Engagement + Wedding @NoLita

We finally chose our engagement and wedding rings :-) @christineheartmont wanted a simple ring, since we are such a young couple (23 & 24). I finally got around to taking a photo of both. The marriage is next week, but I couldn't help showing both now. She was shy about making an announcement, but here it is.

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Korean Bulgogi @NoLita

@christineheartmont made a Korean specialty dish called Bulgogi. It's beef grass-fed organic tenderloin marinated in soy sauce, sesame oil, ginger, chopped green onions, one sweet onion, Asian pears, ginger, garlic, salt + pepper, and probably more... It should marinade overnight to tenderize the meat and intensify the flavor. The smell is delicious while cooking!! It was accompanied by brown short grain rice, a light cucumber salad, and a seaweed side. The bottle on the right is called Bokbunja, which is Korean wine made from wild forest berries.

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Unfiltered + Unpasteurized Beer @Paulaner

RESTAURANT: Paulaner

RATING: 5/5 - Great food + amazing beer

Bratwurst + Sauerkraut
Cucumber Salad
Medium Lager

Unfiltered and unpasteurized beer is really hard to find, apparently, as @christineheartmont says. The heat from pasteurization kills the bacteria and kills the flavor. We stumbled across this little place in Bowery and didn't really expect much from the minimalistic exterior. THE FOOD IS AMAZING. This is probably one of my favorite places I've experienced so far - Such an authentic German feeling to the food and beer :-)

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Celebrating the 100K Instagram Mark @Sakagura

RESTAURANT: Sakagura

RATING: 4/5 - Good food and very good service

Satoimo Iridashi: Taro Potato, Eggplant and Shiitake Mushrooms Fried in Lightly Battered Broth
Jidori Shioyaki: Grilled Organic Free Range Chicken Served with Sea Salt and "Yuzu" Citrus Pepper
Gomoku Kinpira: Julienned Japanese Vegetables and Beef Sauteéd in Sesame Oil [ Served Cold
Kuro Edamame: Gourmet " Black" Soy Beans Boiled and sprinkled with Salt
Green Tea Ice-cream with cracker

I had my eye on 100K for a while now, and as the numbers went up I told @christineheartmont that we would go to a special place to celebrate. This hidden Japanese sake restaurant in Midtown East usually has a one-week wait list. The small specialized dishes are something uncommon in NYC - Sushi dominates this scene. If you want something different from the usual sushi or ramen, come here for a huge sake selection and juicy plates.

Fruity sake served in a fancy square glass.

Fruity sake served in a fancy square glass.

Squid with brushed marinade.

Squid with brushed marinade.

Grilled chicken.

Grilled chicken.

Green Tea Ice-cream.

Green Tea Ice-cream.

"Cook For Me..." @christineheartmont

My fiancée thinks aloud, "You would think Oliver Heartmont is a decent chef, considering that a passion for travel usually has somewhat of a strong correlation with interest in cuisines." But the words "Cook for me" comes out around my friends (and now girlfriend) who have shown visible talents in the kitchen. Christine is an awesome chef who entertains my Whole Foods and Eataly obsession--as long as she gets her white wine fix at Bowery Spirits. Today was a relaxing Sunday in our Mulberry Street apartment ;)

Popular Salad in our Mulberry St. Apartment: Baby kale, Tomatoes, Red onion, Cucumber, Yellow bell pepper, Dash of oil, Balsamic vinaigrette, One squeezed lemon

Popular Salad in our Mulberry St. Apartment: Baby kale, Tomatoes, Red onion, Cucumber, Yellow bell pepper, Dash of oil, Balsamic vinaigrette, One squeezed lemon

Drink of Choice: Don Julio Reposado + Orange Mango Juice + Cranberry Juice (Shaken) | Main Course: Shell pasta with Homemade Tomato & Basil Meat Sauce :)

Drink of Choice: Don Julio Reposado + Orange Mango Juice + Cranberry Juice (Shaken) | Main Course: Shell pasta with Homemade Tomato & Basil Meat Sauce :)

Saturday Night @DBGB Kitchen & Bar

Tonight's dinner was fantastic! I was always curious to try this place, given it's a few blocks from me... But we all know how that goes: it looks enticing, it's full of people, food has good reviews, and you always say "Next time." The menu: East + West Coast oysters (@christineheartmont prefers WC), Toscane Sausage & a delicious hamburger. RECOMMENDED: Gin-based Gimlet with a splash of St. Germaine liquer... with @christineheartmont

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Benedict + Florentine @BreadNoLita

Brunch?! On Sunday?! Never... Making reservations in prime downtown restaurants for this coveted hour is like a bloodbath, but we somehow caught a comfy window seat at Bread, NoLita. Two hours later, some good catch-up time with an old friend and my weekend is complete. Not to mention my cute ladylove.. with @christineheartmont