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NYC Restaurant Week 2014: Fig and Olive Midtown East Review

The Food and Drinks

Think food indulgence. Clean and simple presentation with wholesome Mediterranean flavor.  All dishes are cooked in olive oil and you’ll be served 3 types of olive oil from different regions with the bread.  From the bread to the dessert everything was superb.

NYC Restaurant Week Dinner Menu

Appetizer: Truffle Mushroom Croquette
Cremini mushroom, parmesan, béchamel and Truffle Olive Oil aioli.

fig and olive Truffle Mushroom Croquette
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Entree: Petit Filet Mignon
Painted Hills Farm 8oz grass-fed beef marinated with rosemary, thyme, garlic, haricot vert, caramelized shallot, olive oil chive mashed potato – Arbequina Olive Oil Béarnaise.

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Cocktail 1: Cane Raspberry Mojito
10 Cane Rum, raspberry puree, fresh mint & lime juice topped with club soda.

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Cocktail 1:  Fig & Walnut Julep
Bourbon, St.Germain, Port, muddled black mission figs.

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Dessert: Chocolate Pot De Creme
Crunchy praline financiers & vanilla cream


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The Service

We were greeted nicely and even though I arrived 10 minutes late we were seated promptly. I was glad because there was line of walk-ins hoping for a table. Our food came timely, empty plates removed promptly, silverware replaced and water refilled.  Everything was impeccable.

Our waiter was great and very attentive. I asked for my filet mignon medium-well however it came out well-done.  I mentioned this to my friend and the waiter who happen to be nearby must have overheard because seconds later he came by to offer to replace it.  This was honestly fantastic service because I didn’t have to ask, he came to me which eliminates the awkwardness.  I didn’t want to wait so I didn’t send it back.

The Ambiance

Candle lit, romantic and sophisticated.  Request a seat upstairs or the back of the room.

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Photo Credit: Fig & Olive Yelp

Hope you enjoyed this post and found it useful.

Xo, Lucky


Lucky Seven Ten Liebster Award Nominees (Part 3)

I was nominated by High Heels and Grits for a Liebster Award and now is my turn to pass it on.

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And my Liebster Blog Award nominees are:

1. A Makeup Blogger
SharlenesMua,  this beauty is definitely one to watch for makeup tips.  Her makeup is gorgeous and her blog is easy on the eyes.

SharlenesMua - Copy SharlenesMuablog

2. A Fashion Blogger
MashElle, because it is only a matter of seconds before this beauty blows up.  Her style is very feminine, practical and accessible.

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 3. A Lifestyle – Local NYC Blogger (and Japan)
Urban Inspirations NYC, because an urban eclectic Latina will take you for a ride and open up your mind.
Urban Inspiration NYC

Urban Inspiration NYC blog

4. A Humorous Blog 
New York Cliche, because a funny blonde is a double edge sword.  You have to love a woman (or man) with a sense of humor.

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5. A Male Blogger
In Haute Pursuit because this guy will keep me up to date with top-notch, best of best male grooming products for my fiance.

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6.  A Beautiful Blog
Netherleigh, because sometimes you just want to escape the clutter, stop thinking and look at beautiful pictures.



7. The Traveler
The Wanderlust Entries, because who doesn’t want to see the world through a pretty blog.



  1.  The Pastry Chef
    Alison Olivia, because life can never be too sweet.  Recipes, pretty please.



9.  The Jesus Lover 
Briony SkerJance, because I need me some Jesus lover with a pretty blog in my life.

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10.  The Poet
Clever Carousel Co, because wise words can change and inspire the mind.

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11.  FoodPorn Photo Blog
NYC Best Eats, OK so I cheat a bit here but this new Instagram photo blog is an amazing resource to finding good NYC restaurants and food.  They don’t yet have a website but I would imagine they will soon.  I find this one very useful and the pictures are delish.

NYC Best Eats


I select YOU for a Liebster Award because it is obvious that you have taken the time to create and share something beautiful, useful and inspirational.

