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Girls’ Weekend in Atlantic City (Part 1)
November 10, 2013

I thought that I’d return with an outing from my annual girls’ weekend to Atlantic City. Even though I live in NJ and take many trips to A.C., I volunteered the gambler’s play destination for an annual gathering with my college friends.
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We stayed 2 days/ 3 nights at Bally’s Atlantic City (www.ballysac.com) . We had two rooms in the Dennis Tower, on the 9th floor. The beds were extremely comfortable. The room was clean with an ocean view and a refrigerator(filled with alcohol). This was not my 1st time staying there, but it was my 1st time having the inconveniece. On Friday, while getting ready to go out, the shower pressure was low. After an hour had passed, the shower was back to normal…and then the toilet stopped working (yes, it did). But after another hour and a fixed toilet, we were out the door…2 hours late. I must add that on the final morning of our stay the shower in the other room had to be fixed. So my friends left for PA…late. I will say that when we voiced our dissatisfsction, we were compensated.
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Friday night we went to Dusk Nightclub (www.duskac.com) in Caesar’s Atlantic City (www.caesarsac.com)…because it was late (I was a little salty). Dusk is a multi-level nightclub. The hotels were booked for the weekend, but this club was not filled to capacity. The dj played everything from top 40 to old school. I danced all night…indeed. The bathrooms had a sitting area (well needed for those killer heel wearers) and nicely lit vanities. I couldn’t deny myself of taking a couple of selfies. Dusk has been voted “Best Bottle Service in A.C.”. We enjoyed the luxury of V.I.P. thanks to the graciousness of two guys from the Bronx. V.I.P. service was good, but the prices are equivalent (or more) than some places in NYC. If it was my money and I had to take it or leave it…I would leave it in a hot minute. It has to be a HELLA “turnt up” weekend…I’m just saying.
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…Until Part 2…Smooches!

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Let’s Meet at the Commons on 3rd St.
August 2, 2012

Before meeting our party , in the city, we made a pit stop at Barcade, in Jersey City, NJ (www.barcadejerseycity.com). The little gem celebrates vintage arcade games and american craft beer under ONE ROOF!  The beer menu changes frequently, so if you find something you like write it down.  There is a kitchen where you can order things to nosh on, while you drink or play games.  It is strictly small appetizers and sandwiches.  The bar & games are the best things there…wink wink.  Barcade is open Mon.-Thurs.(4pm-2am), Fri-Sat(12pm-3am), and Sun.(12pm-2am).  The bar has Happy Hour Mon.-Fri with bar and food specials.  This place is definitely for the “big kid” in every adult.  Sorry no children allowed…21 and over. If you can’t help throwing a quarter into a Mrs. Pac Man or Zelda machine when you see it…This is your place.

After throwing back 2 beers at Barcade, we rolled through the Holland Tunnel to a birthday gathering at West 3rd Common, in New York, NY (www.west3rdcommon.com). This place is perfect for intimate gatherings.  The red couches in the lounge area (in the front by the bar) line the windows of the restaurant.  Our party had enough room to lounge and walk around.  It was a semi-private set up.  There were platters of Chicken, Sliders, Chips, Sweet Potato Tots, and Mozzarella Sticks.  I sipped(and threw back) Lychee Martinis and Blue Moon beer.  Of course there was the birthday shot of Grey Goose Vodka(Whoa). Everyone expressed how pleased they were with the venue. Thanks for the invite Meka and Therm.

West 3rd Commons boasts about having the best happy hour.  For happy hour specials visit the website.  On Sunday nights the entire bar is “half off” from 8pm- close.  During brunch, noon-4pm, diners can savor unlimited Bloody Marys, Mimosas, or Screwdrivers.  West 3rd Commons is open at 12pm everyday (Sun at 11am).  The kitchen closes at 12am every night.  If you choose to venture over to.  West 3rd Commons, ENJOY!

…Until our next outing…Smooches!

Sushi Only…No Sake?
August 1, 2012

Our unit at work was treated to lunch. We decided (some were out numbered) on Fujiyama Mama in Westfield, NJ (www.fujiyamamama.net). It was during working hours, so sake was out of the question (Boo).

We started lunch with different appetizers, rolls, gyozas, and more rolls. Everyone ordered their individual entrees afterwards. I ordered the “Knock Your Socks Off”(Shrimp tempura, spicy lump crab, pine nuts, & avocado) I shared mine with another co-worker who ordered the “Bomb”(Lobster tail tempura & crab rolled with thinly sliced cumber). I was full half way through. I can’t say that I had any complaints about my lunch.  Another co-worker ordered the Tiger’s Eye…It really did look like the eye of a tiger. I was not brave enough to try it…But my co-diners enjoyed it.  Another co-worker ordered a dish from the kitchen (…the co-worker that was out numbered…Ha!) She enjoyed her food none the less.

