Favorite restaurants | NYC 

Hi friends! I woke up this morning missing the big apple so I thought why not do a post on my favorite restaurants in the city.  Ive decided to start a series of favorite restaurants in my favorite places!  I’m sure you can tell but your girl loves food! Now I haven’t been to NYC in about 3 years now, but best be sure that I will be planning a trip there this year! My sister was going to school in the city so I made sure to go up as much as I possibly could. Here are just a few of my favorites, hope you enjoy! 

Jacobs Pickles | Upper West Side


So I have a slight obsession with the UWS, it’s amazing and you never know what you will find there. But Jacobs Pickles is the comfort food mecca, think southern comfort! There menu ranges from a variety of house made pickles, chicken and pancakes, poutine to shrimp and bacon grits! Great atmosphere and very large portions. 
Big Daddy’s  | Upper West Side



Omg! Now I’ve only been here for brunch but trust me it’ll be so good you won’t forget it. We ordered the bacon pancakes, chocolate chip cookie dough pancakes and chocolate chip banana pancakes. Also, they have all you can drink bloody Mary’s, mimosas and screwdrivers!😳 Big daddy’s has a very retro vibe to it that I just love! 

Screme Gelato Bar | Upper West Side

THIS!! Holy macaroni, this place is to die for! They have some crazy flavor combinations but I would eat every single one of them. Perfect on a warm day to cool you off in the city!

Two Boots Pizza | Upper West Side

Talk about some yummy pizza! If I could choose two foods for the rest of my life it’d be pizza and bagels! Two boots does pizza like no other it’s a combination of Louisiana and Italian pizzas. I highly recommend the night tripper!! There’s never a time I miss this place while in New York! 

Bouchon Bakery | Colombus Circle


The only thing I’ve tried from here is there macarons, but trust they are huge!! 
There will be a part two because let’s be honest no where does food like New York City! 

Until next time! 

Xoxo, 

B

Making the most delicious cake

Edit: This post was from a year and a half ago but its a follow up to my last post (the only vanilla cake recipe you will ever need).

 

 

Soo I’m not sure if I had mentioned this before but I am in pastry school..I know terrible for my diet. But yesterday we made a traditional white layer cake (think wedding cake) with raspberry italian buttercream. It was amazing! Seriously once you make this type of buttercream you will never buy any other kind again. It is that good!

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Before I arrived at class I went to this restaurant supply store called Surfas. It has everything and anything you could ever imagine. This was one of my favorite finds…Can you guess what it was?!?! GUY’S. IT. WAS. A .SPRINKLE. WALL. If I could bathe in sprinkles I would. I love sprinkles. Let’s just take a moment to bask in all of its glory.IMG_0821-0

 

Okay okay I’m done with my lust for sprinkles. Haha anyways so this Italian buttercream is to die for; I’ll admit yes, it is a pain in the tush but ya know what?! Totally worth it. The secret is really good quality butter, like the best European butter you can find.

 

Italian Buttercream

1 Lb. unsalted butter, softened
1c. sugar *reserve 1/4c.*
1/4 c. water
5 egg whites (room temp)
1/4t. cream of tartar

Dissolve sugar in the water first and then heat in a pot, stirring constantly, until the sugar dissolves and the mixture is bubbling. Stop stirring and reduce the heat to low. ( There should be NO color in the sugar/water mixture)

In the bowl of a mixer, beat the egg whites until foamy, add the cream of tartar and beat until soft peaks form. Gradually add the remaining 1/4 sugar to form a meringue.

Increase the heat and boil the water/sugar mixture to 248-250 degrees (firm ball stage)

In a stead stream, add the sugar mixture to the meringue. Slowly on the side of the bowl with the mixer on low so you can slowly temper the meringue. This part is make or break for your buttercream. Once you feel the mixture is a good temperature then whip on high until the mixture is cool.

Add the butter 1 tbsp. at a time. Then add flavorings if desired.
This is the one we used at school. fruit pureeIts from France the brand is Ravifruit. Highly recommended.

Voila, that is all! This is by far the tastiest buttercream EVER, give it a try and let me know in the comments how you liked it!

Until next time!
xoxo,
B

Sweet & Spicy BBQ Chicken Sweet Potatoes

So I’m not sure about you but I live on the fence between
trying to make healthy choices and wanting to eat all
of the sweets. But life is all about balance, AM I RIGHT?!

balance1Anyways, on my journey to be a healthier me I decided why not add some of my favorite recipes on this blog. I obviously am going to start posting baking recipes too (which I cannot
wait for).

