Archive | August, 2012

Lord and Taylor Debuts Project Runway Collection

31 Aug

Love the clothes on Project Runway but wish you could actually buy them in stores? You’re in luck, Lord & Taylor just launched their ‘Project Runway’ collection – exclusive dresses from contestants throughout all 10 seasons!

Penny pinchers be aware – these prices are not as average woman friendly as the Christian Siriano for Payless designs. The Project Runway collection ranges from $248 to $348 with wear-to-work, cocktail and evening attire.

Check out some of my favorite designs below and take a look at the complete collection at the Lord and Taylor website.

Christopher Palu
Season 10
$275

Seth Aaron Henderson
Season 7
$275

Uli Herzner
Season 3
$275

Wednesday Wisdom

29 Aug

You can never be overdressed or overeducated

Delicious or Nutritious? Ethos

29 Aug

901 1st Avenue
New York, NY 10022
(212) 888-4060

The previous night’s binge left me craving (and NEEDING) a nice salad so I ventured to Ethos, where I discovered I could not only get a traditional Greek salad but a prix-fixe meal for $20!

Calamari grilled

Since I’d stretched my dollars with the prix-fixe meal (salad, entrée and soda), I also ordered Calamari grilled. I was really excited for this – I was trying to avoid fried foods and have had good grilled calamari before – but this time it did not meet my expectations. Yes calamari should be generally bit squishy, but this tasked like pure burnt rubber. I was glad I had my salad to look forward to!

Elliniki Salata

In my haste to dig into the salad I busted the container open and dropped the entire Elliniki Salata (salad) on the floor! Yes, the entire thing. So as pretty as it looks, I’ll never know how it was supposed to taste.

Solomos

Between my two failed attempts at appetizers I just couldn’t deal with being let down by the Solomos (salmon with rice). Thankfully I was not! The generously sized salmon portion was cooked well and full of flavor. It was a bit crispy on the ends but not too much. The only change I would have made is to add additional lemons on the side. The ¼ wedge they provided gave the meal extra flavor but it just wasn’t enough for the huge plate.

I loved that the rice was full of flavor, and they actually took care in their packaging.

I wish that the Grill calamari hadn’t tasted like burnt rubber.

Ethos is DELICIOUS and NUTRITIOUS!

Meet me at Broadway Week

28 Aug

If the extension of restaurant week doesn’t get you excited, but you don’t mind a night at the theater rejoice – Broadway Week is here!!

Standard Broadway tickets range anywhere from $27 – $250 depending on the show. From Tuesday September 4th – Wednesday September 26th, New York City presents Broadway Week, where you can purchase 2-for-1 tickets to 19 of Broadway’s biggest shows including Chicago, Evita, Jersey Boys, and Phantom of the Opera.

Visit www.telecharge.com and use the promo code BWAYWEEK to receive the discount.

For a complete listing of qualifying shows and showtimes visit www.nycgo.com.

Delicious or Nutritious? Blockheads

27 Aug

954 2nd Ave
New York, NY 10022
(212) 750-2020

Waiting too long to eat pretty much ALWAAYS leads to me making bad decisions and thus, one night, I found myself ordering from Blockheads. Most people frequent this Manhattan chain for their cheap margaritas and coronas. This would be my first time tasting their food.

Create your own quesadilla

I created my own quesadilla with just salsa cruda, grilled chicken and of course, cheese. It came as one large tortilla sliced in two. I wish I had more to say but it was just a plain quesadilla, nothing more, nothing less. After that unadventurous appetizer I was excited to try something that sounded more intriguing – the Jamaican jerk chicken burrito.

Jamaican jerk chicken burrito

I was a bit surprised that they served a Jamaican jerk chicken burrito – they’re famous for their coronas and margaritas so I automatically think all Mexican. This particular dish proved venturing out was a bad ideas. While I admire the creativity – jerk chicken with rice (I subbed brown rice free of charge), wrapped in a curry tortilla; it was a classic example of when something seems good in theory, but turns out bad in application. Blockheads should stick to Mexican fare, as those items, such as the Mexican chicken wrap, were much better.

Mexican chicken wrap

The Mexican chicken wrap was a cross between a burrito and a wrap. Grilled chicken with shredded lettuce, salsa cruda, Monterey jack cheese and guacamole with balsamic vinaigrette wrapped in agrilled tortilla. This combination worked! It was my favorite of the three with the guacamole and vinaigrette combo making the sandwich extra flavorful and juicy. I also had the option of either a side salad or rice and beans – I chose rice and beans and was, yet again with this meal, disappointed. Although I probably wouldn’t go to Blockheads just for food; but if I’m ever there drinking and get hungry this is probably the only thing I’d order.

I loved that it was so affordable and they had lots of options.

I wish that they put more care into their food.

Blockheads is NEITHER delicious or nutritious.