NYC Birthday Steak!

Club A Steakhouse

Last week I was lucky enough to dine at Club A Steakhouse to celebrate my brother’s birthday. This place just oozes class. Nestled in Midtown East, this steakhouse boasts sultry red hues, dark wood, and low lighting that pairs perfectly with live jazz music and big juicy steaks.  They even printed  special menus that said ‘Happy Birthday’ at the top for us!

I’ve been to a fair amount of  top-rated steakhouses in the city,  and this one is definitely towards the top of my favorites list so far. The steaks were cooked to a perfect medium-rare, all the side dishes were excellent (we tried them all), and they had a great choice of wines to boot!

I love that they top all of their steaks with little plastic cows stating the meat temperature too. It was nice not having to guess if everyone got the right steak (come on, you know you’re never really sure). Some people might think it’s tacky, but I thought it was a nice touch.

Nothing bums me out more than when you have a delicious steak with mediocre side dishes. Not a problem here – this place had the best of both worlds! You need to try their maple and lemon charred brussel sprouts – it’s non-negotiable. They are to die for! I could swear their mashed potatoes were laced with truffle oil too… So. Freaking. Good.

 

 

Best Croutons (& Pizza) Ever

Cheese Pizza, John's Pizzeria Bleeker Street

Cheese Pizza, John’s Pizzeria Bleeker Street

Hello my lovelies! I just had to share my trick for the best croutons ever. A few days ago I went to John’s Pizzeria on Bleeker Street, my personal favorite pizzeria in Manhattan. They also have a 2nd place off of Times Square that fills up 3 stories of a refurbished old church. Both have fabulous pizza, but I love the feel of the eclectic cobblestone Bleeker Street place. Luckily we had 1 slice leftover, which inspired this post!

The goal of this blog is definitely not cooking, but I do enjoy cooking in my free time and I noticed that there aren’t many posts about how to use leftover pizza as croutons. Whaaaaaat?! This is my absolute favorite way to use leftover pizza. It will take a plain salad from 0 to 100.

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Best 5-Star Travel Backpacks

Side view of the Tortuga Travel Backpack

Side view of the Tortuga Travel Backpack

Chances are if you’re an experienced traveler you already own a great travel backpack. For those of you planning or about to embark on your adventure – this is for you.

When I first decided to quit my job to travel I knew the first step towards my goal was to start saving money. This left me with an incredible amount of free time – no more big bar tabs, no more fancy dinners, no more Sephora shopping sprees. I figured I should use all of this new-found free time to research my upcoming adventure.

Buying a travel backpack wasn’t something that had even crossed my mind. “I’ll just use my big suitcase with wheels,” I thought to myself. That notion changed very quickly. After reading travel blog after travel blog I realized that I didn’t think this suitcase thing through at all.

Check it – you have cobblestone streets, foreign airports, and never-ending dirty staircases- and that’s just the tip of the iceberg. my rolling monster-of-a-suitcase isn’t going to cut it.

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