Wednesday, September 30, 2009
So happy hour at your fave bar just ended, but your happy time has just begun. In an effort to keep the party going you want to find a place that keeps it up on a budget. Just opened in Oakland, Marzano, has a happy hour that starts, not ends at 10 pm. For a whole 2 hours, you can refresh with $5 beers, $6 specially cocktails and sustain with $10 pizzas. Jonesing for something healthy (well balancing out all the beer)? Salads are the same 6 bucks as well. This happens every night. Amazing! So you know every night when your wallet is tight you can still have a good time. Grab your coworkers, friends, bum on the street and move onto here after all the other drink specials end. Or if you are an investment banker, this is when your happy hour starts, since you crunch numbers for hours on end.
Sunday, September 27, 2009
So there is a film festival everyday of the week celebrating every type of videographer that covers the face of the earth. Last week you went to the technology film festival, that only showcased movies made entirely on computers. Enough already. What if there was a festival celebrating the art of live entertainment? Well I am sure like me, you have been humming, singing, belting out show tunes since you spit your first word out. Starting tomorrow, in New York City, The New York Musical Theater Festival (NYMTF), starts its three week run. As stated by their mission this festival exists to revitalize one of the greatest art forms by introducing a diverse audience to the vibrancy of contemporary musical theater, and by discovering, supporting and promoting new There are tons of options for you to choose from for your entertainment pleasure from dance productions to full scale productions. Take your man to see Fantasy Football: The Musical. All events are $20. Jump on the chance to see hot tickets before they explode. When Gay Bride of Frankenstein explodes, and you can only get tickets from a scalper, you can stand up proud to proclaim: "Been there, Done that!"
Saturday, September 26, 2009
So you love shoes just as much as I do. Now that it is officially fall you cannot contain your excitement for boot season. And the first place you look for the season's funky options is Urban Outfitters. They have the all the coolest brands from Dolce Vita to Frye and prices that range from pennies to save a bit. This weekend only Urban is giving you 20% off shoes at check out. Just enter code "Theshoefits" at checkout. Take this deal and run with it. Although, I love Urban Outfitters, they often do not run promotions this great. This is the perfect opportunity to get your motorcycle boots, studded flats, peep toes, and all the other fashion forward foot options for this fall season. So think about what your closet really needs, and start adding things to your cart. Just do not think too long, or you will miss new shoes for this fall.
Monday, September 21, 2009
So I do not have the coordination to try spinning. I shy away from the upbeat music that pumps out of the studio at my gym while I try to find my zen in the adjacent yoga class. However, this does not mean you should not hop on and spin like you are Lance Armstrong. Opening this Friday on New York City's Upper East Side, SoulCycle is celebrating by giving you the opportunity if trying this sport out for free. From the die hards, I know this class will give you the bang for your buck (ok I know your not paying, but you know what I mean). It melts calories off, up to 600, but that does not mean go get a big mac to supplement. You come out toned. Say hello to your Beyonce thighs. And last but not least, invigorated from all the endorphins your body releases from exercising. This amazing steal starts Friday. Call (212) 639-1300 and book a class for the following days Friday, Sept. 25 at 1PM & 6PM, Saturday Sept. 26 at 5PM, and Sunday, Sept. 27 at 5PM. Then when your done, make sure to wear your short skirt that evening. You have to show off what you worked so hard at.
Sunday, September 20, 2009
If a restaurant is still around after 50 years, they must be doing something right. Then the New York City mainstay, Brasserie must be doing something right. You would love to eat here on a regular basis, but when no appetizer is in the single digits you are going to save this place for a special occasion. When someone else pays. However, if you can wait until 9PM to eat dinner, Brasserie, has a 3-course meal for only $19.59; its in honor of the year they opened up shop in 1959. This is your chance to taste the classic french cuisine that has sustained this restaurant for so long. Until the end of the year, you can help celebrate Brasserie by enjoying the famous Burger, or french onion soup. Check out this special menu to see what would tickle your taste buds. So head to midtown, after 9PM and see why you could have eaten here when Don Draper was roaming the city. If you cannot wait that late to eat, grab a pretzel off the street before. Its just as New York as eating at the best restaurants in the world.
