65th street.

 

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Fashion Essential Must Have: Tenth Street Hats

My sister and her whole family came down to Las Vegas last week from Calgary to celebrate our Gender Reveal Party! (Our baby is a boy!)

As a mom of three and a full time lawyer, my sister is working triple time, double time, always. As a nice summer surprise for her and all the baby goodies she brought for me, I gifted her with a fedora style hat from Tenth Street Hats. They have so many styles for both men and women and is definitely a travel essentials for summer.

Tenth Street Hats – the Quetzal – $105

Quetzal Designed by Santana

Named for the brilliant bird with which this hat’s hand-painted design shares its name, Santana’s wool felt and hemp men’s fedora will make you shine.

Greatness is in the Details

  • Genuine Wool Felt Crown
  • Hand Painted Bird Detail
  • 2” Hemp Braid Brim
  • Leather Sweatband

A hat can set off an outfit and bring it to the next level easily. And with the Las Vegas sun, it sure came in handy for her!  Handmade with quality materials and an eye for style, Tenth Street Hats I think this hat is going to be one of my sister’s favorite accessories well into fall!  An easy way to style this hat is with a pretty sundress of any color. The colorful Quetzal bird is just so adorable!

 

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5 Tips for Working Moms to Survive the Back- to -School Hustle

5 Tips for Working Moms to Survive the Back- to -School Hustle
by Holly Caplan


From the moment my daughter got out of school in May to the end of July, was a complete blur. It was a blur of summer camp, work, travel, deadlines, proposals and pool parties.  The fact that she was going back to school in three weeks had not occurred to me. When it did, I panicked. Where did the time go? I frantically realized I had no idea what day school started and had to ask another mom. I got a brisk answer of  “August 20th,” which I like to call the “working mom fail” response. The guilt of not knowing when my child starts 2nd grade and feeling completely overwhelmed set in. Where do I begin? I’ve got to sign her up for fall activities, get a new backpack, lunchbox, some new clothes and also manage my job, meetings, travel and various work expectations. As working moms I think we feel there is no easy way to do all of this and keep a clear head and stay on task, but I have found five great tips for surviving back to school as a working mom:

1.    Order Online:
Spare yourself the hustle of shopping. No need to throw everyone in the car in 100-degree heat to head to your favorite retail super store, fend off the kiddos requests for toys and candy while back-to-school shopping. It is not worth it. Modern technology allows us the ability to order online for backpacks, clothing and supplies. Think of the time and energy you will save by sitting on your couch and checking some boxes and swiping “check out”. This also applies to grocery shopping too, which is becoming more and more common. Download the app for Shipt or Amazon Prime and let them do the grocery shopping for you. Do it a day or two before school starts. The kids can make their requests so they get to put some creativity into their lunchbox choices.  Other positives are that it isn’t expensive to shop online and it saves money because you avoid over-buying in a store.

2.    Let the Laundry Lie:
Where does your laundry lie? Mine sits on a bed in the guest room.
Clean, yet unfolded. But clean. The point here is, let your laundry lie. It is okay to let some things slip during back -to -school time. You will have so much on your plate as it is, don’t let the mundane domestic stuff get to you. Not having every thing completed or accomplished around the house is okay. You will not get a ticket or a fine for letting some things in the household fall behind. Give yourself permission to know that it is okay if you don’t get everything done. It is completely normal, and you will eventually catch up.

3.    Get Your Routine Back:
In the summer our routines are typically off. As I mentioned, it can feel like a complete blur when so much is going on.  Activities, camp and work will run you, instead of you running them. No shock there. Bringing structure and school back into your life can be a struggle, but welcome it because it brings the return of normalcy.  Give yourself a cushion returning to the routine by practicing earlier bedtimes and waking times week before school starts. This will get us parents and kids back on schedule. Also, create a family calendar with upcoming school activities and your work schedule to make sure that all planets are aligned, and if not, this gives you time to create a family management strategy.

4.    Be Guilt Free:
I think the hardest thing about being a working mom during back -to -school is missing school events.  The hallmarks of the beginning of the school year like Fall Festival or Meet the Teacher are big events for the kids. Missing them can make you feel disconnected from their little lives and the guilt can take over. This is also difficult because you miss the chance to meet other parents and classmates at these events. You start to feel like a constant outsider because you are the mom who isn’t around enough. Don’t beat yourself up or hold yourself to an impossible standard. Know that you are doing everything that you can to accommodate both school and work and that you are still present in your kids lives, even when you can’t physically be with them.

5.    Connect with other working moms:
I have a lot of wonderful friends who are stay- at -home moms. They tend to keep me grounded and I rely on them a lot for my sanity.  Working mom friends can be super supportive too because they are most likely experiencing the same emotions and situations. For overall complaining, coping and time management ideas your working mom friends will happily listen and help you.  In addition, their schedules will most likely parallel yours, so for all of those 2:30 play dates you have missed, you can now do play dates on schedules that accommodate the work day. The silver lining here is that you get to solidify strong relationships with other women who will stand by you when you need support.

