Monday, July 6, 2015

A Yummy Taste of Home: Delivered

There's something to be said about the taste of home.

While living in New York City, I can get practically anything at any hour of the day delivered to my home. However, I found a gem of a bakery that brought the taste of my Midwestern roots to my doorstep in midtown Manhattan in just a few short clicks. (Isn't the Internet GREAT?!)

One of my biggest vices are sweets - and boy! Do I ever love anything from a bakery!
And, well, especially cinnamon rolls.
(For the record: I've tried numerous times in the past to bake my own homemade version,  and fail miserably.)

That's why Cinnamon Sweet Rolls from Historic Grounds Bakery and Coffee Shop had my name written all over them!  One of my all time favorite items!

I ordered them with great anticipation and in just a couple of days, they arrived in a very nice gift box tied up with gingham ribbon. The frosting was packaged separately from the rolls -which made better sense; I was able to place a singular cinnamon bun into the toaster oven for a few minutes just to warm it up.

Each time you can have a fresh-from-the-oven warm cinnamon roll ---of course, with the frosting just melting down the sides and getting a beautiful icing look to them.

Historic Grounds tout that they are made from a passed down family recipe and "twisted into wonderful cinnamon & brown sugar goodness". NYCFG agrees: yummy!!

I'd recommend giving Historic Grounds a try -they make some really delicious home baked pastries - and they make great gifts, too. 

And as a special offer, you can get a free cookie when you mention NYCFG (or NYC Foodie Girl) with your order (just place in the comment section). 
NYCFG and "Jack approved" Cinnamon Sweet Rolls

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! 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

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 - 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.

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