Bern, Switzerland | Bern without da Bears

What do you do in a town when the main reason you went in the first place isn’t there? Kater and I experienced this dilemma when we went to Bern in the middle of our week in Switzerland. From our standpoint, the most exciting part about Bern was going to be seeing the bears that live in the middle of town.

NYC | You’re Better than Buttered Popcorn

I’m not a huge fan of seeing movies in theaters. I don’t like sitting still (especially with both feet on the floor) or being inside for too long. The main appeal of a movie-going for me is the opportunity to devour baked pretzel nuggets dipped in cheese during the previews. BUT I’ve just discovered, per recommendation by Aubrey, a theater that may change all of this.

NYC | Full House Trivia?! Have Mercy.

About 10-15% of my brain capacity is devoted to remembering episodes of Full House. I’ve wanted to go to Full House trivia for a while (you all know how much I love trivia) and when the opportunity came up this Tuesday, I had to take it. I also knew I had to go with Kristyn because we have never had a lunch, dinner, or happy hour where we don’t discuss minute details of this fantastic (?) show from the ’90s that framed our childhoods.

NYC | Because You’re Ainsworth It

A few nights ago, Kater and I went to check out the new menu at Ainsworth Park, on 18th and Park. This space is huge and super trendy, perfect for the post-work crowd. There appears to be a room to the side that can be rented out, which Kater and I guessed was holding a singles mixer of sorts the night of our visit.

NYC | A Love Letter to a Bar

Wednesday is Third and Long’s last night open as a bar, but it represents so much more to me than simply a bar. It was the first place I felt at home in the city, even before I could officially call the city “home”, when I was still taking the PATH in every day from Jersey.

NYC | Secrets Secrets are no Fun

Just kidding, secrets are THE BEST! I have to say, for the record, I am an excellent secret-keeper. But, in the interest of this blog and my readers’ own personal journeys within New York City, I will share some of my favorite secrets I’ve found in the past few years, which includes an item on my 28 Things.

NYC | Take a Space Ride, with the Cowboy, Baby

Sometimes the best things about living in a big city like New York are the classics, like the Empire State Building or the Statue of Liberty. Other times, the best things are not classic at all, like when on Friday night, Kat and I attended the Professional Bull Riding event at Madison Square Garden. It was a last-minute idea, but a good one.

NYC | Once Upon a Time

I’ve been really into stories lately – I have been listening to the podcast of This American Life more than the new Taylor Swift album, making my mantra “Do it for the Story” (as inspired by Girls on HBO), and thinking about what story I would tell to Alex after the first commercial break if I were ever to make it on Jeopardy.

NYC | A Poem Lovely as a Tree

Working hard on my 28,
I cannot – will not – finish late, So for my second task, My friend Brad I did ask, Great ideas he did give, For the New York life I want to live

NYC | Keeping Up

I’m kind of embarrassed to write this next post. You guys know I have a thing for seeing and taking pictures of celebrities. I equate it to wanting your own picture of Machu Picchu or one of you with the Great Pyramids. But I can’t really compare Kim Kardashian and DJ Pauly D to wonders of the world.

NYC | Did I Gutter?!

One of the best decisions I made this summer (although there really were so many) was to join a Zog Sports bowling league with some of my coworkers. Zog Sports is an organization in NYC (and in other cities) that organizes different sports leagues and the winners of the leagues get money donated to a charity of their choice.

NYC | All That I’m After, Is a Life Full of Laughter

Last Thursday, on our second official Hoboken Crew Ladies Night, the gals and I decided to take in a comedy show. This was partly inspired by the comedian who we encountered on our first official Ladies Night. He shall remain nameless, but I think it should be noted that on his official website, there are three images of him dancing back and forth like a metronome, and his events calendar was last updated in 2009.

NYC | Why Winter Needs to End, Pt. 3

One of my favorite things to do with a big group of friends is hang out all day and/or night at a biergarten, or as you Americans say, a beer garden. Beer gardens are ridiculously fun and super casual. They all have outdoor seating, long picnic tables, tons of beer on tap, and soft pretzels. The environment is fun, laid-back, and really loud. My friends and I always bring cards (preferably of the Disney Princess variety, obviously) and electronic Catchphrase.

NYC | Why Winter Needs to End, Pt. 1

Okay, so I gave winter a chance. I even walked outside and took pictures the first time it snowed and I thought it was beautiful. But winter has taken way too much advantage of me lately. It has snowed every week. This is not acceptable and I need March to get here ASAP.

NYC | Sing Us a Song

My friends and I have decided that the new Friday night is at Sweet Caroline’s Dueling Piano Bar in Times Square (46th bt 6th & 7th Avenues). Two piano players and one drum player perform song requests from tourists (and the occasional New Yorker). The song slip tells them what you want to hear, the amount of money you give with the song slip tells them how badly you want to hear it…and if you don’t like a song they are playing, you can request a new one with a higher bid. The first time Mendy and I went to Sweet Caroline’s, we were apparently in the wrong crowd with the lowest payments for songs being $20. This time, people were requesting songs for $2, so we were actually able to participate (and, in some cases, dominate).