Has the recent weather been bringing you down? Looking for something to get back into that Spring vibe? Look no further than the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens! This weekend, April 29th-30th is the annual Cherry Blossom Festival – Sakura Matsuri!
April 29th-30th 6am-10pm
The Brooklyn Botanical Gardens (990 Washington Ave, Brooklyn)
60+ events and performances celebrating traditional and contemporary Japanese culture.
Activities and events include
Japanese Tea Room
Samurai Sword Masters
Day passes are just $25 for students. Clickhere to get them.
This is a limited time event at one of the most picturesque places in all of New York, so get out there!
This last week was Passover and I was gifted with the opportunity to enjoy my first ever Passover Seder with some friends. Having surprisingly never come into contact with any Jewish families before in my life, I knew absolutely nothing about this holiday, but I can sure say I learned a lot.
Passover is a Jewish holiday which commemorates the liberation of the Jews from Egypt and lasts either seven or eight days (depending on your branch of Judaism). Passover Seder is a traditional feast lead by a Jewish text called the Haggadah which divides the night into 15 parts. These 15 sections of the meal include such things as: blessing of the food, retelling of the Exodus, the ceremonial breaking of matzah (unleavened bread), eating maror (bitter herbs), eating the main course, reciting the Hallel, and the conclusion of the meal.
Every part of the meal has symbolic importance behind it. The dipping of karpas (a variety of vegetables) in salt water represents the tears of the Jews during their slavery in Egypt. Exclusively matzah bread (unleavened bread) is allowed at a Passover Seder to honor the fact that the freed Israelites were in such a hurry to leave Egypt that they were unable to wait for bread to rise. It was amazing getting to hear the story of the freed Israelites and even hear my friend and his family sing and read Hebrew script as part of the ceremony of Passover Seder.
I am so thankful that I had the chance to experience a different culture like that for the first time, and I hope I only continue learning about other cultures. Have you ever learned something about a culture you didn’t know anything about?
Being bi-coastal has it’s pros and cons. Winter Break is ironically a breeze, but Summer Break sure does bring on the heat when it comes to bringing everything back home. Here are a couple of tips I recommend if you’re far, far, away from NYC.
1. Get a storage unit:
Manhattan Mini Storage has great deals for students. Getting a unit will save your live come summertime when you are left to travel with ALL of your belongings back home on a 6-hour flight, say bye to that extra luggage fee.
2. Change the way you pack:
Simply organizing your things differently will help you stuff some more things into your luggage. Start with shoes at the bottom and work your way up the body. Keep clothes ROLLED not folded and make sure all of your liquids on carry-on are not over 3.4oz!
3. Prepare for the weather back home:
New York has bi-polar weather, just like it’s counterpart Los Angeles, however, when it blazing hot here it can be a rain-fest over there, and vice-versa! Keep up with the weather updates when travelling and try to wear easy layers on flights to ensure weather protection!
Being constantly on the go, it is nice to find new fast casual restaurants that are in the area! I came across Roti Modern Mediterranean, or Roti for short, on Instagram and I knew that I had to go and give them a try! With 2 locations located in Manhattan, 100 Maiden Lane and 142 E 43rd, and locations throughout the east coast and Chicago, Roti is quickly growing, with new stores likely to open nationwide.
Similarly to Chipotle, you can customize your meal from your base of rice, salad, or pita (bonus: they have gluten free pita), then choosing your protein from falafel to chicken kabobs to salmon, there are options for everyone. Then comes the fun part of picking all of your toppings and sauces. A mediterranean restaurant isn’t complete without hummus and Roti has you covered there! For people who are very mindful about what they are eating, they have a nutrition calculator online so you can plan out or see what you’re fueling your body with! I opted for the salad with chicken kabob, fresh vegetables, and red S’hug sauce. After one visit, I am hooked and I am looking forward to returning! For more info, visit http://roti.com/