Now you must pass it on by following these rules:


11 Questions for you:

  1. What inspired you to blog?
  2. What are the top 5 bloggers you follow?
  3. What is your favorite place?  (that you have been to)
  4. Where will you travel to next?
  5. Something not many people know about you.
  6. Your last meal or restaurant on earth.
  7. When was the last time you tried something new?
  8. What/who makes you smile?
  9. Can you describe your life in a six-word sentence?
  10. What is your greatest fear?
  11. What is your number one goal in the next six months?

You can read about my nomination here

And my 11 randoms facts + answers to High Heels and Grits questions here

I can’t wait to read your entries!






Lucky Seven Ten – Liebster Award Nominees (Part 2)

Last Sunday High Heels and Grits gave Lucky Seven Ten a Liebster Award.   This award is passed on from bloggers to new bloggers that inspire them and have less than 200 followers.

Now is my turn to do the following:  

  • Post 11 random things about myself.
  • Answering Rachel’s 11 questions.
  • Nominate 11 new blogs/bloggers with <200 followers that I’m inspired by.
  • Ask my nominees 11 questions.


11 Random Things About Me  

  1. I’m engaged to an God-sent amazing man.
  2. I was born in Dominican Republic & have lived in NYC since age 9.
  3. I have dual citizenship – Dominican & American.
  4. I was raised Roman Catholic but as an adult decided that becoming a non-denominational Christian was better suited to my beliefs and got baptized on the beach.
  5. I love to travel and Barcelona is one gorgeous city I would live in.
  6. As a kid I loved this song which talks about wanting to have 1 million friends (but I would picture  having 1 million friends around the world that I can visit when I travel).
  7. I have a large mole in between my nose and lips that I often contemplate removing but can’t get myself to do it.
  8. I have a lot close friends and most are females.
  9. I love coffee.  Homemade black Bustelo brewed on a greca.
  10. I have an Associates degree in Marketing and Bachelors in Business Management & Finance.
  11. I was extremely shy an introverted but I’m more an extrovert now.

11 Questions from High Heels and Grits‘ Rachel to me

  1.  What has been the biggest success in your life so far?
    Being in tune with myself. Knowing, loving and accepting who I am.
  2. What has been your biggest failure?
    No failures, I call them learning experiences. One that lingered for a long time was the poor financial decisions I made after being laid off due to the Global Financial Crisis and 2008-2009 Stock Market Crash.   Now I’m all about budgeting and conscious spending. But, I think in general I’ve done what I can in the situations I’ve been placed.
  3. What has been your biggest blogging success?
    I just started the Lucky Seven Ten blog about a month ago, but prior this, I started a blog project giving small businesses Marketing and Public Relations advice.  I didn’t get to blog as much but I did offer free consultations for a while and worked with non profit organizations.  I did about 10-15 marketing consultations and I was very proud of the positive feedback I received from my clients.  Most small business have no clue about marketing strategy and how it all works so they were grateful for the information I provided.
  4. What was your biggest blogging failure?
    Not continuing to blog for small businesses.   I have the knowledge and ideas that I know many small business can benefit from but I simply don’t have the time to commit to that type of project right now.  Lucky Seven Ten is completely for leisure and a creative outlet.
  5. Are you an only child, the oldest, middle or youngest child?
    Oldest of my mom and middle of my dad.  My father had a son prior to marrying my mom.
  6. Where do you wish you were living?
    Somewhere with no long harsh winters. A little chill is nice for a couple weeks but in NYC winter tends to over extend its stay. I’ve grown into it but last year I worked by the water and the winner kicked my b*tt.
  7. Not to be morbid, but where do you want to live your last day on this earth?
    A place free of injustices and oppression. Where all citizens live peacefully and in harmony with each other, but that might be reserved for heaven ::sigh::
  8. What is your favorite board game?
    It used to be monopoly although I was just an average player. Charades is a fun game to play in groups.
  9. What do you just LOVE about yourself?
    When I have a goal in sight there is no giving up.  But I really have to believe that this is what I want and that it is worth the time and patience I will need to invest in it.
  10. What do you just LOVE about mankind?
    That we are works of God and He makes no mistakes. The human body alone is so complex and amazing. Sometimes I picture God working on nature, making new creatures and keeping us in awe of all his amazing creation.   I also think that collectively we reflect a tiny peace of God – we are artist, architects, doctors, healers, etc.
  11. Which of your blog posts should we visit?
    The about me section.

