The Heinz Effect

3rd July 2015

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Last week we were having breakfast on the beach in the Caribbean at a little joint called Hemmingway’s. Hot coffee, fresh coconuts and scrambled eggs. One thing didn’t miss my eye. As far away from civilization that we were, there it was – like a little piece of home. The mini Heinz ketchup bottle

You might not think twice about your ketchup – but I’m a native Pittsburgher – where ketchup is just as important as our Super Bowl rings. We take it very seriously – you’ll never find another name brand on a restaurant table or in a true Yinzer’s home (I’m honestly surprised they carry any other brand in the grocery stores!). I’ve actually called out restaurants on road trips – ask anyone I’ve traveled with – when they mis-mark their “Heinz” bottles as well. “Excuse me, miss? I am sorry, but can you explain why the ketchup coming out of this Heinz bottle is bright red, and this one is a dark brown?” hmmmm…. seems someones been refilling those bottles in the back. 

I take great pride in my hometown’s competency to turn tomatoes into something so grand. The Heinz family name has resonated through the years, and the product hasn’t changed much – except to adapt to better healthier lifestyles – such as their organic line. The taste isn’t different – but you know that there are less chemicals and no GMOs going into the ketchup. This is a huge deal in this day and age, and as we all start to look more closely into what’s in our foods – I think it’s important to realize that processed food – aka condiments – can also transform into these healthier options.

No one is ever going to give up ketchup – so wouldn’t you rather just eat tomatoes that are the next best thing to growing your own in your own garden? Plus, let’s just be honest here – we’re moms. We’re not Julia Child’s creating mind blowing feasts everyday in the kitchen – we grill hotdogs (or grab then in Central Park!) and don’t serve veggies with every meal. But, ketchup is tomatoes right? 

Here are a few summer swap tips for healthier options:

1. Hot Dogs

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One of Maximo’s favorite things are hot dogs, and it’s not always the best things for kids – so I try to keep 100% organic beef hotdogs on hand at all times. Because, well, we know the ones in NYC aren’t exactly – er – organic. My favorite? The Great Organic Un-Cured Beef Hot Dog by Applegate Farms. Yes they’re still full of sodium, so don’t eat a bunch at once, but they’re a lot better than most. Check out this list of the 9 best grass-fed hot dog options for ideas

2. Organic and non GMO

You can make easy, simple swaps to make small differences, and your family won’t even know. Start with the heavy hitters like milk, ketchup, coffee, juice and eggs. I couldn’t be more proud that Heinz is introducing their new Happy. Healthy. Heinz. products. In response to consumer demand, Heinz® Tomato Ketchup, America’s Favorite Ketchup® for generations, has expanded its product offerings to include two new sizes of its popular Heinz® Organic Ketchup, made with 100 percent USDA certified organic tomatoes, and Simply Heinz® Ketchup, made with real sugar. It’s time more mainstream brands followed their lead – especially since Heinz is also carried in so many restaurants and amusement parks throughout the country – this is an easy, nationwide healthier change that is HUGE. 

 3. Try it – grow your own

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This is Maximo’s little garden on our balcony. He has some herbs sprouting, his own kids-sized tools and we just planted some tomatoes that I think will spring up shortly! Everyday he runs out to check on them and see if they need water. 

It’s a trend that I love seeing everyone do these days. Gardens are popping up everywhere – even here in NYC. Even if all you have is a fire escape – you can still grow your own herbs (think basil and cilantro), and thanks to Heinz, we’re even potting some tomato plants on our balcony this summer! Many city schools are turning old parks and even rooftops (and classrooms!) into miniature gardens and teaching our children it’s possible to grow food and plants almost anywhere. What a beautiful thing – literally. It’s it more fun to see green plants growing in your house, as well as give them a reason to get dirty AND tend to something each day? 

Thanks, Heinz for being a pioneer in the healthy lives of your consumers. We hope this trickles down to replicate in many more of our every day food items.

Want to make the switch? I’m giving away three coupons for full-sized organic Heinz ketchup. Who can’t use a little ketchup! All you have to do is tweet and follow Heinz and myself. We’ll see you and pick a winner next week. Happy Fourth everyone! 

Thank you Heinz for sponsoring this post and helping to keep our family healthy.  

