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New York International Auto Show

The New York International Auto Show has returned to the Jacob Javits Center in New York City. This annual show brings all of the car, motorcycle and automobile fanatics from all over the world to one location. For anyone who has a special love of cars, this is the candy store for you!

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This event runs from April 18 to April 27 so luckily you still have time. It’s a great event for couples, families and even kids. There are three levels of cars, activities and vendors open to the public. Mercedes Benz, Ford, Bugatti, Porsche, Acura, Infiniti and
Bentley are just some of the cars that you will see at this event. They also display concept cars, Car of the Year and just revealed cars to the public at this event.

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One of the activities I found enjoyable was the “BMW i3 Experience.” At this experience you have the opportunity to ride in a electric BMW made of all recycled materials. You ride three laps around the track driven by a trained professional who will demonstrate some of the features and benefits of the high tech vehicle.

 

What’s your dream car? Or what is the car that you so badly want to see yourself driving? Do you have it in mind? Well I’m sure male or female we all have that one “dream” car that we picture ourselves in. Well, the Auto Show is the perfect place to check out your dream car, possibly sit in it and take pictures or inquire about it from the well knowledged dealer representatives that are on site. I sat in the car that I want. I’m not necessarily a car fanatic but hey a girl still likes nice things.

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If you plan to attend this event I suggest you bring a camera or camera phone and wear sneakers. You will be walking around a lot and you will want to take pictures. If you’ve been to the auto show, tell me what you thought about it in the comments below. I also would love to see your pictures on Instagram. Tag me at @simplypamarie or hashtag #simplypamarie.

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Location: New York International Auto Show Jacob Javits Convention Center 11th ave between 34 & 40 Streets 

Public Show Dates: April 18-27, 2014

Hours: Monday – Saturday 10am-10pm and Sunday 10am-7pm

Tickets:  $15 Adults & $5 Child


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Smorgasburg-Brooklyn Flea Food market

Spring has finally sprung in New York City and what better way to celebrate the long awaited sunshine than a outdoor food market by the water. Smorgasburg brings the best street food in Brooklyn to two locations every weekend 11am-6pm from now until November. On Saturdays, Smorgasburg is located at East River park on the Williamsburg Waterfront. On Sundays, Smorgasburg is located at the Brooklyn Bridge Park Pier 5. Both locations are great for mixing, mingling and picnicking.

 

 

Now the best part of Smorgasburg is the food! The vendors  offer a sweet and special representation of food from all over the world. There are specialty vendors with food from Bolivia, Columbia, Asia and even right here in NYC. If you enjoy tasting food from everywhere, this is where you need to be. The food market also has an outdoor bar area where you can wash the food down with something nice.

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Personally there is one vendor that stood out to me, they are called The Bolivian LLAMA Party. They have a triple pork slider and brisket slider that is absolutely heavenly! You have the option of making it spicy so if you like a little kick make sure you ask for one. I paired my slider up with a homemade pink lemonade soda. They actually make the soda with some sort of helium looking machine that turns the juice into soda. Honestly, if I could go back right now to get another slider and soda I would. You absolutely must try this if you attend Smorgasburg.

Buttermilk Channel is another vendor that I enjoyed. They offer fried chicken and cheese waffles. Now I know this sounds really common and not so exciting but when I saw how long the line was I knew that I didn’t want to miss out on this experience. I kept seeing people pour honey on their chicken, which I was confused about but honestly it was delicious. I actually wouldn’t have enjoyed it as much if it wasn’t for the honey. If you try this vendor, do not forget the honey!