And now my 11 nominees listed here.




Lucky Seven Ten – Liebster Award (Part 1)


About a week after I got back from the cruise I landed a new job.  So far I’m very happy there and feel blessed to have been introduced to this opportunity by a good friend. But as with a new job, I have a lot to learn so I’ve been working very looooong hours.

Lucky Seven Ten has since taken a back sit to my bread and butter and I have about 10 blog post sitting on draft.  Considering I don’t  have a large audience yet I haven’t been exactly super motivated to come home after a long tiresome day to work on my blog uncertain if anyone is even reading it. (Sorry for the lack of faith guys!)

But then something really cool happened last Sunday.  Rachel from High Heels & Grits posted on my page that she nominates me for the Liebster Blog Award. This award is passed on from bloggers to new bloggers that inspire them and have less than 200 followers.

I was so happy when I read this.  I thought wow somebody is actually reading my blog and not only is she reading it but she loves it.  I was ignited.  I think it’s so awesome that someone likes my blog even though I’ve only written two blog posts. As a blogger, you truly never know who you are inspiring.  If just one person likes what I’m putting out there I’m happy.

The Liebster Blog Award’s origin is unknown and the rules seem to have change over time but here is what I will be doing:

  • Posting 11 random things about myself here.
  • Answering Rachel’s 11 questions here.
  • Nominating 11 new blogs/bloggers with <200 followers that I’m inspired by here.
  • Asking my nominees 11 questions here.

So I thank this beautiful soul for nominating me and here are my nominees.



My Picks: H&M Labor day deals starting at $4.95

H&M is having a labor day sale with items starting at $4.95.   The selection is not huge but I was still able to find some really cute  Fall weekend pieces and under garments.   My 6 pieces came to a total of $87.65 including tax and shipping.    That’s about $13.60  per item (including a biker jacket) + tax and shipping… a total steal!

H&M Labor Day Sale 2014 - Sales Starting at $4.95Here are my picks with description:

#1 – H&M Gray fine-knit sweater with heart patterns Sale $9.95
Relaxed fit sweater with a wide neckline.  100% cotton.  Machine wash warm. Article No. 48-6048

H&M Gray Fine-knit Sweater with hearts - Article No. 48-6048

#2 – H&M Black Biker Jacket Sale $39.95
Biker jacket in imitation leather with quilted details. Concealed zip and snap fasteners at front, side pockets with zip, and zip at cuffs. Lined. 100% polyester. Machine wash cold. Art.No. 48-7062.

H&M Biker Imitation Leather Jacket - Black - Art.No. 48-7062

#3 – H&M Light Blue Skinny Low Ankle Jeans Sale $12.95
&DENIM. 5-pocket, low-rise jeans in stretch denim. Ultra-slim, ankle-length legs. 2% spandex, 35% cotton, 35% lyocell, 28% polyester. Machine wash cold. Art. No. 48-5913

HM Light Demin Blue Skinny Low Ankle Jeans- Art. No. 48-5913

#4 –Dark BlueTube Scarf w/ Flower Print Sale$4.95
Tube scarf in a soft woven fabric with a printed pattern. 100% polyester. Machine wash cold. Art.No. 48-8137

HM black Tube Scarf in Woven Fabric

#5 and #6  –Super Push-up Bra in Black and Leopard Print Sale $4.95
Super push-up bra in microfiber and lace. Thickly padded underwire cups to maximize bust and cleavage. 20% spandex, 80% polyester. Hand wash cold. Art.No. 48-6171

HM Black Super Push-Up BraHM Leopard Print Super Push-Up Bra


Where you able to catch this sale? I’d love to see what you bought.  Leave a link to your blog or items below.





