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.
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!
Okay, so, I know in my last post I said one of my goals for the month was to go to the tree lighting.
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!
Last week, I was absolutely craving pizza. There’s something about the pizza in and around my small Connecticut town that you just can’t find anywhere else. Being that I’m in New York, you must think I’m crazy. Liv and I heard about a place called Motorino in the East Village that we had to try. I got the simple margarita pizza (because I was craving it) and it was delicious. The pizza itself was very thin, but the crust was soft and doughy. I can’t recommend it more!