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Beetnik Foods: Farm to Table Gourmet Food Delivery

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Something really wonderful is happening in the world of food. More and more people are becoming passionate about consuming and serving high quality, healthy and responsible food options. It’s a beautiful thing, especially as we learn about all the negative ways in which food affects our health and our habits.

But it’s not enough for us to want to change our habits if other realities in our lives remain the same. Truth is, time is often still limited, and we’re not all pros in the kitchen. There are a lot of different food delivery services out there trying to appeal to those of us who could use the help, but the question remains: How are they getting the food from? How is it prepared? Where is it coming from?

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Legoland Discovery Center Opens in Westchester

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My children love everything Lego. They can spend hours upon hours creating and playing with these little blocks. We stop into the Lego store in Rockefeller Center as often as we can, but a trip to Orlando or Los Angeles for the full Legoland experience just hasn’t been a possibility for us yet. Thus, you can imagine the excitement when we received the invitation to check out a smaller, but still fun-packed Legoland Discovery Center in Westchester.

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The Limelight Marketplace: Old stomping ground begins anew

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On a cold January Friday night, a group of my girlfriends and I stood in line to go dancing in one of our favorite clubs. The line was long, the night was cold, but none of us wore our coats, exposing our low-cut outfits that so well complimented our figures and killer boots. We smiled at the bouncer standing on the other side of the velvet rope and waited to be noticed, giving each other high fives each time we succeeded before paying our $20 entry fee.

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Lego Store, Rockefeller Center

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Exciting news!  Lego is opening up shop at Rockefeller Center here in New York City. Grand opening ceremonies will take place from Thursday, June 29th through July 1.

Lego organizers have been busy working and putting together all the final details for the grand event and I had the opportunity to get a sneak peak into this wonderful new locale.


Upon entering, visitors will be greeted by scenes similar to the ones surrounding them outside. Featured displays highlight the beautiful art and architecture of its new home, including a centerpiece giving homage to Rockefeller Center (with a few funny twists). With more than 50 custom New York inspired Lego models, mosaics, and dioramas, as well as exclusive New York-themed merchandise throughout, Lego and New York lovers will be pretty pleased.

Smaller displays, often designed with the younger, and shorter visitors in mind also pay tribute to the many wonderful NYC scenes we are recognized throughout the world for.

I will confess that buying Lego in my home has not always been the smartest, nor wisest of choices. With two preschoolers the pieces end up everywhere. One hour of Lego playing leads to days upon days of Lego clean up.

However, they love it, engaging their creativity and imagination every time, which really makes it all worth it. And, when on the road, Lego makes for a good chunk of quiet time in the car.

Like in other Lego stores nation-wide, this store will also host parties and events, a space for which can be found on their very colorful second floor. Not only will guests have access to computers for creating ideas and a private space to meet other Lego Fan Club Members or host the Monthly Mini Model Build, but they will also be surrounded by the best views Rockefeller Center can offer.

Lego is inviting everyone to pass during their opening celebration to meet the Lego Master Model Builders and help them build a giant, 15-foot apple, entirely out of Lego bricks!

For more information about the event, including special offers and times, please visit the Lego website.

You can also find Lego at some of our other favorite Manhattan toys stores, such as Toys R Us in Times Square and FAO Shwartz on 5th Avenue. Other New York area Lego stores can be found at Roosevelt Field Mall, Garden City, NY (opened April 9, 2010) and Queens Center Mall, Elmhurts, NY (Grand Opening July 9 through July 11, 2010).

Update: We went, we bought, we conquered!!  My kids LOVED this store as predicted in my review. It’s definitely a treat to visit!

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Matty’s Toy Stop, Roosevelt Field Mall, Garden City, NY

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I am not a Mall type of girl.  Not normally.  But as the holidays start getting closer, I find myself drawn to them like a suburban teenager after school. I can’t help it.  It’s the lights, and the decor, the easy listening Christmas music. I want to just walk around and take it all in.

My family and I recently ventured out to Long Island and discovered the Roosevelt Field Mall. It’s bright, big, and has tons of shopping options, huge parking space, and is only a short 30 minute ride from Manhattan.

As we walked around we (my children) came across a colorful toy store. My kids immediately ran in and were in awe. Now, I love my Toys r Us in Times Square and all, but there is something about a smaller, more intimate toy store that really affects the shopping experience for me.

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The store, Matty’s Toy Stop (website coming soon), had a real Mom and Pop feel to it.  Granted it has several locations, this one we stumbled upon being their newest one, but the attention to customer needs and service is not something you easily find, if at all, in larger stores.

