Sumaira Flower

Sumaira Flower

September 22, 2011

Tiny Thai, Upper East Side

If you know me well, you know that Thai food makes the world go round for me.

I'll give it to NYC for having some of the most uniquely decorated restaurants. This afternoon, I went to Tiny Thai for lunch. What initially attracted me was the $6.98 lunch special sign outside of the restaurant lol. After I walked in, I was aroused by all of the bright colors and decor of the place. I have noticed as I am getting older that bright colors really stimulate my senses.

For $6.98, you choose from an array of appetizers (I chose shrimp dumplings) and a main entree. They didn't have Pad See Ew which is my absolute favorite, but I opted for Pad Thai with steamed tofu. The food was delicious. Great food for a great price had me leaving the restaurant with a big smile on my face :)

I took some pictures (on the left) of the restaurant just because it was so pretty. Love all the bottles on the purple and blue walls. If you are in the upper east side neighborhood during lunch hours Monday-Friday - eat here. It is not only aesthetically pleasing, but has really yummy food!

VYNL, Hell's Kitchen

Boston sure as hell didn't have a restaurant such as this. Late afternoon yesterday, I caught up with yet another old friend @ VYNL in Hell's Kitchen. What a visual treat.

I had to take notes like a nerd on my phone when I was at the restaurant because there was just way too much fun stuff going on. Let me just get it out of the way before I go on about the decor of the restaurant - the food was good. Now the fun stuff: First of all, I love how they spell the restaurant's name. All the tables are made of mosaic tiles. One of them was sweet n' low. How cute. VYNL has 4 themed bathrooms. I only used 3 of the 4 but the ones I used were Nelly (the rapper), Dolly (Parton) & Elvis. There is a huge wall of mosaic tiles creating each of their pictures and little barbie dolls inside of them. Apparently, their respective music play in the stalls as well. I got a serious kick out of the restrooms and I usually HATE restrooms.

There is a very Grease-y feeling to this restaurant. Like very old school with a hint of gay pride elements. Very colorful. Silver stars hanging from the ceilings. White discs acted as wallpaper. Last but definitely not least, a huge disco ball in the center of the restaurant. Just too much but it was fun lol. VYNL's soundtrack also included some of my favorite artists such as Fiona Apple, Bjork, Radiohead etc.

All in all, really fun place. I would totally come back here.. and I recommend it as well! They have more than one location so if there is one near you and you've not been yet - DEF go! xoxo

Theme Song: Summer Nights from Grease

September 20, 2011

La Fonda Del Sol, MetLife Building

Last night, two old friends and I went to La Fonda Del Sol for some drinks and QT. I would like to preface my post by saying that the Grand Central area has become one of my favorite areas in New York City. There is just always so much going on like Obama riding around in his limo - NBD. And everyone is dressed in their best work attire. Not too shabby of a sight for a single lady in the big apple.

La Fonda Del Sol is a Tapas restaurant located at the ground level of the MetLife building along with other great places to wine and dine. Interestingly enough, we discovered La Fonda as we were en route to Sephora - My klutzy friend and her phone went flying in front of this restaurant. As soon as you enter the restaurant, you are welcomed with so many colors and really loud latin music - I was hoping that Antonio Banderas would magically hop out from behind the curtains and start salsa dancing with me LOL. Ah, I can only dream.

My friends and I sat outside where we enjoyed drinks and some strange tasting and shaped bread with olives inside - yuck, I hate olives. Our server was a rather outgoing young fellow who may have had a crush on each one of us haha. I really have only good things to say about this place. Great location + beautiful atmosphere & decor + sexy passer by-ers on Park Ave = lovely time. Of course, being in the presence with 2 of my favorite girls from elementary school was a plus ;)

P.S. Going to have to hit up Cipriani one of these days. Seems as though that's where all the silver foxes + Pierce Brosnan look-alikes are! Ciao for now! xoxo..

Theme Song: Que Bonito by Cafe Del Mar

September 19, 2011

Alfangi Salon on Lexington

This afternoon, I went to Alfangi Salon on Lexington for multiple aesthetic services.

I learned about this salon when I was strolling on 7th ave one day a few weeks ago and this solicitor grabbed my attention with her question, "how much do you care about your hair?" lol. I bought an AMAZING promotion for many different services at this salon for basically nothing! Included in my package were: a shiatzu massage, eyebrow threading, manicure, deep shampoo and conditioning, haircut, blowdry, and highlights.

