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New York was gorgeous today. Especially so because it followed a few days of April showers. The cool air and sunny skies were delightful.
My crew and I made our way to the Scholastic Store’s Greenhouse for my cooking event with Chef Jehangir Mehta sponsored by Parent and Child Magazine which, if I may say so myself, was a huge success!
We followed up this wonderful event, with one even more fabulous: The National Tartan Day Parade. The parade comes at the heels of the Scottish Week Celebration. The celebrations are capped by the Scotland Run, a 10K race which will take place on Sunday, April 10, 2011 in Central Park at 9:00AM.
Believe it or not, it’s Spring. Oh sure there’s been snow and freezing, icy weather, it’s Spring, at least that’s what I’ve heard. But, should there be any doubt, all you have to do is check out the beautiful celebration of the season at the 2012 Macy’s Flower Show. Here in NYC, it is being showcased in Macy’s Herald Square.
I took my boys with me and we admired the various displays of flowers and the gardens, such as the Japanese Garden, Tropical Garden, and Desert Garden just to name a few. When you first enter, through the main entrance on Herald Square, you are surrounded by flowers, and windows displaying cake creations from some of the best pastry chefs around.
Get there early in the morning and avoid most of the crowds, plus get a quick flush of flower scented air as you first walk in. Capturing a nice clear shot of your favorite arrangement is a little hard, as this yearly event draws huge crowds. I mean, it’s a pretty big deal. Such a big deal that recently a couple who met at a previous Macy’s Flower Show are celebrating their wedding at this year’s event (news coverage here), right by the Tower of Flowers.
Pick up an official guide at the store for a list of events being held till April 8th, open to the public and free of charge. Also free of charge are the tours around the store where the show is on display, giving you all sorts of details on the arrangements and the creative forces behind them.
If you are visiting NYC from out of town, Macy’s is offering those guests 10% off items throughout the store. Make sure to head over to the Visitor’s Center on the balcony level to receive your Macy’s Visitor’s Savings Pass.
I had a great time visiting the Flower Show as I’ve done many times before. It’s one of my favorite events at the store this time of year, and it reminds me that despite the gloomy, cold weather outside, Spring is in fact here!
The Macy’s Flower show is on now till April 10, 2012.
Hope you enjoy our images of the Macy’s Flower Show on our Flickr page!
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This week started a bit on the rough side, as if loosing an hour to daylight savings wasn’t enough, my family and I got hit with a 24-hour virus that left me feeling a tad out of sorts till only a day ago.
It was time to get out of the apartment. Breathe some fresh air. Take in some sunshine and start over.
Lucky for me, I was invited by Go City Cards to experience the city, and offered me three entries to any of the many attractions and venues they provide access to. I jumped at the opportunity, because no one likes to play tourist in her own city more than me.
Located in beautiful Woodstock, Vermont is The Woodstock Inn & Resort a 142-room, AAA Four Diamond Resort and member of Preferred Hotels & Resorts. It offers guests an award-winning dining experience in any of its three restaurants, also noted to be among the best in New England.
Travelers looking to get away and enjoy the start of warmer weather are welcomed to visit The Woodstock Inn & Resort to celebrate the onset of Spring and maple sugaring season in Vermont by enjoying the resort’s Sugar Season Escape package.
I have been feeling a bit gloomy lately. When I start feeling a little blue I like to grab my camera, put on my comfy sneakers, and walk the city, especially on sunny days like today. Granted it was cold, but man was it pretty.
I took my time and pacing myself throughout my long walk. In doing so I was able to visit the parts of New York City that make me most happy.
Citi Pond at Bryant Park is still celebrating it’s Winter Film Fest, with it’s last feature film showing on the evening of Valentine’s Day. Still a great time to come out and have some fun. But if you were looking to do something a bit earlier with kiddos in tow, they’ve got you covered there as well!
Citi Pond and Celsius restaurant are kicking-off Valentine’s Day weekend by hosting a free family day on Sunday, Feb. 13th. After spending the day outdoors enjoying Citi Pond’s free-admission ice skating, Celsius restaurant is a perfect spot to warm-up with hot chocolate and comfort treats featuring a special kid’s menus.
While the kid’s are creating free Valentine’s for mom, dad, grandparents or friends through stations set-up at the restaurant, parents can enjoy specially-crafted Valentine’s drinks.
Family Day which will be held from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 13th and will include:
· Activities for kids such as: crafts station where children can make valentine’s for parents, grandparents or friends
· Photographer to take complimentary pictures
· $3 off skating if you dine at Celsius
· $12 Special Valentine’s Day Cocktails such as:
HUBU Mojito: Seagram’s Raspberry, muddles berries, fresh mint.
Kiss Me Cosmo: Absolut Acai, white cranberry juice, triple second, fresh lime juice.
First Crush: Beefeater , El Mayor Blanco, Grenadine, fresh lime juice, topped with champagne
Vanilla Play: Kahlua, Absolut Vanilia, Hot Chocolate with whipped cream and chocolate shavings, served in flute.
So come on and out and celebrate the day of love with the entire family at one of our favorite New York City destinations.
One of the reasons I love what I do so much is because I get to meet many wonderful people, people who are doing incredible things!
As someone who makes it a point to seek out adventures in life and encourage others to do the same, I am always inspired by those who in some ways have thrown caution to the wind in order to pursue their dreams. Good Eats & Travel, The Series is our way of sharing these stories, through video, with you.
