Saturday, January 31, 2015

Things to do in February in NYC

As students, we tend to stay in our rooms, watching netflix in the weekends or those of age join the bar/club scene. But when that routine gets tiring or you are in look for something fun and exciting to do in the city that is best known for culture, art and fun, where do you go?

timeout.com is a website that collects events that are occurring in the city each month and post them on their website. With the month of February coming up, I went ahead and checked out what are some of the things that are happening in the city, and this is what TimeOut had posted:

http://www.timeout.com/newyork/events-calendar/february-events-calendar?package_page=35251

Check it out and be brave to change the scene a bit and try something new while living in New York.


Friday, January 30, 2015

Personality and Pizza

On Sunday I hosted an event to take the Meyers-Briggs personality test while munching on pizza. Many residents turned out for the event and I extend you all a heart-felt thank you.

If you missed it, the Meyers-Briggs test is easily found online. For those of you who are not familiar with the test. It was developed by two psychologist and is often used in the professional world. Sometimes employers even use it to hire! Here is a link to the quiz if you are still interested in taking it. Click here!






Thursday, January 29, 2015

Get outside!

Now that Juno is gone and the snow is melting - get outside! You live in one of the coolest cities in the world so get out and explore. There are tons of things to do that are free or cheap (you just need to know when to go). Lucky for you there's a board in the community room full of fun things to go do and see! Have you checked it out yet?

Monday, January 26, 2015

Snow Sculptures!

With winter storm Juno upon us promising a heavy amount of snow, my mind is totally set on building some sweet snowmen! Being a community of artists however, I've decided to share some awesome snow sculpture inspiration! Wouldn't it be awesome to turn the terrace into our own snow gallery?




Lots of these awesome sculptures have been carved from compressed blocks of snow that can be up to 15 feet tall and weigh over 20 tons! The St. Paul Winter Carnival hosts the oldest Snow Sculpture contest in the world, founded in 1886. There are similar events held in China, Spain, the Netherlands & Canada. 







Hopefully you've been inspired to create your own snow masterpiece! Remember to wear warm gloves and limit your time outside with high winds! 

Friday, January 23, 2015

Gluten-Free Eats!

Hey all! Here's a new series I'm thinking of starting on this blog: Gluten-Free Restaurant Reviews! With a better title, for sure.

Gluten is found in anything with wheat, and while it's not necessarily unhealthy your body takes a lot of effort to process it, some being able to handle it with ease and some not. I've got Celiac and I've absolutely got to stay away from gluten because of it, and so when I moved to Ludlow a few months back one of the first things I sought to do was find some great places nearby where I could eat without concern.

And I've got to say, I'm really impressed with what our Ludlow neighborhood has to offer! There's a bunch of places that I'm looking to try again before I can really talk about the menu, but there is one restaurant I can talk about for sure, since they only have one thing available...

Taquitoria!

Head out the door, cross the street, walk left and you'll get there in no time! That's right, it's actually on Ludlow Street itself, and it's barely a walk away. Taquitoria's a tiny restaurant right between Stanton and Houston, and the one thing they sell, if you haven't guessed, is Taquitos!

You know, those thin pseudo-burritos you fry, and toss toppings on and whatnot. Sound like a weird thing to focus your restaurant on, right? I was skeptical at first, but really impressed by the end of the meal. Their toppings are a lot of sauces and yet the taquitos stayed really crunchy, and despite the fact that they're fried the taquitos were possibly the least greasy I've ever had. If I had done my research, the quality wouldn't have surprised me much: Taquitoria's run by a bunch of former gourmet chefs, and they use ingredients from the fancy restaurant they used to work at. Taquitoria is dedicated to being gluten-free too (big plus for me), as well as free of wheat, soy, nuts, and shellfish.

You can order taquitos filled with beef, chicken, pork, or black beans (a vegetarian option), and then decide to top it with their "Classic" option (guacamole, lettuce, cotija cheese), "Cheesy" (nacho cheese, sour cream, pickled jalapeno relish), or combine the two with the "Chronic" option (an extra $3, by the way). You can pick up three of these for $6 or five for $9, and then they've also got sides available if you want a salad, rice and beans, or chips and salsa.

So if any of that sounds good to you, I say give it a shot! I'll let you know what other good eats I find.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Dogs, Laughs and Illustrations

It is the small things in life that can bring a smile to your face. And what other than a great mixture of a dog and illustrations?!

I was scrolling through the internet the other day, and when I found this post, I started laughing and smiling and it cheered up my day.









If you want to see more of these amazing photographs, check out the blog post at:


And remember to smile and laugh. Not only is it good for your health, but it will also change your mood for the day. So if you are feeling down, look at these pictures of this adorable dog, and hopefully, just hopefully, it will make you smile :) 

Puffer Fish Art Better Than You

Valentine's day is coming up and some people are already planning a decadent array of events or, to simply scoop up the day-after chocolates on sale at Duane Reade.

Puffer fish will be doing the former, and I can guarantee they will be doing it better than anyone else.

Check out this video and you'll see what I mean.