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April 29, 2014

Don’t miss :: PopUp Dinner Brooklyn

This weekend, I penned a piece for Edible Brooklyn about an elegant popup dinner party that’s coming to Prospect Park this summer — and I thought it looked too good not to share, especially as tickets have just gone on sale. On June 28, as many as 5,000 people – all dressed head-to-toe in white – …

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April 28, 2014

…went roller skating in Prospect Park

A couple of weekends ago in Lydia’s List, I told you about the skate rink that had opened at the new LeFrak Center in Prospect Park. This weekend, I re-lived my days as a six-year-old roller disco queen and gave it a spin. It was great. The rink, which is on the northeast side of the park, …

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April 25, 2014

Lydia’s List for the weekend

I’m having one of those weeks where I’ve been itching to get back to doing a new thing every day – so this weekend I’m vowing to get back into it. Here are some of the things I reckon are worth checking out… 1 :: Many of us Manhattan dwellers have homes too tiny for us …

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April 24, 2014

…ate some English grub for St George’s Day

Growing up, I never felt particularly patriotic. I didn’t weep when David Beckham got us kicked out of the World Cup in 1998, and at university in Scotland, I learned that having an English accent wasn’t a point of pride. But since moving to New York, everything has changed. I am constantly telling Americans that they haven’t tasted …

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April 22, 2014

…took a daytrip to Ward Pound Ridge Reservation

While I was tied to my desk in Manhattan yesterday, Ryan was exploring trails, peeking into caves and filling his lungs with fresh air at Ward Pound Ridge Reservation. Despite my jealousy, I was excited to see his pictures at the end of the day – and I thought they were too good for him to keep to himself. …

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April 21, 2014

…saw a subway map embedded in the sidewalk

I’m always nagging people to look up as they walk through New York (just look at what you can seeee), but this morning as I was shuffling towards work as the sun rose, I spied something special on the sidewalk. And it’s worth looking down for. On the sidewalk on Greene Street in Soho (between Spring …

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April 18, 2014

Lydia’s List for the weekend

We’ve had snow and summer all in the same week, but rumor has it that the sun is going to make an appearance again this weekend. Just in case it does, we should be prepared with some outdoor activities, eh? 1 :: In a sign that winter really should be over by now, the ice rink at Prospect …

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April 16, 2014

…took a food tour of the Lower East Side

New York is constantly evolving, and nowhere is a better example of this than the Lower East Side. While it was once filled with immigrants crammed into tenement houses, now there are swanky coffee shops and hipsters. But while most of the area has drastically changed, some tasty relics remain. I’ve previously toured businesses and buildings in …

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April 14, 2014

…fell in love with Italian ice

Ice cream is hands down my favorite food group. I’d opt for a pot of mint chocolate chip over a real meal any day. And since being in the U.S., I’ve discovered a number of ways to eat it that don’t involve vats of cream – from fruity frozen yogurts to shaved ice or snow cones. …

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April 11, 2014

Lydia’s List for the weekend

I’ve been doing a lot of stuff for a long time now (see how well I sell it?) and I know this blog can be a little un-user friendly if you’re looking for things to do. So every Friday, I’m going to give you a few suggestions for the weekend. You in? 1 :: Saturday …

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April 9, 2014

…saw The Kelpies

As great as the Tartan Day Parade was on Saturday, it wasn’t enough of a Scotland fix, so I headed to Bryant Park for another. I knew it was hosting The Kelpies – two massive horse sculptures by Scottish artist Andy Scott (yes, Scott) that celebrate the nation’s reliance on horses throughout the years. But after seeing online …

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April 8, 2014

…brunched at Korzo

Waking up when it’s still dark in the week means that I’m usually stirring far before a socially acceptable time at the weekends too. And as soon as I do, what am I thinking about? You got it. Brunch. Unfortunately, not too many places are open that early for brunch, but thankfully Korzo, which is …

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April 7, 2014

…cheered for the Tartan Day Parade

I went to university in St Andrews, Scotland – a cobble-stoned village by the sea – and I remember it so fondly. It gave me some of my best friends, happiest memories and brilliant opportunities (and some semi useful knowledge). So when my Scottish pal Louise said that a Tartan Parade was coming to toun, I jumped …

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April 3, 2014

…dined at a ‘Victorian Establishment’

One area of the city I do my best to avoid is Times Square. Ask any New Yorker and I’m sure they’d say the same. It’s loud, overrun and it burns my eyes – but it also means that I’m short on suggestions for what to do up there. But Ryan started working in the …

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April 2, 2014

…went on an egg hunt

The last time I went on an Easter egg hunt was in Atlanta about five years ago, courtesy of my friend James: But I’ve discovered that leaving school and being a grown up means that no one organizes an egg hunt for you anymore. Thankfully, there’s always New York. Over the weekend, the Big Egg Hunt hid …

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April 1, 2014

…brunched at Smile

I’ve completed a lot of new activities over the past 15 months, but one thing I’ve done without fail every single weekend is brunch. It’s the best meal of the week and the perfect excuse to quaff alcohol before midday. So why don’t I start blogging about my favorites, eh? Oh, I will – but today I’m sharing …

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