On The Menu Today: P.J. Clarke’s

What’s up everybody?! Happy Sunday! 😀 Hope you guys had a great weekend and are getting yourselves ready to kickass this coming week!

Today’s post is (finally) another food/restaurant one! 🙂 I know it’s been a while, but we haven’t really been able to go out and try different places as often the way that we used to, for a variety of different reasons. BUUUUT nonetheless, we finally did and so here we are today! 😉

The place I’m talking about is called P.J. Clarke’s, which I know they actually apparently have quite a few different locations around New York, but I’m specifically going to be speaking about the one in Brookfield Place, near the Freedom Tower.

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Background Story:

I find that whenever I do one of these posts, I always end up giving you guys a little bit of background information for how we came across the restaurants that we do, so I figure why not continue on with that mini tradition lol.

Ultimately, this is the restaurant that Diego and I had went to when we celebrated our 4-year anniversary.

If I remember correctly, we were just kind of walking around the Brookfield Place mall (which is humongous and absolutely STUNNING, if you haven’t been there before, you HAVE to make the trip over!!), and we went in because Diego wanted to walk around the Saks Fifth Avenue Men’s Store, so while he was walking around, I just kind of looked out the window, looked down, and saw that there was a ton of like large “fairy” lights strung all around the trees. So, I told Diego about it and we figure we go check it out, and when we did, we obviously saw that it was a restaurant, and just decided to try it.

Being that it was like in the middle of the summer, we did get to sit outside, which was absolutely beautiful because it was right next to the water. The scenery was beautiful, the food was amazing, and the service was just as great; so of course we decided we wanted to go back again, which we did last Saturday, but this time we went with my best friend Michelle as well.

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It’s obviously no longer summer, and it was actually really chilly last weekend when we went, so we opted for sitting indoors, which wasn’t bad at all because it was actually pretty cozy.

The general decor of the restaurant (although I really liked it) gave me major Italian vibes for some reason, even though they’re predominantly known for their burgers and ‘raw bar’.

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Food & Service:

One thing to keep in mind with us (all 3 of us specifically whenever we get together), is that we always like to incorporate at LEAST a little bit of alcohol, and a whole lot of food….we can EAT.

So with that being said, of course we started off by ordering a bottle of rosé wine, which Diego picked out for us, and it was SO good. Personally, I’m a white wine type of girl and I know Michelle is too so that was right up our alley.

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Next, of course came the appetizer, which is anyone at all surprised that we ordered wings for that? Because you really shouldn’t be at this point….we’re major wing lovers haha.

I never used to be one to care for spiciness in any of my foods/meats, but I guess dating Diego for as long as I have has actually made me grow really fond of it because now whenever we go out I’m usually the one to order hot/spicy wings (although my tolerance for it really isn’t anything crazy yet). That being said, we ordered wings that had a bit of a kick to it, but were still REALLY good.

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Next up for us came the entrées.

I guess I was the only one being fake boujee this day, because everyone else just got burgers while I got a steak lol.

Diego got the Smoky Poblano burger (shown below), which pretty much has Roasted Poblano, Sharp Cheddar and Green Herb Sauce, and he said it was pretty good.

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Michelle got a burger as well, but she actually got the The “Cadillac” which has Double Smoked Country Bacon, Onion, and American Cheese (we forgot to ask her to take a picture of her burger). Although she did tell us it was really good and a decent sized burger as well.

For me, I was REALLY craving the steak again that I had gotten the first time we came here for some reason, so that’s what I ended up getting (see below). I got the Prime Skirt Steak Frites, and that was absolutely delicious to me.

*All of our orders came with fries btw*

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Anddddddddd then all of our class went out the window….

Jk, we did decide to end up taking a shot though which was fun, and something we don’t do all that often altogether haha. It was just a regular shot of Patron…no real relevance to the post other than that it was a really funny experience for all of us including the server we had.

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And FINALLY, dessert….I don’t know about anyone else, but I’m a huge dessert person. If I’m at a restaurant and I know they have good desserts, 100% I am going to get something.

The first time Diego and I came here, we got this huge piece of chocolate cake and OH-MY-GOD. It was SO freakin’ good, seriously. Personally, I’m a chocolate-lover so this was everything to me lol, and the piece they gave us was HUGE, I’m not really sure if it was intentional or not, but regardless we really liked it (see below).

