Sunday, June 7, 2009
Saturday, May 16, 2009
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Tuesday, May 5, 2009
Monday, May 4, 2009
After seeing Mind That Bird prance his way to first place at the Kentucky Derby this weekend, I felt inspired. Inspired to go to a horserace, actually. Having the sudden urge to strut around in a large hat, I looked to see if perhaps New York City had a horserace? What I found was sooo much better: A Polo Match.
The Veuve Clicquot Manhattan Polo Classic, to be exact.
On May 30th, take the ferry over to Governor's Island for the 2nd Annual Polo Classic and watch an exhibition polo match while sipping on champagne to celebrate the 400th Anniversary of New York City! The "Sport of Kings" will feature players, including Nacho Figueras. Tickets should be going on sale soon (the website says May 1st, but they haven't updated it yet) and indicates that there will be a non-ticket section for anyone to attend as well as a ticketed section. The proceeds of the tickets go to the American Friends of Sentebale charity supporting children in Lesotho, Africa.
What a better way to start off the summer than to channel your inner-Britishness at a Polo Match? Later on, there will be an after party at Pink Elephant. It is not a day to miss!
I am anxiously awaiting the opening of the ticket sales and will let you know how much they're going to be going for.
In the mean time, i'm going to go pick out my hat...
Thursday, April 30, 2009
Monday, April 27, 2009
I highly recommend Mayahuel if you want a cozy place to relax with a deadly tequila-cocktail . It has just opened, so check it out sooner rather than later.
SWAG it! Rating: !!!! (four exclamations out of five)
at 2nd Avenue
Thursday, April 23, 2009
Another week has passed, another happy hour Thursday to quench your thirst!
Heard of Elettaria? A West Village locale, serving New American cuisine offers a stupendous happy hour each weekday from 5pm-8pm with $6.00 cocktails and beer starting for $3.50 for beer. The cocktails are spectacular. They are originally $12 and now $6. Whoa, I know, don't get too excited. It is a quaint, but vibrant, west-village spot where the friendly staff will get to know you and have you wondering why you can't always rush back downtown for happy hour after work? Try the Peg Leg Punch (my favorite), but if you are feeling particularly daring try the Zombie Punch (absinthe-infused).
Plus, for their first year anniversary in business they just added a $33 prix-fixe dinner that changes weekly (yesss!). Ah! I haven't gotten to try it yet, but next time I go, I am WILL be staying for dinner. What a steal, what a steal, as the entrees a la carte run from $25-$30. Still thirsty after happy hour? For an extra 8 bucks you can get two refills of their homemade sangria.
Ready, set, GO!
33 W. 8th St., nr. Macdougal St.
New York, NY 10011
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
But, now that I think about it…it would be reallllly nice not to have to lug that bag over my shoulder. I mean, I’ve seen older-men wheeling their computers to work, but is that socially acceptable for a young professional like me? Be honest, would I look like a complete geek if I showed up to work with, basically, a rollaway backpack? I don’t want to reenact my middle-school years, but I want to save myself from back problems, too! So, what do you all think? Should I invest in a rollaway laptop case? Or should I suck up the pain and carry a bag like everyone else? Let me know!
Oh, and this is the one I was thinking of getting, below.
Monday, April 20, 2009
Saturday, April 18, 2009
1/3 pint(s)Pimms No. 1
1 piece(s) Strawberry
Thursday, April 16, 2009
Last two days of the JCrew Sample sale with price reductions for Men & Women, including:
-tee's & polo shirts $10 now any 2 for $15
-shirts, tops & non-cashmere sweaters now $25, any 2 for $40
-3/4 & l/s cashmere sweaters now $50, any 2 for $80
-basic dresses now $45
-sample specialty dresses now $45
-denim pants $45, now any 2 for $75
-cotton shorts & pants now $15
-jackets & outerwear now $45
-men's suiting blazers now $60
Thursday April 16th & Friday April 17th from 10am to 7pm
SSS Sample Sales
261 W 36th Street (between 7th & 8th Ave)
The Warehouse Sale: Jeans up to 80% off!
Brands include 7 For All Mankind, Rock and Republic, William Rast, Antik Demin, Genetic Denim, Chip & Pepper, and more!
April 16th- April 18th from 11am to 8pm
at the Metropolitan Pavilion-4th Floor
123 W 18th St.
RSVP today to avoid the $5 entrance fee at the door at:
Up to 80 percent off deluxe bras, panties, sleepwear, and goodies from Frette.
Apr. 19-24. Sun., 1-6 p.m.; Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.-6:30 p.m.
