Thursday, February 26, 2015

Spring Kimonos

Last year I got on a kimono kick & I'm happy they're still in! Not that I really follow what trends are in and what I "shouldn't" wear that season (always wear what looks good on you.. not what's in), but they're easier to find if they're still "in." Here are a few of my favs that I've seen lately.
Lace Inset Floral Kimono from Express
Kimono Jacket from Target

Kimono Jacket w/ Lace Detail from Target

Pom Pom Kimono Jacket from Target

Floral Kimono from Shoptiques

Pins and Needles Night Bloom Embroidered Kimono from Urban Outfitters 

Floral Kimono from Shoptiques






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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

The Fluffiest Oatmeal: 2 Ways

I'm a true grandma. I love oatmeal for breakfast and eat it every single day. I don't change it up either- no weird dried fruit (I can't do the texture) or different fruits for that matter because I just don't like them in oatmeal. I always use 1/2 banana and that's it.

At home I make egg white oatmeal on the stove, but I just discovered that it works in the microwave, too! Using egg whites in your oats make them so fluffy and adds great flavor. Here are all of the things you need to make them and the two different ways to do it (aka real life vs. dorm life). You can choose different fruit or spices, but I prefer cinnamon & banana.

World's Fluffiest Oatmeal

Ingredients
1/2 cup dry oatmeal (I use Trader Joe's Multigrain, not instant)
3/4-1 cup water (depending on method)
2 egg whites
Ground cinnamon (I use a ton!)
Banana

Microwave Directions
Put 1/2 cup dry oatmeal in a microwave safe bowl (make sure it has at least 1 inch of room above where the water is at the top) with 3/4 cup water. Let sit for 10 minutes so water gets partially absorbed.

Add 2 egg whites into bowl with water and oats and mix for 30-60 seconds. 

Microwave for 3 minutes, stirring every 30-60 seconds.

Add cinnamon and sliced banana and enjoy!

Stovetop Directions
Put 1/2 cup dry oats in a saucepan with 1 cup water on medium-high heat. 

Once the water starts to boil, add in egg whites and stir every 30 seconds. Once the egg whites appear firmer and your oatmeal is fluffy, you're done! The whole process is about 10 mins.

Add your cinnamon & banana (or whatever you choose) & eat up.

Side note: Nut butters, chopped nuts, dried fruit, apples, raspberries, blueberries, etc. are all great toppings, too. 


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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Moroccan Lentil Stew

My mom has been making this stew for me for over a year now & I'm obsessed with it. You can freeze it and save it for later or just eat it day after day until it's gone (what I usually do when I'm home because it's that good). Every time I bring it to work for lunch people can't get over how good it smells. It makes a ton so this is great if you're feeding a crowd or, as I mentioned before, is perfect to freeze for those busy weeks when you don't have time to cook!

Side note: I brought this for lunch and never took a picture beforehand, so I apologize for the lovely presentation.

Moroccan Lentil Stew

Ingredients
Spices
1 tsp ground cinnamon (a little-or a lot of-extra cinnamon never hurt anyone)
1 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1/4 tsp ground cloves
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
1/4 tsp ground turmeric
1/8 tsp curry powder

Veggies for the Stew
1 tso olive oil (for sautéing) 
1 sweet onion, chopped
2 cups finely shredded kale (I like more kale, too, so feel free to throw more in as it cooks)
4 14 oz cans organic veggie broth
1 cup dry chickpeas, soaked overnight or 1 15 oz can of garbanzo beans, drained
1 14.5 oz can diced tomatoes (don't drain)
5 med-large sweet potatoes, peeled and diced
4 large carrots, peeled and chopped
1 cup dried lentils (always rinse!)
1/2 cup dried apricots, chopped
1 Tbsp honey
ground black pepper to taste

Directions
Combine spices in a large bowl and set aside

Heat oil in a large pot over medium heat. Sauté the onion until they're soft and are starting to brown (5-10 mins). Stir in the 2 cups of kale and spices. Cook until the kale wilts and spices are fragrant (2-4 mins).

