Thursday, February 16, 2012
When I heard about the concept of XpresSpa a few years ago -- an express nail/massage salon located in airports -- I couldn't wait to try it. Obvi, CLE doesn't have one (why?), but I remembered that Philly did.
An express mani was exactly what I needed today. I started my morning in NYC, took a train from Penn Station to to Wilmington and then took a car service for a flight home from the Philly airport, where my flight was delayed. Luckily, an XpresSpa was a stone's throw from my gate.
I liked my experience at the salon (massaging recliner/relaxing mani/quick service) but when I took a closer look at my polish while back at my gate, it looks horrible...bumpy, messy, etc. And, the price was not cheap: $25 for an express polish. At least I found a new color that I like: OPI Dulce de Leche.
I still love the concept and will try it again if I get the opportunity, but next time I'll take a closer look before zening out.
Anyone else try an ExpresSpa?
Thursday, February 9, 2012
Per foursquare, the last time I was in NYC was in April, but I can't remember why I was here for the life of me. (Just checked the blog, and it was for a mini conference.) The purpose of this week's trip was to get to know colleagues based in NYC whom I'll be working with on one of my new clients (first biz trip for the new job!). I'm used to staying in midtown Manhattan during my trips, so it was nice to spend some time in TriBeCa this time.
I stayed at the TriBeCa Grand, a lovely boutique hotel, which sports Malin + Goetz products, which I just read about in this month's issue of Lucky (yes, this type of thing is important). Since I like to sleep with a white noise machine at night, I loved that my room could pipe in it automatically with the turn of a dial (shut up).
Yummy, yummy eats during my visit. First Shake Shack for lunch at its new Battery Park location. I had the fantastic 'shroom burger with a caramel shake. Then dinner at Locanda Verde, a new authentic Italian hot spot helmed by a chef from Cleveland (thank you Cleveland Foodie for the rec). It was packed!
My colleagues and I shared plates of burrata (love affair), beet salad, wild boar and brussel sprout papperadelle pasta and scallops. We did not share our desserts. :) I had a delightfully warm caramel apple crostata tart with goat cheese gelato.
For breakfast and lunch (unplanned) today, we went to Pecan for muffins, smoothies, soups and sandwiches. Cute and cozy.
Besides our meals, which were close to the office, I didn't get a chance to venture out much. We did score manis before dinner last night, so that was a treat.
As I get onboarded for my new job, I'll be making a few more visits over the next month or so. Looking forward to getting to know more of TriBeCa. (P.S. TriBeCa stands for triangle below Canal Street...I had to look it up.)