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May 04, 2016

15 Very Last Minute Mother's Day Gifts

I'm going to go out on a limb and assume that you forgot about Mother's Day if you opened up this article. Or maybe, like most of us, it feels like it creeped up on you out of nowhere. It's not that you forgot Mother's Day, you just sort of maybe forget exactly when it was, and before you knew it, it was here.

You know who didn't forget Mother's Day, though? You know you didn't forget to wake you up for school every morning, or what time to pick you up from practice? You know who didn't forget that your friend Sean is allergic to peanuts and would always make sure to have an alternative for him at all of your birthday parties? Your mom. Your mom didn't forget any of these things, and now it's time to show her how much it is that you #xo love her.

Even though our millennial minds have 4,000,000 things running through them at all times, you still have a few days to pick up something special for the special lady in your life. Here a few great options under any price range that you can still get your hands on right now!

Thanks for all of those planned sleepovers and pancakes in the morning, moms of the world.

May 03, 2016


It's time to talk about where you should be stuffing your face this week. Coming in strong with the 2nd edition of my where to eat in nyc series, this one is full of healthy spots since summer is right around the corner. I've been trying my hardest to stay on track, and lose the last few Italy pounds that I have left, so I'm excited to share some 'good decision' places with you. 

Note: there are a few cheat day spots on this roundup as well, because it wouldn't be a Food and the City article without a little fat mixed in.

1) Mulberry & Vine: Mulberry & Vine is slowly starting to become one of my favorite lunch spots. Also, I feel really cool saying I even have a favorite lunch spot. Being someone who works from home, you typically think of us laying on the couch with our faces half way down a bag of chips as our lunch. It makes me feel both productive and mature to now have favorite lunch spots, and Mulberry & Vine is most certainly one of them. The real winner at this place is their 3-veggie of the day plate. As the name suggests, you get a sizable helping of 3 vegetables. Not only does this rotate seasonally, it changes daily, making sure to provide you eats that are both fresh and in season. 

INDAY: I would be lying if I led you to believe that I knew much about Indian food. The truth is, I rarely ever eat the stuff. Not that I'm not a fan, because I am, it's just that "let's order Indian" never really seems to cross my mind that often. Some may identify that type of statement as being a close-minded millennial who hasn't explored the depths of food culture that this city has to offer. You may be right, as I can't quite vouch for the authenticity of this place, but what I do know, is that it's damn good.

Magnolia Bakery: If you know anything about New York City, or any knowledge in operating Instagram, you've heard of Magnolia Bakery, and might even be slightly disappointed to be seeing them on yet another foodie roundup. The truth is, they really do deserve all of the attention that they receive. You may not think their cupcakes are the greatest on this planet, but if you've never had their banana pudding, I highly suggest you reevaluate every other decision you've made up until this point. This stuff is the absolute shit, and I say that with much style and grace. The only option you should be giving yourself when it comes to this stuff is whether or not you want to order 2 or 3 of them. Go.

Empanada Mama: Cue the angels singing, for you have now stumbled upon something great. I've been going to Empanada Mama for years, and if you ask any non-transplant New Yorker, they'll tell you the same: these are some of the greatest empanadas you will ever have. There used to be 2 locations, but now only one remains after their Hell's Kitchen location burnt down during storm Jonas (#RIP.) A few things I'd like to point out, they have a special menu for baked empanadas if you'd prefer that over a fried version. I almost always opt for this, because then I'm able to rationalize eating 4 of them in my head. My favorite are the shredded chicken, and I'm pretty sure they'll become your favorite, too. Even better than all this? They're open 24 hours. You're welcome. 

Sigmunds Pretzels: I was hesitant to add a pretzel shop to the roundup, because as a born and bred New Yorker, I'm a true believer in street cart pretzels. A little dirt ain't never hurt nobody, and NYC food trucks have a city charm to them like no other. But, I would be doing you a disservice if I didn't tell you about Sigmunds. While the street cart pretzels will always have a special place in my heart, the reality is that they'll never be the best. Sigmunds offers a variety of flavors, the everything version being shown above, and they each have a butter, doughy, delicious texture. Everything you'd want in a soft pretzel. Did I mention they'll give you a free one if you also order a beer at their bar? Kbye.

Chloe's Soft Serve Fruit: Coming in as my new favorite place ever, I introduce you to Chloe's. My life was forever changed last week when I tried this place out for the first time. Chloe's is serving up SOFT FRUIT, as in, fruit pureed and pulsed to become the texture of ICE CREAM. Much like your favorite froyo spot, they have a variety of toppings for you to choose from, as well as syrups and sauces. If you want an absolute guilt-free treat, this is it. Nearly 25 years on this planet and I still believe in magic. It's called Chloe's.