Pour the veggie broth into the pot and stir in beans, tomatoes, sweet potatoes, carrots, lentils, apricots, and honey. Bring everything to a boil, but the reduce the heat to low and simmer until vegetables and lentils are cooked to the texture you like. Throw in any extra kale you desire now so that it softens and wilts while cooking. 

After about 30 minutes your stew is done! You can serve it right away or let it cool and divide it up into containers to store in the fridge and/or freezer.
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Monday, February 23, 2015

Favorite February Finds

This February has been a really great month shopping-wise (and in general!). I found great deals and some of them are still available! Unfortunately, the shoes I got at C. Wonder aren't avail any longer because it was the last day the store was open (70% off!), but some other sales are still going on.

To start off, this wasn't on sale but I can't get over the amazing customer service & return policy that went along with my purchase. I had a mascara that I tried to love but just couldn't no matter how much I wanted it to work. After 2 months of denial I decided I needed to go back to my normal Diorshow mascara. It never fails me, so I have no idea why I ever try any others. I went back to Sephora with the mascara and they took it back-no receipt or packaging- and gave me a full refund. It was phenomenal and I'm still so in love with my Diorshow. No clumps, spider lashes, flaking, etc.


Presidents Day weekend I went to the mall & there were amazing sales going on. I found a turtleneck in Old Navy & it was on sale for $11. The price is a little higher now, but not much & I love the way it looks so I really recommend it!


Last weekend I found a check scarf at Cotton On & it was on sale for $5 and still is. I've been looking for a blanket scarf for so long & this one does the trick. It's big and warm and the navy & white looks great with so many tops.

I love finding things on sale that I actually love. The worst is when you want to love something because the price is amazing, but if it were full price you wouldn't even give it a second look. Hopefully my shopping streak continues on into March & the rest of the year. Happy shopping!
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Friday, February 20, 2015

How to Stay Healthy at Work

Staying and feeling healthy isn't the easiest when you have a 9-5 desk job (which doesn't really exist because most hours are 9-6 and if you actually leave before 8 you're lucky). There are certain times in the day when hunger strikes and it's not just boredom hunger. Despite the fact that you're more or less sedentary all day, your body still needs calories to function properly (your brain is probably doing a lot of thinking because we all know how demanding jobs can be now). Most people try to cut calories because they think sitting all day burns nothing, but if you cut too many then your metabolism slows down and you end up storing more fat than if you actually ate more throughout the day.


1. First off, drink a lot of water. I recommend keeping a 15-20 oz bottle with you that you refill periodically. Aim to finish at least 2 per day. Staying hydrated has so many benefits: (1) it keeps you from feeling hungry when you're just thirsty, (2) your metabolism needs a lot of water to function at its best level, (3) your skin will look so much better if you drink 70+ oz of water per day (and staying hydrated helps combat dry skin.. hello NYC winter woes), and (4) it flushes you out so you won't feel so bloated if you've been eating too much salt or whatever lately.

BKR has the cutest water bottles & a great story too!

2. Keep healthy snacks around. This is an obvious one but often we're too lazy to actually carry the snacks to work or think about what to bring so we opt to just stop at Starbucks for a croissant that one day and then bring something tomorrow.. and tomorrow never seems to come. Some of my personal recommendations are:
  • baby carrots are a great snack to keep in the fridge no nibble on 
  • healthier granola bars and snack bars are great because you don't even have to think about portion sizes. Just steer clear of the ones that are like eating candy bars such as: special K anything is not good, BelVita breakfast biscuits, and Quaker chewy granola bars. Some healthier options are as follows (or you can always make your own!):

  • Ezekiel sprouted grain bread is the best bread I've found texture-wise and health-wise. You can keep it right in your office freezer and pop it in the toaster for some mid-day toast (have some tea too!)

