Monday, September 1, 2014

10 Best Fall Activities in New York City


I think I must say Fall is my favorite time of the year. I am not a fan of extreme heat and humidity, I just love the whole theme of Fall. New York City can be very hot in the summer months. I would tell any tourist that the best time to visit would be September and October. I am a huge lover of all the flavors of Fall as well, pumpkin anything makes me happy! I thought it would be nice to give you an idea of some of the best Fall activities in New York City. There are lots of great choices, for just about everyone. In no particular order, here is your list :

Fall Foliage - which is great in Central Park or on a sightseeing cruise to experience in the Hudson Valley.

Columbus Day Parade  - October 13, 2014

Fest of San Gennaro - which is the 87th in the year 2014 and runs from September 11 to 21st

Halloween - Fabulous parade in Greenwich Village as well as amazing decorations displayed in the Upper East Side

NY Comic Con - takes place in Javits Center October 9 - 12, 2014

US Open Tennis Tournament - in Flushing Meadows, Corona Park August 25 to September 8, 2014

Open House New York -  a five borough–wide celebration of architecture and design will take place on October 11 & 12 2014. OHNY Weekend, which is becoming a New York City tradition, engages the public in the built environment by offering free access to hundreds of sites that exemplify New York City's diverse architectural, design, engineering, and cultural heritage.

NYC Biking Tours - you can google NYC biking tours to see other companies as well

NY Fashion Week - to be held September 4 to 11, 2014 showing Spring 2015 collections - people watching near the shows is a great pastime if you cannot get a ticket inside!

The German American Steuben Parade - In 2014, it's 57th year takes place on Sept. 20th AND Oktoberfest in Central Park at East 72nd Street on Sept. 20th starting at 1:30pm

PLUS 1 more - Food Network Wine and Food Festival  -  to be held October 16 - 19, 2014





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Friday, August 29, 2014

Outer Spice No Salt or Low Salt Product Review and Giveaway

One of my favorite parts of being a blogger is seeing new products that I would otherwise maybe miss in the grocery isle. Outer Spice is one of them. We have always cooked no salt in my home, my Dad had heart problems and now my Mom is dealing with heart issues as well, so nothing with salt for us. I really love to cook with spices, it flavors things so much better than salt, and often enhances your dish. If you cook with fresh ingredients and herbs, your food will taste so good, no salt is needed! 

Here is some information from their website: 

Outer Spice Low Salt and No Salt seasoning blends are made from the finest, quality ingredients that we hand select ourselves, from around the world. We combine fresh herbs and spices in small artisan batches to create the most versatile combination of flavors. Our products are all-natural, Gluten- free, rich in ant-oxidants and have no MSG.
Fairer than Fair Trade. We partner with farmers and suppliers to assure fair trade and good profit margins for each family or person we do business with.


Outer Spice Original - No Salt: A combination of freshly ground herbs and spices to boost the flavor of any dish without the sodium. This is a great addition to diets requiring less sodium and really helps bring foods to life without the use of salt.

Ingredients: Garlic, black pepper, onion, allspice, scallions, dill, nutmeg, thyme, lemon thyme, cilantro, basil, peppers, cinnamon, caraway and other spices.

Outer Spice Spicy – No Salt: A zesty flavor profile that is a great addition to diets requiring less sodium but desiring just a little more zing.

Ingredients: Garlic, black pepper, onion, allspice, thyme, lemon thyme, basil, scallions, red pepper, peppers, dill, caraway, cayenne pepper, nutmeg and other spices.

Outer Spice Low Salt - Our Outer Spice ORIGINAL is high in flavor and low in Sodium. Sprinkle on eggs, salads, pastas and veggies. Rub on fish, chicken, beef and pork. Create marinades, dressings and dips.

Ingredients: Himala ™ brand pink sea salt, garlic, black pepper, onion, allspice, nutmeg, thyme, scallions, red pepper, onion powder, peppers, cinnamon, dill, caraway and spices.

Only 95mg of sodium per serving – 4% Daily Value

Outer Spice Low Salt Spicy - Our Outer Spice SPICY is designed to give any dish a little bit of kick without being too hot or eclipsing foods natural flavors.

