It’s a snow day, everyday!

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Have you ever wanted to grab a handful of snow and taste the fluffiness that fell from the sky? Well… I can’t promise you it’ll taste good, but at least now you can have a flavorful version at Snowdays Shavery! Making its debut last Friday, this dessert spot serves snow cream that’s more amazing than you can imagine. The owners had developed a recipe to have it eaten more like ice cream than the typical shaved ice that contains water. It is still very light by itself, and the toppings bring you to a whole other world!

(Photo above: Yeti Food Combo: Yeti Tracks with blueberry puree, bananas, and almonds)

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$1 oysters, oh my!

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(Mermaid Oyster Bar, a dozen oysters)

This summer, a conversation with a friend sparked a sudden craving for oysters! So I went hunting for oyster bars, discovering that many places actually offered them for $1 during happy hour ($1 doesn’t mean the quality is less. Some oysters are just cheaper in value.) With the help of YELP, I found 3 places that had classy service, a great atmosphere, and of course, clean and fresh oysters:  Mermaid Oyster Bar, Lure Fishbarand Cull & Pistol. Mermaid and Lure both only give one choice of oysters for happy hour while Cull & Pistol, located in Chelsea Market, offers a variety to choose from (briny, plump, sweet, creamy, etc.). I highly recommend all 3!

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Don’t miss your last chance!

This Saturday, August 16th, is the last day of Summer Streets!  With 7 miles blocked off exclusively for YOU from City Hall to 72nd Street, you can bike, walk, run, and make rest stops at different booths and vendors.  I have to say that for New York City to do this is huuuuuuuge!  We’re such a packed city, yet everyone is encouraged to get up and get moving!  So, during the first Summer Streets, I decided to wake up and check it out.  It’s quite fun if you go with someone!

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Bike & Roll  offers 50 free bikes at each of the 5 rest stops for riders to use. You just have to fill out some paperwork, put down a deposit, and you get one hour free to ride! 

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Recently, New York City was rated as America’s unhappiest city! Of course that’s really a matter of what the results were based on, but the mere thought of it even being as top 10 unhappiest cities says a lot and makes me quite disappointed! So cheers to a new initiative to make New Yorkers a bit more content, starting with a #makehappynyc tent appearing at the next 2 Summer Streets.  Take a selfie with a stranger, give a group hug, tell someone something that makes you happy, etc.  You can even join a cause group on Facebook that brings happiness to ‘unlock everyone’s gifts for the greater good’. 🙂

And for me, this video of the Lion King’s cast surprise song (above or here) made ME quite joyful so I just had to share!  If only this happened more during my commute…

#makehappynyc

We’re almost there, everyone.  HAPPY FRIDAY!!

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This Looks Like A Normal Restaurant, Until You Realize The Bizarre Truth

This Looks Like A Normal Restaurant, Until You Realize The Bizarre Truth

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Japanese Stab-Bound Book-Making!

Last week, I attended the Audubon Camp’s Educator’s Week at Hog Island in Bremen, Maine where my husband and I met tons of educators and spent days immersing in nature. It was truly a memorable experience as the staff was tremendously knowledgeable, dedicated, and extremely fun to be with! I’ll definitely share more in the next couple of entries.

At this camp, I had the privilege of being with Sherrie York, an incredible artist as well as an illustrator of Audubon Adventures. We hiked together and she shared some great resources I can use in the classroom, but one of the greatest parts was participating in her book making workshop. Though my pictures and directions are far from being perfect, I just had to share some of the photos of the steps we took to make a Japanese stab-bound book! The directions were very detailed, so if you are interested in making it, please feel free to message me for specific directions!image

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