EATS (A new category)

What a refreshing way to start a relaxing meal: Gold Coin cocktail from @gabrielkreuther. Under "Bright & Floral" on the cocktail menu, the mix of Aria Portland Gin, Mandarin and Cinnamon flavors are truly refreshing. Beware of its almost totally non-aFirst of all, let me warn you that I am just your every day restaurant diner.  I am by no means claiming myself to be a foodie although, if that is defined as someone who loves food, then I am one.  As a home cook, I’ve always been proud of having a discerning palate, so much so that I can replicate dishes based on taste.  And having been raised on my mom’s superb cooking, I tend to be discriminating with quality.  I’ve had the chance to eat and dine at some of the nicer restaurants in my decade or so stay in the big apple, add to that the other places I’ve visited, so I think I know good service and good food when I see it.

As the blog says, I’m just another shopper.  So in a restaurant, I’m just your average diner. Just so we don’t stray, I’m going to rate our “Eats” on

  1. Ambiance and general appeal. What differentiates this place ?
  2. Menu.  What do they offer?
  3. Customer service.  How was the service?
  4. Food.  How good or how bad?
  5. Beverages. Special drinks?
  6. Bang for your buck.  Was it worth the money?
  7. Social Media Savvy.  Do they have a digital presence?
  8. GothamChick Recommends.. or not.  Would I go back and eat there again?

I’m not going to give grades.  I like you or I don’t.  Or okay, I might somewhat like you.  There are enough sites on the net with all the ratings and reviews, and I will try and make this as truthful to my personal experience as possible.  Again, I’m just your average diner.

Each dining experience I choose to write about is like a story that unfolds as I enter the restaurant, and ends when I walk out the door.  (Unless, of course, the food does things to my stomach which might mean the experience stays with me a tad longer.)  I have been fortunate to have had some remarkable food experiences in the last 6 months, and I have a ton to catch up on.

EATS will not just be about restaurants but food in general.  It’s about your average cafe or maybe the hottest buzz in restaurants in town.  It’s about places and food I experience.  While that kind of limits where we go, you can be sure you will get a good sense of actually being in that restaurant or tasting that cake or sippin that brew when you come and sit with me here in this space.

Right now, I’m making a ranking of my favorite almond croissant.  Guess who wins in my book?

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Starting the year right

Rain over nYCI originally conceptualized this blog way back in 2015, but a lot has happened since, and I’m bopping myself in the head for letting this opportunity lie dormant here.  So I’m starting the year right by reviving this space, just as I’m trying to get more active with its matching Instagram and Twitter accounts.

In the meantime, I’m a ways behind in writing about the things I’ve been tweeting and posting on Instagram and I’m trying to play catch up.

I’m hoping to write more here and eventually find this space doing what it was meant to do from the very start, which is to share with fellow shoppers and consumers like myself ideas, deals and product reviews.  I’ve always found other people’s input and reviews of services or products I seek.

Sometimes I discover a new shop or treat or even a new brand of lip balm that really works for me, and I’m thinking it’s something worth sharing.  There have also been many instances when I had found an advertorial recommendation from a magazine, website or tweet or Instagram post that gave me something that proved useful.

The deal is to provide an honest and unbiased endorsement where called for, and to give fair warning where it is necessary.

I’m one of those consumers who takes the time to write reviews and who also reads reviews of products, places, or services.  I think our appreciation or dissatisfaction should be communicated to others so they may benefit from the kudos or the warning, whichever the case may be.

As a New Yorker, I find that there are many things to explore and discover here, and I think that alone makes this space relevant.

Watch out for IG posts with #gothamchickrecommends, and Tweets under my accounts with the same.  Here’s to shopping and more…