5 Things I’ve Learned Since Giving up Meat

It’s now been a little over a year since I’ve given up meat and today happens to be World Vegetarian Day! Now, some may not consider me a vegetarian because I still eat seafood…so, I guess I’m really a pescatarian. No matter the title you wanna slap on me, I’ve learned a bunch this past year. If you’re considering giving up eating your four-legged friends, please keep on reading!

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“Mexican Pink”

In the mood for some delicious Mexican cuisine? With three locations in New York City (1st Ave, Lincoln Center and Union Square), Rosa Mexicano has a cool vibe, young crowd and great grub you have to try! This restaurant is not unique to New York City with various locationIMG_2933s including Miami, Boston and San Francisco.

I went with two of my friends, Sara and Kevin, on a Saturday night at the Union Square location. The interior is warm and colorful, with “dramatic architectural details such as cascading water walls against vibrant purples, pinks, reds and oranges.” With our reservation in place and time to spare, we each grabbed a delicious glass of sangria at the bar. (All of the drinks folks ordered looked colorful and delicious, so I wouldn’t hesitate to try something new if you go!)

After grabbing our table, we quickly put in an order of the infamous table-side guacamole.

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Preparing fresh Guacamole!

 Kevin immediately attempted to eat the entire bowl…


The guac was served with warm tortilla chips and two dipping sauces. None of us really liked the dark sauce which Kevin said tasted “like leather.” Sara and I laughed… but after tasting it for ourselves we agreed leather was the only comparable adjective to describe it hah – but the green sauce was flavorful and spicy. The overall winner was the guac itself though. Plenty for three people to share – we were already full after that.

For dinner, Sara and I got the Baja Tacos served with Elotes — E-what?! ELOTES! Aka grilled Mexican street corn. We couldn’t figure out if the corn was smothered in butter or something else, but either way it was GOOD. I may have to say the corn was better than the actual fish tacos. And I’m pretty indifferent about corn. That good.

“When I saw them bringing it [our entrees] to the table, I thought it was a kid’s meal. It looked too cute to be ours.” – Sara

“Looks like a lunch box.” – Kevin

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Baja Tacos & Elote

Kevin went with our waiters recommendation of Budín de Pollo which is essentially a dish with layered tortillas and chicken. It was really good and came with various sides as well.

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Colorful food is the BEST food. (note how completely empty that guac bowl is…we’re savages.)

Fun Fact: Rosa Mexicano is not named after a Mexican woman named Rosa…if that were the case the name would be Rosa Mexicana. Rather, the name comes from the actual color, Mexican Pink, which is described as “an exciting combination of blue, red, and white. It is different from other pinks and very difficult to achieve outside of the particular luminosity of Mexico.”

Spread kindness and cheer, xo
Jackie

Tasty Truffle Tots

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If you find yourself on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, I suggest you venture to a place on Ludlow St. called Hotel Chantelle. It is not a hotel…and I don’t know who Chantelle is…but I do know this place has delicious food with a lovely rooftop atmosphere – perfect for the summer!
I went with my friend Kayleigh and we ended up ordering the same things! Fish tacos and truffle DSCN0971tator tots — the fish tacos were so so tasty! As for the truffle tots…they tasted delicious, obviously because they’re tator tots, but I think the folks just put ‘truffle’ in front of it so they can tack on $5 to the price. 

I’ve only been for the food, but apparently this non-hotel ‘hotel’ is pretty awesome come nighttime. According to their website:

Below Hotel Chantelle lies, a London-based, high-energy nightclub inspired by the bonbonniere Faberge egg which represents a timeless and enchanted experience unlike any other in New York’s Lower East Side.

I’m so intrigued by this ‘bonbonniere Faberge egg’ business…I’ll be back, Chantelle! 

Spread kindness and cheer, xo
Jackie