Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Age Ain't Nothing But A Number.

I've dated many different men in the city.  From thirty-something finance gurus to early twenties musicians, I've given them all a chance.  I had always assumed that dating older men would equal more maturity.  But, I was wrong.  Even if a guy is a few years your senior, he may still behave like a frat boy.  I’ve learned that maturity is a personal accomplishment that each man will achieve at a different rate than his buddy on the next barstool.   Dating older men who are well into their career, own their Upper East Side one bedroom, and vacation in the Hamptons, may not be as mature and put together as you had dreamed.  Even this “perfect on paper” guy may drive you crazy with his dating games, drunken antics with his bros, or lack of communication skills.  To find the right guy who is just as mature as your lovely self, be open to dating many different men without judging them on their age alone.  If you give that younger guy a chance, he may surprise you.  What are your thoughts on age differences when dating?  



Have you dated a younger man? xo

Monday, November 29, 2010

Nasty Mondays


For five years in Barcelona, DJ’s Max and Sören have been setting the standard for in-club arrangements with Nasty Mondays.  Their movement is still going strong, as it was brought to NYC this past year at LPR.  The energy is high all night with playlists including a mix of 80’s new wave, 90’s grunge, and recent hits and remixes.

(with my girl Renie)

Kristina Marino, the creator of The Downtown Diaries and infamous downtown girl-about-town invited me last week, so I obviously had to check this out.  

(Kristina via NickyDigital)

The music was great, and the crowd of hipsters, fashionistas, and all-around cool kids, were enjoying their Monday night out dancing with drinks in hand.  Check out the next Nasty Monday on December 20th starting at 10pm.  

So go on, and party like it’s Friday night.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Thankful.

Happy Thanksgiving to all of my lovely readers! 

I’m thankful for:

My supportive and loving family.


My trustworthy, reliable, fun, and beautiful friends.


My As The World Turns family.


My East Village apartment.


Cheese.


Pink Peonies.


Glee! (and all happy fluffy television and musicals).



What are you thankful for this year? xo

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

BYOB

On a night when you’re looking to save a little money, but still enjoy a few glasses of wine while you indulge in great food, visit one of these Downtown BYOB restaurants.


Capri Caffé is an intimate Italian restaurant in TriBeCa that has become one of my favorite spots in the city.   There are only a few tables in this tiny cash only restaurant, but it’s worth the wait.   Handsome men from Italy cook in la cucina that surrounds the seating area.  Scents of olive oil and fresh herbs fill the air as you enjoy the bottles of wine you brought.  Order the Penne Alla Piazzetta (penne sautéed with fresh chopped tomatoes, garlic, oil, fresh mozzarella that’s made in-house, and basil) for only $12.95.  Cookies are freshly baked upstairs, so make sure to order a few.  For the “Bella’s” the waiters tend to give them for free.



The corner-store-sized Tartine in the West Village is the perfect restaurant for BYOB French cuisine.   Be prepared to stand in a line outside, while waiting for a table to open up.   Once you (and your bottle) are seated, you will enjoy simple, yet delicious French fare.  Try the Croque Monsieur (baked ham and Swiss cheese on brioche with green salad) for $9.50 or the Moules Frites for $18 when it’s on the Specials list.  Make sure to leave room to share one of the desserts, because they aren’t named Tartine for nothin’.


In the mood for Japanese?  L.E.S. Sushi serves fresh dishes themed after the neighborhood.  Try the Eldridge Roll (spicy crunchy albacore tuna, cucumber wrapped in salmon) for $13.  The prices are pretty average for appetizers and rolls, but without the added cost of buying drinks, it remains a good deal.


When debating over which East Village Indian restaurant to visit, as you’re being beckoned by multiple hosts standing outside, choose Milon to bring in your bottle.   This overly decorated and festive Indian restaurant is loud and cramped with hanging Christmas lights, but the cheap Indian classics (such as Chicken Tikka Masala for $6.75) keep neighborhood kids coming back. 


When in Soho, visit Ivo & Lulu for a Caribbean, French, and American Nouveau menu.  Order the Confit (roast duck leg, jerk spice, mango marinade) for $16.  Then menu is pretty small, but all dishes fall between a reasonable $12 - $17 range.

Where is your favorite BYOB restaurant?

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

A Review: Heathers



When it comes to dive bars, the East Village has got you covered.  When you’re looking for a no-frills intimate spot, venture to Heathers.  This small bar is the perfect place to catch up with old friends over tiny cans of Sofia Coppola wine.  The bar was formerly a member’s only club and dates back to the 30’s.  Unmarked frosted glass windows are the only sign that you’re at the right place.   The walls are lined in Subway tile and the bar stools and chairs are from a 70’s grade school.  Feel free to write on the chalkboard walls in the bathroom about your new crush or latest story of debauchery.  Heathers. 506 E. 13th St.

Where is your favorite dive bar? xo

Monday, November 22, 2010

NearSay

For all the latest Downtown NYC neighborhood news, events, nightlife, restaurants, shopping, and arts & culture, become a reader of NearSay!  Sign up for daily emails for your preferred neighborhoods.  You can find them on Facebook here.
I have been writing for this in-the-know New York City site for the past month.  On Friday night, I was recognized as the Breakout Blogger at an event hosted by NearSay and Tasting NYC (Thanks, Guys! I’m blushing).



