Category: Upper West Side

January 27th, 2013 — 10:18pm

Friday, I enjoyed a girls night out with visiting Aussies Louise, the friend of my Sydney-based galpal Sue, and her classmate Sharon. Our delightful evening coincided with Australia Day – and reminded me of why I have such affection for Oz and its people.

Louise, Sharon and me

We met up for dinner at Asian bistro amber on the Upper West Side. Louise and Sharon filled me in on their once in a lifetime visit to DC for a political conference that included meeting Jesse Jackson and James Carville – and catching glimpses of President Obama and Michelle during the Inauguration. As they spoke with great appreciation for the day s pageantry, I felt a surge of pride for my country – and  more than happy to share why I remain so smitten with theirs.

Australians have mastered the art of work life balance and they are some of the most fun, genuine people you will ever meet. It’s easy to feel like old friends when you’re among them and Friday was no exception.

The three of us fell into easy conversation about marriage, parenthood, travel, and following your passion. When they asked about single life in new York, I was candid about the ups and downs of it…and glad to tell them about the Aussie old flame who has recently resurfaced. I think 2013 is going to be full of romantic surprises if this month is any indication.

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July 2nd, 2011 — 7:01pm


If you’re looking for something to festive to do this holiday weekend, you might want to check out Red, White & Boom.

Tomorrow, mingle and enjoy summer-themed cocktails at the Empire Hotel Rooftop on NYC’s Upper West Side. DJ music starts at 8pm.

Cash bar and admission is free with advance RSVP online.  to book.

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March 15th, 2011 — 1:54pm

If age really is just a number, then there’s nothing like a night out with good friends to make you believe it. Last Saturday, I enjoyed a delightful reminder of that.

The action-packed evening began over dinner on NYC’s Upper West Side at beloved Italian bistro Gennaro’s. Joining me were twentysomething galpals Caroline and Mimma and their hilariously fun high school pal Chris. Over seafood risotto and the most scrumptious plate of hot and cold antipasto you can imagine, we talked about travel, beauty pageants (Chris is a pageant coach) and favorite 80’s movies.

All Smiles: Caroline and me at Niagara

Next, we headed down to Niagara, a lounge in the East Village, to put in an appearance at a former colleague’s birthday celebration. As I caught up with her and few other ex-co workers, I couldn’t help thinking how much has changed in my life since leaving my full time PR gig a year ago. I’ve experienced two life-changing trips, started a and concentrated on my writing for the first time ever.

I feel like I’m exactly where I’m supposed to be, a happy sentiment that continued when all of us walked over to Alphabet Lounge. We danced the night away to 80’s music and I felt thankful all over again to live in the world’s greatest city — and have the greatest friends to share it with.

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February 24th, 2011 — 3:04pm

Last week, I headed over to the Empire Hotel on NYC’s Upper West Side for Paper Magazine and Tumblr’s Fashion Week soiree.

Held at the hotel’s spacious, swanky rooftop bar, the party gave me a chance to catch up with friend and fellow blogger, Giuseppe, in town from Sydney.

Catching Up: Giuseppe and me at the Empire rooftop

Giuseppe and I first connected a few years back, at the  of the first Sex And The City movie. His fabulous Cosmo Guy site about SATC has led to great success as a — Giuseppe was among a select few flown from Oz to cover various runway shows.

Over cocktails, we talked about the excitement and allure of New York (Giuseppe and his sweetheart are considering a move here). I admitted that, for as much as I still adore my hometown, all the traveling I’ve done over the last year has made me realize there’s much more to life than hustle and bustle.

Following your bliss, of course, is a big part of that, a subject that came up when we ran into Xavi, a friend of Giuseppe’s.

A native of Barcelona, Xavi told us about a chance encounter long ago on the subway with one of his favorite Spanish writers. That meeting produced an opportunity which eventually led to Xavi handling social media for one of pop biggest international superstars. If you believe and are willing to work hard, he said, everything is possible.

