All posts tagged: New York City

A Weekday Adventure to Brooklyn

If there’s one thing I’ve learned since entering the full-time-working-professional-life, it’s that you need to find fulfilling things to do outside of work – regardless of what day of the week it is. Far too often, at the end of a work day I find myself rushing home to sit on my couch and mindlessly watch TV. Granted, there are definitely days where I need some time to rest, relax, and unwind after a day at the office – but at the same time, if you’re wishing your whole week away just to make it to the weekend, you’re wishing away a big chunk of your life. (I could probably present you with some impressive calculation around said chunk of time, but I think that might be super depressing for the both of us.) Recently, I’ve been trying to be more cognizant of the fact that, yes, the next forty-some years of my life are going to be spent working – but more importantly, if I spend my whole adult life feeling like all I …

Back to the Bronx

With the move coming up, Matt and I have been trying to be more frugal in our spending – eating out less, going out to drink less, etc. In line with that effort, we also decided to hold off from going to a Yankee game so far this season. Although tickets aren’t always too pricey, it’s the rest of the experience that gets expensive – the beers, the hot dogs, the snacks… all that good stuff. But now that spring weather is FINALLY here, we found ourselves itching to get to a game. Earlier this week, I decided to “just look” at the Stubhub ticket prices for the Yankees Red Sox series. Low and behold, grandstand tickets (aka nosebleed seats) were totally reasonable. So, we decided to go for it – not only was the weather supposed to be gorgeous, but it was YANKEES RED SOX, the greatest rivalry in baseball between the (current) two best teams. The weather did not disappoint – it was a beautiful evening for game two of the series. The …

My Favorite Places: Smorgasburg

Spring is (almost) here! And with the warm(ish) weather comes the opportunity to emerge from my winter-long hibernation on my couch and take advantage of all the fun outside activities the city has to offer. One of my favorite places to frequent in said warm weather is Smorgasburg – an open-air food market that pops up in Williamsburg on Saturdays and Prospect Park on Sundays. So, with empty stomachs and high expectations, Matt and I made our way to Brooklyn to indulge in a day full of decadent dishes. Not only is the food out of this world, but the views don’t suck either. It’s fun to see the skyline from the other side of the East River – I’m so used to the view from across the Hudson in Hoboken. East River State Park has both grass and beach areas, making it a great place for a photo opp (or several). Brooklyn is always a fun place to visit in any case – although I usually don’t feel like I’m cool and/or trendy enough …

A Lot O’ Gelato at Mia Chef Gelateria

I’m usually pretty good at thinking of gifts for Matt. I’ve gotten him Yankee tickets and concert tickets for his birthday, a messenger bag for his new job, and a Patagonia jacket and couple’s massage last Christmas (okay, the couple’s massage clearly benefited me as well, but you get the gist). But this year for some reason, I was having trouble thinking of a good Christmas gift. On our commute to work one morning, we both ended up admitting we were having trouble thinking of gifts for each other. A year and a half of dating and we were out of ideas?! That day at work, I racked my brain for a good idea. As a couple, we typically tend to prefer experiences over material gifts. So, I found myself on the most reliable source for affordable experiences – good ole Groupon. As I browsed, I realized some sort of cooking class might be a fun idea. We always talk about learning to cook (other than pasta, chicken, and the occasional tacos, our collective knowledge …

Flying Into 2018

If you read my post about my 25th birthday (also known to the vast majority of the public as “Christmas Day”), you already know that my boyfriend, Matt, truly goes above and beyond for me. Well, in the case of my actual birthday present, he REALLY went above and beyond, and not just in the figurative sense. In fact, we BOTH went above and beyond in a very real way – on a helicopter tour of Manhattan! Now, let me preface this by saying I am not a good flyer. Planes, for some reason unbeknownst to even myself, scare “the bejesus” out of me. I just don’t like flying – the takeoff, the landing, the turbulence, the EXTREMELY HIGH ALTITUDES… yeah, it all freaks me out. So, Matt knew he was taking a risk in getting me a gift that involved all of the above. But Matt also knew that A) I prefer gifts that are a memorable experience, and B) I am down for anything that will result in amazing photos. And this experience …

Welcome to the Judge’s Chambers

Last Sunday we found ourselves (yet again!) at our favorite place — Yankee Stadium! We made our way in, anticipating the usual: get some food, get some beer, and enjoy the game. Little did we know what was in store for us! Once we had gotten to the outfield stands, we decided we should take a nice picture before the game started. I, being my usual shy self, wasn’t sure who to ask. Matt scoped out a guy dressed in business casual who seemed to work at the stadium, and asked him to take a quick photo of us. As I checked the outcome, he asked Matt, “Just wondering, do you guys love Aaron Judge?” I instantly perked up. No shit, Sherlock! Matt nodded and the guy (God bless him, but I cannot remember his name for the life of me… I think I blacked out in that moment) pulled two wristbands out of his coat pocket. “Would you like to be in the Judge’s Chambers today?” he asked. We both nodded enthusiastically — I’m …

All Rise for #99

If it isn’t evident from my posts so far, my boyfriend, Matt, is the best. A few weeks ago, he surprised me with tickets to the Yankees/Mariners game and not only that, he got seats in right field by Aaron Judge. Oh, and did I mention he also got me a Judge #99 shirt to wear to the game? So, like I said, he’s the best. Not only did it happen to be the perfect weather for an August Friday night game, it was also Star Wars night (!!!!!). Being the incredible nerd that I am, I was super hyped about that. Matt probably couldn’t have picked a better game for us to go to. It was my first of the year, his fourth? Or fifth? Something like that. The one game we went to last year was in mid-July and it was a toasty 98 degrees. I thought I was going to pass away several times at that game, so this experience was far more enjoyable. Like I said, our seats were right by …

I Love NY (Sometimes)

When I was young, I was adamant that I would never live in New York City. I hated city life; hated the concrete, hated the smell, hated the crowds. Needless to say, I have since come around to the idea of city life (given the fact that my sole source of income is located in the heart of Manhattan) but there are still times that I’d love to pack up and leave NYC forever. My way of navigating around these fleeting feelings of dissonance include A) living in Hoboken so I can escape during my hours of slumber and B) taking advantage of all the cool things New York has to offer. Case in point – the yacht owned by the New York Health & Racquet Club (aka my gym). Typically this yacht ride is $30 per person, but my friend (and co-worker, but more so friend), Alex, and I were able to take advantage of a corporate partnership event and get a free 2 hour ride around Manhattan. And yes, I know what you’re …

10 Must-Try Restaurants in the NYC Area

I love food. I love food that is good for you, I love food that is bad for you but tastes good for you. I even love food that is bad for you and makes you feel bad afterwards. I love eating until I’m painfully full and can’t walk and all I can do is complain about how full I am. And I especially love carbs. Carbs are just the best. Now, I am by no means a New York City food connoisseur. In fact, one of my goals in life is to become said food connoisseur and know all the best places with the best hidden treats (specifically fried mac and cheese balls, which are, for the record, a food that makes you feel bad afterwards). But for now, I’m just a regular girl who occasionally goes out to eat and takes six or seven almost identical photos of her food from slightly different angles. Now, it’s time for (you guessed it!) me to show you these photos and talk all about the mouth-watering,  decadent meals I once …