Saturday, December 31, 2011

Resolutions for 2012

Step into 2012 right. Or risk becoming a fossil like this dinosaur.
We are hours away from ringing in the New Year.  I'm leaving Times Square for the tourists and enjoying a bottle of Eve's Cidery Essence and making my Netflix queue smaller.

It's always fun to compare last year's resolutions to this year's and next year's see whether you've actually accomplished anything. Plus it's a good reminder for when you put "lose weight" on your list and you supposedly forgot about it.

Thursday, December 29, 2011

W.M.D.s found at Wafel & Dinges

Wafel truck at Central Park.
Belgian waffles are the bane of the college freshmen diet. Thankfully statistics have proven that the "freshmen 15" is completely myth.

So go out an celebrate by eating a waffle! Specifically at Wafels & Dinges. It is one of the original gourmet food trucks that roved around New York City streets leaving a trail of spekuloos spread.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Top 6 Things to see before 2012

Time is a lot like chocolate - it's gone before you know it.
The holidays are almost over and you're pretty much set to start 2012. However there's still plenty to do before you start counting down.

Here are my top picks:

Know anything else that is closing/expiring before 2012. Let's hear them!

Monday, December 26, 2011

Cupcake of the Week - Sprinkles at Dylan's

Noticed the Dylan's Candy Bar Pop up Shop by Bryant Park? Ever gone inside and noticed the Sprinkles stand? No? Well you were probably too distracted by the kid-sized gingerbread house and upside-down Christmas tree. As you can see there's not much left for the day.

For inquiring minds, Sprinkles is LA's go-to brand for cupcakes.

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Sunday Brunch: Alice's Tea Cup Chapter II

Alice's Tea Cup is very reminiscent of childhood tea parties you use to have. Except instead of fruit punch you can have actual tea and real tea cakes. (Did I mention real cake?)

Chapter II is one of there most popular locations in New York City for lovers of pink and nostalgic for childhood fancies. As well as people who want a real tea party without the stiff and stuffy atmosphere.

Lolitas love to venture to Alice's whenever they have the chance, and the wait staff are more than welcoming to those wearing dresses with maximum poofiness. With a short walk from Central Park and the popular shopping avenues--it's no wonder that this place has wait times that are anywhere from 15 minutes to 2 hours. 

I had been several times before, but wanted to introduce the other half to the place. Luckily we had our chance on a late Saturday brunch with a short wait of 15 minutes!

Merry Christmas Everyone!

I feel like this is one of those obligatory holiday posts, but I wanted to wish anyone and everyone who reads Lolita and the City. It's a slowly building brand which I hope to continue to despite this busy year. 

Keep your eyes open for some new posts this coming weeks (and possible an anniversary giveaway).

Happy Holidays everyone!

(Feel free to tell me if you've gotten anything outstandingly stupendous that you need to share!)

Monday, December 19, 2011

Cupcake of the Week: Fancy Smancy

Cupcakes are getting fancier and fancier. Robicelli's stall at Union Square Holiday Market has flavors such as chocolate merlot and pear mascarpone.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Cupcake of the Week: Cafe Angelique

Was on my way home from a quick shopping trip in SoHo when I passed by this cupcake stall. It's Cafe Angelique's Express stall for those (like me) on the go. For curious minds, it's on 575 Broadway. If I'm not in such a rush next time, perhaps I'll slow down for a quick cupcake.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Life Underground and the Little Men at Work

Ever been at anyone of the E trains and noticed any one of these little guys? Or even just passing by Times Square and see them just holding bags of money or hanging off the Applebee's sign?  And then as soon as you see one you can't help but search for them all because you don't want to miss one .

As a fun fact this is an art installation known as "Life Underground."  Tom Otterness collaborated with the MTA to create this installation in 2000 as part of the Arts for Transit program. The installation runs along the A, C, E, and L trains.

There's no rhyme or reason to their locations and scattered in such a way that you won't expect them. On benches, ceilings, and under stairwells. I'll be honest I've tried to catalog some of them, but there's simply too many to count. And no wonder since these bronze statues. are no taller than a foot high.

If you are curious, the MTA has generously cataloged them all in case you've missed any.  So take a camera next time you travel on the A, C, E.

It would make a good scavenger hunt wouldn't it?