Fujiyama Mama offers a Kitchen, Sushi, and Hibachi menu, along with a full bar. They are open for lunch (Mon.-Sat) and dinner (Mon.-Sun.). The restaurant says “We offer an impressive selection of specialty appetizers, as well as many other unusual and unique specialty rolls”. Enjoy the journey.

…Until our next outing…Smooches!

Pack Your Bags! Let’s Go to D.R.! (Part 2)
June 8, 2012

When we didn’t soak up the sand at Lifestyles Holiday Vacation Resort (www.lhvcresorts.com) we ventured into Sosua, a small town in Puerto Plata. We had a driver that knew the town well and set us up on a beautiful part of the local beach. The food was amazing. We had shrimp(huge shrimp) and a whole fried fish. The fish was the size of a car dashboard(Really). I was sort of skeptical about eating a whole fish, but BOY it was definitely something I got over. There were all types of things to do on the beach from water sports to glass bottom boats. There are all types of things being sold; from food, hand-made crafts, and massages. Don’t get pressured into buying everything from everyone that walks up to up to you…you’ll go broke. I truly enjoyed the day off the resort.

After spending our days on the beach, we enjoyed the luxury of having a private pool. We had mini pool parties until we tired ourselves out. A short nap, shower, and cocktail and it was time for dinner. The resort had a number of restaurants, which we were given the privilege to eat in. Every night we had a three course meal. The 1st night the entire traveling party ate together at a restaurant. Unfortunately the name of the restaurant escapes me. It was very good and the wait staff was very accommodating to our party. Even when our dining party did not want to leave, the dining room remained open. The 2nd night there was a big show and bbq, on the beach, to welcome the returning guests. The food would’ve been better if it didn’t get cold before you got back to your table…But the champagne stayed cold! On Monday night, the people in our villa went to Jazz( Cajun fare). Thank God we had the print out of our dinner reservations because, they had us down for an earlier reservation. After their “boo boos” were corrected, we enjoyed our dinner. The lights were low and since the service was sooo spread out, our party started to doze. Was it the flowing cocktails?(IDK)…but dinner was great. Tuesday we had dinner at Azul (Seafood). The clean lines and ceiling to floor windows were beautiful. The highlight of dinner was the LAVA CAKE! (OMG) I could’ve had 4. Be sure to take pictures on the balcony.  The view of the mountains are memorable.  Wednesday night was the private BBQ at the villa. The pork, beef, shrimp, & lobster was on freakin’ point. Even though I was getting sick(yes…sick), I was still stuffing my face…Ha!

The Lifestyles Holiday Vacation Resort had everything from spas& gyms to night clubs& bars and watersports. I indulged in a massage one morning. It wasn’t as good as the many I’ve had. But the masseuse did get a kink out of my neck, that I woke up with. If you are interested in purchasing timeshare, they can help you with the process. But, if you are not interested, DO NOT get on the van when they tell you that you are going on a tour of the resort. They’ll drop you off right at the “big white building” (customer service ).

It is hard to get bored on the resort. I had the pleasure to enjoy this location two years in a row. I really find it hard to believe that this visit will be my last.

…Until our Next Outing…Smooches!

Pack Your Bags! Let’s Go to D.R.!(Part One)
May 18, 2012

I took my husband to D.R. for his birthday this past April.  The weather wasn’t as great as my first visit, but it was good enough for the 20 of us that went.  Our hostess (w/the mostest…Ha!) is an owner at the Lifestyles Vacation Resort in Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic.  She is a gold member(1 tier below the highest tier), so our service was IMPECABLE (Nuff Said).

So we were on our way to the resort in the limo that they send (our party was so big…the men rode in the van) and the people in our party don’t consume 2, 4, or 6 bottles of champagne…THEY DRANK 7!  Francesco, our driver was WELL prepared.  We took the long route through town with a view of the beach… I was too excited for the week ahead of me.

After we got to Lifestyles, a gated resort, we went through all of the check-in formalities. You are given your bands (gold), which serves as your temporary jewelry during your stay.  You can’t do ANYTHING without that band.  Believe me they check (color & all).  While we waited we started our vacation with drinks and food in the Sports Bar.  The chicken wings are so tasty when they are fresh.  Being at an all-inclusive resort, you only worry about tipping, which is rather reasonable.  The money over there is .36 to the U.S. dollar.