4 West 58th St., (between Fifth & Sixth Aves.), 4th flr.
Furla~ Italian handbangs
Wednesday April 22nd from 8am-8pm
Thursday April 23rd from 10am-8pm
Friday April 24th from 10am-8pm
145 W 18th Street (between 6th and 7th Avenue)
Sunday, April 26th 12noon - 5pm
Monday, April 27th 10am - 8pm
Tuesday, April 28th 10am - 7pm
Wednesday, April 29th 9am - 4pm
145 W 18th Street (between 6th and 7th Avenue)
Boots for $250, shoes for $135, Belle boots for $175, and Belle sandals for $75.
Wednesday April 22- 10:30 a.m.-7 p.m
Thursday April 23-Thurs., 8 a.m.-7:30 p.m.
Friday April 24- 8 a.m.-3 p.m.
Metropolitan Pavilion, 125 W. 18th St. (between Sixth & Seventh Ave)
Save up to 75 percent on bangles, cuffs, clutches, and more.
Thursday April 30- 10am-7pm
Friday May 1- 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
15 E. 30th St. (between) Madison & Fifth Aves., ste. 300.
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Paradou is a quaint Parisian restaurant in the chic Meatpacking district that has come up with a whole lineup of hard-to-beat recession specials featured each week. It’s not a HUGE meatpacking haute spot like Buddah Bar, but that’s what makes it so special and relaxing, especially as the weather gets nicer and you can enjoy the garden in the back. Two of my favorite deals: Free Wine Mondays and their famous Unlimited Champagne Cocktail brunch, which has now been extended to Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Make a reservation on Monday’s and you get a FREE bottle of wine! They are offering this promotion to lift our spirits in the dreadful economy, which they will continue until the DOW hits 12,000. Honestly, what is better than that? Then head back on Sunday for the Unlimited Champagne Cocktail brunch for $29 (with your entrée included)! After a few Kir Royale’s you’ll feel like your livin’ the life as you enjoy the breathtaking view of the Tour Eiffel….or not. But, nonetheless, your wallet will feel the love.
Thursday, April 9, 2009
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
I figured I’d start off with a rooftop since we are all wishing it would be warm enough to actually sip a cocktail outdoors without our teeth clattering. Perhaps, if we visit Plunge rooftop at the Hotel Gansevoort in the Meatpacking warmer weather will find us! Overlooking the glitzy district along with a spectacular view of the Hudson, Plunge offers Lucky 7 Happy Hour every Monday to Friday from 6:00-8:00 pm. Every handmade cocktail, wine, sake, and beer is a sole $7. To make the deal even more worthwhile, the Hotel Gansevoort’s swanky Japanese restaurant, Ono, is offering $7 sushi rolls on the roof to accompany your boozy evening. So start your night off with the model crowd after work tomorrow and soak up the New York views with some sushi and wine. I know I will be!
Ono at Hotel Gansevoort
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
On Saturday, May 2nd that is exactly where I will be as I join celebrity hosts Jimmy Fallon and Jessica Alba, as the 12th Annual Revlon Run/Walk for Women kicks off in Times Square, ending in Central Park. The 5K Revlon Run/Walk for Women raises money and awareness for women’s cancer treatment, research, and outreach programs. This will be my eight year participating in this fundraising event and it is one that I look forward to throughout the year, signaling my official start to spring. For a registration fee of just $25.00, you are not only helping out a great cause, but you are able to witness more than 40,000 New Yorkers uniting for the same cause, while also uniting to claim their T-shirt and free gift bag, which I must admit has some amazing Revlon trinkets. Although you may cringe at the thought of waking up early on a Saturday to be in Times Square at 8:30am, the rush after passing the finish line after your 5K stroll through Central Park, knowing that you have helped spread awareness to eliminate women’s cancers, makes it all worthwhile.
Sign up early to avoid the late-registration fee at http://www.revlonrunwalk.com/ny/index.htm plus, lunch is included...and Cosi is sponsoring!
Hope to see you there!
Monday, April 6, 2009
What a tease! After an absolutely gorgeous day yesterday, we are back to April showers and gloomy, gray skies. Hopefully you got to enjoy the weather yesterday, but as for today, I must confess I have absolutely nooo desire to try to brave the rain. So, I think I’m going to try to cook dinner tonight and cozy up to TV. Ok, so I may be staying in just so that I can catch Gossip Girl, but who needs to know that part, right?
On the dinner agenda: Ginger Orange Chicken Kabobs on Lemongrass Skewers. Uber simple, quick, delicious, and healthy!