I am all for sweet potatoes, I would eat one  at all meals if I could. This recipe is super simple and I  use this to meal prep for the week because it is that easy and mindless to make. Also, for the sweet potatoes I buy a big microwaveable bag of them at the grocery store for $1.98 and it’ll usually last me about a week. Okay enough rambling,  on to the recipe!

 

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Sweet & Spicy BBQ Chicken Sweet Potatoes

– 4 chicken breasts (cooked & shredded)
– 1/4 red onion
– sweet & spicy bbq sauce
– shredded carrots
– sweet potatoes

  1. First I cook and shred the chicken
  2. Chop and briefly cook the onion
  3. Steam the sweet potatoes in the microwave
  4. Toss the chicken, onion and shredded carrots in the bbq sauce
  5. Cut open sweet potatoes and top with chicken mixture

Voila! There ya have it, a super quick and easy lunch/dinner that is VERY filling.

Until next time.
xoxo,
B

 

Guess who’s back, back again..Brittany’s back!

Hi guys!

I totally suck at this blogging thing. But I’m back for good this time (fingers crossed) haha! I figured I’d catch you up on all that I’ve been up to. Even though my mom is probably my only viewer, Hi mom!

So lets see where to start.. I last left you guys while in California, I was in pastry school (which I highly recommend even if you’re just a home baker). I have since moved back to FL but I am missing select parts of the California lifestyle. However, not missing the traffic out there! I am really happy to be back home and able to see my friends and family.

I cannot wait to start blogging again so I figured I would come back with a collective favorites post from the time I’ve been away. I mean who doesn’t like reading about favorite things (am I right ladies?!).

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  1. My beloved D&G number 6 L’Amourex Eau de Toilette: I cannot even begin where to start on this guy. If you like a more masculine but still sort of feminine smelling perfume this is for you! I don’t think that they actually sell this anymore but I did a quick google search and you can find it on ebay/amazon. It has top notes of juniper, pink pepper and bergamot. Heart notes of birch, cardamom, and orris. Base notes of woods and musk. DELICIOUS!
  2. Illume Anemone Rollerball: I got this demi perfume when kitson was closing all of the stores and it was literally the Last one of them. I seriously need to start looking for more of these. I just checked but the Illume website has a sale going on the eau de perfume. It has citrus and crisp apple notes. A very light fragrance but I’m telling you you will get a whiff of this through the day and it will just make you smile!
  3. St. Ives even and bright scrub: First of all this scrub is white with little pink scrubbing sugars in it. I mean how cute!! It smells soo yummy too like pink lemon & mandarin oranges! It also has done a really great job on making my skin nice and flake free all the while still being gentle.
  4. Ponds Nourishing moisturizer: This is literally the cheapest moisturizer EVER! And honestly I’m not sure if I’ve posted before how I wasn’t a fan of this but in California this wasn’t the best for my skin but using it in Florida its definitely working for me!
  5. Maybelline fit me concealer: This guy is the real MVP.. literally the best $6 I’ve ever spent. I cannot say enough about it! A great creamy, long wearing, non-creasing concealer.
  6. Pink eye shadow brush: I’m not totally sure about the brand of this brush but I got it in an Ipsy box and I have literally used it every single day since receiving the box!
  7. L.A. Girl pro concealer: This was another great $2.50 I spent on a contour concealer. Super blendable, obvs. affordable, tons of color options!
  8.  Budget planner and planner accessories: This planner is from michaels, it was about $3.50 they had a huge selection of them from wedding planning to fitness journals to meal planning. Perfect for your purse! Also I love pineapples/ flamingos/all things stationary.
  9. Lorac eyeshadow in Serenity: I also received this in a Sephora christmas box ( I think). It kinda just appeared in my makeup collection and I cant remember from where exactly. But I’ve been wearing it daily and it legit lasts all day long, super silky putting it on. Love love love it!

Be on the look out for my next coming posts. I want to start doing more recipes, pinterest fails and product reviews! Also, comment below for any suggestions.

Until next time.
xoxo,
B

I’m terrible at this! 

