Getting Dirty on the LES

I have a new place that has become my favorite go-to right now. It's so good, I need to make another reservation for brunch this weekend. Thank you for the reminder!

So if you HAVEN'T heard of Dirty French: now you have.
The menu includes items that seem like they might be something you've heard of before - but believe me, they have their own special signature.

This restaurant has actually encouraged this review -which, if you've read any of my posts in the past, you know it's been awhile since I've updated.

The menu is interesting, the decor is quirky and the service has been spot on.

Now, I have heard from others, that it was hit or miss with service... I, personally, have not experienced anything negative. If anything, service was particularly exceptional - and I want to openly admit, I did not receive an invite as a food blogger to dine here and write a favorable review. I merely enjoyed a date night with my husband and we couldn't stop raving about it... and we ended up going to brunch just a few days later (and now we'll go again!). So this is a 100% unbiased review....

I'll post a few photos and encourage anyone who reads this to just try it out.

It's a place for locals. Tourists. Really anyone that enjoys food... but extra bonus points for the appreciation of food. Dirty French is where this place really hits hard.

Go with friends. Do a date night. Take yo' self out for a night on the town... but TRY it. Make that reservation and enjoy the decadence and the scene.

Oh - and if wine and cocktails are your thing? This is an excellent venue for that.

While dining, I've seen celebrity chefs and well-known Hollywood actors make their way to this location, too. I'm not exactly a star searcher but, I love to see how others react when they see a very familiar face in the room.
NYCFG with the hubs on Date Night
I should also mention this is a great date location. Dirty French is a place to meet with your friends... your gal pals, your bros, whatever is your scene, it's here. It has a great vibe overall.

Beignets and Gelato for Dessert, Yes Please!
And on the weekends, it's a perfectly suited spot to take the family for brunch. They have pancakes, duck hash and inverted egg sandwiches on the menu, among others.The outdoor area that they have is gorgeous - at least take a peek at the space if you stop in. Because you should do JUST that: stop in... order some delicious food and see what makes NYC such a delicious culinary destination.


Check out Dirty French on the Lower East Side

180 Ludlow Street New York, NY 10002

646.692.4732


7 Must-Make St. Patrick’s Day Desserts

It’s time for St. Patrick’s Day, when all things Irish and green reign supreme!
A St. Patrick’s Day celebration isn’t complete without something sweet. These seven St. Patrick’s Day desserts range from super easy to ultra impressive, and there’s something on the list for everyone. Whether you’re a Baileys Irish Cream fan or looking for some green desserts that will delight the kids, you’re sure to find something decadent to enjoy on this fun and festive holiday.
Ready to get started? Check out this slideshow of my favorite Irish-inspired, Baileys-filled, green desserts!

·         1. Luck of the Irish Cake Balls

Cake balls are the perfect bite-sized dessert, you won’t be able to stop at just one! Best of all, they’re super easy to make with simple ingredients that you may already have in your pantry. They’re a super fun project to do with the kids too! These Luck of the Irish Cake Balls feature a surprise emerald green center for the ultimate festive treat.
Makes 36 cake balls
Prep time: 30 minutes
Total time: 1 hour + chilling time
Ingredients
• 1 box white cake mix
• Eggs and oil in amounts directed on cake mix box
• 1 ounce green food coloring
• 1 cup + 2 Tablespoons white frosting
• 1 pound white candy melts or almond bark
• Optional: Green sprinkles
Stir in some savings and grab a coupon for Pillsbury.
Directions
1. Prepare cake mix with the amount of oil, water, and eggs directed on the box. Stir in the green food coloring.
2. Bake in a 9×13-inch pan according to package directions.
3. Let cake cool completely, then break apart and crumble until fine crumbs form.
4. Stir in the frosting until a dough forms. If the dough seems dry, you can add additional frosting, 1 Tablespoon at a time, until desired consistency is reached.
5. Roll the cake mixture into Tablespoon-sized balls. Place the balls on a parchment-lined baking sheet and chill for at least 1 hour.
6. Melt the white candy in a bowl in the microwave, heating for 30-second increments or until completely smooth.
7. Place each cake ball on a fork and use a spoon to pour the candy melts over the cake ball. Tap against the side of the bowl to remove excess candy melt.
8. Place the ball on a parchment-lined sheet pan and top with sprinkles if desired.
9. Repeat with remaining cake balls and candy melts.
10. Store in the refrigerator until ready to eat. Can be made up to 3 days in advance.

