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Ten Things to Do This Fall October 15, 2013

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Before the weather gets too cold to run around and the chills begin to stick to our bones, make a list of ten things to do this fall that’ll make the turning of the seasons exciting, and the loss of summer a little less painful. Here is the collated and DLIH approved list of MUSTS to do this fall! You’ve got until Thanksgiving time to check them off your list…so GO!

Drink a pumpkin spice latte!!!!

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Celebrate a college football victory with people you’ve never met at a bar

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Smell the air! Fall always reminds us of apple picking, back to school, and scarves and boots, take a walk in the tree-est area you can find and watch the leaves turn!

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Get yourself ready for fall! Put your summer clothes away, get your sweaters out, spruce up the place, buy some autumn scented candles and give anything you don’t want to goodwill or charity! Remember to hang DYI or store-bought decorations!

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Pay off your credit cards…or make a plan to. Holidays are around the corner, and you’re going to need the spending limits!

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Play Heads Up! on the first, stormy, fall night-in!

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Learn how to bake a warm, autmuny treat. Some great ideas are: baked brie, pumpkin bread, apple crisp or cobbler

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Bundle up in scarves and hoodies, go to your nearest beach and drink hot apple cider!

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Take a photo for your holiday cards!

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Get in the habit of going to the gym, every time you go, put a dollar in a jar, then reward yourself next fall with a new coat, boots, or a night out!
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Your Summer Weekend in New York July 6, 2013

Posted by doinglaundryinheels in Around NYC, Food/Dining, Holidays, Review, Uncategorized, Weekend with DLIH.
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A couple of weeks ago, I was lucky enough to have a guest join me for the weekend. When you live in New York, the options about where to go, what to do, and what subway you need to take can be daunting but when you have someone to entertain, you suddenly become re-invigorated with the possibilities. Here are some of the new and favorite places we hit. If you’re looking for some summer fun in the heat, but want to avoid the main stream places, theses are DLIHers top choices:

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01The Frying Pan – If you haven’t been, you’re missing out on this NYC summer staple! Located on the west, west, west of the mid-twenties the Frying Pan is a barge and boat turned happy hour extravaganza! It’s not a great place if you’re not into crowds or want superior bartending, but if all you’re looking for is some drinks in the hot summer weather you can find it here! Sitting on the boat or the outside of the barge will allow you some relaxing time by the water. The Frying Pan serves both liquor and beer and has a decent selection of outdoorsy food. If you’re in the mood to party, sit on the inside, covered by a large overhang, where the mood is more upbeat with music and young people. Fair warning, the place can often times have a collegey factor, so be prepared. Rule of thumb is that the closer you sit to the water, the more chill it’ll be. It’s all about what you want! When you arrive, don’t be stifled if there’s a line to get in, it moves faster than any other line in NYC. On a hot summer afternoon, this is the perfect spot to be!

02Chelsea Brewing Company – Just south of the Frying Pan is another outdoor spot, right inside Chelsea Piers. The Chelsea Brewing Company is a restaurant perfect for lunch or even dinner. If it’s cool enough, sit outside, right on the docks. They also have a spacious inside portion if you’re more into a/c. The menu is simple but tasty and they have a nice selection of brews. It’s a great place to pass the time when you need a little break from the heat, or even a perfect pit stop if you’re walking along the Hudson. Plus, there is plenty to do in Chelsea Piers, so check it out while you’re there.

03Doc Watson’s – Located on the upper east side, don’t judge this book by its cover. From the outside it looks like your typical dive and while the inside maintains this appearance, the bar is actually a hot spot in this part of town. If the bar seems a bit crowded there is a spacious back area with tables. As a first-timer, the service was great! Our waitress was on top of everything and even dropped by just to talk because we happened to be discussing one of her favorite shows. I found the drink I ordered to be a little light, but I don’t worry, in the least, that if I’d asked them to kick it up a notch, they would have. Overall, a great spot for an afternoon or evening drink away from the crowds of summer but not away from the action

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04Momofuku Milk – Find this spot in Williamsburg (although, there are many different locations all over, check them out!) just off of the L/G Metropolitan stop. This little nook is a creative desert and snack shop focusing on the delicious! Some of their highlights include cereal flavored shakes, “crack” pie, and pork or veggie buns. Everything is delicious and just enough food to soothe your cravings, but not leave you on dessert or lunch overload. The space is small, with a couple of benches, so if you’re not dying to eat in, it’s a great idea to take out. However, the food there is so dainty that you wouldn’t need to sit for more than ten minutes to savor every bite!

