Much a-do in NYC

For those of you who have employers who give a damn about Columbus Day, congratulations. I get to work on Monday while you sleep in and somewhere in your subconscious thank Mr. Columbus for doing what he did and giving you another day off in the year.

On that note, it’s Friday! And I’ve decided to start a weekly tribute on fun/exciting/different things to do in NYC each weekend. This is an amazing city filled with so much culture, food, and spontaneity… and there’s always a ton of events happening around town. It’s a happenin’ place ya know. You just need to see your options!

And here they are in no particular order…

1. NYC Wine & Food Festival
Celebrity chefs such as Bobby Flay, Rachael Ray, Guy Fieri, Tyler Florence, and many more put on a display of culinary demonstrations, discussion panels, book signings, etc… If you get lucky, maybe they’ll let you taste their More details at http://www.nycwineandfoodfestival.com/2010/

2. Park Avenue Armory‘s Indoor Carnival I haven’t been to an actual carnival in years! And this just sounds bloody brilliant. Carnival junk food, carnival games, rides, and theatrics! What more do you need? Oh yeah, and it’s in New York City. Pow. Take a date on a ferris wheel ride, watch some magic tricks, and top it off with some cotton candy or funnel cake. Admission is only $5 for adults, but rides are additional. I recommend to get an unlimited ride wrist band for $20! You can’t go wrong with that. I convinced my husband to go check this out this weekend! Woohoo! More details at http://www.armoryonpark.org/index.php/programs_events/detail/carnival/

3. The Wizard of Oz
For the kids this weekend, the Children’s Museum of Manhattan lets you and your kids experience the wonders of the classic 1939 movie, The Wizard of Oz. First of all, 1939?! Wow! I still remember where I was when I first saw this movie. It was a “lock in” (you guys remember those right?!) at the YMCA with my entire 4th grade class. The entire gym floor was filled with sleeping bags and they put up a giant projector screen and played the Wizard of Oz! LOVED IT! Anyway, the museum has setup a tornado making machine, The Wicked Witch’s Castle, and even the man behind the curtain. Super cool! Check out more details at cmom.org

4. New York Comic Con/Anime Festival
Calling all geeks! Who needs Halloween when you can dress up in your favorite fictional comic and anime characters for an entire weekend? Riiiight. More details at newyorkcomiccon.com.

Alright New Yorkers… go get em! And have a great weekend!

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Pieces of heaven.. by the forkful.

Yesterday, after the Susan G Komen Race for the Cure in NYC, I stopped at Crumbs and had one of these:

And it was soooo good.

SO good, that I was at a loss of words.. until today. It really was pieces of heaven in every single bite. My sweet-tooth-who-is-in-denial-that-he-has-a-sweet-tooth husband ate more than I did. And that was after he actually said the words (and I quote):

I’ll just have a bite.

I am absolute fanatic of red velvet cakes, cupcakes, whatever type of cake, I’ll eat it. We passed by the shop on our way to the car, thank goodness for that, and I had to divulge.

I’m amazed at the cupcake craze right now. There are SO MANY freaking amazing cupcakes out there and the things people do with them (don’t worry I’m keeping it clean folks) is mind boggling!

I mean, imagine this sucker as your wedding cake!!

Shit. I’ll get married to my husband again just so I can have a cupcake wedding cake.

All this cupcake talk is making me crave something sweet. Hmm….

Today is my Friday. Sort of.

The day is almost over. Thank God. The best part about today being Thursday is that I’m working only 2 hours tomorrow. So today is sort of my Friday for this nice long Labor Day weekend. We all know that I’m going to be in vacation mode as of 7am tomorrow morning, and there really is no point in me coming to work anyway. But I digress.

Tomorrow I’m supposed to be flying out to Houston, Texas, my hometown, and then heading to a bachelorette party in the badass city of Austin. I haven’t been to Austin in years and I’m super duper pumped about it!

However, there’s a giant turd that may ruin my plans and I’m sure I’ll tweet my annoyances from the airport about it all afternoon. That turd is known as Hurricane Earl. Earl is heading straight for me and will surely do whatever he can to delay my flight tomorrow afternoon. Stupid Earl.

Courtesy of AccuWeather.com

In case my flight gets canceled and I don’t make it out to Texas, I decided to find out what’s going on around town this weekend after Earl passes through us and leaves floods and fallen trees in his trail. No no, let’s be positive now. Hopefully it’ll all blow over. No pun intended.

Since I’m cheap, I turned to one of my favorite sites to find fun events around NYC… FreeEvents.net. And here are my favorites out of the bunch:

Parked Food Truck Fest. That’s right. There’s a festival celebrating truck food. Gotta love the NYC! The ferry to Governor’s Island is free, but the food isn’t. But when you’ve got selection ranging from ice cream and dumplings to lobster rolls, you can’t go wrong!

Buns and Puns. Just the name sounds intriguing. What you probably couldn’t guess is that it’s a comedy show with free cinnamon buns and free Jello shots. Hello hangover!