2. Baileys Chocolate Cheesecake

This beautiful Baileys Chocolate Cheesecake is creamy, decadent, and full of chocolate flavor! The Baileys whipped cream topping is the perfect finishing touch.
Grab a coupon from Hershey’s for some sweet savings!

3. Frosted Shamrock Cookies

These adorable Frosted Shamrock Cookies will make both children and adults smile. They’re perfect for classroom celebrations or even as party favors!

4. Irish Whiskey Lava Cakes

These Irish Whiskey Lava Cakes are loaded with chocolate for a fabulous end to your St. Patrick’s Day meal. Best of all, they only contain five ingredients and take five minutes to put together!
Stock up on chocolate and save with Ghirardelli coupons.

5. Rainbow Cupcakes with Vanilla Cloud Frosting

These beautiful rainbow cupcakes are a colorful and fun way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day! A must-make for the children in your life.

6. Coffee & Baileys Layer Cake

This show-stopping dessert is a tantalizing combination of coffee, Baileys Irish Cream and dark chocolate. It tastes as good as it looks!

7. Boozy Shamrock Shake Cupcakes

These Shamrock Shake Cupcakes are made with peppermint schnapps for a fun twist on the classic shake.

Thank you to Sara Welch of Coupons.com for all these delicious recipes and sharing them with NYC Foodie Girl!

Happy New Year and #Whole30

Happy New Year, everyone!

I tried to post a few times today, but I've been distracted and technologically challenged. I understand the premise of Mercury retrograde, so I'm going to blame that for the moment.

However, it is technically still January 1st as I am writing this, so I am meeting my goal for sharing my Whole 30 journey here on my blog.

I should preface this blog post with the fact that I've been reading up on Whole 30, what it is, how I can best approach it and even with a major life changing decision of WHEN to commit to this healthy journey.

It's not about what I'm NOT going to eat, but what I WILL be eating. I'm not going to lie (or die!!): It's effing exciting and terrifying as hell to do this. But let me also tell you, this is NOT a trend. It's also not a diet.

It's easy: see the photo -- and you know what? I can do this! It's just 30 days. Plus...It's not in my nature to be a cheater, so I think I'll be good... no matter how much I might miss some things in the beginning. I'm a big picture kinda' person.

Yet, I had to get in a mindset to even consider this program, so I chose today to start.

I didn't choose January 1st because of the new year or any kind of resolution, I came up with that number based on the fact that I don't have anything major planned going on during this time. I won't have temptations of holiday parties or family gatherings. I can always put off going out drinking with my friends... or I can still go, of course, I'll just be the one with sparkling water and interesting conversations that don't involve rum or wine... I'm also not traveling in the month of January, so that makes doing Whole 30 that much easier.

What I can say is that over the past 6 to 9 months I've had issues with food, my weight, sleeping disorders and a general feeling of "meh".

So I'm giving Whole 30 a real try.

In the book, it says that this will be hard, but to just give them the 30 days.

They also say that it's NOT hard - because cancer, THAT is hard. Birthing a baby: THAT is hard. Losing a parent: oh so HARD.

So drinking my coffee without cream and sugar doesn't seem all that hard afterall...

However, I also have to consider that I'm facing challenges in the kitchen. My husband is the chef in our house and does 99.99 percent of the cooking. It's the only area in my life where I'm the .01 percent! Yay me...!!! Not.

I will have to re-learn some cooking foundations if I am to keep this food and health journey a successful one.

I'll post daily and share some photos and I hope to do some vlogging over the next 30-days as well.

If you're interested in Whole 30, take a look at the program here: http://whole30.com/

I look forward to sharing with you and wish you all a wonderful year full of health, happiness and deliciousness!



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