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05Locale –Off the beaten path, Locale is a DLIH frequent flyer. Near the N/Q in Astoria this cafe/bar is a perfect place for brunch! They offer a little bit of everything on the menu and throw in a twist here or there. The food is filing and very good. Mostly, the atmosphere is your quintessential brunch spot. Surrounded by pre-war style buildings and plenty of dogs walking by, you almost forget you’re in a borough. They have both inside and outside seating in the warm months but be prepared that the inside doesn’t offer the a/c you need if you’re escaping the heat. The cute decor and bistro-esque tables are what make meals there worth it, in addition to the full bar. Service isn’t necessarily perfect every time but the prices won’t make you wonder why you came. If you’re looking for something different, it’s DLIH highly recommended.

Food and Drink at Any Corner April 18, 2013

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Maybe you’re looking for a way out of the norm, maybe your weekends have become consumed with sitting on the couch and ordering pizza, or maybe you’re on your way to a New York adventure and trying to hit the hot spots, without getting lost on the subway. DLIH had its only little weekend adventure a few weeks ago and discovered some amazing locations, all over the city.

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Cafe Cluny

Upon waking, do as the New Yorkers do – Brunch! It’s a great idea, until you try to figure out where to go; talk about death by options! No fear my little poached eggs, I’ve got the go to spot for you, Cafe Cluny in the West Village. Conveniently located near West 4th and 14th Street, this tasty treasure, while at first appearing quite small, is a spacious two room setup with plenty of tables and a menu to match. Be prepared for a wait, since this spot is popular, but don’t fret, there’s enough room for everyone. The wait staff was exceptionally friendly and the decor is calming and beautiful but most of all, BAM! The menu was delicious. It was the perfect brunch taste, a perfect blend of breakfast and lunch and a cozy place to escape the world for a few hours.

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The Dutch

Get ready for a trip to in SoHo, The Dutch, located on Prince Street is a labyrinth of rooms and tastes. The menu might lead you to save this place for a special occasion but I guarantee the YUM is worth every penny. This classy, american style bistro-esque restaurant is all about fresh foods, organic produce and great flavors. When you first walk in, you understand why you needed a reservation, until the journey to the dining room begins, the restaurant spans a third of the block and seats comfortably at large booths or tables. The appetizers are heavenly and the entrees are small enough to excuse the appetizer but large enough to be filing. It’s a “let your waiter pour your wine” kinda place, so be prepared to be taken care of, sit back, and enjoy.

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5 Lamps Tavern

Out on the town but not trying find famous people in Meatpacking? Gotcha, our celebrity days are long gone too, luckily the Upper West Side offers a good selection of bars that aren’t too hip but not dive either. A random find was 5 Lamps Tavern, near 103 and Broadway. Named for its street lamp with five beautiful lights, this wooden adorned bar is spacious and offers both food and drink. It has TV’s for sports lovers but doesn’t command the sports bar feel. At night, the dim lighting can offer a good casual date spot and, despite it’s proximity to Columbia, doesn’t give off a college-y feel. A good “pop-in spontaneously” or a place to plan a get together.

Intro To…The Super Bowl Party January 29, 2013

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Intro To…

Super Bowl Sunday, this year, will be on February 3rd.  32 teams tried, and 30 teams failed, to get to this last game of the season. After a 93 regular game season, we’re left with the Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers, both damn good teams and we should be in for a treat. For many, Super Bowl is an annual tradition but if you’re not really sure how to conduct yourself at a Super Bowl party, I have a few tips for you.

LeonardGoSports-590x442Don’t ever stand in front of the TV.  Ever.  If you have to walk in front of it to get somewhere, hasten your pace and try to position yourself in an uncomfortable, Quasimodo-esque, hunched position to show that the last thing you want to do is make people miss the commercial.  Keep in mind, I say commercial because if you try to walk in front of the screen when the game is on, you’re liable to get shot.

Speaking of commercials, if you somehow don’t already know, the Super Bowl is as much for the game as it is for the advertising.  This year, the average cost for a 30-second commercial slot went for $4 Million.  Compare this to $1 Million for an Olympics slot, $500k for the same slot on Sunday Night Football and $142k overall on average.  It was here that all the best commercials of the last 20 years have been debuted.  Remember the “Bud”-“Weise”-“Errrr” frogs?  Super Bowl.  Tiny-Vader uses the force to start dad’s car?  Super Bowl.  1984 styled Apple Computer commercial?  Super Bowl.  So, don’t go out of your way trying to see them all, but it’s ok to sit and watch, they can be pretty good.

