Nothing Compares 2 U Saved by the 90′s at the Canal Room NYC

Bets on how many 90′s references I can make in one blog post?

"All I Wanna Do" is rock out with the Bayside Tigers every Friday

"All I Wanna Do" is rock out with the Bayside Tigers every Friday at the Canal Room

I have a few great loves in my life: my family and friends, NYC, Seth Rogen, and the 90′s. As a child of the 90′s I got to experience what past generations could only dream about: tamagotchis, AIM, slap bracelets, Prince William in his single years, beanie babies, and of course, the musical stylings of Sugar Ray, N*SYNC, Britney Spears (pre-head shave), Alannis Morrisette, and the Counting Crows (pre-Shrek 2).

As my entrance into the real world is approaching at a velocity rivaling that of the speed of light, I find myself reminiscing on the simpler days. When the biggest scandal in Washington was a sordid encounter with a navy blue dress-wearing intern in the Oval Office, and my daily schedule included obligations such as watching the Power Rangers and snack-time (If anyone disagrees that Dunkaroos were not the best snack-time snack of all time you can leave now).

If you also suffer from 90s withdrawal, symptoms include daily Clarissa Explains it All references and an unhealthy obsession with Freddie Prinze Jr, I have the cure-all. Saved by the 90′s with the Bayside Tigers at the Canal Room.

VIDEO: Bayside Tigers NYC

For $15, channel your inner-tween and have a freaking blast with The Bayside Tigers. They are seriously the best 90′s cover band I have ever encountered. You better be ready for a party. The Canal Room on West Broadway and, you guessed it, Canal St, is a very intimate concert venue, and with the Bayside Tigers playing, I would have it no other way.

Two Fridays ago, a few of my friends and I went to see them. Coming out around 11:30 (in neon windbreakers and all), the band opened with the Saved by the Bell theme song, and proceeded to bring down the house for the next THREE hours playing 90′s hit after 90′s hit like No Doubt’s “Just a Girl”, an amazing rendition of Alannis Morissette’s “Ironic”, Smash Mouth’s “All Star”, and yes, even BSB’s “I Want it That Way”. Everyone in the band is extraordinarily talented, and you can tell they absolutely love what they do. *NOTE TO SELF* new career path: learn guitar, get singing lessons, join 90′s cover band, be awesome. After they show they came out for a meet and greet with the audience.

You can order tickets online or you can wait in line at the door and get some tickets before the show. Starting in April they’ll be playing every Friday at the Canal Room! My only suggestion is if you want some liquid courage before you break out your Macarena skills (don’t even try to deny you forgot that dance), do it at the bars around the area. One Red Bull Vodka at the Canal Room is the same price as the actual ticket.

Bottom Line: The Bayside Tigers show was one of my favorite nights out in NYC so far. And for as much as about 1.5 drinks at a bar, the price won’t “Sabotage” your bank account.

My apologies for the lack of pictures, I was far too busy channeling my inner-Gwen Stefani to snap a few shots.

Gelato and Beer: So wrong, yet oh so right

Beer-infused gelato? I'm not complaining.

What better way to ring in every Irishman’s favorite holiday than a post about booze. Or in this case, boozy gelato. In the spirit of St. Patty’s Day, I’ve decided to start a bit early this year, and have refused to consume anything that does not contain alcohol. Just kidding. I simply went out for ice cream with my parents and stumbled upon the holy grail of ice cream flavors: Caramel Stout. Now, I know what you are thinking. In no way shape or form does the thought of beer-flavored gelato sound even remotely appetizing. It’s not. But do you know what is delicious? Guinness-infused caramel gelato from Scooped! in West Chester, PA. It is this great organic homemade gelato place on High Street. They have really unique flavors like my new favorite Stout Caramel (made with Guinness brewed from Iron Hill Brewery right down the block!), Bailey’s (are you sensing a theme here?) and coconut macaroon. The gelato itself was as creamy as every gelato should be. The caramel flavor was sweet yet not over-the-top as some caramel-flavored foods can be, and the Guinness  complimented the caramel beautifully. Alright that’s enough with my pathetic attempt at a food review. Let’s just cut to the chase and get to the pictures already!

