What’s the Best Part About YOU?

if someone approached you and asked, “What part do you love best about you?” what would you say?  Would it be your hands? Your eyes?  What about your feet?

It seems so much easier for many to answer this question if it focused on the negative, just because society portrays so many things to be perfect… like the celebrities on the covers of different magazines. It’s easier to say things like “I don’t like my hands because they’re so wrinkly” or “I hate my curly hair – I wish it was straight.”  So when we’re asked to think about something we LOVE about ourselves, we take a few seconds longer to ponder about it.
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Hmm…

Have you ever heard of that saying “My brain is fried?”  For the first time ever, MY BRAIN IS FRIED!  Don’t worry though, inspiration continues, but I just have no time to share it right now with everything happening all at once!  I barely even had any sleep the last few days. So for now, let me share a photo of my newest babies with you… they keep me sane as I tackle on some busy work at work 🙂 Plus when something is handpicked for a long time from your mom, it makes it extra special.

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Leaving It Up To The Chef – An Omakase Experience

When something is quite out of the ordinary like my experience at Sakanaya, it’s hard not to want to share. I’m incredibly thankful for my husband and two friends who took me out a couple of weeks ago for my birthday to my first omakase experience. Omakase in Japanese basically means “I’ll leave it up to you.”  That means from the moment you sit down to the moment you leave, every dish you eat is selected by the chef. I didn’t exactly know this, but immediately figured it out after our first dish arrived within two minutes of sitting.

Sakanaya officially had its grand opening last week (Congratulations!!) but we had the opportunity to reserve during its soft opening thanks to the recommendation of a fellow Yelp Elite friend. Although I don’t have anything to compare it to, I can say that the service goes beyond expectations. While we had to wait about 10 minutes for our seats, the waitress offered us seats to sit in, tea to drink, and apologized for the wait. Towards the end, well… you’ll see. They simply made my day with a never-before-seen-”cake”!  But let’s not get too ahead of ourselves.  Here’s a run-through of our meal experience!

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The Rooftop at the Standard

And just like that, September is over and October begins. Is it me or time just speeds up as you get older?  In the blink of an eye, I am in my 9th year of teaching and first time teaching third grade. I love it and it is definitely keeping me busy.  Despite that, I’m always looking for opportunities to explore this city to share with you! For the first time ever two weeks ago, I went to the rooftop bar at the famous Standard Hotel. Yes, the one where Solange Knowles (Beyonce’s sister) supposedly attacked Jay-Z in the elevator. 

The Standard to me was always that mysterious hotel that was famous for its rooftop bar as well as the fact that since the High Line cuts through it, people are known to stand or pose naked by the windows so pedestrians can see. I always wondered what it was like to be inside. Well, here’s a peek at my experience!

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