Dream Machine in BK

Dream Machine

93 N 9th St

Brooklyn, NY 11249

The Dream Machine is an interactive experience only open until July 29th in Williamsburg. Tickets are $38. You spend about 45 minutes or so wandering from room to room taking pictures and having a ball (literally! There’s a ball pit) in this interactive instagamable playground. Rooms are inspired by actual dreams. But, have you ever dreamed of eating cotton candy in a laundry mat I kno I haven’t. However, this place is what instagram stories are made of. Bring someone patient enough to take pictures. Staff is very friendly and gave us as much time as we needed in each room.placeholder://placeholder://

SoJo SpaClub

After flooding the Instagram feed with my spa day pics I've had tons of people asking me about this new Spa that opened up in Edgewater, NJ.It was my birthday week so I decided to treat myself to a SpaDay

It's the first exit after crossing the George Washington Bridge. I made a big mistake in missing that exit!

You pull up to the place and they take your car and valet it..for free. A day pass to the spa on weekdays is $65 on the weekends it's $75. It has went up in price..I'm assuming due to popularity. I went on a Wednesday with my girlfriend. There wasn't much of a line and we quickly got in.

No outdoor food or drinks are permitted.

When you first enter u are given a locker to put your shoes in. No shoes are permitted inside. Outside only flipflops are permitted. 

Then you get in the elevator and proceed to the real locker room where you get your robe (free) and another bigger locker to keep all your stuff. They have showers and changing rooms. I threw my bathing suit and robe on and explored the grounds..

It was a gorgeous day so we spent most of the time outside in the baths. There was a silk bath and a foot massage path to walk thru. Along with hot tubs, saunas and a infiniti pool with views to die for.

They have other services to purchase such as massages, facials and the typical Spa offerings. I did not partake this time… But next time I def will.

There is also a children's area for kids but there weren't any that day. You can bring children and I'm not sure how I really feel about that…

They have a water slide but it was closed that day. Total Bummer.

We had lunch in a cute lil dining area. There was a small selection on the menu. We ordered Burrata and a salad along with tea. No Alcohol is served or permitted. They also have a food court that serves Asian food, ice cream and burgers. They also have a smoothie bar.

Overall it was a fabulous day. The service was ahhmazing. Everyone was super friendly and helpful.

I def enjoyed this place and will be back before the cold weather hits so I can take a trip down that slide!

All these opinions are my own. I do not get paid to write this.

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Stay Beautiful! Xo

 

SoFarSounds

I recently met a verrry cool person and she put me on to SoFarSounds. She told me she signed up for tickets to a secret music show in a secret garden in NYC. It Sounded Dope to me ..so I told her I was down.

She ended up getting two tickets and I'm very glad she did..

It was a gorgeous summer day in July and we got cool seats sitting on a wooden tree bench in a garden of a Church. The show was BYOB and we came prepared with two bottles of Ros'e. Lush Life.

There was three performers and they were all amazing.

Silvina Moreno from Argentina who sang in both Spanish and English and had a funky lil instrument that she played.

Adam  Ahuja was the second performer who played the keyboard and crooned so beautifully that he ended up on my IG story with heart eyes emoji's. How old am I again ?! Move over Justin Timberlake…He used audience participation to create a song that day which I thought was pretty Ahhmazing.

The last performer was Madison Mcferrin who sang very soulfully and had the whole audience nodding and swaying to her vibe.

After leaving this mini concert I wanted to buy all of their CD's and follow them all on Spotify.

Wanna check this out and try to get lucky and get tickets to these secret concerts check out SofarSound. They are all over the city and Brooklyn. FYI They do not tell you the exact location or details unless you get tickets to attend.

 

FlyWheel Scarsdale

I like bike 🚴 riding and I like jamming out to music. 🎶 Here, you can do both and get a kick ass workout in 45 minutes.My job was offering free classes a few months ago and I decided to take them up on it. I recently tried out SoulCycle and loved it. However, the price was pretty hefty and I couldn’t swing it.

So, off I went to check out FlyWheel located in Scarsdale. It’s in very close proximity to home and work. I downloaded the app and created an account with them. I reserved my class and picked my bike out. And.. I loved it.

You can put your shoe size in your profile and your cycling shoes are ready for you in a cubby with your bike number. Free shoes!! How about that. Soulcycle makes you rent their shoes at $3 a pop.

You can check in with one of the girls who are super friendly or you can check in via Laptop.

There are free lockers where you can toss your belongings in. Along with showers and changing areas.

There is also free water for you to fill up your bottles.

There’s a map where you can find your bike and you head into the studio. There are people there to help the newbies out. The bike seat should be at hip length and the distance from seat to handles should be by length from elbow to hand. I still have problems and people help me.. Those bikes can be tricky.

The instructor comes in ..dims the light and pumps up the music..

