Looking back on the fall as we get ready to jump into the holidays!
I know that Thanksgiving is considered to be the holy holiday of food. It is a day in which we, Americans, are to sit down with our family and friends and whatever others you've invited to the table and break bread or just consume broken bread in the form of stuffing. There aren't traditionally any gift exchanges going on, but of course the last few years has seen the consumer madness known as Black Friday turn into a whole week-long event that includes our beloved Turkey Day. But I'm not going to rant about that--enough people in the world do, and it's got little to do with the food part of things. Instead I just wanted to say that I'm thankful for this whole season.
Sure, it's a cray time of year--especially for someone who works in the hospitality business. This is the craziest time! But it's also, often the most fun time! Especially in New York City! Thanksgiving was the beginning (or if you're young enough to appreciate a party night, I suppose Thanksgiving Eve was the start for you--but I was busy battling a chest cold to be drinking all night). We have the parade here, which of course most New Yorkers enjoy just like the rest of the country--from the comfort of their own homes. And then the many drinking establishments that are open to comfort you after you day of family dealings.
And then you hit December, and tonight we start the many festivities that will take us through the Christmas/Hannukah/Kwanza/New Year's season!
Tonight, I'll be trying my best to head down to the Upper West Side for the 15th annual Winter's Eve event! There's always so much to see and do, and I suggest getting there early as the crowds to come and the food will run out! You know if I'm there, there's tasty food on hand, but there's also tons of music, and plenty of festive fun!
Tomorrow, I'll be back in the Lincoln Square area as it is the first day of the Columbus Circle Holiday Market! And as I take my Festive Food & Holiday Fun tour there, I've gotta scout out the best food that the market has to offer!
Course, Wednesday starts the madness of the holiday party season and so I'll be going back and forth between Holiday Tours and Holiday Parties. The Fall tours are now over, except for one this weekend--so if you're interested on checking out the last Fall Tour of 2014, book today there are only 8 slots left! Of course, if you're more into the holiday spirit then you can come along on the holiday tour anytime after tomorrow!
I hope to see you soon!
Exciting things are happening at Fun Foodie NYC!! So I'm sorry I haven't had the time to give you a rundown on Foodie activities each week as I wish I could, but if things keep moving at this pace, perhaps I'll be able to hire some extra help to get me back on track!
Anyway, first thing's first: ONLY ONE WEEK LEFT of the Falling for Hell's Thailand Tour! This final week we have special tours with a couple of Thanksgiving-themed items! You don't want to miss out on this great tour with rich history and delicious bites! It's now or...next year! I'll point out that this coming Saturday is SMALL Business Saturday...and it doesn't get smaller than this!
But if you can't make it to the Hell's Kitchen tour, then you can at least get an idea of what your missing, as my new ad is complete for my Yelp page! And the tour that we captured was the Hell's Kitchen tour. Of course I think it's a great representation of the kind of experience you can expect from all of my tours. Check out the video here or on my Yelp page. And of course, if you've been on a tour please feel free to leave me a review there!
And continuing on with the multimedia presence for Fun Foodie NYC, I did my first ever podcast this past Sunday! My good friend, Adriane Hamilton and her comedian buddies do a weekly podcast and asked me to join in for their all Food episode in honor of T-day! I had so much fun on the show that I hope to be back again soon! You can check out the episode on the Empty Party Podcast site. PS....there's a discount offer made to the listeners, so LISTEN IN!!
What comes next week? The HOLIDAY TOUR! If you're looking for some things to do with the family send them my way! This was my very first tour as anew company, and I'm so excited to be offering it again! I would love to have you check it out and I guarantee you we'll have fun and EAT well!! Trust me when I say that this tour is great for everyone who enjoys eating and the great lights of NYC's holiday center!
I'm also working on some private tours for guests in December, so if that's something that you think you might enjoy as well please feel free to contact me directly for more information.
Make like a pop star and shop
Pop ’til you drop at the city’s most festive and gift-filled spots.
What: Nylon Magazine Why: A treasure box filled with Doc Martens, Eugenia Kim hats, Burton x The Muppets snowboards, Essie nail polish, 3x1 denim, Bing Bang jewelry, Falke tights, Terra New York raincoats, and more. When: Today-Dec. 18. Mon.-Sat., noon-7 p.m.; Sun., noon-5 p.m. Where: 72 Gansevoort St., b/t Washington & Greenwich Sts.
