Monday, February 21, 2011

City Lights and Amazing Sights

After reading several blogs I wasnt very inspired; nothing caught my eye or connected to my interests. Feeling very discouraged and rather bored I came across a blog post about New York City. New York City is one of the most interesting cities I have ever been to and is probably one of my favorite places to go.

As a Long Islander, I am only an hour away from the city. I am undoubtedly a city girl at heart. I have seen over 45 Broadway shows, been to almost every major tourist attraction, travelled on hundreds of subway cars, and eaten in many amazing restaurants. There is so much to love about NYC it’s hard to describe in just a few pages. I think I am going to focus on the things that I find most intriguing about the “city of lights”: Serendipity 3, Broadway shows, and shopping!

Have you ever heard of a frozen hot chocolate? Yes, that is an oxymoron. Yes, that does exist. Where do you ask is this godly creation? Serendipity 3 on 60th Street. This awfully small restaurant hidden behind massive amounts of people is definitely worth the three hour long waits. Known for its $1000 Golden Opulence Sundae, this restaurant also serves delectable desserts at reasonable prices. All desserts are largely portioned and can definitely cause a person to go up a notch or two on their belt. I suggest wearing your drawstring sweatpants to fit all the food you will devour in this place. This, however, is not only a dessert place; you can gorge yourself with all types of food: burgers, sandwiches, salads, pastas, and omelets. But before you die you must have the frozen hot chocolate. This is by far the most amazing creation ever with its incredible texture and taste. If you are willing to wait several hours for table in a cramped restaurant, do it. If you would like to wait only a few minutes, make a reservation a few days in advance. I highly recommend visiting this restaurant, not only is the food exquisite but the atmosphere is eclectic and unique.

So before I start drooling over the thought of food, I will change the topic. There is one thing in NYC that I know quite a bit about and that is Broadway shows. The first Broadway show I ever saw was Riverdance when I was 5. My grandma has some sort of Broadway addiction. She is literally obsessed with spending all of her money on tickets. She is the cause of my Broadway obsession. Ever since I saw Riverdance I have been on a never ending Broadway binge. In total, I have seen 49 Broadway shows and numerous off-broadway productions. I have sat in both the best seats and the worst and have watched amazing and terrible shows. There are no words to describe the awe you are put in after watching a mind blowing performance. One of my favorite shows is Billy Elliot. I have seen that 3 times, once in London and twice in NYC. I literally walked through a blizzard to see that show because it is that amazing. I am forever addicted to musical productions and dance and will probably spend way too much money on Broadway shows in the future.

In addition to the Broadway shows, NYC is known for shopping. As a girl who absolutely loves shopping, New York is heaven for finding the perfect pair of shoes or the perfect outfit. This city is home to the biggest Macy’s in the world. It is extremely overwhelming yet beautiful. There are floors and floors of clothes, extensive amounts of shoes, cosmetics, and accessories. It is definitely a girl’s favorite plus-minus the prices. A store that is less over whelming and cheaper is Forever 21. Right in the center of Times Square is a four story store with endless amount of clothes. In addition to the department stores, there are millions of unique shops and boutiques. New York City is a girl’s paradise.

From the opinion of a girl who has been to numerous cities around the world, NYC is definitely unique. Its busy streets, unique shops, and different people provide the city with a culture like no other.

If you have not already visited NYC, do it!

Add this to your bucket list.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Valentines Day

I am not a heartbroken soul, but currently in a happy relationship. I just needed to make that clear before I begin to write this.

In lue of the upcoming “holiday”, I have decided to side with all of the single ladies out there and bash Valentines Day.

Its not that I don’t like Valentines Day, actually, I quite enjoy it. As a candy lover, I fully enjoy devouring endless boxes of chocolate and candy hearts, rotting my teeth and fattening my body. I enjoy walking through a department store and seeing red hearts, velvet and naked babies with wings.

Valentines is named after early Christian martyrs named Valentine. In the middle ages, this “holiday” became associated with love after the tradition of chivalry developed. Today, Valentines Day is day when loved ones exchange gestures of love through cards and gifts.

Valentines Day cards have become extremely popular. Couples have begun to express their love through generic sayings such as; “Roses are red, violets are blue, your eyes are green, and I love you”. Honestly, that card doesn’t say I love you. Where is the emotion and true love?

“The U.S. Greeting Card Association estimates that approximately one billion valentines are sent each year worldwide, making the day the second largest card-sending holiday of the year, behind Christmas.”

February 14th has turned into a hallmark holiday rather than a holiday for love. Lovers focus more on material goods and gifts. Don’t get me wrong, there are still romantics out there who will take their significant other to a romantic dinner, however, the numbers are getting fewer.

I am not a person to hate on expressing love and emotion, but I don’t believe that love needs to be celebrated one day a year. It should be celebrated every day.