New York City

Chillin’ – Minus 5 Ice Bar

03.21.15

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Can’t beat em – join em I’ve said. Well – we did. As its the first day of Spring and somehow SNOWING in Manhattan – we figured we may as well visit the Ice Bar.

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It was most definitely one of the most overpriced tourist traps I’ve ever been to. With a cover charge and different pricing levels for a choice of coats, the total added up quickly for about a total of 15 minutes of time in the igloo.

That being said, it was cool. Literally and figuratively. At an always -5 degrees Celsius (23 degrees Farenheit) it felt cold. But we were a bit numb from this relentless NYC winter so at first the cold felt about equal to that of the outside temperature.

Beyond temperature it was quite cool to look at. Adorned with hand carved, ever changing ice structures – the bar itself is beyond amazing. There were 2 alcove seating areas in addition the main entrance and bar area, complete with fur throws and a club-vibe color changing light show illuminating the ice. Throw in the kitschy NYC paraphernalia, such as John Lennon in his New York City Shirt poster and the infamous I love New York sign, you’ve got quite a sight.

But what is really cool – EVERYTHING is made of ice. The walls, seating, bar, chandelier are made of…you guessed it, ice. Even the drinks are “in the rocks” and served in an ice glass.

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They have a strict no camera/electronics policy – the above and below photos were taken illegally until they confiscated my phone. They do this purposely of course so they an charge a you to buy photos from their in house photographer. A little pricey – but what good is going to an Ice Bar without the photographic proof?

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It does start to feel cold though, ice cold, which surprised me – I thought we would have lasted longer now having a tolerance from living through this awful winter. Not the case. My hands and nose were cold after a bit and Lil Kid starting complaining that he was cold too – even with 2 jackets on (the light blue jacket is from Minus 5, he has a second winter puffer coat under that one). We had one drink and were done – in total we were there for about 15 minutes.

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imageThat being said – I Would definitely recommend as a ‘gotta do it once’ experience. Its a great place to chill and hang for as long as bearable.  And is most definitely “cool.”

Minus 5 Ice Bar is located at the Hilton Midtown. Admission starts at $20 for adults not including drink or coat upgrade. Note children are allowed (or cool as the sign says) before 8pm.

 

 

 

New Jersey

Advance to Boardwalk

03.20.15

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TBT – Remembered these photos from our Atlantic City Vacation back in Summer of 2014. We happened upon this life-size Monopoly game board on the Atlantic City Boardwalk. Was such an incredible surprise, and Lil Kid loved playing on the larger than life game board. Our family has gathered over a (quite competitive) game of Monopoly over every Holiday for as long as I can remember – so this had a fun meaning for us.

Happy 80th Birthday Monopoly.

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New York City

Lil Leprechaun

03.17.15

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Feeling Lucky at Kidville’s Annual St. Patrick’s Day Party.

Lil Kid was loving the photobooth, craft station, and of course pizza. They always throw such a fun party.

Love hanging with my lil man, time speant with him is better than any pot o’ gold.

 

 

 

 

New York City

Kookie Kid

03.15.15

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Our yearly St. Patty’s Day cookies. Lil Kid LOVES to cook. He’s well on is way to a Michelin Star. Mom, not so much. It once took me over an hour to figure out how to turn on the oven, my husband does not allow me to use a sharp knife (*due to previous incidents) and I’ve started a fire in the microwave 3 times. This is not an exaggeration. A cook, I am not.

But Cookies from a tube that don’t resemble any shape and taste like processed sugar? Consider me Martha Stewart.

Here – our annual St. Pattys Day Cookies. Lil Kid is obsessed with sprinkles. His chef secret? It’s all in the ratio, 1:1. One container of sprinkles to one cookie. Shhh, Don’t tell.

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New York City

Bubble Boy

03.13.15

imageGetting bubbly over National Bubble Week. Lil Kid can’t live without bubbles. What did parents do before Fubbles?