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Top 5 Brunch Places in the City

DSC_6409Hello!

Hope all your finals went well, and that you’re starting to enjoy this lovely weather! I know I am… During the last week I’ve been to more brunch places, than my entire semester combined. Basically my graduation celebration lasted all week! Here is a little recap of my all time favorite brunch places here in New York.

Penelope Such a cute place. If you do go there you have to order their Nutella French Toast, it’s amazing! We went there on Saturday, and there was a little wait, but what was great is that they text you to let you know when your table is ready. So you can wander around without having to worry about your table being taken.

The Butcher’s Daughter If you love taking pictures of your food, this is the place to go. Not only is the presentation beautiful, but the food taste so good. Everything on their menu is vegetarian (which I’m not always a fan of), but boy are those dishes flavorful. They also have great smoothies and shakes.

Two Hands If you’re looking for the best Acai bowl, definitely check this place out. It’s delicious! The place has a very Aussie vibe to it and the staff is super friendly. I love their smoothies, they are very filling, but really worth it.

Jack’s Wife Freda Be prepared to wait in line. This place tends to get pretty crowed, especially for brunch. But it’s so worth it at the end. There food is delicious, I love their grapefruit yogurt, it’s so good (every time I go there I get it).

Bus Stop Cafe This place isn’t that far from school and it’s adorable. It’s not that busy and the location feels very neighborhoody, which I really like. There isn’t one thing in specific to get, everything on the menu is pretty basic brunch food. Definitely go there on a nice day so you can sit outside.

What are your favorite brunch places here in the city?

xoxo

Zorya

For the Foodies

Hello!

I hope all your finals went well, and that you are having a great start to the holidays! Yesterday was my last final, which means that today I am celebrating with my friends and treating myself to a good meal. While walking back home a few weeks ago after an evening class, I walked passed this outdoor food market called Mad. Sq. Eats and it really caught my eye, because it was dark outside, but the market was illuminated by lightbulbs hanging from the roofs. It was really beautiful and made me want to go there and see it for myself. The ambiance was really pleasant, everyone was enjoying good food with friends and it felt very welcoming. It’s not big but there is a good amount of food options. I would suggest going there in the evening, because it makes it just that little more special and fun.

Mad. Sq. Eats is in Worth Square (5th Avenue between 25th and 26th Streets). The market is open till May 27th from 11:00am – 9:00pm.

Bon Appétit!

xoxo

Zorya

2016 Goals

Hey everyone,

So as the holidays are quickly leaving us already the new year approaches us. This year I decided its a year about me , I am going to travel, I am going to work harder then ever at my job, I am going to get straight A’s , oh and did I mention travel?! So far I have planned/ in the process of planning 5 trips I have been saving for this forever and I simply cant wait.

My first trip in January is Killington Vermont.

killington-grand-resortBesides loving to snow board and ski I was also born not to far from here and love visiting. I have family there and even though I have lived in New Jersey longer then I did there it will always feel like home when I return. I will be venturing on a three day ski trip with friends while staying in a hotel right on the mountain.

Then in February… its a girls trip to…. NEW ORLEANS !!

untitledMy two best friends and I are venturing our way to Mardi Gras the day after that is. Mardi Gras never seems to die down here and its ten times cheaper if you leave the day after. So we are staying for two days to immerse ourselves in rich new Orleans culture.

Then for my 22 birthday in June we are going to…. you guessed it, VEGAS

The Strip at night, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States of America - getty creative

I have always wanted to go here not just to gamble but to see all the attractions and different architecture that you cant find anywhere else.

Lastly I am planning a cruise with a bunch of my friends for graduation, even though I graduate in December everyone will be graduating next semester. ( Man time flies) So we decided to have one last trip before we all go off to our real jobs and cant take off time for a while.

2016 is going to be such an amazing year , and this is only the beginning of it!

What are your plans?

Kailee

Impending Finals Doom

While it may only be Thanksgiving Eve as I am writing this, finals week(s) approaches quicker than it seems.  With only 3 weeks remaining, the idea of finals and studying can seem especially daunting amongst all of the holiday cheer and excitement.  There can be a lot of pressure to experience New York around this time because it is such a magical place.  I think it is especially important to create memories outside of school but also not slack on homework and hard work, specifically towards the end of the semester.  I highly recommend getting ahead on your work.  While this may seem easier said than done, it is important that you enjoy life’s moments in general, but also enjoy them totally stress free!

If you are reading this prior to November 28th, you’re in the clear!  If you’re reading this after November 28th, you’re not doomed either.  But my biggest advice is to take this upcoming weekend and really kick the homework mode into high gear.  Yes, you are most likely surrounded by family and friends for the holiday, but even if you have an hour or two to crank out some homework, DO IT!  With the Christmas Tree Lighting on December 2nd and the holiday markets and gift season in high gear starting December 1st, buckle down before the winter bug bites you!  Even if you can finish ONE class’ coursework, you’ll feel so much better going into the final weeks.  Since we don’t technically have an exam finals week, classes fluctuate in their last days.  Even if you begin to make notecards for the exam you have in 3 weeks, you’ll feel so much more accomplished than if you waited until the last minute.  You’ll be itching to go home and celebrate the holidays before you know it.  Every little bit helps!  Progress is progress!

Ashley

You’re Here, Now What?

You’ve made it to New York!! Tall buildings, bright lights, how exciting! …Now what? All your friends and family are back home. Your roommate is kinda cool, but you two don’t exactly “click”. Despite New York’s reputation as one of the loneliest cities there are many ways to meet cool people!

If you are missing being an athlete and bonding with a team, you can look for inter-city sports teams. If venturing off-campus is a little too daunting for you, FIT also has classes anyone can attend including yoga, spin, kickboxing and open gyms for basketball.

A fantastic way to meet people and give back to your new home is by volunteering. Believe it or not, this megalithic city doesn’t just run itself. The City has a program set up to match volunteers with types of organizations they are interested in working with, like the environment, community/neighborhoods, health, education, etc. Volunteer Match is another organization that finds opportunities close to you (but you can also sort based on your interests).

New York is a city full of artists. If you want to expand your creativity or be inspired by others there are ample opportunities to see artists at work. A fun and safe environment to overcome stage fright is The Open Mic Downstairs – a great place to meet other actors, comedians, singers, etc. It is also only $3 if you want to just see talented people letting themselves go. If spoken word (with some comedy) is more your style “Bareburger Unplugged” is a place also meant to be a safe environment for artists to experiment, and they have some of the best organic burgers on the island. Another fun way to meet people is to go to a paint night.  Located all over the city, and almost every day, this is no pressure studio time (the paintings they give as the sample are more like guidelines I say).

It can be kind of awkward to start a conversation with a random person out of the blue, so the easiest way to do it is to have something to talk about right away, like something you have in common. The best way to have this is to attend events that are centered around shared interests. New York Comic Con is one of the biggest and most famous example, although tickets can cost hundreds of dollars and sell out within minutes. Meetup facilitates meetings of people with similar interests, and extend all through New York City, not just Manhattan. These groups are incredibly diverse with runners, a Capella singers, “foodie couples”, and Jewish parents of Astoria (I don’t know if that last one would apply to anyone reading this, but hey, FIT has an incredibly diverse student body!). The coolest “meetup” idea I’ve seen, which I totally want to try ASAP, is meal sharing. Eat With puts up times that chefs in your area are hosting dinner parties or cooking classes. Not only is it a great way to have a fantastic, authentic  meal, but it is an awesome resource for students who cannot get home for the holidays, but still want to have a group meal.

For even more ideas try Time Out NY. Do any of you have suggestions?

–Emily–