Category: new year’s resolutions


My #1 New Year’s Resolution

December 23rd, 2011 — 8:29pm

When it comes to the holiday season, the part I most look forward to is New Year’s. There’s something about the turning of the calendar page that makes me feel like it’s a chance to start fresh. Which is why, yes, I’m one of those people — the kind who make new year’s resolutions.

For 2012, along with the cliched goals of decluttering and losing a few pounds, I’ve added a new motto to the top of my list — just say yes.

As I’ve mentioned here a few times, 2011 has marked a period of, well, doing mostly the opposite. Taking comfort in what’s familiar and taking a much needed breather from New York’s challenging dating scene.

The thing about a break like this is that it can very easily become less of a hiatus and more of a long-term sabbatical. After all, when you live in Gotham, there’s no shortage of diversions to fill your time with that have absolutely nothing to do with finding love.

I’ve quite happily spent the last several months doing those things exclusively, concentrating on friends, family and the more predictable fun that goes along with flying solo. Now, it’s time to dust off my Single Gal In The City shoes and just say yes.

Last year, when I was interviewed by Gayle King, she said Joan Rivers once told her to say yes to everything when you’re single – party invites, new activities, whatever it might be that could connect you with different people. I think there’s something to this, not just for the sake of potential romance but because that’s how you keep yourself open to new adventures in life.

Looking back on most of the greatest adventures I’ve been fortunate enough to have, they all started with one simple question – why not? I’m looking forward to renewing that approach in 2012 and seeing where it takes me.

Happy holidays everyone!

| dating fatigue, Gayle King, new year's goals, new year's resolutions

Girls Night Out: Midtown West

December 17th, 2011 — 2:08pm

Last night, my friend Kristina and I headed down to Concrete Bar and Restaurant in Midtown West. I arrived first and noticed something unusual right away – there were about 18 guys and less than half as many ladies. When I tweeted the welcome change in New York’s typically lopsided ratio, a bachelor friend in Atlanta quickly responded –

“That’s how every bar in Atlanta is. #notmykindofratio.”

I laughed, thinking maybe it’s time for me to pay another visit to the second stop on my Great Dating Blitz last year.

After Kristina arrived, we took a corner table upstairs and over cornflake-encrusted chicken fingers and spiced fries, dove into some serious girl talk about work, dating and biological clocks. Like me, Kristina is a thirtysomething bachelorette who appreciates the traditional mores of dating that seem to be so fleeting these days.

I told her about the handful of dates I went on earlier this year with a guy who subscribed to those old-fashioned ways – making reservations for someplace special, picking up the phone just to say hello, etc. Interestingly, the night we met started off disastrously. Introduced by mutual friends, we didn’t click at all because he pummeled me with questions about this blog. Maybe it’s hypocritical of me, but I’m not a fan of being given the third degree right after meeting someone for the first time.

Anyway, I actually had a backup date on standby and was prepared to beat a hasty retreat once our mutual friends took off. Much to my surprise, the guy turned to me and asked—

“Would you like to get some dinner?”

I was floored. Here I had been practically rolling my eyes at him for nearly an hour and he was brave enough to ask me out. What the hell? I figured.

“Sure,” I said.

And so the worst blind date ever ended up turning into the best. For some reason, once our friends had left, the chemistry between us fell into place and eight blissful hours later, we were smooching like teenagers.

Though it would turn out we had less chemistry emotionally speaking, the evening taught me a very important lesson about being open to possibilities. Up next, how that’s becoming the basis of my number one New Year’s resolution.

| being single in your thirties, blind dates, Midtown NYC, new year's resolutions

A Delicious Dinner At Francesco’s

December 31st, 2009 — 9:58pm

Tuesday night, I headed down to NYC’s West Village for dinner with Italian restaurateur Vito Rappa.

Vito and I met back in November at a charity gala, during which he invited me to check out the newest location of his trattoria, Francesco’s.

Francesco’s: The trattoria’s West Village location serves up a killer penne alla vodka

Francesco’s opened on West 4th Street in March — the larger Columbus Avenue location has been around since 1998 — and delivers a delicious menu of pizza and pasta.

“As long as I have pasta, I can live,” Vito says.

Good food is in his DNA. A native of Sicily, Vito learned to cook at age 11. His great-grandfather opened a restaurant in 1901, and was the first to have a taverna in the town of Borgetto. His grandfather would often say pasta is the first step to heaven.

That certainly applies to Francesco’s sublime penne in vodka sauce (a family recipe) and perfectly baked garlic knots. The homemade tiramisu drizzled in chocolate sauce is also a must.

While enjoying my dessert, I ended up chatting with fellow single gals Ayesha and Callie. They shared their new year’s resolutions — Ayesha is preparing to launch her own handbag line while Callie hopes to make her first trip to Europe.

We all agreed there’s no better time for a fresh start than a new year. Especially when it also marks the start of a brand-new decade.

Happy 2010 everyone!

| Columbus Avenue, Francesco's, happy new year, Italian food, Italian restaurants, new year's resolutions, West Village

A Delicious Dinner At Francesco’s

December 31st, 2009 — 4:58pm

Tuesday night, I headed down to NYC’s West Village for dinner with Italian restaurateur Vito Rappa.

Vito and I met back in November at a charity gala, during which he invited me to check out the newest location of his trattoria, Francesco’s.

Francesco’s: The trattoria’s West Village location serves up a killer penne alla vodka

Francesco’s opened on West 4th Street in March — the larger Columbus Avenue location has been around since 1998 — and delivers a delicious menu of pizza and pasta.

“As long as I have pasta, I can live,” Vito says.

Good food is in his DNA. A native of Sicily, Vito learned to cook at age 11. His great-grandfather opened a restaurant in 1901, and was the first to have a taverna in the town of Borgetto. His grandfather would often say pasta is the first step to heaven.

That certainly applies to Francesco’s sublime penne in vodka sauce (a family recipe) and perfectly baked garlic knots. The homemade tiramisu drizzled in chocolate sauce is also a must.

While enjoying my dessert, I ended up chatting with fellow single gals Ayesha and Callie. They shared their new year’s resolutions — Ayesha is preparing to launch her own handbag line while Callie hopes to make her first trip to Europe.

We all agreed there’s no better time for a fresh start than a new year. Especially when it also marks the start of a brand-new decade.

Happy 2010 everyone!

| Columbus Avenue, Francesco's, happy new year, Italian food, Italian restaurants, new year's resolutions, West Village

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