Out and About: NYC

Yesterday Mr. Nutmeg Nanny and I had tickets to see a live taping of “The People’s Court“…I know I know. You are all thinking “what dorks!”  Although you may be correct I cannot hide my love for TV court shows.  When I’m home during the day I have a whole TV schedule built around what court show is on at what time. Now while I may not sit down and watch each show that is on, the TV it is still on. I can’t be in the house and not have something going on the TV. I like the noise. Ok now back to yesterday. The weather in the city was gorgeous so we walked to the studio and then went in and watched five cases. None of the cases were overly exciting but still fun.

After the taping was over Mr. Nutmeg Nanny and I decided to grab some dinner at Ben Benson’s Steakhouse. Now I know everyone has their opinion about what steakhouse is the best, but I’m not gonna lie…this place is awesome. I have never had a bad meal here and even though they are not the cheapest restaurant in the world I find it to be well worth it. They are also currently running a special meal for two. This is what Artie and I decided to try and this is what I’m showcasing. I took some pictures at dinner, which are not that great(I was sorta scared to take pictures afraid people would think I’m nuts.  I am not as brave as Five Star Foodie 🙂 ).

Dinner Special For Two:

Mr. NN and I both got the Beef Barley Soup but you also have the option of getting the Soup of the Day.  It had an almost gravy like broth, hunks of seasoned beef, perfectly cooked barley and a beefy rich flavor.

Delicious Caesar salad topped with flavorful croutons, shaved Parmesan cheese and dressing.

The main course consists of two lobster tails, filet mignon (cut table side), creamed spinach and hashed brown potatoes. (Don’t you love that you can see Mr.NN poised and ready to eat) You can also choose Chateaubriand if you are not a fan of lobster. I ordered our filet rare and for me it was cooked perfectly. As you can see…I like it pink 🙂 The lobster was tasty, although I’m not really a huge fan. I just don’t get what all the hype is about. Mr. NN totally disagrees with me though. I’m pretty sure he would eat lobster every day if he could. The creamed spinach was delicious and had just the right amount of cream so you could actually still taste the spinach. The hashed brown potatoes were my favorite. Buttery and perfectly cooked with some onions and green peppers thrown into the mix. Delicious!

Now here is my favorite part about this meal. Wanna know how much this meal for two costs? Come on guess. What do you think? It’s NYC after all.






Come on….





Are you annoyed at me yet for not telling you?





Ok the answer is $90.

I think that is pretty awesome. You agree?


P.S. For dessert Mr. Nutmeg Nanny and I shared a red velvet cupcake from Magnolia Bakery on the train ride home. Wanna know what we had for breakfast? We shared another cupcake 🙂

17 Responses to “Out and About: NYC”

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    5 Star Foodie — February 19, 2010 at 12:47 pm

    Yummy surf & turf main course! A cupcake for breakfast is awesome 🙂

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    kitchen koala — February 19, 2010 at 12:55 pm

    Mmm…sounds like you had a great time in the city. $90 sounds like a good deal for NYC, but I have no basis for comparison! 🙂 My cousin and I took a trip to NYC two years ago, but we ate on the cheap and didn’t have much time for sightseeing…because we were there for an Origami Convention (don’t laugh!). I bet being there for a live taping of The People’s Court was pretty exciting!

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    jenn — February 19, 2010 at 2:17 pm

    Cupcake for breakfast isn’t so bad. I’ve had a slice of cake once before. hehehe… I want those lobster tails!!!!

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    Mimi — February 19, 2010 at 4:10 pm

    A fun trip, great dinner and a cupcake for breakfast. You are a girl after my own heart.

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    Sue — February 19, 2010 at 6:10 pm

    That meal looks like quite the deal for all that you get! Hey, I like court t.v. shows too:) Isn’t it fun to be a grown-up and have whatever you want for breakfast?!

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    Sue — February 20, 2010 at 12:21 am

    FYI….I have an award for you on my blog:)

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    grace — February 20, 2010 at 7:49 am

    that sounds like a pretty stellar excursion. i’m sure the filming was interesting (and entertaining, whether it was intended to be or not) and that meal looks incredible. the highlight for me would be the cupcake though–it’s the simple things, right? 🙂

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    Faith — February 20, 2010 at 1:59 pm

    Oooh, I could definitely go for a red velvet cupcake right about now! 😉 The whole meal is gorgeous actually, and it looks like it was such a fun time…$90 is not bad at all!

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    Blond Duck — February 20, 2010 at 4:55 pm

    That meal looks incredible. I’m amazed. And I’m a redneck, so I have no idea what Chateaubriand is.

    I never got to see Pee Wee’s Big Adventure. I watched his show as a kid until the scandel, and then my mom wouldn’t let me watch it anymore. My buddy Libby is OBSESSED with him though, so I’ll ask her. 🙂

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    Cakelaw — February 21, 2010 at 4:44 pm

    Wow Brandy, sounds like you guys had a fab trip. I love NYC, but have only been there once (’cause it’s a long way!). I love Judge Judy, but we don’t get The People’s Court here. I am enviously eyeing up that main meal – delish!

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    Barbara Bakes — February 21, 2010 at 9:21 pm

    Sounds like a great day out to me. I thought you were going to have New York cheesecake. People’s court once called me and wanted me to do a show, but the kennel where I boarded my dog obviously didn’t want to be on. (My yorkie got out and was run over by a truck 🙁 and I sued in small claims court.)

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    Heavenly Housewife — February 22, 2010 at 9:06 am

    Ah I am so jealous daaaaahling. I want to go to NY! Looks like you had a great day out. What did you think of the Magnolia cupcakes? Are they worth making a special trip out for? Some say they are really fab, some say they are mostly hype. Would love to know what you think.

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    Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction — February 22, 2010 at 1:57 pm

    Sounds like a fun time… The red velvet cupcakes from Magnolia Bakery are fantastic, aren’t they? YUM!

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    Blond Duck — February 22, 2010 at 1:58 pm

    I hope you had a good weekend!

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    chayacomfycook — February 22, 2010 at 5:10 pm

    That is the kind of day that is just plain fun. A non pressured day to wander and enjoy. I am glad you got the chance to have it.

    NY is so high paced, it is shocking when there is time to just live without thinking about each detail.

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    Jamie @ My Baking Addiction — February 22, 2010 at 8:45 pm

    Sounds like a fun time! I have always wanted to try a cupcake from Magnolia Bakery!


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