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ANEW Summer :: Sip, Sip Horray!

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Anna Osgoodby NYC Living :: ANEW Summer

Is there anything better than a wine night with your girlfriends?! I don't think so! Luckily thanks to the awesome team at ANEW Wine I got to treat some of my best friends to an evening of just that!

I was really excited to try out their wines too because the it's actually from my home state of Washington! Shout-out to the Columbia Valley! Bringing all of my favorite things together for one night -- home, friends, and wine <3

Anna Osgoodby NYC Living :: ANEW Summer
Anna Osgoodby NYC Living :: ANEW Summer

We got to try the ANEW Rosé and the ANEW Pinot Grigio, both wines from 2014. I tend to favor wines that are light so both of these appealed to my palate. ANEW's wines are described as refreshing and rejuvenating and I would say both fit that description well. They were the perfect combination of being crisp with fruity notes. I can be a little picky about Pinot Grigios and I have to say I really enjoyed theirs. 

Anna Osgoodby NYC Living :: ANEW Summer
Anna Osgoodby NYC Living :: ANEW Summer
Anna Osgoodby NYC Living :: ANEW Summer

Of course no party is complete without some fun decor! I had fun making some prints to match with the vibe of the wines. You know it's going to be colorful if it's coming out of my studio!

Anna Osgoodby NYC Living :: ANEW Summer
Anna Osgoodby NYC Living :: ANEW Summer

The weather for our evening really couldn't have been much better. You never quite know what you're going to get in August in NYC so we lucked out on the perfect summer temps. To make sure our wine stayed the perfect temp too, I popped a few frozen grapes in each of our glasses. I picked up this tip from Pinterest and love it because it doesn't affect the taste of the wine and keeps the wine chilled just right. It makes the glasses look kind of pretty too!

Anna Osgoodby NYC Living :: ANEW Summer
Anna Osgoodby NYC Living :: ANEW Summer

Some of the ladies enjoying their wine!

Even Scoots joined in for our fun, sans wine of course, he has a few more years before he hits the legal drinking age ;-)

Anna Osgoodby NYC Living :: ANEW Summer
Anna Osgoodby NYC Living :: ANEW Summer

For the evening's pairings I picked  a wide array of cheeses, fresh fruits, crackers and some other tasty bites. If there's one thing I've learned from various wine tastings, it's how much of an impact the food pairing can have on the taste of the wine. I always think it's fun to compare the differences between the taste when paired with different items. The pairing suggestions (see below) also suggest trying the wines with seafood or cream-based dishes, which I'm sure would be totally delicious! You have to try the Pinot with strawberries or the Rosé with the brie or the gouda. LOVED those combos!

Anna Osgoodby NYC Living :: ANEW Summer
Anna Osgoodby NYC Living :: ANEW Summer

We had such a fun evening! I'll definitely be picking up some of their wine for future wine nights, especially with Fall TV nights just around the corner ;-) The prices are super reasonable too, which is always a plus! 

Anna Osgoodby NYC Living :: ANEW Summer

All of my friends were super excited they got to head home with a little goodie bag too! Cheers to ANEW Wine! Thanks for such a fun evening :)

Make sure you check out their website for more information on where you can pick up some of their wines and make sure to "like" their Facebook page!


**Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post. ANEW Wine provided me with wine and other promotional materials in exchange for a blog post. This post and all opinions stated are based on my own ideas and honest experience with the products and have not been influenced based upon the sponsorship.

#DucksTakeNYC :: Water Fights & Bus Tours

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Anna Osgoodby NYC Living :: Water Fights and Bus Tours

I'm a little behind on writing this series, but my life kind of exploded last week, almost literally so I had to tend to some other things before making it back. That's for another post though.. #PositiveVibesOnly

The good news is Little Duck and I had the BEST time together in the city during her visit. So much fun it's going to take me alllll week to talk about all of the stuff we did! So let's get to it!

Fresh off a red-eye flight, Little Duck and I reunited at the airpot and wasted no adventure time making it back into the city. I tried to play it a little low-key on the first day -- she did fly across the country all night and all -- but because I had to work during the week while she was here I wanted to make the most of the weekend. Spoiler alert, there was definitely a lot of walking that happened. Visitors beware, I'll make you walk.. a lot!