I had the Caramel Stout while my mom went with the equally delicious Chocolate with Salted Caramel. My dad couldn't decide so he got both!

Scooped! itself is an adorable ice cream parlor complete with an old-fashioned ice cream counter, glass candy jars and adorable seating. They were voted Best of the Main Line for 2010 AND 2011! And even better? For three smalls (small being a relative term) our bill came to only $8.25 or $2.75 per person!

These are only half of the homemade flavors. I love how they display the flavor names!

You had me at Caramel-Stout

A West Chester MUST if you are in town!

What is the craziest gelato/ice cream flavor you’ve ever tried? Let’s hear it!

Breakfast on the Go

My Current Breakfast Obsession

Breakfast is by far my favorite meal of the day. The omelettes, homefries, parfaits, french toast, fruit salads, I could go on forever. Unfortunately, for the last month I have barely had time to grab breakfast to go, let alone make it. I work downtown two days a week, and I one of my favorite quick  breakfast spots is Pret A Manger. The other day I grabbed the Honey and Banana yogurt pot. Creamy vanilla yogurt, perfectly ripened bananas, crunchy almonds and sweet honey were the perfect combination for a light breakfast. For the next few days I was CRAVING it constantly. Unfortunately there are no Pret A Mangers even relatively close to Fordham, so I had to improvise. And I’m glad I did, because mine is even more delicious (and healthier) than the original (Pret, don’t fret, I still love you). And the best part? It takes about 2 minutes to prepare! Throw it in some Tupperware and you’re good to go! Here is the recipe:

-1 Serving of Fat-free plain greek yogurt (I love Chobani 0%)

-1/2-1 full, ripe banana

-Small handful of sliced, raw almonds

-Spoonful of Chia seeds for fiber and omega-3 fatty acids (I used ground just because it was on sale)

-Drizzle honey on top

Enjoy :)

Holy Guacamole Wrap

AND its Gluten-Free!

On my quest to live a totally gluten-free life, I’m actually pretty proud of how strong my willpower is.I’ve done a fairly good job at keeping on the gluten-free straight and narrow. But, I have to admit something. I have a vice. A gluten-laden, carbtastic vice also known as the sandwich. I said peace to pasta and bid adieu to bread by itself, but for some reason I keep finding myself craving paninis, hoagies, wraps, sandwiches, grinders, you name it. If there is  lunch meat and bread involved, I’m a gluten-glutton. Luckily, I am not corn-intolerant and there is a wide variety of corn-based tortilla wraps when I’m jonesing for a sammy. Tonight for dinner I made my Dad and I what I like to call the Holy Guacamole Wrap. It was a big success!

Here’s what you’ll need:

-1 corn tortilla or gluten-free wrap

-Gluten-free, sliced roast beef (some cold cut brands have additives that contain gluten)

-Sprinkling of part-skim mozzarella cheese

-1/4 avocado

-Pico de Gallo or fresh salsa

-Small handful of arugula

-Cole slaw cabbage for crunch

Directions:

Top tortilla with roast beef and cheese. Microwave for twenty seconds or until cheese melts and tortilla is warm.

What is better than a delicious 60 second meal?

Top with avocado, salsa, arugula and cabbage.

Tip: Usually, the more (natural) colors in a meal the healthier it is!

Enjoy :)

2012: The Year of the Economic Academic

It’s five days into the New Year and I’m sure most of us are still recovering from our New Year’s festivities. And most of us, like me, have already reneged on our New Year’s resolutions (damn you Merlot). But that’s okay. That is what the New Year is all about right, fresh starts? Last time I checked, there is no law on the books that dictates fresh starts can only be made on the first of January while you are in an alcohol and food-induced stupor (at least not in the state of Pennsylvania anyway). No, fresh starts can be made anytime, anywhere. This year I’m still making it a priority to continue living frugally (but fabulously), but I also want to become an expert in personal finance. As my graduation date creeps closer and closer, it is important that I know as much as possible before I get into the real world. So, here are the Economic Academic’s 2012 Resolutions

Resolutions:

-Do my own taxes

-Land a job :]

-Start saving for an apartment

-Find creative ways to make money

-Get organized in all aspects of my life

-Only eat out once a week

-Find new ways to save

-Save at least half of my paycheck each month

I know these are pretty dull resolutions, but let’s be honest, there a lot more realistic than my last few (you don’t even want to ask). What are some of your financial resolutions for 2012?