What: Wired Why: Geek out with new-age rotary phones, printers that spit out happy thoughts at random, 3-D printed dresses, high-tech music players, GPS-enabled shoes, and more. When: Today-Dec. 23. Tues.-Sun., 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Where: 583 Broadway, b/t Houston & Prince Sts.
What: House of Waris at Doyle Mueser Why: Pick up the jewelry designer’s first collection of creamy cashmere scarves at the dapper double down in the West Village. A portion of sales goes to Mary Alice Stephenson’s Glam 4 Good. When: Today-Jan. 7. Mon.-Sat., noon-7 p.m.; Sun., noon-6 p.m. Where: 19 Christopher St., b/t Waverly Pl. & Greenwich Ave.
What: Story’s Home for the Holidays Why: The ever-changing Chelsea shop morphs into a home with recipient-themed rooms (library for dudes, a gum ball-decorated playroom for tykes, the living room for girls). When: Today-Dec. 30. Mon.-Wed., 11 a.m.-8 p.m.; Thurs.-Sat., 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sun., 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Where: 144 Tenth Ave., at 19th St.
What: Artists & Fleas at Chelsea Market Why: Get crafty with handmade gifts and stocking stuffers at the Chelsea market’s blown-out holiday version. When: Today-Dec. 31. Daily, 10:30 a.m.-7 p.m. Where: 88 Tenth Ave., at 15th St.
What: 20x200’s Gift with Art Why: The online art house goes off with framed, archival prints by Jane Mount, Christian Chaize, and Jessica Craig-Martin that are ready to wrap or hang. When: Fri.-Sun., 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Where: Jen Bekman Gallery, 6 Spring St., b/t Bowery & Elizabeth Sts.
What: Quirky.com Why: Stocking stuffers galore for every gadget hound on your list. Be sure to submit any million-dollar invention ideas while you’re in-shop. When: Fri., 2-7 p.m.; Sat. & Sun., 1-6 p.m. Where: 588 Broadway, at Prince St.
What: Brooklyn Flea’s Gifted Why: Just like the Flea only harder, better, faster, stronger. When: Sat.-Dec. 23. Sat. & Sun., 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Where: Skylight One Hanson, 1 Hanson Pl., at Ashland Pl., Fort Greene.
What: I Like What You’re Wearing at Dagny + Barstow Why: One of our favorite online shops for emerging designers takes over one of our favorite IRL shops for up-and-comers. Expect indie dresses, purses, jewelry, and a large serving of cool. When: Dec. 18-31. Tues.-Sat., 11 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sun., noon-7 p.m. Where: 264 Bowery, b/t Houston & Prince Sts.
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Washington Square Tree Lighting and Christmas Eve Caroling – West VillageThe Arch at Washington Square Park, Fifth Avenue and Washington Square North
Monday, December 24 at 5pm FREE You have two [first date passed] chances to sing under the glorious arch. Head to the Christmas tree lighting on December 5 and join the Rob Susman Brass Quartet for sing-along carols and holiday songs (complimentary song books will be provided). Then return on Christmas Eve for more old-school wassailing with Susman, when a motley crew of students, locals and families dispenses a dose of holiday cheer.
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Annual Merry Tuba Christmas FREE TO ALL!!!!
The Rink at Rockefeller Center on Sunday, December 9, 2012 at 3:30 pm Come to Rockefeller Center to hear Christmas carols and other crowd favorites with the annual Tuba Christmas. The tuba players of all ages will line up under the great Christmas tree and fill the area with the sound of low brass. Spectators will be encouraged to become an important part of the concert by singing along with the Christmas carols and famous songs.
Recruited from throughout the greater New York City area, the musicians will be conducted by Chris Wilhjelm, conductor of the famous Goldman band. Conceived by tuba virtuoso Harvey Phillips to honor his teacher, the late William J. Bell (Born Christmas Day, 1902), the first Tuba Christmas was presented at Rockefeller Center in 1974, conducted by Paul LaValle, of Band of America fame. This unusual Christmas tradition is firmly established in over 200 cities around the world.
