Good morning to all of the New Yorkers beginning to mull over what they’re going to do this weekend!
You may likely have plans for this Sunday (perhaps a get together with the family, or maybe a friend’s brunch at some place with a decadent Easter menu – even if you don’t celebrate), but I’d like to help you sort out the first leg of the weekend. The ultimate start to a Saturday in New York begins with a well done (basically uber-lazy) Friday night.
Let’s begin with the three Oreo desserts you should make to have laying around all weekend.
Oreo Stuffed Peanut Butter Cookies x The Girl Who Ate Everything
Hot Fudge Sundae Oreo Brownies x Buns in my Oven
Oreo Pudding Cookies x Chef in Training
Uh I want them ALL. I like a weekend that includes one night totally in – meaning, you don’t leave your apartment after you get home from work. Unless you have to run to Duane Reade to buy Oreos and brownie batter. Which is what I did as soon as I got sucked into these recipes. On those nights, you throw a face mask and a movie on and then you go to sleep. And then you’re pretty and happy in the morning.
Once you arise from your slumber, you set out for a full (I’m talking out the door by 8 a.m. y’all) Saturday. You try to start with getting coffee, and awkwardly tug on the door of Toby’s Estate before the guy inside tells you to go away – they’re not open yet.
On your second try, you stumble across an even better coffee shop that also houses a terrific new workout you’re dying to try! How awesome does Shadowbox look? Not to mention, their coffee was everything I needed and more.
With delicious coffee in hand (seriously, you feel like you can do anything after this coffee), I suggest you next pamper yourself. For me, that’s getting a blow out. Once I have my hair done, the tone is somehow set for the rest of the weekend. After writing my post on NYC services, I got excited all over again about Vive and re-signed up. I’m $125 in the hole, but this weekend I was feeling mighty cute thanks to them. #NoRegrets.
I highly recommend the salon RPZL. It was beautiful, girly, clean, and the blowout was fantastic. I definitely would be interested in going back to get their famous hair extensions. My blowout lasted through until Monday with the help of my BlowPro dry shampoo (which I’ve been a loyal customer of since 2012). Being in RPZL also introduced me to a brand I decided I am going to be obsessed with called R+Co – more on that later.
After a quick run home to get my camera charger, next up was the most important and absolutely essential ingredient to the perfect weekend in New York: your GIRLS! I met up with my London crew in the East Village at a place called Supper for brunch. Yes, supper for brunch. We thought it sounded cool too. And while the atmosphere was different, and East Village hip, the food for me was eh (I got the Eggs Bolognese), for Natasha pretty good (because you can’t go wrong with French Toast) and for Danielle XXX NO NO NO. She got sick. Which sucks. Now she can’t eat mushrooms.
Following brunch at Supper, Natasha and I split off from Danielle (who was already feeling queasy) and headed over to the bar that Natasha works at: Durden. This bar is very, very fun. At night. With drinks and friends and music. It’s one of the only bars I can tolerate, which I think says something. It was weird to see it empty, clean and in the day light.
Across the street from Durden’s is this Qi Gong massage place. I had a nice long conversation with the woman who massaged me, though she legitimately did not speak a word of English. I used my iTranslate app and we had a lovely conversation about how touching one part of your foot connects to other random parts of your body. I found this fascinating.
Before I pulled out 21st century technology, I accidentally said “si” as a way of attempted communication, which was horribly embarrassing and I hope she didn’t realize that I tried to speak Spanish to her. For $30, I had a 15 minute foot massage, and a 15 minute full body massage. Go here if you’re strolling down 2nd avenue.
Apparently within a few hours of shopping and being massaged, I worked up an appetite again (uh, I know). It was time to meet my beautiful NYU/Dancer/Old Roommate Ms. Jessica McCarthy! You may already know her from her fantastic wellness guest posts on Miss City. She had a short break from her rehearsal of De Materie at the Park Avenue Armory (GO SEE IT – BUY TICKETS HERE) to come meet me for Thai at KIIN.
And last, but certainly not least (before your afternoon Saturday nap) go pick up some flowers to breath fresh air into your apartment. I love this place on University.
And that’s how you best start a Saturday in New York! If you have any favorite Saturday rituals, please share!