Royal Caribbean Majesty of the Seas Cruise Review This was our first cruise and it will definitely not be the last... we are hooked!  

We went on the Majesty of the Seas 4-night Bahama cruise from Miami with 2 stops in the Bahamas (Nassau and CocoCay) and 1 stop in Key West.  This ship was not the biggest, baddest or newest but it was a lot of fun and we loved it.  And did I mention we got engaged!!!  (video)

Everything was so organized and smooth sailing.  Every morning they would deliver the daily compass with itinerary information, activities and port information.  There was no waiting in lines, the staff was attentive  and overall an enjoyable experience.   So here is the breakdown of the trip:

The decor was not impressive and a bit outdated but overall very clean, well-kept and somewhat elegant in an old-school kind of way.  It provided plenty of elevated viewing areas for sunrises, sunsets and sail-away city views. It had two large salt-water swimming pools (one was 10 ft the other 2 ft), hot tubs, bars and DJ/music. I don’t know how to swim so I wish the height was a bit more scaled for pools however I still enjoyed being in the water. The ship had plenty of elevators, stairs and multiple lobbies per floor which made it easy to navigate and was free of crowded spaces. Tip: take glass elevators leading to the shopping area for a nice view of the interior.

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Photo Credit: AM Photo
We had a Superior Oceanview Suite and it was very comfortable. The room had a small closet and plenty of drawers. It also had a safe box, mini bar and cable TV.

The complimentary restaurants for breakfast, lunch and dinner were a self-serve buffet style for casual dining at Windjammer Café and a multi-course menu with waiter service at the two Main Dinning Rooms (each serving different menu options).  There was also a Deli (not sure about the hours), Sorrento’s Pizza available 24 hours and free room service before midnight.  For an extra fee you can get Johnny Rockets burgers (the guys put on a nice dance show!), gourmet coffee and gelato.

The food was neither excellent nor bad, I would say we were satisfied. The self-serve buffet was very efficient and convenient and so was the 24 hour pizza.  Fruits and vegetables were plentiful.  If you are a steak or seafood fan, the Main Dining Room always had steak and seafood options.  There was a formal night at the Main Dining Room for which you are expected to dress-up an although no enforced, most woman wore cocktail/evening dresses and man wore suits/business casual.  All dining rooms had water views which was nice add-on.

There were plenty of bars all around.  Some bartenders were very slow and looked tired and sometimes we were better off finding the cocktail server and going on about our business until they came back with our drinks.  We found that tipping the cocktail servers cash, as with any other establishment, kept the drinks coming.

There were many types of entertainment going around at every time. There was Karaoke every night, pool parties, very funny comedy shows and a special night for couples (that was a lot of fun!).  The rock climbing under the stars on the highest part of the ship was really nice (tons of little kids but go for it anyway).

Royal Caribbean - Majesty of the seas - Activities - Things to do

The liquor package is worth it if you are a heavy drinker. We bought the package and found ourselves drinking just to make it worth our spend.  I think next time we’ll put that money towards something more useful.  We only bought one package and shared it (meaning Antonio got me drinks on his card) and even between the two of us there were days we barely had anything to drink because we were off the boat.

The photo package seemed pricey considering we spent $250 on alcohol but  the pictures were good quality.  

Bring spending money! They had used Rolex watches for sale, jewelry, sunglasses, perfumes and ran deals/special discounts for each department on different days.  Purchases were tax-free and many stores automatically  added us to a raffle with each purchase.  I bought super cute bracelets and babe bought Michael Kors sunglasses.

Customer service was impressive… excellent all around.  The room attendant was very attentive and kept our room nice and tidy.

