Aaheli Indian Cuisine

You know how good it feels to find something new, that you know is good? That’s how we felt about Aaheli in Hell’s Kitchen when we first went two years ago. And every time we go back. It’s the tiniest little hole in the wall on 9th avenue but it’s so warm inside, the people who work there are lovely, and the food is delicious. I’ve been a few times, and it has yet to disappoint. Also, it’s BYOB which makes it very budget friendly (and there are a few liquor stores on the same block).

Even though they only have a few tables, we never feel rushed. This past weekend, we ended up eating pretty late – I blame you fresh direct – so there weren’t people fighting for tables, which meant we were allowed to sit and talk (read: drink).

The tables are covered in rose petals when you sit down, and they brought our bottle of wine out in a pitcher of ice and flowers to keep it cold, which made a pretty center piece! Our meal started out with a traditional papadum with three different dipping sauces: all of which are addicting.

For the main course, we opted to share three different dishes. Chicken Tikka, Saag Paneer, and Chicken Korma. We also got an order or rice, plain naan, and garlic naan. Honestly, they were all amazing. It was so cold and rainy when we went, and this was classic comfort food. The chicken was perfectly cooked, and the sauces were so flavorful and delicious. When we were done, they brought out a plate of complimentary kheer (rice pudding). It was sweet enough to be a satisfying dessert, and savory enough to act like a palate cleanser.

STORY

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There’s a place in NYC called STORY. It’s a concept store, so the physical store changes every few weeks based on sponsors, themes, and the time of year. This time of year, the theme is Home for the Holidays, and the whole store is set up with excellent gifts for family, friends, and co-workers. It’s a one stop shop for all of your holiday shopping needs. I bought the prettiest candle for a friend of mine, and a really cool coffee table book for another friend.

Their Instagram is really cool: @thisisstory I love following along to see when the new stories will be told. Story is located right near the highline and Chelsea market. It’s definitely a great way to spend a Saturday – for locals and tourists!

 

 

10 things I learned from graduating, moving to a new city, and starting a new job

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1. Emotions are normal. It’s okay to be homesick even if you haven’t lived at home in years. It’s okay to have a mini breakdown from time to time, like in the bathroom on your first day of training. It’s okay to call your parents just to say hi. And it’s okay to facetime your college roommate during your lunch break.

2. When looking for an apartment, it’s important to make a list of things you’ll need to accomplish. Including, checking how far away public transportation is, asking if there’s a club on your block that will be loud at night, testing the water pressure in the shower, asking if the windows come with shades, counting the outlets, and checking where the cable jack is.

3. Command strips are a girl’s best friend. And I don’t say this to be sexist. I can honestly say that it’s easier to hang 26 pictures in a gallery wall with command strips than it is to drill 26 holes in the wall. Your landlord will agree.

4. Budgeting can be fun if you use a cute font. And it’s actually really helpful to track how much you spend on coffee and clothing each month. While it isn’t fun to cut back, it’s much better to see your savings grow than to realize you’re bankrupt.

5. Credit cards are really helpful if used correctly (hello cash back perks), but they can kill your funds and your credit score if abused.  Credit is not the same as cash, and interest accumulates much faster than a plastic card newbie may expect. Even small loans can accrue about 5 meals worth of interest in one month

6. You’re expected to know how things work without actually learning about them, like all of this knowledge about how to adult just appears in your mind as you receive your diploma. Do some research on things like health insurance, retirement accounts, reimbursement accounts, tax forms, and how to find an apartment before graduation.

7. Putting a blazer over a dress that you wore to a house party in college does not count as business attire. People won’t take you seriously if you don’t dress the part. You can still look great while looking professional, find pieces that fit right, not tight.

8. A lot of people turn down free money. If your employer agrees to match a certain percentage of your 401k contributions, you better be taking full advantage of it. Set it and forget it before you get used to seeing it in your checking account. Also, if your company reimburses you for transportation expenses, fitness costs, or your cell phone bill, be on top of submitting the claims. Again, who wants to turn down free money!?

9. Ask for what you want. No one is going to hand you a silver platter, you have to work hard and make yourself heard. It’s okay to ask for things as long as you prepare and prove you deserve it.

10. You’re doing just fine. No matter how stressful it is to make life decisions, work in a job where your career is literally on the line, pay your bills, maintain your social life, and stay healthy, you’re exactly where you’re supposed to be and everyone else is in the same boat. Even if they look put together on the outside.

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Rockefeller Center Tree Lighting

Okay, so, I know in my last post I said one of my goals for the month was to go to the tree lighting.

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Well, starting December off strong and missing my first bucket list item. However, I did watch the tree lighting. I just did it from the comfort of my warm and cozy apartment and couch. It was raining outside, and I was in a meeting until 6:30 so I wouldn’t have even been able to see the tree (or the performers). This way I got the best of both worlds! I got to watch the event, I was warm and cozy, and I got to blog. Win/win/win situation, right? And we already have plans to go see the tree (and get hot chocolate) this weekend.

The performers tonight were amazing. If you missed it, I definitely recommend finding some of the replays online. The Pentatonix, Sarah McLachlan, and Josh Grobin were my favorites! And the tree is just magical – even on TV!