Do For You

G O O D   M O R N I N G  &  h a p p y   m o n d a y

This week’s post is covering the importance of doing for you.  So often, our actions are dictated by a deadline, a job, a role- parent, partner, student, employee, etc.  But it is so important to take time to do the things you enjoy.  It’s like a little reset button each time we do something to take care of ourselves- we have more energy and patience to take on the tasks and roles that serve those around us.


So, in the spirit of “do for you,” my mom and I took advantage of my day off last week and had ourselves a nice girls day.  I was off from work because NJ schools were closed for the NJEA convention, and my mom took a half day.  I met her at work so she could show me the beautiful Lawrenceville School campus, then we drove to Princeton for a delicious lunch at Mistral. Everything about our experience at this restaurant was perfect.  We sat in the main dining area, in which the main focal point is a bar with stools that sits directly open to the kitchen.  We sat at a cozy table near the window for a view of the whole restaurant.  The waitstaff was exceptional and attentive without being overbearing, and provided us with some great recommendations.

The lunch menu is a mix of unique small shareable plates and main course items.  Mistral sources their ingredients from local farms, bakeries, and butchers.  They have an impressive list of craft cocktails, wines, and spirits.  We started our lunch with a cocktail: I got the Element and my mom got the The Vuvuzela- both delicious, unique, and refreshing.  We shared the Burrata small plate as an appetizer- the cheese was perfectly creamy, topped with chives and red pepper flakes, over a bed of arugula and peperonata.  Served on the side was a roasted black-garlic crostini topped with fresh grated parmesan.  It was delicious and the perfect size to share!

For entrees, I ordered the chicken casesar salad and my mom had the smoked tuna melt.  Both were to die for.  The tuna was perfectly smoky, pairing well with the cheddar, apple, and walnut flavors.  The caesar dressing with cured egg yolk was creamy and salty- just the way it’s supposed to be.  The chicken on my salad was grilled to perfection.  We drank wine with our lunch entrees then moved on to dessert.  We ordered the Frozen Bee Hive which was not only delicious, but a true work of art.  A thick layer cookie crust topped with frozen honey, lavender, and lemon curd (consistency of ice-cream).  This was held together with a toasted marshmallow in the shape of a beehive- so cute!

Espresso beverages went well with dessert and we moved on to shopping! There was a farmer’s market right next door that was wrapping up so we checked out a few tents and walked around the adorable streets of Princeton.  It was so nice to spend the day with my mom doing the things we both love.  I would love to hear what you guys do when you “do for you.”    I hope you all have a beautiful week and that you make time to do something nice for yourself.  xx


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