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March 25, 2014

…went stargazing in the Bronx (and saw Jupiter)

When I was 11 and about to move to high school, I showed my big sister what I was planning to hang up in my new locker. ‘What’s that?’ she asked, pointing to a glossy bookmark. ‘That’s my favorite planet – Jupiter,’ I replied. She scoffed. ‘Don’t take that. Everyone will think you’re a swot.’ …

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March 3, 2014

…snacked at the Vegetarian Food Festival

I’ve been a vegetarian for more than 20 years (I was a stubborn seven-year-old), and New York City is by far the best place I’ve ever lived for food choice. Gone are the twee Sussex pubs where the only options are pheasant breast or rabbit pie – and instead I have gorgeous Korean vegetarian restaurants …

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February 24, 2014

…went snowboarding at Hunter Mountain

I woke up this morning aching and bruised… and it was well-earned. Yesterday, a Sochi-inspired Ryan and I headed to Hunter Mountain, a small ski-resort town about two hours north of New York City. We had nabbed a Groupon deal, which included equipment, ski passes and a bus trip organized by Sourced Adventures. The only problem was …

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February 18, 2014

…was on NewYork.com

Head on over to NewYork.com and you’ll see my mug! Completing a new activity every day for a year was no easy feat, so I’m chuffed that NewYork.com featured the project on its website today. Hopefully visitors and residents alike can take a tip or two from what I learned throughout the year. You can …

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January 6, 2014

…review the best and worst of NYC

*** This post was first shared in January 2014 after I finished a year of doing a new activity in New York every day. This blog is largely defunct so this post is a great place to start if you’re visiting New York and looking for things to do! For more on this project, visit …

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December 1, 2013

…visited the world’s largest gingerbread village

Let’s get back to some Christmas events, shall we? How about a massive cityscape made of nothing but gingerbread, candy, icing and lashings of patience? Yes – I thought it sounded like a winner too. So today Ryan and I hopped in the car and went to the New York Hall of Science in Corona, …

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November 24, 2013

…explored a 1,000-year-old church

I’ve loved some of New York’s historical offerings this year, from the Morgan Library to the Frick Collection. But while I’ve tried not to be a history snob, I also know they’re relatively young compared to what’s here in the U.K., so today I got a fix of something a little older – a 1,000-year-old …

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November 10, 2013

…visited the Natural History Museum

Now that the city is being rattled by autumnal winds, a wander around its museums seems the perfect way to spend a chilly Sunday afternoon. So today Ryan and I visited one of its best: the American Museum of Natural History. The seemingly endless rooms of dinosaur bones, animal models, human artifacts, special exhibitions and …

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April 2, 2013

…ate a horned melon

As per usual, I took a jaunt to Gourmet Garage in SoHo for lunch today. But amid the soups and sushi palettes, there was something new – a display of bizarre-looking fruits. The horned melon caught my eye, so I took one back to the office, where no one else seemed to have seen one before …

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March 28, 2013

…turned the cube at Astor Place (just)

Whenever Dylan and I passed the massive cube sculpture at Astor Place, he would tell me you could spin it – and I’d make sceptical noises. Well, it turns out that he was actually right about something the whole time. The cube is a huge steel sculpture by Tony Rosenthal that was put up in …

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March 27, 2013

…sat for a portrait in Central Park

I’ve been visiting a lot of art since starting this blog – MoMA, the New Museum, street art – but what about me and my picture perfect mug? I spotted some artists in Central Park today and decided to get a portrait. I approached one friendly-faced man and asked if he’d paint me like one of …

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March 23, 2013

…fermented vegetables

Today I headed back to the Brooklyn Brainery for a class on vegetable fermentation. I decided to go because I’ve enjoyed my other cookery sessions and because it was vegetarian. If I’m honest, I knew nothing about fermentation – or what it even was, really – before going along today. It meant that, for the …

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March 21, 2013

…hacked a computer

Faced with the silence of a post-break up social life, I have found a new job to keep me busy: Computer hacking. Just kidding, FBI. (And it’s not been that silent really, fear not.) But I did pick up a few tips at an Intro to Hacking class at the Brooklyn Brainery, a great little …

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March 16, 2013

…cooked an Indian Banquet

Since living in New York, Seamless has taken a hefty chunk of my pay check. But today I rekindled my love for cooking with a course in London. And there’s no modesty here: The results were impressive. Mummy Warren and I headed to Acton to create an Indian Banquet under the instruction of Angela Malik. …

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March 4, 2013

…read in the New York Public Library’s Reading Room

It’s been a busy weekend of moving, throwing a house cooling party, cleaning and catching colds. So today when I chanced it out of work nearly an hour early, I decided to use the time to recuperate. I headed to 42nd Street and Fifth Avenue for the New York City Public Library. Somehow I’d never …

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March 2, 2013

…moved to the East Village

While it’s been a great 18 months battling tourists to get to my front door, rejecting the same restaurant hecklers each evening and hearing bar crowds just hours before my 7 a.m. shift, today I moved out of Little Italy. Little Italy was my first home in the city, and it was actually a great neighbourhood to move …

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February 21, 2013

…ate Mexican sushi

I’ve walked past Taka Taka on West Broadway many times and I’ve always turned my nose up at its description: Mexican Sushi and Japanese Tacos. But tonight, in my bid for a new cuisine, Dylan and I went along to see if it was as repulsive at it sounded. And you know what? It was …

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February 15, 2013

…bought a book from The Strand

This must be a New York City rite of passage, so how have I never bought a book from The Strand before? For those of you not from New York, The Strand is a massive independent bookstore just south of Union Square and filled with 18 miles of books – new books, used books, rare …

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January 31, 2013

…performed a set in the West Village

Well, this was pretty horrific. A few months ago I sang a song at one of Dylan’s shows and felt like it was over far too soon. So when some our friends suggested a ‘couple’s music night’ at Think on 8th Avenue, I thought it would be a good chance to attempt my first ever full set …

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January 30, 2013

…detected some lies

You all love my blog, right? Well, now I’ll finally know the truth. Tonight I went to a lie-detecting class hosted by The Nonverbal Group in Midtown. The three-hour workshop whizzed through the basics, but here is some of the most I interesting stuff I learned:

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January 3, 2013

…start making the most of NYC

Since my job moved me from London to New York City in October 2011, I’ve done a lot of sitting around. I’ve eaten a lot of brunches, drunk a lot of coffee and watched a lot of The Real Housewives. I’ve done some things. As friends and family have visited over the past year, I’ve visited …

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