You Had Me At…The Shore

On a summer day, who doesn’t want to head out to the beach? As I write this from New York City, I think about the beach spots that are relatively easy to get to from the city. One of which is Ocean City in New Jersey. Perfect even for a day trip and even better with a stop at Manco & Manco Pizza.

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You Had Me At…Tacos

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People go back and forth about the differences between the east and west coasts. For me, the most noticeable difference is the Mexican food. Growing up in California, I am quite picky about my Mexican food. It was not until I finally tried Los Tacos No. 1 in New York’s Chelsea Market that I thought my tacos would be a plane flight away.  The tacos here are definitely worth making your way amongst the crowds in the Chelsea Market.


Los Tacos No 1 Website
Los Tacos Instagram

You Had Me At…Cabana

Summertime and the livin’ is easy (….well, when you are using your paid time off days…)!

I would do anything to transport myself back to the Lido in Venice right now–sitting in a beach cabana and sipping a Campari soda. A trip to the Excelsior Hotel on the island is necessary. If you’re in need a beach vacation, I highly recommend!

 

Hotel Excelsior Website

You Had Me At…Frozen Negronis

If you are ever in NYC in the summer, you must, must, must go to the High Line Hotel for a frozen negroni. Hidden right on 10th Avenue in Chelsea, you feel as if you just left New York City and walked into Europe. Immediately as you enter the hotel, you are in a picturesque courtyard with perfectly trimmed hedges, not to mention the surrounding historic building. The European vibe continues with the Intelligensia coffee truck to the left and outdoor garden bar to the right, which serves the very best Italian cocktails. I always go for the frozen negroni, but the “Italian Flash” frozen cocktail is a great spin on an Italian sgroppino. Get there soon, as this place is seasonal!

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High Line Hotel Bar Menu

The High Line Hotel Website

Frozen Negroni Recipe @seriouseats

You Had Me At…Decorator Showcase House Pt. 2

When I was visiting San Francisco this May, it happened to be the same week as this year’s San Francisco Decorator Showcase House. Always intrigued by the intricate designs, I had to tour this year’s Pacific Heights residence on Pacific Ave. Walking through the home reminded me of all the times when I used to go with my mom years ago. However this time I went without my mother who was in Philly, and instead went with my iPhone snapping lots of pictures 😉

 

SF Decorator Showcase House Website

2698 Pacific Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94115

 

You Had Me At…The Decorator Showcase House

When I was younger, I used to go with my mom to the Decorator Showcase House each year in San Francisco. When I moved to NY, I was happy to find out that they have one as well! Below are photos from the Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club Decorator Showcase House NYC.

 

Kips Bay Decorator Showcase House Website

@kbshowhouse Instagram

125 East 65th Street, New York, New York 10065