Making Rent in NYC

It is possible to enjoy the benefits of a new city and save money at the same time. Watch how I make it happen.
billykidd:

Samburu Warrior in New York for the first time was shot by Billy kidd.
I’ve been spending the last week with Samburu Warriors on their first visit outside of Kenya for the Thorn Tree Project. http://www.thorntreeproject.org/
Please reblog to show your support and to raise awareness.

billykidd:

Samburu Warrior in New York for the first time was shot by Billy kidd.

I’ve been spending the last week with Samburu Warriors on their first visit outside of Kenya for the Thorn Tree Project. http://www.thorntreeproject.org/

Please reblog to show your support and to raise awareness.

(Source: billykidd)

Don’t Whine about Wine Prices

I finally made a trip to Warehouse Wine & Spirits at 735 Broadway, between Waverly Pl & Astor Pl.  I walked by this place many times, after hours, and always wanted to check it out.  It also came highly recommended from some of my fellow wine drinking friends. I am glad I stopped in.

First of all, I want to be honest and say that I know very little about wine.  I just know that I generally like drinking red, and usually opt for a Pinot Noir.  Today, I walked in to Warehouse Wine & Spirits, overwhelmed by the selection, and I started to browse the aisles and look for something familiar.  I spotted a bottle of cheap Pinot that I have had before, and noted the price was a couple dollars less than my usual wine store in Bushwick.  I grabbed it, and was honestly content, until a Warehouse associate came by, asking if I needed any help.  I said I was just looking around, but he saw my selection, and decided I did in fact need help.  

The associate explained that a decent Pinot Noir should be at least around $20, and that I would be better off with a Merlot from the same manufacturer, or consider some low end Italian varieties.  Intrigued, and slightly embarrassed, I asked to see the Italian wines.  He escorted me over to the Italian wall and pointed out two wines that he thought I would enjoy.  One was a four grape blend called “Fourplay” and another red called “Pinocchio.”  He told me what kind of tannins and notes and body they had, which of course does not mean much to me.  I was happy with the price tags, $5.99 and $7.99, respectively, and decided it would be worth trying both.  

So here I am, about one glass in with the “Fourplay,” and I am happy.  Here is to cheap, decent wine available at Warehouse Wine & Spirits! 

Buy Local Bread and Save Dough

Every week I buy a loaf of round italian whole wheat and a bag of whole wheat bagels.  Both are made in Brooklyn, and always fresh, always cheap.  There is usually a selection of local baked goods to choose from at my neighborhood Food Bazaar.  I usually pay $1.50 for a bag of five bagels from Aladdin Bakers and $2.50 for the large round loaf of italian wheat by Bogopa.  My carb cravings are satisfied and so is my budget.  

Jim Carrey is guest starring on the season finale of 'The Office'

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entertainmentweekly:

Dan Snierson reports that Carrey will guest star as someone who interviews for the management post that is being vacated by Michael Scott (the departing Steve Carell)—and seemingly handed over to Deangelo Vickers (Will Ferrell).

Carrey won’t be the only celebrity vying for the job; Ricky Gervais, Will Arnett, James Spader, Ray Romano, and Catherine Tate also play potential replacements in the hourlong episode, which airs May 19. An NBC spokesperson would not comment.

Wow, they’re so screwing with the audience of “The Office” with these possible cast members. We hope that Dwight also applies and beats all of them.

I now know what I will be doing on my birthday.

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Do you love lavender? Do you also understand the need to protect clean water? Go to Aveda near you and pick up a Light the Way lavender soy wax candle. They are only available once a year and 100% of the purchase price goes to clean water programs.  The candleholders are made from old wine cooler bottles and the boxes are made from leftover Aveda packaging scraps. I think you could purchase two or four of these candles and then reuse the holders as juice glasses or small vases.

Do you love lavender? Do you also understand the need to protect clean water? Go to Aveda near you and pick up a Light the Way lavender soy wax candle. They are only available once a year and 100% of the purchase price goes to clean water programs. The candleholders are made from old wine cooler bottles and the boxes are made from leftover Aveda packaging scraps. I think you could purchase two or four of these candles and then reuse the holders as juice glasses or small vases.

matchbookmag:

“I’ve never been a millionaire, but I just know I’d be darling at it.” -Dorothy Parker

matchbookmag:

“I’ve never been a millionaire, but I just know I’d be darling at it.” -Dorothy Parker

Making Rent on The Road

I am posting from the airport today while waiting for my flight back to New York. I had a great weekend in Atlanta. It is a beautiful time of year in Georgia, and I appreciate all the trees even more now than I did before moving to the concrete jungle. Seeing all this abundance of greenery was especially satisfying during Earth Month. I had a chance to take a stroll through my old neighborhood of Decatur and also visit Piedmont Park. They are both places that integrate nature with developement in a continually sprawling city.

Buy Better: Be Productive With Produce

I have a quick consumer confession to make.  I had a bad habit of buying pre-packaged produce, particularly lettuce.  Sure, it is easy to just look for the bag with the latest date stamped on it and throw it in the basket, but then how quickly do you need to use that bag before the contents go bad, slimy and brown?  A couple of days, maybe a couple more.  And how much salad does it really amount to?  A couple big salads.  I am not going to get into the buy organic, buy local speech here.  More simply, I am going to discourage buying pre-packaged produce, where possible.  This can be a real money saver, and plastic reducer.  Yes, you do need to put in some effort yourself to prepare the produce, but it is worth it.  

Let us talk lettuce, and how to store it.  I like buying green leaf lettuce for salads and sandwiches.  At my grocery store, a head of green leaf lettuce is usually only 99¢, compared to the pre-packaged bag for $2.99 or more.  When I bring the lettuce home, I do not wash it.  I wrap it up in a paper towel to control moisture, and then slip it in my crisper drawer. I just tear what I need from the head when I need it, and wash it right before I use it.  By keeping moisture at a minimum, the lettuce can last a whole week in the fridge.  Also, that head of lettuce amounts to a lot more than what is in the bag of salad for three times the price.