Apple picking at Masker Orchards

Last Sunday my family and I spent the day doing a bit of apple picking at Masker Orchards in Warwick, NY. It was everyone’s first time and we all had so much fun.

Curiously, I’ve been dying to go apple picking for years, even though I’m usually not a huge fan of apples. I don’t have anything against them but I just don’t find them that appealing. But that’s probably because I’ve been eating store-bought apples. If you’ve ever picked a ripe apple off a tree and bitten into it, you know that none of that packaged, frozen stuff from the store could ever compare. Our whole group literally turned into giggling, squealing toddlers who had seemingly never had food before. View Post

Lolo's Seafood Shack |

Alex and I headed to West Harlem recently for dinner at Lolo’s Seafood Shack. It’s a cute, little island-inspired restaurant that I discovered through Pulsd, and I’m so glad I found it.

My favorite part of the restaurant was all the colorful, Caribbean-themed decor that reminded me of casual seaside eateries in Jamaica. They actually describe themselves as “Caribbean meets Cape Cod,” but either way, it’s nice to get away without leaving the city. View Post


My friend Jordan recently took me to lunch at Cafeteria in the Meatpacking District. He’d been raving about this place for at least a year now and has gone multiple times, so I finally gave in a few weeks ago.

The interior of the restaurant is modern and airy, with lots of clean lines and Instagram-worthy vignettes. Make sure to sneak into the back dining area, which I assume is for large reservations or private parties, for a look at the Pop art display and decked out tablescape. The wait staff all look like models and Mariah Carey’s had brunch there, so that’s gotta be saying something right? View Post

The Cloisters museum in NYC A couple weeks ago Alex and I took a trip up to The Cloisters. It’s something I’ve been meaning to do for ages, especially because it’s part of The Met, which can do no wrong in my book.

Set on top of a hill overlooking Fort Tryon Park on the border of Washington Heights and Inwood, the museum features European Medieval art and architecture. I accidentally took the long way up from the park, through leafy back roads and up a series of hidden steps, and I’d recommend that to anyone visiting. Perhaps the best part of The Cloisters is the way that everything feels like an adventure, even before you get to the actual museum.  View Post

The Ultimate Summer Guide to New York City - 17 summer bucket list ideas

Monday was the first official day of summer, but let’s face it — I’ve been in summer mode since the first warm day back in May. As I’ve written here before, this is absolutely my favorite season. The days are longer, my energy levels are higher and New York City becomes my playground. It’s the one time of year that I’m not dying to get on a plane out of here.

Here are my favorite summer activities in New York City, for locals and tourists alike. Go ahead, add them to your summer bucket list. View Post