We finally got into our villa, which was a 3bdr, 3.5bth, full kitchen(stocked with alcohol, water, and fruit), living room, indoor dining room, outdoor dining room and personal pool and lounge area. I love the living quarters, but the lighting was horrible.  The television service isn’t the best either.  Thank God that I didn’t plan on watching much television.  If you are lucky you even get a DVD player.  Our transportation(golf cart) arrived as we got settled in.  Cars are NOT needed on this resort (if you have a villa). They’re very fun to drive, but try not to crash…and NO DUIs PLEASE…LOL.(I was so guilty) Every morning the maid(Maria) made breakfast for the people in our villa.  If you have any special requests, they will try their hardest to accommodate you.  The pool guy came to clean the pool everyday, while we were at the beach.  This was only the BEGINNING of the service that was given.

Everyday we, as gold members(I keep mentioning the color, because it matters) have a choice of 3 beaches: V.I.P. Beach(Miami like…), Harmony Beach (Very Zen like…), and Serenity Beach(must I say more…Peace & Quiet). De’ja View Beach is right next(literally) to Serenity Beach, but it’s only for Shareholders.  Not much different from Serenity Beach. You must have a gold band to get onto Serenity Beach.  I’ve seen a number of people escorted off of the beach with “colored” bands.  After you choose which beach you want to enjoy, you choose your bed , swing, or cabana, to lounge in for the day; it is on then you can enjoy the sun and sights on the beach.  You MUST get out early or you will wait hours for someone to leave.  The food & drinks leave me hard to find a complaint.  The wait staff was more than willing to serve, especially if your tipping is on point (acceptable).  We even had one waiter try to come over and take our original waiter’s patrons(so wrong). The water was very rocky and the view was amazing.  I laid on Serenity Beach 3 out of 4 days and read my book (Fifty Shades Freed) and listened to music…And drank tequilla, tequilla, and more tequilla…lol

…Until Pt. 2…Smooches!

Open Mic Live!
May 9, 2012

My girlfriend celebrated her “something something” birthday at Jacksonville Live(www.jacksonvillelive.net)  in Paterson, NJ. I must say, it’s a jewel. I had too much fun.

Our reservations were for 8pm, but majority of our party (including me) arrived after 9pm. The “upscale meeting place” is rather empty around that time. Even though you have reservations you should get there early because the place gets packed right before your eyes. The band was setting up as we sipped on cocktails. The waitresses didn’t take our food order until right before the entertainment began. We sipped on Moscato as “J King” and “Allie” sang all types of pop & r&b songs. Patrons were able to show their vocal skills also. There were many talented people in the house that night. I believe that Jacksonville Live’s Open Mic Night is the “watering hole” for the local vocally gifted. After various appetizers (all great) my order arrived. I had catfish, mac& cheese, and spinach…YEAH BUDDY. It was freakin’ divine. My only problem was that the portion was small for the price that was paid(even if I have to take the rest home). The entrees were also served on a rather large plate. No matter if it was chicken & waffles, salmon, whatever, I didn’t hear any complaints about the smell or tastes of anyone’s entrée. After everyone was done eating, the birthday girl joined the other individuals celebrating their birthdays on the stage, champagne was served and the singing commenced. I have to say, I didn’t want to leave, when we did. I absolutely love this place.

Jacksonville Live has events on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. They are also available for private functions. They also have an outside area for eating & drinking. There may be parking on the street but if not they have a shuttle that runs back and forth from the club to the parking lot up the street. If you’re in the mood the listen to talented voices or want to indulge in their Latin events, check out this spot.  Be sure to tell the owner, Mike Jackson, how much you enjoyed his establishment.   I WILL be back.

…Until our next outing…Smooches!

Jose…BABY
March 22, 2012

My parents celebrated their wedding anniversary on March 2nd (Yaay, to black love…just love in general…ha!)…Anyway, since we couldn’t go out that weekend, we finally had lunch/dinner on a Saturday at Jose Tejas, Fairfield, NJ (www.josetejas.com ).

Jose Tejas specializes in Tex Mex/ Cajun eats.  The food is AWESOME!  From start to finish, all you heard from me was “Mmm…mmm”.  My margarita was refreshing (Muy Bueno).  I had gumbo, empanadas, enchiladas, jambalaya…AND the CORNBREAD! My husband loves it so much that he refuses to share…smdh. My father had the blackened catfish fajitas (…or fageetas, if your my dad…lol). It must have been really good because my husband kept sampling it. Move over Chevy’s, it looks like my parents got a new place…and I will definitely be tagging along on the return trip…& you should too!

…Until our next outing…Smooches!

