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First time at a Passover Seder

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?

Bowery Ballroom & Irving Plaza Review

It has been months since I have gone to a concert, and I am so incredibly glad that I have finally broken that drought. Recently, K. Flay, one of my favorite musicians ever, had a show at the Bowery Ballroom.

The Bowery Ballroom is an amazing venue, with tickets averaging out to $22 (after the processing fee!) it makes concerts much more budget friendly, and with a walk under 10 minutes from the N or the Q, it is easy to get to. Sold out shows are never painfully packed, and for someone who hates mosh-pits, this is a welcomed relief. No matter where you stand, you are practically guaranteed a great view, and with an amazing light show every night, the only thing that changes is the artist, which they have an amazing taste for. From pop artist like The Griswolds, to indie hip-hop like K. Flay, to a much more retro sounding Tennis, the Bowery Ballroom has an amazing line-up no matter when you go.

Photo courtesy: Katie Rich @richlkatie

This last Friday I was lucky enough to snag tickets for Hippo Campus at the Irving Plaza, and I can say without a doubt that it was the best concert I’ve ever been to.

Tickets at Irving Plaza are a bit more expensive, coming out around $40, but the extra money is worth it. Located right next to Union Square, Irving Plaza is a much bigger venue than Bowery Ballroom, meaning there will be a lot more energy from the crowd and it will feel much more like an actual concert rather than a gig. The stage is larger so the bands have a larger set up and the standing room for the audience goes much farther back and has a second floor where the bar is located. You have to get there a bit earlier to get a good spot, but besides that there’s really no negatives about the venue.

With countless concerts out there in NY, there is a lot to experience, but I hope this will put these venues on the map for you!

NYC Food Truck Fest

Hello there! Hope you all had a great week. Midterms are slowly starting to creep up on us, and that means sleepless nights, lots of coffee and stress. And those combined is a recipe for disaster. That’s why we shouldn’t forget to enjoy ourselves and take a break once in a while too. A suggestion for something to do this weekend is the NYC Food Truck Fest.

If you love food, shopping and discovering local artists, you’ll enjoy the NYC Food Truck Fest. It’s basically a huge market on the Upper West Side, with tons of small vendors selling one-of-a-kind goods, and let’s not forget the 12 gourmet food trucks. The event is on Sunday, March 12th, from 10:00 am – 5:30 pm. Location is Grand Bazaar NYC, 100 West 77th Street. Admission is free, but you can donate. 100% of Grand Bazaar NYC’s profits are donated to four local public schools.

Who’s coming: Luke’s Lobster, The Empanada Sonata, Stuf’d truck, Neapolitan Express, Gorilla Cheese NYC, Carl’s Steaks, Sweet Chilli NYC, Mac Truck, Souvlaki GR, Big D’s Grub Truck, Yankee Doodle Dandy, Crepe Crew & Crepe Truck.

xoxo

-Zorya

The Lowline Is Closing

Hello there!

Being part of the Honors program, every student has to do three extra curricular activities each semester. After a while you come out of ideas of things to do and see. This week we got an email informing us that the Lowline was closing on the weekend and it would be our last change to go see it. Researching the Lowline online I saw pictures, which looked really beautiful, and convinced me to go there this weekend with a fellow scholar. It’s basically the opposite of the Highline, instead it’s an underground park that you can walk around in. I really think it would be a great extra curricular activity to go see before it’s no more. I’ll also let you guys know my thoughts and post a few pictures of the Lowline after I went, in an upcoming post.

If you don’t know what to do this weekend and also have to complete some kind of extra curricular activity, I would really recommend giving it a shot and going there before it closes. The address is: 140 Essex Street.

xoxo

-Zorya

Best Japanese Restaurant!

Hello there!

Hope you’re all doing well and haven’t caught this virus that seems to be circulating the school. Everyone seems to be sick… Anyways this year I decided to celebrate Valentines with my best friend. We went to go see a movie and had dinner afterwards in one of the best Japanese restaurants I’ve ever been too in the city. Even though I’m single, doesn’t mean I’m not allowed to do boyfriend/girlfriend things too #treatyoself. We went to go see Fifty Shades Darker, which I thought was much better than the first one, and then we went to this Japanese restaurant called Ippudo. It’s located in East Village on 10th 4th Ave. It’s the cutest place ever, very traditional to the Japanese aesthetic. If you go on the weekend, expect it to be quite crowded (but absolutely worth the wait). They are known for their Ramen, which is delicious! But if you feel like sharing an entree I would recommend getting the hot buns. Oh my god, those are the best things I have ever eaten, so soft and fluffy and yummy. Trust me you won’t regret getting them!

Have you been to this restaurant? What did you think?

xoxo

-Zorya