Friday, September 18, 2009
So you are up to date on the latest restaurant trends, which means you have been on the Momufuku wait list for months. Then the big day came and you were stricken with the joyful 24 hour bug. Reluctantly giving up that coveted spot you still wanted to experience the creativity of this place. Well if you have a sweet tooth check out Momufuku's Milk Bar. This is where your dessert is turned into a inventive treat. Check out their menu, and see what these crazy chefs have come up with. You can get everything from coffee flavored milk (not coffee with milk) to an Arnold Palmer pie, just like your favorite refreshing summer drink. Well I have only had the cookies, and they are something to write home about (or a blog post). With only 4 options you would think you wanted to have more to choose from. My personal favorite, is the compost, which is basically, everything but the kitchen sink. With pretzels, potato chips, coffee, oats, butterscotch, and chocolate chips, how could it be bad? At $1.85 these are not horrible for New York City prices, but if they happen to have some left overs, Milk Bar will sell them to you the next day for 85 cents. Where can you get anything in this city for under a dollar? At 85 cents you cannot get a chips ahoy for that price. So they maybe a day old but honestly can you even wait to eat it? Before you leave their doors you will be back at the counter for seconds.
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
With all the online samples sales, you miss the madness. Waiting in line for hours, clawing for the it bag, stuffing your body in a blouse 3 sizes to small. Well then sign up for Clothingline email updates. Located in the heart of New York City's garment district, Clothingline holds and hosts sample sales from today's hottest designers from Tory Burch to Theory. Running sample sales 40 out of 52 weeks a year, you should plan your schedule around what designers they are currently featuring. Currently J. Crew is flying off the shelves. Like any sample sale, prices are slashed; you are not going to find these on sale racks in the stores. Most styles are current, but past seasons have been sold before. So if you missed out on those jeans from seasons past, they may just pop up at Clothingline. Head to the site, and join their mailing list, tell your friends. You are going to need a buddy when you line up at 6 AM to score cashmere at t-shirt prices
Monday, September 14, 2009
If you know me, I have a thing for markets, farmer's markets, flea markets, street markets, every market but the stock market. My favorite part of living in London was Spitalfields Market, and continue to get compliments on my finds. In Washington, D.C. the Fenton Street Market has opened up shop to bring our patriots unique crafts and goods for you to pick up on your weekends. Located right outside the city in Downtown Silver Spring, MD, you can shop from a variety of 60 vendors. This bazaar will be open every weekend on Fenton St and Silver Spring Ave every weekend until October 3rd. Fill up on everything from Ajay Malghan's photography to Three Stone Steps eco friendly and fair trade imports. This market supports many ideals I hold dear to my heart, local wears, environmentally friendly, and support of the artist and small business. This weekend make sure to venture out to Silver Springs. Just remember this market is only open until 2 P.M. Bring your eco friendly totes, I feel you are going to end up with a lot to schlep beck to Dupont Circle.
Friday, September 11, 2009
I never get why a salad costs the most when I go out for lunch during the work week. Its just a bunch of lettuce with maybe a few bits of protein. To soften the blow, Chop't, the salad mecca is offering $5 off your first online order. At this salad haven you can get your greens exactly how you want it. With a make your own option you can customize your salad to be as unique as you. Are all those choices too overwhelming? Chop't understands and they have crafted some tasty options for you to order.
To get this great deal, just visit their website. When prompted to order online, click the link and start ordering away. Upon check out enter the code "Chopsite" for your deal. You can either pick it up, or have it delivered. There are a ton of locations in both New York City and Washington D.C. When a salad in this city pushes $10, its nice and refreshing to get a healthy meal for a little less.
