Weekend Recap!

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I love celebrating birthdays because they are exciting and fun. On your birthday you wake up with a little bounce in your step because it’s your special day. This Friday was my boyfriend’s birthday, so we celebrated with dinner at one of our favorite restaurants, Ginza. The atmosphere at Ginza is great with clean lines, glass walls, a modern bar, and a upscale take on Asian decoration. You will feel like you are in a chic Manhattan restaurant, but you’ll really be on Long Island. Ginza is an asian-fusion restaurant with delicious cocktails, sushi for me, and cooked entrees for him.

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On Saturday, I went to bridal shower at a small italian restaurant. I decided to get creative with my gift because really how exciting are things from Bed Bath and Beyond? Not at all. So I did what anyone would do, went to Pinterest to find some ideas. I created this cake full of kitchen supplies using: a tart pan, dish towels, measuring spoons, a whisk, a peeler, Calphalon grip anywhere utensils, and a little bit of love in a heart card. Not only was it fun doing something creative, but it also allowed me to cross one more thing off my 101 in 1001  list. After some bridal shower games, chicken marsala, and cake, it was on to the next one.

By next one I mean the Islanders vs. Rangers game at Nassau Coliseum.

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I love ice hockey and the NY Islanders. The atmosphere at the Coliseum was intense as we continued the fight for a spot in the Playoffs. It was sold out, loud, and full of energy from excited fans. After a little tailgating and harmless Rangers trash talk with friends, the game began. My Islander pride and excitement went through the roof as the scoreboard began flashing, “This is Islanders Territory.” It was a great game that remained 0:0 until overtime. My boys fought hard…and then the Rangers scored with less than 2 minutes left in overtime. I really thought it was going to come to a shoot out, so I was a little sad. But it was still a great game and I am very happy that the NY Islanders still got 1 point. During the game some Ranger fans began to chant “Brooklyn Brooklyn” and all I could think was we don’t care. First of all I wouldn’t mind traveling to Brooklyn for my favorite team and second of all I am happy to go because if they haven’t notices the Coliseum is a dump! Enough said.

After the game we went out for birthday drinks with friends, which is always a good time! And today it was back to reality.

Spring Break!

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Over Spring break, I went to Vegas for the first time and it didn’t disappoint! There are so many hotels with casinos, each with its own theme, shows, restaurants, and shopping. Being from New York, the strip felt like Time Square on steroids because there were bright lights, tons of people walking around, and so much fun stuff to do. It is definitely a relative of the city that never sleeps.

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Of course I had to check out the Bellagio fountains that are , which were beautiful and amazing. The fountains are choreographed to different songs and it creates a very romantic ambiance.

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When every I go somewhere that has a Margaritaville I try to stop by! I love the fun beachy atmosphere. I know I’ll enjoy great drinks, good music, and delicious food here.

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Sin City is full of places to find a drinks. I think it’s always 5 o’clock everywhere in Vegas. This was a delicious Coconut Margarita that I had at Cabo Wabo!

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During the day in Vegas, we either explored the strip and the casinos or lounged by the pool with a few drinks. This is the New York New York roller coaster. It’s a key part of the strip, just like the Cyclone is at Coney Island.

My two favorite pools in Vegas were at the Hard Rock and Caesars. Who wouldn’t want to spend the day at either of these places? The Hard Rock is a young, fun, party atmosphere, where there is a live DJ, Rehab cocktails, like my favorite the Tropical Punch, and VIP lounges in the sand. Caesars is also fun with bar service, table games in the pool, and cabanas. But it was definitely a more beautiful and relaxing atmosphere.

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If you are a Beatles fan, then you definitely have to see the Cirque du Soleil Love show! It is amazing! The music is great and the performers are out of this world. We also went to Brad Garrett’s Comedy Club! I am a huge fan of the Everybody Loves Raymond TV show and Brad Garrett was hysterical. I could not stop laughing during Ralph Harris’s set. He is a great comedian and I cannot wait for his new show to come to NYC.

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Vegas was great and I can’t wait to go back! Next time I go I want to try to stay in a different hotel and take a trip to see the Hoover Dam or the Grand Canyon. I think that it will take multiple trips back before I can ever possibly see everything Vegas has to offer.

Quick fact about me: My game of choice is Blackjack!