Anna Osgoodby NYC Living :: Water Fights and Bus Tours

After dropping her bags it was off  for a delicious treat at Alice's Tea Cup and off to Central Park! There was a big water fight happening which started quite the controversy earlier in the week, which ended up getting me featured in the amNewYork and on TV! Yep, really! You can watch that right here --> NBC New York "Planned Water Gun Fight at Central Park Moved After 64,000 People RSVP"

And once you've been quoted in the media about something obviously you have to go! And so we did just that! We made it to the park a little early to enjoy the sunshine a little, eat some of the treats we picked before the crazy started to unfold. 

Anna Osgoodby NYC Living :: Water Fights and Bus Tours

A little bit before the fight was set to start people started going at it outside of the Great Lawn. The Central Park Twitter account had vowed that the event would get shut down and well, after about 5-10 minutes, the Parks Department showed up to crash the party. "Vacate the premises the water fight is now over" was broadcasted through their megaphones.

Anna Osgoodby NYC Living :: Water Fights and Bus Tours

Just as soon as the Parks Department shut down the first fight you could see a crowd of people walking in the Great Lawn from the north. Then just like a movie scene all of the people who had been broken up rushed the Great Lawn and headed towards the middle.

Anna Osgoodby NYC Living :: Water Fights and Bus Tours
Anna Osgoodby NYC Living :: Water Fights & Bus Tours

I don't think the Parks Department was very pleased, but as soon as everyone made it into the center of the lawn there was no shutting it down. Now that is a water fight! Besides, the grass needed some watering on that hot day anyways!

Anna Osgoodby NYC Living :: Water Fights and Bus Tours

"Look moms, we didn't get arrested at the water fight!" Our parents' one request for our first adventure.

Anna Osgoodby NYC Living :: Water Fights and Bus Tours
Anna Osgoodby NYC Living :: Water Fights and Bus Tours

After the water fight, we spent some more time in the park walking around and seeing some of the different views.

Anna Osgoodby NYC Living :: Water Fights and Bus Tours
Anna Osgoodby NYC Living :: Water Fights and Bus Tours
Anna Osgoodby NYC Living :: Water Fights and Bus Tours
Anna Osgoodby NYC Living :: Water Fights and Bus Tours

By the mid-afternoon we figured it was time to start to wrap up our day adventures and we headed through a food festival to pick up one of Little Duck's favorites, mozzarepas. I don't know what it is about those little cheesy delicious guys but you definitely don't see them in the PNW so it was definitely a NYC trip bucket list item. From there we made one more stop at the Union Square Farmer's Market and then it was back uptown for a low-key evening of BBQing on the balcony and getting off our feet. I know I said it was a chill day but while I wasn't wearing my Fitbit there's no doubt that we walked at least 10 miles. Little Duck is a trooper though and even after traveling all night she made it all the way until like 10:30pm! 

The next day we headed back to the park for a different adventure.. brunch at the Loeb's Boathouse. If you're looking for a very New York brunch, I totally suggest going to the Boathouse. Sometimes the wait can get a little long, but the view is so pretty and it totally gets me in the mood to watch some of my favorite chick flicks that it's featured in. 

Anna Osgoodby NYC Living :: Water Fights and Bus Tours
Anna Osgoodby NYC Living :: Water Fights and Bus Tours

I'm a big fan of their macaroni and cheese too. Definitely a solid choice if you check it out!

Anna Osgoodby NYC Living :: Water Fights and Bus Tours
Anna Osgoodby NYC Living :: Water Fights and Bus Tours

Oh heyyy duckies! Thought this was kind of perfect for our #DucksTakeNYC trip ;-)

Anna Osgoodby NYC Living :: Water Fights and Bus Tours
Anna Osgoodby NYC Living :: Water Fights and Bus Tours

Post brunch we headed out of the park to be extra touristy and hop on a double decker bus. I had actually never done one here so I thought it would be a fun thing to do and you totally always learn cool things about the city on them. Plus I thought it would be a good way for Little Duck to get a little bit more familiar with the neighborhoods. I told her by the end of the week she was totally going to be a NYC pro and I think she'd agree that she made the rounds on her trip! We ended up getting tickets for the Go NY Bus Tour and had a really great time! We took the downtown loop that took us through most of the high-trafficked neighborhoods with most of the notable landmarks. 

Anna Osgoodby NYC Living :: Water Fights and Bus Tours
Anna Osgoodby NYC Living :: Water Fights and Bus Tours
Anna Osgoodby NYC Living :: Water Fights and Bus Tours

Our tour was a hop-on hop-off but we just ended up staying along for the ride to get the full tour. If you were looking for a tour that offers good transportation options though I'd definitely recommend them. Our second tour guide was super awesome too! Some of those guys are so entertaining!

