salted caramel hot chocolate –shake shack

Can’t stop, won’t atop loving the shack. Did you know during winter Shake Shack serves hot chocolate? It’s made with bittersweet dark chocolates, caramel sauce, sea salt, and milk. I’m shocked that I enjoyed it because normally dark chocolate repels me but the hot chocolate from Shake Shack tasted like a rich, salty, liquified hershey bar. And Shake Shack brought back the crinkle fries! I hated the fresh cut fries Shake Shack introduced this summer. There’s nothing better than the crinkle fries covered with cheese.

Shake shack salted caramel hot chocolate Here’s 27 places around the world to drink the best hot chocolate.

And here’s 12 places in NYC to try hot chocolate this winter.

Check out the full Shake Shack menu here.

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almost thanksgiving (stuff and things)

I can almost taste the turkey now. I had a Thanksgiving croissant from Momofuku Milk Bar last week and it’s made me eager for the real thing. Here is some stuff and some things.

1. These people are already lined up for Black Friday deals, gross.

2. S’well bottles. They keep your drinks cold for 24 hours and hot for 12. I love this purple one. I’m going to buy one and take it with me everywhere. Hot for 12 hours!

swell bottle

3. Alec Baldwin is now a relationship expert and he offers advice out of the back of a taxi. The show is called Love Ride; it’s funny, it’s cute, and there are two episodes so far.

4. Turkey socks, cotton candy socks, sushi socks, fish & chips socks,  and my favorite, donut socks!

donut socks-- AsosSushi socks-- Asos

 

 

 

 

 

 

5. An entire tumblr dedicated to stripes. I want it all.

6. I can’t wait to see Selma. It’s already getting Oscar buzz.

7. A stroganoff burger? Hmm…

8. On the street with Bill Cunningham photographing the Thanksgiving season.

9. Food Porn Daily. You won’t be able to stop clicking through the pics.

10. I saw someone walking around the city in these sneakers and now I must have them. Here, and here.

11. The Bud Light “Up for Whatever” commercials are pretty cool.

12. For the lazy (me), 18 recipes  you can make with frozen waffles.

13. Have a happy Thanksgiving!

*For the record, none of these companies have any idea who I am. I just think the products are neat.

city bakery

City Bakery is chaos. It’s a large space with two floors for seating and it takes a keen eye to find an empty space. I walked into City Bakery and expected to be blown away by the hot chocolate. During February there are lines out the door for City Bakery’s Hot Chocolate Festival and It’s been called the best in the city over and over again but I do not agree. Yes the hot chocolate is thick and the homemade marshmallow is delightful but the hot chocolate is too bitter for my taste. I suspect it’s made with dark chocolate, (which I detest) but if dark chocolate is your thing you’ll like this.

city bakeryBut the pretzel croissant is the best! The crust is crunchy and salty (like a pretzel obviously), and the inside is butter soft.

city bakery hot chocolateHere’s a behind the scenes video about how pretzel croissants are made. Pay particular attention to how much butter is beaten into the dough. As City Bakery owner Maury Rubin says, ” a textbook croissant is half butter.”

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oatmeals

I’m woking on healthier eating. Just kidding, I eat what I want. But I assume eating is healthier than my usual combination of burgers, fried chicken, and fries— even if it is strawberry shortcake oatmeal. OatMeals is such a neat concept; non-boring oatmeal. At OatMeals, you can create your own dish from a ridiculous amount of ingredients like chocolate chips or manchego cheese. Or you can choose a signature bowl like my strawberry shortcake oatmeal.

Strawberry Shortcake OatmealIt’s made with graham cracker cookies, fresh strawberries, strawberry jam, vanilla and brown sugar, and whipped cream. It was warm and comforting on a cold, rainy, and dreary day in New York. Add OatMeals to your list favorite places to go when the weather is cold and terrible. It’ll make you feel better.

