Bachelorette Party #5 (Weekend Activities)

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Another wedding season is upon on us and with that comes bridal showers and bachelorette parties.

In April I attended a bachelorette party and it was another solid fun day!

Spa Castle

Our first destination was Spa Castle. I had scoured the website and reviews to know what to expect, but I still didn't know quite what to expect.  Here's the rundown of how it all works.

First you arrive and pay your admission fee and receive a wristband,  the wristband basically looks like a watch, but instead of the time it has your assigned locker number and electronically opens and locks your locker and can be used to pay for food or services.  The next stop is the locker room where you have to find your shoe locker - there are no shoes allowed anywhere in the spa.  After you lock up your shoes you get a uniform - an over-sized pink t-shirt (blue for males) and over-sized gray shorts.

One level up is "Sauna Valley", the food court and spa services. Two levels up are the pools, bar and fitness center.  Our group opted to check out the pools first.  These are not swimming pools, they are spa pools. They are warm, so you can use them all year round and they are set up with all sort of "stations."  For example, at one station you sit on a bench and turn the jets on which are directed at your lower back and feet.  Another station may have a waterfall which massages your shoulders or one that jets your thighs or calves.

After spending the good part of the afternoon at the spa, we headed back to the bachelorette's apartment for some cheese, cocktails and "how well do you know your fiance" before heading to dinner.


For dinner we went to Talde, a delicious Asian Fusion restaurant in Park Slope.  I highly recommend it for it's family style food and yummy cocktail concoctions. 
Our Bling for the night

Floating Kabarette

Our final activity of the night was Floating Kabarette - a cabaret variety show billed as "Circus and Cabaret Spectacular."  The show was fun, the audience filled mostly with Bachelorette parties and the acts varied in appeal to all sexes and sexual orientations.  There were acts ranging from circusy - like twisting around in silk ropes and dangling from hoops to more traditional burlesque dances.  Then there was this lady doing some sort of Octopus dance. The MC was pretty entertaining (and dirty) as well.  
Octopus Lady
Another Shariously successful ladies day out!

Five foto Friday (June 20, 2014)

Friday, June 20, 2014

This week was a lovely week, a little hot, but overall had some pretty nice days.  On Monday I discovered Broadway Bites a pop-up market place in Greeley Square (near Herald Square) with tons of delicous places to get food. Most of the food joints are specialty foods, some are outfitters that are usually found as food trucks.  I stopped for an empanada on my way to a meeting, but I'll have to go back when I have more time for lunch one day. Here's the scene;


This past weekend Adam was a Groomsman and instead of a limo the wedding party drove around in a trolley! So cute.  Here's a cute pic of us on the trolley.  Also, was Adam's first time in a tux, he looks so nice!

I was at a meeting at a NYC Parks admin building in Central Park this week and this cool map of the park before it had all the stuff it has today was hanging on the wall so I took a picture.

Yesterday, I was walking from a meeting, down 42nd Street back to my office when on the corner of 6th Ave, Sabra  was handing out free samples of it's Salsa and little packs of Tostitos, my lucky day! A perfect afternoon snack before my softball game.  So I'm munching and walking another block when I come upon a line.  If you don't live in NY, you should know, usually when you see a line, something good is at the end of it sometimes it's a concert or waiting for a celeb after a show appearance, and more often its something free; food or giveaways.  I asked what was being given out, and found out the Red Hook Lobster Pound was giving out free lobster rolls in promotion of Bon Appetit's Grub Crawl, happening this Saturday (6/21) in NYC.  Who knew a walk down 42nd Street could provide so much free food!  Here's the truck giving out the food and the roll.

That's all for today, have a Shariously great weekend!  And don't forget to share you pictures with me on instagram @shariously.

Five Foto Friday (June 13, 2014)

Friday, June 13, 2014

Happy Friday!

A short post for you all this Friday: 

I took this picture a few weeks ago at a luncheon from the ballroom of the Mandarin Oriental at Columbus Circle.  I posted it on instagram and Facebook and it got tons of likes so I figured I'd share.  Since One57 (the building shown in the picture), is one of my company's projects, my marketing team liked the picture so much, they might even feature it in some marketing materials.

The week days have been dismal, but the weekends have been great!  Here is a picture of downtown and midtown on beautiful spring days.

Last weekend we watched a friend's dog for a few hours.  He's an adorable 6 month old goldendoodle.  Note the cord next to him, which he subsequently chewed through when he mixed it up with his chew toy.  The cord is the power cord for my surface.  Luckily, Microsoft has some great customer service, replaced the cord in 3 days and here I am typing to you from a fully powered Surface.  

Lastly, here is a view of a rainy Manhattan from at 19th floor in sunny Downtown Brooklyn.  That's a summer's evening for you.

Have a Shariously wonderful weekend!


Thursday, May 22, 2014

Somewhere on the internet I stumbled upon another one of the subscription service fads.  This one was called Graze.  Their slogan "Delicious, healthy snacks by mail."  For $6 per box (including shipping), Graze sends you 4 different snacks There are two kinds of boxes, a NibbleBox, and a CalorieCounter (all snacks are less than 150 calories) and you can set up to receive the box every week, every other week or every month. My first box was free - and your 1st and 5th box can be free too if you use this link: 

There are all sorts of categories of food and an example of what you might get:

    • Pop corn (lightly salted)
    • Dips & dippers (shortbread dippers with berry compote)
    • Flapjacks (apple cinnamon flapjack - basically like a granola bar)
    • Savory (mini tomato breadstick, basil crunchini and cheese cashews)
    • Natural Treats (lime infused raisins, sponge pieces, mini meringues and green raisins)
    • Pure Fruit (cherries, lingonberries, cranberries and jumbo raisins)
    • Whole Nuts (roasted pistachios with a touch of salt)
    • Pure Fruit, Nuts and Seeds (redskin peanuts, roasted hazels, jumbo raisins and cranberries)
    • Super Seeds (vanilla sunflower seeds and vanilla pumpkin seeds)
    • A touch of Chocolate (fudge pieces, blanched almonds, milk chocolate drops and cranberries)
After you get and try the snacks you can rate them on the website as "Trash", "Try", "Like" or "Love" to determine if you want those snacks again in the future and how often they send them to you.  So far I've had 4 boxes and have not repeated a snack since I like trying new things.

Here are the latest snack's I've gotten.

Cherry, Pear & Walnut Morning Engergizer

Cinnamon Pretzel

Lightly Salted Popping corn

Smoky Gazpacho Dip

A Shariously great way to add some variety to your daily snacking! 

Happy Mother's Day

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Happy Mother's Day to the best Mom!
For all her love and support and being my blog proof reader.  Looking forward to spending a beautiful day with her. 

A Shariously Happy Mother's Day to all my Friends, Family and readers. 

May 9, 2014 (Five Foto Friday)

Friday, May 9, 2014

Here are some spring-time pictures on this rainy Friday:

We had our first BBQ a few weeks ago - burgers for the eyes, veggie burger for the nose and tomatoes for the mouth!

A double rainbow leading right to Laguardia Airport - spotted on a drive from Queens.

Ominous clouds over the Freedom Tower.  It was a very cool sight in person. 

Beautiful spring time Japanese Maple and Tulips on one of my project sites.

So many Tulips!

Rain rain go away, Shariously wants to play - still waiting for a spring week of 68 degree clear weather and hoping it doesn't jump right into the 80s so that we miss spring again.

At the Car Wash

Saturday, April 19, 2014

We recently went to a car wash after hours, which means for $6 you get an exterior wash where you can stay in the car.    So I recorded it for one minute for your enjoyment:

A Shariously fun way to get your car washed!