I really love being in New York during the holidays. This festive time of year sees the city transform into a wonderland of holiday lights and iconic traditions—like the lighting of the tree in Rockefeller Center and the New Year’s Eve ball drop in Times Square. A number of holiday-themed festivals and markets also pop up this time of year.
In addition to the famous New Year’s Eve Ball Drop in Times Square, and the lighting of the Christmas tree in Rockefeller Center, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is one of the most popular New York City holiday celebrations.
Anyone who has spent enough time in New York City will tell you that sporting designer brands is pretty much a way of life for a lot of city dwellers and visitors. This metropolis is full of high-end boutiques and department stores that carry everything from Alexander McQueen to Louis Vuitton.
Last week, I went to an event at Scarlatto Italian Restaurant—a great Midtown eatery that specializes in Roman-style Italian cuisine. Located in the heart of the Theater District, Scarlatto is the perfect place to grab a meal before or after a show.
The new exhibition Our Global Kitchen: Food, Nature, Culture opens to the public tomorrow at the American Museum of Natural History. The exhibit examines anything and everything having to do with food: celebrating cultures and cooking, historic meals and markets, and moments in our lives that we mark with food, as well as the ingredients that we have discovered and shaped over the course of thousands of years.
This past Sunday, I had brunch with a friend at Gemma, a Lower East Side restaurant in The Bowery Hotel. I went to the hotel for an industry party a few years ago, but never the restaurant, so I was excited for the invite.
I’m a little bit of a comedy nerd. I’m not very funny, but I can appreciate the hilarity of other people. In college, a classmate wanted to try improv and I tagged along to The People’s Improv Theater (better known as The PIT) for one of their free improv jam nights.
In 1992, I was nine years old. I don’t know too many kids today with a great memory, and back then I was no exception. However, the one thing I recall vividly is “Achy Breaky Heart” playing on what seemed like a constant loop on the radio. A few years later, I even line danced to it during middle school dances.
Last week, I found myself in major need of a haircut. It was Friday when I made this decision and called my go-to salon, Wellington Hair Spa, to make an appointment for Saturday. Unfortunately, my lovely stylist Kay was off this past weekend, but I was able to book an appointment with the owner, Patrick Wellington.
Tonight and Saturday, head to The Allen Room at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Frederick P. Rose Hall, for a night of blues with Grammy®-winning guitarist and vocalist Alvin Youngblood Hart. Fellow guitarist Corey Harris and harmonica player Phil Wiggins will join Hart for two nights of acoustic blues.