They tell you where your torque(level of resistance) and RPM should be. When I went to SoulCycle they did not do this. This makes the class much more difficult.

There is also a arm workout with weights and races to get your competitive streak going. You can pick your name to display on the torque board so you can see how you are doing in the race.

They also have theme rides. I like my old school hip hop and R&B rides. 

They also have fruit out for a pre or post workout snack 🍏 🍎 🍌 

Is this an intense workout. I think so. I always want to puke when I leave. But that’s usually how I feel after any intense workout. Once that passes I feel incredible like I can take over the 🌎 world. 

Spring HVRW 2017

Who said you can’t eat fabulously in Westchester for a reasonable price ?! 💃

I enjoy going out and having a great meal locally in Westchester. Parking is never a issue and it’s a lot less hectic to get to..Westchester has many great restaurants to check out and HVRW is one of my fav time of the year.

HVRW let’s you check out the top restaurants in Westchester at a prefixed price of $ 32.95 for dinner and $ 22.95 for lunch March 6 – 19th. You can make it a date night or an excuse to get out with your girls for some over due girl talk.  You can also check out a new restaurant that you were hesitant to try. Make your reservations ..many are located on OpenTable. Prices do exclude beverages, taxes, and tip. Also Saturday’s are typically excluded!

Visit https://www.valleytable.com/hvrw/restaurants  for more info and many list their HVRW menu 

I’m picking all new spots this year!

My picks this year are …

Lil drunken Chef in Mt Kisco, NY .. they had me with the Tipsy Goat Salad 🥗 and the drunken jerk chicken on the bone 🍖 along with the Tres Leche they will have me Drunk in Love with this new eatary. 

TutabellaTrattoria in Scarsdale, NY they are new to HVRW but they have been around for years. I picked this restaurant based on the fact they have one of my fav dishes on the menu bucatini al amatriciana. I also have worked down the street for more than five years and I have never checked them out!

Lusardi’s in Larchmont, NY. My bae actually picked this one out(one of the many reasons why he’s bae). I am eager to try the  Orrechiete Baresi and Risotto Porcini😋

What restsurants are you dining in this year for HVRW? 

Don’t forget to snap a pic and post it on the gram or any other of your social media sites to win a shot at a free dinner for two. Don’t forget to hashtag #HVRW and tag @Valleytable.

Want another shot at winning something yummy take a survey @ valley table.com after your dining experience. 

Stay Tuned Pictures and more posts on HVRW to follow..  

BK’S Smorgasburg

stuffed

Beasting at Brooklyn’s Flea Food Market

Bring your appetite and your Cash…(ATM is Provided)

Smorgasburg is Open Every weekend, Rain or Shine with 75-100 food vendors

Saturdays:  Williamsburg, East River State Park, 90 Kent Ave. (at N. 7th)

Sundays: Prospect Park, Breeze Hill (at Lincoln Rd.)

What I stuffed my face with:

Mofongo: OMG I’m a big fan of PR cuisine. One of My fav dishes is Mofongo (mashed green plantain (tostone) with garlic.. This one was delicious with fried pork and drizzle of spicy chipotle sauce on top.

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Ramen Burger: A yummy burger with a ramen noodle in place of a bun with soy sauce…i had to try it and I’m glad I did.. very tasty..

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Doughnut from Dough: I’m not a big doughnut person but I make an exception for Dough.

Thai inspired Rolled Ice cream from Roll and Chill.. made on the spot.

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C Bao Asian Buns.. pork chicken and duck bao buns  .. yum

Other things I wanted but was too stuffed to eat:

Sober Papusas: Because I have never had a Pupusa and I’m eager to try one.

Big Mozz Pizza and Mozzarella sticks

Federoff’s South Philly Cheese steak

Sunday Gravy

Wowfulls.. These fully loaded waffles look amazing

Rainbow Drop Cake this jelly cake made from gelatin looks pretty interesting.

 

#Views

 

Fabulous Rooftops with Stunning Views.. Are you going to pay $16+ for a cocktail.. YES! Is it better to go Sun-Thursday YES! Is a tourist going to photobomb your pic…Probably.. I still think gorgeous NYC weather calls for a Rooftop Bar…

That View Tho…

Press Lounge :  This Rooftop Bar has Gorgeous Panoramic Views of NYC. Located  atop Ink48 Hotel. Delicious cosmos and friendly service. No Guest lists and No Cover Charges Ever.

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Mr. Purple : Rooftop Bar located on the 15th floor of Hotel Indigo on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. Try the Mr. Purple cocktail (casamigos reposado tequila, cranberry liqueur, allspice dram, apple, lemon. served punch style).Yum!

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230 Fifth Rooftop : Rooftop Lounge located at 230 fifth Ave in Manhattan, NY. It’s NY’s largest rooftop garden open to the sky. Open year long 7 days a week.