  • Kale chips are becoming really popular and they're super easy to make too. Just make sure you read the ingredients (which you should always be doing anyway!) to check if there's anything funky in there. Brad's Raw Foods makes a bunch of different flavors that are not too bad for you

  • Mixed nuts are great to get some healthy fats into you if you've just opted for a salad for lunch. I buy the fancy raw mixed nuts from Trader Joe's because nuts can be pricey, but theirs are cheap and they don't have any added oil or salt, which is extremely uncommon when you're buying nuts. 
  • Yogurt is fab to keep in the fridge too, but don't buy the fruit flavored ones that are loaded with sugar. Just buy plain yogurt and either add fruit, nuts, granola, or whatever your heart desires! I used to love Chobani plain, but since I'm lactose intolerant I love WholeSoy & Co's unsweetened plain
  • Peanut butter and almond butter (all natural, no sugar or salt added) are a great thing to dip your carrots in, add to your yogurt, or spread on your toast. I also get these from Trader Joe's. Make sure it's the consistency you like (crunchy or smooth) and that it says unsalted.
  • Popcorn is so easy to make and it's such a great snack. Opt out of buying the bags of movie theater butter/kettle corn/salted whatever that are awful for you. Buy plain kernels and brown paper bags, put 2 Tbsp of kernels in a bag, roll it closed & pop it in the microwave for about 2 minutes (keep an eye on it because you don't want anything to burn!). No oil or butter necessary
  • Fruit such as apples, bananas, raspberries, blueberries, etc. (whatever is in season) are great to snack on at any time or to put in your yogurt (side note: toast with banana slices & peanut butter is delish)
  • Almond milk is great to drink instead of water or coffee and it fills you up. My favorite is Califia Farms unsweetened plain. If you keep cereal in the office this is great for that too. Plus, almond milk doesn't go bad as quickly as regular does!

3. I highly recommend having a set of measuring cups & spoons. Whether you're having peanut butter, mixed nuts, a cereal, or whatever, you should always measure to make sure you're not overeating. Also, keep plates and utensils so you're not forced to eat out of bags. This is when you get in trouble because you just keep going and before you know it, that bag is empty. Portioning everything out is a great habit to get into even when you aren't at work.

4. Do not skip breakfast! Your metabolism doesn't start, you end up binging during the day, and your hungry by 9 am because that coffee won't hold you over very long. The biggest issue with not eating breakfast is the metabolism factor though. Your body goes into shutdown mode and just stores what you eat as fat after you've been up for too long and even when you finally do eat, your metabolism isn't really up to what it can be. While living in a dorm I usually just throw a 1/2 cup of Trader Joe's multigrain oatmeal in the microwave with 3/4 cup water for 2 minutes, add some cinnamon and 1/2 banana and call it a day. Eating a healthy breakfast is key & is so easy

Those are my tips as far as snacking goes. For exercise there are just simple things that you can do to burn a few extra calories here & there
  • take the stairs if you're going 6 floors or less
  • get off a stop earlier on the train or park a little further in the lot
  • take a walk during your lunch hour, even if it's only 15 minutes
  • make it a point to get up each hour (this gets even easier when you need to refill your water bottle because you're drinking so much!)
  • get in 30 minutes of exercise outside of work 3-4 times each week, whether it's a class like yoga, spin, pilates, etc. or if you're doing your own thing at home. I really like Tone It Up's total body & HIIT workouts on Youtube 



All of the things I mention play into my 9-6 days at my internship. Sitting down on Sunday and planning your week ahead in terms of exercise and nutrition is really helpful, too. Whether you just do this mentally or actually write it out, just figure out when you're going to eat these days & which days you'll fit your 30 minute exercises in. It takes the stress out of the morning routine or running around shoving snacks in your bag, grabbing an unhealthy last minute lunch, ordering Seamless for dinner, and not really knowing when you're going to be able to make it to pilates. Some weeks are harder than others to plan & predict, but just do the best you can!
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Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Unwinding Metaphorically & Literally

About a year and a half ago I received a Swedish massage from Spirit Spa in Oldwick, NJ and it was phenomenal. I felt completely relaxed and fell asleep for a few minutes during it. Afterwards, though, I didn't feel a huge change in muscle tension release or anything, but I realize now that Swedish massages are more for relaxing now and not solving any muscle issues in the long run.

