it’s colder than cold (stuff and things)

1. A few days last week I went outside and it felt as though the wind was slicing my face. Spring cannot some soon enough. Here’s some stuff and some things.

2. I liked this post from Channing in the City about 100 things no one tells  you when you move to New York.  You can negotiate your rent? Good to know.

3. We’ve all chosen the wrong profession because whoever runs the Barbie Style Instagram page has it made. So far Barbie has been to fashion weeks all over the world, award shows, and has had designer clothes made for her tiny little body. Why did I pursue higher education? This could’ve been my job.


4. I’ve been working on my fitness for a while and I am now 13 pounds away from my goal weight (woo hoo). It’s too cold to run so now I do random workout videos on Youtube. TaeBo, Jillian Michaels, cheesy videos from the 90’s. There’s lots of variety and I never get bored. Anyway I’ve built up a collection of Target C9 workout clothing which I love because they’re inexpensive, come in loud prints, and are similar in quality to Nike workout clothes. I’d also love these rose print Lululemon pants but at $98, well a girl can dream.

Lululemon rose print yoga pants


5. Darn, I missed the Chinese New Year parade in China Town yesterday.


6. I’m sure everyone on Earth has seen this by now but the Saved by the Bell reunion on the Jimmy Fallon Show was quite funny! Screech wasn’t there but no one cares about him.


7. Donut pillow, Ice cream sandwich pillow, Cupcake pillow.


8. How to pronounce everything like a REAL New Yorker. I don’t know why Houston street is pronounced How-stuhn but ok, whatever. And now I finally know how to pronounce Gansevoort.

9. Have you seen the new subway courtesy ads? Down with man spreading! Two guys in body suits decided to recreate and film them.


10. I’m bookmarking this. Where to eat Chinese food in NYC.


11. Since I don’t drive anymore (I love public transportation more than anything) I don’t listen to the radio so it takes forever for new music to trickle down to me. I just discovered Meghan Trainor and I love Lips Are Movin’ (yes I know it’s old as hell) and Bloom by The Paper Kites. Seriously though how do non-drivers discover new music?


12. Every weekend I go to Trader Joe’s at a different time in the hopes of scoring everything on my grocery list. And every weekend I am thwarted. This time the bagged avocados were all gone. I swear I will master New York Trader Joe’s eventually.


13. What menu items didn’t work out at Shake Shack? A quick interview with Danny Meyer, Shake Shack CEO Randy Garruti, and the first manager of the Madison Square Park Shake Shack, Carla Lalli Music.

chips ahoy

Chips Ahoy has been killing it recently with the new cookie flavors. So far I’ve tried Salted Caramel Chocolate Chip, Brownie Filled Chocolate Chip, and Chocolate Chip with Reese’s Cups. The Reese’s is my fave, you should get some. Now if I could just locate the new Red Velvet Oreos in NYC!

Chips Ahoy Reese's Cup* Chips Ahoy has no idea who I am. I just think the product is neat.

dinosaur bar-b-que

I liked Dinosaur Bar-B-Que but I didn’t love it. It’s middling, but if you find yourself in Harlem and have a barbecue craving Dinosaur is a safe bet. The Harlem restaurant is huge and you shouldn’t have to wait long for a table. My favorite part of the meal was the side of whipped sweet potato.

I want to find a place that reminds me of my favorite Cincinnati barbecue restaurant Eli’s and I’m hoping to attend The Big Apple Barbecue Block Party in June. Pitmasters from around the country gather in Madison Square Park to show off their eats and it sounds like a dream. I missed it last summer because I gave my life to the bar but this summer I’m determined to do all the things.

Dinosaur Bar-B-QueCheck out the full Dinosaur Bar-B-Cue menu here. There’s another location in Brooklyn.

Dinosaur Bar-B-Que on Urbanspoon



The ramen gods smiled upon me on this day because Ippudo is hella popular and I did not have to wait an hour for a table. In fact I didn’t have to wait at all. Success! I found Ippudo’s Shiromaru Hakata Classic ramen to be more gingery than the other ramen places I’ve tried and the pork was a little dry. Still an excellent bowl of ramen but I like Totto Ramen better. I wish I would have tried some buns though.

Ippudo ramen The great ramen taste test of winter 2015 continues. Check out the full Ippudo menu here. There’s also a location in the East Village.

Ippudo Westside on Urbanspoon

shake shack does breakfast

It’s comical how many times I’ve written about Shake Shack but my love is deep and never ending. Last Friday Shake Shack was listed on the New York Stock Exchange (listed as SHAK if you’re looking to invest) and to celebrate they gave out free breakfast sandwiches in front of the stock exchange. It was quite the party.

Shake Shack IPO

The sandwiches are served on the same buns as the burgers, and the sausage is as thick as a burger patty too. And as with everything Shake Shack creates, the sandwich is excellent.

Shake Shack BreakfastAnd now I’ve got Stock Investing for Dummies on hold at the library because I assume really enjoying Shake Shack isn’t the best basis for buying stock.

Shake Shack Breakfast MenuCongratulations Shake Shack!

Right now the only locations you can get Shake Shack for breakfast are the Grand Central and JFK locations.

Shake Shack on Urbanspoon

texas de brazil

If you want to go out to dinner and eat copious amounts of meat, Texas De Brazil is your place. The chefs grill various meats on spits then bring the meat to your table and shave off as much as you’d like.

Texas de BrazilMeat grilling in action. I was invited to a media event at the Upper East Side location and I was able to try it all.

CaipirinhaFirst we drank Caipirinhas, the national drink of Brazil. Then we were treated to endless trays of assorted meats and appetizers.

Texas de Brazil-SteakSteak

Texas de Brazil-SausageCalabreza acebolada (chorizo with onions).

 torresmo com farofa (pork belly with yucca flour) Torresmo com farofa (pork belly with yucca flour).

eggs- texas de brazilI’m not sure what these are called but I ate a lot of them. Spicy deviled eggs wrapped in dough maybe?

yucca fries-texas de brazilYucca fries, my favorite.

Check out the full Texas de Brazil menu here. There are locations all over the country.

I can’t wait to go back and get the full Brazilian Steakhouse experience, and try some desserts. Thanks for the invite Texas de Brazil!

Texas de Brazil on Urbanspoon

playmarket go up shopping trolley

I bought a granny cart and it has changed my life. Get those ugly metal carts out of your mind because mine is the Rolls Royce of granny carts: the Playmarket Go Up shopping trolley. Last week I fit 30 bottles of Naked Juice inside it and carted it around the city with ease. It can be pushed forwards like a stroller or it comes up on two wheels so you can drag it behind you and pull it up stairs (pulling up stairs is the best part!!!!). I purchased my trolley from Sierra Trading Post. You should sign up before you purchase and they’ll send you a coupon that makes a huge difference in the price (it’s listed at $99 but I paid $65). Or you can buy one from Zabars, or Organize It. Sierra Trading Post also sells smaller versions if you don’t need quite so much space.

play market go up shopping trolleyIt might not be the most fashionable thing in the world but it’s necessary when you live in a city without a car. The video below shows how it folds and moves. It’s the best thing I’ve purchased in a long time.

*Playmarket and Sierra Trading Post have no idea who I am. I just think the product is neat.