An Evening at Merriweather

45b88348-0ce9-4364-bd74-218f2f22eed5
Photo by Alexandria Schnepf
On the rather dreary spring evening of May 7, 2016 guests gathered under a 30,000 square foot tent on the picturesque landmark estate of Marjorie Merriweather Post and E.F. Hutton. The campus at Long Island University brings you back to the scene of the 1920’s and straight into the glamorous party scene of The Great Gatsby.

84428b95-b3f0-46ea-8c71-6f2bb226b3ce

The event was presented by Long Island University, Americana Manhasset and Poll Restaurants where the tapas style food was exquisitely delicious; cocktails from Stoli and brews from Oyster Bay Brewery were perfect. Entertainment was 1920s to the extreme – magicians, gaming tables, silent movies set up in what felt like a real-life movie theater, and a woman in a tub with champagne… (my favorite part).  We celebrated food, music, film, art and fashion.

13151534_10154190883028713_5718824461397798019_n
Photo courtesy of Long Island Pulse Magazine & Mashbooths
This was the first event of its kind with hopes to continue it on as an annual tradition to benefit local art and cultural exhibits and organizations for years to come.

8cacdb1f-90b4-49c6-a90f-98bf84728f53
Photo by Alexandria Schnepf
The evening supports local community partners: Gold Coast International Film Festival, Tilles Center for the Performing Arts, Nassau County Museum of Art, Old Westbury Gardens, and Sands Point Preserve Conservancy.

3 from merriweather
Aston Martin courtesy of Long Island Sports Cars
Enjoy the eye candy that is Chris Norton NYC Band. They totally killed it and were probably one of the most fun live bands I’ve seen in quite some time. Check out their website in the link they have a bunch of greatness on SoundCloud.

5f078997-431d-408e-9164-ec882bd8e01d

13bc51e3-43db-4555-b048-8c5305859f9e

f9bfb2f5-6f2c-46c8-89e9-877891722f37

c5834f85-f42f-48d4-aa62-8803493cc930

Funny photo of me being #GreatGatsby asF.

02ef6469-c659-416a-8ea0-656e9ce2ce82
Photo by Alexandria Schnepf
Gotta love a great Snapchat selfie to end the evening.

e80105f7-654f-4821-b5fd-86afd245a7ba
Selfie by Alexandria Schnepf 
Fabulous evening with fabulous people. <3

Things I’m Into – This Week in NY Edition

Some rad things going on around you in upcoming weeks:

BayFest 2016Great South Bay Brewery, Bay Shore, NY – May 14th, 2016 – 12:45-5:30PM

13118865_10154135265141649_8954253788677273342_n
Photo from GreatSouthBayBrewery

Make sure to check out Montauk Brewing Co. – We’ll be pouring beers alongside Long Island’s finest breweries with music, food, etc. Tickets available here.

Time Out and Hornblower: Summer Preview – Wednesday, May 11, 2016 – 6:30PM

3 Hour Party cruising around NYC’s harbor enjoying open bar, passed hors d’oeuvres, and four floors of DJs, entertainment, giveaways and other fun stuff. Tickets are available here. Literally just check their website, looks sick and I’m way excited.

Montauk Music Festival – Thursday, May 19th – Sunday, May 22nd, 2016

ecb2463e-a69c-469d-a1a2-06c183b03e48

Basically Montauk Music Festival is a four-day musical celebration featuring talented up and coming independent artists…and it’s set up in the best place on earth, Montauk! Over 100 artists with a wide variety of musical styles will be performing for free in the spirit of sharing original music with audiences and fellow musicians. Rad time, it’s basically opening weekend for Montauk and the east end of Long Island – so obviously…go! Mostly all venues in MTK have bands playing at different times of the day all weekend.

Benibla Denim Hat

f3e25511-8a87-4b8c-a0ac-aca856cbf06d

I’ve been pretty much obsessed with this hat since I’ve purchased it. It’s from a French brand, they seem pretty legit – kinda different vibe, but I’m okay with that. Like the style a lot – def into it. Love the light-wash stone denim.

Xx

 

Supercrown Coffee Roasters

A single succulent in a small terra cotta pot sits on each of the hi-top tables. There are two thin, windowsill bar tops and a largely open, clean space with brick walls. The setting is very urban industrial with contemporary vibes. The skylight up above let’s in a beautiful amount of light (I’m obsessed with natural light).  It’s a mainly black and white aesthetic with the main way-back wall being a shade of Pepto Bismol pink. I had a Pepto Bismol pink wall in my college townhouse so I felt some weird connection to this room and wall. There’s an open back room with the huge coffee grinder machine (?), which I have no idea what it actually is… troubling. On the barista counter, the coffee grinder is bright pink and the espresso machine is a bright cobalt blue that reminds me of a car from the 1950s.