Casa Agave: This spot is a pure gem located in Hell's Kitchen. One of my girlfriends and I randomly found it while trying to kill some time a few weeks back. We saw what I'd like to think of as a sign from the heavens that God truly does want us to be happy. A sign with the words "Happy hour: $5 margaritas" written across a chalkboard unfolded in front of their door. That was enough to get us in, and the quality of the drinks and food were enough to get us back a couple of times since. Bartender Demetrio is a pure margarita chemist, and I'm very happy he and this place exists. Pictured above is the strawberry margarita, and it's going to be my midtown summer staple.

Happy eating, New York!

May 02, 2016

3 Healthy Green Smoothies That Don't Suck

Knock, knock. Who's there? Green. Green who? Green smoothie that you've neglected all winter and now carry around 10 lbs of winter weight and, oh yea, my best friend Summer is around the corner looking for a parking spot and we're here to ruin your life. It's gonna be a great time.

Jajajaja. It's like a missed my calling to be comedian sometimes. I crack myself up. But then I also make myself cry at the thought that I did truly slack off in the health department this past winter. Between traveling to Italy, and becoming more involved in NYC foodie scene, I definitely have had my fair share of carbs and enough fair share of #greens.

April 20, 2016

Spicy Avocado Hummus

Hummus has always been one of those things that I've remained to be very picky with. In the past, whenever I would order it off of a menu, it would always be bland and boring and I'd end up binging on something less healthy because I never felt satisfied. Which brings me to the next point that I'd like to make: we should get a refund on calories for the foods that didn't taste as good as we thought they would. How great would life be if this could actually happen? I'd get a big, fat refund check from the calorie gods. 

Because of my hummus pickiness, I've given up ever ordering it at restaurants and now I make it myself at home! I've played around with a ton of different varieties, but today's recipe has now become my absolute favorite.

April 13, 2016

It's officially festival season!

Festival season is upon us, friends! Which can only mean one thing... we are getting closer and closer to summer nights and easy, breezy weekends. While NYC's winter was quite a warm one, it almost made waiting for spring and summer even harder. You wanted to wear shorts and drink a cold IZZE on a boat, but oh right, it was December. 

Now that warmer days are here, with even warmer days ahead, it's time to start planning your sunshine itinerary. With festival season kicking off in a couple of weeks, I thought it was necessary to share my go-to outfit from last season, as well as a fun playlist I put together to get you all in the mood!

Also, we need to talk about the song "Party Train" but Redfoo. You're hearing it hear first that it's going to be the official summer banger of 2016. I can just feeeeeeel it, and I'm usually pretty spot on with these things. If only I was as accurate with relationships and finances the way I am with music, but alas, I am not. 

I plan to jam out like a madwoman to this playlist during every pre-game, spontaneous dance party, while I get ready... you name it.

This outfit right here is what my friends like to describe as my summer uniform. BBQ's, festivals, traveling, doesn't matter. You will always find me in a pair of high-waisted shorts paired with a tank and cute set of sandals. If I'm out in the sun, which you will be all festival season long, I always bring a hat to shield me from the rays. You can't go wrong with this sort of get-up, and I think you should adopt it as your summer uniform, also.

Last but not least, don't forget to bring along a 6-pack or two of IZZE Sparkling Grapefruit, which will be my go-to summer drink. It's refreshing, delicious, and it's pink. What more do you need? Oh right, maybe some vodka, but I won't tell if you don't.

April 08, 2016

Some Thoughts About Coffee..

Today isn't National Coffee Day. Today isn't even a day in which coffee is more prevalent than it usually is. I just feel like talking about coffee, because it's Friday and Friday should be dedicated to things that we love. I just so happen to really, really love coffee.

Pictured about is a venti skinny caramel macchiato from Starbucks, which also happens to be my go-to order. I post a wide variety of this exact photo, because I shamelessly get one at least 4 times a week, and always get a ton of comments asking what magical drink this is. Now you know my secret, and I'll be accepting deliveries of it all week, incase you thought to send me one. Just kidding... (?)

Also, side note; did you know that a Starbucks caramel macchiato isn't even a real macchiato. Like, at Starbucks it is a real macchiato because it's a physical being that you can touch and taste and what not. But science aside, a macchiato is sort of like an espresso shot, and isn' usually in the form of a sugary iced caramel-syrup infused creation. Now that I think about it, maybe I'm just in love with sugar. Doubtful.