Winter time is snuggle time in my book. Amid the crazy whirlwind of parties and events that the holiday season brings, I schedule my spare time to be all about relaxation. December is for:
Baking treats (recently gluten free for me)
Watching the snow fall outside while snuggled on the couch with tea. Or wine.
Viewing parties of this movie on repeat
Wrapping gifts a bit more responsibly with this paper
Bundling up with my tried and true cold weather accessory (on sale!)
Image source: pixabay.com
Call me crazy, but I actually enjoy summertime in New York. While the masses flee to the beach, those who stay behind get to enjoy shorter brunch wait times, street fairs, and seeing their street lit up by the setting sun during what I call “magic hour”. Below are some more ideas on how to spend your summer in NYC.
I’m so ready for this week to be over. I’ll be celebrating a friend’s birthday and otherwise just kicking back and relaxing. Have a wonderful weekend!
A “diamond in the sky” NYC apartment
I think I need these jeans
Excited to start taking this course at FIT
Photo by Emily Barbeau
Read on for the best of the best watering holes.
For the first time in almost 10 years (!), I am not moving to a different apartment/city/general location. That’s right Brooklyn – I’m here to stay.
Although the choice to stay put undeniably cuts down on stress, I have learned to relish the process of moving – the packing, cleaning, organizing, and re-decorating that comes along with relocation feels like an opportunity for a fresh start. It sounds strange, but I think I’m going to (kind of) miss it.
If you are undertaking a move anytime soon, read below for my tips to maintain calm through the chaos.
Oh coffee, sweet nectar of productivity.
I recently had the pleasure of spending a crisp fall Saturday with Sophie Preston in her Lower East Side neighborbood. Sophie is a fellow blogger (and also a lovely friend and coworker)! Her blog All The Wears is a huge inspiration for those looking to shop, dress, and live more sustainably. Read on to find out how she got started as a blogger and why she loves the Lower East Side.
I’ve lived in the NYC area my entire life and have been lucky enough to enjoy countless meals at the city’s millions of restaurants. My favorites tend to be casual, simple, and homey. Enjoy!
Bacchus Bistro, Brooklyn
This hidden gem french restaurant in Boerum Hill has the prettiest back garden and a delicious menu. The homemade goat cheese gnocchi is INSANE.
Rubirosa, Little Italy
Getting a table can be tough at this tiny Little Italy spot, but the tie dye pizza (with a mixture of marinara, vodka, and pesto sauces) is worth the wait.
The seasonal menu and the romantic vibe has made this my go-to neighborhood spot. My favorite dishes are the fresh salads and homemade pastas. The brunch is also amazing.
Chuko Ramen, Brooklyn
This Prospect Heights ramen place is the perfect cure for a cold and blustery day. Give me some pork buns, a bowl of noodles, and a cold beer any day.
The Coffee Shop, Union Square
This was my go-to place when I lived in the East Village, and it still holds a place in my hungry heart. It’s open almost 24 hours and features simple yet crowd pleasing dishes with a casual vibe.
Photo credit from top to bottom: bacchusbistro.com, rubirosanyc.com, rucolabrooklyn.com, chuckobk.com, thecoffeeshopnyc.com
Today is the first installment of a monthly series, where I’ll be sharing some of my favorite places, restaurants, and shopping destinations in the city I call home. Enjoy!
The Central Park Zoo
One of my most cherished childhood memories is of a drizzly fall day where my Dad took my siblings and I to the Central Park Zoo. To a five year old, the small zoo seemed wonderous and huge. I remember munching on a hot dog under a tree in the park afterwards and then being allowed to pick out a toy at FAO Schwartz. Best day ever.
Washington Square Park
When I lived in the East Village, my roommates and I would often take an evening stroll over to the park, which is truly magical at dusk. As the streetlights start to come on, you can get a perfect view of the twinkling Freedom Tower to the south and the Empire State Building to the north. Often there’s a piano player or jazz musician, and though admittedly there are some shall we say “interesting” people about, that’s what makes it New York.
Cobble Hill Park
Now that I live in Brooklyn, this tiny park has become my preferred evening stroll destination. When an old grocery store on the property was torn down in 1962 to make room for apartment buildings, locals collected signatures for a petition to create a public park instead. The adorable mews houses that line the southern side of the park remind me of something you would find in a quaint European village.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Hands down the best museum in the city. The exhibits are always changing so there is something new to see with each visit, but my favorite part is still the Egyptian wing. Admission is a suggested donation, so it’s a great place for a cheap date! In the summer you can head up to the rooftop bar and sip cocktails while looking over the treetops in Central Park.
Photos from top down: Emily Barbeau, centralpark.nyc.org, washingtonsquareparkconservancy.org, Emily Barbeau, mta.info
This week flew by. I went back to work after taking a long vacation, and I also managed to pack in a Pure Barre class, the Lumineers concert in Prospect Park, and seeing Jerry Seinfeld’s stand-up show at the Beacon Theater, which was so hilarious my face still hurts from laughing. This weekend I plan on having no plans, which is just the way I like it.
In between all of those activities, here are some fun things I found floating around the internet:
Places to pretend you’re Parisian in NYC
Top 20 Seinfeld Moments
The straw bag I’m currently toting everywhere
7 Phrases to stop saying at work
Photo by Emily Barbeau