Now, you’re there to watch the game, of course, so the best way to do this is by rooting for one of the teams.  It doesn’t matter how you choose who to root for.  You can root for the team everyone is going for, or the one nobody is going for.  Pick the uniform you like the most, but by picking a team you will find yourself more engrossed in the game.  It will also get you interacting with everyone else.  You can rib the other team’s fans and celebrate with yours.

Bring something to the party.  Generally, a 6-pack will suffice, but everyone loves when the one guy with the amazing guac shows up.  If you have a great recipe for a casserole, or artichoke dip, this is an ideal time to bring it out.  One year, my buddy’s girlfriend brought peanut butter brownies…I need to find out where she is these days.

Most importantly, though, is pace yourself.  Some parties start around noon but the game doesn’t even start until 6:30.  If you start taking shots at 1:30 you might find yourself under the table and dreaming by kickoff.  Try to stick to beer, if you can, and spread your drinks out with water/juice/food.  It always sucks when you don’t even remember what happened in the game, so stay classy, San Diego, and remember that you have work the next day.

Lastly, If your team wins the big game and you end up at the celebration parade, don’t be this chick…

– Pascal

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Vacation via Sample Platters October 6, 2012

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“Sometimes I feel I’ve got to, run away, I’ve got to, get away…”

Sound familiar? Living in New York, or simply living in 2012, life can start to feel suffocating. The mundane everyday; wake up, go to work, come home, feed the dog, go to bed, do it all again tomorrow with an extra shot of coffee. Phone calls, emails, bills, bills, bills, creditors breathing down your neck and the weekly phone call from mom asking you if you’re still planning your sister’s wedding shower. Sometimes you need to break the cycle and allow yourself to take a mini-vaca before you trip over your own, self-made pothole.
The easiest way to get away from life is to literally peace out! Find a day, find a friend, and pick a location. If you’re missing the freedom of wheels, rent a car for the day or if you can’t stand the thought of driving one more mile, make it a day trip by bus or train. Just like a girl’s night in or a Football Sunday afternoon, bring snacks! Plan ahead and throw nutrition out the window for 24 hours. For a day, let yourself go, you can go back to worrying tomorrow.
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Now that you’re on your way, decide on an agenda. Are you going to picnic on the beach? Window shop at the mall? Visit your childhood home? Did your favorite restaurant chain open up 100 miles away? Get your butt over there! There are no rules, whether you’re exploring something new or going back to a nostalgic place, you can do anything!
One note to keep in mind: An agenda is not necessarily a schedule. Be flexible, if you get an idea mid-day, do it! Don’t schedule yourself hour to hour so that you’re worried about making time. This is your de-stress day, there is no schedule of events. Schedules are for reporting to your boss or sitting in the waiting room at the doctor, if those things are your idea of fun you’ve got bigger problems then your bridezilla sister.
Even though this is a day to not worry about time, calories or cash, there are fun things to do that won’t require you to charge up your credit card. Go to a huge super store like Costco, BJs or Stew Leonard’s and eat lunch by samples! No one’s going to care if you don’t buy anything, but those piggies in a blanket will go bad if no one eats them! Instead of trying to find familiar places, try to support local shops and restaurants that will generally be cheaper too. Gift shops, ice cream parlors, stores and diners are all good ideas (i.e. Anderson’s Sporting Goods vs. Dicks; Luigi Pizzeria instead of Pomadoro). It’s not only a fun way to discover new things but meeting locals will also add to your experience.

It’s an adventure, so treat it like one! Have the urge to turn down that road, why not? It’s not like you’ve got somewhere to be! Ask people for recommendations, or if you’re looking for some alone time, just putz around, mull about, no need to be on time and no need to report to anyone. This is your personal getaway, you’re in charge and anything goes! Be the boss of your own mental health day, pedal to the metal and your rut out the window!

Have Your Cake and Eat It Too – Saturday, May 5th and Sunday May 6th May 3, 2012

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It’s been a while since Weekend with DLIH has slipped it’s sassy Saturday shoes on, but when we heard about this upcoming event, we couldn’t reisist the tasssstey plug!

