Toasting New York City: The Upper East Side

When I would come to New York City as a tourist, it was where I longed to stay…to visit…to shop…to dream. I think that the Upper East Side became the American Dream for many Millennials. Someday, I would work hard enough to enjoy an UES penthouse. Someday, the shopkeepers on Madison would all know me by name. Someday, I would have a corner Italian bistro booth that felt like home. Someday, I might be the next Serena or Blaire or, better still, Lily… Times have changed. I’ve changed. The Upper East Side has changed.

Toasting Beacon and the Hudson River Valley

Many of us think about the Hudson River being a barrier between New York City and New Jersey. And, it does serve that purpose…ahem…create that commute. However, north of the city, the Hudson River Valley boasts the Palisades, a castle, West Point, yacht clubs, hiking, and the most adorable towns and small cities. This is our favorite day trip out of the city!

Toasting the Moon in FiDi, Manhattan

From the statues to the museums, every NYC first-timer should spend at least a day in our most historic part of town. All of the excitement and discussions around the Revolutionary War started on these very streets, the heartbreak of 9/11 and Sandy shook this part of town to its core and the whole world mourned with the city, and today, it’s standing strong and vibrant looking forward to a better future.

Toasting the Moon in Red Hook, Brooklyn

Pre-Civil War warehouses + Ports + No Subway + Transportation wasteland in NYC = The perfect location for creatives. What happened to all of the artists in New York City? … Continue reading Toasting the Moon in Red Hook, Brooklyn

Toasting the Moon in Carmel, California

The part that I love most about Carmel is the charm mixed with playful spirit. The buildings make you feel like you’ve stepped into another world. You don’t have a home in Carmel, you have a “cottage.” There are hidden gems found throughout the city, and you could spend a weekend exploring all of the hidden roads, alleyways, and corridors. I felt like a kid again looking for the secret garden, and I found several!