I loved the birds in the hall leading from the elevator to the spa
Last weekend I went to Ohm Spa in the Flatiron District for a deep tissue massage. This was a life changing experience and was 100% necessary. I hold so much tension in my shoulders and upper back. I'm constantly cold (especially this winter in NYC.. getting excited when you see temps above 30 is sad, but it's what my life has come to) so I'm always hunching my shoulders and after doing this for so long, I couldn't correct my posture for anything.

I frequently had back pain and no matter what stretches I did, nothing helped. When I take my megaformer classes or just do workouts in my dorm, I'm always told (or I tell myself if I'm in my dorm) "pull your shoulders away from your ears." I tried, but it never felt comfortable. Sitting hunched over with poor posture was preferred to the awkward pain I felt when I sat up straight, squeezing my shoulder blades together and pulling them down.

Matt and I went for deep tissue massages together and afterwards I asked if they had him move his arms into certain positions to get deeper into muscles, and his response was no. My back was so knotty that the only way my masseuse could get knots out was by repositioning my arms. Immediately after I knew I was going to be sore for a few days and I was right, but it was so worth it. After the massages at dinner, Matt and I were amazed at how we could sit properly and it felt fine.

All this time that I thought there was something wrong with me because I couldn't sit up straight, it was because my muscles were so knotted and tense that they had to be loosened by someone else. It wasn't physically possible for me to sit up straight, pull my shoulder blades together, or pull my shoulders down away from my ears because my upper back was such a mess.

I vow to get deep tissue massages a few times a year to help release any tensions before it gets a lot worse (like what I was dealing with before). Additionally, your circulation is heavily impacted by these massages. Blood flows better to your muscles afterwards allowing you to exercise and function better. As if an excuse is needed.. I'll be getting regular massages!

Ohm Spa was fabulous. The receptionists were inviting and their voices were soothing. You have your own locker with your name on it when you get there to keep personal belongings and you're given a robe and slippers to change into. The waiting area atmosphere is calming with dim lighting and soft sounds. Snacks from chocolate and cookies to fruit, trail mix and pretzels are available to snack on while you sip any fruit infused water, tea, or hot chocolate and read a number of current magazines (Forbes, GQ, Elle, Marie Claire, etc.). My masseuse was friendly and communicated with me to make sure the pressure was okay, but didn't talk much other than that because no one wants to chat while getting a massage. Afterwards I was given chocolate covered blueberries and free sample of a body butter. You can't beat that!


Smaller lounge
Larger lounge
It's not easy to find a decent spa that you can trust to be worth the money (massages aren't cheap anywhere) and clean, but Ohm was great in every area. I don't think I'll try any other spas unless I'm traveling because why fix what isn't broken?

Disclaimer: I didn't take my own photos because I didn't want to invade anyone's privacy, so the photos on here are from Ohm Spa's gallery.
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Monday, February 16, 2015

Restaurant Review: Fishtag

Going out for Valentine's Day isn't high on my list of things I enjoy, but this year it turned out to be one of the best days I've had in a really long time. Pleasant surprise!

A couple weeks prior, I made dinner reservations at Fishtag on the Upper West Side. The Executive Chef and Owner also owns Kefi, which I loved so I figured why not give this restaurant a try?

