Friday, October 30, 2009

*Spooky* Weekender: 10/30-11/1

Happy Friday! The spooky weekend has started!





11/1: Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead)

  • Cheer on the runners! ING NY Marathon
  • [Until today] $1 Boston Market chicken meals, 2 locs in NY: 273 W 23rd St (at 8th Avenue) and 885 10th Avenue (at 58th Street)
  • [Until 11/3] $1 satay chicken at Philippe Express, 6th Ave b/t 11th and 12th

NYRewind: InStyle Styling Event w/ Tammy

It was a girls night out last night, as Tammy and I met up at Mark Garrison salon (E. 60th b/t Park and Lex) for an InStyle hair styling event, ft. Sebastian hair products (wow, I sound like a commercial haha...if only they gave me free products too: ).

We had a great time! There was no line, not too crowded, got white wine and apps served by cute waiters, and we got our hair consultations right away, though Tammy got a little more...a nice trim! That's because she got seated in Mark's chair (yes, Mark the owner). He was really nice and very photogenic, as was Tammy!

My girl just played around with my hair and sprayed a few products, and done.

Here's the final look!

Then went to Dylan's Candy Store and bought candy. Sweet night!: )

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

More Deals!

  • 4p-757p @ Shorty's: Free cheesesteaks for Game 1 of the World Series (prob not for Yankee Fans: ) [9th Ave b/t 41 and 42]


  • Free cupcake sampler pack (flavors: Pumpkin Kabocha Cupcakes, Chestnut Cupcakes, Japanese Sweet Potato Bites, Ginger Spice Financiers!) from Kyotofu [9th Ave b/t 48th and 49th]

Until 10/31:

Until 11/1:

  • Get the coupon for this $1 chkn meal from Boston Market (or here) [58th and 10th Ave]


  • 12-8p: RSVP for this Lancome and A Fashion Plate beauty event


Tuesday, October 27, 2009

How to: Eat a Pomegranate

Pomegranates are one of my FAVORITE fruits, plus they are in season now (Oct. to Jan.) - Nov. is even Nat'l Pomegranate Month! - but they can be quite tedious to enjoy, as many of you know.

Wiki says: "The name "pomegranate" derives from Latin pomum ("apple") and granatus ("seeded")." Makes sense!

I've had many casual conversations about this fruit, what it looks like inside, how to eat it, etc. (yes, a great party starter haha) so here I show you in a few easy steps how to uncover the treasured gems, that I just learned are called "arils". I myself learned it from Alton Brown, and it changed my life! Sharing with you is the least I can do after not being able to resist buying one tonight at the grocery store: ). I'm literally enjoying the fruits of my labor now as I write this (hehe), so I can't wait for you to give it a try! Let's get started!

How to Eat a Pomegranate
by NYChar

1: Look at this beautiful pomegranate that I picked up at the grocery store today. I look for a few simple things: a nice red color, a firm shell, and heavy (so you know there are many good arils inside!). Depending where you get it from, price ranges from $2-$4 per pom. This one was perfect!

2: Wash the pomegranate, and then take a sharp knife and make 4 cuts to separate them into quarters, but don't cut all the way through (watch out for squirting red juice, it can leave a stain!). You should be able to carefully pry them into quarters from here.

3: Fill a good sized bowl with water. Take one of the quarters and start pulling the arils away from the thin white skins covering them. The key is to do this under water so you don't get any red juice on you. As you're doing this, the weight of the arils will carry them to the bottom, and the white skin will float to the top, effectively separating the seed from the shell.

4: Once you finish taking the arils out, scoop away the shell and white skin and dispose of them properly. Hard part is done!

5: I usually strain it next to make it easier to pull out any white remains. Take out your favorite bowl and drop them in!

Ta-Da! You're done! Time to enjoy!

It's great on it's own, or over a salad or dessert (or Pinkberry: ). Very healthy too!

Feel free to share your own pomegranate stories - ENJOY!!

Monday, October 26, 2009

This *Spooky* Week: 10/26 - 10/30

I'm back from Houston! Beautiful wedding - congrats again to my cousin Angie and her new husband Alex!!
Wang Family Picture
I hope everyone got to enjoy the awesome weekend that was Saturday. Please tell me some of you got to go to the Dumpling Fest or Dog Costume Parade or Marshmellow Civil War...I'll get you next time, NY.

Here we go...will keep updating this week!

This Week: 10/26-10/30

  • 2p-5p: Join us for lunch!: @8coupons Pop Burger (Midtown) - 2 Pop Burgers for 88-cents! OCHO LOCO! Get the coupon HERE.
UPDATE: we got our 88 cent burgers (well, 96 cents, with tax: )! 2 little sliders - it was good: )

"...issues will include: - coexisting with an easily startled 21st century populace, dealing with a pitchfork-wielding mobs, addressing the use of the term "monster," and of course, who would win in a fight. RSVP to"

  • 6-8p, RSVP: Free food, drinks, and hairstyling from InStyle!

10/31 - Halloween
  • 530p: Meet select cast of GLEE , signing CDs @ Columbus Circle, Borders


Until 10/31:

Until 11/1: Get coupon for this $1 chkn meal from Boston Market [58th and 10th Ave]

11/5: RSVP for this Lancome and A Fashion Plate beauty event, 12-8p!

More on the way!