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It was a gloomy day. But it didn’t hamper our mood for our favorite holiday. We set out to Long Island, drove an hour and a half and arrived at Carter Christmas Tree Farm to cut our Christmas tree. This post is almost a year late, but since Christmas is coming soon, I thought I should about the farm. I thought the farm was beautiful and worth posting.
Thai in Brooklyn, NY
The restaurant was decorated nicely, but there were areas that looked not too clean. It did get an A rating tho from the NYC Health Department. They served the food pretty quickly, but everything else was slow like bringing more water or the dessert menu or the check. Our server was friendly enough. Nobody came to our table to see how the food was or if we needed anything else.
This was our view on the side from our table.
Thai-style Shumai (complimentary with lunch set)
It was moist and good. Sauce was good as well. But I have had better shumai.
Chicken and Shrimp Fritters (complimentary with lunch set)
It was okay, but it wasn’t crispy.
Thai Fried Rice with Beef $9
It tasted good and serving was generous.
Red Curry with Shrimp $9
It had 6 shrimps and shrimps were overcooked.
Warm Chocolatier $6
Chocolate cake was moist and tasty.
Hot & Cool Island $6
The dessert was served flaming, which was cool! But my husband didn’t care for the liquor used with it.
CLUB A STEAKHOUSE
Steakhouse in New York City
We had a reservation at 6 PM on a Tuesday, but we came early. We were the first one there and we asked for a seating on the 2nd floor, by the window. Around 7 PM, the restaurant started to get crowded. The restaurant had a very romantic ambiance. However, I thought the tables were placed a little too close to each other for a romantic dinner. The place looked clean, but it got a C rating from the NYC Health Department. Our server was friendly, but at times we had to wait for our drinks to get filled. The owner with two of his grand kids in tow went around and greeted the patrons. It was very cute. The food overall was very good. Sign up for email updates at the website and get a $15 certificate.
Bread – complimentary
They gave us about 4-5 varieties. I loved the onion bread!
Club A Salad with Shrimp, Canadian Bacon and Tomatoes
It’s not your typical salad, it had no greens. But all the ingredients worked perfectly together. Serving was pretty huge, plenty enough for me and my husband.
Lobster Ravioli $34
The best lobster ravioli we’ve ever had. The raviolis were also topped with lobster and asparagus slices. The dish had 6 raviolis, but it was very filling.
Prime Dry Aged Porterhouse Steak for 2 $94
Definitely one of the best steaks we’ve had. But order one step more rare than how you usually have your steak cooked. The meat can get cooked further on the hot plate it is served on. It didn’t come with any sides, so $94 is pretty hefty.
Side of Sauteed Spinach and Mac and Cheese – complimentary (usually $10 each)
The sides were good, nothing extraordinary.
Variety of desserts – complimentary
They were all good. They didn’t give us cannolis this time, but I had it before and that was my favorite.
They were very generous and gave us complimentary items like the side dishes and dessert.
Italian in Jackson Heights, NY
We came here on a Saturday night around 6:30 PM and we were seated right away. It wasn’t very crowded. The restaurant was nice and clean, even though it looked dark and tiny from outside. It had an A rating from the NYC Health Department. The service was pleasant, but spotty. There were times that service was quick, other times slow. The staff was friendly.
Bread – complimentary
Nothing extraordinary. Tomato toppings were fresh and tasty.
Special: Lobster Bisque $8
It was too creamy and we didn’t taste any lobster.
Fresh Seafood Salad $14
Fresh, lemony and delicious. Serving was generous.
Pollo di Parma $17
Husband said it was pretty good. Chicken size was generous.
Special: Lobster Risotto $23
Risotto was creamy, al dente and delicious. Lobster was a little chewy but still good.
Chocolate Lava Cake $7
Warm, creamy, chocolatey but not bitter.
As soon as we got our puppy, we decided to get pet insurance for him. Meet our little booger…
Pet health insurance differs a lot from human health insurance, from strict pre-existing condition clause to claims procedure. So I decided to take my time in choosing one.
The insurance comparisons in the insurance companies’ websites are one-sided and I don’t recommend relying on them to make your decision. I decided to go through the companies’ websites page by page. I diligently read their sample polices or terms and conditions, thank goodness they’re not that long! I compiled my questions and the answers I’ve obtained in a table to compare them. The pet insurance plan comparison table helped me a lot in my decision so I thought it could help others as well, albeit not comprehensive. I also created a blank comparison table for anyone to use as a starting point if comparing other pet insurance plans.
CHOOSING THE INSURANCE COMPANY
I narrowed down the insurance companies to three: the top two companies at www.petinsurancereview.com and one company that a lot of vets recommended. The three companies were Healthy Paws, Pet Plan and Trupanion.
Each company had a number of plans to choose from. To compare, I needed to choose one plan from each company.
- I obtained quotes from each insurance company using my puppy’s demographics.
- I looked for plans that had the same premium, give or take a few cents. If a company had more than one plan with the same premium, I chose the plan that had similar coverage to the other plans I was comparing. In this case, all three plans cover 90% and cost around $33.50 a month.
- I looked for answers on the companies’ websites and sample policies or terms and conditions. I emailed and called the companies for answers I couldn’t find online.
- I created a sample 3-year health scenario and entered the possible reimbursement amount from each company using the information I have gathered from them.
Content of this post and attached document are for informational purposes only and shall not be used as proof or support for any proceedings. Responsibility for the use of any and all information is strictly and solely that of the user. Accuracy is not guaranteed. “Covered” does not necessarily mean full coverage. For coverage details, terms, conditions, restrictions or any questions, contact the respective insurance company. Author is not affiliated with any of the insurance companies mentioned in this post.
Peruvian in Astoria, NY
The restaurant was not fancy, but adequate. It was a little dark inside. The walls were painted with outdoor scenery. We arrived around 5:30 PM on a Wednesday night and there was one other couple seated. Our server was very nice, but didn’t speak English very well. The service was pretty quick.
We were given Peruvian Corn Nuts and Aji Picante while we browse the menu.
Anticuchos (Beef heart skewer) $8
It was flavorful.
Ceviche De Pescado (Diced fish in lemon juice) $13
It was a little on the sour side, but it tasted fresh.
Jalea Personal $20
They were crispy and good. It was a huge plate. It had calamari, shrimp, fish fillet, clams and half of a crab.
Cau-cau (Beef tripe and dice potatoes stew) $10
It was a little bland.