Surroundings

After a long day of work or city explorations, I look forward to coming home to my little bedroom.  I was lucky enough to find a space in the heart of downtown Manhattan that fits into my budget and offers a beautiful view of the city, not to mention the Empire State Building!!  It’s kind of funny, because I always associated the Empire State Building as an icon of the city.  Every time I catch a glimpse of it from inside my home, my heart swells up a bit and I feel so fortunate to be able to live in the city where all my dreams are coming true (yep, that’s super cheesy).

Here are a few details that make my bedroom a cozy space for re-charging from hectic city life.

I invested in a neutral platform bed so that it would be a furniture piece most likely to fit in with any NY space, considering how often I’ve moved.  You can never go wrong with white sheets.  I sometimes even eat in bed, and am never afraid of stains.  Buy cotton based sheets and you will never have those fears either since they are machine-washable.  I managed to score the pillowcase and duvet cover set on Amazon for just $34!

My candle obsession began shortly after I began dating a dreamy fellow who always lit them at his place.  A trio of candles provides just the right amount of warm fuzzy feelings while saving on electricity bills.  Sometimes it’s nice to live life like the 1890’s (any Portlandia fans out there?)

Nothing tops a room with a view.

Readers, what is your favorite part about your bedroom?

Sugar Rush

Sometimes it’s nice to take some time off and explore a foreign neighborhood.  Or rather, a foreign candy store in a nearby neighborhood this weekend.

For some reason, I find myself liking black licorice more and more as I grow older.  Maybe I am just getting used to the strong flavoring?  I recently heard about salted black licorice, a Scandinavian candy, and was perplexed by the flavor combination.  Sweet and salty are great partners in most foods, but the strong medicinal-like flavor of black licorice seems better as a solo act.

Of course in NYC, salted black licorice is not too difficult to track down.  Behold…Sockerbit!  Located in the West Village, Sockerbit is a candy store specializing in Scandanivian sweets.  Here, you can find over thirty varieties of licorice!

 

 

I got a few to try, but I must say my favorites were the salta salmiak pastiller.

In my first taste of salted black licorice, I honestly felt the saltiness factor to be overpowering.  My taste buds were overwhelmed and didn’t know how to process this odd combination!  These small candies were great as they offered the taste of salted black licorice in a manageable small dosage.

Is anyone a fan of salted black licorice?  What are your favorite types of licorice?