Good advice in both life — and love.

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January 2nd, 2011 — 1:59pm

Friday night, my friend Tiffany and I headed over to Havana Central to ring in 2011.

New Year’s Fun: Tiffany and I at Havana Central

The lively Cuban restaurant and bar’s festivities included live music, open bar and a three-course meal (seafood medley in cream sauce, fried maduros and tres leches were the standouts).

As we enjoyed mojitos and sangria, Tiff and I talked about lessons learned in 2010, dating fatigue and our New Year’s resolution to do a girlfriends getaway.

We also found ourselves appreciating the evening’s vibe — animated and fun without being overly crowded or hook up central like so many places are on December 31st. Though it’s a date associated with kissing someone at midnight, having good friends to celebrate with is just as meaningful.

After clinking our Champagne-filled glasses at midnight, Tiff and I danced a little salsa then called it a night around 2am. On our way out of the restaurant, a guy on his cell phone suddenly took my hand and gave me a quick kiss on the cheek (talk about multitasking!). Perfect ending to a perfect night.

Here’s to a fantastic 2011!

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November 28th, 2010 — 12:32pm

Last week, my friend Faith and I headed over to the on NYC’s Upper West Side to see Erotic Broadway: Vintage Variety.

Showstopping Fun: (from left) Co-hosts Joe Ricci and Vicki Van Tassel and the cast of Erotic Broadway

An unusual mix of burlesque and comedy, the 90-minute show kicks off with a rousing ensemble rendition of “I Hope I Get it” from “A Chorus Line.” From there, scantily clad, agile individual dancers strut their stuff to other classic tunes such as “It Had To Be You,” “La Vie En Rose,” and “Puttin’ On The Ritz.”

One of Erotic Broadway’s highlights – a campy performance of “Cabaret” by Michael McGlone of movies and Geico commercial fame.

Writer Joe Ricci and his co-host Vicki Van Tassel do a great job as a showbiz married couple emceeing the festivities. Their hilarious, occasionally racy banter keeps the laughter coming, especially when they asked an audience member and his date if they’re a fan of threesomes.

Quirky but fun, Erotic Broadway is an entertaining night out. The next performance is December 13th and 9pm. For more info or to book tickets, visit the .

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October 21st, 2010 — 3:08pm

Cheers: Rach and me at Wine & Roses

Monday, my good friend Rachel and I enjoyed a girls night out on NYC’s Upper West Side. It began with a delicious dinner at , a cozy wine bar that serves up delicious food and warm hospitality (co-owner Jennifer Klein came over to say hello). Rach and I shared melt in your mouth caprese salad, followed by truffle pizza — if you order a pizza here, this is the one to have! — and then red velvet cake drizzled with chocolate sauce and raspberry coulis. An added bonus — fabulous live music from a talented singer who performed in London’s “We Will Rock You.”

Happily satiated, we walked over to the Triad Theater to see “Celebrity Autobiography.” The hugely popular long-running off-Broadway show features a rotating cast of performers reading from, as the title suggests, actual celeb memoirs. Monday’s outing featured excerpts from, among others, Miley Cyrus, David Hasselholf and Tommy Lee. Monday’s talented cast included Rachel Dratch, Kristen Johnston, Richard Kind, Michael Urie and Scott Adsit.

Celebrity Autobiography: (from left) Kristen Johnston, Scott Adsit and Rachel Dratch were part of the fantastic cast

The laughs come non-stop as these talented actors perform lines like this one from Sylvester Stallone’s bio–

“Do you ever talk to your muscles?” This is what I call body dialogue.”

Kristen Johnston outdid herself with an excerpt from Mr. T’s musings, while Richard Kind was deliciously over the top with Vanna White’s description of how much harder her job is than it looks. Without a doubt, though, the night’s biggest laughs went to Eugene Pack for his deadpan delivery of Tiger Woods’ “How I Play Golf.” Needless to say, the golfer’s more notorious activities came to mind as Pack read the following excerpt–

“Like a lot of 20 year olds, I had never seen a putt I didn’t like. I would get up there and bang the ball hard…My equipment is fairly traditional.”

