9/27/11

French Toast Haiku

Stuffed with strawberries. 
Touch of mascarpone. Melts.
Ooey gooey yum.


Try for yourself at Astor Bake Shop in Astoria.

9/22/11

AWESOME GIVEAWAY: Tickets to the Long Island Seafood Festival

I was recently approached by the Fordcast Tour to see if Awesome in New York would be interested in partnering with them for the upcoming Seafood Festival and Craft Fair in Long Island taking place 9/24 and 9/25 and wanted to share more information with all of you!


If you are unfamiliar with the Fordcast Tour, it is an awesome summer-long tour created to celebrate the launch of the new 2012 Ford Focus. The Fordcast team has been making stops all across the northeast at music, sports and food festivals and they only have two weeks of the tour left.

At each event the Fordcast Tour crew will give you the chance to experience the event like a VIP in their Fordcast Tour Lounge! The lounge will trivia games and tons of free Fordcast Tour swag! I should also mention that there will be 2012 Ford Focus vehicles on-site for attendees to check out in person.

For the chance to win a pair of free admission tickets,tweet the following message on Twitter for entry: "Follow @Yaelleah & @FordcastTour for the chance to win 2 tix to the #LI Seafood Festival! RT this msg to enter. #FocusVIP." I'll pick a winner by 9 am tomorrow, 9/23.

Didn’t think this event could get any sweeter? Well, it does! Not only can you enter to win a cash raffle at the event, at the end of this month the Fordcast Tour will be selecting one lucky winner to win a vacation of their dreams up to $5,000!

If you can’t make it to the event, don’t fret! You can still enter for the chance to win on the Fordcast Tour website. Click here for more information: https://www.fordcast.com

Don’t forget to follow me on Twitter at @yaelleah and follow @FordcastTour for other amazing summer giveaways!

9/21/11

AWESOME GIVEAWAY: 2 Tickets to Chinglish

Oh language barriers. Why haven't the technologically savvy invented a way to overcome language barriers yet? I'd venture to guess it's because the comedy that results from culture clash and misunderstandings is too hysterical for anyone to ever eliminate. However, we must face the fact that the world is full of wonderful, and often comical, diversity.

The new Broadway show Chinglish, which opens XX, seeks to explore what happens when an American business man seeks to start a business in China and doesn't speak Chinese. To make matters worse, he's falling in love with the one girl he definitely can't have.



Here's a video explaining a bit more about the show and some perspectives from the cast :


All my readers are in luck! I'm giving away a pair of tickets to see Chinglish on Broadway! There are 5 easy ways to win and each comment counts as an entry. Please include your email in any comments so I know how to contact you if you are the winner.

1) REQUIRED - Subscribe to this blog by email, using the submission box in the right panel and leave a comment below letting me know you did so.

2) REQUIRED - Leave a comment below telling me your funniest culture clash story.

3) Follow me on Twitter @yaelleah and leave a comment below letting me know you did so.

4) 
Follow this blog by clicking on the button on the right panel and leave a comment below letting me know you did so.

5) Tweet or blog about this event and let me know with a link to your tweet or blog in a comment below.

You have until Thursday 9/29 at 5 p.m. EST to enter the contest. A winner will be announced shortly after. Good luck!




Congratulations to Elizabeth Weiss! She was the 38th commenter and wins 2 tickets to Chinglish! I LOVED all of your culture class stories so feel free to keep them coming. Thanks to everyone who entered and stay tuned for more contests!


To save on tickets through November 13th, use code CDDMX815 when calling 212-947-8844, going online at broadwayoffers.com, or visiting the Longacre Theatre Box Office (220 W. 48th Street). Orchestra/Front Mezz. tickets will be $74.50 - $79.50 (regularly $116.50 - $121.50) and Rear Mezz. will be $62.50 - $66.50 (regularly $86.50 - $91.50).

9/15/11

A Little Summerstage Awesomeness

Summer isn't complete to me without a little outdoor concert action, which is exactly why I bought my ticket to see Guster at Summerstage in Central Park back in April. Summerstage is the venue where the ABC morning show Good Morning America hosts their super early Friday morning concerts, but never convincing myself to get up early enough to check one out, I was excited to see one of my all-time favorite bands play on the venerated stage.

Summerstage roof lit up from below
For those of you who do not know Guster, I'd highly recommend you load up their Pandora channel or even better, pull up all of their albums on Spotify,  and begin your education. With their marvelous harmonies and use of the not-often-seen banjo, their music often inspires me to live a happier life. Some of my favorite songs include Demons, Two Points for Honesty and Center of Attention, to name a few.

Summerstage was actually a great venue to see Guster, because even if you didn't get there super early to grab a bleacher seat at the back, you could find a spot in the standing room section where the stage is mere yards away and you can bop one of the several beach balls floating over the crowd. The only complaint I'd have about the venue was that if you wanted to buy food or a beer, it was near impossible to not only squeeze through the crowds to get to the food carts, but then definitely impossible to get back to your friends. However, keep your eye out for Summerstage ticket sales next year and be sure to catch your favorite band so that you too can bask in the glory of watching a concert and a sunset at the same time.