6f0f1ab5-7607-4eb3-a43f-21b4dd9b134d
That unknown machine is loud in the back – sounds and looks like an industrial size vacuum. Whatever it is… It smells awesome in here. I can’t quite focus on anything aside from that noise so maybe this is not the best for concentrating or bringing your laptop. Although a man across from me is doing that.
67484dc2-3a04-416a-b962-ff02f2b59869

I’m sipping on a coffee milkshake, which was $6. I would have paid $10 for it because it’s really good. But that’s just because I’m feeling generous today. Milkshakes are my favorite drink too. They serve bialy’s from Roberta’s (a local restaurant in Bushwick that’s super hyped for their pizzas).

e20c815c-4c01-4559-b9af-a0d402d6bbcc

Currently in Bushwick – where the cool kids live. Supercrown is probably a really cool date place if you’re the type that dates during the hours of 7AM-7PM. But weekends are an option. And coffee is always good. Back to date night, avoiding alcohol on dates is interesting and challenging so this could be a cool option. Although I’m pretty sure they make alcoholic coffee beverages – which could be a bonus. Lots of cute people are waking by the storefront. And in and out as I’m sitting here. There’s a guy at the bar right now that looks like a mix between Justin Timberlake and the oldest bully brother from from Home Alone. “Buzz your girlfriend, woof.” Weird mix – I know. That’s Brooklyn for ya.

FYI – It’s 11:15am – why did I just drink a milkshake?

Time Out New York Tastemaker

So, this is kind of cool news – have you heard of a website called TimeOut New York? Likely. They keep you updated on what’s going on in cities all over the world everyday, every week… they provide news, give reviews, provide lists of “the BEST ____________ in NYC.” And I’m about that life.

Anyway, I was accepted into a group of 40 New Yorker’s who write reviews for places, events, restaurants, venues, museums, cultural experiences, etc. all over New York City.  We’re called Time Out Tastemakers and we have to wear a badge that says it everywhere we go! I’m kidding about that, obviously.

But it’s really legit, I write verified reviews, provide info, updates & photos on the Time Out website for places I’ve visited in NYC. It allows me to go to places I would maybe have not visited and share my wealth of information to the public about my favorite and least favorite places. #TOTastemaker

The founders started giving out a weekly award for “Tastemaker of the Week” and I won the first week ever!! I don’t usually win things so I felt pretty stoked with that small honor. If you get their newsletters, take a look for places I may have reviewed. If you don’t, you can sign up by entering your email on the website here.

Lastly, if you have a place you’d like me to review in New York City (or anywhere), send me an e-mail here.
tastemaker pic

Lemon Ginger Water

Recently, I’ve been drinking hot water with lemon & fresh ginger every morning. And I love it. And you may love it too. This is what I do if you want to try it.

unnamed

Boil water!

Use paring knife to peel back the skin of the ginger (it comes off easily).

unnamed

Slice ginger thinly (but it doesn’t really matter!).

ginger

Cut a small lemon in half. Squeeze into large mug.

cut lemons 2

Add ginger slices to the mug (to taste).

I always think more is better. I’ve become mildly obsessed with ginger. Calms your stomach, reduces stress and lemon is a natural anti-inflammatory and anti-anxiety. Great if you’re trying to fit into something tight later that evening. Or if you’re heading to the beach. Or if you’re really into your well-being. Just positive vibes with the lemon ginger.

Add boiling hot water. Let sit/steep for a few minutes.

unnamed

Drink! Do this first thing in the morning, the lemon is great to get your day going. .

Enjoy xx

Wölffer Kitchen

Wölffer Estate Vineyard recently launched a luxurious extension of their brand, the Wölffer Kitchen – serving “modern American cuisine with a Mediterranean influence,” basically it’s very wine-friendly food. I love spending days and weekends in Sag Harbor – needless to say, we went back for the Rosé Sangria more than once. I’m actually obsessed with the Rosé Sangria – it is not sweet like most sangria’s, it’s super fresh & just amazing. 🌸👌 See our favorite bartender Michelle for some delicious & unique cocktails! Also highly recommend the Caesar Salad – I know, how boring right? WRONG! It’s different & delicious – the croutons are awesome parts of crunch yet not too hard, dressing is perfect, lettuce is fresh, crisp and buttery.

unnamed-13
Rosé Sangria pictured with the cute bar menu

There is a beautiful mural painted on one of the walls, and the hostess stand is decorated in the beautiful pattern of the “Summer in a Bottle” varieties. There is outdoor seating available in the newly renovated space as well. Perfect for dining or to enjoy cocktails! Don’t worry – despite what they say, the rosé is not going to run out. But just in case – get here soon!

unnamed-12

Another highly recommended location, well-done by Wölffer Estate!

