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Yankee Stadium Food Guide

NYC Living :: Yankee Stadium Food Guide

As baseball season comes to a close, I decided it was the perfect timing to do a wrap-up of some of my favorite stadium bites of the year.

NYC Living :: Yankee Stadium Food Guide

I’ll be honest, I’m not much of a baseball fan.. I’m definitely more of a football girl, but Chris likes to go to the games and after my first visit I discovered that I do actually like something about the season.. the food! So Chris gets his sports fix, I get my food fix, all is good in the hood!

NYC Living :: Yankee Stadium Food Guide

My number one choice at Yankee Stadium is always going to be the garlic cheese fries aka garlic cheesies! They were my first love that’s turned into a long-term relationship over the last 4 years. Garlic fries aren’t a new thing at stadiums across the country, but the cheese sauce is just some sort of artery-clogging gold that I can’t get enough of.

NYC Living :: Yankee Stadium Food Guide

Next up are the chicken and waffle sandwiches. This was a first year stand and I have to say I approve. When I’m looking for solid stadium food, I really enjoy ordering items that I can’t get anywhere else, or at least that are semi-unique. I’d say this option definitely nails that category with the Yankee stamped waffle.

NYC Living :: Yankee Stadium Food Guide

If you’re looking to elevate your taste a little above the classic baseball choices, Parm offers a nice option. Known downtown for their classic Italian bites, they also offer a location at the stadium to satisfy your Italian craving. 

NYC Living :: Yankee Stadium Food Guide

If I still have room at about the 7th inning then it’s time to get in on the ice cream helmets. Yes, I’m secretly a 5 year old and I love it. You usually see the kids with these, but considering I went to my first pro baseball game at the age of 21 I think I have some years to make up for! The ice cream is Turkey Hill's soft serve and you have the option for a topic. I always get the rainbow sprinkles because, well, everything is better with sprinkles!

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We usually sit in the bleacher seats, but one game this year Chris scored some suite level tickets from one of his clients so we got to experience the game how the other half does. I have to say, it was pretty cool. Separate entrance, a lounge, bar options, food court.. The whole shabang. They even had a sushi bar up there. My favorite part was definitely the free pop, popcorn and peanuts though. I’m excited easily and heyyy free snacks! Granted that’s kind of included in the price of those tickets, but since we got them for free.. free snacks!

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No matter where you sit though, it really is a good time filled with lots of delicious stadium food! 

Luke Bryan at Madison Square Garden

NYC Living :: Luke Bryan at Madison Square Garden

I am happy to report that country music is alive and well in NYC! It’s been a long time coming but I couldn’t be happier that it’s finally here! All of us city country fans definitely have to thank NASH 94.7 for coming onto the scene last year and fueling the fire. 

A few years ago I was able to catch a Luke Bryan concert in New Jersey, but this year I only had to head down to 34th street at Madison Square Garden. Now if that wasn’t awesome enough, the show was sold out. Country sold out in NYC, I LOVE IT!

Luckily for me, my friend had an extra ticket to the show and asked me to come with her and you know I didn’t have to think about that one twice! 

NYC Living :: Luke Bryan at Madison Square Garden

Cowboy boots, good music, and a good friend! Does it get much better?! The show was phenomenal, as expected! Another couple of my favorites, Cole Swindell and Lee Brice kicked off the show and then it was time for booty-shaking Luke to hit the stage.

NYC Living :: Luke Bryan at Madison Square Garden

In true country fashion, he hit the stage in a pickup truck! Because, well how else should he take the stage?

NYC Living :: Luke Bryan at Madison Square GardenNYC Living :: Luke Bryan at Madison Square Garden

It was kind of funny to hear Luke swap out some of the southern references for NYC. New York city mud probably doesn’t make as much sense as Georgia mud in a song, but I loved it all regardless. Such a great time. If his tour is headed to your town I’d definitely suggest getting tickets!

Introducing Friday Favs!

Introducing my latest feature… Friday favs! Each week I’m going to share some of my NYC Living favorites of the week. Here’s looking at my first set!

NYC Living :: Introducing Friday Favs!

  1. You know I just can’t resist my burgers… "10 Best Burgers in NYC" by Sosh.
  2. I adore this Instagram photo from bittersweetcolours from NYFW! Check out her feed and blog for more fashion week insight. 
  3. Celebrate New York City’s 350th Birthday with this Hyperlapse by USA Today.
  4. My good friend (and Brooklyn resident) just launched her fashion blog, Style by Seven this week and I know you’re going to love it as much as I do!
  5. In honor of the 13th anniversary of 9/11, Mashable honored the day by sharing users’ Instagram posts of the memorial.

Enjoy and stay tuned for more Friday favs next week!

The 4th Year

NYC Living :: The 4th Year

Guys, as of last week I have officially lived in NYC for 4 years. This last year seriously flew by! When I first hopped on a plane headed east, I swore I was only going to live here for 1 year, maybe 2. Somehow I’m still here though!

