Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Top 3 BEST Places to Get Ice Cream in NYC

Big Gay Ice Cream (photo: Yelp)
This is my 2015 Top Three Best Places to Grab Ice Cream* in NYC - and believe me, there's a whole lotta' places to go in the Big Apple, but these are the top three I'd recommend to anyone - whether you're a local or a tourist, any day of the week:

1. Big Gay Ice Cream
I just can't pass up on a Salty Pimp. Don't judge the names or the guy who serves ice cream with blue lipstick - the place is delicious as are the people that work there. Oh, and I really like the boozy Rue McClanahan! I have yet to grab a Chai Shake, but oh, dear foodies, this is for my next visit....!

2. Chinatown Ice Cream Factory
Chinatown Ice Cream Factory (photo: NYCgo)

They have some delicious  flavors to sample here - I love the black sesame combined with a scoop of the purple taro - there's something about the two of those flavors together that just work. If you're going to go, please try the caramel bacon swirl and let me know what you think!

Van Leeuwen (photo: Eater)

3. Van Leeuwen Artisan Ice Cream
The name is annoying but the flavors are fresh and clean. Find one of their on-the-go mobile ice cream trucks or their store front locations and prepare to have a summer that says, "ahhhhh!" Currants and cream get my attention right away, as does their approach to making their products. On their website, they write "We celebrate ingredients perfected by nature, not science." With six trucks and three stores around Brooklyn and Manhattan serving homemade ice creams, fresh pastries and Toby's Estate Coffee, you'll want to check them out.

*Just for clarification: This blog post highlights ICE CREAM, not gelato, which is a completely different category of its own.

Friday, May 15, 2015

Magical Happenings to Follow

Hello wonderful people!!
Oh! Oh! Oh! I'm extremely excited for a multitude of reasons:

We are a Disney Family! WDW 2013
1. Wegmans is coming to NYC! - I grew up just outside of Syracuse, New York - and the thought of having one here in our city makes me beyond ecstatic. I'm one of the "Weggies" cult followers - it's a CNY thing, I know, but it's so much goodness under one roof, I'd be willing to work there part time, just to be part of the magic....
2. And speaking of just that, the Disney Magic cruise ship is coming into our port next week and is rumored to make a big announcement here in NYC, but I have no idea what it is, I can only speculate along with you - I'm hoping that we could have a real-deal Disney ship here in the NY harbor! O.M.G. that would be da bomb! And if you're looking to go anywhere Disney-related, that is my JOB. 100% free Disney vacation planning Victoria@hihovacations.com! Email me and ask away....
3. Oh, but I'm going on vacation this weekend but I'll still check on emails and hey - it's a DISNEY vacation going to parks in California and then on a cruise with DCL, so I can even offer more insider tips that a lot of people don't get when they book something themselves....
4. And if you're interested, I'll be journaling my trip via this blog and #Periscope - which is also via Twitter.

If you're not on Periscope yet, you should be! If you follow me at @ActingVP (via Twitter, also my Periscope handle), you'll get the live notifications that I'm ready to live broadcast and/or you can always watched a saved broadcast later, too.

So those four reasons are my top excitement-inducing justifications for being all giggly and happy on the inside and out!

I feel as though the month of May brought Christmas and my birthday all-in-one, very early this year! If you'd like to join me on my adventures, stay tuned.... It should be a very magical ride!

Monday, April 27, 2015

NYCFG Joins the Magic!

So I want to announce something very exciting: on May 8th, I will be a trained Disney Vacation Planner with Hi Ho Vacations!  