Once we did a loop and a half, we decided it was time to cool off a little. So we headed to the East Village for some Big Gay Ice Cream. When you're visiting you have to make the most of every meal!

Anna Osgoodby NYC Living :: Water Fights and Bus Tours
Anna Osgoodby NYC Living :: Water Fights and Bus Tours

Stay tuned tomorrow for where our #DucksTakeNYC adventures took us next!

Ducks Take on NYC

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Anna Osgoodby NYC Living :: Ducks Take NYC

I have been busy all week getting ready for a very special arrival tomorrow... Little Duck! I've been looking forward to her trip all summer and I cannot wait for some of the fun we're going to have! I'd spill some of the beans, but some things need to be kept a surprise! Now hopefully the weather will cooperate with us... I'm going to be busy playing tour guide so I probably will be taking a little break from blogging for the week but stay tuned for some highlights from our fun. You can also follow along to some of our #DucksTakeNYC adventures on Instagram

Seaports & Lobster Rolls

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Anna Osgoodby NYC Living :: Seaports & Lobster Rolls

It's been a busy summer so far with lots of trips out of the city! Today I'm so excited to share my recent girls' trip in Connecticut. This trip has been years in the making (yes really) and I'm so excited that we finally made it happen! 

Anna Osgoodby NYC Living :: Seaports & Lobster Rolls

Mystic is a super adorable coastal town located in Connecticut. It's about 3 hours from Grand Central, but totally doable for a weekend trip! 

Lucky for us, we had a pretty awesome tour guide to show us the ropes! We stopped in the downtown area and had brunch at a cute new spot called NOCA. When you're on the coast I feel like it's totally necessary to eat as much seafood as possible, including brunch. I ordered their Mystic Scrambler with farm fresh eggs, lump crab, shrimp, jack and cheddar cheese, tomatoes, spinach and hollandaise sauce with a side of sweet grits. Seriously solid!

Anna Osgoodby NYC Living :: Seaports & Lobster Rolls
Anna Osgoodby NYC Living :: Seaports & Lobster Rolls
Anna Osgoodby NYC Living :: Seaports & Lobster Rolls
Anna Osgoodby NYC Living :: Seaports & Lobster Rolls

Connecticut was definitely living up to its preppy stereotype with this shop and I was loving it!

Anna Osgoodby NYC Living :: Seaports & Lobster Rolls
Anna Osgoodby NYC Living :: Seaports & Lobster Rolls

We also got to watch Mystic's famous draw bridge go up (a few times!) It goes up once an house in the summer months and it was fun watching it go up and all of the ships that went through.

Anna Osgoodby NYC Living :: Seaports & Lobster Rolls
Anna Osgoodby NYC Living :: Seaports & Lobster Rolls
Anna Osgoodby NYC Living :: Seaports & Lobster Rolls

If there's one word to describe Mystic I'd definitely say it is quaint. The downtown was so adorable.

Anna Osgoodby NYC Living :: Seaports & Lobster Rolls
Anna Osgoodby NYC Living :: Seaports & Lobster Rolls
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Anna Osgoodby NYC Living :: Seaports & Lobster Rolls

After watching the boats go under the bridge we decided to hop on a boat ourselves and take a little tour of the seaport. 

Anna Osgoodby NYC Living :: Seaports & Lobster Rolls
Anna Osgoodby NYC Living :: Seaports & Lobster Rolls
Anna Osgoodby NYC Living :: Seaports & Lobster Rolls
Anna Osgoodby NYC Living :: Seaports & Lobster Rolls

There was actually a boat festival going on during the weekend so we got to get up-close and personal with some pretty cool ships.

Anna Osgoodby NYC Living :: Seaports & Lobster Rolls
Anna Osgoodby NYC Living :: Seaports & Lobster Rolls
Anna Osgoodby NYC Living :: Seaports & Lobster Rolls

Oh yeah, and if you look close in this man's kayak there's a dog cruising down the river with him!

Anna Osgoodby NYC Living :: Seaports & Lobster Rolls

One of my favorite part of the town was Captain's row, which were all of these beautiful homes that were waterfront on the river. Gorgeous!

After a busy day of exploring we worked up an appetite to hit up another Connecticut favorite.... Lobster rolls!! Mmm, my mouth is watering just thinking about them!

