Friday, October 26, 2012

A shameless plug.......

I have been nominated for an award by www.expatsblog.com and was hoping that if you had a couple of minutes you would go online and vote for me!

If you do have a chance, please click on the link below:
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Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Tribeca Restaurant Reviews-'Tamarind', 'Tribeca Grill' and 'Gigino Trattoria

One of the good things about living in the Financial District is it's close proximity to TriBeca and it's great choice of restaurants.  As it can be a pain getting downtown on a Saturday evening (cabs are hard to find and who wants to get on the subway all dressed up ;-), we thought we would take advantage of the 15 minute walk and try some new places to eat.  I have reviewed some of my favourites:

Tamarind
I love Indian food and as Tamarind has a Michelin star I really wanted to give it a try.  The restaurant decor is cool and trendy and there was a good atmosphere.  They offer an extensive menu with familiar classics as well as some more interesting dishes.  

To start we had the Kashmiri Tikki (beetroot and ricotta cheese patties) and Bataki Kosha (spicy duck wrap), both of which were delicious.  The portions were much bigger than I expected and next time I would only order one dish to share.  

For our main course we had the Morg Kolahpuri (chicken with various spices) and Daab Chingri (prawns in a coconut curry sauce) with pilau rice and naan bread.  Everything was scrumptious, the food was spicy and very tasty.  We left the restaurant feeling absolutely stuffed!  The service was excellent, the waiter was one of the nicest I have come across since moving to the city.  Great place, definitely worth a visit!


Tribeca Grill
I have always wanted to eat in here and my lovely husband took me for my birthday.  The exposed brick gives the place a warehouse feel, which makes it feel spacious and airy.  The tables aren't too close together, which I always appreciate as it is so rare to get a spacious table in NYC! 

I had the 'Main Lobster Salad' to start which was very light and I enjoyed the citrus flavours.  I had another appetizer for my main course,  the 'Jumbo Lump Crab Cake' and I shared some sides with my hubby.  We finished off with the cheese plate, which was a great way to end the meal. The food was of a high standard, the ingredients were fresh and everything tasted delicious.

The only small criticism I had was regarding the service, it was quite slow and it took ages for our order to be taken.  However, we had a great evening and I would love to go back in the future.


Gigino Trattoria
I wish we had tried this casual Italian sooner as it has a great atmosphere and the food is excellent.  It is decorated like a traditional Italian restaurant and has a homey feel to it.  

They have a large menu full of various pizza's and pasta's as well as meat and fish dishes.  They also have a specials board which changes regularly.  We didn't have a starter as we enjoyed nibbling on the bread basket and the portions looked generous.  I went with the amatriciana pasta special and my hubby ordered the 'Paradiso' pizza made with apple, chicken, gorgonzola and provolone cheese.  Both dishes were so good!  We ended up sharing everything as we both liked the food so much.  

The service was good and nicely paced out, they didn't rush us even though it was busy.  It was also priced more reasonably than some of the other restaurants in the area.  It is definitely a neighborhood gem!


I would make reservations at these restaurants, especially at the weekend and you can book them for free via http://www.opentable.com/new-york-city-restaurants.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Tickets to see 'The Bill Cunningham Show' live taping


I haven't seen this show, but I got this email today and thought some of you might be interesting in getting tickets for later this week.  If you are interested send an email to tickets@billcunninghamshow.com.

"The BEST talk show to see LIVE in person!"
Free tickets are available for CW’s The Bill Cunningham Show taping in New York City!

Thursday, October 11th: 
9:00AM
2:45PM

Friday, October 12th: 
9:00AM - Looking for couples in audience for special taping!
2:45PM


For FREE tickets please respond back with all of the following information:
Name:
Daytime Phone:
Date/Time or both times:
# of tickets:

Bill is excited for you to help him “Put the Cheese on the Cracker!
if you have already been scheduled, please do not respond, you are all set!
For later dates please call 1-888-710-8425 .

Saturday, October 6, 2012

David Blaine 'Electrified'

David Blaine started out as a street magician, but is now famous for completing some of the most crazy stunts imaginable.  He has been buried alive, frozen in a block of ice, starved himself in a suspended glass box and stood on a 100ft pillar for 35 hours.

When I found out that David Blaine was completing his latest illusion in NYC this weekend I really wanted to go.  His new stunt, 'Electrified', sees the magician standing on a 20ft podium surrounded by 1 million volts of electricity for 72 hours.

We headed to Pier 54 in the Meatpacking District and queued for just a few minutes before going inside.  It's free to get in and you can stay for as long as you like.  The electricity currents are extremely loud but you are given ear plugs to wear.

It was an amazing sight to see David Blaine standing in a ball of electricity.  It looked like a lightning storm and it was brilliant when he move the currents to music.  The audience were loving the show, cheering and clapping as he moved the currents and held different poses while volts of electricity came in and out of his body.

David Blaine 'Electrified'

He was wearing a special suit and visor and seemed happy as he was smiling and interacting with the crowd.  While we were there, a cage carrying two people went into the 'Electrified' area.  I'm not sure if they were part of the crew or audience, but David was chatting and joking with them.  I would have loved a go in that!

The cage lifting visitors to David Blaine
'Electrified' finishes on Monday 8th October at 7.30pm, so if you are in the city this weekend I would definitely stop by and take a look.  I am sure it is much more spectacular once it's dark, so it might be worth going in the evening.  If you can't go in person you can see everything as it happens live via 'You Tube' at http://www.youtube.com/ultrabookexperience?cid=sem131p9882.


Wednesday, October 3, 2012

'5 Pointz' Graffiti, Long Island, Queens

I was visiting a friend in Queens today and she took me to the see this huge building completely covered in graffiti.  It is an amazing sight, a block covered from head-to-toe in graffiti art work.  There are some interesting and brilliant pieces on the building, I really liked some of the bigger murals and comic-book work.

When I got home I did a bit of Internet research and found out that '5 Pointz' is an aerosol art centre that uses a 200,000 square-foot factory building as it's canvas.  '5 Pointz' is so-called as it represents the 5 boroughs of NYC coming together as one, however people from all over the world have come to contribute to the "graffiti mecca".

'5 Pointz' Graffiti Centre

It is also a car park!
The graffiti centre is located on Davis Street, Long Island City and is easy to get to using the E, 7, M or G trains.  It is definitely worth checking out!  For more information visit http://5ptz.com/graff/.