Friday, September 9, 2011

Butter Lane

Mmmmmm… So butterlicious…

My mom ordered me a dozen cupcakes for my 22nd birthday from Butter Lane. They tried delivering them at my apartment right after I had left for the evening and the concierge wouldn’t let the deliveryman leave them at the front desk! So the next day I took a trip to Butter Lane with my friend and handpicked my very own dozen of the most extraordinary flavored cupcakes I’ve ever heard of!

The shop is absolutely adorable and while I was there they had a couple taste testing cupcakes and frosting for their wedding! How fun is that?

I took my cupcakes straight from the shop to the bar with me for my birthday celebration that night and they were gone within the hour… I ended up eating the popcorn cupcake of the dozen that literally had popcorn pieces on the top and it tasted exactly like movie theatre butter popcorn... I couldn’t have asked for a better cupcake.

Butter Lane
123 East 7th Street
New York, NY 10009

Rock Center Cafe

Enjoy a delicious dinner, strong drinks, and outdoor seating with a view of the famous Prometheus statue at the Rock Center Café in the summer!

My co-worker and I went out for a fancy dinner at the Rock Center Café and were pleasantly surprised. We were expecting to pay for the experience, not the food. But as it just so happened, we both loved our meals and the drinks were superb! Plus, we got to eat on the outdoor patio where the famous ice skating rink is located in the winter!

Rock Center Café is the perfect place for dinner and a couple drinks before a summer’s night out in Manhattan.

20 West 50th Street
New York, NY 10020

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

French Martini

This summer while I was in NYC I took a 40-hour course at NYC Bartending School to receive my Bartender’s Certification. I worked in a full bar where I was required to make all sorts of shots, specialty martinis, manhattans, shaken drinks, and muddled drinks to name a few. I also had lectures on all kinds of spirits, liqueurs, wines, beers, whiskeys, and bourbons.

My class was in the evening from 6pm to 10pm everyday for 2 weeks. After class I would enjoy going out to the bars with friends/classmates and ordering the most obscure drink combinations made during that night’s session to see if the Bartender knew what to do. (One Bartender didn’t even know what a Cuba Libra was! Fail.)

Some Bartenders were terrible. But some were incredible! The good ones would put their own personality into the drinks. Most drinks had subtle variations in flavors, proportions, or glassware depending on the bar or lounge we would go to. But each good bartender we encountered could whip up a drink quickly in front of us, paying close attention to detail, and present us our drinks as if they were a million bucks. 

I am not a very big drinker but the Bartender’s course encouraged me to branch out and try different drinks, some of which I’d never heard of before. At graduation I received my certification as well as my own Bartender’s kit with pour spouts to make drinks at home!

My latest concoction was a French Martini. As I mentioned in a previous blog, I used to enjoy these all the time at Lucky Strike and was required to make them during my Bartender’s course to receive my certification. I’ve made them for my parents, my boyfriend, and others… and they all thought it was absolutely delightful, but then again it could have just been my own special certified touch…  

French Martini Recipe

Fill shaker with ice
Pour in 10 oz Grey Goose (Grey Goose is French Vodka)
Pour in 2 oz Chambord (Chambord is French Liqueur)
Fill an ~inch from top with Pineapple juice
Strain into martini glass
I like to add the rind of a lemon to get the ‘effervescent’ scent of fresh lemons…


Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Room Service

I am always looking for quality Thai food no matter where I go because I happen to have an addiction to peanut sauce. While I was in NYC this summer I found some of the best Thai food I’ve ever tasted in Hell’s Kitchen at Room Service. Not only was the food delicious but the restaurant is perfect for dressing up sexy to show up late. The mood is set with extravagant mirrors lining the ceiling and a huge glass chandelier in the middle of the room.

Don’t forget to try the Thai Iced Tea! It goes great with spicy peanut sauce...

Room Service 
690 9th Ave
New York, NY 10036

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Lucky Strike

This restaurant and bar has absolutely divine cocktails. It only takes one sip of Lucky Strike’s French martini to surrender your better judgment and have at least two more. Did I say two? Maybe three… You won’t even remember how many you’ve had until you’ve consumed an entire fresh mozzarella and olive pizza all by yourself and receive the check… And then suddenly you’re sober making sure all the cocktails add up to the outrageous price the waiter just placed in front of you. Does it sound like I’ve done this before? Maybe once or twice…

The ambiance at Lucky Strike includes dim lighting with casual, laid back Soho charm.

Lucky Strike
59 Grand St

New York, NY 10013

Ayza Wine & Chocolate Bar

This sophisticated bar in Midtown Manhattan is the perfect oasis for a party of two. They offer a selection of over 90 wines to enjoy with chocolates and incredibly savory French dishes. If you are not one for wine, they offer drinks such as the chocolate martini and sangria.

My favorite dessert at Ayza is the chocolate covered strawberries!

11 West 31st Street
New York, NY 10001

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