Corkbuzz (review)

it’s been a minute since i’ve written about any restaurants in NYC, and i have visited a few great spots recently that definitely deserve some blog space!

first up: Corkbuzz, which is branded as a wine studio, as part of their philosophy encourages patrons to take recreational wine classes and learn more about the art of wine, and also to see the space as a place to gather and eat, drink and be merry with new and old friends alike — all united by a love of wine, of course.

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i’ve been meaning to go here since it opened a couple of years ago, and it was the perfect place for a Tuesday night girls’ night the night before NYE. we didn’t take a wine class; just met for some delicious wine and dinner in the (original) Union Square location.

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everything about Corkbuzz was delightful, in every sense of the word. the four of us couldn’t stop exclaiming about how much we loved everything. it’s an ideal spot for either a girls’ night out or a cute little date. we were tucked in the back room at this long, communal table,

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and had the most delicious Oregon Pinot Noir imaginable. i definitely recommend the Gothic Nevermore (Willamette Valley 2012). it’s quite possibly one of my new favorite reds.

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we ordered two apps and two entrees to share: Brussels sprouts (my choice, as i seem to be unable to see them on a menu and not order them), a pureed pumpkin app, scallops, and chicken.

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we loved everything. this food was seriously amazing and proved that Corkbuzz has more to boast about than just its impressive wine selection! i definitely plan to return here (and see the Nevermore and Brussels in my next-visit future).

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i rather liked the fun little Rumi quote they chose for the first page of their wine list, too. ūüėČ

so, wine lovers in NYC, or visiting NYC — i’m pretty sure you’ll absolutely dig this place and highly recommend it!

How’s Monday treating everyone so far? can’t lie — i’m struggling being back to the grind!
Any Oregon wine fans? any pinot fans? what’s your fave?
Ever taken a wine class? i haven’t, but i think it’d be super fun and interesting.

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Decemburrrrr fun.

oh yeah, so maybe i’m two days late, buuuuuttttt…

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nice of you to drop by again, you pretty little thing, you. i’m always happy to see your return, and the way you bring me things like snow angels and twinkling lights and magical window displays. you sure know how to win a girl over.

NYC can truly be a magical place during the holiday season. here are some things i love about NYC in December; things that i see as being sort of “larger than life” in the sense that the expectation and emotionality we subscribe to them elevates them to a heightened status of beauty & bliss & all that we save for our best memories and our favorite loves.

  • Central Park blanked with snow. lamp-post lit paths; scarved-and-mittened couples braving the cold for the sake of winterwhite beauty; the knowledge that this city creates itself anew each year during this time, and the very air in which we see our frosty breaths seems pregnant with the expectation of a fairytale. we believe NYC is magic at Christmas time, and therefore, it is — it becomes a sort of fantastical Narnia, a charmed land.

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  • the holiday shops in Bryant Park and Union Square. whether you’re on the hunt for sweet little Christmas gifts for your fave people or just in the mood to stroll, these little winter villages are darling seasonal pop-ups through which to browse around or grab a cub of hot cider or cocoa. some of the vendors can be great, and the Bryant Park village also offers a skating rink and an igloo-inspired ice bar/restaurant. perfect little winter experience, with friends or a date.
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Winter Village at Bryant Park

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  • the department store window displays. i’m not going to post any pics of past years’ — waiting til i go this year to see what they come up with. i love love love strolling along Fifth Ave on a December evening and ooohing and ahhhing over the novelty window displays. some of them are really quite fantastical and breathtaking. i can’t recall any specifics from last year’s, but Bergdorf’s 2011 Carnival of the Animals displays were astounding. i’m excited for this year’s!
  • ice skating. this year, i’m determined to make it to one of the many rinks: Central Park, Rock Center, Bryant Park, or even the little baby rink outside the Standard Hotel — i just have to make this experience happen. i’ve yet to go ice skating in NYC (gasp) and i don’t want another winter to pass without it finally transpiring. to me, it’s perfectly symbolic of the essence of NYC winter magic.

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i should probably stop here and keep my list short-n-sweet before i get ahead of myself and have to look back disappointed that i didn’t get to everything i wanted to in this one short month.

Question: What are you looking forward to in your city in December? (and if the answer isn’t too exciting, you’re welcome to come play in NYC!)

What I Love Wednesday (9/25/13)

Ahhhh¬†so the main thing I’m lovin’ right now is having two free seconds to write a blog post! Holy goodness am I slammed lately…work, school, running, LIFE. I’m just trying to focus on all the good things and take it day by day…

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and breathe.

1.  So, as much as my legs are killing me all.the.time lately, I am trying to focus on the positives as I push through the pain. Today, I was loving the lovely Autumn morning and the seashell sky rising before me:

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This certainly encouraged me to keep running (and also to take the day off of work and spend it outside…but that part¬†unfortunately didn’t happen). One out of two ain’t bad.

2. Sometimes, it just takes a “Hey — saw this and instantly thought of you” from someone you love to make your day.

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My cousin/one of my BFFs¬†and fave people sent me this last week, and it still makes me happy everytime I look at my phone — because I obviously had to set it as my background.

I have always been, and always will be, a unicorn girl. Fave animal. The fluffier the better. When I first saw Despicable Me, I found an instant kindred spirit in Agnes. I totally get her.

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3. I¬†so dig a good farmer’s market. I wandered around Union Square’s market on Saturday morning after my short pre-race warm-up run, and I realized that I like it that much more in the fall. The flowers, the pumpkins, the bright hues everywhere…definitely best time of year to hit this hotspot.

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4.¬† F. Scott Fitzgerald’s writing never ceases to amaze me…and you can always find something to suit your mood, or the seasons, or any flight of fancy that might arise.

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I watched the new film version of The Great Gatsby again this past week, and one thing I love so much about that movie is the way they interweave lines from the novel throughout the film with such an ease, such an effortless elegance that you fall in love with the writer as you’re simultaneously falling in love with the world he’s created…and you want to fall in love, boundlessly, recklessly, over and over again.

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He writes like a magician does magic, pulling words like blossoming flowers out of thin air and exploding them in brilliant colors before our unbelieving eyes. It’s pure poetry, his prose — and it hits me at the core, rendering me speechless and forcing me to turn internally and do some sort of girlish soul-searching, the way good literature should.

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I adored the new movie on opening night, and I adored it again this week. I thought it upheld the beauty of the novel extremely well, as well as a movie can.

And I definitely have to get this:

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5. Today, I realized just how small this great big world can be, and in an incredible way. One of my sweet girlfriends from home, whom I’ve known for years, texted me to tell me she met one of my darling girlfriends from here in NYC, whom I met and instantly bonded with just over a year ago — they both moved to California and are living down the street from each other!! How do things like this even happen?? I was entirely blown away and reminded of how blessed I am to have the sweetest friends in the world, and so thrilled that these two met one another…and that I now have two wonderful people to visit in one (hopefully soon!) trip. ūüôā

Hope you’re having a lovely week, friends. ‚̧