That time of year is upon us, when we are supposed to be thinking about family and friends and happiness and cheer, while trying to deflect all the stress and pressure the season also brings. Sometimes a little pampering can help do the trick. Whether you gift it to yourself or a loved one, no one is going to want to return a massage or a great hair cut.
At Sparrow Salon in Greenpoint “everything is intertwined. If you look good you feel good. If you feel good you can do good. If you do good you feel good. And if you feel good you look good. You can’t take one away without the others suffering.” That’s the key behind Sparrow’s blend of massage, hair styling, and sustainable gifts and beauty products.
And for Cyber Monday get 15% off all gift certificates with code “HappyHolidays” and 20% off all retail in the shop or online with code “HolidayGifts”.
Every day get $20 off the first massage and $20 off the first Hair Cut or Color. Just mention this deal during service.
When a friend invites you to a party and you ask, “Can I bring anything?” be prepared for “How about dessert?” And if you don’t want to take the easiest route and go to the bakery, try this incredibly simple and festive macaroon recipe.
Aside from how tasty they are, there are two things I love about this recipe: 1. most of the ingredients (aside from coconuts) are in my cabinets and 2. I can easily remember all the ingredients. They also survived despite our wonky oven temperature fluctuations. Continue reading →
Well folks there are only 2 days until the big Christmas Day and many of us are scrambling. Maybe we forgot about our sister-in-law or that weird cousin no one talks about. Well everyone loves coffee – especially Cafe Grump Coffee. So when you’re getting your first or third daily espresso, grab a gift box before its too late! You don’t want to remember in the airport or on the road and be forced into buying a snow globe. (Nothing against snow globes)
When I was a kid my Titi Pat, whom my Dad called “the Irish woman,” (her real name was Patria) would drop off a big bottle of Coquito during Christmas. My parents don’t know it but I took swigs of the stuff. It was like coconut vanilla ice cream and made me feel so – funny.
Coquito is Puerto Rican, coconut flavored, rum laced eggnog. It is creamy, tropical and still promises that happy rum feeling.
It takes about 10 minutes to make and it’s the perfect drink to bring to any holiday party – especially when it’s presented in a mason jar with sharpie scribbled on it. Thats the good stuff, your alcoholic friends will think. Warn the fearful ones, it’s just rum but take small sips. Continue reading →
Do your parents ask you, “What do you want for Christmas?” and you never have any idea? Why not ask them for a gift certificate to one of your favorite local restaurants? Paulie Gee’s, Greenpoint’s best pizza restaurant, offers gift certificates!
Nothing is better on a cold winter night than warming up to delicious pizza out of a hot wood fired oven.
Is your Mom like mine? Does she actually make you get the present and then wraps it and gives it back to you? In that case it’s so easy – just call or stop in one hour before opening – around 5pm to grab your gift certificate from Paulie Gee’s.
• Pictures With Santa @ Community Garden near the McCarren Park Dog Run, SATURDAY (12/21), 12-4pm, FREE, put your furry friends in their best seasonal sweaters (ideally you have one to match) and get your family photo snapped with Santa! Holiday card, complete.
WEDNESDAY 12/18 • How Metal Stole Christmas Trivia Extravaganza @ Trash Bar (256 Grand St) 7:30-10pm, FREE, Grinch it up at this black Christmas revelry, with cheap drink specials and bonus points to any team who comes dressed in leather or as a grumpy cat ♫ BestNewBands.com Showcase with Honduras / Shy Hunters / The Wendigo / Spirit Plate / Jumpers @ Matchless (557 Manhattan Ave) 8pm, $7, RSVP ♫ Every Time I Die / LetLive / Code Orange Kids / Angel Du$t @ Saint Vitus Bar (1120 Manhattan Ave) 8pm, SOLD OUT, RSVP # Rarities from the Cellar @ Diamond Bar (43 Franklin St) 8pm, $20, Sample craft beers from the hidden Diamond vault, while munching on smoked schevre and aged cheddar (drool), More Info ♫ Lilith Velkor / Larp / Dirt Bikes / (E) Motion Picture @ Muchmore’s (2 Havemeyer St) 8pm, FREE, RSVP
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(sponsored) Attention little and big kids! Take photos with Santa in a true winter candy land!
Jellio.com, makers of fun, childhood-inspired furniture and home decor items, is welcoming Santa to their new Greenpoint shop, this Thursday, December 12th from 3-7pm, and Sunday, December 15th, from 1-5pm. The Jellio Shop is located within The Flying Squirrel (87 Oak Street) in Greenpoint.
Let’s face it you can’t take Christmas photos with a drone. Plus, Santa is giving out candy and FREE GUMMY BEAR TOYS!!!
If you were able to pay us a visit at the Holiday Market yesterday, maybe you noticed our lovely Illustrator Libby (who made the amazing poster for the market!) – who was manning our table shaking guests down for $1 raffle tickets. Our Writer’s Fund is very healthy thanks to her skills of persuasion! Continue reading →