This is not your typical Italian food with pasta and pizza (which is not really Italian). If you've never heard of Eataly before, and you love artisanal food, then this is your heavan. Or at least your mall.
From chocolate, to cheese, to seafood, to vegetables and gelato, Eataly is your level of gluttonly at its finest. Besides shopping you can also dine and the various stations/sections. Be prepared for a long wait for any of them (especially during weekends and dinner hours), but that's when you begin roaming around this part supermarket, part restaurant, part food court.
If you aren't in the mood to stare at the various kinds of brie Eataly offers, then head up to Birreria, Eataly's own rooftop beer garden/restaurant.
I can only attest to a late lunch, but it was still exquisite, especially when paired with a rosé wine. The waiters are also very attentive when it comes to asking for recommendations.
The price is a bit average for New York, but worth it to try once…
Especially, if you want to incorporate your love of Lolita, but also have a wedding. A real wedding, not a civil ceremony at City Hall.
This goes same with a dress. If you're a Lolita, you have a good sense of what looks good on you, what materials you want it, and how you want it to look. Not too plain, but not too shiny, and maybe a bit of lace.
Some tips for the newly engaged and wear Lolita and looking for a dress: Marathon at least one season of Say Yes to the Dress. This gives you a good idea what you do or don't want. It also saves you money if you don't want to buy and flip through several wedding magazines. (Also once you have a dress, stop watching.)Leave David's Bridal as your last resort. There are p…
Fandom is a weird disease that you catch like a cold. You don't realize you have it, and once you do, it's already too late. I'm not a big comic person, and even less of an anime person now, unless I know who the person is affliated to what pop culture reference, I'm very much out of the loop.
There were only two times I could say this was true or just very surreal. Seeing Wylie Dufresne, owner of WD-50, and seeing Sebastian Masuda, founder of %6 Doki Doki and the Might Harajuku Project. Attending the Food and Comics panel made me realize how much of a food fanatic I really am. Discovering Masuda had been attending for the sake of attending was beyond surreal.
(Okay, a third surreal thing was meeting a blog reader I had never met in person.)
He apparently also knew about the tiny New York portion Mighty Harajuku Project I helped organize at Sakura Matsuri! I shouldn't have been surprised, but it was probably still awe-struck seeing him in person.
However that …
I'll be honest and tell you I did not see much at New York Comic Con this year. Mainly because I was doing one of three things: navigating through the Javits, buying lunch and last-minute supplies for people, and hiding from the crowds.
However I made sure that I had to see two panels: "She's So Unusual" by Dalin from La Vida Frills and "Little Pink House on the Prairie" by Martha from Moss Garden. And take some picture snaps of Lolitas if I could find any. Despite the lack of Lolita programming I did find quite a few girls.
Note: If you'd like to use these pictures for your own reference, all
that I ask is for credit of some kind. No one likes when their stuff is
stolen, even if it's a picture.
Lunch tends to be a tricky meal if you work full-time, and really want to avoid the lines and burgers Mickey D's.
You could bring lunch, but its more rewarding to know you can afford lunch. I recently discovered A-Pou's Dumpling cart.
With 4 dumpling options to chose from you really can't go wrong. There's Taiwanese Style Pork, Hong Kong Style Chicken, Kimchi Beef, and Vegetarian. What's got me hooked is that they advertise using no MSG in their food, and it's pretty authentic when it comes to potstickers - right down to crispy skin). The next closet thing is making them yourself from scratch.
Which I've actually done, and it's simply not the same making them with family and then eating a giant pot of dumplings.
You can have it with noodles or just order a whole bunch of dumplings. And between $5-$9 you get your money's worth.
New York Comic Con (NYCC) is less than a week away (which is not a lot of time to plan an outfit). If you are a Lolita and have never been to NYCC or this is your first time dressing up in Lolita and want to meet other gals you should be reading this.
A convention is always fun, but also overwhelming. Crowds, lines, meeting new people, getting lost after seeing another Lolita for the first time.
A few tips for first-timers and regular congoers: Make sure you've bought your ticket ahead of time. Crowds are intense just getting in. Wear comfortable shoes. If you have rocking shoes just collecting dust, this is a perfect opportunity to wear them. Money needs to be accessible, but not to others. (ATMs will have lines.)If possible, bring food or plan out your restaurants ahead of time.Ask the person if you are planning to take a pictures (No one likes stalkers.) Staff people are there to help, so if you have any problems or wondering where the bathrooms are - ask a person wearing RED …