Dinner at Da Franco & Tony

A while back on Instagram (like maybe a year ago-ish), I shared a picture of my go-to dish at Da Franco & Tony Ristorante – garganelli alla norma. On my most recent trip there a couple weeks ago, I realized that I never posted about this amazing restaurant here on the blog, so here we go.

A coworker had actually recommended this hidden gem, so when my friends and I needed a place that was close to work, we decided to check it out.

The. Customer. Service! This place hands down, has the best customer service I’ve ever experienced at a restaurant. From the moment you enter, you’re greeted and seated immediately.

Every time I’ve been, they have an impressive list of daily specials and of course I love that they’re super knowledgable about their wine.

They have a pretty extensive menu and there’s definitely something for everyone. Despite all of the amazing specials and delicious, as previously mentioned, I always go for the garganelli alla norma, a pasta dish with fresh tomato sauce, mozzarella, and eggplant. I had it the first time we came here and I’ve had it every time since. One day I promise I’ll order something else, but in the mean time…

I’m one of these people that never orders dessert (I know…like, I’m just full…) but somehow, I always end up splitting dessert with one of my friends here. The thing is, they bring out a tray with all of the desserts, and it gets us every time. Last time, I went with the creme brûlée cheesecake, which I’ve never seen anywhere else. While it didn’t have the exact crunch of creme brûlée, it was still really good.

Honestly, this place is perfect for any occasion and is the exact sort of local gem that got me started with this whole blogging thing in the first place. So do yourself a favor and head over asap.

 

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Feast of St. Theresa

This past week St. Theresa’s Church hosted their 17th annual Feast of St. Theresa street fair. Featuring all the hallmarks of a trusty New York City street carnival zeppole & fried oreo stand, gyro stand, ferris wheel, rigged games, jewelry vendors, and um, did I mention food? Isn’t that the main reason we go to street fairs and carnivals – to stuff our faces with an assortment of fried goods? Yum.

As long as its been going on, this was really only my first  official time going to the feast (I passed through it briefly a few years ago.) It’s certainly small, only a few blocks long and there were probably only 2-3 adult-friendly rides, but I’m sure if I were twenty years younger OR 7 years younger -( there were a LOT of teens there), I would’ve had the time of my life. But, I had a good time nonetheless. The feast lasts five days and is mostly people in the neighborhood. Plus, it is super easy to get to – take 6 to Buhre Ave. and walk up one block (on Edison) to St. Theresa. Bam. Done.

Oh! Before I forget, there was a special guest (whether this was planned or not, I don’t know) when I went Wednesday night – former MTA Chairman and current Republican Mayoral Candidate, Joe Lhota. I have absolutely no intensions of voting for him, but I kind of appreciate that he was there. Though if he didn’t want to draw any attention, he wouldn’t have had some poor intern carrying a sign that said “Joe Lhota for Mayor 2013″….. anyway.

As always, check out some photos I took while I was there.

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Going Natural: Bella Bath & Body Boutique

Did you know that there is not one Bath and Body Works or The Body Shop in the Bronx? (To be fair, according to The Body Shop’s website, they claim they have a branch in the Sephora in the Bay Plaza JC Penney). Regardless, neither of them carry solely natural and organic products. Stop schlepping downtown or to Westchester for your bath and body needs because Bella Bath and Body Boutique in Pelham Bay has what you need.

The bright and cozy shop carries a variety of soaps, candles, sugar scrubs, and body washes. They even have the curly hair line Beautiful Curls by Alaffia. Other brands lining the shelves include Pangea, Cake, and Simplicity.

The boutique’s owner was helpful and extremely knowledgeable about the products. Bella Bath & Body is a wonderful and much needed addition to the borough. It’s the perfect go-to spot to gather up some great, affordable gifts for the holidays (there are even prewrapped sets for last minute presents). They also sell gift cards in case you’re not sure what to get someone.

Go  out and support your local Bronx businesses this holiday season!

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