Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Catfish NYC

Another spot that I absolutely love is Catfish NYC.

Catfish is on an unassuming block in Crown Heights which is in walking distance from my house. This makes it the perfect place for me to roll into for a mimosa or three. It's a NOLA inspired restaurant with authentic everything. I mean really, you name it.

I only tried their brunch about a year or so ago and have been going there ever since. The amazing thing about this place is that they serve brunch every day of the week, which is super rare but also extremely satisfying when you need brunch right this minute and you don't care if it's Tuesday. 

My favorite dish that I always get (so I have literally never tried any other entree) is the Shrimp and Grits with bacon. They are undefeated. Stop what you're doing right now and go try this dish. It wasn't until I finally went to New Orleans that I actually liked grits. My parents made it every Sunday and I just could not figure out what they saw in them. New Orleans grits are creamy and cheesy and make your forget you're actually eating grits. This is EXACTLY how Catfish NYC makes theirs. White cheddar and super thick cuts of bacon with blackened shrimp sends this dish completely over the top. 

I also recommend getting a side of bacon and the biscuits. Additionally, the coffee they serve is Cafe du Monde. I actually had to stop the waiter to ask if  by Cafe du Monde they meant Cafe du Monde?!?!?! And he was all like, um...yes...

In my last few visits there, we stuck around long enough for it to turn into happy hour and tried the Hurricanes and Swamp Water. During their HH the drinks are $2 off and there are $1 oysters. 

Catfish NYC is open for brunch DAILY from 11am - 4pm and HH starts at 4:30pm. I'll probably be there this weekend or every weekend. See ya there!

Monday, September 18, 2017

Sweet Science Brooklyn

Sweet Science, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways.

It took me a while to come to this restaurant as it's a little out of the way for me to get to. I had heard about it for a while and wanted to go because it's Black Owned and has something called a Big-a-lini (more on this later).

Photo Credit: Sweet Science
I finally made it to Sweet Science with some of my old friends from High School and I've been going back as often as possible ever since. With a simplistic industrial layout and super dope artwork on the walls, Sweet Science is a restaurant that you feel cool to be in. It's somewhere you can dress all cute with your girls or literally show up in athleisure like we did. 

There's an item on the menu called The Biggie Breakfast. All my hip-hop heads probably know what it consists of but if you don't, it's a (T-bone) steak, (cheese) scrambled eggs, and (Welch's Grape) a Big-a-lini - which is simply champagne with grape juice. I prefer a mimosa with brunch but I've had this before it definitely hits the spot. 

My favorite item is the Lobster and Biscuits. I usually have this with a carafe of Mimosa. I've also had the Shrimp and Grits which are a close second and I've experienced the Chicken and Waffles by proxy. I'm not a C&W kind of girl but they did look pretty tasty. 

While this isn't a bottomless brunch, a carafe is around $16 bucks which, as we all know, is like 1 and a half drinks in NYC. So why not get one for yourself?

Sweet Science is open for Brunch on Saturdays and Sundays from 11am - 4pm. Let's all go together and stay long enough to check out their secret restaurant, Featherweight.

Sunday, July 2, 2017

A Month of Birthdays!

Celebrate La Toya Week!
20 Days of Toya!
30 Days and Thirty Nights of La Toya!

Ok, I'm still trying to figure out what to call this. Either way, I'm one of those people who celebrate their birthday more than once. Hi.

And I don't do it because it's a trend, or because I'm trying to run my friends ragged. It's actually for a legitimate set of reasons.

I am a lot of things. A singer, a nerd, a party girl, an extroverted introvert...and I also went to primary schools in Brooklyn that were highly populous. So with that came a large group of friends that weren't always into the same thing. With that foundation of always roaming around to different crowds, I've still maintained a unique grouping of friends to match my all around uniqueness.

I can't remember which *exact* birthday it started on but I had to be around 18 when I realized that I don't have to just do one thing. That's right EIGHTEEN. Before FB and IG and all these other things people are trying to show off for. I'm not showing off - I'm literally celebrating myself and giving my friends from all walks of life various options that can suit them.