Outer Spice Spicy is high in flavor and low in Sodium. Enjoy the same great taste and versatility found in our original Outer Spice with just a little extra ZING! Great for BBQ lovers.

Sprinkle on eggs, salads, pastas and veggies. Rub on fish, chicken, beef and pork. Create marinades, dressings and dips.

Ingredients: Himala ™ brand pink sea salt, garlic, black pepper, onion, allspice, nutmeg, thyme, scallions, red pepper, onion powder, peppers, cinnamon, dill, caraway, cayenne pepper and spices.

Only 95mg of sodium per serving – 4% Daily Value

How to use:
Sprinkle it on pasta, salad, sandwiches, or veggies!
Rub it like a traditional rub on fish, chicken, beef, or pork
Mix it in dressings, sauces, marinades, or dips to enhance the flavor


I have been on a mini quiche kick since my lovely co-worker told me about making them. So I made some on the weekend for me and Mom, she was excited as something new for breakfast! I used shiitake mushrooms, spinach, carrots, green onions and some Outer Spice for a few minutes in a fry pan. When I opened the spice jar, it smelled so amazing! You can tell it is very fresh, and is going to season my quiche very well. I also added it to our chicken salad too!  
I used egg beaters, low salt swiss cheese and cottage cheese for this recipe. It was from Taste of Home and you can find that HERE if you want to try them. Be sure to spray your muffin pan, I forgot and had such an issue getting them out!  
The finished product was so yummy! I will be making these very often now, as I can take them to work for breakfast too! The Outer Spice blends work great when you are making your own dishes in a healthy way, and sometimes those recipes can be bland. This spice will make everything you create taste amazing. 


Outer Spice seasonings are available at select Whole Foods stores and online for $6.99 per jar. I feel their price is pretty great for fresh seasoning as so many mixes are quite costly. Flat rate shipping is available to anywhere in the continental U.S.



To kick-off the launch of Outer Spice, we are offering shoppers a 20% discount with the coupon code OS20 at http://outerspiceit.com.

PLEASE LEAVE A COMMENT TO ENTER THE GIVEAWAY AS OUTER SPICE WILL SEND YOU A SET OF YOUR CHOICE OF SPICES! THERE WILL BE ONE WINNER CHOSEN AT RANDOM FOR THE GIVEAWAY WHICH ENDS ON SEPTEMBER SEPTEMBER 5, 2014. 

Disclaimer: I received 2 jars of the Outer Spice blend for this review. No monetary compensation was received for this post. All opinions expressed are mine.





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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Photo Gallery Thursday " A Tennis Ball Cupcake"

As you know, The US Open started this week, so I had to bring out the famous tennis ball cupcake! I purchased this from Bill's Bar and Burger, they have amazing cupcakes, and they liked it so much, they used it in their email blast one year to promote the dessert! So sad Rafael Nadal cannot defend his title this year, I am rooting for Andy Murray or Milos Raonic to win AND Maria Sharapova for the ladies! Hope your Thursday is a real "sweet" day !! 





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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

10 Best New York City Bakeries


There are so many tasty pastry/bakery shops in New York City and this list is sure to leave out a few great ones. These are my personal picks for the 10 best to go off your healthy eating plan for the day. If you are going to splurge on calories, these would be the places! In no particular order:

Financier Patisserie
Ferrara Bakery and Cafe
Rocco's Pastry Shop
Bouchon Bakery
Pomme Palais
Venerio's
Francis Payard Bakery
Two Little Red Hens
Milk Bar
Dominique Ansel Bakery
PLUS ONE MORE : Levain Bakery

I hope many of my native New York readers will let me know their favorite if it is not on this list! Please leave a comment below, and if you are a lover of visiting the city, and have a favorite bakery, please list below. For some reason, I now feel the need to hunt down a very good piece of pastry !!





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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Tuesday Quote of the Day for August 26 2014

This quote reminds me of that saying "if you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all "
Hope everyone has a most spectacular Tuesday!! 




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