Elevated Living: NYC Musts Old & New

An old adage usually goes something like, “Being around family should last the extent of fish in the fridge; 2-3 days max.” Alas, call me crazy, but time always seems too short when visiting my family; even after a week!

Fortunately in our maturity and growth, as both a family and individuals, we’ve developed quite the rhythm. Unfortunately, in spending time with them (and The City being so overwhelmingly full of exciting people to see and things to do) I have to be diligent in my “Must Visit” list.

Here are a few, yes a FEW, of my personal “NYC Musts,” God willing, weather pending.

1) Union Square Greenmarket:

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I grew up going to this farmer’s market as a kid. I distinctly remember being pushed around in a stroller, excited at the prospect of petting goats straight from the farm, where my parents went to get goat milk before it was trendy. (Such visionaries those two!) There were apples to snack on, fresh cider to sip, and I couldn’t wait to get my hands on a ‘sausage stick,’ while taking in the sites and sounds of farm fresh goodness abound.

To this day, if I’m in town on a Monday, Wednesday or obvious Saturday- the Union Square Greenmarket is a must. I grab a $2 bag of salted pretzels from Martin’s Pretzels and at least a 1/2 quart of apple cider from Breezy Hill Orchard. Oh, and in the winter, I never opt for cider donuts, but always pair their hot mulled cider with a molasses cookie. I don’t know how they do it, but they are always chewy no matter the time of day you purchase them!!! I grab my snacks and wander through the farm fresh goodness abound, like a kid in a farmer’s market.

2) East Village Cheese:

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$1 Brie. There. I said it. If you’ve read my blogs at all, you know, I’m into Frugality without compromise of enjoyment in any form. Even loving many of the finer things in life, I still cry; “With God as My Witness, I shall never go hungry again,” and East Village Cheese answers my cries and cravings without a huge dent in my wallet. Brie, Carr’s crackers, Prosciutto, and oh so much more are found hidden inside this hole in the wall establishment. Specials of the day are strewn across the storefront with signs on 8×11 pieces of paper with colored markers. I always try to shop here during the day on weekdays when it’s least crowded. However, if you do decide to stop in, ‘post Farmer’s Market on a Saturday,’ come with time, and much patience, to this unique gem.

3) L.A Burdick:

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I’m lucky enough to have this establishment not once, but twice in Boston (Harvard Square & Copley Square). However, I come to the Flat Iron, NYC location for my Dark Chocolate Grey Goose Martini. Are you kidding me? I mean seriously! The first time I had it, I fell in love. The way it coated my mouth and soothed my soul in a chocolate haven. The bustle of a tiny little European style cafe, was the perfect atmosphere to be lost in NYC, yet found inside that perfectly shaped V of a glass. Slowly sipping to The Point, enjoying the fresh chocolate shavings, that lasted until the decadent finale. Mon dieu, I can face anything after that. Even a long ride back to Boston. 🙂

Until then, keep finding ways to “Elevate Your Everyday”

XO

*DivAmber

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Elevated Living: Start Your Week At Restaurants

Do you ever abstain from dining out because it’s too expensive? Of course! So it’s important now more than ever to learn HOW to do it!

If you’re up for going out on a Sunday, Monday, or Tuesday, you’re apt to enjoy yourself just as much, if not more than going out on the weekend. Many restaurants offer Prix Fixe meals, some only certain days of the week, usually the beginning: Sunday, Monday and Tuesday. These are the days restaurants provide enticing offers like Prix Fixe menus, specials and other options that won’t break your budget but will still fill their seats. Consider this when coordinating date night, or girls night out. Thursday, Friday and Saturday do NOT have to be your ‘go-to’ nights!

Another advantage of dining out at the beginning of the week is it’s less crowded. While everyone is getting into the groove of the week ahead, recovering from their weekends, you have a better chance to enjoy a seat at the bar; without someone reaching over you.  I have had some of my best meals at a fine dining restaurant bar on a Monday or Tuesday. In addition to a satisfying meal, I usually receive excellent service, sometimes even a complimentary glass of wine or beer pending locale. This is also the time when you can usually grab the most requested table in the house. You know the one. By the window- with the view. Or the private corner booth, booked up for months in advance.

My last two reasonings to Start Your Week At Restaurants are your budget and your mood. Starting off your week, for those that do budget, you’ll have a better outlook on the reality of your finances. You won’t be squeezing something you can’t really afford at this moment in time, but instead enjoying yourself. You’ll be paying for a 3 course meal what many will pay for just their entree later on in the week. Now feeling good about that, is a great way to start your week. It’ll help carry you through until the weekend too; and then again til next Monday’s date night.

 

Until then, keep finding ways to “Elevate Your Everyday”

XO

*DivAmber

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