Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Spring Has Sprung

1-3) Spent the first day of Spring in Washington Square Park.
4-5) Vegetarian dishes at Spice, my new favorite Thai restaurant in Union Square.
6) My new "iCam" iPhone case.
7) Channel store in Soho.
8) Brown rice California Roll at Sushi Time.
9) Brought out the gray Minnetonka moccassins for Spring.
10) Painted my nails at Sephora. "DWS" and "Milf" Illmasqua.
11-12) Time Square see my favorite boy.
13-15) My favorite street art around NYC.

Happy Spring! Words can't express how happy I am that Spring is finally here. It was starting to feel like Winter would never end. Here are a few pictures to show how I welcomed Spring. Bring out the pastels, florals, and maxi dresses, and it's time to pack the blacks, greys, and heavy Winter jackets. I just feel refreshed, like a whole 'nother person.
xx Denise

Photos taken via Instagram (@denisedanielle)

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Yaffa Café

It's April and I'm finally back! I've been such a bad "blogger", it's been months since my last post (3 months to be exact) and I have no excuses. But... Spring Break officially begins today in New York so I thought it'd be the perfect time to start blogging again. Spring is my absolute favorite season and I'm so relief it's finally here because Winter weather was starting to make me like shit.

About three weeks ago my sister, mom, and I celebrated my 18th birthday with a little girl's day out in the city. We ate at my favorite restaurant/café in St. Marks called Yaffa Café. It's my favorite because they make their food with the healthiest of middle-eastern ingredients and because of its one-of-a-kind interior/exterior. In the Winter or colder days you can eat inside amid rock'n'roll gypsy decos or in the Summer or warmer days you can eat outside (a mini garden) amid natural trees and plants.
I'm in love with the decorations. It is on point from the inside out.
The food is healthy, generous, modestly priced and delicious. They have lots to offer for vegetarians, vegan, and "dieters".
My mom and sister.
Yaffa Salad

I'm not a salad person, I don't typically order them, but this is the best salad I've ever had. It's made with Tomato, Romaine, Cucumber, Carrots & Alfalfa Sprouts topped with Yaffa Carrot Dressing. The dressing is perfection. And it's served with the most delicious french garlic bread (I'm not exaggerating), we loved it so much we asked for more.
Shrimp Yaffa Spinach Fettucini
This what I ordered and it's what I come back to Yaffa for. It's spinach pasta with white wine sauce, brocolli, mushrooms, and shrimp (pescatarian and still going strong, I haven't eaten meat for six months).
"Kitschy, eclectic, one-of-a- kind, exquisitely lit room"
Yaffa Café is pretty high up on my lists of favorite places. The menu at Yaffa is modestly priced and healthy which is hard to find in New York City and anywhere else for that matter, the decorations are just a bonus. It's located in East Village, one of the chillest neighborhood in New York City. I'd eat here everyday if I could. Oh and we had dessert at a nearby dessert bar but that's a whole 'nother post of its own.
xx Denise