The Rum House

There are few places that beckon me to Midtown Manhatan. The Rum House sets itself apart from the Sports Bars, and Pubs that line the Theater District.  A seductive interior lined with copper, and mahogany. Jazz fills the air while sipping on an Old Fashioned. Suddenly you're transported in time.

There are few places that beckon me to Midtown Manhattan. The Rum House, sets itself apart from all other lounges, and bars that grace the Theater District. 
Greeted with a seductive interior lined with copper, and mahogany. Jazz fills the air while sipping on an Old Fashioned. Suddenly, you’re transported in time.

The Old Fashioned. Haven Hill, Brandied Cherry, Angostura Bitters, and Orange.

The Old Fashioned. Haven Hill, Brandied Cherry, Angostura Bitters, and Orange.

Jazz plays in the background. While couples are deep in conversation.

Jazz plays in the background. While couples are deep in conversation.

Rolf’s German Restaurant

Nobody does Christmas quite like New York. It's as if the entire city is buzzing with holiday cheer. And nowhere is that more evident, than Rolf's German Restaurant. Getting a table during this time of year is a challenge. The restaurant is filled with tourist, and New Yorker's alike. Who have decided to make the cold trek to the Gramercy Park restaurant at least once. Once inside, you'll see why it's known as "The Christmas Restaurant."

Nobody does Christmas quite like New York. It’s as if the entire city is buzzing with holiday cheer. And nowhere is that more evident, than Rolf’s German Restaurant. Getting a table during this time of year is a challenge. The restaurant is filled with tourist, and New Yorker’s alike. Who have decided to make the cold trek to the Gramercy Park restaurant at least once. Inside, you’ll see why it’s known as “The Christmas Restaurant.”

One of the traditional beers offered at Rolf's. Weihenstepaner Hefe

One of the traditional beers offered at Rolf’s. Weihenstephaner Hefe

Verlaine Bar & Lounge

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Verlaine is the perfect place to hide out. Far away from the hustle and bustle of the city. It has great Happy Hour specials, like the Hanoi Lychee Martini, Vietnamese Bloody Mary, and Sangria all for $6 from 5-10 pm 7 days a week.

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Hanoi Lychee Martini. Vodka, Lychee, and a splash of pineapple juice.

Deal or no deal

Most people have a set of rules when dating, known as “deal breakers.
Politics, religion, and values often come into play. But what about the quirky
habits of someone we like that tend to drive us crazy? What are you willing
tolerate, and what are your strange deal breakers?

I once dated a guy who insisted the toilet tissue being properly placed
to roll over, rather than under. I found it to be an odd request considering
he had never restocked the tissue paper to it’s rightful place on the roll.
Another man I dated became annoyed with my lipstick free Sunday’s.
It was the one day a week I opted not to wear makeup. Meanwhile, he was
found on more than one occasion cleaning the floor with the sponge used for dishes.
The same man was also notorious for cutting his toenails in bed.
I heard from a friend who was excited to go out with a beautiful
girl, who happened to be a Forensic Pathologist. The date was going well.
They had perfect chemistry. At the end of the night , she went in for a kiss.
The stench proved to be too much. He later described it as the kiss of death.
An occupational hazard perhaps.

Sometimes relationships are not all they’re cracked up to be.
You have to take the good with the bad. Keep an open mind.
Be realistic with your expectations. Because the bed of roses you hope for,
may turn out to be toenails.

Nice girls finish first

Being underestimated is one of the most
powerful weapons a woman holds in
in her arsenal. Many of us were raised to be
very pleasing. We are taught to smile and be polite.
Never be too demanding, and always take
the high road. No matter who our influences
were as a child. We have a strong desire to
to take care of the people we love.
There’s no denying it. We’re just built this way.
Once in a while, a man will mistake
your kindness for simplicity.
When presented with such an enlightened
individual. You have a few options.

A. Allow yourself to go along with the nonsense.
Play the game. When you give someone enough
rope, they will eventually hang themselves.
B. Rise above it. Walk away knowing you’re
the better person. Trust me, they will
miss you when you’re gone.
C. Stop the bullshit right in it’s tracks.
Let him know exactly who he is
dealing with, and make sure to give
him a proper read.

I tend to find the latter most useful. Being nice is always
important. But never let your desire to be liked
interfere with your own good reasoning , or self respect.

Wine Riot, hosted by Second Glass

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The line could be seen around the block.
The venue was enormous, and beautifully decorated.
The party was filled with food and wine bloggers,
frat boys, wine snobs, girls night out goers,
and of course, wine enthusiasts.
It was the quintessential New York gathering.
With over three hundred and fifty wines,
I found it impossible to make my way to each station.
But I gave it my best effort.
It was no surprise that I enjoyed most of the
French and Italian wines.
I was however, delighted to find that
I also enjoyed many of the German and
Chilean wines as well.
Wine Riot was the perfect balance of being
both fun, and educational.
Second Glass put on a great show.
I will undoubtedly be back next year.