How you feel about cakes? Lots of cakes? Cakes of all shapes, sizes, flavors, and colors? Cakes that bring the lower east side together for a giant block party of cake tasting crazy?! If you dont feel intrigued about any of the above you have serious childhood trauma but should also change your mind because the Henry Street Settlement is holding a cake contest in honor of the 145 birthday of their Founder Lillian Ward on Sunday, May 6th! Yes, that’s right, an old school block party with cakes to feed the entire tri-state area! (Okay…maybe we’re getting a little over excited here but there’s nothing boring about cake!). If you’re a professional baker or just enjoy the occasional flour-power in your kitchen, this contest is for you! There is a max on participants and pre-registration is required so please visit this page to learn about the rules and how to sign-up! Not a baker? No problem! Stop by Sunday, May 6th for some tea and delights at the Henry Street Settlement, located at 265 Henry Street on the Lower East Side of Manhattan!

Trying to stay away from the sweet-tooth? or any tooth at all??? DLIH hears your cries! There’s more to this weekend then the tastes of frosting, Crafts on Coloumbus is back yet again. Both Saturday and Sunday all day! A DLIH favorite  involving minimal eats but maximum art, jewelry, bags, watches, crafts and more! Find more info on their webpage here if designer flea markets near the park are your kind of thing!

Your Perfect Weekend: Williamsburg, Brooklyn February 27, 2012

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Finding yourself in your twenties can often be about finding where you fit in the nightlife scene. Past the days of 4am drunken dance parties but not yet ready for the mundane enjoyment of all night wine and cheese pairings, what’s a perfect weekend look like for the crowd that’s looking for a little excitement without the after math of a splitting headache? Just such a weekend stumbled right into DLIH territory not too long ago…

The night began in the fabulous town of Williamsburg, Brooklyn. What once was an up and coming neighborhood is now another excuse for prime time nightlife but without the bimbo-tourist-in-Heels drama (…and by tourist, I mean people from outside of the 5 boroughs).

Dinner was served at Spike Hill right off the Bedford L stop. While many may call it bar food it’s totally edible and the atmosphere is chill and pleasant. If you can snag a closed-in booth it’s highly recommended but be warned, waitresses are hard to snag since they can’t openly see you. I recommend the pulled pork sandwich if you’re treating yourself well that night! I recommend the pulled pork sandwich if you’re treating yourself well that night! (Check out their site!)
The night moved onto Juliette’s for an after dinner barhop starter. The French restaurant is a bit of a calmer, quieter scenebut a wonderful spot to start the night, a buffer between dinner and some partying! The bar is small but staff is very friendly and the rosemary chips are to die for…if you didn’t hear me the first time, TO DIE FOR! A short walk later finds you at Radegast Hall & Biergarten, a large, dimly lit German Beer House that’s both fun, unique and has an extensive selection of beers! If you want to grab a spot to sit get their earlier rather than later, it’s huge and festive but fills up fast. Next stop was just down the street, a new find called Viva Toro! This bar/restaurant houses the only mechanical bull in Brooklyn! We later learned they serve tapas and Spanish or Mexican food until mid-night, a great dinner spot before the crowds piles in. If you’re not afraid of a trek, Gutter is your next stop! It’s a bowling alley in Brooklyn, old school style, with a bar and pool table to match! The wait may be long so be prepared to take a seat or get there early in hopes of snagging a lane. To finalize your Saturday night, hit up Calexico for their late night menu! Margaritas and a plate of nachos are recommended…as far as nachos go, BEST DLIH approved nachos in New York thus far! Catch the G at Nassau or the L at Bedford, just blocks away, to head back to your abode having bar-hopped through the night without Mardi Gras beads or keg-stands!

Let Sunday morning drag on, stop at a local bagel place to start off the day and then grab a coffee or tea to go as you find your way back to the subway. Courtesy of TimeOut NY, we spotted a great afternoon activity at The Bell House in Gowanus (check them out!). The Mac n’ Cheese Takedown featured 25 different samplings of macaroni and cheese, beer and all for only $15. Mini-lunch in the industrial area of Brooklyn. Takedowns happen often, follow @chilitakedown or visit the website for more info. It was a light-hearted and calm way to round out the weekend.

If you’re in the mood for fun, but not by way of college students getting their wasted on, keep checking back with DLIH or TimeOut NY (TimeOutNY.com) for great finds, special events and low key fun that doesn’t mean dinner and a movie for the umpteenth time.

Spend the Weekend with DLIH: October 1st – October 2nd; Thurs. October 6th September 30, 2011

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It’s Friday, time to kick up our skirts and leave those briefcases to collect some weekend dust! What’s hot in heels this weekend? Follow the cool treasure map of DLIH suggestions below for a weekend Doing Laundry in Heels style! (You might just spot SK in the flesh if you’re lucky!)