11058157_10100123835414983_4878030651153136202_n

New Year, New Diet

January is for diets. Unless you’re me and January is for trying as many new restaurants as possible in the first 2 weeks of the year.

Two Hands164 Mott Street, New York, NY 10013

IMG_4105

IMG_4106Delicious cappuccinos, and avocado toast. <3 with an egg. EGG LOVER! and look at those two little hands, precious.

Sant Ambroeus, 265 Lafayette Street, New York, NY 10012

IMG_4896

IMG_4898Buffalo Mozzarella and Prosciutto with Basal. On point. Great appetizer or pseudo dinner for one. And wine, obviously.

The Grey Dog, 244 Mulberry Street, New York, NY 10012

IMG_4940

IMG_4941

IMG_4939Amazing for lunch. Something about Michigan… who knows, but GREAT freakin’ sandwiches. Beers. Cool decor. Roasted Turkey & Brie with Plum Tomato & Raspberry Mustard. Yes, raspberry mustard rocks.

That Meetball Place, 54 West Main Street, Patchogue, NY 11772

IMG_4343Because who doesn’t love a JUMBO pretzel with a Stella on the side?!

Max’s on Main, 246 Main Street, Beacon, NY 12508

IMG_4956Homemade pierogies, FTW.

Sage General Store, 24-20 Jackson Avenue, Long Island City, NY 11101

IMG_4975Cute little brunch spot. Chilaquiles with Organic Chicken – corn tortillas, tomatillo sauce, queso blanco, fried egg. DONE & DONE. They also serve a sandwich called a “Big Mess” and have been featured on Diners, Drive-In’s & Dives. I mean… go there.

So yeah, about that new year, new me… ? Nah — new year, same old me. Eating for the Insta… diet starts next week. I’ll be the one joining the gym in February when all of the January people stop going… right…….

East End

After an impromptu trip to the east end of Long Island for some much needed beach & hiking this past weekend, I decided to stop at an apple orchard/pumpkin patch while sitting in hoards of traffic (heading westbound!) through East Hampton, NY.

quiet beaches are my favorite type
quiet beaches are my favorite type

Now – in all realness, $20/10 lb. bag is not exactly a good price for apples… but the fun “pick-your-own” style memories are worth the extra cents per pound. Memories per pound. I’ll pay a serious amount of $ for that. I’ll pay a serious amount of money for practically anything, lets be serious.

Apples to Apples <3
Apples to Apples <3

Making a pie seemed like the ONLY suitable solution to get through those 10 pounds of apples in the house that I’d never be able to eat. Used a hybrid recipe combining the “Perfect Apple Pie” Pillsbury, and this Tastebook recipe (without making the crust because LAZY & no time, obviously…) and got a great idea from Emily Schuman’s Cupcake’s and Cashmere rendition of apple pie.

Maple Leaf Cookie Cutter
Maple Leaf Cookie Cutter

Before putting on the top layer of dough, I used a small cookie cutter to cut out cute little maple leaves. Super autumn themed! Egg battered the top. Baked for 25 mins. Covered with aluminum foil so preserve the great golden color and so that it wouldn’t burn (party foul). Baked another 20 minutes. Let cool. Enjoy!

IMG_3230
Perfectly Golden Crust
YUM!
YUM!

Tiny Tea

If you know me AT ALL, you know that I’ll basically try anything once. Especially something that will “improve” my health. If it’s expensive? BRING IT TO ME, NOW. I’ve learned a few lessons with regard to expensive health treatments… $8,000 later. I’m in the same exact boat that I was last year plus 10 lbs. GREAT, Ash. Great.

Anyway – I’m obsessed with tea. Drink it every single day since I fake gave up on coffee. Which means I “stopped drinking it” – which REALLY means that I still drink it whenever I want, but I 99% of the time will always choose tea over coffee if I’m in a coffee shop. Unless coffee is the only option (and I need caffeine, or somebody is offering and I feel obligated). That’s how you fake give up on something.

Tiny Tea is an all-natural tea that also comes in Gluten Free – who knew tea even had gluten? but OK! They sell it in different packs – 14 day teatox for $35.00, 28 day teatox for $55. (I obviously used a coupon code to get a discount on this bad boy). Some people think I’m insane for spending that much $ on tea but they’re actually idiots because I know a Chinese man who spends over $800.00 on green tea that lasts him about a month. He’s CRAZY! But that tea sure is amazing – TRUST.

IMG_0520

The goal of the Tiny Teatox is to decrease bloating, detox your body and replenish your intestines back to their natural state. It claims to be great for energy, clear up your skin and an herbal cleanse without any laxative effect. You drink it 30 minutes before each meal. I drink a ton of tea so I didn’t really mind this at all. It kind of helps curb your appetite and it also tastes pretty normal which is a HUGE PLUS!

OBVI repping my “MALE TEARS” mug <3 obsessed.

IMG_0521