(Review) Blue Man Group Continues to Shower Audiences with Fun

A couple of weeks ago, I had a great night out in New York City with my husband. The truth is, we are usually too tired to venture into NYC after a full-day of work. I am not trying to kvetch here, but this type of stuff is especially tiring for a couple of Prime Time Parents like us. You know, getting kids off to school, working at our respective jobs, getting kids’ home from school, homework, dinner, baths, books, and bed. Even younger parents get tired, you know who you are. So, we’re tired. So, we went out anyway. So glad we did, because the Blue Man Group at the Astor Theater in NYC is just what we needed! Have you seen the Blue Man Group?

I actually had seen the show in Chicago over 20 years ago. I can still remember how cool and engaging it was to me back then. How they made the most amazing jam sessions come to life with rubber tubing is still a mystery to me. The performance art in this show is fantastic, and that’s without a word from the Blue Man Group!

The show has kept up with modern themes and has incorporated the role that texting and social media plays in our daily lives. The GiPad Apple parody was very entertaining. You can catch a sneak peak of it in the clip below.

If you want to be entertained and amused, this is the show for you. We had great seats, just far enough away from flying twinkies debris or Captain Crunch particles (that happens on the first level). However, a Blue Man did jump up to the railing and danced in front of us on the 2nd level. I haven’t laughed so hard, nor has my husband, in a very long time. We had so much fun we forgot how tired we were!

If you are looking for a fun night out in a very cool neighborhood, definitely check out The Blue Man Group at the Astor Place Theater, 434 Lafayette Street, New York, NY 10003. The show is non-stop and runs for 1 hour and 45 minutes without intermission (yes, use the facilities before). If you are taking public transportation, it is just a 2 minute walk from the 6 train at Lafayette Street. After the show, grab a coffee at the Starbucks at 25 Astor Place, biggest one I’ve seen yet! I definitely want to go back there with my laptop and work.

You can buy tickets here, or go to the Astor Place Theater website for more information on the show. You can also keep up with them via these social media platforms:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bluemangroup
Twitter: http://twitter.com/BlueManGroup
Tumblr: http://bluemangroup.tumblr.com/
Instagram: @bluemangroup
Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/bluemangroup

Disclaimer: This was not a paid post. I was supplied tickets to review the show and share it with you here. The opinions expressed in this post are my own.

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What Makes 4th of July So Special to Me

Patriotic Pastries from My Most Favorite Food in NYC

Who doesn’t love a great BBQ with pink lemonade, and cookies. This year, we didn’t BBQ, but we took to the road. Just spending time together makes the 4the of July special to me. I will always treasure the memories from when I was a kid. The smells of summer, you know, sunscreen, sand, sea, softball, and OFF! all combined into one big nostalgic bubble. This is one bubble that will never burst.

How did you spend your 4th?

Checking out The Pirate Museum in Salem, MA

 

The Causeway in Gloucester, MA

The Causeway, Gloucester, MA

How about this view!

 

Totsy Event Unveils Shopping Trends in Moms

Contributed by Lauren Finkelstein, save1life.org

Prime Time Parenting sent me out on assignment to cover a Totsy press event. The execs at Totsy did some extensive research where mom shops, how they shop, what’s their priorities, and I was surprised at some of the findings. This research was done In partnership with Maria Bailey, author, marketing to moms expert and owner of BSM Media. Mrs. Bailey moderated this lively discussion and revealed the results of two nationally representative surveys on Mom’s shopping trends.

For instance, did you know moms are more likely to buy a house when house shopping where there’s a window that looks into the backyard when doing dishes, then not. The stats included what moms are more likely to spend money on, how and if they travel, how much they enjoy traveling and things of that nature. Continue reading

New York International Auto Show Ticket Giveaway! Kid Friendly and Fun!

If you will be in New York from April 6-15, you will be in town during the New York International Auto Show at the Jacob Javits Center 11 & 12 Aves between 34-40 Streets.  This is an event that you can enjoy with your entire family. This year, the New York International Auto Show is even more kid friendly and here are some ways that your entire family can enjoy them!

 Plan ahead and check out the floor plans and schedule of events. You can schedule naps, snacks, feedings, and lunches so nobody gets too cranky!

If your kids like fun activities like simulators, video games, and movie cars, this is the place to be! I know my girls will appreciate these types of things and my 4 year old will be in awe of the movie cars.

 

If you have an iPhone, check out the iPhone app and have all the important show information fit in the palm of your hand.

 Share images of your family at the auto show. Filming and photography is allowed and encouraged.

 This event is stroller friendly and kids 2 and under are free.

 If you have never been, or this is a yearly event for your family, I am giving away 4 tickets to The New York International Auto Show. It is so easy to win.

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Disclaimer: I did not receive compensation for this post. I did receive 4 tickets to The New York International Auto Show for sharing this post. This contest is open to US residents only.

You can also check out the New York International Auto Show on youtube.

 

Kosher Family Vacation On The Upper West Side

hotel beacon hugWhen I decided to move to New York’s Upper West Side from Chicago, I knew that I would be in good company. Earlier that year, I decided to become more observant of Jewish law and keep kosher.  I had also decided that I would meet a nice Jewish boy in New York. My oldest brother and resident of the Upper West Side for over 20 years had encouraged me to move to New York several times. Living in the epicenter of the Jewish scene, he had already picked out a few nice Jewish boys for me to meet. Within a couple of months, I was living and working on the Upper West Side. We gave our family in Chicago a great excuse to visit us, and visit they did!

 Before I moved to New York, I had spent many memorable trips with my family at the Hotel Beacon. The beautiful lobby of the Hotel Beacon has been the meeting point on the Upper West Side for my family for over twenty years.               

