Billyburg to Soho

It’s Monday morning – I’m up! I’m up early actually, showered, getting ready to go. I’m on time, this is refreshing!

Until I look at the time and oh, okay. I’m running late now. I missed the bus I planned on taking – so – UGH my heels are so high – by the time I walk to the subway – I’ll want to cry. OK, next idea. Jump in my car – drive to the subway. No way can I drive into Manhattan (nowhere to park).

Parallel parking time! ūüôā Hit the car parked behind me – love tap really‚Ķ. whatever it’s fine. ¬†A beep – Fuck. there is somebody in the car. Caught. Hopefully it’s not bad. It’s not. I apologize and run away down the stairs to, “the next L train its now arriving on the‚ĶManhattan bound track.”¬†

Great‚Ķ run! Swipe MetroCard – “Insufficient Fare.” Ugh – Monday – long lines of course. Add myself to the shortest line. This line is short because the machine isn’t working, obviously. Next line – my credit card can not be read. Would I like to try again? Sure. My debit card, my other credit card, my Amex, my boss’ credit card. None of these can be read. It’s not the cards of course, it’s the machine. Again? Really? That other person’s card worked on it though.

The 2nd Manhattan-bound L train is now departing. Beep. Beep. Beep. As people keep filing through the turnstile and loading into the cramped L train. I get off the Metrocard line. I have no cash because I spent it all at the cash only restaurant I got a really great burger at yesterday. Great. Start to have a mild panic attack as the train pulls out of the station. Then I remember I have approximately 2 lbs. of change a the bottom of my handbag. Back to the MetroCard refill line, one more time. Another L train approaches. Somehow the line goes quickly. I grab my ticket and run through the turnstile. Get on the train. Crammed in. Happy I made it but so unhappy at the same time.

Smelly armpit man puts it right in my face as he grabs on to the bar right above my head. I am being touched in various places I do not wish to be touched in. I’m not pleased. I’m counting down the seconds until I get to Union Square to break free from this prison into the insanity that is exiting L train to catch the next¬†connecting¬†train.

Hopefully my dress isn’t too short so people behind me can’t see my ass as I walk up the stairs. Hopefully they won’t look. But they will look. I would look.¬†

OK, thank god that’s over with.

Walking over to the next train, pass the screaming Jesus lady at Union Square. Right on schedule. She’s screaming at all of us, but nobody in particular about following the lord. I wonder if anyone follows her advice, talks to her or tells her to pipe down?

OK, next train. It’s on time thank god and I’m not waiting at all for it. There’s a really cute guy in this subway. And a really pretty 20 something female with gorgeous red lipstick and a weird haircut that I’m starting to vibe with. Finally get to my stop and stand in line to exit the subway to the street. And a blast of steaming air blows into my face. Ugh – the steam‚Ķ ew. OK – hey Happy Monday. First day of a short week. And it’s just gonna be a great one, I can feel it.

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 Hands, 164 Mott Street, New York, NY 10013

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

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

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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

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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…….

Diptyque – Baies or “Bae” ‚ô•

Diptyque scented candles are among the best scented candles in this world – made from high quality vegetable/paraffin wax that burn cleanly & evenly. I went into the Diptyque shop in Soho (lower Manhattan – a few storefronts from Cafe Gitane) and explored a ton of fragrances. The shop assistant was extremely friendly and super helpful with my 21 questions about everything!

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Tip: (I learned this from the girl in the store)¬†If you want to get a really good idea of the scent: tip the glass upside down and knock it against your hand so the wax comes out and then have a sniff! By doing this you can get a true impression of the fragrance rather than sniffing the top of the candle which has been exposed to the air and probably doesn’t smell as strong. Great idea and she did it to basically every scent in the store for me!

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Diptyque Soho Boutique

I went in knowing that I already loved the scent of Baies –¬†which apparently smells like a bouquet of roses and blackcurrent leaves. Whatever that means, I just think it smells divine! And it’s pronounced “bae” – I mean, obviously I love that shit!

After almost going for Tubéreuse Рdefinitely a more nighttime and sexy scent, I ended up with my Baies. Tubéreuse will be my next scent from Diptyque.

At $60.00 for a Standard Size candle – $30 for a votive size, it’s steep – but worth it! Such amazing scents & long lasting! To keep these pricey candles lasting even longer, make sure you always trim the wick nice & shore. Also – the first time you light this baby, put it in the freezer before the first light – the freeze somehow stops the candle from burning as quickly.

Diptyque makes about¬†50 different scents –¬†they’re split into 5¬†categories: Fruity, Floral, Herbal,¬†Spicy¬†and Woody. They are all packaged in the clear glass tumblers with the trademark black and white labels – so chic.¬†

Highly recommend -another one of my favorites. I’ll be burning my “bae” all night long. Except not, as I’m too nervous to keep him on all night long because house burning down. Duh.