Thomas Takeover for Summer 2015

28th June 2015

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Peep! Peep! Thomas the Tank Engine is steaming his way around the country this summer on his annual Day Out With Thomas Tour and this year he’s celebrating 70 years of friendship with his friends! That’s right—you and the kids can jump on the real steam engine pulled passenger train for a tour of the countryside! Of course, Maximo loved it last year so we’ll be going again this year when he pulls into Philipsburg, NJ.
 

As if we didn’t already have Thomas overload – did you also know that the Thomas Land Amusement Park is set to open in August? Maximo will be heading up shortly to give you a full play-by-play of this new toddler adventure just outside of Boston shortly. 

But, in anticipation, here’s a sneak peek into the train ride we did last year, and why you might want to join us for our traintastic summer plans.

Gear up for the main event

Hosted at real train stations throughout the United States, families get to experience an old-fashioned passenger train ride, complete with a real steam engine (spouting off steam!), ticket booth, conductors and coal. Kids also have the chance to grab a photo with Thomas before he takes off. The train ride itself lasts about 25 minutes, and departs immediately on time.

While the passenger cars don’t allow strollers, there is a parking area for them beside the boarding area. We also recommend grabbing one of the open window seats so your child can see and point at the scenery outside!

Meet Sir Topham Hatt

There’s a special guest appearance by Sir Topham Hatt—the man who oversees all of the engines on Sodor—so be sure to stop by for a quick photo. We were told he’s curious to know who your favorite engine is—Thomas, Percy, Henry or Belle. Or maybe it’s Cranky the Crane!

Explore Imagination Station

After the ride, kids can spend time at Imagination Station. Wooden and electronic train tables are set up for the kids to play with—they can even reenact the train ride they just took with these mini versions. Other activities include temporary tattoos, color stations and craft activities (we were fans of the design-your-own-railway project).

DATES AND DETAILS

Where to catch the train:

New York and surrounding areas: Utica, NY (June 26-28); Phillipsburg, NJ (July 10–12, 17–19); North Conway, NH (July 10–12, 17–19).

To view a full listing of dates and locations, click here.

Cost: Tickets are $16 to $36 per person (the prices vary by location). It’s recommended that you arrive one hour before your departure time. Book your tickets online here.

This post was originally posted on MommyNearest.com.

Taking Time For Me

27th June 2015

When was the last time you went somewhere and didn’t take any photos, any videos – and just lived in the moment. You just took the chance on banking on your memory to remind you of the sacred pieces of time you would never want to forget. 

This is what I did in June.

Okay, so I took SOME photos. But there are a few trips you didn’t even know I went on – because I didn’t post about it. Instead, while flying high in the air from city to city I would play a song that took me right back to that moment in time, and remember the faces, the moments, and most importantly to me – the words and emotions that I felt at that moment. These are my memories, and there is a genuine fondess and knowing that they are mine and only mine.

I haven’t wrote in a while because I purposely took some downtime. I have been working around the clock (who doesn’t!) and just writing and being on social media because monotonous to me. Watching everyone post and attend all these events just made me exhausted – I have lost my mojo. Between all these planes trains and automobiles, passports, customs lines and cabs, I spent more time than not disconnected. 

What happened is I reconnected with my soul.

Literally – I jumped off mountains in the Poconos, snorkeled in the coral reefs off deserted islands in the Caribbean, met locals, ate new foods, heard fascinating stories from mountain men and “belongers” and reaffirmed my love for travel, discovery, facing fears and then showing the world the world they never see. I may not be Anthony Bourdain, but he was on to something – we all shut ourselves into this tiny bubble of life that we know and are comfortable in. As a mother, it’s my duty to teach my son about the world he has – and that everything and anything is possible.

Did the Supreme Court not just pass the law allowing gay marriage nationwide? #LoveWins

But love yourself first.

Yeah yeah – I know you’re saying Stephanie’s gone off the deep end – where’s the yell voice we all love and relate to? I’ll never lose my voice, but I had to go back and find it – isn’t that what life is about? The journey?

 

SwimToday for Tomorrow

12th June 2015

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I learned to swim when I was about 4 or 5 years old. The memory is burned into my memory like a branding stick to a steer. It was at Thiel College’s indoor pool and I was there with my aunt. They told me to jump into the water and she would catch me. She didn’t. I went under. Obviously I came up. 

I think I still hold a wee bit of resentment towards that class and teacher for not catching me to this day. Not because I swallowed a couple gulps of chlorine water, but because they all betrayed my trust on something that was scary to me as a child. At 34, I still remember. I guess I am lucky it didn’t scar me enough to scare me away from water from good.

