Saturday, August 30, 2008
The first one is a all-time favorite which was included on my wedding playlist. Alphaville's Forever Young.
This one is Take On Me by A-Ha. Sorry, can you tell that I grew up in the 80s?
Lastly, I have to include the NKOTB since I'm going to their upcoming concert!! Yes, I grew up in the 90's too. Click here for more information on tickets to their concerts.
Thursday, August 28, 2008
West Indian Day Parade
The world's largest Caribbean community--outside of the Caribbean--storms the streets with a New York shindig unlike any other. The parade route spans Utica Avenue and Grand Army Plaza. Hop on the 2, 3, 4 or 5 trains to the event. Although some say the best place to catch the action is near the Brooklyn Museum, the real fun can be found close to the Franklin Avenue subway stop.
Central Park: Loeb Boathouse
Central Park Lake off East DrNew York, NY 10003Phone: (212) 517-2233
The Boathouse is centrally located within Central Park making it a perfect place from which to launch further exploration of vast Central Park. Rowboat and Bicycle rentals enable you to do just that from a completely unique perspective. We've recently upgraded our recreational facilities with a fleet of 100 new boats and 60 new bikes (of various sizes
Wolfe's Pond Park and Beach
Hylan Blvd and Cornelia AveStaten Island, NY 10308Phone: (718) 984-8266
On the side away from the pond is a large stand of woods with several easy walking trails. Birds and small animals are abundant; the area can be particularly peaceful in late afternoon. There is also a recreation center with two tennis courts, two basketball courts and an in-line skating rink. The gently sloping, paved paths through Wolfe's Pond Park make it a great place for learning to in-line skate.
2008 US Open Tennis
The annual two-week tournament tests the world's top tennis players at this eagerly anticipated Grand Slam event.
Saturday, August 23, 2008
Here are some pictures of my day at the US Open Qualifying Tournament:
Monday, August 18, 2008
We also ordered a third side dish called German potatoes. We didn't really know what that was except that it was a hashbrown of some sort. It was the worst dish we ordered. Essentially it was over-cooked (aka black) pieces of potatoes. Ugh. I don't know how people can eat it. However, we complained and we were given another dish (free, of course). So considering the exorbitant prices, we were pleased with their service.
After our huge meal, we were still able to enjoy some desserts. Two orders of creme brulee and sorbets!! It was a perfect way to end our meat-fest. Note: The creme brulee tasted even more delicious when dipped with the whipped cream.
And we also scored some useful after-dinner festivity locations from the waiter! We walked over a few blocks to Mercury bar to enjoy more good company and booze.
Saturday, August 9, 2008
During the week of the qualifying tournament, you might get a chance to see tennis players practicing on the open cours. In the past, I've also seen some bigger names in tennis practice. Much to my delight, I've seen Serena Williams, Andre Agassi and Justin Henin up close and personal.
Best of all, the qualifying event is FREE and open to the public. For more information on US Open tickets, click here.
Can't wait for the US Open to begin? Then get a head start on the action at the home of the US Open, the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, by coming out to the 2008 US Open Qualifying Tournament -- one of the largest tennis tournaments in the U.S. -- with $1 million in prize money.
Held free to the public from Tuesday, August 19, to Friday, August 22, the US Open Qualifying Tournament consists of 128 men and 128 women competing for the final 32 entries (16 men and 16 women) in the 2008 US Open.
Numerous players in the US Open qualifying event have posted strong results in the main draw the year they qualified, including Benjamin Becker, Andy Murray and Vania King. Other players -- such as Lleyton Hewitt, David Nalbandian and Anna Kournikova -- have gone on to enjoy impressive professional careers.
The 2008 US Open Qualifying Tournament kicks off a week of free tennis events at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center that culminates with Arthur Ashe Kids' Day presented by Hess, on Saturday, August 23, and the fifth annual US Open Practice on Sunday, August 24.
Friday, August 8, 2008
Fireworks explode over the National Stadium during the Opening Ceremony for the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games at the National Stadium on August 8 in Beijing. (Clive Rose/Getty Images)
A dancer performs during the Opening Ceremony for the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics at the National Stadium on August 8, 2008 in Beijing, China. (Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
Drummers perform during the Opening Ceremony for the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics at the National Stadium on August 8, 2008 in Beijing. (Photo by Adam Pretty/Getty Images)
The Olympic rings are illuminated during the Opening Ceremony for the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics at the National Stadium on August 8, 2008 in Beijing. (Photo by Adam Pretty/Getty Images)
Thursday, August 7, 2008
I got my ideas from watching different youtube videos and here is my variation.Ingredients that we used:
One bag of Stage 1 Huggies Diapers for 8-14 pound babies
A bag of rubber bands in various sizes
Baby bottle (filled with jelly bean candies or any candy)
Cardboard circular base wrapped in decorative paper
Ribbon (we used three different colors)
Decorative Accessories such as baby bibs, stuffed animal topper, Johnson & Johnson products, silk flowers, baby rattles.
Step 1: Start out by rolling the diapers into a tight log. Secure with rubber band.
Here are what the diaper logs look like.
Step 2: Once you have finished rolling the diapers, place the bottle in the center. We filled it with candy to act as a the core of the cake. Place a rubber band around the bottle and start to encircle the bottle with the diaper logs. After you do the first circle, place another rubber band and repeat to create a second layer. This picture has three layers.
Step 3: Create a second tier to the cake by placing enough diaper logs to make the core. Place another rubber band around the bunch and create a second layer of the second tier. This will cover the baby bottle.
Step 4: We made a third tier to the cake and placed a stuffed pink bear as the topper. Any toy or stuffed animal will work depending on the theme of the cake! We actually wanted to put another baby bottle on top of the first one which can serve as vase for a silk flower topper.
Step 5: This is the fun part! We used the ribbons to cover the rubber bands and even made a decorative bow in the middle tier. We stuck silk flowers on the bottom tier of the cake and put the baby bibs in the back of the cake (not shown). In addition, we placed the baby rattles and Johnson & Johnson products around the cake. Feel free to add as many (or little) decorative items as you want!
The best thing about a diaper cake is that it is so easy to make! It took the 3 of us only 30 minutes to complete including making the cardboard base. We only used one bag of diapers but if you wanted to make a larger cake, you could just roll more diapers. And it is up to your creativity to decorate the cake!! There are endless possibilities including using tulle, rolled-up socks to imitate flowers, and wrapping each tier of the cake with a receiving blanket.
Tuesday, August 5, 2008
Sunday, August 3, 2008
This is a perfect restaurant to visit after a visit to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NY. We happened to be dining during Restaurant Week - prix fixe meals for $35. The food was delicious and the atmosphere is cozy. We were seated on the first floor and there were lots of small tables but luckily they were able to fit all 7 of us in a round table. Here are some pictures of the food from the prix fixe menu.
Grilled Pear salad with a blue cheese salad.