There’s been a lot of ups and downs along the way, but I can say the last year has been my favorite. Between moving into my first solo apartment, and then the second, adding some great new friends to the mix, and exploring the city some more, this year has really been one of feeling more grounded. I’ve definitely had my home-sick and some of those fork at a road moments, but in the end I’m pretty content with where I’m at right now.

NYC Living :: The 4th Year

So, in true anniversary fashion I want to dedicate this post to a few sets of 4 to celebrate the occasion!

4 of the Biggest Changes in my Life Over the Last 4 Years:

  1. Getting my own apartment. This is something that I’d been wanting for a long time so I’m very proud to have been able to make it a reality!
  2. I’ve really taken an interest in real estate and interior decorating. Nothing professionally… but these are two things, 4 years ago that I wasn’t all that concerned with. I’ve always enjoyed making my room cute, but I definitely think I’ve stepped up my game a little now that I have my own place. My 2 new loves are pretty evident by the amount of time HGTV is on my TV too… Like, it may have been one of the big reasons I actually caved and finally ordered cable. {confession moment!}
  3. Embracing just who I am! This might totally sound silly, but I think living in the city along with growing up a little has really allowed me to feel more comfortable with just who I am. I’ve really embraced my quirks, my approach to life and prioritized the things that are most important to me.
  4. I’ve become a pro-budgeter. It’s no secret that NYC is an expensive city to live in but I’ve certainly managed to make it work! I was never a huge budgeter before moving here, and even though I don’t have to be as strict as I did when I first moved, I work really hard to get the best deals on groceries and other household essentials.

4 of my Biggest Tips for Making it in NYC:

  1. Be realistic! I hate to be a bubble burster but if you want to make it here, take your head out of the clouds for a moment and try and take in the city for all it is. You probably aren’t going to live in that fancy apartment on Central Park West when you first move (if so, I’m seriously jealous) and things aren’t always going to be easy. Accept that fact first and you’ll make it far.
  2. Set your goals high. I may have just said take your {living} standards down a notch, but don’t lower your goals! What do you want to accomplish while you’re here? Start out your career and work your way up? Start a business? Whatever your goals may be, NYC is the place to make it happen. There are so many career opportunities, industry events to attend, and helloooo people to network with. That phrase, “if you can make it here you can make it anywhere”? Absolutely true, again, things won’t be handed to you on a platter probably but the potential is here.
  3. Make the most of the city! Whether you plan on being here for a short time or you’re thinking more long term, get out there and enjoy it! Try everything once. Just get out there! We have museums, music, parks galore, food, parades.. you name it, we have it! Make the most of your time!
  4. Don’t be afraid to connect with others. NYC may have a bad rep for not being friendly, but I 100% disagree. So many people come here from all over and are mostly receptive to a friendly conversation. Whether that’s someone on the bus, reaching out to someone at a charity you want to volunteer at or emailing one of your favorite bloggers. Don’t be afraid to say hi! You never know where you’ll meet your next mentor, best friend, or even significant other.

4 of my All-Time Favorite Memories While Living Here:

  1. My 25th Birthday weekend — Super Bowl Boulevard, DirecTV’s Beach Bowl and Great Saturday Night, my Birthday Super Bowl party! The whole shabang, it was AWESOME!
  2. Apple picking! I absolutely loved going to pick apples on Long Island. Everything about apple picking just screams fall, and I love fall.
  3. Exploring the city during one of my friend’s visits to the city. We started the day at the Holiday Market in Union Square, went to the Duck bar to watch the football game and then explored the Holiday Market in Bryant Park where it started snowing. It was a fun out-of-the-movies moment when the snow started to come down and the perfect way to wind down the evening.
  4. Every 9th Avenue Food Festival. I look forward to it every year and always have a great time no matter who I end up going with!

4 Things I Look Forward to in the Next Year:

  1. One of my besties is moving here this fall and I absolutely cannot wait. It will be so fun to have another person to enjoy the city with and a little piece of the west coast!
  2. Working on an ebook about moving to the city! I’ve connected with so many people from my blog who want to move to the city from around the country but don’t know where to start. You think there’d be an abundant of resources for moving to NYC, and there’s certainly travel books and whatnot but there surprisingly aren’t a lot of resources that are current. That’s where I come in.. Something a little more in-depth than my blog, but written in the same real-world, and fun way (or so I hope!)
  3. Launching my print shop! Something that I really enjoy doing is working on typography graphics. I’ve been working on some prints over the last year and am excited to unleash them for the world! Stay tuned for more details on that in the future!
  4. Further immersing myself in the NYC blogger community! When I first started this blog I really just wrote to share some of my adventures with friends and family from home with no real further thought beyond that. As time has gone by though I’ve really discovered my passion for sharing the city and connecting with others who have the same spirit.

So there you have it. 4 years down! Excited to see what the next year will bring!