Strawberry Shortcake oatmealCheck out the full OatMeals menu here.

OatMeals on Urbanspoon

winter (stuff and things)

1. Well it’s now cold. Shoot me. In Georgia, it rarely dips below the 30′s and that is a beautiful thing. You would think someone who hates winter wouldn’t have chosen to go to law school in Ohio and choose to live in New York but hey we all make crazy choices.

2. A mini Fresh Prince of Bel air reunion.

3. Thanksgiving ice cream flavors from Salt and Straw. I want to try Salted Caramel Thanksgiving Turkey. Why am I not in California or Portland? Bonus, Emily from Cupcakes and Cashmere got to create her own flavor, jealous.

4. L.L. Bean Boots

I will probably own the bean boots for 20+ years. I’ve read all of the internet that people have had their bean boots since the 70s and 80′s and they are still going strong.They are warm, rain and snow proof, and come in a couple different sizes and colors. I chose the classic 6 inch tan and brown boots but they offer 8 in boots and slippers too. If you’re interested in bean boots buy a pair within the next couple of weeks because they’re always sold out by the beginning of winter.

5. This is Life with Lisa Ling . I love this show. Every episode is a one hour documentary. You should watch the Sugar Baby episode.

6. Ugg Boots

I love my Uggs and I don’t care that they aren’t fashionable because they are warm as hell and extremely comfortable. I didn’t go for the popular chunky Uggs that most you’re used to seeing. I chose thinner Ugg boots that still have the warm shearling on the soles, but are not bulky. My boots are from last season but herehere, and here are similar non-bulky styles.

7. Patagonia Better sweater coat. I get compliments on this all the time. It works great on it’s own when the weather is 40 degrees and above. Here, or here.


8. Every few months I try to ween myself off of sod and fail. Here are 9 artisanal flavors that I need to try. Rose lemonade soda?

9. The cast of Hey Arnold all grown up.

10. Sushi bento iPhone case and wristlet and purse and iPad air case.

11. All my winter clothes are officially out of storage!

* As usual, none of these companies know who I am. I just think the products are neat.

egg shop nyc

It’s been a long time since I’ve treated myself to good brunch but most of the good places only serve brunch on the weekends and it’s so much effort to wake up early and wait an hour (or more, NYC is crazy about brunch!) for a table. But luckily I chose a restaurant that serves breakfast/brunch food all day. To start, I had a spicy bacon salt rimmed bloody mary. Can you see the flecks of bacon? They made for a nice aroma every time I took a sip.

bacon salt bloody mary- Egg shop nycThen I order the Egg Shop B.E.C., an updated bacon egg and chess sandwich made of bacon, tomato jam, Shelburne cheddar, picked jalapeños and a single runny egg. I don’t know what Shelburne cheddar is, but it made the sandwich for me. It was sharp but not too much so. And the tomato jam mixed with the jalapeño was sweet sweet and spicy perfection. I wish I had ordered their fried chicken too. Oh well, next time.

eggshop BEC sandwich

I stole this pic from EATER because mine turned out blurry

Check out the full Egg Shop NYC menu here.

Egg Shop on Urbanspoon

tasty dumpling

I want to find out who has the best dumplings in Chinatown so every few weeks I pick a place and review. Today’s pick was Tasty Dumpling on Mulberry Street. It’s a newer and more modern establishment than Prosperity Dumpling, tables for seating instead of a small bar.

Tasty DumplingAt Tasty Dumpling, five fried pork and chive dumplings are $1.25 ($1 for 4 at Prosperity). And aside from that the only thing that separates it from Prosperity Dumpling is that the meat was more juicy. Which, of course is a good thing.

Tasty DumplingSide note, why does every Dumpling place in the city serve watered down Sriracha?

Tasty Dumpling

Check out the full Tasty Dumpling menu here.