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Depending on how big your appetite is and how adventurous you want to be, I suggest you bring about $20-$40 with you to Smorgasburg. Each vendors dishes range from $5-$15, averaging about $10. Also, they are still taking vendors so if you have something delicious to offer, click here for registration: Smorgansburg Vendor Registration

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The Rock Grill

The Rock Grill is exactly what the name states, a restaurant that uses an 800 degree rock as the cooking means for your delicious entree meats. What makes this Asian inspired restaurant so unique is that you cook your entree to your liking on your own personal Rock. What does that mean? It means that you choose two meats to cook yourself!
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Now there is one catch to this special restaurant, it isn’t your normal brick and mortar restaurant. The Rock Grill is located on the Bahamas Celebration cruise ship. In my opinion, it was the best restaurant on the cruise ship. For an additional $30 you choose an appetizer, two entree meats, two sides and dessert from the menu. I chose the Chicken Dim Sum, White Chicken, Colossal Shrimp, Bok Choy with Peppers and the Mandarin Cheesecake. I have to point out that the Colossal Shrimp are two pieces of the biggest shrimp that I’ve ever seen and the Mandarin Cheesecake was so perfect that I ordered two.

The Bahamas Celebration is a two night cruise that is great for couples, families and friends. Fortunately, if you are interested in experiencing this restaurant you would also be experiencing a fun two day vacation. If you are interested in this vacation, you can contact the Bahamas Celebration at 1 (800) 314-7735 or click Bahamas Celebration.

Location: The Rock Grill - Bahamas Celebration Cruise line

Type of Food: Asian Inspired

Ambiance: Intimate

Pricing:  $30

Stars (Out of 5): ****


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Pam’s Pick! Casuarina Bridge, Freeport Bahamas

If I was asked to share my favorite part of my trip to the Bahamas, it would absolutely be my visit to the Casuarina Bridge. Casuarina Bridge is the islands largest bridge which stretches over the Grand Lucayan Waterway. When my friends and I pulled up to the middle of the highway, parked the car and got out, I had no idea what to expect. Well, I was completely blown away and in awe when I saw the scenery. It was beautiful! It just filled me with a feeling of peace and stillness.

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Living in New York City, there is rarely any peace and stillness anywhere so this was a perfect escape from what I’m accustomed to. After a while I sat alone and focused on appreciating life and thought about some of the things that were heavy on my mind. If you are visiting Freeport, Bahamas and need an escape to just relax for a moment, this is the perfect place. Also, it would be so romantic for a marriage proposal, a deep conversation or a soul searching private moment.

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Has anyone ever been to Casuarina Bridge? I would love to hear your view on your experience there. If you haven’t been, Casuarina Bridge is a must if you visit Freeport, Bahamas.

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Grand Lucayan in Freeport, Bahamas

We all need a getaway once in a while. A place to go to escape that never ending cycle of work, responsibilities, stress and even sometimes people. So if you fall into that category and find yourself desperately needing a fun yet peaceful vacation I would suggest visiting the Grand Lucayan in Freeport, Bahamas. The Grand Lucayan is a resort that is literally all in one. This resort has an amazing beach, several pools that also include an in-pool bar, restaurants and other amenities such as tennis, golf and a Spa. As soon as I reached the resort, I checked my bags with the friendly staff and basically ran to the beach. The weather was gorgeous and just playing in the waves of the water relieved all stress and worries that I had. If you’re a person that loves being in the water like me, you’ll also enjoy the pools where they provide floats so you can lay back and let the pool carry you away.

Besides the fun amenities, the Grand Lucayan also has beautiful and clean rooms. If you stay at the Grand Lucayan please stay in an ocean view room. Why? Because the ocean view will change your entire experience. I sat on the balcony/ patio every day by myself. It was the most relaxing and relieving feeling of my whole trip. Maybe because I’m really big on views or maybe because it’s just a great way to reflect and find peace. I also had  a bird friend come join me, I guess he wanted in on the experience as well.

The Grand Lucayan is also in a great location. Directly across the street from the resort is Port Lucaya. Port Lucaya is an outdoor center with shops great for buying gifts and souvenirs, restaurants that will provide you a delicious taste of the island and bars/clubs for nightly entertainment. In walking distance from the resort is also the Treasure Bay Casino which is open 24 hours. Sounds fun doesn’t it? Who wouldn’t want to spend their day at the beach, eat until their stomach is stuffed and then try their luck at the casino all in one day and in one location. I know I would, would you? Well now you can, with this great deal I found for you on Groupon! This deal includes a 5-night stay at the Grand Lucayan! Click here for details: Grand Lucayan Deal

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