#SCBDExclusive Last Minute Guide to #CincoDeMayo

scbdexclusive

Don’t feel like celebrating #CincoDeMayo at home this year? Here are some great options if you plan on going out!

Galli (45 Mercer St, NY) will be having $5 Margherita, Lili’s Curves:

lilis-curves

Ingredients:

  • two ounces of Esplon Silver
  • one ounce fresh lime
  • one ounce black pepper infused simple syrup
  • spoonful of purated strawberries
  • two dashes of orange bitters

Combine, mix, serve, and enjoy!

158036_233108973459865_597537696_n

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo or better yet Cinco de Derby at Jacques 1534 and enjoy $10 select cocktails including Fishermans Julep, El Diablo Loco, or Uptown at The Pitch & Fork with $10 Mint Juleps and Margaritas!

Come sit, relax, and sip on the rooftop at Social Bar & Grill they will have $20 Corona buckets & $5 Margaritas to celebrate.

Upper West side restaurant Amigos (2888 Broadway) is the perfect place to celebrate Cinco de Mayo with  your amigos! And there are more than enough options for every taste and mood: the Bull Dog, a frozen margarita with a Corona; the Mexi-Cali Lunazul tequila, Cointreau, and fresh lime juice; a Hot Tamale with Corralejo Reposado tequila, fresh jalepeno, lime juice, mango, and a chili salt rim; Los Amigos with El Mayor Plata tequila, Barenjager honey liqueur, and cinnamon orange garnish; and the El Gallo Avion Plata tequila, passion fruit liqueur, and lime juice.

Crystal Springs Resort (1 Wild Turkey Way, Hamburg, NJ) is celebrating Cinco de Mayo on Sunday May 5 with a free tequila tasting, a special Mexican-inspired menu and signature cocktails at Crystal Tavern.

From 1pm – 4pm, representatives from Patron tequila will be pouring free samples of Patron Silver, Reposado, Anejo, XO Café and Citronge, and giving away free gifts

All day, Crystal Tavern will serve special cocktails and a menu of Mexican favorites in addition to the regular a la carte menu. Cocktails ($12) include  Cilantro Julep Patron Anejo, fresh lime juice, pineapple juice, amber agave nectar and cilantro leaves; Ginger Lemon Spice Patron Silver, Patron Citronge, simple syrup, fresh ginger, fresh lemon juice, pineapple juice; Mexican Espresso Martini Patron XO Café Dark, Patron XO Café, espresso; Sweet Orange Patron Reposado, Cointreau, fresh lime juice, simple syrup, bitters; Pina Coronado Patron Silver, fresh lemon juice, pineapple juice, elderflower liqueur, vanilla/cinnamon syrup.

Cheers! Feliz Cinco de Mayo!

scbdteaser01

Spaghetti Squash Frittata

Hi readers!  I’m Marysa, your new recipe creator/provider here on Small Chick Big Deals.  I can’t wait to share my food creations with you.  While I was in college, I became really good at cooking healthy, filling, delicious meals while staying on a budget.  Now that I’ve graduated, I try to make things that can be easily modified for dietary restrictions or simply by using ingredients you already have at home.  A few things you should know about me: I put hot sauce on almost everything I eat and I love avocados.  😉

The first recipe I want to share with you is a “frittata” that I made for an annual New Year’s Day brunch with my family.  It’s a baked egg recipe filled with fresh veggies and delicious spices.  Don’t let that scare you, though!  I have step by step instructions (plus photos) for you to follow.

If you have never cooked a spaghetti squash, stay right here.  If you have cooked spaghetti squash, scroll down a bit.  I recommend cooking the spaghetti squash the day before making this.  Shred the entire thing and put it in a large tupperware in the fridge.  It makes the recipe a lot faster if you have the squash ready beforehand.

Cooking a spaghetti squash:

  • Using a sharp knife, stab the spaghetti squash a few times so that it can “breathe” while it’s cooking.
  • Place the spaghetti squash in a microwave for about 15 minutes
  • Slice it from top to bottom, let is sit open faced and cool a bit
  • Take a spoon and scoop out the nasty stuff that we won’t be eating
  • Then use a fork and start “shredding” the inside.  Notice how it becomes stringy like spaghetti?

IMG_4675IMG_4676IMG_4677

Ingredients:

  • 2.5 cups spaghetti squash
  • 3 cups chopped spinach
  • 2 whole zucchinis, grated
  • 5 eggs
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • pinch of basil
  • pinch of oregano
  • pinch of salt
  • pinch of pepper
  • 11 x 13 tray (approximate something close and you’ll be fine!)
  • mozzarella cheese (optional)

Instructions:

IMG_4679IMG_4680IMG_4681IMG_4682IMG_4686

  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.  Lightly grease your baking tray.
  • In a bowl, scramble your eggs.  Then add in spices.  Mix and set aside.
  • Grate your zucchinis while letting 1 tbsp of olive oil heat in a skillet.
  • In your skillet, “stir fry” your spinach and zucchini until the spinach is wilted.  It will shrink down A LOT…that’s okay!
  • Mix in your spaghetti squash so that the veggies are nice and tossed.
  • In a lightly greased tray, layer the bottom with your veggie mix.
  • Then, if you want to use mozzarella, add a light layer.
  • Add the rest of your veggies above the cheese.
  • Pour your egg mixture over the entire tray.  Do this slowly because it will take a few seconds to seep in.
  • If desired, add another layer of cheese.
  • Put it in the oven until the top is golden brown.  It will take about 30 minutes.  To make sure it’s cooked entirely, stick a toothpick in the middle of the frittata.  If it comes out clean, it’s done.