 

Tasty Dumpling on Urbanspoon

hey hey hey (stuff and things)

1. At Qdoba, there is no extra charge for guacamole. Your move Chipotle.

2. The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies trailer just made me feel all the feels. Someone let me know how I can get invited to a movie premiere.

3. I can pretend I’m a ballerina in these comfy ballet flats.

pink ballet flats- urban outfitters

4.  Sriracha you can take with you everywhere. And it’s refillable.

Sriracha to Go

 5. Hands free dunking for Oreo lovers…and people who love unnecessary gadgets.

6. I tried the new Pumpkin Spice Latte burger from Umami Burger, and it was surprisingly good. Read about it here.

7. Seen in the Financial District. This is how we stop Ebola.

8. Food themed iPhone cases. If I didn’t fear for the life of my iphone without an Otterbox protecting it, I would choose this ice cream sandwich case.

Ice cream sandwich iPhone case

9. Like I need another coat, but this one is everything.

Madewell quilted down coat

 10. The first episode of the new season of Comedians in Cars getting Coffee with Kevin Hart.

 

* As usual, none of these companies know who I am. I just think the products are neat.

how I passed the bar

Take everything I’m about to say with a grain of salt because we all learn differently and have different study methods. This is just what worked for me.

1. I deleted my Facebook account one week after graduation. And wow, you do not realize how much time you’ve wasted on Facebook until it’s gone. It took about two weeks to kill the habit of logging into Facebook as soon as I open my computer but now I don’t miss it. Every so often I’ll ask my friends if anything interesting has happened to anyone we know. Most of the time the answer is no or so and so got engaged/married. About a month ago I created a new account but I have yet to friend anyone. I do not feel the need.

2. I rationed my fun. There are 1000 fun things to do in New York City during the summer and several times I felt the urge to drop my books and explore but the bar is something I only wanted to suffer through once so I picked one (or two if I was feeling especially stir crazy) fun thing to during the week to keep me sane.  One time I watched the world cup on the big screen outside of the Humphrey Hotel. It’s so much more fun watching a game with a bunch of rabid fans.

3. I used a bar prep course. The big three bar review courses are Barbri, Kaplan, and Themis. I used Barbri (no, this is not an advertisement for Barbri) but if you google “bar prep course” dozens more options come up. I don’t know anyone who studied without a course, but I know a lot of people who used Kaplan or Themis and passed. Anyway do your homework and figure out which course is right for you. But whatever you do, don’t pay the sticker price. Negotiate with them. We’re lawyers for goodness sake.

4. For the most part I stuck with the plan Barbri gave me. Barbri gives you an insanely detailed schedule of which videos you’re supposed to watch and what subjects you are supposed to review each day. By the time it was bar exam day I had done 75% of the Barbri suggested material and I passed. Some of my friends did less and still passed.

I passed the bar!

5. I made flash cards for nearly every subject. Yes it was pain to get them done in the beginning but in the final weeks before the bar I was happy that I could flip through notecards instead of multiple outlines.


6. I got off my butt and went to the lectures. All the bar review courses give you the option of watching a lecture at home on your computer or going to a designated location and watching the lectures in a classroom. I chose the latter. The lectures are extremely boring and I knew that if I watched them at home I would get lazy and pause the videos multiple times and take extra long breaks. Going to the classes kept me on track but perhaps you are more disciplined.

7. I didn’t use a study group. I like to talk, and I get distracted easily so I studied on my own. But I had a couple friends taking the New York Bar too and we texted questions back and forth.

8. I liked reading bar exam tweets. Somehow it calmed me to know everyone else felt as unsure about passing as I felt.

9. I rewarded myself. On the weekends I picked a library in the city located near an eatery I wanted to try. If I reached my study goal for the day, I got to go to Doughnut Plant. If not, I ate no treats. It worked for me.

Like I said, this is just what worked for me but I hope it helps someone. Also, walking out of the bar exam feeling like you failed is normal. That’s how 99.9% of people feel when they’re done.