It’s been a while since I even posted something on this blog – I could blame my crazy schedule, but it was mostly because I was lazy and had severe writer’s block. But I’m back, and hopefully blogging through the rest of December.
Anyway, it’s Monday, which means it’s my food and/or neighborhood gem day! One of my favorite neighborhood restaurants is Rustic LES, hidden in the Lower East Side, off the corner of Ridge & Stanton Streets. This is a food truck turned into a brick-and-mortar restaurant. It specializes in Moroccan food, but I like it because the portions tend to be huge for reasonable (NYC) prices. I’ve been here for both dinner & brunch, and it’s a place that even my parents like. Tip: if you come here for brunch, your first mimosa is free. And it comes in a huge glass. Also, the lamb burger is DELICIOUS and HUGE. (Pictured below, courtesy of Rustic LES’ Instagram.)
If you think their prices (listed on their website) are still too expensive for your tastes, they often have Groupons/Gilt City/Yelp deals, so keep an eye out. I love this place because the food is delicious, service is fantastic, and the owner is very hands-on with his business. It’s a true neighborhood hangout – the owner doesn’t tend to forget a face, and will always wave out the window if he sees you passing by. It’s also a very tiny restaurant – seating maybe 15 at most. Yet, you won’t feel claustrophobic – unless you go to the bathroom. It’s perfect for date night, or a girly brunch. Check it out – the menu changes throughout the year due to what’s in season, but the food is always so good.
124 Ridge Street, off the corner of Ridge & Stanton Streets
Tu: Open for Supper Club, call to inquire/make reservations
W/Th: 5:30 p.m. – 11:30 p.m.
F: 5:30 p.m. – 12:00 a.m
Sat: 10:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.; 5:30 p.m. – 12:00 a.m.
Sun: 10:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.; 5:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.
I don’t remember how I got introduced to The League – but I’m absolutely obsessed. The series revolves around six [seriously competitive] friends who participate in a fantasy football league & I somehow love it, even though I don’t understand football at all. But because I understand competition, sh*t-talking, friendships & comedy, I absolutely adore this show.
Image Credit: IMDB.
If you’ve never heard of this show before, I don’t blame you – it’s pretty under-appreciated. But it’s on Netflix, so go and spend a day (or two) catching up on the first four seasons - and getting a fantastic ab workout from all the laughing you’re going to do. And once you’re done, get FXX and watch season five! What impresses me the most is that the cast basically improvises the entire show – and it’s so seriously funny. I don’t think I’ve sat through a single episode without laughing, and I doubt I ever will. Continue reading
I admit – I totally knew who Ariana Grande was before Yours Truly came out. Not only do I have the Original Broadway Cast recording of 13, I also babysit pretty often. And one of the girls I babysit was absolutely obsessed with Victorious; she’s now pretty obsessed with Sam & Cat. I have to say, Grande can pull off probably any hair color – she’s absolutely gorgeous. And insanely talented. And only 20 years old. Making me feel seriously unaccomplished. (Seriously, what is with all of these professional young people?)
Anyway, if you follow me on Twitter, you know that I’ve been pretty much obsessing over her debut album, Yours Truly.
I haven’t been able to stop playing it on repeat since I got it – it’s that amazing. I think it has a early Mariah Carey vibe, but sung by a girl with a Christina Aguilera/Kristen Chenoweth ranged voice. Some of the notes that Grande hits are pretty insane – in the best way possible. Yours Truly is not one of those albums with one hit single & a bunch of “ehh, it’s alright” songs – it’s an album where every single track is crazy good. I definitely have my favorites (and they’re not any of her current #1 singles), but Yours Truly is definitely an album worth buying. Continue reading
This was the first year I was with a company that actually put on a show during New York Fashion Week. And it was absolutely exciting, thrilling, amazing and exhausting. Totally worth it, as you can see from the finale:
I learned quite a few things during those two weeks – but here are my top three lessons: Continue reading
Autumn has always been my favorite season. When I was younger, it was my favorite season because I got to reclaim NYC from the overcrowding summer tourists. (This has not changed.) When I was in junior high, it was because my friends and I would spend a night bonding over spending way too much money at the Little Italy San Gennaro fair. (I’m not friends with them anymore, and the fair is no longer as awesome as it used to be.) In high school, it meant a new year bringing me closer to college (and away from my lovable, well-meaning but hovering tiger parents). In college, it meant reclaiming my independence (from my lovable but suffering from “empty nest syndrome” hovering parents) and seeing friends who weren’t in NYC for the summer.
Now that I’m [supposedly] all grown up, I look forward to new things when autumn comes back around. Here’s what I’m looking forward to for Fall 2013: Continue reading