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)
(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 Fishbar, and 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!
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!
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!
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…
We’re almost there, everyone. HAPPY FRIDAY!!
This Looks Like A Normal Restaurant, Until You Realize The Bizarre Truth
When you think there’s just nothing else you can do to make a restaurant more unique or creative, there comes this… a restaurant with waiters and waitresses that are all deaf. What I find great is the opportunity for people to learn some of the American Sign Language, use it to order their food, and communicate with the waiters. Sadly this is located not in the U.S. but in Canada. Looks like Canada will be the next vacation destination! 🙂
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!