I am so sorry guys I continually forget to write on here!  But I’m really going to try better this time! Over the next few months you’re going to see some big changes on the blog and in an effort to keep it up here’s a tag! 👏🏼

100 Questions no one asks! 

1. Do you sleep with your closet doors open or closed? Yes!  Closets at night time are sooo creepy!

2. Do you take the shampoos and conditioner bottles from hotels? Guilty 😩 but I save them for whenever I have guests or take trips. 

3. Do you sleep with your sheets tucked in or out? I actually don’t use a flat sheet, I just end up kicking it off in the middle of the night. 

4. Have you stolen a street sign before? Absolutely not. Lol I have no purpose for it. 
5. Do you like to use post-it notes? That’s an understatement, I have a mild obsession with office supplies. 

6. Do you cut out coupons but then never use them? Ugh yes! I’m the worst. 

7. Would you rather be attacked by a big bear or a swarm of bees? Bear for sure! 

8. Do you have freckles? I sure do, but they’re not very prominent.

9. Do you always smile for pictures? For the most part yes!  
10. What is your biggest pet peeve? People smacking their food/ gum. It actually makes me nauseous. 

11. Do you ever count your steps when you walk? Sometimes! 

12. Have you peed in the woods? I sure have.

13. Have you ever pooped in the woods? Ewwie, NO! 

14. Do you ever dance even if theres no music playing? Yes! Does it count if the music is in my head? 
15. Do you chew your pens and pencils? Nope!
16. How do you take your coffee? Extra cream and sugar!

17. What size is your bed? Queen. 👑

18. What is your song of the week? Shower -Becky g

19. Is it OK for guys to wear pink? I suppose, depending on the rest of the outfit. 

20. Do you still watch cartoons? Sometimes. 

21. What is your least favorite movie? Texas chainsaw massacre (nastyyyy)
22. Where would you bury hidden treasure if you had some? Hmm, then it wouldn’t be very hidden if I told you!

23. What do you drink with dinner? Water!

24. What do you dip a chicken nugget in? Honey mustard, yum!

25. What is your favorite food? Can this be multiple foods?? I can’t choose one; Savory- Pizza, bagels, Mac-n-cheese. Sweet- Macarons, cupcakes. 
26. What movies could you watch over and over again and still love? Pitch perfect, For a good time call, breakfast at Tiffany’s. 

27. Last person you kissed/kissed you? The boyfrannd. 

28. Were you ever a boy/girl scout? Sure was! 

29. Would you ever strip or pose nude in a magazine? Nope! 

30. When was the last time you wrote a letter to someone on paper? Hmm, I’m going to say a year-two years ago. 

31. Can you change the oil on a car? Haha, no!  

32. Ever gotten a speeding ticket? Ugh, yes. But it’s been a while!

33. Ever ran out of gas? Yes, pulling into the gas station ( which was out of gas too!)

34. What’s your favorite kind of sandwich? Hmm, it’s a toss-up either publix turkey sub or nordstrom has a chicken, cranberry relish, gruyere, arugula, ciabatta bread one. Both equally yummy!

35. Best thing to eat for breakfast? Bagels!

36. What is your usual bedtime? Usually midnight-ish. 

37. Are you lazy? Sometimes, but aren’t we all. 
38. When you were a kid, what did you dress up as for Halloween? I can remember dressing up with friends as Barbie dolls and the spice girls lol! 

39. What is your Chinese astrological sign? Aquarius 

40. How many languages can you speak? I can only speak English but can understand a little bit of French and Spanish. 
41. Do you have any magazine subscriptions? Yup! To self magazine. 

