A Fresh Take on Juice: Haute Eats


non-alcoholic watermelon mimosa in Bali

Regular juice has not really been my thing for a long while, except for the occasional mimosa at brunch.  However, I have recently discovered a love for fresh juice concoctions, though not the price of buying them.  So I employed my old juicer (though you can use your favorite smoothie maker too) to get my fix.  Also, juicing is a great way to use up your veggies and fruits, so you don’t have to waste them.  I had the watermelon mimosa (above) in Bali, and could not get enough, so I thought I would share the recipe for you, along with some other goodies I have been mixing up.

Fresh Watermelon Mimosa (non-alcoholic)

The easiest and tastiest fresh blend I have tried this year!

  • 1/2 cup watermelon, cubed (retain the juice)
  • 3 – 5 mint leaves, torn and bruised (mashed in the cup)
  • soda water to fill
  • fresh lime

Combine all the ingredients in a glass (including any watermelon juice), and squeeze a bit or more of the lime in, smash a bit, and stir.  This is a sweet treat with no added sugar, and is so easy to make.  If you want to make it an adult cocktail, feel free to add some white rum or vodka, but this is just as good without. Serve with a spoon to grab all the watermelon goodness.


Forrest Green Juice

Note:  This juice get’s its name cause of the dark blackberries which make the green spinach look like an evergreen forrest.  You will need a juicer to make this juice, but it can be blended into a smoothie if you like the pulp.

  • 2 handfuls of spinach (or can use kale if you prefer)
  • 1 handful blackberries
  • 2 stalks celery
  • 2 carrots
  • 1/2 lemon
  • 1 handful parsley
  • coconut water

Juice the fruits, veggies and herbs, and mix with a bit of coconut water for added hydration and sweetness.  This drink is a green powerhouse, even with it’s dark demeanor.


Green Pomegranate 

Celery tones down the tart pomegranate in this awesome juice.  You will need a juicer to make this juice, but it can be blended into a smoothie if you like the pulp.

  • 1/2 pomegranate (seeded)
  • 2 handfuls spinach or kale
  • 1 celery stalk
  • 1 medium cucumber (peeled if not organic)
  • 1/2 orange (for extra sweetness)

Juice the fruits and veggies and enjoy!


Grapefruit, basil rickey (non-alcoholic)

A great juice for the citrus lover, and for those not into the green movement! Sugar and salt tone down the tart grapefruit.

  • One medium grapefruit
  • 2 – 3 basil leaves
  • 1 tsp. coconut sugar (or whatever you prefer to sweeten)
  • pinch of salt
  • soda water to fill
  • ice (optional)

Scoop out the pulp of a grapefruit, and squeeze the juice.  Add both to a tall glass, along with some of your favorite sweetener and a pinch of salt.  Tear up some basil, and add it to the glass, and lightly smash with a spoon.  Top it off with soda water, and ice if you want.  Stir and enjoy. (Add vodka for the adult version if you please)

Hope you enjoy these fresh and haute juices, a great addition to any day!

Haute Happenings in NYC: Restaurant Week and more

NYCGO.com is featuring some splendid deals for the best cultural and epicurial deals in January and February, including my favorite (Restarant Week), as well as Broadway and Off-Broadway week.  Checkout the website for all the details!

Restaurant Week (Jan 14 – Feb 8) features 3 course lunches for $25, and dinners for $38 at some of NY’s hottest restaurants. This is a great time to get out and try a haute spot you have been wanting to try!

Broadway Week (Jan 22 – Feb 2) features tickets to the hottest shows, including “The Heiress” and “Once”, at 2-for-1 prices.  I snagged tickets to see “Nice Work if you Can Get It” with Matthew Broderick for a cool $56 a pop.  A must do for any Broadway lover!

Off-Broadway Week (Jan 28 – Feb 10) showcases some cool Off-Broadway hits, like Avenue Q (also a favorite) at 2-for-1 ticket prices.  Be sure to take a look and grab the haute seats you are looking for.

Tickets and reservations are going really fast so check them out today!



photo from www.nycgo.com

Haute Eats: Morimoto in NYC, a delicious culinary experience

I recently visited Morimoto in NYC’s Chelsea neighborhood (morimotorestaurant.com), and was so excited by the had there.  It is a fantastic spot located in Chelsea, with a huge building, original artwork (sustainable too), and a sleek and modern design.  I was excited by the look and feel, and was definitely enthralled by the original glass (made of glass bottles) lighting in the space.

When it came to the meal, there are certain parts of it which I find especially memorable.  First off, the tuna pizza.  What can I say about this, but magnifico!  They basically take tuna tartar and elevate it to an Italian style pizza experience, by placing it on a thin sheet of flour tortilla (baked crisp), and adding a drizzle of aioli, with tomatos and olives, and cilantro for a bite.  It’s an awesome mix of japanese meets italian, and is a must try at Morimoto. 

I also loved the traditional Japanese tofu, made fresh at your table. This was the first time I have seen tofu made, and it was cool to watch our waiter pour “magic water” into a hot soy mixture, cover and serve 10 minutes later.  What I liked best was the mushroom broth and crunchy rice to mix in, a blend of flavors which was unique and very tasty. Honestly, I dream of eating this again soon!

For dinner we had a few of the fresh seafood catches, including the miso black cod and a special halibut dish for the evening.  I liked the appetizers more than the entrees I think, but I would goback for both, and hope to soon.

Besides eating at an Iron Chef’s restaurant, this experience is sure to provide you with an amazing NY dining experience as well!


bottle lighting – photo from aiany.com