Monday, July 23, 2012

'16 Handles' Frozen Yogurt

There is nothing quite like an ice cream to cool you down on a hot summer's day, and one of my favourite places to go is '16 Handles'.  Although it's not actually ice cream, but frozen yogurt, you won't be able to tell the difference.

It's called '16 Handles' because there are always 16 different flavours of yogurt available.  It is self-serve, you choose your cup size, pick your flavor and pull the handle to fill it up! They have a great selection of flavours, including 'NY Cheesecake', 'Birthday Cake', 'Red velvet cake' as well as the traditional favourites.  Nutritional information is available at each handle, so you can make an informed decision when choosing your flavour.  They have lots of low fat and lower calorie option, so you can have a treat without feeling too guilty!

However, I think the best part about '16 Handles' is the toppings bar.  They have a huge choice of fruits, syrups and dry toppings, like fudge, various forms of chocolate, nuts and sweets.  It's so funny watching the kids pile on the toppings, often you can't tell they have yogurt in their bowls!  

The yogurt and toppings are weighed, so the more you have the more it costs.  You can get a decent sized yogurt with toppings for under $5 though.  They also have rewards cards where you collect stamps for a free serving.

I'm a big fan of this place and often go to the locations on the Upper West Side.  For more information and to find a shop near you, visit http://16handles.com/index.php.

Monday, July 16, 2012

Terrible subway experience!

I had a really horrible experience on the subway last Friday morning.  I was on the C train going downtown and a homeless woman got on and started talking to the whole carriage.  For those who use the subway regularly, you will know that it is a common occurrence to come across beggars on the train.

This woman made a speech informing us that she was homeless and living on the streets and wanted money.  Normally at this the point, the person will walk through the carriage hoping someone will give them something.  However, this woman was very aggressive and was addressing each person on the carriage individually, touching them or getting very close to their faces.

When she reached me I was playing with my phone, which she pushed to get my attention.  She said "have you got any money" to which I replied "No, I'm sorry I don't have anything today".  I thought she would walk away but instead she swore at me and spat all over me!  I was in complete shock and completely disgusted!  She had spat all over my bag and my clothes and I really didn't know what to do.

As she continued through the carriage I heard her spit on someone else and then saw her get off at the next stop.  No one did or said anything, a few people looked at me in disbelief and some horrible tourists thought it was funny.

I didn't say anything as I thought she would become even more aggressive if I approached her, so I cleaned myself up the best I could and sat feeling sorry for myself until it was my stop.  As soon as I got to my destination I disinfected myself as I felt so dirty.

I have heard many subway horror stories, but this was the first time anything like this has happened to me.  Throughout my time in New York I have often been approached by people asking for money, but I have never been attacked for not giving anything.  I will be more cautious in the future, but I think I will be sticking to cabs for a while!

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Celeb Spot! Morgan Freeman!

I was visiting someone in a downtown hospital, and on my way to get coffee 'A-List' movie star Morgan Freeman got in the lift with me!  He smiled at me as he walked in and whistled all the way down to the lobby.

A few other people got in as we stopped on our way down, and although I could tell some recognised him, no one approached him.  I am always too shy to go up to celebs, but thought it was especially important not to bother him as we were in a hospital.  He was much taller than I thought he would be and was impeccably dressed.  It was great to see him and it really made my day!