Feasting at Fish N Ting

I haven’t spent a whole lot of time in Eastchester. Not having a car/ hating driving/hating  buses makes a bit difficult for me to get there, but there are definitely some gems up there. I was recently introduced to one – Fish N’ Ting. Located on bustling Boston Road, it’s easy to zoom right past it, but that would be a huge mistake.

The first thing you should do is request to sit outside. There’s a beautiful deck that’s enclosed during the winter and has heaters so you get the best of both worlds.

I ordered the rasta pasta with shrimp that was a massive portion and a henny colada. Usually I would side eye any place that has henny coladas, but they were very good. And very strong. I also had some of the rum punch, which was also delicious. My friends ordered the special which was a whole red snapper, which was amazing. I know I need to return soon to have one all to myself instead of just a bite. We also had absolutely no room for dessert, so I definitely need to come back and treat myself.

You can check them out on Yelp or Instagram.

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Perfect Spring Saturday

This past Saturday, I had the opportunity to attend the Daffodil Celebration and Wine Weekend at my backyard the New York Botanical Garden. After a long week of back to back rain, I was glad that it was not only sunny, but hot enough to break out my new maxi skirt. Win-win.

Last time I attended the Wine Weekend, I sampled so many delicious wines and even took one home with me! My favorites Brotherhood Winery and Winemakers New York,  were there among so many others. I got to sample a rose honey wine from Mysto Mead and a sweet blush wine from Hudson-Chatham Winery. I wanted to buy some pear cider from Brotherhood, but I waited until the end and they were sold out of everything!

It was also great to see the new CHIHULY exhibit. Dale Chihuly’s colorful and intricate glass sculptures enhance the beauty of the garden and are simply beautiful. To think of how much effort went into these sculptures is really breathtaking. See for yourself below and be sure to visit the New York Botanical Garden to check out the daffodils!

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You Don’t Have to Leave the Bronx for Gorgeous Fall Foliage

I’ve been a bit M.I.A. from the blog lately because earlier this month, I got married. Not only did I get married, but we had three different wedding celebrations, so needless to say, I was kinda busy.

The day after the very last event, we decided to take a walk. To nowhere in particular, just to have a chill day to ourselves. This was right as some of the leaves started to turn. It made for a very nice, relaxing, and picturesque stroll. These were taken by Mosholu Parkway.

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Mixed Feelings about Jonathan Adler’s Bronx Warehouse Sale

When I came upon Jonathan Adler’s post on Instagram about a warehouse sale this week in the Bronx, I had to do a bit of research. Where? How? And most importantly, why?

Before I began my research, the name seemed vaguely familiar, but I couldn’t tell you much more than that. I found that Jonathan Adler, a designer, make some cute, albeit very expensive stuff. Like $100 picture frames.

Anyway, I decided to check the interweb to see what the buzz was on the event before I headed down to Port Morris.

When I saw this post:

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Note how it says “massive trek”.  So, immediately this made it clear to me that this secret warehouse sale is so secret that people in the Bronx are obviously not expected to go. I assure you that my 20 minute journey from Westchester Square to the warehouse on 138th was not massive or grueling in any way.

Now, once I got there, I recognized that there were some cute pieces – kitschy lion piggy banks, a gold-colored fox statue, and  a cool, Greek-inspired mug – but I was less moved by the price tags associated with the majority of the items (to be transparent, there were some mid priced items as well.) There’s no way I’m paying almost $600 for one chair or $70 for some pottery. It’s just not happening. Especially while I’m renting an apartment like a good chunk of the borough, I’m simply not willing to invest that much into my rental apartment, however cute it may be.

While I was there, I realized that I was having a moral dilemma. Some questions arose in my head:

  • Why would this company hold this warehouse sale in a neighborhood where the median income is $19,542?
  • Isn’t it a good thing that the Bronx should be the location of a sale of high end design products? However, there are some Mr. Moneybags Bronxites out here, don’t forget that. Maybe they want some of these designs and it’s nice that they can buy them in their home borough.
  • Isn’t it a bit of a slap in the face of the community, though? and further, what is this company actually doing for the Bronx? Are they simply just using us for our cheap warehouse space? (yes)

I picked up a few items and considered purchasing them – the snake mug ($10), a giant lion eraser (I just really like lions) – but in the end, it just didn’t sit right with me to give my money to this company. I thought – they didn’t even expect me, a Bronxite to be here, so why should I give them anything? So I left.

But I did snap some pictures, so if you are curious  and decide to stop by, you’ll have an idea of what to expect. Further, I’d love for someone from the Jonathan Adler camp to reach out to me and see if we can address some of these questions.

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Enjoy FREE Films at Bronx Terminal Market’s Rooftop Film Series

If the heat and humidity of this past week is any indication, this summer is going to be one that will require me to be as relaxed as possible – and what better way than lounging around watching free movies outdoors?

The Bronx Terminal Market’s Summer Rooftop Film Series starts up Tuesday, June 24 with When Harry Met Sally and featuring a line up including blockbuster film Frozen (which I still have not seen), The Odd Life of Timothy Green, and Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs. There’s also a bunch of pre-film festivities scheduled for you to enjoy if you show up early enough!

Check out the flier below for details.

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Let’s help Bronx bakery, CakeItEasy, win $250,000!

Local family-owned bakery, CakeItEasy has applied for a $250,000 grant from Chase’s Mission Main Street grant program and they need our help! They need 250 online votes in order to be eligible for the grant.

How can you help? It’s simple! Follow this link  and cast your vote via Facebook Connect. You have until November 15, 2013 so get those votes in!

From CakeItEasy:

“CakeItEasy is a family owned and run business who are striving to grow and expand. Receiving this grant would be an unbelievable opportunity to make our quality homemade from scratch sweet treats more readily available to our current and future customers” said Monica Meola, Owner.

“A cupcake is a whole celebration that fits in your hand”

CakeItEasy provides personal service and attention to detail. Monica and the CakeItEasy team create the cakes and cupcakes that are the topic of conversation at every special event! CakeItEasy offers free delivery service in the Bronx and we will deliver to the other boroughs for a small fee. CakeItEasy is proud to be a “from scratch” bakery. Since we are a custom order bakery, we can devote the time to making your cake one of a kind sweet. You will not find mass produced cakes here! Give us a try, you will not be disappointed.

Please note that all orders are freshly baked to order from scratch using our own recipes and natural ingredients – positively no packaged baking mixes!

We are a company whose goal is to give the best products and service to our customers!

 

We look forward to making your event one to remember!