My dad doesn’t know how to swim. Still.

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So swimming has ALWAYS been a huge concern of mine when it comes to Maximo – how young do you start? I am timid to do it correctly – will he like it? Will he be scared like me? We did attempt a swimming class back when he was six months old. He loved it. He went under. AT SIX MONTHS. 

Learning to Enjoy the #FunnestSport

I’ve always loved swimming – growing up at a lake and having a pond on the farm made swimming second nature. But after my traumatic experience, I want to make sure Maximo will love the water as much as I do. I want him to think of it as fun, and not a life saving skill. 

Through SwimToday, pools and swim teams nationwide are inviting new swimmers and families to experience the sport with incentives such as free swim team trial periods, customized swim caps and promotional materials from kits sent to 1,500 swim teams to use locally.

Why You Should Try Swimming This Summer 

Thanks to SwimToday, Maximo is enrolled to take swimming lessons over the summer. I’ve excited to get him in the water and learn how to love it (and swim on his own!) and here are 10 reasons why you should be to:

1. It’s closer than you think – 62 percent of families live within 10 minutes of a pool; 52 percent of households with combined income of $50,000 or less report they have access to a pool nearby. 

2. Everyone participates – Swimming is inclusive, there are no benchwarmers (nor benches). 

3. Swimming is a team sport – Only 16 percent of non-swimming parents view swimming as a team sport but parents of swimmers associate the sport with teamwork more than any other sport.

4. Suit up and go – Only a swimsuit, cap and goggles are necessary to get started

5. Life skills – Swimming increases self-confidence, self-esteem, time management, goal-setting and social developmen

6.  Easy to learn – 76 percent of parents said the ease of learning to swim was high

7. Low risk of injuryNo contact makes for a safer environment. 

8. Swimming = total body fitness – Burn 650 calories in an hour – more than walking, biking or team sports.

9. Sport for life – Once you learn to swim, you can enjoy no matter your age

10. Swimming is FUN – Parents confirm that swimming is the #FunnestSport

Meet Dara Torres

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“Being a part of a swim team is one of the most fun and most rewarding experiences a child can have. I’ve benefitted from the sport’s values in every aspect of my life and that’s why my nine-year old daughter is a swimmer. It’s also why I’m so passionate to share with other parents and invite them to understand what the sport has to offer. Once they know, more parents will have swimming at the top of their lists.” – Dara Torres, a five-time Olympic swimmer-turned-swim-mom

I loved having the opportunity to chat with Dara (can’t you tell! We were too busy laughing to pose for a photo) not just as a swimmer, but as a fellow mom. She’s hilarious – and made understanding water safety and swimming as a concerned mom not so scary. The best way to be a mom is to just dive right in – literally! Just make sure it’s deep enough first. 

Be sure to follow along as we chronicle our journey of swimming lessons with SwimToday over the summer of 2015!

Parents can learn more about participating teams and find those nearest them by searching their zip code at www.SwimToday.org.

Thanks to MomTrends for the opportunity to learn more about swimming through SwimToday and Dara Torres. We were provided complimentary swimming lessons to document our experience.

Foghorn Leghorn is Back on WB Kids YouTube {Giveaway}

12th June 2015

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So Maximo has hit that age that cartoons are cool. Yeah, okay – so kids shouldn’t watch tv – blah blah blah. We all did and we turned out okay! I say everything in moderation folks!
 
But if you’re like me – you may not be a fan of cartoons of today – and miss the old school Looney Tunes and Scooby Doo episodes from the 80s. Well they still exist – seriously, nothing makes me happier than catching an episode of Foghorn Leghorn, Yosemite Sam or Porky Pig on YouTube with Max on a road trip. 
 
I love and curse technology at the same time, but check out these new “old” cartoons you can see on the channels. Since we grew up with them, we can already approve them to watch!
 

Batman 

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Check out some of the amazing new videos from DCKids & Warner Bros’ new Youtube channels – included are favorites such as Batman Unlimited, DC Super Friends and Scooby-Doo! There will be many more updates over the next year, so don’t forget to subscribe to their channels!