Today, I got my massage, eyebrows threaded, highlights, and trim. I started with the massage with Carlos. OMG, when I say this was the best massage I have ever gotten, I absolutely mean it. Carlos was so amazing - he practically put me to bed! What a great way to spend my afternoon. Then Mara, the cute little chick from Tajikistan, did an impeccable job on my eyebrows! After some time, Carlos, the masseuse, also turned out to be a hairdresser. He gave me cute highlights and a great haircut. (PS: He used AG and Moroccan Oil products - I LOVE MOROCCAN OIL)

Not only did I get an amazing deal at this salon but the service is really great. Everyone is so pleasant. The salon is breathtakingly BEAUTIFUL! Not to mention huge. From what I understand, they have another location on 5th ave which I will definitely have to check out as well. I still have more services left in my package so I will definitely be back. What a positive experience! XOXO.

September 17, 2011

Necessary Clothing, Soho

On one of my many explorations in New York City thus far, I came across a store that I cannot stop raving about to my friends!

Necessary Clothing has several locations but our initial introduction to each other happened at the Soho location.

I was strolling down the street with my iPod on, minding my own business, until window displays were calling out to me. I was instantly in awe of everything I saw in the window. Not to mention, the price tags attached to the articles of clothing were WICKED cheap! I had to go in to see what this was about.

I loved literally everything in the store. They style is so Kourtney Kardashian! Everything is so blouse-y, colourful, chic, and CHEAP! It can be hard to find clothes that fit me well because I have such an unfortunately petite frame but crazy curves, but the clothing here fit great! (at least on the top ;) Everything is priced so reasonably - actually better than reasonably.

I am so happy that this store isn't nearly as mainstream as H&M or Forever21 otherwise it would totally lose its touch and charm. This is totally going to become my new go to store if I need an emergency outfit or something! MUST COME HERE if you are into blouses and blazers!

Rare Bar & Grill Rooftop, Lexington

The one great thing about New York City is that if your main plans for the evening fails, you can easily create new ones on the spot because there are just so many people and places here!

I was supposed to go to Gansevoort last night, but it didn't end up working out. So a friend of mine from middle school (yes, middle school) and I caught up after many years at the rooftop at Rare Bar & Grill on Lexington.

Even though it was chilly, it was such a beautiful night to be out on a lit rooftop drinking and chatting away until they kicked us out, one hour later! (Don't worry it wasn't because we were misbehaving - they were simply closing)

This place was really lovely. I had a very nice time admiring the view of all the skyscrapers surrounding us - particularly the beautifully lit Chrysler building. There are only 2 things I have to complain about, haha.

1. I wish they were open longer. I thought this was NYC - things are supposed to be open a lot later than Boston!
2. No food on the rooftop! I was starving by the time I got there so I was naturally hoping for some munchies to munch on. Zip! Not even pretzels. YIKES!

Aside from these 2 minor complaints, I really did enjoy my time here and would love to come back when the weather decides to behave once again. Enough for now. Ciao NYC.

PS. I miss Boston and my Bostonians! :( Would totally be at Bijou tonight...

Theme Song: Complete Life by Jazzanove vs. Liquid Lounge

September 16, 2011

Khyber Pass, East Village

Last night I went to a restaurant/hookah lounge called Khyber Pass located on 34 St. Marks Place in the East Village.

It's not the ritziest of places but the restaurant sure has a lot to offer! You walk in and are all of a sudden in Kabul, Afghanistan. The restaurant is so beautifully decorated! There are Persian rugs all over the place, chandeliers lighting up everyone's faces, and hookahs that are as tall as me! (That's not saying much since I'm a petite 5 feet) But you know what I mean ;)

We sat in the bay window area where you walk up a few steps and basically lie down while you eat your dinner and smoke your hookah. I ordered vegetable kababs. Yum! So delicious. I have to say, my favorite kind of rice is the one the Afghanis eat. I don't know what it is but dayum that ish is good! We ordered mint flavored hookahs that made me feel like I was flying by the time I left 3 hours later.

I felt like I was at one of my friend's homes here. Had my shoes off, sitting like a beached whale at the "table" relaxing. It was fab! The only bad thing about this restaurant is that they kept playing the same Persian soundtrack over and over again. I love Persian music but a certain track literally played about 16 times while I was there. I love the song but I hate it. Some may know why. Oye.

Anyway, the food was wonderful, atmosphere and vibes were so good, seating arrangements are different to say the least LOL. Had great laughs here with a very old friend of mine. Would love to come back here for some more! I have attached the song for comic relief. Enjoy the music video - it is so ridiculously funny!

PS. Was a little confused because this restaurant was supposed to be Afghani but almost everything about it was Persian. The only thing Afghani about Khyber Pass was the rice! Nevertheless, cool place.

Theme Song: Soosan Khanoom by Barobax

Whiskey Blue @ W Hotel, Lexington

For the first time in the 2 weeks that I have become a New Yorker, I felt in my own element when I arrived at the W on Wednesday evening. I don't know why, but the W and I get along very well. Have some crazy but great memories from the W in Boston. Looks like the relationship may continue in New York City as well...

