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NGAM, Thai Food Happiness in NYC!

27 Jul

Ngam SelectionsAuthentic? Yes!  Delicious?  Yes!  Addictive?  Definitely a YES!

I call it my 2014 summer love, a beautiful relationship!  When I’m in the city or asked for a suggestion to meet up and have lunch…NGAM NYC is the place to go!

Located near Union Square NYC, it’s between 12th and 13th Streets on 3rd Avenue! Ngam NYC Again

As you walk in, you see the skilled sous chefs busy at work – handling orders and smiling!

You then proceed to walk to the rear for seating and without knowing it you become completely relaxed!  Such a great atmosphere!

The staff is awesome and I always find myself asking them for suggestions; for the lunch and dinner menus are different (this is how I know I LOVE this place).

Hong Thaimee, Chef & Owner of Ngam

The food at NGAM is no way finicky, just comforting.

If you love spicy food, they have it!  If not into spicy, there is a dish definitely for you!  And there are items which are Gluten Free! I had the pleasure of meeting the Chef and owner of NGAM, the beautiful Hong Thaimee.

It was on one of my visits, where a photo shoot was in progress where Hong was rolling out many Thai dishes for her upcoming cook book!  A delightful and remarkable woman who took a moment to speak with my friend Lisa and I on her love of cooking.

If you are a foodie like me, you have seen her many times on Food Network’s Iron Chef of America.  Just last week when dining with my niece, her staff said she is currently in Thailand; which I know must be amazing – it’s on my bucket list to visit <smiling, yes again>!

Be sure to view NGAM’s website (below) to see Hong’s achievements and all the amazing things she’s doing now!

Now here are my NGAM favorites!

#1  Chiang Mai Fries” which are made of Kabocha pumpkin and sweet potato! They are fried to perfection; served with a homemade red curry mayo and a sweet and sour peanut relish!  Warning!! They are addictive! Tip: please keep the sweet and sour relish on the side for a special addition to your noodles – if ordered (that is if you have any left!). Chiang Mai Fries

 

#2 Kale Fried Rice”, where you have a choice of a rice to choose from, I always pick jasmine sautéed with love! Farm fresh kale, carrots, heirloom tomatoes, sweet onion, scallions and crunchy kale chips.

#3 “Peek Gai Tod/Brother Chai’s Chicken Wings” which are these spicy chicken wings served with a tamarind chili sauce and sliced granny smith apples!

and……

#4  My choice of Mah Mah noodles with chicken that is served with lovely Thai basil, pepper, young peppercorn, carrots, broccoli, kale and cauliflower!  The dish is called “Pad Kee Mao” Spicy Drunken Noodle”


Pad Kee Mao" Spicy Drunken Noodle

For drinks, I will include either or both – but no doubt a fabulous Honey Lychee Martini (Tito’s vodka, lychee juice and honey) and a refreshing “Thai Iced Tea”!

Now NGAM also serves brunch, where a friend of mine dined (without ME, I might add!) and had their “Wings & Waffles”.  He raved repeatedly over the dish and told me secretly with such excitement that he ordered it 2x; after the first order! He said what got him happily hooked was the coconut taste in the waffle, it was delicious – a homemade coconut waffle, with marmalade glazed chicken wings and coconut cream!  Here is a picture taken from NGAM’s website, because no picture was provided for it was not even a thought during the duration of happiness which repeated 3x! 🙂

Wings & Waffles!

Now NGAM is also known for a wonderful after-work place to go, for the evening side is also fun and adds to what New York City is all about!

I am planning to have a small gathering with a group of friends at NGAM soon, either partaking in a Thai cooking class, Thai Crab Feast or just dinner; it’s such a challenge with everyone’s schedules; but I am up for it!

If you love Thai food, like a place where you can relax and even in the middle of the day enjoy a Honey Lychee Martini, I recommend NGAM!  You will have a wonderful time!