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To book tickets for the Festive Food & Holiday Fun Tour that will lead you up to the rink before the show, check out the Zerve page. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
About This Year's Rockefeller Center Tree
This Year's Rockefeller Center Tree is an 80-foot Norway Spruce from Joseph Balku's home in Morris County, New Jersey. The 10-ton and 50-foot diameter tree was hoisted by crane onto a trailer which then transported it to Manhattan.
FROM WHAT I CAN DISCOVER, GRAMERCY PARK WILL OPEN ONLY FOR TWO EVENTS TO THE PUBLIC. SINCE THE PARK IS PRIVATELY OWNED, THESE ARE RARE OPPORTUNITIES!
Christmas Eve Caroling in Gramercy Park – Gramercy Park Lexington Avenue at 21st Street Monday, December 24 at 6pm FREE The famous gated park opens its doors to the public on Christmas Eve for caroling under its tree. A great way to explore this beautiful green space, which is normally reserved only for area residents.
Caroling on the Steps – Midtown East Saint Bart's Church, 325 Park Avenue between 50th and 51st Streets Monday, December 17 at 5:30pm FREE All are welcome to join the congregants of St. Bart's Church for a joyful Christmas sing-a-long on its steps.
The West Village Chorale's Greenwich Village Caroling Walk – West Village Judson Memorial Church, 55 Washington Square South at Thompson Street Saturday, December 22 at 4pm FREE A group of about 150 adults and children wends its way through the West Village's historic, lamp-lit streets singing Christmas favorites like “Frosty the Snowman” and “Silent Night.” If any of your family members are tone-deaf, don't worry: Chorale members will be there to set the pitch—and drown out the offenders, if necessary. The Dickensian stroll concludes back at the church, where refreshments will be served.
Candlelight Caroling: Christmas Eve – East Village West Stuyvesant Square Park, Second Avenue at 16th Street near the statue of Peter Stuyvesant Monday, December 24 at 6pm FREE All are welcome to come out and join the Christmas Eve caroling festivities. Hot refreshments will be provided by the Gramercy Cafe. Christmas Eve Caroling in Gramercy Park – Gramercy Park Lexington Avenue at 21st Street Monday, December 24 at 6pm FREE The famous gated park opens its doors to the public on Christmas Eve for caroling under its tree. A great way to explore this beautiful green space, which is normally reserved only for area residents.
Since my inaugural tour will feature markets and food halls, I figured I might as well share the rest of the holiday market riches with you all! From the Markets of New York Page:
Welcome to the 2012
Holiday Markets of New York City Guide!
September 19 – December 31. Artists and Fleas Fall/Holiday Pop Up at Chelsea Market, 9th and 15th Sts, Manhattan
October 26 – January 11. Holiday Shops at Bryant Park, Manhattan
November 14 – December 24. Grand Central Holiday Fair, Vanderbilt Hall, Manhattan
November 17. Beat-the-Crowds Handmade Holiday Happening, St. Anthony’s, 155 Sullivan St, Manhattan
November 17-18. Renegade Brooklyn Holiday Market, East River State Park, Williamsburg Waterfront, Brooklyn
November 17 – 18. Unique NYC Holiday Show, Center 548, 548 West 22nd St, Manhattan
November 18 Riverdale Temple Holiday Gift and Craft Sale, 4545 Independence Ave, Bronx
November 18 – December 25. Holiday Gift Shops at St. Bart’s, Park Ave @ East 50th St, Manhattan
November 18 – December 24. Union Square Holiday Market, Manhattan
November 18 – December 23. Holiday Shopping at the Fulton Stall Market, Manhattan
November 23. The Magical Mercato Market, Top of the Strand, The Strand Hotel NYC, 33 W. 37th St, between 5th and 6th Aves, Manhattan