 

 

#Partygirl Problems: Finding the perfect outfit for a Christmas Party

This time next week I will be home in PA, and in all honesty, it could not come sooner. I can’t wait to see my friends, family and my dog, Marshall :) As you probably know, Christmas break is filled with reunions and get-togethers with friends you probably haven’t seen since August. I already have a party, bar crawl, and family get-togethers planned and my vacation hasn’t even started yet.  Dressing for holiday festivities can be stressful and expensive. You want to look your best but you don’t want to dole out a ton of dough while doing so. I don’t know about you but I’m super excited for this break not only because I’ll get to see everyone I love, but I can finally ditch the leggings and baggy sweatshirt getup #blamefinals.

If Olivia Newton-John can't get away with the leggings and sweatshirt combo, no one can

If you’ve raided your closet (you should at least go through it 2-3 times) and don’t have a single thing to wear to that high-school reunion or family gathering, fear not. Here are a few outfits for every holiday party, brunch, church service and dinner party imaginable. **Everything is under $50!**

Brunch with the Besties

Brunch

New Year’s Eve

$42.99 Mod Cloth Midnight Sun Dress

Ugly Sweater Party

I absolutely GUARANTEE you will take first place in the ugly sweater competition with this baby

The Bars

Night out

Christmas Mass

$39.99 from Lands End Canvas...I have this dress and it is so comfortable!

Christmas Dinner with the Fam

$35 Dorothy Perkins Red Cross Panel Dress...Dress this up with a great shrug, statement jewelry or a great pair of heels!

Christmas Morning

Seriously, who ACTUALLY gets dressed up to unwrap presents? Not I. Not I.

Also, my apologies about the layout. I’m trying out Polyvore so I’m still trying to work out the layout kinks. If you haven’t checked out the site do so, or not, because it is so addicting!

To Spotify or Not to Spotify? That is the question.

A final exam favorite of mine

During finals one of the major things that keeps me centered and sane is music. I like to listen to classical and bluegrass music when writing paper. However, finding great bluegrass music is time consuming and I don’t like spending too much time searching for songs and making playlists. I recently downloaded the free version of Spotify, the music streaming software that connects your Facebook friends and lets you share your music tastes with your Facebook friends (I usually turn this feature off when I’m having a Belieber or ABBA moment). Anyway, I’ve fallen head over heels in love with Spotify. The music selection is great, I love their country and classical stations and I’ve found some great artists through friends’ playlists.

I ♥ Spotify

So here is my dilemma. Spotify offers a monthly fee-based, no-ad, mobile streaming feature that lets you access songs offline, which would be AMAZING for my 30 minute subway ride to work. It is $9.99/month, and has received rave reviews. Right now I just buy my songs off of itunes which runs me between $0.99-$1.29 per song. I’ve been super paranoid ever since the whole Napster and Kazaa debacles so I stay away from the illegal dark underbelly of music downloading.

Good reason, but I'd rather not up my chances of incarceration or a lawsuit

Some months I go on an itunes shopping spree and rack up a $30 bill. Other months I don’t even open itunes. And sometimes I’m gifted itunes cards which last me a while and I love Genius, but sometimes I regret my purchases and it’s not like you can return an MP3 files. This Spotify service is very appealing but when it’s all said and done, it would cost me about $120/year :/ I have a part-time job next semester and I babysit on occasion so $9.99/month would be more than doable, but I’m still on the fence. So instead of doling out advice, I’m asking you guys for some. Oh how the tables have turned haha! Does anyone use Spotify premium or know anyone that does? What would you do? Or do you have another LEGAL music streaming service you prefer? Please help!