Big Apple Birthday Weekend

14 Dec

Hello everyone! Hope everyone is doing super fabulous! I got back from NYC today and am trying to catch up on everything. Thankfully I cleaned my place before leaving so that is one less thing to worry about.

I got into JFK around 3P on Saturday bright-eyed and bushy-tailed and Mari was there to pick me up. She was gracious to host me for the weekend and I owe her a big thank you! It was cold but nothing unbearable but I was safe with packing layers and layers among clothes plus winter accessories. I just had a big purse and a carry on with me which is 99% of the time unheard of with me since I like to have options. But with it being winter and all, I took a couple of sweaters, one pair of sneakers and pair of boots.


The first place we went to was 5 Burros in Queens. I’ve been reading about this place on the blogs since the beginning of this year and it was one of the places I insisted on going to during my visit.

 I ordered a mango margarita and was hoping that I would get some cute, crawly, critter on my drink like I’ve seen in pictures.

The margarita was everything I hoped for and more. When I took the first sip, it was all tequila. That’s a good thing. When I pay for a drink at a restaurant, I want to taste the liquor. We were going out for drinks afterwards so I didn’t want to order anything too heavy but needed enough food in my tummy to get my drink on so I went with the grilled shrimp salad

Absolutely delicious. The only thing I could suggest was them taking the tails off. I hate when I forget to cut one off and spit spit goes the tail.

Me and Monique (Mo)

After that, we went to the bar to get some liquid goodies. Mari’s man was DJing that night and we found a table right near him. He was awesome! He played such a good mix of songs from current stuff (which I had to keep asking everyone at the table who sang it) to stuff from college, which made me super happy and giddy.

Mari brought her Crystal Light to mix with a shot of vodka and water. I absolutely love this idea and it’s a great alternative to calorie heavy, sugary drinks!


Mari, Missy, Monique and Me. Yay for blogger meetups!

Monique keeping dry at the bus stop.

The next morning I met up with Mo to take on the city!

First stop-Sugar Sweet Sunshine Bakery. Just typing that name out makes me smile. It’s becoming habit that anytime I visit a new place, I have to visit a cupcake place in the area. This can either be a really good or really bad thing. Probably really bad but I like to think really good.

I got an iced coffee (which didn’t even need Splenda added to it–unheard of!) and I got the Kissable Cupcake-peppermint chocolate with a buttercream frosting since mint + chocolate is my favorite combination out there. I saved it for a later time though since we had an agenda.

We split a Sexy Red Velvet Cupcake

Hello lover.

And we split a Chocolate Pudding. Mo was raving about their pudding and while I would never order pudding anywhere, it was delightful.

Not only was it chocolate pudding but it also had pieces of chocolate cake and frosting too. It was a chocolate party in my mouth. I may have moaned during a few bites because it was damn tasty. Too bad we couldn’t finish the whole thing. We let the sugar soak into our system and then went to…..



Well, you will have to stay tuned. This girl is super tired!


17 Responses to “Big Apple Birthday Weekend”

  1. dianacheung December 14, 2010 at 8:45 pm #

    you are a tease!! don’t worry Glenn and I visit tons of cupcake/bakery places when we are on vacay. he just left nyc and he went to crumbs, little red hen bakery, and momofuko. We need to travel together lady!! I can’t believe you had such a fun time with the nyc bloggerrrsssssssssssssssss. i swear they work for 5 burros. 🙂

    • simplyshaka December 15, 2010 at 9:15 pm #

      Pick a city! I want to try those two other cupcake places now boooo!! And I kinda think they secretly work for them as well 😉 It totally lived up to my expectations.

  2. Mari December 14, 2010 at 9:45 pm #

    I am glad you had a good time =) those cupcakes look divine…

  3. Nancy's Perfect 10 December 14, 2010 at 10:12 pm #

    Wow the food porn in this post is amazing!! Happy belated b-day 🙂

    • simplyshaka December 15, 2010 at 5:54 am #

      Thanks! And as for the food porn, that’s only the beginning!

  4. Amy @ Second City Randomness December 15, 2010 at 7:54 am #

    I was wondering if the non-blogging meant your birthday got the best of you! he he he…

    Have you ever had Portillo’s chocolate cake shake here in Chicago? If you like the pudding, this would probably rock your world. Just sayin’…

    I’m glad it sounds like you had an awesome weekend/birthday!

    • simplyshaka December 15, 2010 at 9:14 pm #

      Haha, never I am here don’t worry 😉

      I heard Portillo’s is great–my sister goes there whenever she is in Chicago but I’ve never heard about that shake. I think it will be on my list for my next visit to Chi-town.

  5. erica @ fashionmeetsfood December 15, 2010 at 11:36 am #

    Anytime with Mo must be a crazy good time. Looks like you had so much fun. The gifts look absolutely DIVINE…yum!!


    • simplyshaka December 15, 2010 at 9:18 pm #

      You know it-she is a fantastic tour guide!!

  6. Katie H. December 15, 2010 at 11:47 am #

    Ohh it looks like you guys had a great start! Everything looks so awesome and like lots of fun!

  7. Ashleigh December 15, 2010 at 11:58 am #

    Looks like the bday weekend was off to a good start. I would never think to get pudding, but man that looks delicious! Also, jealous of your time at 5 burros because that place looks so yummy!!

  8. Monique December 15, 2010 at 12:56 pm #

    is it wrong that i love that silly pic of me in the scarf? lol its funny hahaha
    i miss you! come back!!!

  9. April December 15, 2010 at 6:00 pm #

    Awesome birthday!!!

    That chocolate pudding cake looks so good!!

    I’ve never been to NYC, it’s on the list.

    • simplyshaka December 15, 2010 at 9:17 pm #

      You must visit sometime-it’s absolutely fabulous.

  10. MelissaNibbles December 16, 2010 at 4:39 am #

    Happy Birthday! It’s funny that whenever I finally get my butt to NYC, the first place I want to go is 5 Burros. I totally want to drink Crystal Light cocktails w/those ladies. Glad you had so much fun!

  11. Amanda (Two Boos Who Eat) December 17, 2010 at 12:26 am #

    dude. I wish I could have hung out with you ladies and gone to 5 burros! So jealous!


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