So I have been sewing since I was 10.  I always added additions to my clothing and had a new hair piece in my hair.

The label is = V. Eschelle-Lievel


J and I at the Valedictorian medal presentation. I sketched this dress and sewed it from scratch at 17, also wearing it to prom.


Another way to wear the dress tying it in the back instead of the scarf look.

I met Pamela Dennis and showed her some of the hair pieces I created. In two weeks when she returns from traveling for her line I will be her assistant intern on the days that I do not work at the hospital! She said she might try to put my hair pieces in Bergdorf Goodman! I sold my last hair piece to a client that requested a special piece to match an outfit. I used the finest quality of jewels and silks and sold it for &115.00. I want to post pics but want my ideas to stay original.

Pamela rocks! Check her out>>> http://www.pameladennis.com/

The hippest celebrities wear her fine gowns! She is giving me her lavish left over trimmings and Swarovski crystals etc for my hair peices. I am going with her on Saturday March 6th to represent her brand at Bergdorf Goodman. She also has her designs at Barneys, Neiman Marcus, Saks, Harrods, and only the other finest.

I booked MEGU because I heard that Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart attended this restaurant in celebration the night Twilight New Moon hit theaters.  Since they discovered the restaurant from the grapevine I thought I would too.  I was so impressed with this restaurant I booked it again already for next week.

Here are my ratings:

Service: 9.5
I got 3 wine pairings with my 3 courses. Every time I finished each glass, they brought my next within seconds! It was very busy, yet they managed to make me and my guests feel attended to. The best service I ever had. They explained each meal while bringing out my selections and had my wine pairings on paper describing each of the origins.
Food: The main course was a 9.5, near perfection!
The other courses were generously portioned and fresh, as MEGU ships in their produce from Japan.
Decor: 8
Very elegant and perfect for the most exquisite and impressive date


Sauteed scallops with foie gras sauce
A good portion for an appetizer with a sauce that made me want to lick the plate!


Crispy “Kanzuri” shrimp
Very crunchy and juicy because it was fresh


Saki pairing that came with a paper listing the history of each


Kobe Beef “Kagero” Steak
I dreamed of this the morning after, I dreamed of this today. I have to go back.


Chef’s Omakase Sushi & Roll
The sushi was alright, but I was distracted by the Kobe Beef.


New York Cheesecake with my 3rd dessert wine Fox Run Port NV
Simple but good


The Buddha ice sculpture and floating rose petals were so beautiful to stare at while dining.


Marvelous decor and modern illusional art

So I got out of work at 4:00 instead of 7:00 because my work wanted to make sure everyone got home safe in the storm. But what do I do? I get CiCi and head to Central Park to go snow tubing!


This man let us borrow his inner tube. I could not get a picture of the hill we were about to fly down, but it was definitely steep with many hills. There were at least 80 people sledding down, which made it very difficult and dangerous for collisions. The first time Crista and I went down the hill, we almost hit a man walking his dog. He heard our shouts and dashed out of the way just in time.


Crista was amazed at all the snowballs and wanted a picture.


Someone made a tiny family of snowmen


This was the most peaceful moment both Crista and I have ever had. The snow was untouched and far from the path. We did not hear the city horns and yells. The snow fell so softly and the light made it glisten.

The most impressive snowman I have ever seen. It had eyebrows, hair, and chubby cheeks! I love discovering the creations people make after it snows.


Days later you still can enjoy the snowmen.


The next day Crista surprised me at work on my lunch break with food! We then walked to Central Park and ate it sitting at the Bethesda Fountain.


The beautiful over hanging trees

Amy came up with the idea of going to see Sleeping Beauty, the Ballet, at the Beautiful Lincoln Center. I recommended eating dessert first as one of my spots David Burke’s!

I love New York because of them!


BUTTERSCOTCH PANNA COTTA – crunchy meringue and curried gelé


SPICED COCONUT CAKE – spiked coconut cream, huckleberries and blackberry sorbet
A GaGa inspired cake


So I took this GaGa pic

Then we got hooked up:
I have been to David Burke’s Townhouse a handful of times and had just gone that week as well. They acknowledged that and brought out tiny treats for my friends and I to enjoy and admire.