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Give Me Love

8th June 2015

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If you happen to be walking on 19th Street and 10th Avenue right under the High Line and see a random, suburban-looking house that doesn’t seem to belong in New York City, you might want to walk over and investigate. Yayoi Kusama’s “Give Me Love” installation is hiding behind those inconspicuous walls at the David Zwirner Gallery in Chelsea. It’s super kid-friendly and we guarantee you’re going to want to experience it before it closes on June 13. Here’s why:

How it started

Artist Yayoi Kusama is known around the world for her polka-dot art. The spaces she creates are open and clean, allowing kids and adults to turn them into their own works of art. Visitors are encouraged to apply stickers as they wander through the exhibit. She designed the set in New York to be completely white—blank walls, picture frames and shelves, a desk, a fully-set table and kitchen, and even a dog bed.

The Obliteration Room

Inside the Obliteration Room, you can apply the famous dots anywhere you can get your hands on, including house plants or even the ceiling. (To say my toddler had a ball doing this would be an understatement!) Don’t be surprised if you leave with a few dots decorating your own wardrobe.

One of the best was to introduce art to little ones is to have them become part of the exhibit or project. This installation encourages kids to use sensory skills to the max through colors, touch and their own creativity to make the space unique.

Dots for days

Outside the Obliteration Room, you’ll also find six oversized stainless steel pumpkins decorated with large, colorful polka-dots. Kids (and adults!) can run around them and look at themselves in the mirror surfaces. One thing to keep in mind: Don’t touch the pumpkins.

Hours and Admission

Location: David Zwirner Gallery, 519 West 19th Street, Manhhattan

Dates: Through June 13

Hours: Tuesdays through Saturdays, 10am to 6pm

Cost: Free

Originally posted on MommyNearest.com

Love the food you eat

27th May 2015

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AHHH it’s bikini season – or for a lot of us moms – last minute dieting seasoning to try and squeeze into something that doesn’t make us look like whales. As I age (gracefully) I’ve realized my metabolism isn’t as kick ass as it used to me – so while I can’t bury myself in a pile of cookies and still look like a model, I still like to have a little indulging here and there. What is life without the good parts? 

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So I decided to try a little research on a couple of my mom friends who are diligently trying to get ready for some beach vacations (myself included!). They are always trying to starve themselves and wonder why (1) they’re miserable and (2) not losing any weight. 

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So we taste tested some treats – and I think we all agree these little Salted Carmel Brownie Bliss bars by Weight Watchers were an unexpected delight. They’re only 90 calories (2 pts in Weight Watchers) and individually wrapped so you can live a little with your sweet tooth without feeling like you’ve totally blown all that hard work you went through. This is a great reality check:

4 Tips To Love Your Food

1. Don’t restrict yourself. Everything in moderation. Carry a few of these perfect sized Weight Watcher treats with you in case you get a craving you just can’t pass up. That way you won’t be tempted by that massive blueberry bagel in the window when you grab your morning coffee.

2. Don’t think of food as food, but as fuel. Remember our picky toddler eaters? They only eat when they’re hungry – they aren’t starving. They aren’t stress eating or bored eating. Before you reach for that calorie killer – think are you really hungry or just stressed?

3. Drink more water. You hear it all the time, but it’s proven that on a daily basis, most of us aren’t consuming enough water. Many parts of the world don’t have the luxury of unlimited fresh clean water everyday, and we take it for granted. Start pouring yourself a glass more often, and you’ll also see you won’t be as hungry.

4. Mind who you eat with. If you dine with people who say F IT! I’m going for a burger and fries, you’re going to do the same. Try to eat with “healthy” eaters that will keep you on track. Same as if you smoke or drink – if you avoid them, you won’t fell inclined to participate in bad habits – eating junk is a bad habit!

Tasting is Believing Challenge

Don’t believe that read food can still taste good in moderation? Weight Watchers invites you to purchase any Weight Watchers Sweet Baked Goods treat, try it, and if they don’t love it, get their money back! Complete details and full customer reactions can be found at http://tastingisbelieving.com/

Best 2015 Baby Products from the NY Baby Show

21st May 2015

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Baby products might update and change faster than technology – and since I have preggo and new moms out there – it’s necessary to pass along all the new goodies I come across – cause everything I had just three years ago with Max is totally outdated already. (AND NO- I’m not one of the pregnant ones since I know you’re wondering). t’s just part of my job – being a socialite mom who loves to know what is happening and trendy in mom world – and of course, to get to chit chat and meet up with other fellow moms in NYC. That’s what life is all about right?