I met up with an old friend at Whiskey Blue. As I had expected, the bar was infested with salt and peppers in their business attire enjoying mid-week drinks and checking out woman young enough to be their children, lovely. Haha.

The drinks were fantastic. Did I mention that I find drinks to be much stronger in New York City? Strange but makes the evening cheaper I guess! I definitely enjoyed my time here and see myself coming back here once again. Don't have much else to say because there's never anything bad to say about the W and its affiliates. All in all, I had a blast for the first time since I've been here. Wonderful drinks, great atmosphere, positive vibes flowing through the bar, and of course great company all summed up to a fabulous evening!

Theme Song: Tonight by Kaskade

The Crooked Knife, Midtown East

Tuesday night, an old friend of mine and I went to The Crooked Knife located on 29 E 30th St in Midtown.

The first thing I noticed about this restaurant once I entered was the interesting decor. Brick walls were garnished with random picture frames all bunched up together. Assorted colored lamps all over. Bookshelves with random books placed on them. For some reason, I felt like I was in London circa 1920.

Anyway, I was extremely looking forward to my time spent because of the live jazz music on Tuesday nights. It was so lovely sipping on my Pinot Grigio while I listened to some of my favorite jazz pieces live. [But they only played for 1 hour! Ugh.] Now, the negatives. The complimentary bread we were given to nibble on while we drank was so stale! I know, I know - it's free but that does not mean it should be as hard as a rock! Almost chipped my front teeth biting into it. Maybe that's a sign that I shouldn't be eating bread anyway...

Secondly, my friend who ordered a "well-done" hamburger ended of struggling to eat a completely burnt burger. Yikes! The waitresses were kind of aloof and not really trying to make us feel welcome. Anyway, if I ever come back here it will simply be for the jazz and living room-like atmosphere.

September 14, 2011

Sala Thai, Upper East Side

I know, I know I have not written in a LONG time. There is a perfectly perfect explanation about my absence from the blogosphere - I have been trying to adjust to the crazy lifestyle of New York City! If I told you that it has been an easy transition, I would be blatantly lying. New York City is so different..Still trying to figure out some kinks.

With all the drastic changes, my sources of comfort in New York City have been Saks Fifth Avenue, Thai food, and the W hotel. I will begin with a cute little Thai restaurant in my neighborhood called Sala Thai.

I came here a few nights ago with a friend hoping to find equally delicious pad see ewe in New York City. And yes! It was so yummy! I received instant gratification from devouring my pad see ewe dish. YUM!

It was a Tuesday night in the Upper East Side so the restaurant was not really busy. Actually, let's be real, we were the only patrons in the restaurant LOL. Nevertheless though, the food was fantastic and reasonably priced! Anyway, not much more to say about this place except for the food is wonderful, service is fine and fast, aesthetics are cute. If you are addicted to Thai food and happen to be in the Upper East Side, I recommend coming here for a bite!

September 03, 2011

Bikram Yoga, Upper East Side

For years, I have been trying to find a type of yoga that best suited me. I was so jealous of all my friends who swear by yoga and say that it changed the quality of their lives. I have tried almost everything in the book, but Bikram was something I had not tried as there weren't too many good options in Boston.

One of the first things I wanted to as a resident of New York City was try Bikram yoga just to find out if there was any hope in yoga for me. Thankfully, there is a Bikram yoga studio very close to my flat.

I was really nervous at first because I had heard people can pass out from the heat, the rooms are stinky because of everyone's sweat, and plus I am such a newbie - I didn't want to look like a fool. But... Alas! I have found a yoga for me! It was a 90 minute complete sweat session. The first 25 minutes were really tough to get through but after that, I was getting into the groove of things.

I left the studio feeling SO relaxed and feather-like. I have not felt that good in probably years! Now I know that there is a type of yoga out there for everyone. I cannot wait to get better and better at this! PS. The studio is located at the corner of 83rd and 3rd in the Upper East Side.

Ah! I feel so good. Anyway, until next time ciao!...

Biergarten @ The Standard Hotel

So it's been 3 days since I have arrived here and I've already been to so many places! Life in NYC is so different than Boston - definitely a lot of adjusting to do! Definitely miss Boston and my friends there but NYC is already unreal.

One of my favorite places I have been to so far was the Biergarten @ The Standard Hotel in the Meatpacking District. First of all, this hotel is super cool and different and the Biergarten is HUGE!

The Biergarten was packed with happy yuppies who were finishing their work weeks with beer, ping pong, and more! While I enjoyed the casualness of the Biergarten, my heart was actually more interested in The Living Room which is the hotel lounge. Will have to strap my stilettos on and come back here very soon...