Our first guest is Gail Dosik, Founder and Owner of OneToughCookieNYC.com. Here’s me enjoying one of her delicious treats. I love her cookies, I love her, and I hope that after watching our very first Good Eats & Travel video, you will see why!
Every so often we will feature someone in the food or travel world, and share their adventures with you. We are excited about this new feature and hope you enjoy it as well.
Down at the tip of 125th street in Harlem, about a block away from the water’s edge is one of New York’s bar-b-que gems, Dinosaur BarBQue. I discovered this place a few years ago when it first opened in the area, at a different smaller location nearby, and though it’s one of my favorite bar-b-que places in the city I hardly ever go, mainly because of the wait.
If you don’t make reservations here the wait is impossible, and though I am too impatient (plus don’t believe that one should ever wait more than 15 minutes for a seat in a restaurant in New york City), the lines to wait never falter. Dinosaur, which started by establishing its cred among bikers in Upstate New York, now caters to all types of bar-b-que lovers from bikers to post-church Sunday crowds and it’s all been through word of mouth.
Museums have always been a great place to spend lazy afternoons. If you have kids, the “lazy afternoon” part just never happens, but there are still fun ways to enjoy the museum, especially if said museum not only has an interesting collection, but also a great family program.
The Rubin Museum of Art, located at 150 West 17th St., is one of the most serene museums I have visited in the New York area. It might have to do with the fact that it’s main focus is to display the art and culture of The Himalayas and its surrounding regions, destinations which evoke a certain level of zen to begin with because of the region’s deeply rooted spiritual beliefs, culture, and overall beauty.
The design of the museum is simple, clean, and almost demanding of relaxation once you walk in. This, despite the fact that when I first visited the museum I did so with all three kids in tow. We visited the museum as members of Kids Club Thirteen, a program for families and friends of Kids Thirteen where as such we get to enjoy 13 free and fun events throughout the year in various cultural facilities -such as The Rubin Museum- and our kids engage in activities where the theme is around their favorite television shows and characters. On this particular weekend the theme was around Franny’s Feet, a favorite show in my household about a little girl who gets to experience different cultures and people through her various adventures.
Introducing the museum to my children though the program was a wonderful idea. We had the opportunity to do arts and crafts while also watching screenings of the show. The kids had fun creating their Himalayan mountain and imagining what sort of wildlife would live on it.
We were able to walk around the museum and enjoy their beautiful collections while the kids did so as well through their efforts of completing a scavenger hunt. I find that scavenger hunts in museums is a wonderful way to engage the children and peek their interest and curiosity about their surroundings and the displays.
My tip for parents wanting to take their children to museums, but who might be nervous about them behaving unruly or getting bored, is to create a scavenger hunt of your own to bring with you if the museum’s family program doesn’t already have one in place.
The Rubin Museum of Art does have a family program available, from weekday drop-in classes to weekend programs for the entire family to enjoy.
They also have a cafe that offers both hot and cold snacks and beverages, as well as a small gift shop.
My boys had a lot of questions and were very intrigued by many of the displays. We got to see pretty much all of the exhibits, except for one floor, before they started to get tired – and this is where a membership to museums is so valuable.
Though I attended to take part in a Kids Club Thirteen activity, which was very well done and organized, I also found the staff at The Rubin to be great with the kids and very helpful. I also loved the museum itself. The Tibetan Shrine Room from the Alice S. Kandell Collection was my absolute favorite display there, I could have stayed for hours just admiring the details of it all.
Kids Club Thirteen has done an amazing job since kicking off last year in bringing in families together from the tri-state area and offering them opportunities to engage with one another through various cultural and educational events and activities. I have enjoyed the fact they have successfully brought to life the many shows my children watch in places that we might not have considered visiting, but have become favorites places to go to. For more information on Kids Club Thirteen, please visit their website here.
The Rubin Museum is wonderful, with or without kids in tow. I enjoyed that they incorporate beautiful photography throughout their floors really highlighting the beauty and wonder of these amazing regions. The museum never once felt intimidating or cold and I can’t wait to check out what I missed during my first visit.
They have a great list of events as well, from live music to films, to talks, that are worth checking out.
To see more photos from Kids Club Thirteen’s visit to The Rubin Museum please visit their Facebook page .
Yes, it’s cold and it’s tempting to stay home and warm. However, when you have kids bouncing off the walls and a desire to stretch those legs yourself, it’s necessary to bundle up and head outside.
We were eager to go for a walk, but didn’t want to venture to far to have do so in a nature filled environment. Luckily we are very close to what is New York City’s oldest and last natural park, Inwood Hill Park. Off the A train on 207 street (the last stop uptown) and you are in the neighborhood of Inwood, neighbor to Washington Heights.
A short walk leads you into the wooded area of the park. Walk even deeper and you find yourself surrounded by oak, hickory, maples trees, now dormant but waiting to come to life at the Spring’s first signs. Acres and acres of raw, natural land for bird watchers, hikers, and natural lovers to enjoy.
We walked a few miles into the park, slowly stopping to check out the fallen trees, and make snowballs, climb rocks. The most wonderful thing about this walk was the silence. For a moment we forgot we were still in Manhattan. Absolute silence, and the sight of nothing but wooded areas was enough to make this a peaceful excursion and fun adventure.
In the Summer this is the place for even longer walks and hikes, picnics and events, even visits to the nearby Cloisters. But for now, if you are looking for an adventure that will help you move and enjoy some of the beauty nature has to offer, you don’t have to look to far. Just head north of Manhattan and into Inwood Hill park. I guarantee you will feel as if you took a few minutes out in the country.
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