Sunday, February 20, 2011

A Teeny Tiny Addition to the Family

The newest member of the family has arrived! My nephew Westley Judd was born last night. It's the first baby of a new generation in our family. We are all very, very excited. Congratulations to Matt and Nelle!

 Welcome to the world, little man!

Saturday, February 19, 2011

A Very Happy 'Happy Hour'

The last few weeks and months (and year) have been quite a roller coaster for me, professionally speaking. I recently made one of the biggest decisions of my entire life. I left my corporate job to pursue my long-standing passion for writing. I will not go into all of the details, but in short, my life was passing me by. I wasn't able to enjoy anything that this city has to offer. The City Dweller was turning into an office dweller. No fun!

Yesterday was my last day. It was time for a little celebraiton. My coworkers rallied behind me and came over to Cask Bar + Kitchen for a farewell happy hour. It was a very happy hour, indeed. Besides the overwhelming sense of relief, I thoroughly enjoyed Cask's Happy Hour offerings. 

Prior to last night, I had only been there for dinner, which is phenomenal, by the way. But Cask's staff rolled out the red carpet for my happy hour. They reserved several tables downstairs for my group--at no charge! A rarity in itself. The happy hour specials were outstanding: $5 for select draft beer and house wine; $7 sangria (red and white). Yes, please. Side note: the cocktails are also fantastic. Anything with St. Germain is a winner in my book.

Thanks, Cask!

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Valentine's Day

Don't get me wrong. I do love Valentine's Day. I'm very thankful for all of the beautiful relationships I have with my family, friends and my kind, caring boyfriend. You all mean so much to me.

That doesn't mean I don't get cranky about this particular holiday. Valentine's Day is your typical New York City experience. You have to make a reservation way in advance (we're talking 4-6 weeks). Even when you have a reservation, the restaurant is going to be Busy. Oh, and good luck finding a cab. This year, Luke and I decided to meet at the restaurant. He was coming from work, and I was coming from the apartment. It took me 25 minutes to find a cab. Walking back and forth across the street. Up and down avenues. I was in heels. The cab driver who picked me up was "off duty" but he let me get in anyway. Thank god. Come to think of it, maybe it was the heels?

But really, when it comes down to it, I know that people come from miles around to have a Valentine's evening in New York, because it is an incredibly romantic city. And I love it here.

Luke and I had an absolutely fantastic meal at Dylan Prime, a steakhouse in Tribeca. We enjoyed the farmhouse steak fondue, New York strip steak with a fricassee of mushrooms, and a three chocolate bread pudding with salted caramel ice cream. Delicious food. Awesome cocktails. Great service. I would go back in a New York minute (I'm dying to try to Beef Wellington!).

Happy Valentine's Day, my loves!

Monday, February 7, 2011

Bringing It Back to Titletown!

We've been waiting for this day for quite a while (since 1997 to be exact). Super Bowl Sunday!

Most of my city-dwelling friends either don't follow football (gasp!) or grew up cheering for the Giants, Jets or Eagles. But they all became enthusiastic Packer fans come Super Bowl Sunday (even the Eagles fans).

For most of the game, we were having a grand ol' time. But it wouldn't be a proper Packer game without giving me heart palpitations at some point. But slowly, the seconds ticked off the clock. When it finally reached 0:00, I couldn't believe it!

Ladies and gentleman, the Green Bay Packers are this year's Super Champions!

I'll sport my championship belt shirt for years to come.

Go Pack Go!