Sunday, December 27, 2009

Have a Happy Holiday!

The days become shorter and the nights are therefore longer. Winter creeps up on us like a raccoon coming out of hiding in the darkness of Central Park. The weather is described as breezy, chilly and containing flurries. What about just telling it like it is: "cold and even colder"! The long weekends arrive as fast as they left us and I begin to reminisce about last year's holiday season. Things were oh so different then. I had a job, though the floor beneath me was starting to shake. I got a bonus though it was far from adding any value. It was cold, way colder than now and I remember cursing myself for ever wanting to come to this great city. Looking back, I confidently conclude that things are far better now. Though I may be unemployed, I'm happy and fulfilled. I am no longer subjected to humiliation and ridicule by my jealous she-boss. I control my time, my destiny and my feelings and there is nothing more satisfying than that. I have managed to shape-up, body and soul and there is nothing that can compare to being healthy. I am stronger, more confident in my abilities, and am ready to embrace any challenge that life throws at me.

The stores look pretty this year, their decorations only slightly less grand than last year's. The shoppers look hungry, not for food but for finding the best deal they can. Sadly, the holiday shopping has caught up with me and I am determined to use up all my coupons, discounts and premier customer benefits. As I scramble to find the best deal, online and in real-life, I end up buying more than expected or needed. Gladly, I learn that returning merchandise can also be fun, sometimes even more enjoyable than shopping, especially when I get back more than I actually paid. Those coupons can bite you in the ass Bloomingdales!

The restaurants are full this year, but their prices slimmer. This poses yet another incentive to spend. You can have the same great food and experience for less. We hit three restaurants this weekend, but we spend the equivalent of what we would've spent at one fancy place last year. We have found other dining options, just as tasty as the previous ones and have also discovered the Lunch Special. "Dinners are so last year", I told my husband as we devour our brown-rice spicy tuna roll.

When everything is considered, this year has been an awesome one. It has forced challenges upon us and we have overcome them with flying colors. We have learned to appreciate everything we have, material and health and we feel grateful to be where we are. Let's hope next year continues to move us forward and make us stronger and more whole human beings!

Happy New Year New York!

1 comment:

  1. An excellent restaurant to hang out!!

    Ok...I know I am a foodie and have travelled quite a bit and been to lot many places but the one city which is always an extension of mine is undoubtedly New York. I am proud to wear my Nike NY cap and cheer my Basketball

    team without fail. I have been to almost all the food joints, restaurants, pubs and bars located in Manhattan and I must say they all are pretty good considering this age of twittering and Face book wherein if you fail once your

    name pops up on all the social networking websites with negative comments. This is a welcome change becoz ultimately we the customers become the king as shoddy service or bad quality food can easily land the owners into


    But the one place which has succeeded in amazing me is the newly refurbished Restaurant named Point Break. Formerly named as Nation Restaurant & Bar, Point Break is a new Surf Bar located in the heart of mid-town

    Manhattan. Now I remember sometime back I had been to this place when it had the old look and feel and I thought ok..seems to be an average place..what's the big deal? But even during my last visit when it was still in its old

    shape it served me excellent food and the service was razor sharp. So last Saturday when one of my friend threw a party and told me the venue to be a swanky new outlet which he was speaking so highly about I thought ok..let's

    try this one too. When he told me about the address I wasn't sure it was the same place but when I reached there the whole look and feel from Outside was changed and once I entered in, the earlier known Nation was truly

    looking like a break from the past and hats off this guy, I don't remember the name of the owner, but he has rightly renamed it as Point Break!! It appeals to the newer generation guys like me. We had a great time there. The

    menu featured old classics and new additions. I loved the wheel o' shots which made me crazy!! I had the fish tacos which was delicious..yummeee and it has got plenty of room for parties, the DJ that they had was great,

    excellent sound system as well and the drinks were strong and I had a look at the menu and thought the prices were pretty good.

    Guys on top of it the next day when I searched this place on the internet, this restaurant has a Face book page too wherein they post photos and updates of recent happenings/parties and upcoming events/parties/offers too.

    They tweet also which is really nice thinking by the owner.

    Anyways not wanting to sound like a paid blogger I would say as a foodie this restaurant is a nice one and I would not hesitate to give my recommendation for it to my guests coming in from out of town. Go and try once and do

    not hesitate to leave a comment once you are there. I know I am only going to get thumbs up from you all!!!


    John Smith, NYC