Lots of Recents Eats + Life Update

by admin on March 25, 2016

Hello!!

Sorry its taken me 500 years to write another post. Last time we chatted I hadn’t even started my new job yet. EEEEK. Well, I can safely announce that I started working at Eleven Madison Park a little over a month ago now and I am really loving it! I’m a kitchen server, which is basically a glorified name for a food runner hah I thought it would get a little redundant and boring but each night brings a new challenge and LOTS of awesome people watching that there is really never any time to feel bored, we’re constantly on the move! Basically, my feet hurt. A lot.

For those who don’t know, Eleven Madison Park is a 9 course tasting menu restaurant. It’s own by chef Daniel Humm and manager Will Guidara. Their restaurant group, Made Nice, currently has two other restaurants, The Nomad and The Nomad bar. The next step for the restaurant group is to open up more restaurants, both with similar and varying concepts to the three listed above, including a Nomad LA. Once they open up a restaurant in Napa Valley that mighttt have to be my next move 😉

I’m working just shy of 50 hours a week, which I’ve found living in the city and doing “city” things such as going out for drinks or pizza after work (pizza, me? never..) I haven’t been getting much sleep. I feel constantly tired and usually hungry while I’m working, but I finally am starting to feel settled. Although I’m not sure I’ll ever feel like I truly live in NYC. Maju and I were saying the other day how it feels like we’re just visiting for a long time. haha. Even his friend Kyle who has lived here for 2 years now says he still feels the same way. So alas, here I am, just visiting NYC for a who knows how long of a time :)

I have LOTS of food pictures to share with you since I’ve been proudly maintaining my realdelicious account on instagram! If you don’t follow along yet, you probably should 😉

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starting all the way back to Valentines day weekend! Me and my galentines :) This was my last free weekend before starting work so I made sure to live it up. Aka go out and not act like a Grandma.

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Valentines day brunch at Upland! (one of my fav spots) Mill’s family kindly invited me to go to brunch with them since they were also celebrating Mill’s Mom’s birthday! We got the cacio e pepe pasta shown above (omg)

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shared the sausage and kale and margarita pizza. Both amaze

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And mill and I shared the burger. Good, but I wouldn’t order it again. The pasta and pizza’s are way better IMO.

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Valentines day flowers :) Don’t worry, I didn’t make multiple hints that I wanted flowers or anything..;)

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Maju cooked me dinner! I’ll be honest, its pretty rare we cook instead of go out. Mainly because A. its fun to go out to eat and B. my kitchen is TINY so the whole cooking and cleaning process is well, a process. But I was very excited about these chicken enchiladas. They were seriously the best enchiladas I’ve ever had. And I promise I’m not just saying that :) He also makes a killler guacamole. His secret: LOTS of lime juice.

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Another trip to my beloved Sadelles.

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I’ve discovered my love of Ramen! This was from Ippudo, which has been my absolute favorite so far. Gah. It’s so good. Especially on a cold rainy day!

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Meet Parker. The cutest little boy ever! He actually belongs to my friend Molly’s sister Tara who has lived in NYC for a while. So I’ve babysat for this little bug twice now. Not that I have a ton of experience with babies, but he is definitely the most easy going baby ever. I think my mom will confirm the fact that I was not …:)

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yup, more ramen! I think this ramen was from Ivan Ramen. It was the spicy pork ramen. It was good, but not great. Ippudo made me have very high expectations!

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Indian for family meal at work! Omg you guys, our family meals, on POINT. Seriously, they have all been amazing. Some days are simpler than others, but I always load up my plate (as you can see above 😉 ) to make sure I don’t get hungry during service. We eat family meal at 4pm and service starts at 5:30. So while everyone eats at normal times, we take “early bird special” to a whole new level.

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Oh hey look, some more ramen. Told you I’m obsessed! This was from a newer ramen joint called Nakamura. I would rank this number 2, Ippudo still has my number 1 spot.

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Pancakes! I like to make Maju and I a fun “weekend” style breakfast on our days off. We’ve been lucky to have somewhat similar schedules which has been really nice! I made lemon blueberry pancakes using this recipe from the pioneer women. They were delicious! I’m not a huge pancake person, but every now and then they hit the spot.

