Friday, May 30, 2014

Citi Field + Pat Lafrieda's Chop House

One of the nice things about last Friday's baseball game at Citi Field is that there are a number of clubs and restaurants throughout the stadium at which to eat.  After an afternoon full of traveling, sitting down in a nice restaurant was just what I needed.

J made reservations at Pat Lafrieda's Chop House in the Delta Sky360 Club, a restaurant located just behind home plate.  The waitress started by giving us a large basket of freshly made chips (they were still hot!), but I was ready for the main meal.  The menu has a lot of beef, but I opted for the Brick Chicken.  J really enjoyed his Filet Mignon Steak Sandwich, but in my opinion the Garlic Herb Fries sprinkled with Parmesan stole the show.
Pat LaFrieda’s Original Filet Mignon Steak Sandwich
Pat LaFrieda’s Reserve, 100% Black Angus, Hand Cut Beef, Vermont Monterey Jack Cheese, Sautéed Sweet Vidalia Onions and Beef Au Jus on a Locally Baked and 
Toasted French Baguette, Housemade Cole Slaw

Brick Chicken
Young Chicken “Under a Brick”, Crispy Smashed Fingerlings, Roasted Spring Vegetables, Natural Jus

The stadium was pretty empty when we arrived for dinner, but by the time we finished a crowd started forming with folks gathering to get a free t-shirt, a perk of the Friday night game.  Although the stadium is pretty new, photos and words honoring baseball great Jackie Robinson bring a sense of history to the space.  If you look closely there is a quote stretching across the entrance way that says:

"A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives."~Jackie Robinson

There were a lot of U.S. servicemen around the stadium from Fleet Week.  EMS men and women were also honored before the game.

Now, one doesn't go to a baseball game just for a good meal and free t-shirt, but that's basically what happened.  After a two hour delay, the game was postponed at the bottom of the fourth inning.  At least a dozen men rolled a tarp over the diamond, and the field was closed due to the rainy weather.  On the bright side, I got to spend a great evening out with my sweetie, something which doesn't happen too often, and J was able to exchange our tickets for another game.

This weekend won't be quite as eventful as the last, but it's important to recharge and enjoy the quiet moments when you can.  I'll definitely be looking forward to some rest and relaxation this weekend.  Maybe I'll even work on a few projects ;-)

1 // Back to work after a great weekend.
2 // Gratitude for all the love on my eShakti post! (coupon code included) 
3 // The passing of a truly inspirational woman, Ms. Maya Angelou.  Great collection of her quotes here.
4 // Replaced 3 worn pieces in my closet with the lovely 4-in-1 maxi dress (50% off dress sale yesterday!).
5 // Last day for the art print giveaway!

Do not despise the day of small beginnings... (Zech. 4:10)

Have a great weekend!  

Stadium photos courtesy of J!


Tuesday, May 27, 2014

New York, New York

"If this town is just an apple then let me take a bite." ~Michael Jackson

1969 Cuffed Always Skinny Jeans (Gap)
Mint Earrings (Forever21)
Gladiator Sandals, Circus by Sam Edelman (Zappos)


Sunday, May 25, 2014

eShakti: They Design, You Customize

Olivia Dress (c/o eShakti)
Gladiator Sandals, Circus by Sam Edelman (Zappos)
Georgia Three-Hand Leather Watch, Metallic Gold (Fossil)
Statement Necklace (Ann Taylor Loft)
Braided Belt (H+M)

I was excited when I received an email from online fashion retailer eShakti asking me to review one of their products.  Yes, there are a zillion places to buy clothing online; however, eShakti offers customers a little something extra that I've yet to see from other retailers.  eShakti allows you to tailor the pieces you buy to fit your own body, style, and needs.  For instance, with the Olivia dress I selected, the neckline, sleeve length, and dress length are all customizable.  You can also enter all of your measurements for a truly custom fit.  This is refreshing in a world where people, especially women, are often made to feel as if they must fit into a particular mold or be a certain size to enjoy fashion.  Instead, eShakti makes fashion accessible to women of all shapes, sizes 0 to 36, offering classic and on trend pieces that allow you to express yourself and reinvent your style.

