Lunch at Pastis

June 6, 2011 § Leave a comment

On my last afternoon in the city, Christina and I finished our weekend of extreme shopping with a very SATC style lunch. We headed to Pastis, which any Carrie Bradshaw fan knows well.

Can I just brag about how beautiful + chic Christina is? Look at that hat!

I love my older sister and miss her tons!!! Let’s see if she’s really reading my blog like she says …

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Anyway, Pastis was packed to the brim. I love going to restaurants that are filled with people even on off peak hours. It usually means you are in a for a very good meal.

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Since I’d been indulging in everything from greasy Chinese to multiple cupcakes, I decided to keep it light and got an arugula salad with shaved parmesan. Christina went for a classic cheeseburger and very kindly shared her fries with me.

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I have to tell you that the service at Pastis is really impeccable. Christina’s burger came out a little too rare for her liking and our waiter had no problem taking it back to the kitchen and bringing her a new one. However, there was a mix up in the kitchen and her second burger turned out to be bloodier than the first! Immediately the waiter whisked the plate away and within seconds the manager came over to apologize and offer us dessert on the house. We weren’t expecting the manager to come over and apologize, let alone give us dessert. It really speaks to the integrity of Pastis – they are popular enough that they don’t have to have such amazing service, but they still do. Love it.

Christina and I decided on the strawberry shortcake, but our waiter insisted on bringing us his favorite too, the sticky toffee pudding. It.was.amazing!

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Eataly

June 5, 2011 § Leave a comment

I heard about Eataly months ago from one of the many food blogs I frequent. The thought of visiting a huge warehouse filled with Italian food, wines, cheeses, and gelato had haunted me for too long. I knew that if I could convince Christina to go, she’d love it too, but it was a hard sell. Once we got there though, she was just as excited as I was!

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There are displays of wine, huge rinds of parmesan cheese, barrels of olives, slabs of meat, Italian glassware + espresso machines all over the building. The building is sectioned off into a grocery section, a wine section, cheese section, and a few  different mini restaurants including a vegetable + seafood specific station.

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We chose to sit at both the cheese section for a plate of antipasti, as well as the vegetable restaurant for some bruschetta. It goes without saying that a good amount of wine was imbibed.

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All in all, Christina and I spent about 3 hours (and way too much money) enjoying Eataly, but it felt like there was still so much to see + eat. I think if you’re a foodie (okay or just a glutton) visiting New York, it’s definitely worth a stop!

Blacklisted

June 4, 2011 § 1 Comment

It started out innocently enough. I went for a nice run through Central Park while Christina finished up some work on Friday. She decided that once I got back she was going to call it quits for the day and we would go have lunch at Chelsea Market. Once we got there, we wandered around a bit and settled on a little cafe called Friedman’s. Christina had eaten there before with friends and knew the food was good.

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We ordered some sandwiches, which may have honestly been the BEST sandwiches I’ve ever had.

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Unfortunately, we also ordered a bottle of Pinot Grigio.

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Any RHONY fan knows that Ramona Singer loves Pinot Grigio. Ramona Singer also acts like a raving lunatic. If you weren’t sure there was a correlation, let me assure you, there is.

After we finished eating and drinking the entire bottle of wine, I got up to use the ladies room. I got out of my seat and immediately slipped and fell right onto the floor! I was weebit drunk so I let out a little yelp because I was so surprised. It happened so fast! One second I was getting up from my chair, the next I was on the ground. I was dying of embarrassment. I ran to the ladies room then texted my sister and told her to pay the bill because I was literally going to bolt out of the restaurant.

I have a pretty good sense of humor and will be the first to laugh at myself in situations like this. I think it’s part of being klutzy. We spent the rest of the afternoon shopping (not a good idea drunk, sorry Dad) and laughing about what an idiot I was. It was a great time. We decided to pop into Christina’s usual nail salon for a quick manicure + pedicure.

While we were at the drying station, talking about our plans for the evening, Christina all of a sudden looks at me and says “Umm I don’t feel so good” and proceeds to pass out in my arms. It was kind of scary, but I knew it was just a mixture of dehydration from all the wine at lunch, the stuffy nail salon, and the fact that it was pretty hot outside. I yelled for some water and a cold towel, and the next thing I knew, the nail techs had my sister on the ground covered in cold towels. She came to pretty quick and got a free massage out of it. Literally everyone was freaking out and hovering over her, yelling to call an ambulance. I knew she was fine, so I was just laughing about all of the events of the day.

And since I’m a horrible person, I took a picture of her on the ground getting massaged.
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We decided a few things on our walk back to her apartment.

      • 1. Friedman’s is ruined and there’s no going back
      • 2. She needs a new nail salon.
      • 3. No more Pinot Grigio at lunch!

So Busy!

May 26, 2011 § 2 Comments

Well, I’ve been slacking. But for good reasons. I’ve just been out and about (and studying ew) so much the past week, that I haven’t had much time to blog. There’s some stuff I really want to blog about, but I’m currently running late for the airport and need to pack still! I’m off to NYC for the weekend to visit my super fabulous older sister. She’s so New York, it’s not even funny. I’m not bringing my computer, so I don’t think I’ll be blogging until I get back next week. Once I’m back, expect lots of fun NYC related posts, as well as a few catch up posts from this past week in the ‘bus.

With that said, I’m going to leave you with a few pictures from the past few days.. just a taste of all the fun stuff I’ve been up to.

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My sister Mary (in the middle) sent me this picture the other day. Our personalities haven’t changed much in the past 10 years.
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Free ice coffee refills at Starbucks are a freaking lifesaver when it comes to studying anatomy + molecular genetics.
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Columbus Brewing Company’s Summer Teeth = best summer beer ever. Enjoyed on the patio at North Market.
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Fresh flowers in bloom all over the place – so cheap too!
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Scored some great deals at the Nordstrom half-yearly sale. Get there! It lasts until Saturday.nusy 3
I couldn’t make it through a post without some talk of food! This is Rob’s sandwich from Brown Bag Deli in German Village. It’s turkey, cranberry sauce and a slice of cheese grilled up. Basically, Thanksgiving on a sandwich. So yummy!

Rawwwwr

December 29, 2010 § 1 Comment

My last day at home was spent doing what I do best – shopping with my mom and sister.

The mission was to find a gown for my mom to wear to the FL governor’s inauguration next week. It was a 7 hour mall trip, but honestly it flew by! I couldn’t believe it when the saleslady at Sak’s was telling us that it was 9pm!

The highlight of the day though, was trying on furs… I will never forget petting chinchilla jackets. It is totally vile what they do to make fur jackets, but damn are they soft! The whole time we were in there Mary and I kept saying “rawwwwr” and petting the jackets, the saleslady was dying laughing… and so were we.

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(Please spare me any animal rights stuff – I didn’t purchase any fur!)

Anyway, now I’m off to pack up – early flight back to Columbus tomorrow. Sooo much to do before tomorrow morning!

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