Saturday, October 1st:
Join women from all around the world (…and men too!) in putting their foot down against rape. Slut Walk NYC takes place this Saturday, starting at Union Square at noon. This stand against judging women for what they wear originated when someone said that a woman dressed some-what provocatively was “asking for it”. Find the entire story and more info here. No matter who you are, no matter how you dress or act, no one ever has the right to violate you.

Sunday, October 2nd:
Okay…so raise your hand if you like really great beer?…and now, raise your hand if you love New York? Well, good because it’s baaaaack! Octoberfest is here again and Lexington avenue is hosting the fiesta of booze. You’ll be able to find different events and gatherings all over this weekend, but the big Manhattan party is happening right here. Raise your glass to fall but don’t forget to drink smart!

*Thursday, October 6th:*
On the topic of causes and events, get your tickets early for the 2nd Annual Breast Cancer Fundraiser! This stunning event is more than just an excuse to get your best heels and rock a cocktail dress, the night will be honoring cancer survivor and author of Why I Wore Lipstick to my Mastectomy, Geralyn Lucas, and others. There will be drinks, appetizers and a live tattoo station! Not to mention, proceeds will go to the Dubin Breast Center. You can get tickets and find details about the event on their website.

…and always remember, it’s not what you do (this weekend), it’s how you do it! Keep it classy!

Have an event coming up you’d like to see on Spend the Weekend with DLIH! Email sofia@doinglaundryinheels.com with details.

Spend the Weekend with DLIH: Sept. 24th – Sept. 25th September 22, 2011

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It’s Friday, time to kick up our skirts and leave those briefcases to collect some weekend dust! What’s hot in heels this weekend? Follow the cool treasure map of DLIH suggestions below for a weekend Doing Laundry in Heels style! (You might just spot SK in the flesh if you’re lucky!)

Saturday, September 24th:

Big Band music is still alive! Want to put a little swing in your step? Check out this amazing SK find, America’s New Swing – The Joe Benjamin Big Band! An international mix of modern jazzy-snazz, this up and coming band has a gig this Saturday at Miles Cafe in Mid-town east! Check out their great original music and find more info on the websites!

Jazz or swing not your thing? How about a beer? Let’s hear a cheer! Cheesy or not, the Big Apple Beer Marathon 2011 is coming to a city near you, literally! This Saturday, for just $30, you get a gear kit for your 26 stop bar crawl! Check it out and remember, drink smart and safe!

Sunday, September 25th:

Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS is back for another event where singers, dancer, actors and musicians join together to raise money for a valuable cause. Head over to West 44th and Times Square for the Broadway Flea Market and Grand Auction of show posters, costume sketches, playbills, lost recordings and more! A full line-up of events is scheduled and you may even seem some of your favorite stars of the stage and full show casts!

…and always remember, it’s not what you do (this weekend), it’s how you do it! Keep it classy!

Have an event coming up you’d like to see on Spend the Weekend with DLIH! Email sofia@doinglaundryinheels.com with details.

Spend the Weekend with DLIH: Labor Day Edition September 2, 2011

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It’s Friday, time to kick up our skirts and leave those briefcases to collect some weekend dust! What’s hot in heels this weekend? Follow the cool treasure map of DLIH suggestions below for a weekend Doing Laundry in Heels style! (You might just spot SK in the flesh if you’re lucky!)

Labor Day Weekend

Labor day weekend is filled with barbeques, beachy days and the last goodbye kisses to summer, but for many these small forms of enjoyment aren’t an option this year. As America watched on TV or outside of their windows, Hurricane Irene ripped through our East Coast last weekend taking people’s homes, belongings, and beloved memories with it. For many of us, it was nothing more than a bad storm, but others were not as fortunate, let me introduce you to a friend of mine:

This hockey fan and her beleoved pup were able to take just a few things with them as they evacuated for Irene, only to later learn the river right next to their house swept through their home. It’s difficult to imagine someone losing so much when, for many of us, it didn’t even feel like a hurriance passed through.

This weekend, while you’re preping your grills and busting out the bottles, take a minute to give $5 to help her out. In the hockey fan world, we call this a TweetUp. A time when fans, who have social networking connections, come together to watch games, drink beers and, sometimes raise money for charity. This time around we’re raising money for one of our own, so instead of taking over a bar we’re taking over the world wide web, asking our friends and relatives to dontate whatever they can.

To help out, and for more info PLEASE follow this link where you can read the full story, written by Dani, who I can personally vouch for, and donate.

We appreciate any help, there are no small donations! Spread the word and have a safe Labor Day weekend.

…and always remember, it’s not what you do (this weekend), it’s how you do it! Keep it classy!

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