Where to Celebrate National Piña Colada Day in NYC

This Tuesday (July 10th) is National Piña Colada Day! It is arguably my favorite national holiday surrounding a frozen cocktail. Even if you are not lucky enough to be relaxing oceanside or poolside, you can still enjoy a delicious and authentic piña colada and other tropical frozen cocktails in our very own New York City (unless nitro cold brew is more your summertime style). Here are some places you can visit on National Piña Colada Day and beat that oppressive summer heat:

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Two Must-Know Bourbon Cocktails for Every Host

I love hosting adult-y parties in our apartment. This past Thanksgiving, we hosted a “Friendsgiving” at our place, and had some friends over and we all stuffed our faces with some yummy Thanksgiving delicacies. But my point of pride from the event was the bar setup. I had recipes for at least ten unique cocktails requiring all different types of spirits (from Mezcal, my current fave, to gin, vodka, and bourbon), juices/mixers (cranberry, grapefruit, apple, ginger beer, lemon, lime), syrups (I got fancy with my honey and regular simple syrup, y’all), bitters, and garnishes (thyme, oranges, cherries, limes, apples). The drinks ranged from a smoky grapefruit flavor profile to a honey-lemon bourbon cocktail and cranberry mules. Yummy.

Bourbon cocktail photo
Photo by Michael Mroczek on Unsplash

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Is Cable Cord-Cutting Worthwhile?

Tired of spending a ridiculous amount of money on cable bills every month for hundreds of channels you don’t watch? Thinking about cord-cutting? Well you aren’t alone. According to recent data, cable TV subscriptions have steadily declined over the past decade. In the first quarter of 2017 alone, for example, cable TV subscriptions dropped by 2.4%. That is bad news for the industry. Some experts predict over the next several years the entire cable TV business model is going to shift to a more a la carte style. In the meantime, great alternatives to traditional TV exist, some of which include streaming live TV. All you need for cord-cutting is reliable Internet access, a subscription or two, and a streaming device.

Cord-cutting options are increasing
Photo by Jens Kreuter on Unsplash

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Best Nitro Cold Brew in Manhattan

Welcome back summertime! I am a big coffee drinker, but am not fond of sipping a hot cup of joe when it is 100 degrees out. Therefore, especially in the sweat-inducing heat, I cannot get enough of coffee’s latest trend, nitro cold brew coffee. First introduced to the world only a few years ago, nitro cold brew is, simply put, cold brew coffee infused with nitrogen. The result is a smooth, creamy, and less bitter coffee that resembles, and tastes a bit like, a stout (think Guinness). Nitro brew is also less acidic, hence easier on the belly, than a regular cup of joe. Additionally, on average, a cup has a higher caffeine content (at Starbucks, about twice as much as a regular iced coffee). And frankly, it is just freakin’ delicious, especially on a hot summer day.

Nitro cold brew is becoming more popular, in large part thanks to Starbucks’ recent decision to offer nitro cold brew at over 500 locations nationwide. While its becoming increasingly common, nitro cold brew is still not among the offerings at most coffee shops.

Since I discovered nitro brew, I have been on a personal mission to find the best Manhattan has to offer. These are some of my favorites so far:

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Gotham Girls Roller Derby

Okay, so we might be really behind the times on this one. But just this past Sunday, we went to our first ever roller derby game! And we were lucky because it wasn’t just any game… it was the Gotham Girls Roller Derby Championship! Hosted at John Jay College in Midtown, the game was between the top 2 ranked home teams, the Queens of Pain and the Brooklyn Bombshells. And we had an absolute blast!

Gotham Girls Roller Derby

To those who don’t know about the Gotham Girls Roller Derby, the league consists of four home teams (who play each other). The league also has four away teams who play teams across the country and internationally. Many of the badass derby ladies are on both a home team and a travel team. And unlike in decades past, the teams play on a flat track, which allows more flexibility with the venue and brings the audience closer to the action.

The 2017 season started in March and consisted of 6 regular season games. A few weeks ago, the two other GGRD home teams, Bronx Gridlock and Manhattan Mayhem matched up to determine the 3rd place championship. After a close game, Manhattan Mayhem took the bronze.

Gotham Girls Roller Derby Championship - Brooklyn Bombshells vs. Queens of Pain

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Smorg Square Opens in Soho!

Instagram-friendly and locally-famous food market, Smorgasburg, just opened their newest location this past weekend! Located in Soho at Varick and Canal Street, this gravel lot-turned-market is termed Smorg Square.

The space is much smaller than the original Williamsburg and Prospect Park Smorgasburg locations. Only 20 vendors will be serving up tasty sweet and savory treats every week. But not to fret, some of the most popular and photo-ready establishments have claimed their booths in Soho, including John’s Juice, Big Mozz Sticks, and Ramen Burger. The full list of food vendors include:

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Where to Run in Manhattan

Fall is right around the corner, which means the best running weather of the year is approaching fast. I am really excited to be able to run again soon without sweating bullets! But as any NYC runner can attest, running in Manhattan is quite challenging… At every juncture you are interrupted by traffic, stoplights, and never-ending hoards of pedestrians, bikes, and tourists. There are, however, a bunch of places in Manhattan where runners can escape the cars, the horns, and the crowds.

These are some of the better options for running in Manhattan:

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Is the NYC Subway Really That Bad?

Living in New York, you hear people complain about the New York City subway system on a regular basis. Some of the gripes are well-deserved. During the summer the stations are hot. In the winter they’re cold. There are frequent delays. Sometimes you get stuck on a train. Sometimes you have to wait for several packed trains to pass before you can squeeze yourself onto a car. And sometimes the trains are so crowded you are forced to be more intimate with strangers than you would otherwise like.

Photo of New York City subway station
Photo by Redd Angelo on Unsplash

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