On The Menu Today: Old Rose

Hi Guys! 🙂

Today’s post is FINALLY another/new restaurant review post!! 😀

The restaurant I’m going to be reviewing today is called Old Rose, which is located in the Jane Hotel near the Highline.

I REALLY need to get into the habit of writing down how the heck it is that I find these places, especially when I plan on doing reviews on them, because I ALWAYS forget lol smh. 🤦🏻‍♀️

BUT, I’m sure I just stumbled upon it on Instagram somehow like I typically do, looked up the restaurant’s profile, as well as fellow Instagrammers posting about it, and looked up reviews online to see whether or not it was actually a place I wanted us to try, and sure enough, it was!

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From all the pictures I was seeing online, it looked like such a cute, sort of elegant spot to eat, so I figure why not go there for brunch so that we could get dressed up, take pictures, etc., and that’s exactly what we ended up doing!

Walking to the restaurant was ROUGH, because it was FREEZING this day and it was such a long walk from where we got off the train (in 14th Street) to the place. But we didn’t want to let that ruin the experience at all, so we stayed optimistic about the entire thing.

The Ambiance

Walking into the restaurant the immediate feeling I got was like some sort of old school ballroom, that got converted into a chic coffee shop in the West Village; with the marble-ish table tops, black and white tiled floors, and simplicity of it’s decor, I immediately felt comfortable.

When we finally got there, it took us about 5-10 minutes to get seated while they finished getting our table ready. It really wasn’t that bad or long, and in that time we got to sit at the bar and order ourselves a mimosa, so we were pretty content. 😂

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The tables were fairly small and rounded, but once the food started coming we actually saw that it was kind of the perfect size for everything that we had ordered.

Generally, the service was pretty good and quick, and the server we had was really friendly and helpful with anything/everything we needed (again, I wish I had gotten her name to be able to give her a quick shout-out, but I completely forgot to ask her).

Even the bussers were super friendly and helpful if we wanted or needed anything, which I thought was pretty cool considering most times you go to a restaurant they kind of just do what they have to and don’t really interact with the guests.

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The Food

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Overview of our table.

As sort of our “appetizer” we got the Vodka Burrata pizza pie, which was enough that we each got 2 slices out of it (there were 3 of us there). This was one thing that I kept seeing all over their website, as well as posts people would put up from here so we figure we try it. The server we had also highly recommended it and said it was one of her favorites, so it gave us the extra push to actually order it.

I definitely liked it, especially since I’ve never had anything like it before, and it was generally really tasty, you guys know I’m pretty picky so I was kind of surprised at how much I liked it, so that was pretty exciting! Lol.

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The Vodka Burrata pizza pie

 

After our little “appetizer” and mimosas, came the main course.

For me, it was relatively early still and I was craving somewhat of a traditional breakfast, so I got their ‘American Breakfast,’ which consisted of scrambled eggs, bacon, crispy smoked potatoes, grapefruit, and sourdough bread.

Overall, I liked it, but wish it didn’t have as much of what I can only really assume to be parsley, all over it because it was a lot, and there just really wasn’t much need for it. A little bit, sure, but that was a lot sprinkled all over my eggs and potatoes.

But, other than that, I was pretty happy with my dish. Again, it came out relatively quick, everything was cooked well the way that I wanted it, and it was a decent portion size for me, especially after eating the pizza just before this.

If you’re anything like me (in the sense of a picky eater), or just looking to have something more traditional here, I definitely recommend this.

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The ‘American Breakfast’.

Diego and Geno opted for the Lamb burger, which had goat cheese, roasted tomato, pickled red onion, with fried potatoes.

They both made it clear to me that they REALLY enjoyed the burger. They both thought it was well cooked and generally tasty, so they definitely recommend this if you’re anything like them and tend to opt for mainly burgers whenever you go out to eat haha.

The only thing Diego personally didn’t care for was the fact that they didn’t actually have regular french fries here at all. It was either the fried potatoes, or nothing. We both agree that the potatoes were good taste wise,  but he felt it went a little better with something like the dish that I got as opposed to the burger they both got, which I can understand and agree to.

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The Lamb burger.

And finally, the “dessert” portion of brunch.

Only Geno and I ended up getting something for this, partially because Diego doesn’t usually tend to care for any sort of desserts, and partially because they didn’t have too many options to begin with.

Geno had ordered their Housemade Granola which came with Ronnybrook yogurt, honey, and fresh fruit in it. This was probably the only thing out of the entire time we were here, that actually took forever to come. We’re still not sure why honestly, especially since it was just yogurt pretty much, but it did.

