Sunday, September 25, 2011

Black Forest Brew Haus, Birthday Part 3

You could hear the accordion playing as soon as entered the parking lot!  Many were in full Oktoberfest regalia.  Me?  I had my lovely German Style Felt Party hat on.  Our favorite bartenders were there!  Danielle, Ryan, James and all kept the beer flowing, while Andrew and Tyler kept on top of the glass demands.   Brew Master Joe made sure the keg pressure was "just right" so we could all continue drinking.  Options were Amber, Pilsner, Oatmeal Stout, Hefeweizen and, of course, the piece de resistance, Oktoberfest (alcohol content: 6.5)!  I had 1, hubby had 3 and we munched on some freshly made bavarian pretzels with spicy mustard.

Then, much to our surprise, the staff and some of our new "bar neighbors" surprised my better half with the most loud and gracious rendition of "Happy Birthday" they could belt out in their current state.  A nice piece of flourless chocolate cake topped by a pink candle completed the celebration!  We headed home somewhat early since I had to get some much needed rest for the Westchester Triathlon, the next day.  Will be sure to keep you all updated on that in another post.  Well, that concludes Peter's birthday celebration trifecta...thanks for following along and for all your well wishes!

Blessings to all!


Saturday, September 24, 2011

Dinner at Amarelle, Birthday Part 2

Ok we just got back from Amarelle.  Dinner was phenomenal!  Chef Lia made magic with her littleneck clams (we all had them); the Amuse bouche was an awesome seafood salad with lobster and scallops and some form of microgreen/blossom (will need to ask what kind).  We all started with cocktails (Amarelle Sunset - a nice concoction from our favorite bartender, Michael, Jack and Coke and Captain and Coke) and had dinner with a nice Misterio Malbec (highly recommended for those of you that, like me, believe wine should be a food group and count as a fruit serving).  Dinner selections consisted of duck, aged beef, seared tuna, and gnocchi (all absolutely de-lish) but not to outdone by the dessert selections (pannacotta, figs, profiteroles) accompanied by Chef Lia's birthday treat of champagne....yes, she is too generous.  Gail Storm completed the ambiance with her stylish music selections and her sultry vocals.  We are now heading out for Birthday, Part 3.

More later....

My hubby's birthday

Today is my husband's birthday.  I won't disclose his age but let's just say that the salt and pepper in his hair and goatee make him look quite distinguished.  Don't you just love that double standard?  Gray hair on a man looks elegant, adds character, and makes him look, dare I say it, sexy. A woman finds gray hair and she reaches for her tweezers, or in my case, Garnier Nutrisse!  Anyway, I digress.

Plan for today is a great breakfast with my hubby and sons followed by a much-needed pedicure and brow-waxing (yes, there should be two).  Reservations for this evening have been made for 5pm at one of my favorite Long Island Restaurants, Amarelle (  Chef Lia Stanco Fallon has a fantastic menu and the service is impeccable.  Tonight, pianist and singer, Gail Storm ( will be performing to perfect the ambiance.  If you're a Long Islander, or just visiting, head there for a visit. You won't be disappointed.

More later....

Welcome to Booyah Beauty!

Welcome to my blog!  I have been a makeup addict since the day my strict grandmother first allowed me to wear clear lipgloss.  To this day, the scent of bubblegum lip gloss takes me back to my younger days, along with the smell of rain, fresh cut grass, freshly baked cookies, and play-doh!  Isn't it amazing how a scent can trigger memories?

Over the years, friends have asked me how I apply makeup or to do their makeup for special occasions.  I know the world of beauty doesn't need yet another blogger, but I figured maybe I have something different to offer.  At the very least, I can get my creative juices flowing.

Booyah Beauty is about honest product reviews as well as general discussions about the beauty of life, nature, great places to visit and things many of us sometimes overlook.

This blog is yours and mine . . . I welcome comments and feedback.  Hope you enjoy!