Tuesday, March 27, 2012

'Time Out New York' Magazine

Although it may seem an obvious way to find out what is happening in NYC every week, it took me over a year to get a subscription to 'Time Out' magazine.

It is full of local events, restaurant openings, reviews, movie releases, shows and concerts, museums, book signings, special offers and loads of other NYC information.

It is a good way to keep up to date with what is going on in the city and provides inspiration if you are looking for something to do.  I have found out about some great events and tried some lovely new restaurants that I would have otherwise missed if I hadn't read 'Time Out'.

It currently costs $30 for 55 issues, and I enjoy getting my weekly copy of the magazine delivered to my home.  However, you can access most of the magazine's articles and lots more NYC information for free on their website at http://www.timeout.com/newyork.

Monday, March 12, 2012

The New York Historical Society

The New York Historical Society is the oldest museum in NYC and is home to a large collection of exhibits about the City, the State and the rest of the US.  The museum is located in an impressive building on the Upper West Side.  It contains four floors of exhibits, so we started at the top and worked our way down.

'Revolution! The Atlantic World Reborn' looks at the American, French and Haitian revolutions and the fight for human rights across the world.  It was really interesting and well presented.  I enjoyed looking at the photographs from 'Harlem: The People' and the paintings in the 'Portraits of the City' exhibit.  

Also on display is a collection of photographs from 9/11 which were taken by the public.  The images are extremely moving and depict the awful events through the eyes of the people who were actually there. 

Some of the exhibits are interactive and enable you to use giant touch screens to find out more information about the items on display.  These were especially popular with the children visiting the museum.  

We finished our visit by watching the film 'New York Story', which is an 18-minute film presenting the history of the city.  It was worth seeing and was a good way to end the trip.

I had a great morning at The New York Historical Society and would recommend you to visit.  Entry is $15 per person, but they are running a promotion until the end of March where tickets are 2 for 1 if you present a metro card.

For more information on exhibits and opening times visit http://www.nyhistory.org/.

The New York Historical Society

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Celeb Spot! Catherine Zeta Jones!

Last night my husband and I were having dinner in the Ocean Grill on the Upper West Side and whilst enjoying our meal, Hollywood A-lister Catherine Zeta Jones, walked right past our table!  I have always thought she was beautiful, but she is absolutely stunning in the flesh.  She was wearing black and had her hair pulled back in a bun.  Unfortunately Michael Douglas wasn't with her and she was accompanied by a female companion.

I think New York must be one of the best places for celebrities to live/visit as no one paid her any attention.  If she was recognised, no one said anything and she was left to enjoy her meal in peace.

A great NYC celeb spot!

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Energy Kitchen

I have been on a health kick since the beginning of the year and in addition to my exercise routine I have really been watching what I eat.  I have gone down the calorie counting route, which is working well so far, but does mean that it can be tricky to eat out.

New York has an abundance of restaurants, but I have found it quite difficult to find healthy places to eat.  When searching online I came across the website for 'Energy Kitchen', where nothing on the menu is over 500 calories and everything is either baked, steamed or grilled.  There are quite a few locations across the city, so I found the one closest to me and headed there for lunch.

The 'Energy Kitchen' is similar to a fast food restaurant where you order at the counter and they call your name when the food is ready.  However, it was very clean and the staff were very friendly and helpful.  They have an array of healthy burgers, wraps, salads, entrees and sides to choose from on the menu.  I opted for the 'Buffalo Chicken Burger' with two sides, baked fries and a corn and edamame salad.  All of this was $9.99 and just over 500 calories-a bargain for both my calorie and bank account!

The food was extremely flavourful and I very much enjoyed my meal.  It was both tasty and filling and I felt as if I had had a real treat.  The burger was just as good as a regular chicken burger, and the chips and salad were lovely.  If you want something sweet afterwards they offer low fat frozen yogurt for under 150 calories per serving.

The 'Energy Kitchen' isn't somewhere you would for a nice meal out, but it a great place for lunch or to grab something to eat before heading out for the evening.  They also deliver, which is great if you fancy take out but don't want to eat anything unhealthy.

I have been back to the 'Energy Kitchen' twice since my first visit and will definitely be going back again soon!  For more information on the menu and to find a located near you visit http://energykitchen.com/.