Below is a summary of the things we did on each stop.  I am the type to research and have a list of things to do prior to a trip but I didn’t do that this time.  And although there were things I wish I had done I found that going with the flow was freeing and refreshing.

Nassau (8 am – Midnight) 
The currency is at par with the dollar (1 Bahamian dollar = 1 American dollar) so you’re not getting any deal here.  The island was very safe and it seems that you can wander around without fear.  They warned us not to rent scooters since Bahamians drive on the left side so we took a taxi to cable beach at $5/pp.  Later on we realized that we can take a jitney bus for $1.25/pp so we did that on the way back to the ship (bus #10 will take you from the port to cabbage beach or cable beach).
  • Cable beach it is by far a better option than cabbage beach.  It was clean, beautiful and somewhat deserted which was great.  You can however still find vendors for para-sailing or jet ski.  We rented a jet-ski for 30 minutes for $60.  The only downside of this beach was not having many food options right on the beach.  According to our friend’s research Cabbage Beach is not as pleasant and is very crowded, but the upside is that it is closer to the port and you can easily find food vendors.
  • Atlantis is very close to this island (you can actually see it from the ship) but we chose not to go.
  • Places I would visit next time: Sandy Toes beach

cable beach - Nassau - Bahamas - Royal Caribbean - Majesty of the Seas


CocoCay (8 am – 5 pm)
This is a tiny private island owned by Royal Caribbean and here they organized a really nice BBQ for us at the beach. The beach was beautiful and clean. There were souvenir shops, a water park and other water activities going on.
CocoCay - Nassau - Bahamas - Royal Caribbean - Majesty of the Seas
Key West (10 am – 6 pm)
At key west we rented a scooter and that was A LOT of fun, I highly recommend doing this instead of the tour bus.  It’s a fairly small island and you can get around in just a few hours.
  • Sights to visit: 0 Mile, Southernmost Point in the US, Hemingway’s house and light house (all within walking distance of each other).
  • Beaches:  I highly recommend going to Salute! restaurant on the beach – this was located in the nicer part of the beach – great for pictures!  Too bad we couldn’t stay for sunset.
  • Next trip: Hunted House Tour (which we didn’t do).    
    Royal caribbean - Majesty of the seas- Key West Things to Do
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Hello World!

“No one can tell your story so tell it yourself.  No one can write your story so write it yourself.”


I came across this meme about writing and I think it’s the perfect introduction to this blog.  We all have a story to tell and experiences to share and what better way to do that than by keeping a journal.  Some journals are meant to be reserved for family and kept private but some are meant to be shared with the world for everyone to use.

This blog is my public journal and it was born out of desire to put my thoughts on paper, be useful and help others by sharing my experiences (you can read more about me here).

I will be blogging about:

  • Natural (mostly natural) beauty products reviews –This will include makeup, skin care, hair, perfumes, etc.  For the past 2 years I’ve switch to natural and organic products where ever possible but occasionally use products that deliver performance regardless of ingredients.
  • Food recipes, food products and restaurant reviews and food events –The recipes will mostly be curated from the internet with a few of my own, focused on easy to make, healthy/somewhat healthy and flavorful meals.  I will post restaurant reviews and invitations to local food events in NYC.
  • Travel/Vacations – I love to travel and hope to do a lot of that in the next couple of years.  I will be posting curated lists of things to do as well as providing personal reviews.
  • Local/NYC – Activities, restaurants and everyday interesting things related to NYC.
  • My wedding planning – I’m engaged!!! the love of my life proposed exactly a week ago on a cruise so I will definitely post interesting wedding related findings.
  • Deals, Promotions & Events – I will post these occasionally.
Im engaged!
I sent this picture to my closest friends to let them know I’m engaged.

This blog is a work in progress so the titles and topics may change over time, please be patient and feel free to email me at anytime.

Thanks for sticking around! :)


Lucky Les