I fell in love with Pulqueria via its epic bomb.com throwback DJ who I notified would either have to marry me or dj at my wedding. I think he was unresponsive, but he was playing Donna Summers so I let it slide. Round one was filled with a spicy margarita tab, round two got down and dirty with some carbs.
Meet homeboy on the left, a beautiful kumquat smash. Bourbon, kumquats, brandied cherries, ginger beer and lemon–which was definitely better than Yael’s southern mule on the right. Anyway, enter Vic’s, where you can get half portions of ridiculously epic pasta for $11. I know.
Another place that wins at everything (food, ambiance, good looking people, the works…) is Beauty & Essex. If you don’t get the grilled cheese soup dumplings, you should probably just stay home with a microwavable meal and legs sprawled over the couch.
Sprint immediately to Saxon + Parole and inhale everything on the menu before heading to Madam Geneva next door for refreshing cocktails and a DJ that knows what’s good. Like Ashanti kind of good…
Head to the Brooklyn Museum A$AP Rocky because this exhibit is an absolute must. I’m going to be honest here, I don’t really get art. Yes, I was in complete awe when I saw Monet’s water lillies at L’Orangerie, but I’m equally as intrigued by the artful endeavor of a warm, crusty, half-baked Levain chocolate chip cookie. Okay, maybe not equal, but…actually, I don’t know.
The intake didn’t occur simultaneously (bourbon and dumplings), but come to think of it, a whiskey sour with veggie dumplings sounds kind of…not too shabby. FYI, the one from The Leadbelly changes lives. I’m convinced it’s my weekly dosage of anti-inflammatory, cold-fighting remedies–ginger. Anyways, life had come to the point where I almost had to eat my phone if another Mimi Cheng’s dumpling surfaced on Instagram. No need, I went with Jilly and attacked these kale, zucchini, mushroom and egg mighty veggie dumplings. Boom, off the list.
At least it’s not an avocado toast…? Kale is one of those inevitable things you might hate to love or love to hate on, but I can’t pass up an epic kale salad when it stares me in the face (they almost always do). And this was round two at El Rey and it was just as good, if not better.
…Include kicking ass and killer cocktails, both of equal importance. Now that we have boxing and bourbon on the table, let’s discuss. Overthrow boxing opened up in the city this month, and I was almost hesitant to share it because it’s just too good and I want to make sure I can still get a spot in the class.
Because of tequila and New Year’s celebrations, I hibernated in bed for most of the day. While resolutions are great, and a healthy start is optimal, I NEEDED bagels and lox, and it was kind of a life or death situation. The cheat is that the spread is an herbed tofu, not full-fat cream cheese. Boom. It was perfection.