My favorite cuisine of choice: Italian. My boyfriend took me to The Meatball Shop in Williamsburgh for our Valentine’s Day dinner, and it was delicious. What makes this place so interesting compared to other Italian restaurants is that you get to create your own meal by marking off the menu with things you want. For instance, you start under the category “Naked Balls” (silly, I know) and you get to choose what kind of ball you want (classic beef, spicy pork, chicken, veggie, special) then you choose the sauce you want paired with your ball (classic tomato, spicy meat, mushroom gravy, etc). From there, you start picking your sides (which can either be left on the side or put under your “not-so-naked balls” anymore).
Moving to New York City has totally turned me into a foodie. Normally, I stick to the basics but this time I got the classic beef balls with parmesan cream on top of spaghetti (okay so maybe I’m not entitled to the term “foodie” yet, but I’m definitely branching out), and my boyfriend got the classic beef balls with classic tomato sauce on top of spaghetti. We also wanted to try the special slider of the day which was a pizza meatball on a tiny slider roll (my lucky day since pizza is my favorite food!). So if you’re looking for good food, great service, and throwback jams with Usher, this is the place to be!
I’m currently working on planning my trip to Las Vegas which includes not only starting my vacation fund but cutting down on my sweets calories. However, every day on my walk to work down 19th Street, I walk past the most delicious looking donut shop called “Dough.” Every day they have a new donut sitting in a Cinderella rose case just staring at me trying to lure me inside. Needless to say, it worked.
What makes Dough donuts so mouthwatering good? Is it the way they are handmade in small batches to keep its freshness? Or is it the unique flavors inspired by the Latin American culture? Either way, these are some of the biggest, fluffiest, most delicious donuts I have ever tried. They have all kinds of unique flavors including Passion Fruit, Chocolate-Cocoa Nib, Toasted Coconut, and their signature Hibiscus. My boyfriend and I ordered the Café Au Lait donut and the Plain Glaze donut (I guess I wasn’t feeling that adventurous on our donut trip since I only got a plain donut, which was still tasty) but on my next trip I’m definitely trying to score the Passion Fruit donut!
Let the Quarter Life Crisis begin. This past weekend I celebrated my 25th birthday where I naturally began the thought process of feeling like I need life figured out, I’m running out of time, and what do I do now. With that said, I booked a trip to Vegas because where else is better to sort out life than laying poolside in 100° weather with a strawberry daiquiri in hand (see you in May Mirage Hotel, thanks Expedia for an awesome deal!).
Aside from my own personal crisis, I had the most amazing Valentines /Birthday weekend ever. My handsome boyfriend spoiled me rotten by surprising me with 24 roses for my last day of being 24 years old, dinner at The Meatball Shop, a trip to the movies to see my celeb boyfriend JB in Zoolander, a limited edition pair of Kate Spade Keds, booties from Lulus (currently on sale!), and a trip the Minus5° Ice Bar at the Hilton. Yes, I have the best boyfriend ever, be jealous.
The Minus5° Ice Bar was the coolest experience though. Everything in the bar is made of ice from the walls, to the seats, to the bar, and even the cups! Of course, they had luxurious furs to sit on so you don’t freeze your butt off (literally), coasters so your drink doesn’t slide off the ice coffee table, and they provided us with a parka and gloves. The drink menu was based on winter-like themes, and they even had an ice funnel sculpture to take shots. I would definitely recommend this bar for those hot summer afternoons when you need to cool off with an ice cold drink.
“Hi! I’m not here right now, but my shoes are, so leave them a message” …a Carrie Bradshaw quote that’s absolutely necessary after being invited to the SJP Collection Showroom! I had the opportunity to sit with Sarah Jessica Parker’s team viewing all of her chic and trendy shoes ranging from navy velvet flats to hot pink heels. I also got to learn a fun fact about the SJP Collection: the story behind the ribbon. Every shoe from the SJP by Sarah Jessica Parker Collection will always feature a ribbon, mainly up the back of the shoe or hidden on the side of the shoe. It was inspired by SJP’s mother who always had her and her sisters wear two grosgrain ribbons in their hair. These ribbons have become SJP’s cute and personal signature touch on her collection.
Carrie Bradshaw was my fashion idol, owning the city in her tutu and Manolo Blahniks. She is also the ultimate reason I chose to pursue a degree in fashion and packed up all of my things to move to NYC. I spent most days in college watching Sex and The City while attempting to do textile or product line homework so being able to visit Sarah Jessica Parker’s Showroom to view her stunning shoe collection was definitely the most exciting and unforgettable experience I’ve had since moving to NYC. Maybe next time she’ll surprise us at the showroom (a fashionista can dream, right)! Check out the SJP by Sarah Jessica Parker Collection at Nordstroms, Bloomingdales, and Zappos (She even has a shoe featuring her character Carrie Bradshaw)!
Are you a believer? I like to explore every aspect of New York City from the hole in the wall restaurants to celebrity spottings to museums, even the wackiest and craziest of the museums: Ripley’s Believe it or Not! Located in Times Square, Ripley’s Believe it or Not is a cheap (20% of when tickets are purchase online!) and interactive adventure for friends or family.
At Ripley’s I had the chance to walk through a spinning vortex tunnel, make acquaintances with the bearded lady, and see animals with two heads. Believe it or not… they even have live hissing cockroaches where you can put your head in their tank (talk about too interactive). They also have less gross adventures there as well like playing detective trying to find the hidden doorway into the next room, the world’s largest shrunken head collection, and hanging out with the tallest man in the world.
I don’t want to give away all of the secrets of the exhibits, but this was an unbelievable experience.. minus the roller skating, rat holding creepy man who posted up outside of Ripley’s.. that I could’ve done without. Anyways, don’t forget to rub the lucky Buddha made of a million shredded dollars on your way out too (however I’m still waiting to strike it rich)!