What’s lovely and delicious this week:
Hey all! You know if I leave you all for a couple days, I’ll come back with some way to make up for it! During the holidays in NY, one of my favorite things to explore are all the seasonal pop-up shops in the city. They are filled with so many crafty treasures and, of course, fun food booths :). If you locals haven’t had a chance to stop by yet, I’m giving you an awesome excuse to now — I’m giving away $100 worth of gift cards (4, worth $25 each*) to redeem at the beautiful and delicious Holiday Shops at Bryant Park!
Make sure to first Like their Facebook Page and follow them on Twitter (@BPShops), and do one of the following to win (either one will be considered and entry, but you can do both to increase your chances):
–Follow me on Twitter and tweet “I want to win $100 gift card to the Holiday Shops at Bryant Park! @BPShops @BeautyNDFeast http://ow.ly/8d9tW”
– Leave a comment about the giveaway on the Beauty and the Feast Facebook page.
SO after multiple failed attempts, Hamid and I finally made it to Peels, one of his favorite spots for brunch. Every time we’ve tried to go there before on the weekend, it ends up being kind of a wait and we give up. But this was a Friday morning and after our workout, we went straight over and were seated right away. The place itself is so cute and I found out later that its owned by the same people who run Freemans, another slightly hidden alley restaurant in the LES (I personally think their dinner trumps their brunch their though!!).
This would sort of explain the restaurant’s country-style home aesthetic, though this place is a little more roomy with two levels of seating areas. They pretty much serve traditional American and comfort foods, but I tried to be “good” so I ordered their spa eggs (egg white omelette, sautéed spinach, onions, goat cheese). Hamid could afford to eat a little richer since he’s practically always at the gym as a trainer so he got the fried chicken sandwich (not fair, but I was strong).
(More “my sister steals from me” but ANYWAY).
My younger little bubble of love, Haji, is back in town over winter break. I don’t see her as often as she because she goes to school out in Illinois, but whenever she does come home we’ll pick up where we left off—nosing around in each other’s makeup bag. Typically, this is also where I discover the products she has long stolen from me (that lil sneak). Exhibit A:
NARS THE MULTIPLE STICK IN COPACABANA, $37
This seems to be an Azam fave. I think Haji’s probably klepto’d (*made up word) it from me twice already. Which doesn’t make any sense, because it lasts forever so now I’m just thinking she does it for the thrill of getting away with it :). But as I’ve written before in an earlier review, this stick is one of my favorite highlighters. It great to brighten around the eyes or create a pretty sheen on your cheekbones.
GIORGIO ARMANI SHEER BLUSH IN #6, $43
I’ve been on a working out binge lately (mostly to counteract all the steak I ate in Buenos Aires) and thankfully my friend Hamid, a fitness expert, is helping me by training me once a week. Last week, we met at a gym downtown and after I felt like I did 5,000 squats we rushed out to grab some food. Originally, we wanted to go to Peels but the wait was long as expected (it was a Sunday after all). Since he had another client in less than an hour, we decided to just go with whatever was fastest, and that happened to be Phebe’s Tavern & Grill. Probably not the best of ideas.
The hostess may have just broke up with her boyfriend or something — she was not really in a smiling mood at all. We sat down and quickly ordered scrambled breakfast egg burritos. A football game was on and everyone was all decked out in their Bengals gear (I found out later that Phebe’s is like Bengals mecca in NYC). Their cheering was more like roars that made it quickly clear that if you weren’t going to be watching a game here, you probably shouldn’t eat here.
We asked if they could put a rush in the order, and I don’t know if it’s because we were in a hurry, but it felt like an eternity. All was forgiven (we thought) once our food came out. Our plate was practically overflowing with seasoned homefries, guacamole, salsa, and fruits. While the sides were great, it didn’t take us long to find the eggs to be disappointing.