Food has power—it speaks to your soul. If I can cook the kind of food that will touch people’s souls, well, that’s my goal.+

Hong…Thank You!!!!

Letia Mitchell LifeStyle & Design Letia 🙂

Ngam is located at 99 3rd Avenue  (btw 12th & 13th Streets)  New York, NY 10003 (212) 777-8424. 

To learn more about Chef Hong Thaimee and NGAM – Modern Thai Comfort Food restaurant, go to http://www.ngamnyc.com . Photos by NGAM’s website and Letia Mitchell LifeStyle & Design LLC.  

+ Quote take from Gotham Magazine article,  2013 New York Faces, Hong Thaimee.

CityRow NYC! Fun, Intense with that WOW Factor!

26 Jul
Helaine Knapp

CityRow CEO & Founder, Helaine Knapp

row·ing noun \ˈrō-iŋ\ : the sport of racing in long, narrow boats that are moved by using oars.

Not actually in a narrow boat, not even near the water…..then what are you saying; perhaps as you read the definition!

I’m trying to let you know that I was in the closest adaptation of rowing; in an exercise class at CityRow; right near Union Square in NYC!

Brilliant idea by the CEO and Founder, Helaine Knapp!  A young, enthusiastic and beautiful woman who decided to take a chance on her dream of her way of being fit and went for it!  Approaching her 1 yr. anniversary, it has had the entire city buzzing with excitement – no one else is doing anything like this in the city!

” I’ve taken tons of classes and became really passionate about the group fitness format, but it was probably my background in working at tech start-ups that inspired me to pursue this.   This time it’s my vision, and it’s been amazing to see it come to life.”

For some reason, I was thinking about an oar, but the type of movement of moving water on the side of the boat, first the right and then turn to the left!  Simple, right?  I was so wrong!  WRONG, I say!

An intense workout, where you are pulling utilizing your knees and those muscles you kind of forgotten about on this sexy looking machine called a WaterRower!

Well even though I was not on a lake or river, the rowing machines did have water – which was definitely felt when the endurance was increased.

NeilTotton,CityRow

CityRow – NYC Instructor, Neil Totton

The instructor for our class, was Neil Totton who was so patient and kind; and his that don’t wait now…keep going attitude was so on point!

My heart rate was up in about 5 minutes and I was so amazed that how the water you’re pulling played such an intricate path of feeling like you were actually rowing, but it is stationary!

The class was near shy of an hour-long, which also involved stretching and a little strength training!

When the class was over, I was exhausted from all the activity!  I keep asking jokingly, “Did we reach land yet?”… for I knew all the rowing I did – we had to have reached our destination, we were already in Manhattan, so we had to be in New Jersey, Treasure Island…any place!

I had posted a few pictures on Instagram when taking the class, where I’d gotten so many e-mails, asking was that me!  I’d often replied, yes that’s me with the “after” the workout hairdo and the exhausted look, but I was still smiling!  It really was a whole lot of fun!

Afterwards we all had a little bite to eat with Helaine next door at HU Kitchen!  It was just wonderful talking and spending time with her.  I wish her the absolute best; for she is soaring in the right direction.  I would not even be surprised at all, if there’s major cities in her future!  CEO & Founder Helaine Knapp and Letia Mitchell

Would I go again, I sure would!  The classes are simple and priced reasonably!

The staff is absolutely awesome.  I am planning soon on bringing a friend with me and then go to Union Square’s Farmers Market after.

So if you are tired of your current exercise routine and you are near or perhaps visiting NYC; CityRow NYC is the place to go!

I would like to give a big thank you to Mind|Body|Spirit/Network for their invitation to attend this great class!

Letia Mitchell LifeStyle & DesignLetia 🙂

CityRow is located at 80 5th Avenue, Suite 1501 New York, NY 10011 (212) 242-4790 http://www.cityrow.com  YouTube video by Glam.com

For more photos of the exciting CityRow NYC lifestyle via Instragram, click CityRow.

 

 

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