Tip: Eat at Egg Shop This Weekend

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Egg Shop is my kind of restaurant, and not just because most of the menu items feature eggs. It’s small and brightly lit inside, and you can see right into the kitchen so you know exactly where your food is coming from. It’s got a chill, fun vibe and the waitresses are all super friendly. When you ask for tap water, they bring you a jug of water infused with lemon and mint, and when you don’t know what to order because everything looks too darn delicious, they help you make the best decision.

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I’ve been meaning to try Egg Shop for a while so I’m happy I finally ended up going there this week. My husband and I started with a biscuit for our appetizer. It was gigantic and definitely big enough for both of us. Oh, and it was amazing. Perfectly light and fluffy on the inside and a nicely crispy on the outside. And it was served with a hunk of soft butter that was drizzled with honey. So basically it was perfect.

For main course, I ordered the El Camino Grande big bowl which consisted of poached eggs, avocado, pulled pork carnitas, yellow tomato, fried tortilla strips and cilantro. I ultimately chose that because a.) I’ve been on a Mexican food kick for about three years now, and b.) I couldn’t turn it down after the waitress told me how the chef slow roasts the pork all day in all kinds of delicious spices. Here’s what the dish looked like:

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My husband had the Egg Shop Bap–Sunny side up eggs with fried chicken, sesame rice, avocado, cucumber, carrot, radish, scallion, cilantro, and chili paste. This was an awesome combination too, and you know what? The fried chicken was some of the best I’ve ever eaten. And I’ve been to Nashville! Here it is:

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Overall our meal was eggcellent. (Sorry, had to.) And the restaurant’s vibe was super laid back and relaxed. Anyway, if you live in NYC or even if you’re just visiting you have to go to Egg Shop.

Egg Shop
151 Elizabeth Street, between Kenmare and Broome
http://www.eggshopnyc.com/

Shoe of the Summer: Gladiator Sandals

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Before Valentino featured gladiator sandals on his Spring/Summer 2015 catwalk, they were a favorite of Carly Simon–in the 1960s. That’s my favorite thing about old trends, they never really leave us. Even when they spiral out of fashion, they are destined to make a comeback.

In the late 60s and early 70s, gladiator sandals were the perfect match for mod girls and hippies alike. They disappeared in the 80s and 90s, and made a brief comeback in the late 2000s before vanishing in the wake of Birkenstock-inspired sandals. Featured in Spring/Summer 2015 collections of Valentino and Chloe, among others, the strappy style is now flying off shelves at Barneys and Bergdorf, poised to take the throne as the shoe of the summer.

Beauty Product Review: Shu Uemura Touch of Gloss Brilliant Melt-In Wax

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Oh to have hair that cooperates! Strands that are defined yet soft, and unbelievably shiny seem like their impossible to obtain–but they’re not. Shu Uemura’s Touch of Gloss Brilliant Melt-In Styling Wax tames and smooths air dried hair, and revitalizes hair that was styled the day before. I just recently discovered it, and I cannot wait to tell you all about. So please keep reading!

Product: Shu Uemura Touch of Gloss Brilliant Melt-In Wax
Details: A low-hold, strand-defining styling balm with shimmery, light-reflecting mica minerals to make hair look shiny all day long.   
Price:
$38
Pros:
The wax is infused with silvery flecks of mica minerals that make my hair appear shiny. It’s sticky when I squeeze it into the palm of my half, but the stickiness goes away when I rub my hands together and run them through my hair. The product is enriched with rose sakura essence and other minerals extracted from Japanese cherry blossom trees. The floral scent is sweet, light, feminine, and so heavenly! The end result is amazing smelling hair that is glossy and soft with ends that look refreshed and defined. 
Con:
I wish the price wasn’t so high.
Final Say:
I use this product to tame and smooth my slightly frizzy air dried hair when I don’t feel like blow drying that day, or as an energy-boost for hair that I styled the day before. In both instances, it makes my hair look fresh and shiny. (Note, I don’t use it when I’m blow drying because I’d rather use a heat protectant.) I’m not sure what I did before this product. Please try it and let me know what you think! P.S. A little goes a long way–I have below-the-shoulder-length hair and use only a pea-sized amount each time. 
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Trending: Floral Shoes

Spring in Your Step

I know the saying talks about showers, but I like the idea of April flowers much more! #tuesdayshoesday

Shop the look here:

  1. Seychelles Haunt Flats in fuschia floral, $80. piperlime.com
  2. Nine West Tatiana Pump in Red Multi, $79. zappos.com
  3. Nicholas Kirkwood Laser-Cut Cork and Faille Pumps, $720. netaporter.com
  4. Ivanka Trump Tadora Ballet Flat, $135. nordstrom.com
  5. Marc Jacobs Floral Pumps, $398. lordandtaylor.com
  6. Charlotte Olympia Rosario Floral Flat Sandal, $795. neimanmarcus.com
  7. Tabitha Simmons Valentina Floral Leather Pumps, $775. shop.harpersbazaar.com
  8. Dolce & Gabbana Floral-Brocade Peep-Toe Sandals, $475. netaporter.com
  9. Pierre Hardy Lilly Floral-Cutout Bootie, $1175. neimanmarcus.com

Marta: Pizza and Pretty Plates in NYC

Pizza1Above, Marta’s beautiful blue-and-white plates and spicy, Rapini pizza.

Everyone’s been talking about Marta, so when I finally managed to get a reservation there at a decent time I jumped on it. The restaurant is located in the grand, white-tiled lobby of the Martha Washington Hotel, a brightly-lit, soaring space with stark white tiles and ceilings so high they make you forget you’re in the New York City.

When we sat down at our table, the first thing I noticed were the plates. I know it sounds crazy but days later I am still obsessed with them. They’re painted with swirly blue designs and remind me that plates don’t always have to be boring ol’ white. (Something that even I tend to forget.)

Aside from the pretty plates, my other favorite thing about Marta was *duh* the pizzas. They’re cooked in one of two columnar, black-tiled, wood-burning pizza ovens. For me, the magic is in the crust. It’s super thin and so satisfyingly crispy. It isn’t soggy in the center, nor does it get weighed down by its generous toppings. In other words, it’s perfect.

After studying the menu we had a hard time deciding which two pies to split. Did we want mushrooms or sausage, squid-ink or tomato sauce? We finally decided on the Amatriciana, a fun take on the popular Roman, tomato-based sauce with pecorino, guanciale, onion, and chili, and the Rapini, pictured above. The Amatriciana was delicious in its meat-infused tomato-y-ness, but the Rapini won me over. It had an interesting base of sharp, aged provolone and creamy ricotta cheeses, and was topped with charred, bitter broccoli rabe, roasted garlic, and pickled, red chili peppers that added a wonderfully tart-yet-spicy flavor to the party.

Overall, the restaurant’s vibe was uplifting and the service very friendly. My only regret was that we didn’t request a seat at the counter overlooking the kitchen and pizza ovens. I won’t make that mistake next time though!