February is right around the corner — which means Valentine’s Day is creeping up on us too. Are you excited?? Cuz I am! (not). Either way, ya can’t deny this cute V-day collection from Dempsey & Carroll.
I got a wee bit spoiled this year for my birthday due to my lovely, sent-straight-from-heaven friends. And it involved LOTS of food, just the way I would have hoped! One pit stop included a fancy lil brunch at Norma’s in Le Parker Meridien. It was my first time here, even though it’s practically my neighbor — only one avenue away! How could I have ignored its existence until now?? It’s not just one of those pricey places that has nothing to show for itself. The dishes are creative, generous, and most of all, DELICIOUS. It was actually pretty difficult to choose what to order — every single thing looked SO.GOOD.
We finally decided to order two sweet dishes and two savory ones, which turned out to be perfect and maybe even too much for four girls. I ordered the Waz-Za, which is one of the recommended items on the menu. It’s a waffle stuffed with a raspberry creme fraiche, a crackly brûlée top, and buried under a million blueberries (my favorite!!).
If the following pictures don’t make you salivate, I would just pause for a minute and check your pulse.
We also ordered crabcakes, spiced with habañero pepper and served with a dill yogurt mustard sauce; the “Irresistible Banana-Macadamia Nut Flap Jacks” (aka AMAZING pancakes) with whipped banana brown sugar butter; and Huevos Rancheros which was brilliantly topped over cheesey quesadilla triangles. Cheese makes everything better. We ate everything as if we had an imaginary lazy Susan in the middle so we could each try all the food and we STILL couldn’t finish everything. I think it was the first time I took pancakes home in a to-go bag and it still tasted good the next day.
Flat-As-A-Pancake Crabcake, $24
Irresistible Banana-Macadamia Nut Flap Jacks, $21
Normalita’s Huevos Rancheros, $23
We were also served a bottomless pitcher of coffee, tall glasses of orange juice, and a complimentary shot glass size of pineapple smoothies.
Orange juice and smoothies
Just when I thought I literally couldn’t BREATHE anymore from all the food we just indulged in, out comes a decadent chocolate cake with whip cream and fruits, and birthday candle :).
Contrary to what you might think, there’s not a lot of pizza places I really love out here. I think my Midwestern roots keep me from loving thin crust as much as I should (although not gonna lie, you will probably never see me refuse a slice). I tried Luzzo’s in the East Village a few months ago with friends, and I actually really enjoyed the thicker crust of the brick over pizza that you find here.
The Bufala: tomato sauce, bufala mozzarella, basil
The size of the pies are not huge, but the slices are thick so don’t let it fool you…two pies easily fed four people with some slices to spare. If you can handle spice, be sure not to forget to use the red pepper oil to dip your slices in.
I’m obsessing over Essie’s newest Spring collection inspired by none other than fashion’s epicenter: France. Aptly named “ French Affair,” it pretty much reminds me of the first time I went to Paris myself — love at first sight. The 6-piece collection feature the prettiest statement-making pastels that’s seriously making me forget about the blizzard outside right now. With the exception of the Coat Azure, which is a little more bold (but still the most different hue of blue I’ve ever tried on) most of them are delicate, feminine. They sent me the collection to preview and you will probably see me rocking them for the next few months straight. The problem is it’s hard to choose which one’s my favorite — which one are you loving here?
The collection’s namesake, French Affair (above) a “tres innocent pink” reminds me of a 60s glamour girl. I picture Topless and Barefoot (below), a coquettish peach, to be worn at a spring cocktail party.
Topless and Barefoot
Nice is Nice
Nice is Nice (above), a supremely lovely lilac is refreshingly spring-ready. Sand Tropez (below) is so sophisticated looking — wear it to work, or for a night out with your LBD.
You definitely won’t go unnoticed if you decide to go with the shimmery Parisian blue, Coat Azure (above). I don’t think it totally suited my skin tone, but it could be good to shake things up a bit now and then. On the other end of the spectrum, there is Kisses and Bisses, a barely-there iridescent pink.
Kisses and Bisses
OK voting time! Which one is your favorite? I’m torn between A French Affair, Nice is Nice, and Topless and Barefoot.
French Affair will be available in February 2011, $8 each at essie.com.