Happy 2 Year Blogiversary SimplyPamarie!

I had to turn on King Bey, aka Beyonce to start this celebration! Today I’m celebrating my 2 year Blogiversary! What is a blogiversary you ask? According to Urban Dictionary, it’s the yearly anniversary of someones web-log (blog.) So yes, simplypamarie.com has been providing you all the food, travel and entertainment knowledge you want to know for the past 2 years! This celebration is dear to me for so many reasons that were never shared before. I think right now is the perfect time to share them..

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Simplypamarie.com was started at a time when I was completely unhappy with my job. I was having one of those “woe is me” moments and my sister came to my room and completely went off on me. She said Pam “why are you sitting around feeling sorry for yourself? You have talent, you have drive, start that blog you’ve been talking about. Start it now!” So I wiped all my tears away and began formulating ideas for my blog. Thank you sister for being my muse and motivation.

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Now here we are 2 years later celebrating something that probably saved my life. It gave me a new outlook on life and honestly the motivation to fight some of the hardest battles ever. Very few people also know that I was recently unemployed for 10 months, after being laid off from a job. I know you’re thinking this girl been traveling, eating everywhere, and living luxuriously. Don’t let the Instagram pictures fool you, life was REAL. Really really real! Fortunately, I had great friends and family who supported and encouraged me. Moreso, simplypamarie.com was the light in my darkest days. Blogging and sharing my passions with my readers, and receiving comments and questions put a smile on my face when I really didn’t want to smile.

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But enough about that. I really want to thank my readers, my family and my friends for participating in simplypamarie.com I’ve experienced some amazing restaurants, built great connections, met some really cool fellow bloggers through @blackgirlswhoblog and also traveled places that people dream of. I thank you for experiencing all of that with me. I’m looking forward to bringing you more beneficial content. Remember that this blog is most importantly here to teach you how to “Live Life Simply.” It is here to give you all the details you need and also show you how to save money as well. (Groupon, LivingSocial, HotelTonight Uber and Restaurant Week are your friends.)

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Okay so in honor of today’s celebrating, I’m hosting another contest! This one is easy, so don’t worry. All you have to do is comment on this post about ANYTHING pertaining to my blog. For example, it can be a question for me, a comment about an experience you had from something I suggested on my blog, a suggestion on improving my blog or a restaurant you think I should try. All comments are welcome. I will select a winner on March 3. The winner will receive a $25 Visa Gift Card and a full one day of events planned by me.

Happy 2 Year Blogiversary SimplyPamarie!

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Celebrate #NationalDrinkWineDay at Ayza Wine and Chocolate Bar

Apparently today, February 18 is National Drink Wine Day. I had no idea this day even existed but once I became aware I knew there was one place in mind that would the perfect place to celebrate, Ayza Wine and Chocolate Bar. Their two locations of Midtown and West Village are a new breed of the wine bar. They also offer a weekly tasting workshop where you will learn about various wines and taste three wines and three gourmet chocolates.

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Ayza Wine and Chocolate Bar joins decadent chocolate delights with passionate wines. It’s the perfect dining location for a couple celebrating their relationship or even a first date experience. I dined at Ayza for Valentine’s Day. Ayza’s ambiance is simple and beautiful, each table was decorated with rose petals and a long red candle. It’s also very small and intimate, perfect if you’d like a more personal dining experience. They also have an outdoor seating area that is enclosed during the winter months but also is a great touch for a memorable dining experience.

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For Valentine’s Day they offered a three course dinner special for $68 each. I dined at their Midtown location. For an appetizer I had the Tomato and Cheese soup. Normally I’m not a fan of tomato soup but on a freezing snowy day in Feb, it was a delicious and warming comfort to my body. As an entree I chose the Sea Bass which was flavorful and for dessert I had their chocolate molten cake. I also was able to taste the filet mignon which was flavorful and soft. Overall, the Tomato and Cheese soup was the best. I honestly wanted a bowl to go!

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Now on to the best news! Groupon offers a  date-night package for two, valid any day for $69 and $49 for Sunday through Thursday. I highly suggest you use this deal because it also includes one of their five signature chocolate martini’s for each person.

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Locations: Ayza Wine & Chocolate Bar Midtown: 11 West 31st Street New York, NY 10001

West Village: 1 7th Ave S, New York, NY 10014

Type of Food: Wine and Chocolate

Ambiance: Intimate, Romantic

Stars (Out of 5):*****

Groupon Deal: groupon.com

Wine Tasting Workshop: Ayza Workshop

New York Restaurant Begins Today!

Restaurant Week begins today! If New York isn’t already on the top of their game with hosting Fashion Week and All Star Weekend, here’s one more reason to brave the cold and head out! Restaurant Week is a time when various restaurants all over New York City participate in creating a reasonably priced menu for everyone to enjoy. You have a three course menu option for lunch and/or dinner at select restaurants.

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Just a quick tip, you should view the menu of the restaurant you choose before you go. Just to make sure they are offering a dish you would like to eat. Also, make a reservation previous to your arrival. Lastly, I strongly suggest you participate in this event. I’m sure there are places you’ve always wanted to try or take someone to, this is the time to do it! Some Restaurants that I’ve previously blogged about such as Spice MarketRosa Mexicano, Beauty and Essex and Ruth’s Chris are participating. Take someone and tell me about your experience, and if you have no one to go with, feel free to invite me! I’m always down to eat!

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Hashtag #simplypamarie on your social networks and share your NYC Restaurant Week experience with me! I want to know what restaurants I should visit. Also, if you’ve visited any of the restaurants from my blog hashtag #simplypamarie and tell me about it.

What: NYC Restaurant Week

Where: Various Restaurants (Please click above link for restaurant locations)

When: February 16, 2015- March 6

Price: 3 courses, Lunch: $25 and Dinner $38

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