It's right next door to Irving Farm on 79th (one of my favorite coffee shops.. the salad I get there is beyond amazing and you can check it out here). You go down a few steps to get into the restaurants and it's long and narrow inside. You can eat at the bar area, which is closer to where you enter, or sit at tables in the back. It has a really great intimate and comfortable atmosphere. You almost feel like you're dining at someone's house. It's casual, yet men can wear a nice button-down and chinos or ladies can wear a cute dress and not feel out of place or too dressy.

As I've mentioned before, Mediterranean is probably my favorite cuisine. If you view the Fishtag menu online, it looks exactly the same as the one you get in the restaurant. They give you drink pairing ideas on the sides and as you move from top to bottom the dishes get more savory and heartier.

To start off I got the Greek "Spoon" Salad without Feta and Olives. It was enough for two to split, had great flavor, and was super light. The grilled kale gives it an amazing smokey flavor.

Matt, my lovely date, got the chopped bulgur salad. I tried some and it was delicious. I really recommend it as an app, and two people can split this as well. Maybe even three if everyone just wanted to try it.

For a main dish Matt got the lobster bucatini because ever since we went to Newport, RI he has a thing for lobster. He ate the whole thing and loved every bite. The fact that it has brussel sprouts was an added bonus since they're one of his favorite veggies.

I was torn between the roasted salmon and the grilled sea bass, but went with the sea bass because (a) I love broccoli rabe and (b) the salmon comes on top of the Greek salad I already had. I was extremely happy with my choice. The fish was the perfect size and all of the vegetables were so good. It has a garlic puree which added a good hint of garlic, but not too much. I read that this was a popular dish and now I see why. It's very light and the flavor is great, so I really recommend it if you don't want a heavy meal.

I definitely deserve a pat on the back for restaurant choice. Their drink menu is very extensive, too, from wine to craft/unique beers. It's a great date spot, but it also works for somewhere to have dinner with friends or family. A huge group probably wouldn't fit to comfortable, but there was a really pretty booth seating area in the back that probably fit about 6. If you're looking for a great Mediterranean place that's not too casual and comfy, this is a good choice.

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Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Veggie Egg White Scramble (No Oil or Butter!)

A while back I was let in on the easiest way to make an egg white scramble and it's the only method I've used since. I never used butter, and trying to make an omelette or scramble with a little bit of oil so it's not a heart attack waiting to happen just leads to sticking. When you use this method nothing sticks. It's extremely healthy and the clean up is much easier!


Veggie Egg White Scramble

Ingredients
2-3 egg whites
any veggies of choice (I usually use spinach, bell peppers, mushrooms, and onions chopped up)
water
herbs (optional, I love oregano)

Directions
Use the same pan you would to make your usual omelette. Put about a quarter inch of water and bring to a boil over medium-high heat.

Once the water starts to boil, add in veggies to soften them. If you see too much water evaporating, turn down the heat or put a lid on.

When your veggies reach the point that they're soft enough for your liking, add in the egg whites and mix. Let them boil for a few seconds and stir around so that that cook through. Usually it only takes 1-2 minutes for the egg whites to cook.

Drain any excess water (I generally am left with none) and plate it!


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Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Surprise Sale!

If you're signed up for Kate Spade's emails you would have received a lovely one around 11 this morning.. surprise sale! Their sales are always worth it, and you can never go wrong because the pieces are so timeless that it isn't one of those "end of the season" clearance sales where you look at the stuff and wonder if you're ever going to use/wear it.


If you aren't signed up for the emails I highly recommend doing so if you're a fan! Happy shopping.
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Sunday, February 8, 2015

Valentine's Day Roundup

Valentine's Day is upon us yet again. I've never been a huge fan and it just happens to fall 6 days after my boyfriend's birthday and 7 days before our anniversary, so I'm just over the whole celebration thing before it even gets here. Plus, everywhere in New York City is disastrous and reservations have to be made years in advance. Also, places offer "Valentine's Day menus" which are limited and I'm not a fan. I'd rather just be given the norm please and thank you. Any who, once I'm out of college I'll be spending v-day at home, but for this final year of dorm life I have a couples massage booked, followed by dinner at Fishtag, so it should be good!

