Well, not really, but let me explain! I am not on death's door by any means, but I am not feeling well, so I figured that I should break down and go to the doctor. However, finding a doctor that accepts my health insurance is about as easy as finding a needle in a haystack. But lo and behold, I managed to do it after spending a long time on the phone yesterday. And the doctor's location was all the way downtown between Little Italy and Chinatown. I am familiar with the area however because Wild Ginger is just a block or so away. So the upshot is I'm okay, and will just be taking antibiotics for a few days. But I decided to make the most of my crappy day by going downtown early and having lunch in Little Italy! This Italian girl was right at home. :) And I noticed that Little Italy was one of the only areas of Manhattan this year that got decked out for Christmas. I decided to go to Florio's (on Grand St. b/w Mott & Mulberry), because they had two of my favorite things on their menu-- mozzarella sticks and pasta with vodka sauce! :)
I was thrilled to see actual Italian bread on the table. The good kind. I just had one piece though, to save room!
Then I had 3 out of the 4 mozzarella sticks. These were very good, but I've had better.
For my main course I had rigatoni alla vodka. This was good, but I was already pretty full, so I couldn't eat that much of it.
Florio's was a good restaurant, the service was excellent, and they even gave me a free refill on my coke. They knew how to take care of an Italian girl... the owner was a little too touchy feely with me though! lol They also had the most beautiful Christmas decorations... the picture doesn't do it justice!! (This was just from where I was sitting, but the whole restaurant and basically all of Little Italy was covered in lights!)
There's a product that I've been wanting to do a review of for a while... It's Cascadian Farm's chocolate chip granola bars. These are THE BEST granola bars I've ever had. They're hardly a health food, but not bad for you either... all organic ingredients. They are just so delicious... I love the fiber dark chocolate almond ones too, so look out for those as well! Ok, not much of a review, but I don't know what else to say about them except to try them! :)
And there's always room for Peanuts! :) His winter coat has grown in... notice how he's fluffier?
More to come in the next few days with Christmas and all. Mom is making rum cake, so look out! lol