The food options near festival heaven are getting better all the time (shoutout to all those foodie bloggers for making that a thing), which means yes there are lines. And, annoyingly, some are totally worth the wait. (We’re looking at you, Commissary, and your poboys and noodle bowls straight outta Koreatown. Yum.) But if you’re a true #RMRebelRebel, you’re going where the crowds aren’t. So when you need to take a break from the swaying for a minute, here are a few ways to get out, see the world, and pick up some doggy bags along the way.
The Lunch Getaway
With locally-sourced eats, a decked out patio and super chill vibe, The Barn Kitchen at Sparrow’s Lodge is your destination for clean food, clear air, and 100+ Likes on
Remember last night? Oops. Retracing your steps isn’t gonna happen until you focus on breathing, rehydrating, and balancing out all ‘dem toxins with this little mini detox today. Let’s figure out what needs fixing.
Last Night: Waffles.
Today: Rice cakes. Maybe with a drizzle of maple syrup. Maybe.
You can also sub out with saltines. Right now it’s about keeping something down.
Last Night: Red Bull.
Yesterday was about the instant energy. Right now, get thee some electrolytes. No, “electrolytes” is not an EDM band.
Last Night: Tequila! More tequila!
Don’t worry—we won’t make you go one for one.
Last Night: Seamless. Mmm.
Balance out that
To me, the holidays are all about family, friends, and latkes, with a few drinks in there, too. Though Hanukkah’s over, I’m headed back down to Florida for Christmastime to meet up with my whole family. And you just might find me sipping on one of my old-school favorite cocktails: a Gin Fizz.
Here’s my recipe. Try not to screw it up—it’s two ingredients and double the steps. Sometimes the simplest recipes are the most delicious. I swear by this one.
Rebecca’s Gin Fizz
> Scoop some all-natural vanilla ice cream into a glass.
> Pour in the gin until the ice cream starts floating around in a nice little gin bath.
> Give the mixture a whirl in a blender.
> Return the shake to your glass.
Rebecca’s Thanksgiving tradition: making pumpkin bread. But not just any old pumpkin bread (would you expect anything less?). Her recipe brings back all the best childhood memories, not to mention makes the house smell great. She first had it at preschool—yes, preschool—and she loved it so much, she’s made it every year since. Super sweet, right?
We obviously had to see what we were missing, so we got her to share the recipe.
RM’s Very Special Pumpkin Bread
2 cups all-purpose flour, spooned into measuring cup and leveled-off, plus more for coating the pan (RM uses gluten-free flour these days)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cloves
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground
For a jolt of cab-free fresh air, us New Yorkers jump at the chance to visit Sleepy Hollow. The upstate destination is the ideal locale to see the leaves change. Plus, it offers the best activities to fully embrace the chilly (and spooky) season. Here are our favorite spots to hit up when we’re in town.
To get yourself in the spirit, start off at the gravesites of Washington Irving and much of the gang who inspired the “Legend of Sleepy Hollow:” Ichabod Crane, Katrina Van Tassel, Brom Bones and the Headless Horseman. They’re all buried at (or near) the Old Dutch Church, aka the oldest standing church in New York. And it’s still a functioning church, believe it or not.