Managing back-to-school time will never be perfect or fool proof, but working outside of the home can bring on some added stress. It is a balancing act that can cause disruption as you get adjusted to the new school year and schedules. Know that you are not alone, and we are all muddling through it together.

Holly Caplan is a mom, workplace issues expert, career coach and author of Surviving the Dick Clique: A Girl’s Guide to Surviving the Male Dominated Corporate World. For more information, please visit, www.hollycaplan.com and connect with her on Twitter, @hollymcaplan.

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Bitty: How to Grow a Smart Baby Prenatal Tips

As many of you know, I am into my 2nd Trimester now! 5 Months so far and 4 months more to go before we meet our baby boy. Very very excited!  I have been doing a ton of research on everything since I am a FTM on everything from Elimination Communication or the difference between a sleep sack and a swaddle! It is all very confusing and overwhelming but I am getting the hang of it. My cousin said there is so much new baby tech since he had his first kid 8 years ago, now that he is expecting his third. So as I grow and as the blog grows, I will be helping other FTM and FTD out there by using HEYDOYOU Bitty as a resource to explain a lot of the research I have found. I hope you find it useful!

Some of the most interesting things I found during my research is how much you can do for your baby prenatally. You don’t have to wait til the baby is of a certain age or actually be BORN before you implement these fun things below. On one hand, 9 months feels like forever but I must admit these 5 months have gone by pretty fast!

First things first.

Music is very important for your fetus, your baby and your toddler! As a mom, listen to a lot of music and singing is top of my priority list. This toy was invented by a 4 year old and his dad. Check it out: The Magical Musical Thingy-Majigger, a new toy that reintroduces traditional, hands-on sensory activities and creates an opportunity for children to be more imaginative and inventive during playtime.  Select how many pieces and color combinations you’d like to use, and connect them together. Then, twist and turn the creations into all sorts of Magical Musical Thingy-Majiggers. All the pieces can rotate 360 degrees, allowing your imagination to run free with countless shapes and designs! You can also experiment and play with the different shapes you create and the sounds produced!

 

Reading: So many people have told me to read aloud. Everything and anything so the baby knows my voice and learns language. Since the baby can hear now at 20 weeks old, I have been looking for things to read everywhere I go. Last night, I read Alan C Fox’s new book to baby. BENJI AND THE GIANT KITE, is all about Focuses On Perseverence, Dreams, and Letting Go. Good life lessons for the baby right?  This book tells the enchanting story of a young boy who learns that possessing something is not quite as meaningful as letting it go. Benji adores kites. All kinds of kites – big or small, plain or fancy, square or diamond- shaped. He loves flying them at the beach, watching them float high in the sky. One day Benji sees a giant orange kite at the toy store. He wants it more than anything else – ever. But his mom explains that he’ll need to earn the money to buy the kite. So Benji buckles down and weeds the garden for the next two weeks – the vegetables in the morning and the flowers in the afternoon. It seems like he’ll never be done. Finally the special day arrives, and Benji’s mom hands him the giant orange kite of his dreams. At the beach, Benji lets his kite soar higher and higher with every gust of wind. He watches it rise above the people, the hotdog stand, and even the houses beyond. Soon the kite becomes a distant speck in the sky. Benji is thrilled. But when it’s time to pull the kite down and head back home, Benji can’t bear to do it. He wants to set the kite free to fulfill its destiny among the clouds. Benji lets the twine go and the kite disappears into the sunset sky. The kite may still be up there yet.

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Alan Fox explains that like all of his books, “BENJI AND THE GIANT KITE is based on a real-life incident. “This one happened when I was a child. I decided to tell the story, because I wanted to share the sense of achievement I felt by working hard to obtain something I really loved. But once I saw the kite flying at the beach, I wanted to let it go. My dream had been accomplished. It was time move on to another, new experience. You must always keep going to fulfill your dreams and aspirations.”

Eating:  A lot of moms like myself are planning to breastfeed. But the first lesson of motherhood is that, nothing really goes according to plans! My friend who recently gave birth told me how hard it was and how she wasn’t producing enough milk. So after a few weeks of trying, she switched to formula. With bottle, sometimes there is a lot of air that the baby swallows that can result in gas, burping and discomfort. My sister said only 1 out of 3 of her kids ever took to the bottle and after trying multiple brands and nipples she gave up feeding with bottles. I found out about Minbie Nipples! These new bottle nipple alternative that solves a common problem with feeding. Generic nipples can often result in confusion and the bottle taking-over. Minbie solves this issue by encouraging babies to latch and feed with their instinctive breastfeeding technique.

Minbie is BPA-free, anti-colic & an anti-reflux bottle system: I have the newborn and 3 months ready now for when my baby comes. I plan to breastfeed but also pump milk so that my mom and my husband can also use the Minbie to feed baby. Since the baby’s stomach is only the size of a cherry, he will need to eat a bit at a time and frequently. I can’t wait to try out the Minbie system. Eating and nutrition is #1 factor in growing a happy, healthy and smart baby!

Stay tune for more Bitty posts!

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