Truth really is stranger — and even more comical — than fiction.

Single Gals In NYC: Actress Kristen Johnston and me after the show

After the show, I had the pleasure of chatting with Kristen Johnston, who is disarmingly tall and funny in person. We had a good laugh about being single in New York. I admired her opening gambit when she got on stage.

“I’m single…woops, did that just come out of my mouth?”

If you’re looking for a night of non-stop laughter, don’t miss “Celebrity Autobiography.” for more info.

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October 15th, 2010 — 3:02pm

Last week, my good friend Rachel and I headed over to the on NYC’s Upper West Side to see You’ve Got Hate Mail.

You’ve Got Hate Mail: social farce at its best (photo credit: Danny Sanchez).

A comedic story about love, sex and dating in the Internet age, is told through emails, instant messages and texting, with the entire cast seated in front of computer screens. Playwrights and actors Billy Van Zandt (Richard) and Jane Milmore (Stephanie) lead the talented ensemble cast as a married couple on the rocks. When Richard inadvertently sends Stephanie an email meant for his mistress, hilarity ensues as their best friends become involved in the marital melodrama.

Witty and fast paced, You’ve Got Hate Mail packs a lot of laughs (and great dialogue) into 80 minutes. Which is why Rach and I were excited when producer Gary Shaffer invited us to meet the cast afterward.

All Smiles: Jane Milmore and me

As charming and funny offstage as they are on, Jane, Billy and their co-stars gave us some behind the scenes scoop — including how the show originally had a very different ending and a real-life romance that sparked between one castmate and a member of the production crew. 

Backstage Pass: Me with Billy and Steve Van Zandt, and Steve’s wife Maureen

An added bonus — also getting to meet rock legend and actor Steven Van Zandt (a.k.a Little Stevie), Billy’s brother.

From start to finish, it was the perfect New York night out. A reminder that when you live in the Big Apple, you never know where the day is going to take you. One of many, many reasons I’m so euphoric to be home.

You’ve Got Hate Mail runs through December 30th.  For tickets to one of the remaining five performances, .

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July 15th, 2010 — 3:21pm

Last Friday, I went out with fortysomething bachelor Steve — my first date.

Buceo 95: Great tapas and wine menus, slightly rushed service

Steve and I met up at Buceo 95, a wine and tapas bar on NYC’s Upper West Side. A Philadelphia native and recent transplant from LA, Steve told me about his work as a documentary filmmaker and graduate student in social work. We fell into easy conversation, eventually moving on from Buceo to The Parlour, an Irish pub.

Steve was funny and easy to talk to, but it was clear our chemistry was of the platonic kind. At one point, I found myself recalling another first date at The Parlour — with British then-boyfriend David twelve years ago. It hit me that I never imagined at the time I would still be single in my thirties. To paraphrase Charlotte from “Sex And The City,” dating can be exhausting. One of the major plus sides, of course, is having the freedom to shake things up whenever and however you see fit.

Coming up on Monday…the full scoop on my adventurous next move.

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July 14th, 2010 — 8:24pm

Tomorrow, as part of my month-long exercise in trying at least two new things each week, I’ll be a contestant on The Fix-Up Show.

Triad: The Fix-Up Show takes place weekly at this club on NYC's Upper West Side

Two of my friends will join celebrity guest “30 Rock” actor Scott Adsit and host J. Keith Van Straaten in setting me up before a live audience. After the show’s rave review in , I can’t wait to see what happens.

Want to be part of the fun? You can buy discounted tickets by and entering the code SINGLE for a special discount. Or visit The Fix-Up Show’s . Watch this space to find out where my on-stage adventure leads!

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