Category Archives: brunch

Norma’s, the ultimate brunch experience

There is nothing like a long leisurely weekend brunch. It’s simply the best.  On Friday Frank mentioned we had a brunch reservation for Sunday.  What?  Football season, you were fun, but thank you for finally being over; brunch is back!

This surprise brunch happened to be taking place at Norma’s!!! What’s Norma’s, you ask.  Only the place where brunch legends were made and “zillion dollar omelets” are consumed. I haven’t been to Norma’s in ten years, but I’ve never forgotten the glory!

Norma’s is in the Le Parker Merdien. You just enter the lobby and it’s right up the stairs waiting for you. Or in this case us. Since we had a reservation, we were seated right away and treated to deliciously tart berry smoothie shots.

I studied the menu, which was large and cheeky and filled with decadent options that made me happy I went to the gym that morning.  Not that there aren’t any healthy options, last time I had a melon bowl with yogurt and berries, but this I wanted to live it up a bit! I was still sore from Barry’s and figured I deserved it.

I went for the Normalita’s Huevos Rancheros.  They arrived, like everything else, oversized and with a little something extra. In this  case, an entire quesadilla extra!

Frank went with the “irrestible banana-macadamia nut flap jacks,” which had a delicious brown butter and lots of cinnamon.

We enjoyed our ourselves lingering over perfect cups of coffee until it was time to brave the cold once more! I might have waddled a bit on the way out the door, but let me tell you, it was worth it. Oh Norma I hope to see you again sooner than later!

Not as Planned

The last two days have been filled with unexpected road bumps, hopefully the road is smooth from here!

However, there have been “brights” since I have spoken with you last, oh so long ago!

I have been trying quite a few new restaurants lately, which I always enjoy—it’s easy to keep going back to the same few places.

  I had photos, but my camera got very wet, so I am currently ricing it back to life—I hope!  Moving along, I enjoyed checking out brunch at Kingswood. 

It was an interesting experience. It was packed when we arrived, always a good sign.  The decor is very colonial kitsch with a giant peacock, an old fireplaces and tapestry wall paper.  I was a fan!

Pictures via google search and nytimes!

We were a little late to our reservation, but got seated after just a few minutes of waiting.  While our waiter seemed to be having the worst day ever, and would hardly answer a question or make eye contact, we were pretty excited about the menu.  I selected the banana smashed yogurt with blueberry jam and honey toasted granola and a side of roasted potatoes.

The yogurt, jam and granola came in separate little glasses with a small bowl for mixing.  I loved this!  The DIY parfait was great and the potatoes were all right too.  The boy’s burger was good, but not out of this world. 

Kingswood offered a very SITC West Village scene.  And by this I mean lots of girls eating bunless burgers and sandwiches. Also lots of great handbags!

While the service was quite lacking, the food was pretty good and the atmosphere was nice and cozy. 

My second new place of the weekend was Barrio Chino.


Pictures via google image search!

I went to Barrio Chino for a friend’s birthday and it was GREAT!  Heads up, it’s tiny and they don’t take reservations, so your best bet is to put your name in and then head to a local bar until your table is ready. They call you, so you don’t have to hang around. The restaurant is tiny and while the menu is purely mexican, the decor and dishware are chinese! 

I got fish tacos and a side of green rice and black beans—all for $12!  The fish tacos were filled to capacity with amazingly fresh fish and some of the best I have had!  The green rice was pretty mild but very yummy!  Barrio Chino=winning in my book. 

In workout news, today I finally got to experience Formula 57!  I will give a full recap and review soon.  All I can say is quiver!  This was the most intense Physique 57 class I can remember!  It was a butt kicker.  It was an awesome workout.  That is all.  For now :)

While we are on the topic of fitness, I have the NYRR 4 Miler and the Revlon Run Walk coming up and a very out of date playlist!  I have been listing to the same  songs for over a month.  They’re great tunes, but I have listened to them a zillion times.  I need new music!  Recommendations please!


Finally, my latest NBC Go Healthy post is up!  If you’re an urban hiker, this one’s for you!


As always, I appreciate your feedback and support!

All right, this girl scout is out!