Another great thing about the location of the Hotel Beacon is that everybody can find something they can eat within walking distance of the hotel. If somebody is not in the walking mood, these places also deliver. When I moved to New York, there would be a new change to our previous dining experiences. I could no longer join my family at huge family style meals at Carmine’s. I think this hurt them way more than it hurt me. They hadn’t experienced what I had with kosher food, so I couldn’t blame them. However, I couldn’t wait for them to taste the variety of kosher food within walking distance of the Hotel Beacon. It was extremely difficult to persuade my extended family to choose a kosher restaurant over Café Luxembourg or Metro Diner. So, we agreed to disagree.

Another great thing about the Hotel Beacon is that all rooms have well-equipped kitchenettes with electric ranges and microwaves and half-size in standard rooms. This is just the right size to keep some milk, juice, or fruit for noshing. You can always replenish these items and much more at Fairway directly across the street from the hotel.

There have been some visits by my family to the Upper West Side that did not involve a stay at the Hotel Beacon. For example, On The Ave, conveniently located at 2178 Broadway and 77th Street. Quiet and cozy for those much needed rests from a day at the Museum of Natural History with toddlers in tow. Fresh kosher bagels and coffee for an energy boost at  H&H Bagels which is open 24/6 and just around the corner on West 80th.  The Lucerne, located at 201 West 79th Street, is directly across  the street from my most favorite breakfast place, Bagels & Co. Since I have some relatives that live up on 105th and Broadway, we have met up with them at the Marrakech Hotel NYC.  Definitely not a place for a family with toddlers, but we did enjoy the colorful decor and oriental ambiance of the hotel.  The kids were much more at home, and the parents much less stressed, when eating big slices of kosher pizza around the corner at Cafe Roma Pizzeria. Wherever you stay on the Upper West Side, there are more than enough kosher restaurants that deliver if you want to stay in. If you want to venture out and enjoy a delicious kosher meal within walking distance of any of the above hotels, there are plenty of options to choose from. Some of my favorites include Estihana (Esti Hana), Darna, Kasbah (was: Deli Kasbah),  and Talia’s Steakhouse and Bar. For more listings of kosher restaurants in the area, check out http://www.shamash.org/kosher/search.php?QID=6782793&Start=25.

Pomengranate Offers Summer BBQ Tips That You'll Kvel Over

 July 4th is just around the corner and BBQ grills everywhere are ready for the outdoor menu. For my family, this is the time of year when we pack up our kosher cooler with Empire Kosher chicken, hamburger meat, Empire hot dogs, and steaks and head out on the road. When we reach our destination, Gloucester, M.A, we get the kosher grill out of storage and fire it up.  Even if you are a seasoned BBQ cook, you won’t want to pass up this opportunity to gain a few more BBQ tips from POMEGRANATE, NY’s largest gourmet kosher retailer. Chefs from POMEGRANATE  will share some industry secrets about how to achieve the best BBQ results. 

The BBQ event will take place on Today, JUNE 29 at 6:30 PMRain date:  JUNE 30 (Open to the public; free of charge).  Come on over to the store’s parking lot at 1507 Coney Island Avenue in Brooklyn and savor this gourmet outdoor kosher cooking event, part of its series of monthly culinary events being hosted by POMEGRANATE.    718-951-7112  .

 

Kosher Cuisine, What Does It All Mean?

While I was awake in the early hours of Shabbos, I had some great ideas about how to help my friends and family that don’t keep kosher understand my dietary choices. I will be traveling a lot with my family this summer and that means that the conveniences of New York kosher cuisine won’t be as plentiful. So, what is a kosher observant family supposed to do when traveling out of the “kosher zone”?

First of all, it is important to understand the laws of keeping kosher. Some families have been keeping kosher for decades; others have been keeping kosher for a week. Personally, I started keeping kosher in September 2001. Before then, I ate everything and everywhere my heart desired. It was my journey of Jewish re-discovery that I was introduced to the kosher cuisine that would change my eating habits from that day forward. Like many Jewish American families, I associated kosher food with Rosh HaShanah, Yom Kippur, Bar/Bat Mitzvah, and Passover. It was at those times of the year that the kitchen in my house was taken over by brands like Manischewits and Streits. My mom would “put up” the most amazing chicken soup with the fluffiest matzo balls I’ve ever eaten. The oven would overflow with the smells of brisket, kishke, and tzimmus. My family and I would make our annual journey to the kosher bakeries in Skokie and stock up on honey cake and boubka. I loved these times of the year. Even though I wasn’t raised in a kosher home nor one that kept Shabbos, it was the effort of my family to share these holidays in full force that made me the Jewish mom that I am now.

Even though things are different today and I now keep kosher religiously and observe Shabbos every week, my extended family does not. It doesn’t make me love them any less; in fact I love them even more. I just have to prepare my own food plan for my husband and children in advance. This is nothing new for people that have certain food allergies, suffer from lactose intolerance, diabetes, and vegetarians. Just because I don’t eat your food doesn’t mean I don’t love you!

While the laws of keeping kosher may seem limiting to most people, it made perfect sense to me. It is not as hard or isolating as people think, and it’s even good for you. I have attached some links that I find helpful in my attempt to explain my food requirements to people that feel that I have gone off the “creep end”. I am still the same me, I just eat differently and here are some reasons why:

I stumbled upon JewFAQBlog  a weblog commenting on news and events.  As rabbi/humorist Jack Moline noted, “Everyone who keeps kosher will tell you that his version is the only correct version. Everyone else is either a fanatic or a heretic.” (Growing Up Jewish, 1987).

Kosher Links that will satisfy your kosher curiosity include  The Orthodox UnionStar-K Kosher Certification, and KosherQuest.  Has a member of your family become kosher recently? How has this affected family occasions?