42. Which are better: legos or lincoln logs? Omg Legos! Except for if you step on one, Ouchy!

43. Are you stubborn? Sometimes very. 

44. Who is better: Leno or Letterman? Neither- don’t particularly watch either. 

45. Ever watch soap operas? Of course, with my nanny!

46. Are you afraid of heights? Yes!
47. Do you sing in the car? Duh!
48. Do you sing in the shower? Who doesn’t! 

49. Do you dance in the car? Sometimes, haha!

50. Ever used a gun? Nope. 

51. Last time you got a portrait taken by a photographer? Oh gosh, probably senior year of high school.

52. Do you think musicals are cheesy? Not at all! I love them. 

53. Is Christmas stressful? No! I love Christmas!

54. Ever eat a pierogi? No but my sister loves them. 

55. Favorite type of fruit pie? Blueberry or Apple.

56. Occupations you wanted to be when you were a kid? Hmm, firefighter, fashion designer, teacher. 

57. Do you believe in ghosts? Absolutely!

58. Ever have a Deja-vu feeling? Yes! Way too much. 

59. Do you take a vitamin daily? See the thing is I start to take them and then I forget after like a week or two. 

60. Do you wear slippers? Depends, my feet get hot really easily. 

61. Do you wear a bath robe? Not really. 

62. What do you wear to bed? Pajamas, duh!

63. What was your first concert?  I think it was 98 degrees and a few others at a nickelodeon concert. 

64. Walmart, Target, or Kmart? Target!

65. Nike or Adidas? No preference! 

66. Cheetos or Fritos? HOT Cheetos. 

67. Peanuts or Sunflower seeds? Hot peanuts! 

68. Ever hear of the group Tres Bien? Definitely not. 

69. Ever take dance lessons? Yes.

70. Is there a profession you picture your future spouse doing? Whatever makes them happy. 

71. Can you curl your tongue? I can!

72. Ever won a spelling bee? Yup, in the fourth grade. 

73. Have you ever cried because you were so happy? Duh! Who hasn’t. 

74. Own any record albums? No. 

75. Own a record player? Another no. 

76. Do you regularly burn incense? No, I use to in high school but they make me sneeze. 

77. Ever been in love? Yes 

78. Who would you like to see in concert? Frank Sinatra (yes I’m aware he’s not alive) 

79. What was the last concert you saw? Frankie J. 

80. Hot tea or cold tea? Depends on the weather and time of day!

81. Tea or coffee? Both!

82. Sugar cookies or snickerdoodles? Do I have to choose??

83. Can you swim well? I think so. 

84. Can you hold your breath without holding your nose? Yeah. 

85. Are you patient? Lol, right… I really try to be. 

86. DJ or band at a wedding? Band

87. Ever won a contest?  I don’t remember. 

88. Have you ever had plastic surgery? Yes. 

89. Which are better: black or green olives? Eww, they’re both gross. 

90. Can you knit or crochet? No. 

91. Best room for a fireplace? Living room or bedroom!

92. Do you want to get married? Yes!

93. If married, how long have you been married? N/a

94. Who was your high school crush? Can’t remember!
95. Do you cry and throw a fit until you get your own way? Lol no!

96. Do you have kids? Nope. 

97. Do you want kids? Yes!

98. What is your favorite color? Navy, royal blue, olive, pink!

99. Do you miss anyone right now? Yes! My family. 

100. Who are you going to tag to do this video next? Everybody!!

Wish wish wish list

Hello lovelies! 

As promised I am starting my accomplishment /wish list.. Hope you all enjoy! Leave me any comments below if you have any suggestions or thoughts ☺️



First things first these need to happen in my life! These are from California donuts and they seem to have the most eclectic donuts I’ve ever seen. Not to mention I’ve heard nothing but the best about them! P.s. They are open 24 hours😍. 



How stinking cute is this phone case!! It’s from Lilly Pulitzer  and well Ya its self explanatory because it’s adorable! 

I have been forever looking for a dainty little cross necklace, very simple right? But it’s nearly impossible to find the right one, I adore this one from Dogeared .Even if you aren’t religious or not in the market for a cross necklace they have sooo many different charms and themes to pick from! Check them out!!

Soo I need some major help with books; I love love to read but I need help with suggestions on books to read. Honestly I just need a book to draw me in the first few minutes if not I probably won’t ever finish it. 

 

Okay sooo since I’m on a monogram kick I thought might as well add an adorable pillow into the mix! This pillow is from Swoozies  and you can customize them in the link above. This store has the most amazing gifts there! 

I’m also in the need of a good face wash, my face is combination/sensitive. Almost everything typically breaks/ dries out my skin and it is no fun. Any suggestions would be very helpful. 😜

  

Another adorable monogrammed item 😍 this one is from Marley Lilly! But guys I can’t choose which one because they are all so adorable! I also like this one and btw they are on sale now AND they are having a seersucker sale in two days. I also like this one that’s in the runnings.  

 

Okay that is it for today, later on this week I will be putting up a monthly favorites post because I will be going to San Francisco next weekend 😍😘

Xoxo,

Brittany

I’m alive!