The 90210 Party. You read it right!! It’s a freakin 90210 party! Although it’s short notice, the party is tonight, and I’m not gonna lie, it kinda looks rad. It’s at the Peach Pit After Dark (lol) and 90s attire is encouraged.

Brazilian Independence Weekend. Who doesn’t love a free party? Better yet, who doesn’t love a free Brazilian party? Apparently the DJ, Marcos Carnaval, is all that so you can’t go wrong. Hollerrrr.

So if I don’t make it out to Texas tomorrow, you may find me at one of these. Otherwise, I’ll report my adventures in Texas when I get back next week.

Happy Labor Day in advance! And be safe kids!

NBA Free Agent overload

I used to be a much bigger basketball fan about 15 years ago than I am now. Back then, I was a die hard Rockets fan. My dad and I watched every game on TV with a bowl of popcorn. For my 13th birthday, all I got from my friends and family were Rockets championship tshirts, posters, bobbleheads, etc. (Tomboy much?? umm yeah..)

I’m a newly converted Knicks fan by association (my husband), however, and I have gone to several games. At the end of the day, I absolutely love live sports – regardless of what it is – hockey, baseball (which I normally despise watching on TV), football (love love love), and basketball.

My husband and I have a nice deal going though when it comes to the Knicks. During basketball season, we watch almost all the games if they come on TV. And in return, he puts up with my girly shows 🙂 i.e. America’s Top Model, Gossip Girl, etc. Like I said, its a nice (and fair) deal.

I thought that the summertime would be a nice break from the Knicks, but because of this free agent madness going on with Lebron, Wade, Lee, Bosh, etc… since July 1st, we’ve got 1050 ESPN on the radio in the car constantly, Sportscenter when we go to sleep, switching between normal TV and any channel that’s talking about Lebron. I’ve never seen or heard a city so edgy about this whole Lebron to NY thing…

I mean, they’ve gone as far as photoshopping him into a Knicks uniform.. which I find quite hilarious.

Knicks dream come true??

So now as a (new) Knicks fan, I have a vested interested in the whole outcome of the free agent… thing. I don’t even know what to call it. Ha. But I’m sooo tired of hearing about it all weekend. Lebron, stop stringing everyone along and just make a damn decision. Anything. Just so people can get their lives back to normal. You’ve screwed with the entire country. Yesterday on 1050 ESPN radio, all the callers were basically saying the same thing. This guy has people going in circles!

Just ready to see what big things happen next for the NBA. And then move on with my life. Well more like my husband moving on with his life 🙂 I’m just fine.

ssssssssmokin!

Breaking records in the Big Apple. It’s been over 80 degrees all week. I LOVE IT.

Bring on the heat!!

The summer breeze came rolling in…

Perfect spot on the grass between two wonderful trees...

The sun is shining, there’s a warm breeze, the grills are fired up with sizzling steaks, burgers, and hot dogs… Its official folks, summer is finally here!!!

The obvious kickoff of summer is Memorial Day weekend, when the dust is wiped off the grills and the white pants and shoes are taken out of the back of the closet. Seriously folks, thank goodness for warm weather. After the nasty weather that NY went thru this winter, its time New Yorkers got a treat!

On this gorgeous Monday off, I spent  my day picnicking in Liberty State Park with my hubby, family, and friends. Without a doubt, an abundance of food was present: fruit, snacks, indian style sandwiches, puri aaloo, turkey burgers, sausages, and hot dogs. My mouth was watering… I was so excited to eat.

Coming from the great state of Texas, where the heat can get seriously intolerable, the weather in NY in the summer is just spectacular. Sure, there’s a couple of weeks of ridic hellish like heat but I’d honestly rather have that than several feet of snow.

Can't wait for the super hot weather!

Although… I do act like a 10 year old when it snows and am itching to play it in as soon as the snow starts falling. Gosh I’m totally Malcolm in the middle – I love warm/hot weather, and I love playing in the snow!

As surprised as I am that I’m actually blogging about weather, I did have a point… I just forgot what the point was.

C’est la vie.

Now they’ve crossed the line…

The line has been drawn... literally!

Someone [impatient] just had to do it… separating New Yorkers and tourists on a NYC sidewalk really does draw the line.

1. Helloooo, this is New York CITY we’re talking about! If we love the city and rant & rave about it to everyone who doesn’t live here, why would we try to separate locals from outsiders?

2. The Big Apple had 45.6 MILLION visitors in 2009 (courtesy of nycgo.com). That’s just crazy! And these visitors are key to boosting our economy. Imagine all 45 million people in their I heart NYC shirts… ahh what a sight that would be 🙂

I have to admit… I’m totally guilty of giving a big audible SIGH when I have to walk around tourists in the city, but this is really crossing the line (pun intended). I just know what areas to totally avoid on the weekends – i.e. Times Square, Empire State Bldg, etc… otherwise I’d better have my steel toe shoes on to a) kick people aside and b) prepare for the toe stomping from thousands of people in the confined spaces.

I wonder if the coward who borrowed his/her kid’s sidewalk chalk will speak up. I’d be curious to hear the reasoning behind it!

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