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on days where its nice out, Maju and I like to do a lot of walking (to make up for all the eating and drinking we also partake in :) ) This is a view from the high line!

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lunch at Santina. We shared the spicy potatoes (which somehow taste like pepperoni pizza in the best way, they’re freaking amazing) and the clam spaghetti dish.

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After lunch we walked over to the West side highway. I live way closer to the east side, but the west side has much better walking paths and parks along the walkway. We found a nice spot to park ourselves, our solo cups, and a cheap bottle of trader joes wine. Class acts, I know.

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after hanging at the park for a bit, we set off to get another drink. Sweet and Vicious is a fun bar with both an indoor and outdoor area. They serve these 8 dollar frozen margaritas at happy hour that are strong, let me tell you.

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we grabbed a couple more drinks and dinner that night at Cafe Habana. Known for their epic cuban sandwiches and killer mexican corn. That corn. I could eat it everyday and be very happy. Maju doesn’t really like corn. Weird. More for me!

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I also recently discovered an epic Italian deli on the west side called Faiccos. This 2 meal sandwich only cost me 12 bucks!

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Back at my favorite spot, By Chloe. We went recently for Sunday brunch and to my surprise, it really wasn’t that crowded. That place is literally always a mob scene, but maybe Sunday brunch is the time to go! I got my favorite Spicy quinoa taco salad and tried a piece of the raspberry coffee cake.

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This coffee cake, insane.

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I also took a quick trip home last week! I got to go visit Papa, spend some time with the dogs, and go out to dinner with the family. It was a short but sweet visit. I’ll definitely be back in the summer for some pool time :)

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the sky looked cool that night so I snapped a pic. Forgot to take pictures at dinner but we went to Babbo!

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back in NYC means bagel time! This was my first time going to Murray’s bagels. It was good, but nothing extraordinary.

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SHAKE SHACK!! So good, yet so bad, yet so good. I got the shack stack, Maju got the shack burger, and we shared a concrete and cheese fries. My only complaint was there could of been more cheese on the cheese fries, just sayin.

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some mediocre sushi delivery on seamless.

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Maju cooked dinner for me again last night. This time was chicken parm with garlic bread. We also shared a bottle of nice wine that my parents let me take back with me. Everything was deeeelish.

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a couple hours later Maju went out and surprised me with a banana cupcake and coffee ice cream in bed. He’s a keeper :)

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Yesterday marked the one year date of my Nanny’s passing. It’s really crazy how fast time passes by but I only seem to miss her more. I don’t think time really heals when losing people you love so dearly and who are such a big part of your lives. I know Nanny would be really proud of me for making the big move to the city and I wish I could just call her up and tell her all about it. But I know she’s watching over me and sees it all happening :) Also, I don’t know if you ever knew this about Nanny but she could never pose for a picture. You would have to catch her off guard for her to genuinely smile for the camera haha

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I’m on my 3rd day off in a row!! Don’t ask how that happened, but I ain’t complaining. I pretty much slept from 10pm to 12pm today!! How is that even possible haha Maju came in the room this morning and was like uh, its noon you might want to get up. I never, ever sleep that late! Today is going to be more of a chill day. Going to get in some much needed gym time and then I’m meeting up with Kristin and Lindsay later. I’ll be sure to check in soon. And by soon we all know I really mean at least a month hah

It does mean a lot to me whoever is still reading this little bloggy of mine. I hope all is well with you!

<3Chelcie

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Hello from NYC! My new home!!

by admin on February 11, 2016

HI!!

I’m writing up this post while sitting on my bed in my new apartment that just happens to be located in NYC. I freaking LIVE here now. It still doesn’t seem real, about 2 weeks into this whole city life thang. Sometimes I forget that I live here now. But when I’m awoken by loud beeps and sirens, I remember 😉

Seriously though, why do people honk their horns so much? Like just relaxxxx a little. Coming from the most road rage human there is (->me)

Lets back up a bit. The weekend before I made the big move, I flew down from Boston to Philly to spend a weekend with all my best pals. For once in probably all of history, Philly was getting hit HARD with a snow storm and Boston was only getting a few inches. Some people might think I’m crazy for flying into a snow storm (literally) but luckily my flights timing wise turned out in my favor. The flight gods were on my side for once it was lovely.

