Bar Bites at Morton’s, New York

Steakhouse NYC apps

Awhile ago Kiyo and I had some deal, per usual (I don’t remember if it was Groupon or HowAboutWe or something else) for Morton’s near my office. We sat in the bar / lounge area, which had a good amount of space for a New York City establishment. We didn’t feel cramped or too close to other people, which was nice, as we enjoyed a strong cocktail.

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Kiyo and I shared two bar bites, which start at only $6 and are surprisingly large, so a great value. We had the house-made potato chips with blue cheese dressing and the petite filet mignon sandwiches with mustard mayonnaise (I assume this is a mixture of mustard and mayo, not sure why they don’t just add an “and” between the two). Both dishes were simple yet wonderfully executed, and were cute little riffs on your standard steakhouse meat and potatoes. The chips were totally addicting and we ate all of them, but they would be good to split between four people. The meat was super tender and flavorful; the overall quality and flavor were uncompromising, and yet for very little money we were both totally stuffed and satisfied.

Morton’s The Steakhouse

Address: 551 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10017 Phone: 212-972-3315

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The Counter, New York

The Counter NYC

I’ve written about the chain restaurant The Counter before, but that was the Hawaii version. Since I’m a sucker for saving money / deals / free things, when I found out you could get a free order of french fries by signing up to be on “The List,” their membership / rewards program, we decided to sign up and eat some fries. The plate was massive and the fries were really good. I like them thin like this. Despite the greasy goodness, The Counter can actually be a really good, reliable option for a healthy lunch or dinner. This is because their menu is create-your-own, so you can go as caloric and heavy, or light and healthy as you like.

The Counter NYC

For example, I ordered a grilled chicken “burger” on an English muffin with alfalfa sprouts, spinach, aioli and some sort of sauce (chutney?) on the side. You can also get the burgers on top of salads if you’re gluten-free, or on a gluten-free bun. It’s not the healthiest meal I’ve ever eaten but compared to a Shake Shack burger or its equivalent (which is amazingly delicious, I’m not denying that), this is a great option. And since the combinations are limitless, you can go to The Counter every so often and never get bored with it. If you’re going to eat at a chain, The Counter is one of your best options.

The Counter Times Square

Open: Every day 11:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.

Address: 1451 Broadway, New York, NY 10036 Phone:(212) 997-6801

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GIVEAWAY – Farmer’s Garden™ Pickles by Vlasic®

Vlasic Farmers Garden Pickles

Pickles are the best snack. Think about it: they’re salty and crunchy, and cucumbers have almost no calories. Recently I tried the new Vlasic Farmer’s Garden pickles. Actually, I put them in the fridge right before my trip to Norway and Sweden, and by the time I came home, Kiyo had eaten almost the whole jar! Luckily there were a few left so I still got to try them.

Vlasic Farmers Pickles

These pickles are heated before they’re packed, which means that they conveniently don’t need to be refrigerated until after you open the jar. It also means that the pickles themselves are much softer than unheated versions. These Kosher Dill Spears include some garlic, red bell pepper and carrots, which was fun since there was more variety. I usually prefer unheated pickles since they’re crunchier, but the flavor of these was really delicious and I enjoyed them just as much. The acidity of the vinegar was a bit subdued which was nice. It allowed me to eat more than one without a salt and vinegar overdose. My favorite part was eating the whole garlic cloves.

Vlasic sent me some coupons, which means I’m going to do my first-ever giveaway… If you’re a pickle fan, enter to win!

TWO WAYS TO WIN:

 (do both and be entered twice!)

  1. Follow me on Twitter: @ValerieBrett and tweet me what you’re snacking on, with #farmersgarden
  2. Follow me on Instagram: @eyechow and leave a comment on your favorite picture

I’ll pick one winner on Monday, September 16 at 8 PM EST so you have until then to enter. Good luck!

Chloe’s Soft Serve Fruit, New York

Chloe's Healthy Soft Serve

My friend Jenna told me about Chloe’s soft serve so when Kiyo and I saw a Howaboutwe deal for it, we bought it right away.

Chloe's Fruit Soft Serve Ice Cream

Their “soft serve ice cream” is actually gluten, dairy and fat-free, and is made with only fruit, water and a touch of cane sugar. I actually had a similar idea when I made banana “ice cream” with my juicer. Kiyo had blueberry and strawberry with pretzels, blueberries and pomegranate seeds on top. I had mango and blueberry with dark chocolate chips, white chocolate chunks and pomegranate seeds on top.

Chloe's Healthy Fruit Soft Serve

It was absolutely delicious and just as satisfying as real soft serve. I am a huge fan of frozen treats (ice cream in any form is my favorite dessert right after cookies) and I take it very seriously, so I really mean it when I say you should swap out your next dessert for Chloe’s. You also will feel so much lighter and healthier afterwards!

Chloe’s Soft Serve Fruit Co. 

Location: 25 E 17th St. New York, NY 10003 Phone: (212) 675-0550

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What I Ate Wednesday: New York & Astoria

Usually my WIAW posts are days I’m most proud of. Today I’d like to confess share with you what I ate last Wednesday, as proof that I’m not always so healthy. Since I hadn’t planned on sharing, I only have one picture from the day but I’ll throw in some product shots so that you get the idea.

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Since I was running late, breakfast was one Honolulu Cookie Company chocolate-dipped shortbread cookie my mom sent from Hawaii.

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I also had a medium coffee with cream and stevia from Dunkin Donuts (they’d sent me a coupon for a free drink for my birthday; how could I resist a free coffee?).

Yo Art NYC

I brought a healthy whole-wheat tortilla with almond butter and homemade jelly to work for lunch, but I didn’t eat it because when I got in, I realized my Groupon for Yo Art at The Plaza expired that day, so I had to use it. This is the only picture I actually took last Wednesday, and I took it because I was thinking, wow, I can’t believe I’m eating pure sugar for lunch, this must be documented! Obviously I could’ve had some self-restraint but I allowed myself to go overboard on the toppings/chocolate (so typical!) since I was having a rough week.

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When I got home we didn’t have anything fresh in our fridge so Kiyo and I made Annie’s mac & cheese for dinner. I don’t really see how it could be a “good source of protein” as the box claims, but I sure hope it was since by this point I’d pretty much only ingested sugar and fat.

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