Earlier I noticed the menu had changed and I was sad that the Citrus Panna Cotta was not on the list. I made a comment asking if it could be made and the waiter said it was only a temporary menu item. Then as a finale dish, they brought us each another free dessert. It was the one I had asked for; a gift from the chef they said! We were so full of sugar that night and enjoyed every minute of the detectable samples and jumped in a cab off to the ballet!


Outside Lincoln Center

So I picked this restaurant because it has been around for a while and has another establishment in Las Vegas at the Bellagio.  It was rated one of the most famous restaurants in the world. I went out with some close friends for a Valentines Dinner.

Here are my ratings:

Service: I was not happy with the service and I will not be rating this category
Food: 5
Decor: 6 There was cool umbrellas of different sizes on the roof along with an amazing wine display, but that did not entertain me as I waited hours for my food.

See below:

Sorry the pictures are poor, my camera did not take good pictures in the dim light


Yukon Gold Potato Gnocchi – escargot, pancetta, and arugula
I was excited that I finally got to eat escargot again! However, I was disappointed in the portion size.

Diver Sea Scallops – butternut squash purée, broccolini, and bacon jus
This really was more of an appetizer than a main course.


Chicken Confit “Diablo” – tarragon and mustard-crushed potato and watercress
Two of my friends got this course. We all agreed it was too salty to finish.


Monkfish Bouillabaisse – clams, mussels, and fennel
A water down version of creamy tomato soup


They did have a good selection of wine


Our final course (the Dessert) which I normally photo individually, but that sponge cake was not worth photographing.

Okay, so yes this was a negative blog post which is not normal for me, but I wanted to inform travelers of the city or locals of my experience. There are so many fabulous places New York has to offer I would not want you to waste a night and let New York not set the bar.
The service ruined the experience for all of us.  Yes, even Luby’s (a fast food cafeteria) has given me better service. Our plates sat in front of us for about 20 minutes before they were cleared between each course. We spent over 3 hours at that restaurant because they were so slow. They NEVER got the seating placement right when delivering our courses and even brought out the wrong orders and placed them at our table. That is not fine dining nor class. They just placed the food down in front of any one of us and then we had to shuffle the plates around to the right orderer. Yes, I understand it is Restaurant Week and we are getting a little break on the price, but a good restaurant always gives good service. This restaurant had so much hype about it but it really let me down. Five of us “fine dined” there and five of us will never return.


Entertaining ourselves on the ride to the bar


We were the only riders so we had a little fun

This was my second time to dine at David Burke Townhouse and just like the last time I was thrilled!
Service: 9 (The waiters are very concerned. One gasped at the thought of my roll being cold)
Food: 9.2 aaaamazing!!! highly recommend
Decor: 7 alice and wonderland like and then random other accents in the mix


CiCi met me for lunch on a Monday


PARFAIT OF BIG EYE TUNA & SALMON TARTARES – apples, pine nuts, hijiki and crème fraîche


PRETZEL CRUSTED CRAB CAKE & SWEET CHILI PRAWN – confit orange and poppy seed honey


GARGANELLI PASTA – oven dried tomatoes, bay scallops and arugula


SCOTTISH SALMON – horseradish crushed fingerlings and charred tomato coulis


ORANGE BLOSSOM PANNA COTTA – charred citrus fruits, chamomile and tangerine consommé
This dessert was the best I have ever had. The citrus juice was poured upon eating and took me to a tropical island. Literally so flavorful it was a meditative experience for me. The portions of food were just right that dessert was the finishing touch I craved. I am coming back for this time and time again!


WARM & CRISP APPLE TART – cider caramel and vanilla ice cream
I am not fond of apples and never really enjoyed apples in desserts, but this tart was another perfect dish. I would definitely come back and order this as well. The thin apple flake was so delicate and resembled a butterfly perched on top. When I ate this dessert I pictured it was winter in Colorado and I was in a cozy cabin miles away from anything and with no concept of time; like a child out of school in the summer. I was sipping hot chocolate and about to read a fiction novel as my grandmother brought me her most prized recipe of apple pie passed on from generation to generation and getting better each time. Haa Crista and I had fun enjoying the meals and especially the desserts as we made up these stories using our senses and our vivacious imagination.


We ❤ the glass blown balloons! Beautiful decorations.


The coat check lady gave us pralines for the road