IMG_4691

Enjoy!

#SCBD Last Minute New Year’s Specials!

New Year’s Eve is quickly approaching and there are tons of places in the city where you can ring in 2013 this year. Whether you will be friends, family, or your other half, here are some specials in the city:
New Year’s Eve
River Park, Picture courtesy of YM Nation.com

River Park, Picture courtesy of YM Nation.com

450 East 29th Street
212.729.9790 
Hours: 5:30pm -7pm; 8:30pm – 10:30pm
Price: $85/first seating; $125/second seating
Riverpark will celebrate the new year with tasting menus and big-band music performed live by Gerar Carelli & his orchestra. Menu offerings will include smoked sturgeon carbonara with caviar, veal loin with sweetbread, cauliflower & black truffle and gingerbread baba au rhum.
DBGB, picture courtesy of NYCgo.com

DBGB, picture courtesy of NYCgo.com

299 Bowery Street (Houston)
212.933.5300 
Hours: 5pm-12am
Guests at DBGB can ring in the new year with a complimentary champagne toast while enjoying celebratory dishes such as oysters and whole roasted Amish chicken for two from chef Collins’ a la carte menu.
Telepan, picture courtesy of Travelsort.com

Telepan, picture courtesy of Travelsort.com

Telepan
72 West 69th Street (at Columbus Ave)
212.580.4300
Hours: 5pm-6:30pm; 7:30pm-8:30pm; 9pm-10:30pm
Price: $75/first seating; $95/ second seating; $125/third seating
Telepan will offer a festive three-course prix fixe menu from 5-6pm: great for dinner before going out to celebrate the New Year with friends. Then, from 7:30-8:30pm, guests can enjoy a four-course meal featuring caviar, black truffles and some Telepan favorites. To end the evening from 9 – 10:30pm, a celebratory Champagne toast accompanies the four-course dinner.

The Americano (518 West 27th Street, 212-525-0000) is holding a stylish New Year’s Eve party — the Masquerade Ball, complete with dinner and dancing. Guests are encouraged to wear black and white for the bash, which pays homage to the costume parties that were all the rage in France during the 15th century. The design of the restaurant perfectly embodies the party’s sleek theme: Black banquets give The Americano an air of sophistication, while high ceilings, large light fixtures and floor-to-ceiling windows accentuate the light-filled room. And The Americano’s New Year’s Eve tasting menu is just as stunning as the décor, featuring Executive Chef Joseph Buenconsejo’s exquisite French fare with a Latin flair.

The Americano, courtesy of number3mag.com

The Americano, courtesy of number3mag.com

Neely’s Barbecue Parlor (1125 First Avenue, 212-832-1551) on the Upper East Side will transform into a cabaret-meets-saloon, hosting a raucous Barbecue and Burlesque party with seatings at 6 pm, 8 pm and 10 pm. Expect skilled dancers clad in lace corsets, feathered boas and ostentatious make-up, Red Velvet Martinis, surround sound music blasting Big Bad Voodoo Daddy hits, the song “Lady Marmalade” and more, and an awesome barbecue buffet. Dining highlights include a house-smoked ham carved to order, smoked onion hush puppies, roasted corn arugula salad, peach cobbler and much more. And of course, a champagne toast at midnight.

Neely's BBQ Parlor, courtesy of Eater NY

Neely’s BBQ Parlor, courtesy of Eater NY

New Year’s Day
299 Bowery (Houston)
212.933.5300
Hours: 12pm-3pm; 5:30pm-11pm
Brunch and dinner will be offered on the first day of 2013. Guests can choose from the classic prix-fixe or a la carte brunch menu of specialties such as croque monsieur, warm ricotta crepes and eggs florentine. Those looking for a sweet finish to the meal can order pastry chef Mymi’s cafe gourmand selection, featuring one coffee drink or tea, a scoop of ice cream, sorbet or gelato and a pastry bite for $9.
DBGB, picture courtesy of NYCgo.com

DBGB, picture courtesy of NYCgo.com

China Latina (127 West 28th Street, NYC, 646-397-9881) will serve brunch featuring Executive Chef Julieta Ballesteros rendition of the ultimate hangover cure, Chilaquiles: Tortilla casserole, shredded chicken, tomatillo, red salsa, Chihuahua cheese, refried beans with 2 poached eggs ($16). You’ll also find dishes like Huevos Rancheros ($16) with pork belly and a Breakfast Quesadilla ($14) with both bacon and chorizo.

China Latina, courtesy of FriendsEat.com

China Latina, courtesy of FriendsEat.com

 Have fun and be safe ringing in 2013 wherever you will be!
Cheers!
Sara SCBD Logo Edited