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!

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!

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!

Cuttin’ up on the Barber’s Birthday
April 19, 2012

On a beautiful Saturday night in April, we celebrated the birthday of my husband’s barber(and close friend). It was a looonngg night…Ha!

 

The night started at Cafe Wha? (www.cafewha.com ) in the Village.   After getting by the doorman you walk down the stairwell to the main floor(don’t fall).   It appears to be a basement like “intimate” atmosphere. You are in CLOSE proximity to everyone.   But, you soon forget about your seating arrangement when the band begins.   Everyone was up and dancing in the isles.   I had to dance with everyone I walked by, just to get to the bathroom. The house band (who is available for private events) played that night with a special guest who turned the place upside down.   Little to say there was not any skimping on the talent.   We had finger foods, beer, and sangria. The food was tasty…nothing extravagant though.   The beer was bottled…you can’t mess that up.   BUT, the sangria (…or kool-aid) left a lot to be desired.   Little to say, I won’t get it again.   Cafe Wha? is open 7 days a week. There is no cover on Wednesday and Sunday.

After Cafe Wha? we went to the Brandy Library(www.brandylibrary.com ) in the Tribecca section of NY.   It is a laid back lounge setting, with low lights and bottles of spirits lining the wall like library books.   I managed to snap a couple of pictures before the host informed me of the “no picture-taking” rule(oops).   There is a wealth of spirit information in this establishment.   You can order flights of various spirits or you can attend one of the classes that are offered in their “Spirit School”.   I ordered a Bostonian, which was very appealing to the Gin drinker in me.   I did not eat, but the birthday boy had an appetizer that’s like duck in blanket.   I wasn’t too adventurous that evening (or morning) to try it…But he liked it…and others may too.   The Brandy Library is available to host, and coordinate, private events. This establishment is a MUST DO, especially for brandy and cognac drinkers. Sorry.  Cigar smokers have to puff outside.

As we left the Brandy Library, we searched for a little dive bar, that we fell in love with some time ago.   We couldn’t find it, but we stumbled upon Bubby’s Tribecca (www.bubbys.com ). Bubby’s is a restaurant that offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner.   Bubby’s serves American fare of which many of “the recipes are handed down for generations…or stolen” (their words ,not mine). We weren’t very hungry, but a little snack with another drink didn’t hurt anyone.   I had an espresso martini. It was ENERGIZING!   The bartender, Josh, made a masterpiece and topped it off with some espresso beans.   It’s one of the best that I’ve had.   My friend had a chocolate chip cookie, that I just couldn’t stop talking about.   It was so sweet and it was the perfect complement to my martini.   According to the birthday boy, the cake that he had held its own award.   Bubby’s has locations in Brooklyn(Dumbo section) and in Tribecca.   Bubby’s Tribecca is open 24 hrs a day(12am on Monday).   It is a nice little compliment to the area.

…Until our next outing…Smooches!

The Fox and Hound…And Saturday Fight Night
February 2, 2012

Saturday night, I went to have a quick bite to eat with my husband. I’ve been here a couple of times before. It just so happened that the Fox and Hound Pub & Grill in Edison, NJ (www.foxandhound.com)  was showing the UFC fight that night (Saturday Fight Night, is what they call it there).

We walked into the sports bar and made a full circle (front to back) before we found a table(for 2) in the side room. There were plenty of t.v.’s (large & larger…lol) to see the main event of the evening. The waitress(totally forgot her name-but her service was in fact good) was very helpful in recommending my drink(…pomegranate Stoli & Tonic w/Lime- Sat. Night Special $4) for the evening.  She also was knowledgable of the drafts that they had.  We ordered buffalo wings, bacon cheeseburger, and a turkey melt.  Oh Boy, did it hit the spot.  It was so good, that I was close to ending my evening and going home to get in the bed (Stuffed like a pretty turkey…Ha!).  The one complaint that I had was that our wings went to another table and all our food came out at one time (2 complaints…I lied). But, that won’t change my idea for future visits…I WILL be back.

Fox and Hound has a line of “The Best Party in Town” (which showed by the crowed establishment). There are different events on certain nights.  There is also the All Star Brew Club (reward program for beer fans- www.allstarbrewclub.com ) and other food & drink promotions to make sure patrons return.  Fox and Hound have locations all over the U.S. (from New Jersey to Ohio to Arizona). So when you are looking for a place to meet friends, eat, socialize, visit Fox and Hound.

…Until our next outing…Smooches!