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.
The gift cards must be redeemed by Jan 8th (the last day the Shops will be around). Therefore, the winner will be announced by the end of TOMORROW, December 30th so you have enough time to get your shopping on! Don’t live in NY? You can totally enter and win it for me! Just kidding, but I’m sure another NY love, friend, crush, relative would appreciate it ;). Good luck!
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*Gift cards include credit at 5th and Madison (Shop B02), Sabon (Shop J01), Pickle Me Pete (Shop C07), No Chewing Allowed (Shop K11) Chocolate that melts in your mouth
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).
I devoured my eggs — a huge departure from our last brunch fail at Phebe’s. These were fresh, freshly seasoned with the right ratio of cheese:spinach:egg. Hamid’s meal was a monster of a sandwich and he nearly couldn’t finish his fries (I might have helped a little…but really, who wouldn’t eat fries if it were in front of them? Am I right or am I right?). Maybe my meal wasn’t particularly special otherwise — the ambiance was lovely and the food was good so I can’t complain either.
325 Bowery St.
at 2nd St.
New York, NY 10003
Occasion: Post-workout feasting
(Out of three stars)
Would I go back?: Yes, I’d definitely want to try more food on their menu.
(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
After my first magazine internship in NYC, I got this beautiful parting gift from one of the editors that had all these gorgeous products from Armani. This blush was part of it, and my sister and I found it to give just the right amount of color for our skin tone. It’s not ruddy or overly pink, but just the right amount of a light rose flush for your cheeks.
L’OREAL PARIS VOLUMINOUS MASCARA IN CARBON BLACK, $6
OK, Haji can pretty much state claim to this one. She has the most crazy long lashes in the world, so she could technically get away with using any mascara, but L’Oreal has been her long-time favorite. Voluminous is one of their classics and is a perfect pairing for smoky eyes. It adds thickness to lashes like woah. I think some people might take issue with the fact that it tends to clump just a bit…but I think that’s also what we like about it for just a slight bit of emphasis and drama.
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.
The main source of blah came from the watery consistency of the eggs. Our burritos were literally dripping with watery sauce (salsa?) and we couldn’t figure out why it was so mushy. I had to just open my burrito up and smother it with guacamole. The price wasn’t bad — $11 for the meal. But I found out later that comes with a complimentary beverage (coffee, tea, juice, beer) that we weren’t even offered. It’s a shame because there are so many great places in the area. Lesson learned: Next time, we’re planning ahead!
Phebe’s Tavern & Grill
New York, NY 10003
at E. 4th St.
Occasion: Post-workout fuel
(Out of three stars)
Would I go back?: No. But if you’re a Bengals fan, by all means.