Hey guys! So sorry that I’ve been neglecting my blog 😲 I’ve been all over the place with my schedule but promise to make a strong comeback. 

So here’s an update from my birthday! My mom is basically a birthday ninja and surprised me so much with the necklace from my monthly favorites wish list 😍😍😍 Thanks mom!! 

The little girl I tutor calls it my forever necklace because I need to wear it forever it is so beautiful she says!  The. I also have a ninja sister who surprised me with these amazing gifts from New York aka all of my favorite things {earrings from Laila Rowe, bagels from my favorite place in New York, black and white cookies and a beautiful porcelain jewelry dish} 

I am convinced I have the best family! 



Then my boyfriend and I went to the third street promenade and Santa Monica pier which was soooo beautiful. We finished the night up with some Puerto Rican food in North Hollywood 😍 all in all a successful birthday. I love you all! 😘



So I think I’m going to start a monthly wish list of things I would like to accomplish/ treat myself to?!  Be on the look out for that as well as a review on the new E.L.F. Skincare line! 

Xoxo

Brittany

January Favorites!

So as I am still new to this whole blogging thing it’s going to take a bit to get in the swing of things but I figured monthly favorites are always a fun thing to be reading…AmIRight???

Most of the things I’m just going to find stock pictures of because I just think it looks better that way!

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1.Suave dry shampoo: it’s the only dry shampoo that doesn’t leave my hair feeling weird and that the scent doesn’t make me sick! But it’s my tried and true!
2. Okay so I don’t actually have this yet…buuuuut it’s one my birthday wish list sooo here’s hoping! It’s the Kendra Scott Hayden pendant necklace in turquoise it is sooo beautiful.
3. Aussie 3 minute moisture mask is a lifesaver. Here in California it’s a ton of money to get your hair cut. Nothing is generally wrong with mine It just needed a bit of life put back into it. This stuff works the first time you use it and it’s about $3.50 at target!
4. Revlon 25 hour lasting finish foundation..it’s absolutely one of the best as far as drugstore foundation that I have used for coverage. However 25 hours is questionable…I wore it for about 12 hours and I was pushing it. It was still on my face but def looked faintly on my t-zone.
5. CANDLES 😍 these Laduree candles are to die for!! They smell beautiful as well as look super chic!
6. Trader joes cold brew coffee concentrate…FHEW! That is a mouthful! Lol but this stuff it fantastic for you iced coffee lovers. It’s not bitter in taste but a little goes a long way. You seriously only need about 2 capfuls to a whole glass of milk..ITS.THAT.STRONG!! It gives me just enough caffeine to get through the day.
7. Lush snow angel…yummmm! This smells of marzipan and I know that sounds like it smells funny but I promise it smelled divine! It was from their holiday collection so it won’t be available again until the holidays (Sidenote the whole back is coated in gold glitter, and it makes a mess but it’s still so pretty).
8. Another lush product haha it’s their snow fairy body wash. Smells like cotton candy sweetness with teeny tiny specks of glitter. It is sooo cute. Not to mention it gives a good hydrating wash!
9. And last but not least is my most favorite/most used of them all is the trader joes 21 seasoning salute! 👅💦
I put this seasoning on absolutely everything! It came as a suggestion from my sister who is a Chef extraordinaire! If you buy anything from this favorites list GET THIS! It’s ah-mazing!

Until we meet again!
Xoxo
Brittany

This is it!

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I am jumping on the healthy bandwagon, this will be the last year (I know that everybody says that) that I am unhealthy. I want to be able to enjoy life more. It’s not like I’m super over weight but I would like to loose 30ish pounds and I figured what better of a place to keep myself accountable.

So I began with a really tasty recipe I just threw together super simple!

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1c. Cooked quinoa
1c. Grilled chicken
1/2c. Tiny potatoes (from trader joes)
1c. Green beans
21 seasoning salute ( holy grail, from trader Joe’s)

Basically I just cooked all of the ingredients on separate skillets (except for the quinoa). Once they are done cooking (about 10 min each) I sprayed it with a little bit of olive oil and seasoned it to taste with the 21 seasoning salute from trader joes.

Seriously so delicious! Let me know what you think! You could also substitute the tiny potatoes for sweet potatoes! Yummmm!

If anyone has any suggestions of something that has worked for them let me know! I will be periodically posting updates to see what has been working/not working for me!

Xoxo
Brittany