The Hangover… remedy!

We’ve all had a crazy night (where we’ve ended up passed out in a bathroom with a tiger and a random baby), leading to a hangover the next day. We’ve had to rely on tried and true remedies, such as pain relievers, water, and sleep. But now, there’s a new FDA approved drug on the market that claims to cure hangovers within 15 to 30 minutes. In the New York Daily News, Brenna Haysom, creator of Blowfish, says that the combination of 1000mg of aspirin, 120mg of caffeine, and a stomach soothing agent, combined into effervescent pills, works more effectively than taking aspirin, coffee, and antacids separately. This hangover helper is just $2.99 per dose, and is currently available at Ricky’s stores and online, and will be available in-store at Duane Reade starting in January. Just in time for the holidays… CHEERS!

A night out in NYC: Chivas, St.Jude Gala, Mamoun’s

A scotch tasting, a gala, and falafel… typical night in NYC! Our first stop Friday night was The Chivas Brotherhood 1801, a members-only social club, located in a swanky West Village townhouse. The focus of the event was to learn about, and taste, the blended scotch. Not a scotch drinker myself, I stuck with a mixed cocktail called the Around The World Punch (quite fitting!).  Additionally, Wired Magazine was on hand to let guests try out the hottest tech gadgets. The house itself was gorgeous; my dream home! Our favorite spot was the third floor landing, which housed a pool table and impromptu dance floor.

Next, we headed to the Lower East Side for the 5th Annual Friends of St. Jude Winter Gala, benefitting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. The event was held at the Angel Orensanz Foundation, “an artistic and cultural resource open to artists, writers, thinkers and leaders from all over the world, and to the community around us.”  The building itself is a former synagogue, and has stunning architecture. The best part of the event, for me, was having the opportunity to meet some fun new people. While supporting a great cause!

And of course, a night out in NYC just isn’t complete without a late-night food stop. We ended up at Mamoun’s, the city’s oldest falafel restaurant, featured in the bestselling book “1000 Places To See Before You Die.” At $2.50, you can’t go wrong. Plus, everything just tastes better at 2 am!

Fab photo of the day

Union Square holiday market

My first opera: Satyagraha

Image Credit: NYTimes

Last summer, before my friend Jenn moved to the west coast, we came up with a “local” bucket list. Basically a list of things that we’ve always wanted to see or do here in New York, but just never got around to doing. One of the things on my list was seeing an opera at the Met.  So when my friend Rupal asked if I wanted to see the final performance of Satyagraha last night, I took her up on it. The Lincoln Center theater is beautiful, and makes you feel fancy just for being there. We were also able to use a corporate discount to score some prime seats!

This opera is loosely based on Gandhi’s early life in South Africa. Satyagraha, or “truth force,” is  a term Gandhi used to described the strength in non-violence.  The show is divided into three acts, using historical figures Leo Tolstoy, Rabindranath Tagore, and Martin Luther King, Jr., to represent the past, present, and future.  The libretto was adapted from the Bhagavad Gita, The Song of God, and sung entirely in Sanskirt.  Subtitles weren’t used, but every so often quotes or single words were projected onto the stage, giving the scene context. As one would imagine, the music was amazing and an integral part of each scene.  The acting was more abstract than what you’d see in a mainstream musical or play, but it was easy to follow. The story was enhanced by unique staging and the use of larger-than-life puppetry. Running 3 hours and 45 minutes, I was initially worried about my attention span. However,  the performance was actually quite captivating, so I was wide awake and interested throughout the show. Getting a coffee during the first of the two intermissions helped as well!

My first trip to the opera was a success! What’s on your “local” bucket list?

Dance, sing, floss and travel.

In addition to making the most flattering yoga pants around, Lululemon is a socially conscious company “creating components for people to live longer, healthier, more fun lives.” Their manifesto is full of inspirational statements and words of wisdom.   A few years ago, I actually printed it out and hung it on the wall of my cubicle at work.  Seeing it reminds me of what’s really important in life.  There are many gems in the Lululemon manifesto, but my favorite is “Dance, sing, floss and travel.”  These are some of my favorite things to do! Flossing may not seem like the most exciting thing in the world, but it’s been shown to decrease heart disease and increase longevity, so it’s worth doing! I also liked the reminder that “The concious brain can only hold one thought at a time. Choose a positive thought.”  We all have the ability to connect our thoughts with results, so why not start out with a positive one? Another favorite is the advice that “That which matters the most should never give way to that which matters the least.” It’s easy to get wrapped up in trivial things, and this is a good reminder to look at the bigger picture.

What statement from the Lululemon manifesto resonated the most with you?