Thursday, September 10, 2009
Launched just this past summer, aka a week ago, but probably a little more established is Specials Agent. This brand spanking new website searches your town looking for great drink specails and meal deals in your town. Currently only operating in Chicago, I am sure they are ready to expand to other major locations. They are here to protect the draining of the wallet. Use their search feature to tell your special agent what day, time, or location you need and in return you will see what fits your criteria. Everyday they have one deal that you will get to participate in via collective purchasing, just like Groupon. They have a team of agents finding the deals, but if you know of a killer happy hour special you cannot keep to yourself, tell them. Spread the word! Want to take full advantage? The site shows you where in the city, it is located near other events. Although the site features Chicago specific deals right now, you can find your town, and follow them on twitter. Stay up to date where you can eat like a king for peasant prices.
Sunday, September 6, 2009
So I am sure you have heard about Fashion Night Out occurring this September 10th; the big push to save the fashion industry, by enticing us to spend our hard earned money. While the stores engourage you to come shop til you drop (or until the clock strikes 11) they are going to lure you in with some deals and steals. Thanks to New York Magazine, they have sorted through all the events to see where you can get the most bang for your buck. Well maybe you can keep your wallet in your new purse because a ton of places will be throwing things at you for free. Take a look at their extensive list to see what hot spots you want to hit. Head over the Barney's grab a drink and meet the cutting edge designers from Isabel Toledo to Alexander Wang. Hungry? Head to Unis in Lolita for a delicious Thai dinner as you browse their latest collection. After all that eating and drinking head over to C.O. Bigelow for a free tube of Mentha Lip Shine to soothe your pucker. These are just some of the goodies you can get as you peruse the special offers being thrown around for FNO.
Saturday, September 5, 2009
So you know I would do just about anything for a $3 margarita, but what would happen if they were only a buck? So this Sunday, September 6th in Los Angeles, The Mission Cantina is celebrating its one year anniversary with $1 margaritas and cervezas (beer for those speaking one language). What a perfect way to celebrate the long weekend is a day filled with the lime and salt goodness that is a fresh margarita. While you are there you may want to sustain your stamina by lining your stomach with some of their fresh delicious tacos or quesadillas. They are open late, but I would not wait. With no reservations, you know the deal conscious are going to be throwing back a few too many. So as Mission continues to celebrate in the years to come, lets home they keep the $1 drinks, but the years keep racking up. In ten years, I do not want my celebratory marg to cost ten Washingtons.
Thursday, September 3, 2009
As you know from previous posts, I just got back from Florida. On my little beach vacay, I needed a break from the sun and nourishment to keep tanning (or should I say burning) myself. So driving up A1A, my family and I stopped at the Golden Lion Cafe in Flagler Beach, Florida. Though this was not my first time to the cafe, this experience was much more memorable. Craving beach food, I could not decide what exactly I wanted. Then it hit me like a ton of bricks, fish tacos. With two options to choose from I decided to go for the traditional, Cali style. My mom went for the Thai style. While taking in the beautiful views of the Atlantic Ocean, I sipped on my iced tea as we waited for our fish tacos. As lunch came, my stomach was grumbling. With my first bite, I knew these were without a doubt the best fish tacos I had tasted. The catch of the day must have been caught 5 minutes before hitting the grill that's how fresh it tasted. I cannot really describe how good they tasted, but WOW. My mom's Thai style had the perfect amount of kick, with ginger style cabbage topping the sesame encrusted fish. We both put Lion's special tarter sauce, which gave them the extra kick (not that they needed it). My grandmother's crab cakes were delicious, all meat and barely any fill. They happened to come with the most amazing french fries I have ever tasted. They had this crisp texture that was unreal. For the amount of fresh seafood we consumed at this meal, I thought the bill was wrong. The fish tacos were under $9 and the crab cake barely was over that. Also the portions were hearty, just enough fuel to help you bake until the sun goes down. Golden Lion has great margarita specials and live music on the weekends. I highly recommend you stopping here next time you are in a 50 mile radius of Flagler Beach. I am already planning my trip back.