November 23 – 24, 30, December 1, 7 – 8, 14 -15, 21 – 22. Brooklyn Night Bazaar, 45 N. 5th St, Brooklyn
November 24 – 25, December 1 – 2, 8 – 9, 15 -16, 22 – 23. Gifted Holiday Market, One Hanson Place, Brooklyn
November 28 – December 24. Columbus Circle Holiday Market, Manhattan
November 30, Yorkville Holiday Show & Exhibition, Church of The Holy Trinity, 316 E 88th St, Manhattan
November 30, December 1. Give Good Holiday Market for Women-Owned and Sustainable Gifts, Starrett Lehigh Building, 601 West 26th St, Manhattan
November 30, December 1 – 4. Crafts at the Cathedral, St. John the Divine, Amsterdam Ave and West 110th St, Manhattan
December 1. Carroll Street Market, Old First Reformed Church, 729 Carroll St, Brooklyn
December 1. Fort Greene Holiday Market, Arts & Letters School, 225 Adelphi St, Brooklyn
December 1. Holiday Kids’ Bazaar in Astoria, 22-27 33rd St, Astoria, Queens
December 1. Jolly Holly Fair and 13th Annual Arts and Fine Crafts Gift Sale, Unitarian Church of Staten Island, 312 Fillmore St, Staten Island
December 1. Not Yo Mama’s Holiday Craft Fair, Powerhouse Lounge, 360 Marin Blvd, Jersey City, NJ
December 1. St. Luke’s School Annual Christmas Fair, 487 Hudson St (1 block south of Christopher St), Manhattan
December 16. Winter Wonderland Holiday Bazaar, McBurney YMCA, 125 West 14th Street, Manhattan
December 1 – 2. Bust Magazine Craftacular and Food Fair Holiday 2012, 82 Mercer St, Manhattan
December 1 – 2. Etsy New York Holiday Handmade Cavalcade, The Space, 50 N. 3rd St, Brooklyn
December 1 – 2. National Museum of the American Indian Art Market, Bowling Green, Manhattan
December 1 – 2. St. Boniface Christmas Fair, St. Joseph High School Auditorium, 80 Willoughby St, Brooklyn
December 1 – 2, 8 – 9, 15 – 23. Hester Holiday Market, 233 Mott St, Manhattan
December 2. The Queens Traveling Market, TEN10 Studio, 10-10 47th Road, Long Island City, Queens
December 2. Washington Heights Holiday Fair, West 187th Street at Wadsworth Ave, Manhattan
December 3. The Second Annual Slow Food Show, Jimmy’s No. 43 – 43 East 7th St between 2nd & 3rd Ave, Manhattan
December 4 – 9. Independent Designer Pop Shop (ID Pop), Chelsea Market’s Central Event Space, 75 9th Ave, Manhattan
December 7 – 8. Crafted at the Canal, Build It Green NYC, 69 9th St, Brooklyn
December 7 – 9, 14 – 16. NYCreates & SUPER!market Holiday Craft Market, 268 Mulberry St, Manhattan
December 8. PS 321 Holiday Shop – Stuff You Should Buy, 180 7th Ave, Brooklyn
December 8, 15, 22. Vegan Holiday Shop-up, 12 Grattan St, Brooklyn
December 8 – 9, 15 – 16. Om Grown Holiday Market by Bread & Yoga, Inwood Center Building, 5030 Broadway at 213th Street, Manhattan
December 13. Queens Travelling Market, Daly’s Pub, 31-86 31st St, Queens
December 13 – 23. Jingle at Chelsea Market, 9th and 15th Sts, Manhattan
December 15. 3rd Ward Handmade Holiday Craft Fair, 195 Morgan Ave, Brooklyn
December 15. Columbus Avenue Holiday Market at St. Paul’s. Columbus Ave bet 59th and 60th Sts, Manhattan
December 15. South Slope Holiday Craft Fair Benefiting PS 10, 511 Seventh Ave, Brooklyn
December 15. Queens County Holiday Food Market, at Quaint, 46-10 Skillman Ave bet 46 & 47 St, Sunnyside, Queens
December 15 – 16, 22 – 23. Brooklyn Craft Central Holiday Market, Littlefield Art Space, 622 Degraw St, Brooklyn
December 15 – 16. Lyceum Holiday Market, 227 4th Ave, Brooklyn
December 15 – 16. Degenerate Craft Fair, The Dumbo Loft, 155 Water St, Brooklyn
December 16. Winter Wonderland Holiday Bazaar, McBurney YMCA, 125 West 14th Street, Manhattan
December 22 – 23. Last Minute Holiday Shopping Extravaganza, Bohemian Hall, 29-19 24th Ave, Astoria, Queens