Because it's summertime! And I want to do it all. But the bookworms do not want to go to a boozy brunch. The turn up squad doesn't want to watch the NY Philharmonic quietly in the park. The introverts don't want to do an Escape Room.

But guess who doesn't have to choose anymore?

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Bill Nye blinded me with Science.

On Sunday June 4th, I went to BookCon2017. I will write another post lamenting the overall experience but this post is about the Benevolent Bill Nye the Science Guy.

There are a bunch of celebrity panels that occur on the Main Stage and the first was Bill Nye and Greg Mone discussing their series "Jack and the Geniuses". All I knew was that I needed to get into the same room as Bill Nye. I'm from the 80s where he was the science king for little girls and little boys. If you ask anyone who remembers the earliest part of the 90s, they will have a strong opinion about how he made science cool and approachable. So this is a life long dream people, and he didn't disappoint.
Me at nerd level 99

But let me start from the beginning of the day. The first thing I noticed when I ended the room the panel was being held in was how empty the room itself was. This led me to two conclusions either:

1. Everyone was upstairs in the main hall trying to grab a stack of free books that they would never read.

2. I am a huge nerd who prioritized Bill Nye speaking about children's books over everything else.

Both are correct.

The book actually sounds pretty fascinating and like a lot of fun. It is about a ragtag* crew of kids who have been orphaned and spend their time going on Science-y adventures. I would totally have read something like that growing up and will most likely read them all at some point.
* (The asterisk in this paragraph denotes that I will use the word Ragtag to describe a group of people as often as humanly possible because, ragtag)

The pièce de résistance for me however was the general conversation with Mr. Nye. The way that no part of science was left off limits. I learned that he's the CEO of the planetary society and, like my other idol NDT, was mentored by the OG Carl Sagan. He loves Outer Space and the unknown just as much as me! I actually started the applause when he casually mentioned that in our lifetime, we will discover that there is life on my favorite moon of Jupiter's Europa (Ganymede is a close second). There's a huge ice cap that will eventually melt down and we will discover the possible (well, entirely probable) aquatic life living there, CURRENTLY. ALIENS 2017! Or like you know, whenever. 

Speaking of the life aquatic, Mr. Nye mentioned that when asked where in the entire Universe he could go if intergalactic travel was possible, he'd go to Hawaii.

This got a really big laugh because it was Former President Obama who asked him this. But also got a laugh because it seemed completely ridiculous because, come on, wouldn't you want to go to I don't know, Saturn?

But his brilliant reasoning was that we can travel to space but we can't as readily travel to the depths of sea here on earth. We have a pretty good idea about many things in space but what do we even know about the Deepest parts of the Sea? And in Hawaii, the water is warm enough to get a traveling device down there. Note: I am majorly paraphrasing from memory here. He didn't say "traveling device". He probably said something like "Snarfblat Refribulator".

Then we talked about Tectonic plates and the theory of relativity and dark matter and dark energy. And then physics and science experiments to do in the classroom (one of which was adding a drop of vanilla to a deflated balloon before blowing it up. The molecules of the vanilla extract would permeate that of the rubber in the balloon giving the balloon a vanilla scent). And omg he said algebra was important. ALGEBRA IS MY FAVORITE.

I'm just saying guys, I'm a smart girl but I haven't taken a science class since I was 17 years old and he went right on and cleared those cobwebs in the most casual and actual genius way.

Thanks Bill Nye.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

{Waiting on Wednesday} All Our Wrong Todays by Elan Mastri

"Waiting on" Wednesday is a super meme hosted by Jill @ Breaking the Spine.

"You know the future that people in the 1950s imagined we’d have? Well, it happened. In Tom Barren’s 2016, humanity thrives in a techno-utopian paradise of flying cars, moving sidewalks, and moon bases, where avocados never go bad and punk rock never existed...because it wasn’t necessary."

Super excited to read this book because I am OBSESSED with alternate/parallel universes and time travel and the like. Seems like a good one!

What are you waiting on??