3 chicken breast, boneless and skinless, cut into 1-inch pieces
2 TBS olive oil
1 TBS rice vinegar (regular vinegar will work if you don’t have rice vinegar handy)
1 cup of orange juice
1 tsp salt
1 stalk lemon grass, chopped, plus 3 lemongrass stalks to use as skewers
1 two-inch piece ginger, peeled and sliced
1 cloves garlic
1 peeled orange
2 scallions, cut into 1 1/2 inch lengths
1/2 TBS sesame seeds, toasted
In bowl of food processor, place olive oil, rice vinegar, orange juice, salt, lemon grass, ginger and garlic cloves. Process until lemon grass is chopped fully, about 3 minutes. Transfer to glass bowl. Add chicken breast to bowl. Cover and refrigerate at least two hours, or until you are ready to assemble the kabobs.
Peel the three lemongrass stalks to prepare for skewering. Peel until you have reached the thick, but thin stalk of the lemongrass. Set aside.
Preheat oven broiler. Thread chicken pieces, orange slices, and scallions onto the lemongrass skewers. Place on grill and cook, turning once, until chicken is firm and opaque, about 6-8 minutes per side. Plate on serving platter and sprinkle with sesame seeds.
Done! You have yourself an amazing meal to look forward to tonight. Don’t roll your eyes. Come on, just give it a try! I swear it won’t take long AND you’ll save money on that takeout.
Sunday, April 5, 2009
Saturday, April 4, 2009
b. Budget friendly, aka: less than $50
c. something that she would actually wear for once.
Lucky for me, I found a perfect solution to all female-based birthday gift dilemmas: Pippin Vintage Jewelry. Located on the side street of 17th street between 6th and 7th Avenue, Pippin is overflowing with fabulous gift ideas for any girl (fabulous vintage gift ideas to be exact). Earrings! Rings! Necklaces! Cuff links! Bracelets! It’s vintage costume jewelry heaven. Pippin has drawers upon drawers of vintage jewelry that the stores owners purchase weekly at auctions throughout New York, therefore are new necklaces and accessories that appear in the windows each week. Not only is the jewelry all unique, but the prices are what have me going back over and over again! With earrings starting at $5.00, you can find a gift for every friend; with each one recognizing the time and thought that went into buying the gift, while also making them think you must have paid at least $45 for those 1950’s clip ons. But, if it is $45 that you truly want to spend, there is some fine-antique jewelry cased off too that will make for an extra-special Mother’s Day gift. So, pop on into Pippin this weekend and I can assure your anxiety over buying a birthday gift will be ::poof:: Gone!
112 West 17th Street
New York, NY 10011
Friday, April 3, 2009
After having worked at Madison and 56th this past summer, I grew tired of meeting friends at the same drab Café Europa for lunch everyday. Mixing up the lunch hour should not consist of venturing to Cosi rather than to Café Europa. I had walked down Madison about a hundred times that summer, yet I never noticed the navy blue awing of the seafood restaurant, Caviar Russe. It wasn’t until my sister, who also works in midtown, chose the restaurant as the location of our lunch date that I realized Caviar Russe was one of the best deals in town! As a frequent reader of the Zagat Guide, this was one restaurant I hadn’t recalled.
After ringing the buzzer on Madison, you are buzzed up the marble staircase to a dining room that overlooks the lunch hour crowd rushing back to their desks. The tuxedo-clad wait staff sits you down and passes out the large menu consisting of one of the largest selections of caviar in the United States. Amidst the pricey menu, the prix-fixe $19.99 two course menu seems to rise to the top. Obviously, we choose the latter. Soon enough my spicy tuna tartare appetizer arrived at our table, elegantly plated, followed by my Chef’s choice sashimi selection meticulously placed on ice. Two pieces of salmon, tuna, octopus, eel, and yellowtail sashimi stared back at me, but all was missing was the fisherman who had just minutes ago reeled them in. This was assuredly the freshest fish I had in New York at such a price. To finish off the meal, although not included, a trip to Caviar Russe would not be the same without an order of their signature Walnut Tart with espresso ice cream—a must have. At a Zagat Rated 25 for food, I did not understand why this deal had not already been exploited. All I can say is…it was a lot harder to go back to Café Europa the next day. The pressata just did not taste the same while sitting near the window glancing up at the diners savoring their tartare. ::sigh:: If only the menu was $16.99 could I perhaps justify dining in such extravagance every day. Until then, pass over the stale ciabbata roll.
538 Madison Avenue
between 54th and 55th Streets
New York, NY 10022
Reservations: (212) 980-5908