bluestone lane

November 24, 2014

what: saturday brunch
neighborhood: west village
favorite thing on the menu: the brekkie board 
(& their coffee is really good)
extra perk: everyone there (working & dining) is australian. 
be still my heart. 
ask: to sit in the back window seat. super cozy!
the staff is super, super friendly too.

a little dose of style inspo

November 21, 2014

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November 19, 2014

i made an impromptu dinner reservation last wednesday night and was lucky enough to get us into this little, hidden gem known for its sake and japanese cuisine: sakagura. 

if you have never been, leave yourself a little extra time to get there - its not exactly easy to find.

once you get inside the building, 
you go down these stairs and around the corner into to the restaurant. 

the atmosphere is cool and casual, and the bar was my favorite part.
the restaurant isn't very big, but if you go, you should definitely try to sit in the bar area.

we started with the sparkling sake. 
it tasted like a mixture of beer, lemonade and champagne. 
i honestly don't think I'm a big sake fan...

now for the food! we ordered lots of things and shared.

thinly sliced fluke sashimi - this was one of my favorite dishes.

this was what they called "medium fatty" tuna. another one of my favorite dishes.

tuna tartare. 

fried rice with crab. they mixed it right in front of us, 
so warm and sticky and delicious!

then we had the grilled chicken. 
sorry for my iPhone shadow...

so these were the whole reason we wanted to go to sakagura. these are "jaga dingo" , 
which translates to mashed potatoes coated in sweet donut batter fried crisp. ha! 
sounds weird, but they were so good. it made me feel like i was at a carnival. 

fried chicken. my chop stick skills were not up to par here. 
apparently experts know how to cut meat, 
using chopsticks, in one hand. i used two.

soft tofu. so yummy!

soba noodles! and that shiny stuff on top. that would be sea urchin.

and this was the snap chat i sent after being in a sake/japanese food coma.
totally worth it.

brunch at harrys

November 17, 2014

one of my friends just moved down to fi-di,
 so we had the perfect excuse to head downtown 
and go to harry's cafe for brunch. 

the atmosphere is a little different than your average (or maybe just my average) nyc brunch spot. it is a steakhouse at night, so during the day it has a club-ish vibe. they had good music, and as soon as you sit your toosh down, the unlimited champagne starts flowing.

its worth noting, they are not skimpy with the champagne.

they serve you these sweet little breads when you sit down. 
dessert first?

two handled blt with avocado.

eggs florentine.

smoked salmon scramble.

steak and eggs.

eggs benedict.

and that is a massive tray of food going by.

caroline and i may have had a bit too much champagne. 
caption inspired from this hilarious video - please watch it. 
it will make your day!!

then we rushed to see this amazing view of the city before the sun went down. 
its kind of crazy how you can see all of the hustle and bustle, 
but be removed from the noise. simply magical.

perfect saturday in the books!