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Pure happiness. The snow didn’t really get bad until later Friday night. It was weird to see a whole city basically shut down. Got a glimpse of what life is like without cars/ubers. If only we had a horse and buggy we would of been solid. Saturday during the day we spent the majority of the morning playing drinking games (cause what else do you do on an epic snow day?) and then finally made our way into town to a local bar.

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It was such a fun weekend. We rarely get to all get together so I was very happy I made the decision to brave the snow and go on the quick trip. Also, I won a bet with my Dad over whether or not I would make it back on Sunday. Winning was the icing on the cake of a great weekend.

I turned right back around and went to NYC on Monday afternoon so I could attend Maju’s holiday party with him. Of course the next morning I begged to go to Sadelles for brunch cause its really my favorite place ever. If they need a groupie, I’m their girl.

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I strayed from my usual bagel and lox for their epic tuna melt. Just look at that beauty. I have a weird obsession with tuna melts. Whoever thought of turning a bagel inside out and creating a panini type sandwich was GENIUS (and maybe under the influence of something..;) )

My mom met me in the city Tuesday and the moving company came Wednesday morning. I moved into a 3rd floor walk up, so the movers were seriously life savers. It was a quick and painless process. Now onto more food!

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happy hour guac and margs with Mom from The Black Ant.

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there’s a cute little coffee shop/deli right next door that serves delicious sandwiches/bagels. This was a turkey sandwich with sundried tomato spread and manchego cheese. I’ve also tried their bagels which are delish.

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I’ve cooked a few meals in my apartment, but after Lindsay and I enjoyed a meal I cooked for her (this curry, and this past week I made another batch of my favorite soup), we made the wise choice to go for ice cream at Van Leeuwen. There are way too many delicious options within walking distance from me. Like seriously, it’s a problem (an amazing, amazing problem)

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Also within walking distance, Russ and Daughters. A famous establishment known for their bagel/fish combinations. I still favor Sadelles but this bagel did hit the spot.

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Met krij for happy hour one day and shared this delicious mac and cheese. There’s more mac and cheese at the end of this post. Did I mention I joined a gym as well? Yea, so it’s been helping with some sort of balance hah.

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I’ve never been a huge chinese food fan (like the greasy take out crap, ew) But authentic noodles and dumplings is something I can seriously stand behind. We shared the spicy lamb dumplings (omg) and homemade pulled noodles with braised chicken. Seriously salivating just thinking about how delicious this was. Oh, this place (X’ian Famous Foods) is also about a 5 minute walk from me :)

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Right next to Xian famous foods is a cute little ice cream shop called Davey’s ice cream. Maju had been craving a milk shake so when we turned the corner and saw a peanut butter pie milk shake (!!!!!) advertised we had to stop in. He enjoyed most of it but they gave me a little baby cup of what couldn’t fit in his cup. There were legit chunks of pie crust in the shake. I die.

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One day we went back to Brooklyn for some pizza and to get a few things from Maju’s place. Maju lives around the corner from the infamous Roberta’s Pizza. Still not sure what took us so long to visit but omg. We went for the Bee sting (pepperoni, fresh basil, mozzarella, and a honey drizzle) with an egg on top. Life is better with an egg on top.

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National bagel day, national pizza day, SO MANY DAYS!! Krij had slept over so she convinced me to come get a bagel with her. I mean, if I have to..We went to Tompkins square bagels. Their bagels are massive and they are spot on with the filler to bagel ratio. No skimping there! This was a whole wheat everything with veggie cream cheese, tomato, and onion. Krij and I did some serious walking (and some shopping) to work off our bagels.

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Delicious thai dinner out with Eliza at the Mini Thai Cafe. We shared the shrimp pad thai and pineapple curry.

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Joe’s pizza is my favorite slice in the city.