Guster at Summerstage
The lead singer had a long-held desire to dress like a disco ball on-stage

9/14/11

Sure Bets for a Birthday

So it's been more than a month since my birthday, but honestly, it's taken me that long to recover. Well, maybe not, but I thanks to great friends and two awesome bars, I had one of the best nights out in the city.



With a summer birthday, I'm always tempted to go for a venue with outdoor space, so I was banking on Loreley Restaurant and Beer Garden in the Lower East Side. However, I got caught up in the week and forgot to call and make any reservations until the day of. Oops! It actually turned out for the best though because that day was one of the hottest of the whole summer. After frantically calling around, I remembered an old favorite - Common Ground in the East Village. The manager there was more than accommodating, reserving a whole couch section in the back for my group. This comfortable yet chic venue (hello?! red velvet couches!) is great for it's fully stocked wall of board games and a $2 Yuengling and $5 Cosmo and Appletini happy hour. For my birthday, the service was great, with waitresses periodically checking in on our group to make sure we were fully quenched.

Before we even settled into the comfy couches of Common Ground however, our group met up around the corner at Key Bar. This dive is not a place I'd recommend for a cozy round of drinks for two, but for birthdays, this is your place. Two words: free shots. Two more: for everyone. If your birthday is within a week before of after your visit and you can prove it with an ID, the bartender will pour a round of shots for everyone in your party. I decided on lychee shots (highly recommended!) and since my boyfriend's birthday is two days before mine, he ordered blood orange (also delicious). All of our friends were definitely thankful and thoroughly ready to celebrate birthday style.

9/13/11

AWESOME GIVEAWAY: 2 Tickets to Relatively Speaking

What I love about Broadway is the never-ending innovation expressed through new shows. Relatively Speaking continues this tradition as it combines three one-act plays by some heavy hitters in the entertainment world - Ethan Coen, Elaine May and Woody Allen. Each comedy explores the inanity of family, from weddings to death to just plain old craziness. And can't we all relate to that?


All my readers are in luck! I'm giving away a pair of tickets to see Relatively SpeakingThe tickets are good through October 19. There are 5 easy ways to win and each comment counts as an entry. Please include your email in any comments so I know how to contact you if you are the winner.

1) REQUIRED - 
Subscribe to this blog by email, using the submission box in the right panel and leave a comment below letting me know you did so.

2) REQUIRED - Leave a comment with a crazy family story of your own.

3) Follow this blog by clicking on the button on the right panel and leave a comment below letting me know you did so.

4) Follow me on Twitter @yaelleah and leave a comment below letting me know you did so.

5) Tweet or blog about this event and let me know with a link to your tweet or blog in a comment below.

Two winners will be chosen using Random.org on Friday 9/16. You have until Friday 9/16 at 5 p.m. EST to enter the contest. Good luck!


A winner has been chosen! Congratulations Movidude74! He wins two tickets to see Relatively Speaking on Broadway. I was thoroughly entertained by everyone's family stories. Stay tuned for new contests and stay awesome!

To snag your own tickets to the show, visit Ticketmaster or visit the box office using code RSTELE before October 20. You will be able to find Orchestra and Front Mezz. seats for $74-79 and other seats for as low as $45.

9/2/11

Put A Little Ohm In It

If you didn't get enough R&R during the Hurricane Irene "NYC Shutdown" weekend and find that you could use a little more ohm in your life, you should get blissfully excited as September is National Yoga Month. Frankly, I think every month should be yoga month as I always find that I can relax and unwind from urban stresses with a little downward dog.

photo credit: www.myyogaloft.com
The biggest perk of National Yoga Month is, well, free yoga, but more specifically, a free week of yoga at close to 30 Manhattan studios and hundreds more across the globe. By visiting this website, you can search for your studio of choice (including the likes of Yogaworks, Pure Yoga, The Sports Club LA and Reebok Sports Club/NY) and claim your free week pass. Keep in mind this is for new students only so if you've already checked out Yogaworks, you won't be able to go back there.

Yoga in Bryant Park, sponsored by Lululemon, also continues through the month on Tuesdays at 10 am and Thursdays at 6 pm. These free classes are open level and mats are provided. The athletics-wear brand is also sponsoring free celebrity-endorsed Physique 57 classes every Friday at 12:15, free with RSVP. Designed to tone and create lean bodies, this class isn't yoga, but it sure looks like a good workout to me.


While I'm talking about yoga, I must also throw a little plug in here for my favorite yoga class in the city. Recently featured on Good Morning America, Anti-Gravity yoga is a class that has changed my life by challenging me to push my limits (hello?! you're upside down and doing flips!) and helped me to find more (literal and figurative) balance. It's taught at a few locations throughout the city now, but my favorite is Om Factory in midtown. You can see photos and videos of classes on their website, but basically the class involves traditional yoga poses mixed with aerial arts all using the aid of man-made silk hammocks hanging from the ceiling. If you're like me and can't do or hate the feeling of traditional yoga inversion poses, you will love this class.

Why are you still sitting at your computer? Slip into your favorite pair of yoga pants, grab your mat and goooooooooooohm!