Friday, February 24, 2017

Friday Favorites #22

Happy Friday, friends!

This past week was a long one; however I am off this weekend. Saturday will be spent with the family celebrating my grandmothers birthday and Sunday I am hoping for an adventure. Will be sure to report back next week! Any fun plans this weekend on your end?

Remember, please feel free to share something that you love or something that made you smile in the comment section!

I've experienced about 15 of these restaurants. Next goal: Try them all. I will say one of my favorites is #20!

Did you know that 64% of Americans don't currently have an international passport? Well, Passion Passport would like to change that. What a cool new project!

If you are or know anyone in the Chicago area looking to adopt a dog check out PAWS. This post was heartwarming.

Now I am dreaming of a quiet weekend on Plum Island?

I graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Hotel Management. This is one of the hotels I've dreamed of working at one day, if not just visiting.

Simple advice from Gabrielle Bernstein on how to change the world with a few small actions!

What are you loving this week?


Wednesday, February 22, 2017

National Margarita Day

Happy Hump Day.

Happy National Margarita Day.

Happy Wednesday.

After a long few days of early mornings I was more then ready for an early afternoon off. When I found out today was #NationalMargaritaDay I knew I had to find a bar after work to treat myself. Chili's had $5 President, Triple Berry Infused, and Tropical Sunrise Margarita's. I made a pit stop on my way home from work, grabbed a seat at the bar and ordered two Tropical Sunrise Margarita's and a side of boneless wings. After a half hour of chatting with the bartender I decided it was time to head home.

As I was driving I was thinking about some of my all-time favorite Margarita's. I thought I would share with you my top 5 list of places to get a delicious margarita!

Escondido - Drink of Choice: Frozen Tropical Margarita

Dos Caminos - Drink of Choice: Calle Fresca

Sinigual - Drink of Choice: Grilled Pineapple Margarita

Mad Dog & Beans Mexican Cantina - Drink of Choice: Coconut Margarita

Rosalita's Roadside Catina - Drink of Choice: Sparkling Margarita

The first and last are both local in New Jersey while the three others are just over the river in NYC.

What is your favorite Margarita?


Monday, February 20, 2017

Exploring Lower Manhattan

Did you get outside at all this past weekend? Most areas are having exceptionally warm weather for the middle of February, and I am one not to complain! Minus working all weekend and fighting off this sinus infection I made my way to Lower Manhattan Friday afternoon to meet two of my girlfriends from elementary school! We had been trying to get together for a while and even though I was under the weather I didn't want to cancel. 

Being outdoors, soaking up the warm weather, and seeing sights I rarely see really made for a wonderful solo afternoon before meeting up with the ladies! 

I started out by Battery Park. That view of the World Trade Center is breathless. I've seen it from midtown but never lower NYC. 

I was surprised I didn't see more locals out and about compared to the tourists visiting the area. You have a great view of Lady Liberty as well. 

When I find myself wandering in a new to me area, I like to snap shots and right in my little moleskin what I'm thinking about or how I am feeling at the moment. The one word that stuck with me throughout the walk was peace. With everything going on in the world we are far from peace but in those moments I was at peace. Remember self-care is extremely important. Take time for yourself. 

Ever on Instagram, Facebook or other social media sites and wishing you were at a location someone else was at? I remember reading Naomi's post about the Seaglass Carousel and told myself I needed to see it in person and finally I was able to see it from the outside on Friday. I will have to go back when it is open hopefully in the spring. 

Not every person is built the same. Not every building is built the same. For example this is one of my favorite spots in Lower Manhattan showing the contrast of buildings. 

Charming and quaint in front of the hustle and bustle of large city buildings. The area is mixed with Stone Street and the South Street Seaport, both places I would recommend if you are ever in the city. 

As I continued walking along I made a quick stop into FIKA on Pearl Street. I grabbed a cookie and sat and people watched for a while before meeting up with my friends for dinner and drinks. The exposed brick walls, communal seating, and delicious food was the perfect stopping place. 