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A trip to the Little Cupcake Bakeshop for a slice of peanut butter and jelly cake. I mean, why would you ever eat a regular peanut butter and jelly when you can have it in cake form?! Maju dominated the slice but I assisted :)

We went for an early V-day dinner at Root and Bone. I’m a total Top Chef geek, and Top chef alum Janine Booth opened up this southern charm spot with her partner Jeff Mcinnis. They specialize in southern classics like fried chicken, mac and cheese, and shrimp and grits. We went for the classics: Fried chicken (you can either get a half chicken or whole chicken, we got a whole which was definitely aggressive. But makes for good leftovers!)

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the fried chicken is served with a delicious tabasco honey sauce. I wouldn’t recommend this on, say, a first date, but Maju and I are clearly past that point and we were both diving in. Pretty sure I got fried chicken in my hair at one point. It’s whatever #truelove

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for sides we shared the mac and cheese and collard greens. I would go back everyday just for the sides. I’m a collard greens fanatic and I mean who doesn’t love mac and cheese.

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As for the job front, it’s a long story. But let’s just say I’ve enjoyed having my free time but applying to countless jobs gets exhausting and I’m more than ready to be settled and working. The light at the end of the tunnel is drawing very near (thank god for both my sanity and wallet) Adjusting to any city is challenging and this has just been an added challenge. But hey, such is life. A couple meltdowns and some pizza later and I’m all good. I’m happy and very grateful to have such a solid support group here with me. It has made this somewhat messy transition much more enjoyable.

I’m not sure where this little bloggy of mine is going to fit into the picture. As some of you may know, I started a food instagram account (@realdelicious) so I’ve been thinking about changing my blog platform completely into a new domain and go in a different direction of restaurant reviews/recipes. It will remain a work in progress. I’ll pop in soon with some more exciting updates (and obvi more food because food=life)

I hope everyone has a great weekend!

<3Chelcie

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NYC updates (Mostly food)

January 13, 2016

hello! how is everyone doing? So let’s backtrack. In the past week and a half I left my job in Boston and packed up my things to head to NYC to both find a job and place to live. Well I have good news! I’ve found both! My job doesn’t start for a little while […]

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New Christmas Traditions + My trip to the tree!

December 31, 2015

Well hello there. Sometimes I forget that I have a blog (more like had a blog since the last time I posted was about 2 months ago) I’m not sure if I’ll ever get back into the swing of blogging but a cute message on facebook from my Nanny’s friend Joan (hi Joan!) inspired me […]

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Recent Trips to NYC-Dining at Carbone!!

November 11, 2015

howdy!! Sorry it’s been awhile. I’ve been busy working and taking trips to NYC! The first trip was with my Mom for a mother daughter trip. We dined at Carbone (where Maju works) and it was AMAZING. See below for some serious food porn. The second trip was to help move Maju into his new […]

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Dreams do Come True-NYC Food Tour

September 30, 2015

howdy! So I just got back (yesterday morning) from yet another amazing trip to the big apple. My best friends Molly and Lindsay got me a ticket to go on a food tour which has basically been a dream of mine for EVA. It was AWESOME. I’ll get to the food tour in a bit […]

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So Long Summer

September 22, 2015

So the last time I posted was back in July. And here it is already September!!! Soon to be October!!! I’m not sure why I’ve chosen to go through such a blogging dry spell, but alas that’s what happened. For a while my site was down because I had to renew my bluehost account and […]

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My Last 3 Trips

July 15, 2015

howdy! My original plan was to do a recap after each trip but somehow time slipped away from me so here I am with a LONG post. Buckle up! My first “mini vaca” I should call it was a trip to NYC to visit Maju and Lindsay! I finally got to reunite with Lindsay after […]

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June Things

June 19, 2015

for lack of a more creative title.. knowing my late track record of posting once every couple of weeks my next post will probably be called July Things. But hey! How goes it? Duke and his adorable nose says hello! You can tell he’s always super enthused when I take pictures of him.. Let’s see […]

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Let’s Chat!

June 5, 2015

Sometimes I wonder if even writing blog posts is worth it anymore. But then I realize I like posting a lot of random mumbo jumbo and some of you strangely still like reading about said random mumbo jumbo so HI. hello. How are ya doing? Let’s chat about what’s been happening lately, shall we?! ~~ […]

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