Weekend at New Jersey & New York

I had a really nice time in New York and New Jersey this weekend. The weekend was filled with wonderful company, yummy food, a fabulous Broadway musical, shopping, and a reality TV character sighting…

Do you know the TV show Say Yes to the Dress? My friend Denise is getting married so we went with her to Kleinfeld’s as she tried on wedding gowns, and we met Randy from the show! Randy was so nice and sweet, and he looks a little bit like Bruce Jenner.

say yes to the dress

that’s me, Randy (we’re close – first name basis), the bride-to-be Denise, and Sabs

My friends and I did some good eating this weekend: our first meal in New York was at DB Bistro. I’ve been there before with my parents, and I loved the DB burger so I ordered that again:

DB burger

sirloin burger stuffed with braised ribs and foie gras

stuffed burger

yup, you read that right: stuffed with braised beef AND FOIE GRAS

Daniel Boulud knows what he is doing: that burger was worth every dollar (it was $32, which makes the Craigie burger seem cheap). The burger was very round, almost like a tennis-ball sized meatball. It was juicy and meaty, and very, very filling – I hardly got through two-thirds of it, and I didn’t even eat the parmesan bun.  I don’t go around regularly eating $32 burgers, so I think this was a worthy splurge. I highly recommend it, especially if you like burgers. And braised beef. And foie gras. I like all three, separately or together.

Then we were off to New Jersey! I’ve never been to Jersey and don’t know much about it (except from what I watch from The Real Housewives of New Jersey – hah) but ever since my good friend GP moved there, I’ve been wanting to visit. We ended up just staying in Jersey City for a fun BBQ, and then hung out a little bit in Seacacus.

jersey city

I wanted proof that I went to Jersey City

But before we headed over to New Jersey, we stopped by Crumbs Bake Shop to pick up some goodies for the BBQ party we were attending there:


I’ve heard many good things about Crumbs cupcakes so I was excited to try one


they had a dizzying array of cupcakes on display

sea salt caramel

this was calling my name… until I saw the calorie count.

I had to say no to the cupcake. Well, I said no to the cupcake above. But the next day, I said yes to the cupcakes below:

baked by melissa

itty-bitty teeny-weeny

These tiny Baked by Melissa cupcakes are adorable! They are ridiculously cute, and highly addictive. Especially with flavors like (clockwise from top left) Peanut Butter and Jelly, Cookies and Cream, Peanut Butter Cup, Red Velvet, Smores, and Cookie Dough.

smore cupcake

it’s about a third of a “regular” mini cupcake

In New York, we also had an awesome brunch at Essex in the Lower East Side:


it was very chic and New York-y

Essex was named as one of the Top Three All-You-Can-Drink Brunches in New York so all you-can-drink we did (actually, I’m a bit of a lightweight when it comes to alcohol, so I capped myself at two mimosas, and they were two very good mimosas). I had the Aristocrat plate: salad greens with a potato pancake, topped with house-cured salmon gravlax, salmon caviar & poached eggs.


photo from Jaunted

The main reason for our weekend trip was to catch Promises Promises on Broadway, so we saved that activity for last. The show stars Sean Hayes (Jack from Will & Grace) and Kristin Chenoweth. It was such a merry, entertaining show – you can’t go wrong with Burt Bacharach.

promises promises

I love Broadway musicals

Overall, I had a very fun, laughing-so-hard-till-my-cheeks-hurt kind of weekend. I hope you all had a fantastic weekend as well!


11 Responses to “Weekend at New Jersey & New York”

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    MelissaNibbles posted August 17, 2010 at 5:49 am

    I love Kristen! Did you hear she’s getting her own tv show from the creator of Glee?! Too much.

    Looks like such a great day. You do such an amazing job at balancing your eats. Give me lessons!

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    Michelle posted August 17, 2010 at 8:49 am

    Just when I thought I was in heaven with the foie gras stuffed burger, you had me drooling over the poached eggs with caviar. It looks like you had a wonderful weekend!

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    Daisy posted August 17, 2010 at 9:29 am

    You ate possibly the most incredible, amazing, mouth watering foods this weekend. I love that you found a burger more expensive than Craigie’s. ;) Essex looks like so much fun. I probably couldn’t drink more than 2 mimosas in one sitting either.

    Adam’s sister was filmed for Say Yes to the Dress! She got both her dresses at Klienfields!! They kept saying her show was gonna air in the spring, and then she never heard from the producers again wityh a set date or anything. Really kind of odd! Hey at least she got some amazing dresses.

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    Sues posted August 17, 2010 at 10:25 am

    Awww that looks like SO much fun!! And that burger??? I MUST have it immediately!!! WOW. I’ve never heard of such an amazing thing!

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    Heather (Heather's Dish) posted August 17, 2010 at 11:15 am

    i LOVE randy! how cool that you got to meet him :) and i want everything that you ate…holy yum!

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    Corinne posted August 17, 2010 at 11:44 am

    Do NOT believe what you hear or see about NJ from those housewives or those shore goers who are actually from NY. (I am from northern NJ and I have Jersey pride ha!) Will your friend be on the show Say Yes to the Dress??! I LOVE Randy, what a fun person to meet! Glad you enjoyed your trip :)

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    Becky posted August 17, 2010 at 1:37 pm

    I love NYC and Broadway shows! I’ve been to a few and it’s always a special experience. I want to go to every place in this post – Kleinfeld’s and Crumbs!

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    Di posted August 18, 2010 at 9:51 am

    Those cupcakes look delicious!

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    Dana posted August 18, 2010 at 12:00 pm

    hey Bianca…. glad you liked my blog!! looks like you had a great time in NYC! I loved Promises Promises, too…. it’s Sean Hayes so adorable?!?

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    Liz @ Blog is the New Black posted August 18, 2010 at 2:16 pm

    Those cupcakes look SOOOOO good.

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    Megan posted August 19, 2010 at 1:52 pm

    That burger looks and sounds incredible! It’s going on my must-have-someday list! And those fries look really good too. I wouldn’t have passed up that sea salt cupcake no matter how many calories. :)

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