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The second time we went, I fully intended on getting the chocolate cake for all of us to split again, until I saw the dessert menu and saw that they had a seasonal PUMPKIN PIE CHEESECAKE!!!! You guys KNOW I had to get that as soon as I saw it, and Diego 100% agreed because he loves that as much as I do lol.

I also just generally think that they tend to give big portion sizes of their foods/desserts (which I’m totally not complaining about), because we got 2 slices for all of us to share thinking it wasn’t going to be enough, but both slices were HUGE, and we were just feeling extra fat and craving ice cream so we got the vanilla ice cream on the side as well ❤ _ ❤ (see below).

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Final Thoughts:

Overall, we all really liked this restaurant, the first time Diego and I came here for our anniversary in July, and the second time we came last weekend with Michelle. The food was just as great this time around as it was the first time. Our servers the first and second time were super friendly and helpful with any and all indecisiveness that we may have had in picking certain things. And the general ambiance of the restaurant was really nice as well as it’s surroundings with the waterfront and mall.

I will say that this restaurant is more on the pricier side as opposed to some of the other ones I’ve mentioned/recommended before, but I also think it was very much worth it, so I do 100% recommend you guys come and try this place if you haven’t already and are in the New York area.

Let me know if there are any other particular restaurants or food spots (predominantly in the New York area) that you would recommend for us to try and review, and we’ll definitely try it!

I hope you guys enjoyed this post, please like, share and follow if you haven’t already, and I’ll see you guys in my next one! 🙂

-Xoxo, LeoGirl ❤

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I Don’t Know Who Needs To Hear This But….

You are not alone.

I know that feeling. I know how it feels to feel like you have to deal with your demons silently. I know how it feels to feel like you can’t even turn to your own family. I know how it feels to not even want to turn to your closest friends or significant other for fear of feeling like a burden. I know how it feels to feel like you have no one. I know how it feels to feel like you’re stuck and have no options.

I know that place, and it freakin’ sucks to be in it.

That being said, I don’t care if I don’t know you, I don’t care if you think I may not like you, I don’t even care if we’ve had “issues” in the past. If you’re seriously struggling internally and feel like you’ve got nowhere to go and no one to speak to, I will be “someone” for you. I will be there for you if you want and/or need it.

If I can be of some type of help to you, or just someone to speak to for the day to clear your mind and thoughts, or be that ‘shoulder to cry on,’ I will be that.

Please reach out. I promise you, someone will care and want to listen. I promise that you won’t actually have to go through anything alone.

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Stay Strong.

-Xoxo, Emily ❤

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5 Tips For a Healthy & Long-Lasting Relationship

Today’s post is actually one that was requested for Diego and I to do.

For those of you that don’t know, we’ve actually been together as a couple for 4 years (4 years and 3, almost 4, months technically).

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**Let me know if you guys would be interested in seeing an entire post dedicated to how we met, got together, etc.**

That being said, we got asked to do a post where we mention the 5 biggest things that we think are needed and/or that we do to keep our relationship going strong all this time, so that’s what we’re doing today.

And by no means with us doing this post, does that mean that we have the ‘perfect relationship’, because we definitely do not. But, we have been together 4 years and the things we are going to mention are things that we’ve come to realize have been EXTREMELY important in us maintaining our relationship for as long as we have.

Also, some of the things we are going to mention did not just happen overnight. It took time for us to really learn and understand how to do these things and get better with them as well to build the strong relationship that we have now at the moment (not perfect, but definitely strong).

In other words, if you’re going to be reading these things and thinking, hoping or expecting for results right away, you’re PROBABLY going to end up being disappointed. Take everything we’re going to mention with a grain of salt, find out how these things can work for you and work towards that. Rome wasn’t built in a day, neither will any sort of relationship(s)!!

