On The 19th Day of Christmas

We found a hidden gem in the form of restaurant. The Rockefeller’s center is often times mistaken for just going in for pre-top booked activities like the view from the top of the rock or ice skating. What a lot of people especially if this is your first time, do not know is that there are several restaurants and shops downstairs of the building. You can just walk into the building, take the stairs and be amazed by several places to eat and shop. Shops includes Starbucks, pizza shop, sit in table service restaurants and a fast track to the ice rink.

We stopped to eat at Cuccina and Co.

We were seated on time and a waiter came to collect our orders in less than 5 mins. This was impressive considering there was lots of people and I must say a positive experience because when you are a parent hauling kids around the kids and they are hungry, you want to get food inside their stomach as soon as possible.

The food was delicious. There wasn’t overly a lot of options, again this can be good for some people. I don’t like being overwhelmed with options personal so far they have a good option of cooked meals, it’s good enough.

We had food from the kids menu – Pasta and tomato sauce and desert. We also had chicken and mashed potato (wish it came with vegetables) and a shareable cheesecake desert. It was very filling for three people. I loved the chicken meal. It was well seasoned, moist and they added a gravy-like-sauce. I have been to several American restaurants and most times the steak or meat or fish is served dry. They give you ketchup or something like that to put on it. I love a good sauce on my meats. It literally and figuratively wet your palette. So I was really impressed with this meal.

I will definitely recommend this restaurant and would definitely be going back. I loved the food and the quick service. It was clean and the staffs were courteous. It is family friendly.

On The 18th Day of Christmas

On the 18th day of Christmas we went to FAO Swartchz for toy shopping. This iconic New York City toy shop is one of a kind in the world. From their real life toy soldiers dressed up like soldiers from the old Royal guards to varieties of kids toys and activities, this place is every child’s dream land. You can tell it is special with the amount of people that troops in from all over the world. The long line is almost worth it, or if you are local you could just come back another day. The line was over a block on this particular day. But on getting inside, you would forget all about it.

The giant build a bear rocket makes true sounds and lightning like it is about to take off.

Friendly guards who are always happy to make kids wishes come true by taking photos with them.

On The 17th Day of Christmas

I am loving blogmas and making new and interesting contents for you all. However, editing and putting it together this period is so crazy. I wanted to be doing them live unlike those vlogmas that are prerecorded. And preplanned or with no Christmas content. Now I understand why they do that. Christmas time in NYC school is hectic and this is our first experience. Fun fact:

We traveled to America on Christmas Day which meant we had two Christmases. One in London and one in America! So the kids joined the next school season. In the UK, Christmas time is a little more mellow. Any busyness you have is self inflicted really. I was always taking the kids to winter wonderland in Hyde Park or one Panto. But at their school, they just had a Christmas jumper day and “sometimes” end of year Christmas play. A lot of parents didn’t like that it wasn’t all the time. And all the years. Maybe it was the school our kids were in but there were some years one child will have a Christmas play and the other won’t have one.

Here in America it is different. Maybe it is just NYC but there are several things going on and I love and function in all the chaos but it’s hard keeping track of especially being our first time. Last week was the younger one winter concert at school.

And like most things America which I love by the way, it was grand. The PTA were selling roses and I was wondering if I should get one because first of all he is a boy and secondly he is not used to this practice from the UK. I saw a friend buy one for his son so I went ahead and did the same. It’s the gesture that matters not the sex. Boys needs to be cheered and appreciated when they perform too. Secondly we are loving acculturating into our new homeland. And I love this practice.

Then yesterday was my oldest daughters winter concert and recital.

The baby was so happy to see her big sister on stage. She was cheering her on. Then we went to give her a quick hug and kiss. Unfortunately the PTA did not sell flowers this time.

Next is more recital from their end of year after school club concert. Then class Christmas parties. Collections for the teachers and staffs which is brilliant by the way. Instead of individual gifts, the parents make a collection and one appointment parent get the teachers something they really want. So even if one parent doesn’t have something to contribute, they still get involved.

They also have Christmas jumper day here in America but they call it Holiday attire day. There are lots of Jewish people here and not everyone celebrate Christmas so they use “holiday” more than “Christmas” here. One other thing is that the school took the kids to a theater (in Times Square) so I guess that’s like going to the Pantomime here. The rest things I filled them up on. Now we kind of have the best of both worlds. Traditions we brought from the UK and the traditions we are experiencing here too.

Top 6 Places To Go Santa Crawl in NYC

New York City is such a beautiful place during the holidays and there are so many amazing things to see and do. One Christmas traditions we do, even when in London was to do a Santa Crawl. That is when you go and see Santa in different places. I think it’s so lovely and fun especially with younger kids.

One thing I noticed in NYC that is different from London is that there is a form of continuity and resemblance in all the Santas. They all look alike. Even the brown Santas. I think this is really good because we tell the kids that it’s a fun game trying to trick Santa by going to see him in different locations. Like a Santa hunt. So them looking kind of alike helps the younger kids to keep believing that it is the same one Santa, but in different locations.

On the 16th day of Christmas we went to see the Santa at Lotte Palace Hotel, again, and I’m going to give you a list of 6 places to go see Santa in NYC.

  1. The Santa at Macy’s. Macy’s Santaland is truly magical. No wonder people travel far and new just to come here

2. Santa in Bloomingdales

3. The Santa in Lotte Palace Hotel. I love this one the best because it is very relaxing, no queue. There is a reading, you can go have breakfast in the restaurant first. There is a beautiful letter box and beautiful Christmas trees in and outside. It is truly magical during the Christmas holidays.

4. Santa at the Rockefeller’s center ice Rink. This one is not free but you get to either have breakfast or lunch with Santa while overlooking the ice rink. It is a beautiful experience.

5. The Santa at the Brookfield Place New York. Create lasting experience with the Santa at Brookfield Place.

6. The Santa at The Plaza Hotel. If you have watched Home Alone and are into Christmas movies you will know that you cannot have Christmas in New York City without a trip to the Plaza Hotel. It’s so beautiful.

On The 15th Day of Christmas

Today was all about doing nothing. We was just going around looking at beautiful Christmas trees and decorations. We went to the ice ring at the Rockefeller’s center, Cartier and had festive hot chocolate at the Ralph Lauren coffee stand.

There’s something special about Christmas in NYC.