The NearSay staff is an amazing group of New Yorkers who have the scoop on everything going on Downtown.  They plan to expand to more neighborhoods in Manhattan soon and even into the Outer Boroughs (who doesn’t love Brooklyn, people?)   Check out my stories here and make sure to read what my fellow contributors have to say!


Have you signed up for NearSay yet? xo

Friday, November 19, 2010

The Best Cupcakes in the East Village

Ever since Carrie Bradshaw and the ladies enjoyed cupcakes from Magnolia Bakerythese personal sized sweet treats have become the must-have pastry in NYC.  In the East Village and Lower East Side, there are so many delicious bakeries offering many varieties of cupcakes. 



At Butterlane, the cake and frosting are made with local and organic ingredients.   For $3.00 you can choose from an array of basic and seasonal frosting flavors (based in French or American butter creams) to have spread on chocolate, vanilla, or banana cupcakes.   The most popular combination is known as “The Elvis”, a banana cupcake with peanut butter frosting.  It is by far my favorite cupcake at Butterlane.



Crumbs Bakery, a well known chain in the city, is known for their oversized cupcakes for $4.50 decorated with candy pieces.  These treats are best shared with a friend.  Try the Baba Booey, a chocolate cake filled with peanut butter frosting, topped with peanut butter and chocolate cream cheese frosting and rimmed with peanut butter chips.  A portion of the proceeds is donated to LIFEBEAT.  The White Hot Chocolate is a vanilla cake with white chocolate mousse, topped with vanilla cream cheese frosting, edged with mini white chocolate chips and topped with marshmallows and white chocolate drizzle.  Crumbs Bakery is always adding new flavors for different events and holidays, so stop by often to check them out.


If you’re a fan of red velvet cupcakes, look no further than Pinisi.  For $3 these rich cupcakes are the perfect late afternoon indulgence.  Buy a dozen to bring to a party to share with friends – they will thank you!



Looking for a flavorful Vegan cupcake?  Visit Baby Cakes for gluten-free, wheat-free, soy-free, egg-free, casein free, refined sugar-free and kosher pastries.   The cupcakes come in two categories: spelt ($3.50 each or $38.50 per dozen) or gluten-free ($4.25 each or $46.75 per dozen).  Although these treats are healthy, they are always satisfying.  Try the carrot with creamy vanilla frosting for a taste of the fall season.  


Sugar Sweet Sunshine is my favorite bakery in the city.  Their Pistachio cupcake is original and delicious.  I also love their Spicy Pumpkin (pumpkin cake with cream cheese icing) and Bob (yellow cake with chocolate almond butter cream icing) cupcakes.  The cake is moist and the frosting is creamy and flavorful.  The cupcakes at Sugar Sweet Sunshine are very reasonably priced at only $1.50 each or $18 per dozen.



Where do you go for the best cupcakes? xo

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Should You Give Him Your Number?

How long after seeing a guy do you reveal your “number”?  No, not the one for your phone, but the one that represents your past.  Your past boyfriends, dates, and (possibly) mistakes.   Do you believe that revealing just how many men you’ve slept with is something you should share with your new guy or is it your private information that he doesn’t need to know?  With all the double standards for men versus women, many women feel they will be judged and labeled as a “slut” if they’ve had more partners than their man, while guys with a long list of sexual partners are generally just accepted in society – boys will be boys.  On that note, do you want to know his “number?”  Does knowing just how many people you’ve both been with matter in your current relationship?   Or is your past just your past?

 
So, should you give him your “number?” xo

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Hello, 26.



I have enjoyed celebrating my birthday for the past four years in Manhattan.  As a downtown girl-about-town, planning parties has become something I am quite good at. 

This year’s celebration was extra special because it was a triple birthday party with my two best city girlfriends.  Caitlin made the invitations and flew up from South Carolina, where she has been living with her boyfriend, after moving out of NYC this summer.  Renie and I hosted her visit and booked the bar.  The party was held at Sweet & Vicious.  With many different groups of friends in attendance, we drank, laughed, and danced the night away!








So, just how do I pick the perfect party venues?  I first take into consideration the atmosphere desired for my guests.  Do most people want to dance? Or just relax at a dive bar? I also must consider the size of the party (30+ guests: including my sorority sisters, coworkers, and city friends or an intimate gathering?)  The season is also a factor (is it warm enough for an outdoor patio or rooftop?)  With all of the bars I have been to and enjoyed, I tend to have too many to chose from!

I also like to mix it up with out of the ordinary venues, such as my 25th birthday at Superdivewhere we ordered a $600 keg of Allagash White (so delicious), played college style rounds of drinking games at our table, and of course accomplished a few keg stands.




Previous parties have been at R Bar (yes, we had a stripper pole), Fat Baby (where I may or may not have fallen asleep on our table), and Absolutely 4th (two-for-one flavored martini’s were dangerous).

(My 24th with some of my sorority sisters)

(My 23rd with my best gals and sister)

(My 22nd with some of my sorority sisters)

Where did you celebrate your birthday this year? xo
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