Anna Osgoodby NYC Living :: Seaports & Lobster Rolls
Anna Osgoodby NYC Living :: Seaports & Lobster Rolls
Anna Osgoodby NYC Living :: Seaports & Lobster Rolls
Anna Osgoodby NYC Living :: Seaports & Lobster Rolls

These were. so. good!!!! You really can't go wrong with fresh lobster on buttery rolls though can you? While we were eating I saw that they were selling these funny little lobster hats, so obviously I had to buy one! ;-) 

Anna Osgoodby NYC Living :: Seaports & Lobster Rolls

After we were stuffed to the giles with lobster we headed onto our next adventure... fresh ice cream! We had a little bit of a drive which was fun to see a  little more of Connecticut. We went through a lot of trees and then onto farm lands so I felt right at home! 

Anna Osgoodby NYC Living :: Seaports & Lobster Rolls
Anna Osgoodby NYC Living :: Seaports & Lobster Rolls
Anna Osgoodby NYC Living :: Seaports & Lobster Rolls

Alas, we arrived at Buttonwood Farm for some dessert! I was pretty pumped to try this place because my friend has been talking about it for a few years. The hype didn't disappoint either! I ordered a blueberry ice cream cone and it was definitely top 5 that I've had. Totally worth the trip out there!

Anna Osgoodby NYC Living :: Seaports & Lobster Rolls

We wrapped up the weekend with some more girl time including time with her pup Phoebe! We had such a great time and I can't wait for my next trip back! And for more lobster rolls and ice cream ;-)

Introducing Guest Series :: Finding Food in NYC

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Introducing Guest Series with Chris Sandstrom :: Finding Food in NYC

I have a little treat for you this Friday. Today I'm excited to announce the kick-off of a new guest series I will be featuring by my other half, Chris Sandstrom. In this series Chris will highlight how he discovered some of his favorite food spots in the city (Spoiler: He has pretty good taste in food). So without further ado, welcome to Finding Food in NYC.

Photo Credit: Grubstreet

Photo Credit: Grubstreet

The combination of Phil Jackson and Carmelo Anthony has yet to lead to many wins, but it did lead me to American Cut.  Last year when the Zen Master was trying to convince the then free agent Anthony to stay in New York I read an article describing their meeting at the Marc Forgione steakhouse. Apparently Carmelo had the Filet Mignon and the Caesar Salad.

I decided that my next fancy dinner would take place at the restaurant where Phil (and $124 million) persuaded Melo to stay with the Knicks.  It was a decision I did not regret. The meal was excellent from start to finish. For my steak I went with The New York City Cut, a 20 oz Bone-In Rib Eye with pastrami spices and smoke. It was as good as it sounds.

Photo Credit: American Cut

Photo Credit: American Cut

I have long been a devotee to the Caesar salad and American Cut’s version, listed on the menu as the OG 1924 Hotel Caesar. It may be the best I’ve ever eaten. It features Parmigiano Reggiano, Soft Egg, and Pullman Crouton. Nothing revolutionary, but remarkably effective when chopped tableside and combined with the perfect amount of an absolutely delicious dressing. If Melo chose to stay with the Knicks only for regular access to this Caesar I couldn’t fault him.

My girlfriend and fellow burger enthusiast recently alerted me to an article on Eater touting American Cut’s off the menu In-House Burger. We knew instantly that we had to try it while at the same time getting another taste of that Caesar.

One can't simply walk into the restaurant and order a burger at anytime. Only a finite number are made each day. At 4:20 each afternoon American Cut tweets how many burgers they will have for the evening.  The number seems to usually be in the 10 to 15 range. They can only be ordered at the bar and once those dozen or so burgers are sold, that’s it for the night.

We arrived a little before the kitchen opened at 5:30 pm and had little trouble securing burgers.  There are only four elements to the burger (meat, cheese, onions, bun) and they compliment each other perfectly.

Photo Credit: American Cut Twitter

Photo Credit: American Cut Twitter

The meat is a savory blend of short rib, dry aged rib eye, and brisket. The onions are caramelized in bourbon and topped with right amount of a melted cheddar and fontina beer cheese. All of this tastiness sits in sesame seeded pretzel bun that is baked in house. The pretzel bun was so good that I could have eaten it with nothing more than a little butter and considered the meal a rousing success.

I sincerely hope that Carmelo Anthony’s tenure in New York ultimately brings me more joy than just the discovery of a great restaurant, although that is more than many Knicks free agent acquisitions have done (I’m looking at you Jerome James.)


Chris Sandstrom Guest Series :: Finding Food in NYC

Chris Sandstrom - Is a graduate of Columbia University and the author of the debut novel, "Reality TV and Hookers" a satire on the reality TV industry. You can keep up with Chris on Twitter at @ChrisSandstrom8.

Finding Food in NYC Is a series highlighting how Chris discovered some of his favorite food spots in New York City.