I love all of the Valentine's Day gift guides and roundups because the colors are so pretty! Blush pink has been one of my favorites for a few years now and I never fail to want more.

Kate Spade is forever classy and the Cedar Street Monday bag is so cute in rosy dawn and mint mojito.

The Dear Valentine Single And Taken Bangles are adorable too. I do find that their bangles tend to be a bit big if you have smaller to normal sized wrists, but they still look cute. 

I've heard and read amazing things about Nest candles. This passion scented one probably smells great. 

This card basically describes my struggles every day. Sorry Matt ;)

This sweater would be perfect for a cozy night in. I can't wait for those! No more restaurants.

Essie's "Eternal Optimist" is one of my new favorites for winter and spring. They never fail to pull through with the perfect shade I'm looking for. 






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Friday, February 6, 2015

The Woman I Wanted to Be

I've been reading like crazy for the past couple of months & I love it. I've basically finished a book a week since the semester started. I went to the Strand a couple of weeks ago (as I mentioned here) and stocked up on books for the impending snowstorm that was going to be the worst NYC ever saw.. a whole 6 inches! You can never go wrong being prepared either way though (I can thank my dad for instilling this into my head).

Straight from my Instagram: Tricia329
While I was in Germany my friend was reading The Woman I Wanted to Be by Diane von Furstenburg. I had heard of it in passing but didn't even consider reading it until she told me how good it was. The day I was moving back into school I may have been trying to push off coming back, so I made a pit stop at Barnes & Noble on my way home from Starbucks to get this book. I finished it in a few days and loved it. I never knew much about DVF aside from that her office is in the Meatpacking District with lips on the brick (I only knew this from passing it constantly), she invented the infamous wrap dress, and she funded the High Line. Aside from that, I'm definitely no DVF fanatic.

What I loved about this book was that she got so personal, but in a humble "real person" way. You didn't feel like you were reading something about one of the most well-known and influential fashion designers of the 20th century. I now feel like I can almost relate to her and her mother's story is amazing. I won't tell you about it because you have to read it!

I promise this book will not disappoint. Even if you aren't a fashion lover, you'll still love this because it's not centered around fashion at all. Of course since it's such a huge part of her life it's mentioned here and there, but that's not the point of the book.
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Thursday, February 5, 2015

Touche NYC Winter

This winter has been pretty horrible in NYC. When we see 30s we get excited because it's been in the 20s with "feels like" temperatures in the teens and single digits. And this is during the day. Also, it snows basically every 3 days.

My cousin had a pair of "Joan of the Arctic" Sorel boots and they looked so warm. The days of not wearing bulky coats, hats, gloves, shoes, etc. are long gone for me. Now that I have to commute to my internship or walk to class (the whole 30 second walk is rough) I just want to be warm.

The Joan of the Arctic premium boot is looking preeeetty good right now and they're priced at only $195. If you think about how often you'll wear them (every day since it snows non-stop apparently), it's 100% worth it. Sorel is known for making awesome weatherproof boots, so I'm going to start investing very soon. I had a manager at Anthropologie that had the cutest heel booties and when I found out they were Sorel rain boots I almost fell over. This is one company that I keep going back to over and over when I'm looking for prospective rain/snow boots that I never bring myself to buy. Maybe this will be the year!

I've taken pride in my Nanook of the North getup (infinity scarf wrapped up to my eyes, big hat on, hood over hat.. just picture that one). I was on the train the other day struggling with my gloves because I can't turn the pages of my book with them on, but then when I transfer and have to wait on the platform my hands get cold. All of the on and off made me wish I had fingerless gloves with the mitten covering. It was meant to be because on my way from the train to my internship after walking for around 40 seconds I pass Nirvana Designs with a huge sale sign in the window. I went back on my lunch and bought these fleece lined hand warmers with a flap. They are life changing. Despite the fact that my hands look huge, they're so warm. 