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AZUL on the Rooftop- Hotel Hugo –  Cuban Vibe in SOHO with gorgeous views of Lower Manhattan. Live Cuban Music on Sundays starting at 8pm. My drank was the Sandia Fresca made with Tito’s Vodka, Watermelon juice, Cucumber Puree, and Organic Honey. Alot less pretentious than the other rooftops in Manhattan.

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GIF Videobooth’s In NYC

Photo booth’s are a thing of the past. Let’s kick our selfie game up a  notch. The new trending thing recently are Video Booth’s (GIF)..so what’s better than taking your own 5-6 second mini video clip when you are out partying in the city.. You can easily type in your email address for you to have and share.

I first spotted the video booth when I was out to dinner this February at Vandal NYC. It is located in the bar lounge area. We found it after exploring the new space . The background is a perfect setting filled with graffiti covered walls.

Vandal , 199 Bowery  New York, NY 10002

Then I saw it again in Beauty and Essex’s Pawn shop. This background has guitars hanging on the walls. Click  for my movie clips. Me and my friends always get a kick out of it. You will get some people in the background wanting to photobomb you.

Beauty & Essex, 146 Essex St   New York, NY 10002

I hear Catch in the Meatpacking district has a video booth on their rooftop too! I have yet to check Catch out but it’s def on my summer to do list!

Catch,  199 9th ave   New York, NY 10014

I’m all about it! I hope to see more restaurants/bars using this feature! It’s all about having fun and being silly with your friends. And you get to have a lil memory of your night.

 

Sabbia at La Birreria in Eataly

Looking to get away to the Italian Coast without leaving NYC? Look no further than the beachy Sabbia  (means sand in English) located in Eataly. Follow the Parasols to the retractable rooftop bar/restaurant that is transformed to resemble the Mediterranean and Atlantic coast. This is a pop up restaurant around until October where Gelato carts, an oyster bar, and retractable roof set the mood in this upper scale eatery. Extensive beer, wine, and cocktail list. I went with a Rose Wine Spritzer along with Formaggi, you can choose 3 for $13 or 5 for $16 served with an apricot mostarda (sort of like a marmalade). Many dishes to choose from ..Seafood, Meat, and Vegetarian options all available. We started with The Gambaretti alla Bagnara seared shrimp, oregano, parsley, garlic, and lemon. I ordered the Tagliata DiManzo which was a grilled Wagyu bohemian steak with Arugula and Parmigiano Reggiano.  My date ordered the Polpa all Griglia, grilled octopus with cannellini beans!  After your meal you can shop in Eataly’s market. They conveniently are on Opentable for online reservations.

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NYC Restaurant Week Summer 2016

NYC Restaurant Week 2016 is upon us July 25th- August 19th. 3 course meals for lunch $29 and dinner $42. For the frugal yet fabulous..Exclusions do apply.. gratuity and beverages not included.

Saturdays are excluded and Sundays are optional You can check out all the participating restaurants here. You can book reservations conveniently at Opentable.

These are my picks. Foodies Rejoice..

Sabbia located In Eataly  (which I still have yet to visit)hosted by La Birreria rooftop bar and restaurant..Since it’s Summer you had me at rooftop bar. Stunning views of the Flat Iron and Empire State building await. Here you can check out the lunch and dinner menu. I like to look ahead of time to be sure that there are things that I like.

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200 Fifth Ave.
Manhattan, NY 10010
Flatiron District

Spice Market  located in the Meat Packing District.I have yet to dine at this pretty lil eatery with an attached terrace. I’m hoping that changes soon. Lunch and Dinner menu here.

403 W. 13th St.
Manhattan, NY 10014
Meatpacking District

Bodega Negra at  Dream Hotel downtown.. You enter this location thru a Tudor Styled Tequila Wearhouse! No menu listed however they serve upscale Mexican fare (expect ceviches and Tacos).

 

Also Participating in Restaurant Week are a few of my  go to spots…

Scarpetta I read in a magazine over five years ago that Beyonce and Jay Z dined here for the Spaghetti..Start it off with the Creamy Polenta in a mushroom truffle sauce. I have been in love with Scott Conant’s tasty dishes ever since!

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That F*in Spaghetti Tho!

355 W. 14th St.
Manhattan, NY 10014
Meatpacking District

Lupa (lunch only) I hope they have Bucatini All Amatriciana on the menu.. That’s my fav .. Thank You Mario Batali !

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170 Thompson St.
Manhattan, NY 10012
Greenwich Village

Beauty and Essex is always a good time… hang out in the ladies room where they serve champagne. Or grab one of my fav drinks the beauty elixir.

146 Essex St.
Manhattan, NY 10002
Lower East Side

Don’t forget to post up your pics on “the gram” to win a shot at a $50 gift certificate for a future dining experience! Use the hashtag #NYCRESTAURANTWEEK !