My January Manhattan Mini-Adventures

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My Manhattan Mini-Adventures for the month of January are below, curating what I’m loving about NYC and life, currently.

One: January means NYC Restaurant Week, i.e. a three course meal at some of the city’s best restaurants for $25 for lunch and $38 for dinner.  (I learned the trick to hit up lunch this time around, as it’s typically the same menu for lunch and dinner, so you save a solid $13…!)  My friend Sarah and I went to the Michelin Star Indian restaurant Junoon, and I certainly enjoyed every last bite–especially that dessert.

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Two: My little sister got engaged!  To celebrate, we kicked off the evening at a super cute wine bar in the East Village, The Immigrant.  While they don’t have too much in the way of food, they have a fantastic happy hour ($32 bottle of wines, anyone?!)

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Three: I’ve been using the dinner subscription service HelloFresh during the first few weeks of 2016, and really enjoying it!  The meals are filling, simple, and don’t take a ton of time–and since it gives you exactly enough ingredients for each dish, there’s not any wasted food, which I love.  If you want to give them a try, enter code QJ2BWK for $40 off your first box.

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Four: Our #UYCBookclub read The Astral this month and met at Southgate on Central Park South.  Although I wasn’t crazy about the book (the main character drove me absolutely nuts!), it certainly lent itself to a vibrant discussion.

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Five: Speaking of books and book clubs…I found the memoir The End Of Your Life Book Club in my building’s laundry room, and absolutely LOVED it.  The premise is obviously quite sad (a mother is diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and her son sits with her during chemo treatments, and they discuss books they both are reading), but it was one of the most powerful books I’ve picked up in a while, and it also gave lots of suggestions of other books that are must reads.  I highly recommend it;-)

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Six: I love being able to meet other bloggers in person!  A rare treat, to be sure, but it’s always nice to put faces to blogs and Instagram accounts.  I was thrilled to meet the ladies behind Out of Office New York–we enjoyed a nice lunch at Vezzo on NYC’s first big snow day!  I think we may have been the only ones in Murray Hill to brave Jonas!

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Seven: I heard horror stories of how hair changes so drastically after pregnancy, so I finally finished up my $5 drug store shampoo and splurged on a fancy brand from Sweden that promised to work wonders.  I was, admittedly, very doubtful that I would actually notice a difference, but was pleasantly surprised how the tangles subsided and my hair felt much softer after just one wash.

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Eight: Finding a binge worthy show is always exciting, and I found just that in the HBO series Girls.  Set in Brooklyn and following 4 NYC girls in their twenties through the trials and tribulations of jobs, relationships, friendships, and really eccentric clothing choices, it’s like the Sex and the City for hipsters.  Should I be ashamed to admit I knocked out 4 seasons in one week?;-)

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Nine: One of my resolutions for 2016 was to learn something new…so naturally I took up playing the ukulele!  Pretty hysterical hobby, as I have not one musical bone in my body.  But I’ve been having a great time following along with the YouTube tutorials, and Augusten does a great job being my number one fan!;-)  Although free time is limited these days, I certainly enjoy taking lessons at the New York Ukulele School when I can!

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p.s. in case you missed them, my past little manhattan adventures can be found here!

What’s been your favorite mini-adventure this month?  Share below!

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