I Feel It In My Fingers, I Feel It In My Toes (Christmas Is All Around Us…)


I really love Christmas. It’s not my holiday, but I’ve adopted it by marriage. Converts, in general, are always the worst when it comes to going overboard and I am guilty as charged. So if you love Christmas too, stay tuned to my blog this month, because in addition to fun NYC things to do, see, eat and imbibe, there will be a lot of pics of stuffed animals coming out of store windows, and other assorted holiday regalia.

Last week started on a total high. I am a BA (Bon Appetite) insider, which just means I signed up to be one, and I was able to snag two tickets to their second only live taping of the BA podcast at The Bell House. I’m obsessed with the podcast (who else can wax poetic about vinegar for 30 minutes like Carla Lalli Music? ). My cousin Wendy and I got there early, scarfed down the insane ham sandwich (oh the baguette, the thinly sliced ham by Brad Leone, the ethereal spread of butter, and sprinkle of sea salt) and snagged the second row. We were glued to our seats for two hours.


Next up was a visit to The Velvet Underground Experience, the pop-up on lower Broadway. When I was a student at NYU, I was obsessed with Andy Warhol and all things “Factory” after reading Edie: American Girl. There is something for everyone in this exhibit, and it’s right around the corner from Indochine, which makes for the perfect, spot to eat afterward. We felt like we had time traveled to 1983.

Katherine, one of my all-time favorite humans, landed in NYC (from Tokyo where she lives and where our journey together began) this past weekend, and it was one non-stop party (and gab-fest). It started with a fabulous brunch at Legacy Records, one of the hardest reservations to get, but I did watch a few people walk in off the street and get seated. I might try that next time. My obsession with the soft scramble continues, and this time it had black truffles mixed in. O-M-G.


It was a gray and rainy day, so we decided it would be a great opportunity to wander the seven floors of merch at Dover Street Market. The only thing I could afford was the Matcha Cappucino (barely, at $7.50), but I got quite the kick out of what’s on offer and how much of your paycheck you need to use to get it. As I asked myself, “Who shops here?” A wave of hip young Asian girls swooped in and almost ran us over.

Sunday night Tokyo Tomodachis (friends) from far and wide came together at Prune to celebrate friendship and eat fried pistachio nuts. Prune is one of my all-time favorite classic NYC restaurants. It holds about 20 people – reservations are a must. They created a special prix-fixe dinner and made a cute menu just for us. They also serve chunks of melted dark chocolate on buttered crusty bread for dessert (and this comes with the check…) The night ended with cocktails at the Raines Law Room and then just one Kelly Clarkson karaoke song, My Life Would Suck Without You.

Monday morning Katherine and I hit Midtown hard. We took pictures in front of all the decorations including the tree. We waited on line and shopped at the new FAO Schwarz – thankfully the line went fast. It’s worth the wait to see the Rolls Royce toy cars, the kiddie supermarket, and the teddy bear chairs. I snapped a few cute pics…

I found the windows at Saks strangely similar to the red trees Melania put up at the White House…


Famished from all the selfies, we stopped into a new-ish spot in Midtown called Handies by Bou. It’s a six-seat handroll counter in the lobby of a small boutique hotel, The Sanctuary. The fish was fresh and simple and not expensive. It’s a great place if you need a little pick me up near Rockefeller Center.

Laden with bags, we returned to downtown to drop our bags. However, we first had to stop and see the chocolate waterfalls at Venchi the new gelato spot in Flatiron. And then, of course, we had to have some – silly Katherine chose a thimble full of coffee with her chocolate, but my cone was insane; Hazelnut gelato that had a thick layer of fudge on top. Worth every calorie.

After dropping off our bags, we ran over for a quick stretch at my favorite spot Stretch’d before going to celebrate Chanukah at Airs Champagne Parlor. Is there anything better than champagne, potato latkes, and caviar? NO. I love Air’s because we have a lot in common. We both like good champagne, and we agree that you don’t have to spend a fortune to drink it. Last year Tom and I spent New Year’s chambonging with the gang at Air’s, and I am happy to say we will return this year. Can’t wait!


Have fun. Be bold.



Baby it’s cold outside.


I wasn’t expecting the arctic blast that settled in the city this week. Somehow, in my mind, I thought it was going to be sunny and 40 until April. But winter is here, and one can no longer walk outside without accoutrement. I will be looking to up my hat and glove game in the days to come.

I kicked off the week with a favorite thing that I rarely get to do. While living in Japan, I became a fan of all things spa related including the Korean scrub. When I moved back to the US, I found that very few of my American friends wanted to go. It’s not that American’s don’t like spa treatments, most of my friends do. It’s that you have to be naked in front of one another for an extended period, and at our emptynest age, most friends would rather not. Luckily, I found a few that were up for the adventure, and we went to Juvenex Spa a very authentic scrub spot in Korea town. Our package consisted of sauna, steam, onsen, cold plunge, an intense full-body scrub and a 1/2 hour massage all for an amount less than a regular massage at a high-end spa would cost. You walk outside two hours later rubbing your skin because you can’t believe how soft you are. No Korean scrub experience would be complete without beer and bbq, so we walked down the block to Kang Ho Dong Kaekjeong my all-time favorite place to grill meat and wrap it in lettuce. The veggie side dishes are so extraordinary; I can even bring vegetarians.


Tuesday was the first night of Chanukah, and instead of cooking we went out to Russ and Daughters Cafe Many readers may be familiar with their amazing fish store, but this is the cafe. It was a bit challenging for my non-Jewish husband to find something to eat for dinner as most of the menu tends towards “breakfast for dinner,” but in the end, he found a delicious brisket sandwich. The potato latkes were on point, as were the blintzes and noodle kugel.

As I’ve mentioned before, the move to NYC required finding new “people” from doctors to cobblers, and today I’d like to give a shout out to Preston at Bloom Beauty Lounge. I often tell my husband that if I don’t get my hair dyed every four weeks, he’ll be sleeping with grandma, so it was important for me to find someone who was really good at what they did and the salon was reasonably priced. I’m thrilled with my new hair, and the fact that it’s within walking distance is a bonus for my steps!

I’m a huge Broadway fan and have been since I can remember. A few years ago, I started buying four tickets to shows I thought would be hot. My thought was to sell two tickets at a high price to pay for my tickets and dinner. I’ve almost always made money, and usually (Hamilton) a lot of money. Besides the Harry Potter tickets, I’ve already purchased, two shows that will open this spring that might be interesting to movie fans are Mean Girls and Pretty Woman. It’s still early days and tickets are available directly from the links above at face value pricing.

A highlight of the week was a cozy lunch at Margaux in the Marlton Hotel. The hotel is steps from Washington Square Park and has a very old world feel. When you walk through the hotel doors, you find a lovely lounge with a wood burning fireplace conveniently located next to the bar. I have plans to return to sit and write with a glass of cabernet.

The weekend ended outside of the city, back in Westchester surrounded by friends and family to celebrate the holiday season. Even though I absolutely enjoy my new life in the city, I’ll always be connected to the people I love in the suburbs, and will hop on the Metro-North any time I’m invited.

Time to pour a glass of wine and order from seamless.

Have fun. Be Bold.