Now I just have to bring myself to buy those snow boots. Maybe some day soon and then I can write all about how those were life changing just like my gloves!


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Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Restaurant Review: Estiatorio Milos

Fun Fact: Larry David watched me take these pictures. Should I be embarrassed? Probably. Was I? Absolutely not since I'm clueless when it comes to celebs and wouldn't have known he was sitting 10 feet away from me if someone didn't point it out (this was my dad in this case).

While I'm at school I get super sick of going out to eat because having to go to the dining hall is enough. Regardless, I still go out and when it's something I need to write home about, I share it with all of you. Especially because writing home about it wouldn't do much good since my parents were with me.

I was given 4 restaurant choices and choice Estiatorio Milos. I'm still patting myself on the back for that one. It was phenomenal. I really think that Mediterranean/Greek is my all time fav cuisine, but it's hard to say since it really depends on my mood. Generally, I'll never turn down going Mediterranean, but I will turn down Thai or Indian depending on the day.

Any who... the place is huge and there are private rooms up a floor that look amazing. I wish I had known because that would have been my ideal 21st birthday celebration location. The fish is all fresh from Greece, Portugal, other parts of Europe, or the US and it's all laid out on a bed of ice. You go up with your waiter and choose which one you want. I chose the black sea bass because it was good for 2 and my dad & I were the only ones eating it. More on that later!

 We started with a few apps. The romaine salad (or green salad as commonly referred to) is so simple, but has so much flavor. It's simply romaine, dill, green onions, oil and vinegar, and feta (which is on the side since I can't have it :( ). My parents were raving about the feta, as if seeing it sitting there wasn't torture enough.

 I've recently taken a serious liking to mushrooms. We saw the grilled mushroom appetizer and had to try it out. It featured fresh shitake, royal trumpet, and abalone mushrooms with rosemary and they were perfect. I think they use sea salt, which is very strong, so every once and a while I'd get a really salty bite, but besides that I probably could've eaten the whole plate myself.

The crab cake was recommend to us by our waiter because it's "the best crab cake in NYC." It came with a white bean dip, which was super good. I'm not a crab fan, but my mom is and she said it's definitely the best crab cake in NYC and possibly the best she's ever had. 

My mom ordered lamb because she's not a huge fish person and she loves lamb, so why not? Greeks cook their meat through, which is right up her alley! It's a big plate for one and comes with fries and seemed cauliflower and broccoli.

My dad and I split the black sea bass. There was another option (I can't remember what) that was a moister fish, so I chose the flakier one. They grill it with a little oil and lemon, bring it to your table like pictured below, and divide it into two halves for each person eating it. I usually can't eat more than a few bites of fish (I have a weird texture thing), but I ate more than half of my half! It was great.

Beets are one of my favorite things now that I figured out they come fresh and not just canned. Give me a canned beet and I can't get it down, but fresh roasted beets are amazing. Apparently I'm one of the few that knows there are multiple types of beets, so to save all of you looking at the picture below wondering what those yellow things are.. they're golden beets. Life changing! There was also sautéed spinach on top and how could you ever go wrong with spinach?

I (of course) requested the grilled vegetable plate. Again, I could have eaten the whole thing. The veggies were zucchini, onions, fennel, peppers, and eggplant and on the side (again.. because I can't have dairy) was "the real greek mint yogurt" and grilled Haloumi cheese. Sitting there torturing me. The vegetables were simply grilled, but tasted phenomenal. 

This definitely isn't a cheap restaurant by any means, but it's 100% worth every cent. The staff was extremely nice and helpful. It's hard to go out to eat with any type of allergy, but when I told them that I'm lactose intolerant they were more concerned about not having dairy touch anything than I am. It was amazing. The ambiance is upscale, chic, yet comfortable. The ceilings are high and there's a lot of white, but the lighting is dim to make it more intimate feeling. I highly recommend coming to Milos at some point. 
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