And when it finally arrived, Geno said he didn’t actually care for it, and I’m not exactly sure if it’s because it took as long as it did to get to him or if it just really wasn’t that exciting at all, but those were his honest, general thoughts on it.

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This is their ‘Housemade Granola’.

For me, I really wanted to be able to try their coffee, because I had heard a LOT of good things about it, so that’s what I did. I got one of their lattes, as well as a chocolate croissant because all of the pastries looked SO good sitting in the case by the bar (don’t judge me).

Being that I always go to Starbucks where you can 100% customize your drink to your liking with how many sugars, what milk, sweetener, etc., I was a little nervous about trying/drinking a regular coffee without having any of the usual stuff I tend to put in it, but I must say that I was pleasantly surprised.. it was definitely strong coffee, but also pretty good tasting which I was happy about.

And the croissant was pretty standard and good tasting, the only thing with that though is that I wish it could’ve been warmed up. I’m not sure if they don’t do that there, or maybe they do but I had to “specially” ask for it, but even then, that really didn’t bother me too much, it just would’ve been a nice little added bonus.

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Latte and Chocolate Croissant.

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General Thoughts

Overall, I have to say that I personally, really liked the place. Generally, the service and food was good, and it wasn’t TOO expensive either. Considering everything we ordered (food, drinks, etc.) and the location of the restaurant, I would say it was pretty moderately priced.

It doesn’t take too much to impress me for things/places like this unfortunately being that I am a picky eater, but I also don’t have any problems being honest about certain things that I may or may not like about places like this.

But also, as always, take what I say/suggest with a grain of salt and come to your own conclusion about these places.

Out of 100%, I would give this place an 80-85% rating. But I do definitely think that it’s worth trying at least once. So go, come to your own conclusions about it, and let me know what YOU guys ended up thinking about it!

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Let me know in the comments below or through social media if you guys have been here before, if so, what were your thoughts on the place?!

Also, let me know if there are any other places you would like to see Diego and I check out in the near future, and we’ll be sure to go and write an entire post about it.

I hope you guys enjoyed this post. Please like, share, follow and comment and I’ll see you guys in the next one! 🙂

-Xoxo, Leo Girl ❤

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Graphic T-Shirts Haul!

Happy Sunday everyone!

I wanted to start off by saying sorry that I was m.i.a last week, there was a lot going on and it was sort of a rough week overall, so I figure I just take a step back and just take the week to re-evaluate a few things and re-group, everyone has those days/weeks every now and than right?

But, it’s the start of a fresh, new week and so I figure I start things off with a fun, light-hearted post, which is what I’m doing today.

If you know me (and are anything like me), you know that although I do have my days where I like to dress up, do my makeup, etc., most times when I go out you’ll either find me in workout clothes or a t-shirt and jeans/sweats.

It’s a comfortable and casual thing, what can I say?

I used to have a HUGE obsession with graphic tees when I was in my early teen years (how freakin’ weird is that to say now, omg??), but then it stopped for a while, and now it’s grown again so here I am.

I thought it would be fun, because of that, to share with you guys some of my absolute favorite graphic t-shirts that I have in my collection and where to find them at, so that’s what I’m going to be doing in today’s post.

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Typically whenever I’m out and happen to be shopping for graphic tees, some of the places I look to the most are Etsy, Hot Topic, Amazon, Forever 21, or Five Below.

These stores tend to have pretty large sections just for things like this, so even if I’m not looking for anything in particular, I almost always end up finding and grabbing a few to bring home with me, and nothing too expensive either.

Scroll down to see some of my favorites in my collection!

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*If no one noticed, I’m a HUGE Friends and Harry Potter fan 😂*

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Anyway, sorry if this post was super short and not like most of my other pieces, but like I said, I wanted to start the week off with a light-hearted post and this is what I came up with.

So, I hope you guys enjoyed this little fun and random post, and I’ll see you guys in the next one! 🙂

-Xoxo, Leo Girl ❤

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Affordable Fall/Halloween Decor Haul

Hi Guysssssss!

Today’s post is going to be a fun one because, as you read from the title, it’s going to be completely dedicated to Fall and/or Halloween decorations! 😀 Not only that, but I made sure everything that I bought and am going to mention was all from affordable stores like CVS, Dollar Tree and TJ Maxx (actually, those are pretty much the only stores I got to go to lol).