As 5pm rolled around I was off to meet my friends finally! We grabbed a drink across from the building they worked at before heading to dinner at Trading Post! This classic American restaurant and bar can be found on the corner of John and South Street. With views of the Brooklyn Bridge, steps from Wall Street and the FDR overhead you are feel transported out of the hustle and bustle of midtown which makes the area very desirable for many. 

We arrived early Friday evening and were able to be seated right away. I saw a table tucked into a nook with views of the Brooklyn Bridge and asked if we might be able to sit there. We were and somehow landed up having the nook which hosted 5 table to ourselves for the entire meal! I am sure had we arrived later the room would have been filled! There wasn't one thing on the menu that I wouldn't have ordered which made my decision that much harder. My friends decided to share two dishes while I ordered an entree. 

Esposito's Sausage {Broccoli Rabe, Roasted Garlic & Parmesan}

Trading Post Black Angus Burger

Mussel Pot {Chorizo, Lemon-Thyme Broth}
It was so great to get together finally as we reminisced, spoke about life currently and what the future may hold. We even delved into my non-existent love life. They also attempted to break me out of my shell at not one but two bars following dinner. Will leave it at this, it's a work in progress. 

As we said goodbye to one myself and friend headed to the Staten Island Ferry as traveling home would take 3 modes of transportation. Call it an adventure I was more then up for it and actually found it enjoyable! 

What did you do this weekend?


Friday, February 17, 2017

Friday Favorites #21

Happy Friday, friends!

I can't believe we are half way through February already. Valentine's Day came and went like every other year. Monday is President's Day and then before you know it we will be in March.

Today is #RandomActsOfKindness day. Now I personally believe you should always be kind and do things for others, not just on one day out of the year. Yesterday I paid for the persons bagel after me. I smiled at a random stranger and also complimented a woman on her gorgeous bracelet, which she actually made. Small gestures make big impacts.

Remember, please feel free to share something that you love or something that made you smile this week in the comment section!

Are you setting yourself up for a bad week? Weekend Health Mistakes to avoid for a better life. 

What do a 31 year old guy and 89 year old lady have to do with one another....Roommates. There is still so much good in this world!

I read her blog. Now I can listen to her podcast

Looking to get involved on issues that matter. Check out this beginners guide to activism

Long Distance Friendships can be hard to maintain. I have friends in Florida, Mass, California, Arizona, and Israel. I send emails. Shoot a quick text. I make it work. 

What are you loving this week?


Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Valentines Day

Happy Valentine's Day!

Regardless of your status this Valentine's Day, take a moment to be thankful for yourself and those people in your life you hold dear. Leave a voicemail, shoot them an email or send them a text letting them know how much you love and appreciate them. I sent a few emails this morning and called my dad and sister earlier in the day. I have a few more calls and texts to make later this evening.

Dad & I at Man & Woman of the Year Party for LLS

He is my number one supporter and my biggest fan. I learned hard work and dedication are appreciated and will take you far in life. He taught me the value of a dollar. This might be hard for him to swallow, but I didn't get the love of exercise from him. Ride a bike across country? NO thank you. Run a marathon, not quite. I am lucky and blessed to have an amazing father who will go above and beyond for my sister and I. Dad, if you happen to read this "Thank you for everything and I love you."

My sister will always be my best friend. We have been through it all together. We are complete opposites, yet we still love each other. 

This family of ours is wonderful. My father's side of the family. From family vacations to holiday dinners we always know how to have a great time and I am so lucky to have them in my life!

What can I say about the crew above. This wild ride call life is one that wouldn't be complete without them. 

The Four of Us are family. We will always be family. Those trips to Disney every August are some of my favorite memories of my childhood. I miss my mother everyday. She was my rock, my best friend and my biggest supporter next to my father. I know she is watching over us from heaven. 

To my friends...I love you all! From Elementary School to College and Florida I have met made some amazing friends! 

Wishing everyone a Happy Valentine's Day!

What are you loving today?