For a city getaway, how about cruising to Staten Island? The free ferry is full of tourists snapping selfies and shots of the Statue of Liberty, disembarking at St. George only to ride it right back to Manhattan. Next time, stay for a spell. Several restaurants make it worthwhile, including the Italian nonna–run Enoteca Maria and the German beer and wurst specialist Nurnberger Bierhaus. Another favorite, Bayou, has been delivering a taste of the Big Easy for more than a decade while steakhouse Ruddy & Dean has served up dry-aged steaks and spectacular views of New York Harbor since 2000. Read on to find a mix of old and new places, from classic pizza joints to an adventurous Sri Lankan buffet. Some are within walking distance of the ferry terminal while others require a bus ride or a few stops on the Staten Island Railroad (or better yet, a car). On your return ferry trip to Manhattan, be sure to stand on the deck like Melanie Griffith in Working Girl and take in the panorama. Continue reading on NYCGO.com >>>>
Now that we’ve officially crossed the half-way mark of January, I thought it was only fitting to take a second and check in on each other. How are you doing? How is the new year going so far? I finally took the plunge and tossed out our Christmas tree last weekend. Even though it sure was hard to say goodbye to that bone-dry mini fir, I convinced my husband to leave up a few strands of lights around our apartment. That way, we can enjoy the spirit of the holidays for just a tad-bit longer. Plus, those warm white bulbs always illuminate such a cozy vibe, don’t you think?
Anyway, enough of my off-tangent rant. Time to get back on track.
How are your new year’s resolutions coming? I know I mentioned some simple resolutions to revitalize your body, mind and soul here that are totally doable any time of the year, but then I got to thinking: What about the people that are looking to grow and evolve but aren’t really keen on resolutions in the first place? And that’s why I’m here today.
Instead of creating one, two, three (four, five, six) giant self-care goals to achieve throughout the next 365 days, why not take the year one month at a time? That way, you can tackle smaller challenges with each 30/31 days that pass and revel in just as much (if not more!) self-improvement success by the time December rolls around. Enticing, right?
Now of course, everyone is unique so your idea of self-care might differ with what I’ve listed below, but I’m hoping it will at least help you get started on your journey!
January: Infuse your mind with inspiration.
With the cheerful holiday decor all packed up and the outdoor temperatures consistently dropping, it doesn’t take much for January to seem a bit dreary. But don’t let the cold frigid weather get you down. Instead, take time to infuse your mind with inspiration. Plan a trip. Add adventures to your bucket list. And if you don’t have a bucket list, create one. The excitement of having something to look forward to will be the heat needed on even the coldest of days. FULL ARTICLE AT WIT & DELIGHT
via Food & Wine – We’re at Thanksgiving for the food, clearly, but décor and a beautifully set table are just as important a part of the big day as the turkey and sides (well…they’re close). Here, a few easy tips to make sure your table is Thanksgiving ready.
Send all of your linens (napkins, table runners, even a fancy apron for the chef) out to be dry cleaned so they’re pressed and ready for the big day.
MISMATCH YOUR TABLEWARE
Not everyone has enough matching glasses, silverware and plates for 20 plus people, so don’t hesitate to mix-and-match what you have. Keeping it all in the same color family will give your table an eclectic, but coordinated look.
Use a lot of them. Everywhere. No, you’re not trying to seduce your house guests, but the warm glow of (UNSCENTED!) candles is much more welcoming than overhead lights. Candlesticks are festive, but short pillar candles or votives won’t block the person dining across from you.
Nell Casey at Gothamist reports on the new Staten Island Shake Shack.
In its quest to be the world’s greatest hamburger chain, Shake Shack has chosen the site of its next stronghold: the Staten Island Mall. If it’s good enough for Applebee’s, it’s good enough for Danny Meyer.
Reps for the restaurant say they have a targeted opening of 2019. The news, which was first reported by SI Live, was met with enthusiasm by Staten Islanders, who expressed their joy (and…”excitement”) on Twitter.