I also wanted to be able to get a few things from Target and Michaels too (because I mean let’s be real, those stores always have amazing stuff for things like this), but I never got a chance to go to them :/ . Actually, by the time this post goes up, it’ll be Thursday, October 4th, and I’m actually going to be stopping by a mall that has those stores on Sunday. So if I end up buying anything from them, I’ll probably just post the extra items I got on my social media accounts, so be sure to follow me on them to see my new pick-ups (they’re always listed below)! 🙂

I always have SO much fun decorating my room and house around this time of year, and for the holidays. It’s like my thing haha. Some of the things I’m going to mention are stuff I’ve had since last year, but the majority of the items are actually new.

*By the way, please don’t mind the mess in the background of some of the pictures, we just moved back in to our house, and I still have A LOT of stuff to unpack and put away 😩*

Let’s get started!

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The first thing I have is actually something that I got last year in Michael’s I believe, and they’re pretty much just these little fairy lights that have pumpkins attached to them. They are SO cute. Originally I wanted to be able to hang them over my bed, but it didn’t work out because of issues with the outlet near my bed and what not, so instead I just strung them across my vanity which is just as cute. It also has a few different features for how the lights go off which is cute too. I got this for $14.99.

The next few things I got were actually from CVS.

I thought this little ghost figurine was SO FREAKIN’ cute. As soon as I saw it, I knew I had to get it. It was also the last one which was pretty lucky for me. I love that this also lights up, it changes between being lit up in green and red. Such a cute little accent that I’ll probably either put on my vanity or on my main bureau. I actually got this for $5.99.

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These two little pumpkins were also from CVS. I just thought they looked cute and were different. Plus, you can never go wrong with getting decorative pumpkins of some sort for Fall/Halloween decorations. I’m still trying to figure out whether I should keep them both in my room, or put them somewhere downstairs in my house as decoration. The Trick or Treat pumpkin was $4.99, and the smaller one was $2.99.

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I got this predominantly because I just LOVE snow globes, I have a mini collection of them, and figure why not add on to it with a halloween one now too?! I got this for $2.99.

There was also another one that I got from CVS, but I got it last year, and it’s much bigger than this one. It’s actually a Snoopy snow globe where he’s dressed like a witch, ugh I LOVE that one, but I have yet to find it for some reason. As soon as I do though, I’ll take a picture of it and show you guys on social media.

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These next few things I got all from Dollar Tree. They’re all pretty self-explanatory, and pretty much things that I can hang on the walls in my room. Every single one of those things are also a dollar too, in case you guys weren’t aware for whatever reason.

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I have a few little fake candles that you can just snap the switch and they’ll turn on and look lit up, in front of my tv, so I’m thinking for October and November I’ll substitute those for these little ones. They’re pretty bright for how tiny they are and considering they are from Dollar Tree lol.

I got this door hanger because I also have one for Christmas which I thought was really cute, and may as well get one for Fall/Halloween too. They had a bunch of different colors and styles, but I figure I didn’t have anything else in my stuff that looked like it, so I got this one!

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I pretty much got this little container to just keep in my room or put on the main table downstairs and just keep some candy filled in it all the time until Halloween!

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THESE next couple of items I got from TJ Maxx in Manhattan.

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These little hand/dish towels, I mean c’mon….look how freakin’ cute. There are 2 bathrooms in my house, so I’m thinking that I’ll probably put 2 in the kitchen hanging on the stove and then one in each bathroom for people to be able to use. I got them for $5.99 each.

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I’m a sock girl who LOVES cute little patterns and designs like this whenever I can find them, so of course I had to get a few pairs. Each pair was $1.99.

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And finally, I got this ADORABLE little mug. I mean…..hello pumpkin!! 😩😍 how cute is this?! It’s also just like the perfect little size to have a small cup of coffee or a hot chocolate, or even tea if you’re in to that kind of thing. It’s kind of “plain” in a sense, but I love it, it’s just simple. I got this for $4.99.

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Well guys that’s it. Those were all my recent little Fall/Halloween decoration pick-ups. I’m SURE I’ll end up getting a few more little things when I go to Target and Michaels on Sunday, but like I said earlier, when and if I do end up getting anything, I’ll show it to you guys on my social media so again, don’t forget to follow me on Instagram and Snapchat to see it! 🙂

I hope you guys enjoyed reading this post as much as I enjoyed writing and shopping for it! Look out for my next post coming on Sunday, because it’s going to be another little fun one! 😊

-Xoxo, LeoGirl ❤

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