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Being a NYC mom/blogger/editor, I am part of an incredible community of fun, talented ladies and spending time with them is one of the best perks of the job – it also doesn’t hurt that MomTrends likes to throw exclusive #MomTrendsLounge events and areas for us to mingle in either. 

But now on to the stuff you want to add to your Gugu Guru baby registry:

1. Primary

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This is like American Apparel for babies – without the hefty price tag. All of their brilliant basics are $25 or less -that includes hoodies, dresses, pants – you name it. Kids grow way too fast and stain with food and playgrounds way too much to be spending insane amounts of money on trendy clothes. I still buy Max some fun staples, but for everyday wear, these are our new go-to pieces. You’ll be seeing Maximo wearing them a lot soon in our Instagram photos. 

2. Mommy Nearest

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Shamless plug for the best app for new parents and growing – yes I may have been with Mommy Nearest since day one, and be the NY Editor – but this app gets better and better. We’re now in over six major cities (New York, San Francisco, LA, Chicago, Boston, Washington DC) and expanding into Miami and Philadelphia this summer. This a location-based app that will show you the closest changing tables, which restaurants really DO have room for strollers or high chairs, and where to grab the closest emergency diaper – among others. Listen, I still use it daily, and really plan to use it when we visit DC later this month. Did I mention we curate TONS of amazing local and national content? It’s free – you’ll thank me later.

3. Hatch Things

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Good GOD it’s about time someone came up with this! Until I transitioned into our lightweight stroller for subway travel around the city, I didn’t realize just how HARD it is to travel with a reliable diaper bag or just travel bag that doesn’t tip and toss everything onto those nasty NYC streets every time your toddler jumps up. Yeah, gross. Thankfully, Hatch Things has you covered. This bag clips onto the side of your stroller, and comes in six different vibrant colors. You can grab one on Amazon for only $17 here. 

4. Snuza Hero

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When Max was first born, I had a lot of sleepless nights – not because he was keeping me up, but because I would rush to place my hand softly on his belly to see if he was still breathing. In fact, I still do – especially when he’s sick, or even just fallen asleep in the car. That just means we’re concerned moms! But this cute little clip on contraption monitors the subtlest movements and breaths for you. Movements that are are weak or occur less than 8 per minute (or if no movement is detected for 15 seconds), this little gizmo will vibrate gently to stimulate your baby. If this occurs three times, a Rouse Warning will alert you, and if there is still no movement detected for 5 seconds, an alarm will go off. You can pick one up (and sleep better!) on Amazon for only $99.

I was compensated by MomTrends to attend this baby show, but all opinions are my own. 
Photo credits: MomTrends, Hatch Things, Mommy Nearest, Primary, Snuza Hero.

Putting the Wanderlust back into Travel

20th May 2015

turksHow many times do you look forward to a vacation – and then think – I have to pack for everyone, travel on a plane, train or automobile with cranky kids and THEN squeeze into a bathing suit? Before you know it – traveling doesn’t sound so fun anymore. 

Travel and vacation is supposed to be relaxing – taking a break from the everyday elements that cause us stress, agony and exhaustion. So getting there shouldn’t been worse than the trip itself. If you’re really lucky – you ‘re able to book a trip without the kids. But more times than not, it’s going to be a family trip and you (mom!) is going to be the one still doing all planning. 

But when did we start putting all that stress back on our shoulders? It’s time for us women to take back our wanderlust!

Don’t be afraid to put on a bathing suit

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Bathing suits can honestly make or break a trip. And more times than not, we worry more about what we look like than actually enjoying the time we have with family. If you’re too afraid to put one one – here’s one big reason why you should: you’re missing out on memories with your kids you’ll never get back. So throw on one like Miracle Suit that will suck and tuck in all the right places and help you feel better about yourself no matter your size. 

Fulfill your #bucketlist 

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There are so many places to see in this world that we can’t possibly see them all before we die – so you better get started on that bucket list. Instead of always going to see the inlaws for a few days, get them to take a little road trip with you, or meet you somewhere. These wallpaper murals by Murals Wallpaper are great for marking everywhere you’ve been – or want to go. Try doing the old blindfold and spin and point and leave your next trip to fate. 

What’s on your bucket list? What’s holding you back? 

Get a really good bag 

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If there’s one thing I’ve learned about traveling, having the right luggage is one of the most critical components. Luckily, diaper bags can double as travel bags, and diaper bags have also come a long way. This jungle leather slouch OiOi bag screams adventure (not diapers).