This is SUCH wonderful news for me both professionally and personally. I'm excited to get my training completed so I can not only begin the job of my dreams, but also help others with a magical Disney experience! I'll share more details soon! 
However, if you want to be added to my mailing/alert list, let me know by sending a message to Victoria@HiHoVacations.com

Right now, there is a Walt Disney World Promotion:
Free Dining is back! Book today through July 10, 2015.Valid check in dates are:
August 28 – October 2
October 25 – October 31
November 8 – November 19
December 15 – December 21

Excluded resorts are:

  • Little Mermaid rooms at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort
  • All-Star Movies Resort
  • Port Orleans French Quarter
  • Port Orleans Riverside (Excluded beginning Oct. 25)
  • Polynesian Village Villas and Bungalows
  • bay Lake Tower
  • Grand Floridian Villas
  • 3-bedroom Villas
  • Campsites at Ft. Wilderness Campground 
Again, if you're looking for a quote, contact me at the email address listed above and I'll put you in touch - HiHoVacations.com is a FREE and fabulous service.

And just FYI:
My blog will still remain my writing outlet for all things NYC - but I'm just expanding my view on the travel page (there's a new tab if you look at the top) of this website while building a separate site just for Disney vacation planning. I promise to keep my main site "foodie" related and the vacation planning will reside elsewhere! I'm just crazy excited for this new venture and wanted to share.

Have a great rest of the week!

*Please note that your personal information will NOT be shared with anyone.

Monday, March 30, 2015

Spring is Here, Honey - How "Bees" It?

Andrew's Amazing Whipped Honey
Spring is officially here in NYC, but alas, the weather has not fully joined in on that confirmation just

So speaking of... now that it's getting close to allergy season for so many of us sufferers, what kind of treatments do you use?

I have tried locally sourced, raw honey for the past few years and it really has worked WONDERS for me. I'm actually in awe of a lot of people that do not know about this, so I decided to write and research a little. Hopefully it helps someone!

However, please keep in mind that this is BY NO MEANS a medical document; I am not a medical professional. You should always consult your own doctor/medical professional for advice before starting any treatment.

This is just what has worked for me. I'm not claiming it will work for everyone - but maybe it iwll help you determine if it is right for you.

Here's the breakdown:

You need RAW honey. Honey that is raw will still contain all the living enzymes needed to protect the body from a histamine overdose.

The raw honey should also be as local as possible. There is no magic or specific mileage or radius as to "how local is local?" Basically, any raw honey that is harvested nearby where the bees pollinate the same types of  flowers during the same season can be considered local.

Which brings me to the season appropriate factor: If you suffer with spring allergies, you need to use raw, local honey that is harvested in spring - and the same goes for the fall time. If you buy raw, local honey that was harvested in the alternate season, you won't necessarily benefit from allergy prevention because the pollens to which you are allergic will not be found in the honey from a previous season. (But I'm sure it's still tasty!)

It is also important to NOT heat the raw honey. Don't put it in your hot tea!

In summary, I'll leave you with the Mayo Clinic's article (from Brent A. Bauer, M.D.) on the affects of raw honey and let you formulate your own opinion(s):
  • Honey has been anecdotally reported to lessen symptoms in people with seasonal allergies. But these results haven't been consistently duplicated in clinical studies.
  • Still the idea isn't so far-fetched. Honey has been studied as a cough suppressant and may have anti-inflammatory effects. In addition, some experts point out that honey can contain traces of flower pollen — an allergen. And one treatment for allergies is repeated exposure to small amounts of allergens.
  • For now, however, it appears that honey may just be a sweet placebo. But don't let that stop you from using it in food and beverages. Just don't give honey to children younger than 1 year because of the risk of infant botulism, a rare but serious form of food poisoning. 
Even so it says it "appears that it's a sweet placebo" - that's okay, since it has worked for me! (Mind over matter, right?) I am a big fan of honey bees and love my local source: Andrew's. I find them at the Green Markets here in NYC and in some select health food stores. The whipped honey with cinnamon is a BIG favorite of mine and I'm a loyal fan... but like the Mayo Clinic points out, do NOT give honey to infants or even very small children.

Oh! And please help save the honey bees!

***DISCLAIMER: NYCFoodieGirl.com has not been compensated or encouraged to write this posting by any entity or corporation. 
This is merely my own, personal experience and does not contain medical facts or advice.***

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