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The manager and owner behind the counter had no idea that I was a reviewer, and I wasn’t there as one, I was there as just mom.  And my boys, who had already been browsing the store for a good 40 minutes, were delighted to be there with no intention to leave.  Instead of being annoyed or wandering around wondering what we were doing, they let us walk around, let my kids touch the toys and check them out, and they even offered them a few free gifts as we checked out.

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All of this was absolutely lovey for sure, but what really impressed me about the store, enough to share the experience with you here, were the smiles and the way in which my children were treated.  I loved their selection of toys, I enjoyed the size of the place, it really made the shopping experience feel intimate and non rushed. I felt like I was really getting something special, not only in my personal experience there, but in my purchases.

They also have a great selection of games and high end toys, like my favorite Ugly Dolls, and some regular favorites like the characters from Toy Story and Diego.

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So this Holiday season, take a drive out to Roosevelt Field Mall and visit Matty’s Toy Shop. It is hassle free shopping, friendly service, and customer attention at its best. I hope it is as positive a shopping experience for you as it was for our family!

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Matty’s Toy Shop
Roosevelt Field Mall, 2nd level, in Nordstrom wing
630 Old Country Road
Garden City, NY
Tel: 516-739-5380

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South Street Seaport: The Adventure Home

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Continued from: Governor’s Island

The ferry ride to and from Governor’s Island is a short one.  On their way back to Manhattan, NYCity Mama and family didn’t bother to get to the front of the ferry and check out the views.  They were content with just siting back, enjoying the breeze that came in through the windows, and rest.

The crowd exited the ferry in an organized, yet hurried pace, and Mama and her husband started making their walk down towards the South Street Seaport, because now the idea of a nice cold beverage and the fact that the kids were mellow and quiet, seemed to allow for that.  

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img_6744As they walked along the Hudson River they were instructed to walk on the East end of the street, and they could see that the heliport, tight with security, was guarding the President’s helicopter, the one that he and Mrs. Obama arrived in for their NYC Date!

img_6746They didn’t see the President, nor his wife, and continued their walk to the pier able to hear the music and festivities taking place there the closer they got to it. They took the time to make a couple of stops, take some pictures, trying not to hurry the rare moment when they get to enjoy such great weather.

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img_6582The South Street Seaport was bustling with activities.  Unlike the last time she wrote about it, all the shops and restaurants were open.  Musicians and performers were out doing their thing, children playing, and people enjoying the sites and activities, of which there are plenty there.

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img_6783One musician in particular, playing the Spanish guitar, knew how to draw a crowd.  Playing his guitar upside down, backwards, in reverse, people applauded him and joined in dance.  There was a fun group of young men, some of them dressed in the silliest golfing attire Mama had ever seen a real life person wear, that were kind enough to pose for a picture.  Not sure why they were dressed this way, her husband thinks it must’ve been a bachelor’s party.  Whatever it was, they all looked like they were having a lot of fun and while Mama and her family sat down to eat, they kept them well entertained.

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img_6766They decided to eat at the Heartland Brewery & Barbecue, which was perfect for the weather and the day.  Mama’s husband ordered the Pulled Pork Sandwich and Mama ordered a Chipotle Chicken Caesar.  That, along with one of their wheat beers, was a perfect way to end this fabulous Adventure together.

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Highlights of The Chelsea Market in NYC

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I love Fridays. They symbolize not only the end of the week for me, but also the beginning of a list long family adventures to come. On this Friday afternoon, after meeting up with my husband, we all decided to take a walk over to Chelsea Market. The last time I had taken the time to visit the market the area was still raw in its design. The transformation of the Meatpacking District or Gansevoort Market, was only but beginning with most of the meat-packing plants (if not empty and abandoned) still active and smelling of cold beef and processing plants. The area, having experienced a “rough patch” with the invasion of drugs and prostitution was now being taken over by trendy boutiques, clubs, and restaurants. The Chelsea Market itself was going through some transformations and remodeling, but even then it was such a cool building to visit.

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Christmas Night at the South Street Seaport

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I was more excited about Christmas, it seemed, than anyone else in my home this morning, more so even than the kids. It took my forever to fall asleep as I thought about the several boxes my husband had placed with my name on them underneath the tree. I thought about the excitement on my boys’ faces when they opened their gifts. My excitement was almost unbearable, but somehow I managed to fall asleep.

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