Sugary Spotlight: Dylan’s Candy Bar

Sorry I’ve been a little out of touch the last few days…work at the fitness club is finally winding down and I even got to take a few days off, courtesy of my boss who wants me relax (and maybe decrease the payroll). The strangest thing is that even when I am not working, I still want to be proactive and to be doing something productive with my time. Unfortunately at my house our lousy router (A Dell router) has finally broken down and my parents are currently waiting for an angel from the magical heavens of Apple to descend and set up our new one. Therefore, I have to venture far away from Neverland in order to get Internet. Yet another reason why I haven’t been posting anything of significant content.

But thankfully I am chilling at the Hanover Mall where there is some wifi and I am typing away! If you didn’t hear via Facebook or Twitter, I visited my boyfriend last weekend and BOY oh BOY that was very fun. It’s amazing how much fun you can still have with someone even if you’ve been with them for such a long time. Of course, being an avid sugar-addict, I had to make one particular pit-stop that always manages to satisfy my sweet-tooth. Dylan’s Candy Bar.

If you have never been to Dylan’s before…it’s an experience. You walk in and it’s like you are transported into a magical land with floor-to-ceiling candy. And EVERY CANDY IMAGINABLE!

Although it is quite crowded as you walk in, with all of the crazed tourists, once you walk around a bit, you’ll realize that the store is three floors. Did you get that? THREE FLOORS OF CANDY. Awesome. My dentist will love me for this. But you have endless possibilities for choices here. My favorite area to explore is the bulk candy area where you just grab a bag and choose as many types and pieces of candy you can ask for! I am personally addicted to gumballs. I know…not the first candy you’d think of when you are going through an endless selection…but I am ADDICTED to them. I could chew bubblegum all day. Although my jaw muscles would probably have something to say about that…

They don’t JUST sell candy by the way. Of course I had to get myself some goodies while I was bagging candy like it was going out of style.

Dylan’s sells everything from candy, to Dylan-branded clothing, to office supplies, to adorable candy pillows… a collection I’ve always wanted to start. (If you don’t know already…I am an avid collector. I had to make my final project for my college Museum Studies class about my outrageously huge Beanie Babies collection). But can you blame me? Look how cute they are!

Dylan’s Candy Bar also offers freshly dipped snacks from their famous chocolate fountain! I remember last time I was there taking a peep and having it dipped in their decadent chocolate and…OH MAN…it was taste-gasmic. It is definitely a must if you have not tried it yet. And who doesn’t like chocolate fondue, right?

Well…that’s it for me and Dylan’s Candy Bar…at least for this part of the year. I normally hit NYC around late Fall when my college offers free bus rides to and from NYC. So maybe next time I will have more to blog about Dylan’s.

Stay tuned for more reviews of places I hit in NYC this past weekend. And as always, have a lovely day!

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My Week in NYC Part 2

Hey guys!

My week in NYC was absolutely amazing… but alas, now I am back in good ol’ Massachusetts where the weather is nothing but rainy.

But the rest of my week in NYC was splendid! The weather was gorgeous throughout the week, which made my next few adventures a lot more enjoyable!

Cafe Reggio

“The Home of the Original Cappuccino” is such a cute little cafe for a quick, authentic Italian coffee. The environment is very much inspired by the coffeehouses in Italy, with beautiful paintings and sculptures that resemble famous works by Italian artists. It has been around since 1927 and is one of the most popular cafes in Greenwich Village, so it is definitely a must when you visit there.

Siggy’s Good Food

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This little restaurant in Brooklyn is home to cuisine that is 100% organic and made with only pure, clean & whole foods ingredients. (Since I am a health-food fanatic, this place definitely spoke my language). They get their ingredients from local farmers to ensure its freshness, making their food not only healthy but DELICIOUS! They also accommodate for all sorts of dietary restrictions, including vegetarian and gluten free. Even their wine and beer is organic!

Eric and I just had some of their “Snacks” for lunch, but they were SO GOOD. I had Quinoa and Spinach cakes topped with an organic salsa, while Eric had a hummus dish with ciabatta bread. Let me just say, whatever was in that hummus…it was magical!

Brooklyn Heights

Ahhhh, the Brooklyn Heights Promenade. Where do I start? This third-of-a-mile stretch is a pathway on the edge of Brooklyn that gives you a picture-perfect view lower Manhattan, South Street Seaport, the East River and the Brooklyn Bridge. It was such a gorgeous day, the sun was shining, not a cloud in sight, and I must say…it definitely makes for a really romantic spot. 😉

High Line

Again with the romantic pathways… Last January when I came to NYC, Eric took me to the High Line, which is a 1 mile long linear park that was originally a section of the former elevated New York Central Railroad which runs along the lower west side of Manhattan. Since it was in the middle of winter, the plants that gardens were a little lack-luster. I was promised that in the summer, the High Line gardens would be brought to life…and it definitely was. Eric and I walked along and I was amazed at how much the gardens had grown since my last visit and how much more alive the pathway had become. More and more businesses and food carts have been placed along the Highline, allowing for passersby to grab a quick coffee or yummy fro-yo as they continue on their path.

The flowers are simply gorgeous…I REEEEEAAALLY recommend it.

I’m really going to miss NYC…it is one of my favorite places in the world. The city that never sleeps. But after a long 4-hour train ride, I’m happy to be back home. But now…I must organize my upstairs…I still haven’t organized my crap from my move home from college, YIKES!

As always, have a lovely day!

My Week in NYC Part 1

Hey guys! Finals week is over WOOHOO! My boyfriend and I had our last final on the very last day of finals week at 2:30 pm. And by then…the entire campus was dead. But after a long drive we finally made it to NYC! I will be staying here for about a week to celebrate Eric’s (my boyfriend) birthday.

So while I am here I will be blogging about all of the amazing restaurants, shops, boutiques, etc that I find here in NYC. I’ve only been here about 2 days, and I already have so much to talk about!

David’s Tea

This cute little tea shop is on 275 Bleecker St (between Jones St & Morton St) in Manhattan in the West Village. They were having a special for Mother’s Day where they were giving away free tea to any mothers. So sweet!

But this place was so adorable. They are reasonably priced, and they have an amazing selection of teas. Some of the standouts I saw were Pumpkin Chai, Ice Cream Cake, Strawberry Shortcake, and … Swampwater? Yuck-a-doo.

When you walk in, the shop resembles a bar with dozens and DOZENS of teas for you to choose from. And the workers let you choose whichever tea you want and smell them (which explains why we ended up staying so long!)

If you are an extreme tea-lover who wants high-quality tea for a reasonable price, David’s is the place to be. They even sell their own tea accessories like tea sets, pitchers, infusers, mugs, you name it!

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