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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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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How to Make S’mores in Your Apartment!

Happy National S’mores Day, Y’all!

If you’re like me and the summertime brings back childhood memories of family camping, fire pits, and frisbee, then the idea of a s’more right now is pretty exciting. However, if you are also like me and live in an apartment with no fire pit or fireplace, then s’mores have probably been off the menu for a while. Luckily, s’mores are actually pretty easy to make in an apartment! In addition to the normal ingredients, all you’ll need is a broiler, baking sheet, and some nostalgia.

How to make s'mores in your oven

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NYC Neighborhoods You Can Actually Afford

As you may already know, NYC is the least affordable city in the U.S. But if you are a renter, not all neighborhoods are created equal. The average cost of a rental in the Big Apple ranges from $1447.5 to $7640 per month, a difference of over $6,000, depending on the area. At the top of the list is obviously some of the most desirable real estate in the city. If you, like us, don’t make a million dollar salary, you probably can’t afford to rent a converted loft in TriBeCa. Nevertheless, you can find better deals in NYC neighborhoods without having to move out to the New Jersey or Long Island suburbs.

A view of lower Manhattan and three East River Bridges. Many of the most affordable, popular NYC neighborhoods are in the outer boroughs

According to Street Easy’s monthly report from May 2017, the below popular and growing NYC neighborhoods may actually be in your budget (on average below $2750 per month):

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Best Dog Breeds for City Living

Thinking about getting a dog, but worried about finding a good match for your city lifestyle? There are obviously a lot of factors to consider when picking the best breed for you: how much time you have to dedicate to exercising or socializing your dog; the size of your apartment; proximity to green space or dog parks; whether you have any other pets or children in your household; as well as a bunch of other concerns. It is a lot to think about!

Best dog breed for city living

To help you get started, we put together a list of some dog breeds suited for apartment and urban living.

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NYC Restaurant Week 2017 – Where to Go

Happy foodies’ paradise, New Yorkers! Restaurant Week is officially upon us yet again. This time, the joyous occasion runs from July 24th until August 18th. At participating restaurants, you can order from incredible 3-course prix fixe menus at some of the most popular and well-repututed restaurants in all of NYC. And the best part is, it is all for a reasonable price: $29 for lunch and $42 for dinner. Restaurant Week is a great way to experience restaurants on your bucket list without breaking the bank.

Below are some of the best restaurants participating in Restaurant Week. What are you waiting for? Make some reservations!

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