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  1. Communication. 100% NOT the first time I’ve mentioned this before, and will definitely not be the last. COMMUNICATION IS E-V-E-R-Y-T-H-I-N-G in a relationship!!! Cliche? Sorry, but it’s the truth. There’s no way of having a real relationship without it. Without communication how would you ever be able to express yourself and how you’re feeling whether positive or negative? If you and your significant other can’t talk about everything from the good to the bad and the ugly, then maybe you guys shouldn’t be together. And don’t get me wrong, this is one of those things that definitely takes time to master in a relationship. Diego and I still struggle with this every so often because we can both be hard-headed and stubborn, but we’ve gotten A LOT better with it, and this is definitely a key aspect in our (and any) relationship.

2. Compromise. This is another big one. Things are not always going to go your way in a relationship, neither will it always go your significant other’s way. So, if either of you are used to that from previous relationships, you need to throw that mentality out the window. Any true, meaningful relationship has to have compromise in it. If you want to go somewhere on a date that has a specific type of food that you like, and your significant other wants to go somewhere that has completely different options, then you guys need to speak about it and come to a common understanding that maybe one weekend you’ll go to where you want to, then the next weekend you guys will go somewhere he/she likes, OR you find a place that has the type of foods you both like (random example, but you guys get the point lol).

3. Trust/Understanding. Everyone at some point or another has probably been hurt and/or burned from a previous relationship, fling, etc. However, it’s important to understand the current person that you’re with. Chances are if they act certain ways in certain situations of your guys relationship, it’s for a reason. I know many people tend to have a certain mentality and believe that with any new relationship(s) you shouldn’t speak about your past or exes, but I don’t necessarily feel like that’s true, although I will say it does depend on the person you’re with currently, which only you can be the judge of. When Diego and I first got together, I remember one particular night where we were talking about that stuff for HOURS, but it was really just to better understand each other, the things we had both been through and knew we didn’t want to happen in our current relationship.

As for trusting the person, if you don’t trust them, what’s the point of being with them? I know better than anyone what it’s like to be hurt/broken from previous relationships, but you have to some extent keep that out and away from your current relationship, because this is a completely different person, completely different situation and circumstance, etc. Will the thought(s) of it possibly happening again be there? Of course, but you have a right to voice that to your significant other to have them understand your concerns. Besides, that’s also what the ‘talking stage’ before your relationship is for, to determine whether or not you think this person will do the same things your ex did or whether or not you can trust this person enough to actually start a relationship with them.

Obviously the instances I mentioned are predominantly for the beginning stages of a relationship, but I think it goes without saying that it should be continued throughout the rest of your relationship as well.

4. Love. Probably the most obvious one of them all. Like duh, right? But you’d be surprised how many people end up staying with a person for years and years and years just because they feel comfortable and not actually because of loving the person. Being with one person for SO long is not going to be easy, whether it’s just dating or being married to them, but you have to make sure the spark is still there and ‘alive’ in order to really make things work. It’s definitely not always going to be perfect and happy, but it’s a two-way street to make sure that you’re keeping things alive and exciting from physical to the recreational stuff between you two. I tell people that I know all the time that if you’re not IN LOVE with a person, then let them go, because you’re holding them and yourself back from finding the real love of your life, and that’s not fair to either of you. Don’t stay with someone because of comfort or guilt, stay with them because they truly make you happy, you’re in love with them and they actually DO something for you.

5. And lastly, To Have Fun. Your relationship should not be super serious to the point where it not only feels like a job to keep it going, but it’s just not fun anymore. A relationship IS work, but it’s supposed to be fun and loving at the same time. If you guys aren’t having fun with each other, making each other laugh about the corniest things, or enjoying the simplest of things with one another, then why bother? Your significant other is supposed to be your best friend and someone you can tell everything to and know you’re always going to laugh and have fun with.

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Do not get discouraged if these things don’t seem to work for you and your relationship right away. It’s going to take time, but if you really love and care about a person, then you will find a way to make it work (and vice versa with the person on the opposite end of the relationship).

I realize that it’s not always going to be sunshine and daisies throughout your relationship, but we think by having these things be some of the core things to follow in your relationship, then the good and happy times should definitely end up outweighing the bad ones.

I hope this was helpful to you guys in some way, shape or form especially the person who requested to see this post 🙂

Leave me a comment down below or through social media about other posts you guys would like to see and I’ll be sure to make it happen at some point or another. Thanks so much for reading. Please like, share and follow if you haven’t already, and I’ll see you guys in my next post!

-Xoxo, Leo Girl ❤

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