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My Red Solo Cup: What the Lines Mean

Jun 13, 2012 Author: Katie Lara | Filed under: Food and Cocktails!

I found the lines on the Red Solo cup very useful! Am I the only one who didn't know this before?

What will you be using your Red Solo Cup for next?

The Liberty NYC: Finally a Fun Bar Near Penn Station, Madison Square Garden and Herald Square!

Jun 13, 2012 Author: Katie Lara | Filed under: 301, Food and Cocktails!, Intoxicology, Posts to Transfer, Restaurant Review

Yesterday I checked out the Liberty Bar on 35th Street between 5th and 6th. This is painfully close to my office so I was psyched when a cool bar finally emerged in the death trap of horribly annoying tourists that typically surround me. 

The Liberty is not just your average watering hole, they also serve haute bar food in addition to a large menu of classic cocktails. They also have a good wine selection that won't break the bank (They have a  Merlot for 8 and a Malbec for 9). Overall it is a great addition to the horrendous Herald Square nightmare. 

The space is open and airy with an enormous 34-foot bar at its hub. With old-fashion drinks a-plenty you'll certainly need some snacks. Luckily they have amazing options like tempura green beans with sriracha mayo, duck-fat fries (I didn't sample, obv), and the most amazing warm olives I've ever tasted. Perfect bar snacks! And when I'm not being healthy I am definitely coming back for the Grass-fed Organic Burger! YUM! I've been searching for grass-fed beef for a year! 

As far as Herald Square is concerned, give me The Liberty, or give me Death!


Credit-Crunch Dinner Party Dishes *Guest Post*

Jun 12, 2012 Author: Katie Lara | Filed under: Food and Cocktails!



In the current financial climate, with food costing more and more each month, people are less likely to splash out on a fancy, formal dinner party. Not all of us are able to afford the 'finest' range at our local stores and might have to opt for the 'basics' range in order to keep up with bills and rent.
If you love to cook and experiment with recipes, but quite often they include expensive ingredients, then you're in luck because this blog post will show you how you can be a creative chef and make your own delicious dinner party dishes without breaking the bank. With these money-saving recipes, there will be no need to dip into your savings or the money you've set aside this month to spend on games of cheeky bingo or a new dress.
Low Budget Starters
These recipes are very simple as well as cheap to prepare. Firstly, French Onion Soup served with melting Gruyere toast is a winter warming delight which is quick and cheap to make.
If you prefer to prepare your dishes in advance then why not try a summery pasta salad with grilled vegetables, lemon juice, olive oil and garlic! 
Stuffed mushrooms are cheap to make and can be filled with whatever you fancy, from Stilton and leek,
to Brie and pine nuts.
Cheap and Tasty Main Courses

Belly Pork is becoming more readily available and is great value, delicious and comes with a lot of crispy
crackling! Rather than serving with mashed potatoes, you can make the dish more fancy by making
gratinated potatoes instead .
For a more informal main course why not try Wheatballs in Spicy Tomato Sauce, a Veggie Curry Stew and Dumplings
or Spaghetti Vegan Bolognese? These are great budget meals which are really tasty and filling.
*This is a sponsored post and Smartypanties received compensation for writing it but all opinions herein are my own*

The Healthiest Options for Movie Theater Snacks! The Scary Truth About the Rest!

Jun 11, 2012 Author: Katie Lara | Filed under: Food and Cocktails!, Health


Headed to the movies this weekend to see that summer blockbuster and think about having some popcorn or treats is innocent snacking? According to celebrity nutritionist and author of The Beauty Detox Solution Kimberly Snyder, think again! As you’ll see below, these snacks can massively sabotage your weight loss efforts. Movie snacks are high in calories, bad fat, sodium and more.


Be sure to go to the movies after eating, so you are less tempted to binge. If you love your movie treats, carry in a bar of organic dark chocolate (at least 72% cacao) in your pocket or purse, so you can have a few squares, and not eat the expensive candy that is sold at the theaters.

Vegan Shop Up! My First Trip on the L Train!

Jun 10, 2012 Author: Katie Lara | Filed under: Food and Cocktails!, NYC Activities






Vegan Shop Up was so fun! Got to sample delish treats from 30 different Vegan vendors. Some of them were awful I must say and give vegan cooking a bad name but we found some amazing ones like Chickpea and Olive, and Heirloom Vegan Eatery. But yuck had some really icky nauseating vegan cake batter ice cream from Wink frozen desserts. Even the though of it conjures up nauseation. You live, you learn.

Seriously the Best Veggie Burger in History

Jun 10, 2012 Author: Katie Lara | Filed under: 301, Food and Cocktails!, Posts to Transfer

I had the immense pleasure of attending Vegan Shop Up today in BK. my first trip out there actually. The L train wasn’t so bad actually! I had my doubts though!

Anyway, I had the most amazing Veggie burger in the world. I swear to everyone it tastes exactly like a real burger. It even looked like one. They use beets and it looks like its medium rare! Then they topped it with Daiya cheese and pickled jalapeƱos. Absolute perfection.

You can find them at Smorgasborg in Williamsburg every Saturday this summer (except the next two weekends). Unbelievable. Well worth the trip! You can get two sliders for 12 bucks.

Unreal. My pic doesn’t do it justice. I got so excited to eat it that I forgot to capture it in all it’s glory before we demolished it.

For more information about Chickpea an Olive, check them out on

Shoshanna Sample Sale 2012

Jun 6, 2012 Author: Katie Lara | Filed under: Food and Cocktails!


Hit up the: Shoshanna Sample Sale and get up to 75% off dresses, swimwear and separates at the Shoshanna Sample Sale. Cash and credit cards accepted.

When: 6/20 – 6/21; W (10-6:30), Th (10-6)

Where: 231 West 39th Street Suite 422

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