Here's some of my other favorites:

1 // 2 // 3 // 4

The folks over at eShakti were kind enough to provide a promo code eleinspirationes created exclusively for you to get 10% OFF when you shop at eShakti until June 13, 2014.  Check out more from this unique company at their social media websites below:

Photo credit: JRY3 Photography

Linking up with Stylish Tuesday, Style Sessions, Trend Spin, What I Wore, Random Wednesday, I Feel Pretty, WIWW.

Friday, May 23, 2014

High Five For Friday: Off to New York


1 // Spring tote on it's way from the Kate Spade surprise sale! Thanks to a tip from Kristina!
2 // Salivating over all the Anthropologie homeware I could get with giveaways like this and this.
3 // Cheery summer prints from this giveaway!
4 // Upcoming posts from this weekends mini vacay!
5 // and for your listening pleasure, one of the best duets I've heard in a while from Usher and Adam Levine:

Have a great Memorial Day weekend!

Linking up with: 
Lauren Elizabeth 
Friday Favorites

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Gratitude // Giveaway

Keeping up with the spirit of gratitude that comes with Memorial Day, I want to give a big thank you to all of you who've visited, commented, and followed my blog.  In anticipation of the holiday, I've decided to share a giveaway from Etsy shop owner, Kensie Kate, who has been kind enough to give one reader a free 8 x 10 print of their choosing.  The best way to describe her work is that it's happy!  Her prints feature bright, bold colors and thoughtful quotes.  So, stop by her shop and look around.  Not only are these prints a great way to decorate your home/office, but they also make great gifts!

Get a free pack of postcards with any order by leaving a note mentioning the blog at checkout!

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I hope everyone has a wonderful Memorial Day weekend! 

And as always follow along for more posts and giveaways to come!  


Monday, May 19, 2014

Max Brenner: Chocolate By the Bald Man

Last Thursday I met up with some good friends to catch up over dinner at Max Brenner, a restaurant specializing in its chocolate creations.  Offering a variety of chocolate drinks, dishes and desserts, it's the perfect place to grab a small bite to satisfy your sweet tooth or to enjoy a full meal.  The dessert menu offers a variety of chocolate concoctions like a chocolate chunk pizza, sundaes, and fondue dishes to share.  If you're not in the mood for sweets you'll have plenty of other options, with a menu that includes waffle sandwiches, flatbread pizzas, salads, and paninis.  There is also a brunch menu with a variety of omelet and pancake/waffle dishes.  

I knew I didn't want to get anything too heavy since I'd have a large dessert, so I started with the Smoky Dry Rubbed Chicken Wings.  Despite the description, they have a little bit of a sweet, sticky sauce on them.  I don't have much tolerance for spicy foods, so I thought the bit of sweetness was just right.  Then I moved on to the Banana Split Waffles.  I don't have a large sweet tooth either, and I found the waffle to be a little rich for me; however, the portion size was just right and the flavor was delicious.  My friends were equally pleased with their selections.  Emmy described her Strawberry Hazelnut Crepe as "a delicious combination of chocolate/hazelnut and strawberries.  The ice cream on top took the role of whipped cream and the crepe was so fresh, fluffy, and warm."  Cate found her S'mores Crepe to be equally delicious.

Smoky Dry Rubbed Chicken Wings 
(w/ bleu cheese dip)

Banana Split Waffles
(w/ caramelized bananas, vanilla ice cream, sugar krispies, milk chocolate ganache, and Choco-pops)

Strawberry Hazelnut Crepe 
(w/ chocolate hazelnut spread, thinly-sliced strawberries and powdered sugar, served with milk chocolate ganache and vanilla ice cream)

S'mores Crepe
(w/ crunchy graham crackers, milk chocolate chunks, hazelnut spread, peanut butter and marshmallow fluff, served with milk chocolate ganache and vanilla ice cream)

Max Brenner definitely offers diners a unique chocolate experience, and I recommend checking out the restaurant at one of it's locations in Boston, New York, or Philadelphia.  There are also a few chocolate bars in other cities and locations worldwide.  Also be sure to check out the chocolate shop before or after you eat.  It's filled with all kinds of gift sets, bonbons, and other sweets; there is an online shop as well.

The next time I visit, I think I'll order a larger entree and go lighter on the dessert by ordering a specialty hot chocolate or sharing a fondue.  I'd also like to try out some of the brunch offerings.    

Check out the full length menus and more on the locations here!

I'd love to hear what you'd like to try as well as any menu recommendations!

Photo Credits: My friends, Cate and Emmy.
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