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And we’re still obsessed with how our Lo and Sons OMG bag fits right over the handle of our carry-on AND it has a little pocket for us New York moms to slip in our dirty flats when we need to switch up to heels. 

Prep yourself with in-home spa services

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Who doesn’t love to prepare for a good beach trip with a fantastic pedicure? It’s the little things and you deserve to look good – even if it’s just your toes. We love that there are some any great in-home spa services here in NYC to help you prep in advance (without having to find a babysitter!). Try a good yoga or sweat session with Priv, get your hair blown out or get your make up down with Glam Squad, and then get a fantastic facial or mani/pedi with Spa Bear. Heck – why not invite ALL your friends over to get ready together and have a fun girls day IN your living room. How did we all survive before this??

Still not convinced to take that trip head-on? Feel free to email me and I’ll walk you through the travel/packing/planning process myself. Everyone deserves a good vacation - just be warned I’ll be confiscating your cell phone :)

This post was made possible by products provided by Momtrends. Photo credits: Momtrends

Going Texas de Brazilian in the City

15th May 2015

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I remember when I was a brand new mom in the city and wondered if it was okay to just pop in for dinner anywhere with Max in tow. Now, I wouldn’t be “popping in” for dinner at Buddahkan anyways, so it wasn’t like I was heading to places I knew were off-limits, but there is just an unspoken rule in the city as to where you “should” take kids. 

So this time I wanted to bring to your attention a place you might have overlooked that’s right under your nose: Texas de Brazil - which is right next to Dylan’s Candy Bar and behind Bloomingdales. 

The Spread – meat for days

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Since I am obsessed with food, especially meat, Brazilian steakhouses are always a great place to experience a lot of different cuts and flavors in one sitting. If you’ve dined with me, you know usually my eyes are bigger than my stomach and I order a little of everything on the menu. You don’t have to worry about that here – they bring all the meats to you! From lamb to Filet Mignon to pork roast – there’s a variety to satisfy every carnivore at the table. 

For the vegetarian

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You may not think that a steakhouse is a great place for a non-meat lover, but their salad bar goes beyond. In fact, I could have just feasted on it all night. (We even heard that Dylan from next door who is a vegetarian enjoys it and pops in!)

From fresh roasted vegetables, to cold, crisp vericots to even grilled provolone you can find an amazing plate of 50-60 different flavors to indulge in – or even introduce new foods to your toddler. 

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Not kidding that they host a little something for everyone, you can even find some fresh ahi tuna and simple California rolls. They aren’t trying to be the best at every cuisine in town, but they do offer fresh, healthy options for even the pickiest of eaters in your posse.

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Desserts and adult beverages

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Oh wait – did you just have to loosen your pants? We’re not done yet. Desserts are coming and you’re getting a piece. From creme brulee to classic New York-style cheesecake to chocolate on chocolate to (my favorite) carrot cake – you better make sure to bring your sweet tooth along for the ride. 

Cause even parents need a cocktail – you’ll be happy to know they have an extensive top-notch wine list as well as signature drinks (that aren’t overly sugary and actually contain a punch of booze). They also offer after dinner drinks such as cappuccinos, and port wines. 

What you didn’t know about Texas de Brazil

1. They’re actually family-owned – not a chain!

2. Quality Customer Service. Our waitress was on point, and super sweet. The guys who come around to your table? Personable! The GM, Joseph Mobilia, came over to our table just to see how everything was (without knowing I am press) and we ended up having a full-blown conversation with him. Since Lydia and both come from past service industry jobs, we love and appreciate quality customer service. 

3. Elevators! The restaurant is two-levels and offers some pretty cool second-story views of the Upper East Side. And there’s a lovely elevator to get you and the kids (and even a stroller!) up there.

4. Kids eat free. Under two they’re free – ages 3-5 are only $5! And then children ages 6-12 are half the price of adults. That’s a pretty good deal and we love great deals in such an expensive city. (Adults are $59.99, or $39.99 for salad bar only). 

5. Birthdays and private meetings. They have private areas so you can throw a meat filled fiesta for the family or company get together. Everyone is happy to bond over #meatsweats.

Win a free meal!

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Want to win your own free meal at Texas de Brazil? Stop by to try out the foods (or happy hour!) and take a selfie with this little green/red sign and tag them on Instagram or Twitter with the hashtag #texasdebrazil. 

Texas de Brazil – NYC
1011 3rd Avenue
New York, NY