St. Patrick’s Day Comes Early in Hoboken
March 12, 2012

I went out with my husband and some friends this last Saturday to the movies and decided to ride to Hoboken afterwards. I totally forgot about the parade and bar hopping that takes place 2wks before St. Patrick’s Day. I’m not sure if the parade took place (… I saw barricades), but the parties were “a go”. There were people in green EVERYTHING walking all over Hoboken, limo buses, and police in full force. So, we decided to be Irish for the night.

After searching for parking (typical Hoboken) we went to the Dubliner, Hoboken, NJ(www.dublinerhoboken.com ). During the nice weather months the rooftop is the place to be…but we tend to migrate to the 2nd floor during the cold weather. Don’t expect crystal chandeliers, when you walk through the door.  You may even get stuck to the floor, from clumsy drinkers(…save your Sunday pumps, girls).  But the atmosphere is sooo inviting ( I promise you).   The Dubliner has a full food menu.  They also have drink specials everyday of the week.   The crowd there is always high on energy. The DJ, plays all of the top 40, pop, and  hip hop that you want to hear. I came in with a fresh hair do(…curls and all), but left looking like a wet dog (Woof). The bartenders keep your drinks full and may even buy you a drink, if they like you…Loooovvve It!  I drank Cherry Vodka, Tonic & Lime (If you’ve been following my blog, I believe that you can see the pattern). I even worked in two Blue Moons. We had so much fun that we didn’t even notice that it was time to go.  I would like to give a shout to the “Dancing Duo” Alex and Brian.  Watch out for them at a Hoboken bar/lounge near you!

I enjoyed the night out. We even had a “jam session” on the way to the car. We met Laura (she works at Teak, Hoboken, NJ…Go see her) and her cow bell. Yes, I said cow bell. Just envision a group of people making beats while this woman is in the middle of the circle banging on a COW BELL!! This guy passing by even stopped to join us…lol

…Until our next outing…Smooches!

Let’s Eat, With the Birthday Girl
February 18, 2012

We ended the birthday weekend on February 12th( my girlfriend’s actual birthday) with dinner at In Napoli, Fort Lee, NJ(www.inapoli.com ). She had a great group of family and friends in her circle for the day.

We arrived fashionably late (lol)., but the establishment was accommodating (it wasn’t very crowed…YET).  In Napoli is a restaurant specializing in “Fine Southern Italian Cuisine”.  They’ve been opened since 1984.  In Napoli offers offsite catering and on-site banquet services for 140 people.   The restaurant has a bar where you can catch numerous televised events.  We sat in the back of the restaurant, but the dining room was very open.  The conversation flowed throughout the table (except when the entrees came…Of Course).

The entrees varied from Shrimp, Fish, Steak, and Pizza (for my son). I had a crab cake that was definitely crab…very little breading.  My steak was sooo good. It was encrusted with parmesan cheese (“Yum O”…lol). My drink (yessir) was an aromatic Italian Espresso Martini. The evening ended with CAKE, CAKE, CAKE…so good(thanks “mommy!).

I would love to return to In Napoli again. There are an array of things, on the menu, to pick from.  They offer lunch and dinner daily.  Definitely stop by for a bite to eat…U won’t regret it…at all.

…Until our next outing…Smooches!

 

Playtime at the Bleu Violin…
February 18, 2012

Last Saturday we celebrated my close friend’s birthday at a number of places, but we spent most of the night at the Bleu Violin,NY,NY(www.bleuviolin.com ).

When we walked through the door of the South Harlem bar/lounge and it appeared that we got there somewhat early. There wasn’t anyone dancing (or even standing) on the floor. The decor reminded me of the former 40/40 Club.  All of the seating said “Reserved”, but the person in charge said that we could park our “traveling party” at one of the tables until the scheduled party comes. There was a mandatory coat check($3), but when it began to get crowded, it seemed as if it wasn’t so MANDATORY any longer.

But, Oh well…The d.j. took us on a musical ride through the years. It got really hot quick from dancing (I danced in my seat), despite the draft from the door opening and closing. There wasn’t any more Moscato, so my group sipped on Reisling and Patron Margaritas. The prices for each drink were reasonable for NY ($10).

The crowd was inviting.  But, it wasn’t a big dancing crowd that night. There were more people (guys) standing and looking at the merchandise(women) then there were dancing. By the time the place got crowded it was almost 2am.(time to leave).

I must say that I would return to the Blu Violin again. There were no problems of any kind, while we were there. It was a “Grown & Sexy” atmosphere and the music didn’t put you to sleep (or pursuaded you to start a fight…Ha!). When you want to enjoy a night in Harlem, stop by the Bleu Violin…But leave your coat in the car (lol).

…Until our next outing…Smooches!