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Guac! Mole! Cascalote Latin Bistro in El Barrio, NYC!


Wonderful food and service up in El Barrio, NYC!

Delicious guacamole, and the salmon special on a bed of plantains was just perfect. I scarfed it all down while enjoying a damn fine Mojito. My taste buds were singing. My belly was happy. My gluttonous desires were completely satisfied.

My gal totally gushed over the chicken mole. That mole sauce was righteous! Oh, and they don’t skimp on the portions. You go home full after a meal here with a food baby in tow.

We walked in on a weekday evening while exploring a bit of Spanish Harlem and found an empty restaurant, but decided to give it a try. So happy we did as I was in the mood for some cocktails and authentic Latin eats. Cascalote Latin Bistro did not disappoint. Continue reading Guac! Mole! Cascalote Latin Bistro in El Barrio, NYC!

Dinner! Drinks! Get funky and boogie down in Atlantic City!

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Photo credit – DO AC – http://www.atlanticcitynj.com/

Now that we are in the doldrums of the winter season up here in the NYC area many people hunker down and stay close to home. Call it the comfort food and cozy abode season if we will. Yet, there are still some fun quick getaways to lure one out and help warm up these chilly weekends. A few hours down the turnpike brings us to Atlantic City, NJ, and even though it’s not the height of their summer season, there is plenty much to do here that will fill up your weekend during the cold months. With an abundance of restaurants, lounges, and clubs there is something for everyone. It’s not all about gambling but of course that is another enjoyable option!

After checking into your hotel no matter where you stay in AC go take a stroll through The Quarter Shops at the Tropicana. I had remembered coming here when this new mall area first opened ten years ago, and it had been quite a while since we last visited. It was surprising to see that out of the original shops that had opened around 18 of the 24 were still in business. Overall, there are about 40 stores, nine restaurants, eleven nightclubs, and more to explore and experience. When we were here during the holiday season it was decorated and there were some free events and shows to enjoy. It’s a great area to see a show, pick up some gifts, do some shopping, have a cocktail, or settle in for a nice dinner. Continue reading Dinner! Drinks! Get funky and boogie down in Atlantic City!

Learn to chef at Viking Cooking School in Atlantic City NJ!

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Atlantic City is one of those places that most everyone associates with gambling and not much else. With the recent negative news this past year of the multiple casino closings many have been wondering if AC was on the verge of closing shop. Let me tell you this as a person who has and continues to enjoy an occasional weekend getaway to the area this is furthest from the truth. One of the problems and misconceptions that the general public has is that there is not much else to do in Atlantic City other than sitting in front of a slot machine or a blackjack table. If you can’t find something else to do here you’re not looking hard enough! There are many things to do in this town for couples and groups alike. One fun activity would be taking a cooking class at the Viking Cooking School located at the Harrahs Resort and Casino. It’s actually a terrific way to spend an afternoon, and a great way to spend some quality time with your significant other, or friends and family that you are in town with. If you’re looking to brush up on your cooking skills, or a company performing team building exercises, then check out a class here. My gal and I had walked by the cooking school many times and always wondered what it would be like. Well, we finally had the chance to put on our aprons and get in front of the stove as part of a media junket invited to experience what Atlantic City has to offer.

You know what? We had a blast! Continue reading Learn to chef at Viking Cooking School in Atlantic City NJ!

Feeding your inner Argentinian carnivore at Libertador NYC!

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I woke up this morning after a food coma last night feeling as if I ate a whole cow. I think I was moo-ing in my sleep.

Walked by this place hundreds of times as I live a few blocks away. Too bad the weather is still a snowy slushy mess. If it was a nice night out it is a perfect spot to sit outside and enjoy a meal under the stars to dine alfresco. Wishful thinking as I am sitting here typing this while seeing more snowflakes fall outside my window. For now, we will have to settle for eating in the warm dry confines of a terrific local spot on the UES / Yorkville hood that we reside in.

Libertador NYC serves up Argentinian fare in a relaxed semi-chic setting. A mix of rustic and upscale at the same time. I like the outdoor seating in the front during spring and summer with the worn wooden tables and chairs. The inside features more modern seating, with a nice bar, and the option to sit right at the cooking station and observe all the action.

I have to say, their empanadas here are terrific! Soft pillowy goodness that melts in your mouth. I want to go back here just for more of these! We ordered the Humita (corn) and the Fugazza (onion and mozzerella cheese ). Both were served hot and had me wishing we ordered more.  There are 6-8 kinds here and you can order them in amounts of 2, 6, or 12. I’m going for the dozen next time! All by myself! Don’t judge me! Continue reading Feeding your inner Argentinian carnivore at Libertador NYC!