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Kaia Wine Bar. A touch of South Africa in NYC!

Photo credit - Kaia Wine Bar
Photo credit – Kaia Wine Bar

“An open note to all those who live below 86th street” –  Please stay away from my new home away from home. Seriously, if I see any LES, Brooklynites, Murray Hill, Chelsea, Tribeca, West Siders, or anyone else who does not belong in this area on the UES crowding up my new home and taking up my seat at the bar I will have to kill you. Painfully, tortuously, and slow.

All kidding aside Kaia Wine Bar is a must needed and welcome addition to this barren strip of land on 3rd Ave and 91 street. Nothing like this South African centric wine bar in the immediate area. Walking in you are invited to a warm, cozy, sexy, and dimly lit interior. Candles in small mason jars, on all the tables, and hanging in the front windows flicker with cool ambiance. The decor is modern-chic and calming. Large bar centers the room, dark wood tables and window counter seating line the stamped concrete floor, exposed brick wall, bench seating in the far corner, and funky retro looking lights hang above the bar. Old stove from 1919 leans against the far wall serving as an anchor and viewpoint when walking in. African inspired music plays in the background at a smooth level that never overpowers conversation. Continue reading Kaia Wine Bar. A touch of South Africa in NYC!

Experiencing Zarkana by Cirque du Soleil in NYC!


Not too long ago I was one of the lucky few who scored tickets to Yelp Night at Zarkana and enjoyed the event immensely!

Now, I have seen many Cirque du Soleil shows from NY to Vegas to Orlando, and even though I thought this was a notch below the performance and story levels of the others it is still a spectacle to behold.

The amazing athleticism, balance, timing, and strength that the performers utilize in each act is sometimes breathtaking, and very hard to fathom even trying any of it myself. Even though I work out and am pretty fit these professionals just blow me away. The trapeze artists, feats of strength, acrobats, jugglers, etc, all put on a show of skill with nerves of steel. I would be a mess if I tried any of it! Call the ambulance!

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Rootin’ Tootin’ & Shootin’! A Pistol Range in NYC!

l (2)I love the smell of gunpowder in the morning! Nothing like smoking shell casings, packing your own ammo, and a hot cup of coffee to get your blood pumping!

This had to be one of the most fun things I have done with my merry group of crazy friends. What better way to celebrate a pal’s birthday than by shooting round after round of 22 caliber bullets at multiple targets?

Feel the firepower!

The West Side Rifle & Pistol Range is just an amazing place hidden away in the basement level of a building that is very normal looking on West 20th street. As you enter the actual facility it is like being exposed to another world. Everyone who works there is packing heat, including the tattooed up gentleman manning the main counter who would probably blow your head off with a wink of an eye if you attempt anything stupid here – LOL! You constantly hear the pop pop pop of guns being fired. Pictures and posters of celebrities and important people who have been here line the walls. This is a world seemingly unknown to most.  Continue reading Rootin’ Tootin’ & Shootin’! A Pistol Range in NYC!

Jin Ramen – not just another bowl of cheap noodles in NYC!

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I am slowly becoming a ramen convert. I used to think of ramen as a cheapie meal that we have all eaten in a pinch, or when we have been broke but could still afford the 5-for-a-dollar ramen noodle packets at your local supermarket as a regular dinner entree. After downing a bowl of their delicious ramen I can see the light and now crave this stuff.

Eating at Jin Ramen has now truly made me appreciate what a superior bowl of ramen should taste like. After dining here recently at the invitation of a few good friends of mine I now know what they have been raving about. Normally, I still partake in the occasional ramen noodles packs we buy at the supermarket and prepare at home. This really opened up my palate to what real ramen is. Situated in an unassuming location just outside the 125th station subway stop this tiny ramen emporium packs quite a wallop. As I live uptown it is an easy trek for me so I know I will be back here, but might not be for everyone’s travel liking if from downtown. Sucks for those people downtown and a win for us up-towners! Continue reading Jin Ramen – not just another bowl of cheap noodles in NYC!