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Brennan’s in New Orleans | In My Travels

by Jamie Sanford on February 6, 2017

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I set up a surprise trip to New Orleans last month, to celebrate Will’s birthday (and also mine, to be honest). During multiple visits to New Orleans, we had heard about the famous breakfast at Brennan’s, but hadn’t managed to actually eat there. We stopped in while we were there to try and get reservations, and ended up having a proper birthday breakfast for Will on the morning that we left.

It did not disappoint in any way. Let’s take a look.

The famous pink exterior.

It was dark and rainy that day, but the holiday decor brightened everything up.

The interior is amazing and over the top, but perfectly so.

Look at these panels!

I’m not sure what the provenance of the bell necklaces are, but they were waiting for us at the table and put on us as soon as we were seated! I took these home, trimmed the ribbon, and made them into ornaments for my Christmas tree a few weeks later.

This is unfortunately blurry, but you can get the idea.

We both had eggs Benedict, but Will had the artisanal version. We had sides of bacon and grits.

I had told them it was Will’s birthday when we made the reservation, and so after breakfast they brought him this amazing dessert with a collar of cotton candy (with glitter!) and a candle. He also received a gift of a Brennan’s apron, which I can confirm he has been using.

After an incredible breakfast experience, we left, maximizing our last bits of this trip before heading back to the airport.

I cannot recommend enough that you have breakfast at Brennan’s when you visit New Orleans. It was delicious and special and completely worth our time.

Happy trails!

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The Flatiron Room | In My Travels

by Jamie Sanford on May 30, 2016

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A few weeks ago, our friends Jessica and Cory were in town, and so we planned an evening out. After a great suggestion from Brian, the six of us ended up at The Flatiron Room. It did not disappoint.

We chose this location via text on the day we went, a Monday. Perhaps that was a lucky choice, because when Brian and David arrived before the rest of us, they managed to get us a private-ish booth with curtains, featuring a taxidermied owl that was giving some Hedwig realness.

It was very very dark.

Here’s our in-booth owl!

This menu is full of delights.

We managed to arrive at the tail end of happy hour. We immediately got to ordering cocktails before the window closed, and also ordered the happy hour flatbreads as well. (I had a Blackberry Gimlet, it was delicious.)

In addition to incredible atmosphere, there was live bluegrass! We could not see the stage from our VIP booth (not confirmed that this is a VIP area, but we enjoyed thinking it), but we could hear it. Best of all, we could hear the music and still speak to one another, the perfect mix for a group of friends who don’t see one another often and are hoping to catch up a bit.

Here is the view looking out of the booth (you can see the curtains), you can see a tiny bit of the stage on the right.

After our first round, we moved on to more drinks, and decided to order more food as well. The share menu is varied and has some wonderful treats. We ordered the turkey meatballs, pork belly, bone marrow, macaroni and cheese, warm pear and bleu cheese salad, and a cheese board. Favorites were the bone marrow, the salad, and the cheese board.

While we did not partake, we did learn about the Flatiron Room’s Bottle Keep service. Essentially, if you buy a bottle of whiskey, and do not finish it, you can store it for life in the Bottle Keep, returning whenever you’d like to revisit your bottle. They also give you a few “entitlement cards” which you can share with family or friends, so that they can partake in your bottle when they visit The Flatiron Room.

Here are a few more images of The Flatiron Room.

I highly recommend a visit to the Flatiron Room if you are in New York. Do not expect to be lucky like we were, and make reservations for a table in advance.

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Product Pick #8: beautyblender®

by Jamie Sanford on May 3, 2015

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The beautyblender® has been a hit for a while now, and since I’m on my second one, I think I can officially call it a Product Pick! My most recent one is a beautyblender® Pro, and I love it just as much as the original.

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I was using Bare Minerals powder foundation for a long time, and while the coverage I managed was good, I found that the makeup would become cakey in the wrong weather conditions. I have been trying out a multitude of liquid foundations since then, and am currently utilizing CoverGirl 3-in-1 Foundation. I have been through Revlon, Maybelline, L’Oreal, and even the popular Make Up For Ever HD Foundation, and none of them had the level of coverage and staying power I was looking for, until this latest one. (Please leave recommendations if you have any, but keep in mind that I like some full coverage.)

I did notice quickly, however, that in terms of finish? It is ALL about the beautyblender®. The finish you can get from bouncing the damp teardrop sponge on your face is remarkable and stunning. The pointed end is great for applying and blending foundation and concealer around your eyes. I usually set my liquid foundation with either a matching powder foundation from CoverGirl or this Smooth Operator Amazonian Clay Finishing Powder from Tarte, which leaves an incredibly smooth finish.

Anyway, back to the point at hand. I too was one of many who said “why the hell would I spend $20 on a makeup sponge” before buying one when I had a Sephora discount, and now I can never go back. I have tried 2 of the so-called “dupes” and they just do not match up at all. I cannot say enough about how this sponge will take your foundation to the next level, if used properly. YouTube is your friend, and you will find literally hundreds of videos about it. Go try it now! You can buy the beautyblender® here.

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Thanksgiving Turkey Recipe Recommendation

by Jamie Sanford on November 23, 2011

Thanksgiving is tomorrow! I don’t really cook at all, but I have been sharing the hell out of this turkey preparation recipe that my husband will be using tomorrow to make turkey for us.  Naturally I see no other choice but to share it here as well.

Click here for the cheesecloth magic that Martha Stewart uses to make a turkey, that has been used to GREAT success in my house for the last few years.

Another shot of the turkey.Here’s a look at last year’s finished turkey.  The little potatoes and carrots around them were cooked with the breast, and were basted in the same liquid.  Super delicious but we learned a lesson about the carrots being too small and burning and getting very sad.  The non-blackened carrots were fabulous.

I’m serious people, you have time to alter your plans for how to cook the turkey.  This recipe involves coating the turkey in cheesecloth SOAKED in wine and butter.  It is no joke, and it is crazy delicious.  The turkey will be moist and yummy and the veggies you cook along with it will be outrageous as well.

Of course, I know people have attitude about how to make things like turkeys, so please leave your comments and preferences in the comments! Also, of course, Happy Thanksgiving!

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Site Recommendation: Gilt Groupe

by Jamie Sanford on March 29, 2010

One of my favorite finds of the last few months is Gilt Groupe.

What is it? From the Gilt website:

Tiny Edward needs to close the curtains.

Fabulousness awaits.

Gilt Groupe provides access, by invitation only, to Men’s, Women’s and Children’s coveted fashion and luxury brands at prices up to 70% off retail. Each sale lasts 36 hours and features hand selected styles from a single designer.

So every day, I get an email telling me about fabulous items available at discount prices.  You have to be fast, as items sell out so quickly, but if you get in, you can find wonderful things.  I have purchased a few things for myself and have also obtained a few gifts that I’m really excited about.

In addition to the main Gilt site, there is also the Jetsetter site, with fabulous travel deals.  I love to travel, and I enjoy it even more when I get a hot deal.

Try it out! I have invitations (it is free to register) – click here to sign up for Gilt Groupe.

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