Mighty Quinn #EastVillage #NYU #NYBBQ #BBQ #ManhattanBBQ #Ribs

Mighty Quinn

Mighty Quinn

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My name is Kristen Ruhlin, I’m a new mama to a boy named Bastian.

This blog is all about hitting the top restaurants  with BIG strollers, tiny babies in big cities. So check in to see where Bastian and I have ventured and if we were asked to leave once they saw our HUGE SUV of a stroller roll in(we have a Bugaboo Cameleon, it’s big). We’re eaten’ food, burpin babies and taken names.

RANKINGRiding Dirty (1)- the lowest of the low;  Strollin (5)- kindly asked us to hit the road; Rollin (10)- these ballers know how to roll.

Strollin(5)- We went on the early side, so it wasn’t that crowded and I will say the host was so friendly and sweet, but it’s not the most stroller friendly when around dinner time. It’s order your food and bring to your table style, so it can get crowded and if you have a big stroller there isn’t a lot of room if you want to keep it at the table. It’s also communal seating except for a few 2 tops and a few 4 tops. The was, OK. I’ve had way better BBQ in NY so this will be my last time- too much better food in the city to try. 

The Spot:  “Mighty Quinn”  East Village, LES, Union Square, NYC, Manhattan, NY, New York City, NYU

  • 103 2nd Ave. New York, NY  (212) 677-3733
  • Food:  Average
  • Price:  $-$$ Fair prices. Read more on Yelp! 
  • Location:  East Village, LES, Lower East Side, New York, Manhattan, NYC, NY, Union Square, NYU

BIG APPLE BBQ 2015 

A side note on a family, fun thing to do in NYC that’s free to walk around and take in all the smells of different BBQ from all over NY and the US. There are tons of prizes, giveaways and cooking channel stuff going on, with live music, a beer garden and TONS OF BBQ!  The average pricer is like 10 bucks a plate at each plate- it’s great to go in groups and just sample small bites from a bunch of different places.

“Put some South in yo Mouth.”-  Big Apple BBQ

Home for the Holidays & Husson’s Pizza #CharlestonWestVirgina #Husson

HO HO HO and #MERRYCHRISTMAS!!!! Ain’t no place like home for the holidays!!

Husson's Pizza and Subs. Are you picking up what I'm throwing down?

Husson’s Pizza and Subs. Are you picking up what I’m throwing down?

My name is Kristen Ruhlin, I’m a new mama to a boy named Bastian.

This blog is all about hitting the top restaurants with BIG strollers, tiny babies in big cities. So check in to see where Bastian and I have ventured and if we were asked to leave once they saw our HUGE SUV of a stroller roll in(we have a Bugaboo Cameleon, it’s big). We’re eaten’ food, burpin babies and taken names.

RANKINGRiding Dirty (1)- the lowest of the low;  Strollin (5)- kindly asked us to hit the road; Rollin (10)- these ballers know how to roll.

The Spot:  “Husson’s Pizza” 1008 Bridge Road Charleston, WV
(304) 342-2388

Rollin– We did this baller style at home. What to do when you’re at home in the hills, all nestled by the fire and have a holiday movie playing and your best friends over? Call up #Hussons pizza son! We had 3 pieces left and they were only there b/c we were all being polite. Yum. We also ordered the night before for subs…no joke, it happened and I am coming clean about it. I’m sure #JenniferGarner and #BenAffleck would approve.

  • Food:  You know exactly what you are getting. I grew up on the stuff and it just like I remembered. However, the rest test came from my NY husband who has grown up on the famous #nypizza and he’s a tough critic when it comes to dough and sauce. He loved it…hence the 2 night of ordering. You can’t get a better ranking than a #NYpizza boy saying it’s worth a double dose.
  • Price:  $ Speaks for itself…esp when I’ave had some pretty bad pizza in #NY and #LA for around $40 bucks and barely feeds 3 people. Yelp them here.
  • Location: All over  Charleston, West by God Virginia

“No place will ever hold the memories and secrets of youth like that of ones hometown.”

The Smith- and some Natural History #UWS #NYC #BabyBlog #MamaBlog

Bastian. The Squid and the Whale. 2014

Bastian. The Squid and the Whale. 2014

My name is Kristen Ruhlin, I’m a new mama to a boy named Bastian.

This blog is all about hitting the top restaurants  with BIG strollers, tiny babies in big cities. So check in to see where Bastian and I have ventured and if we were asked to leave once they saw our HUGE SUV of a stroller roll in(we have a Bugaboo Cameleon, it’s big). We’re eaten’ food, burpin babies and taken names.

Last week baby B and I hit up the UWS, Upper West Side- Motha…you get it. We went to the Natural History and saw some rocks, bones, fish…the whole nine yards and B loved every second of it. We can’t wait to go back! After that we were starved and rolled into The Smith.

RANKINGRiding Dirty (1)- the lowest of the low;  Strollin (5)- kindly asked us to hit the road; Rollin (10)- these ballers know how to roll.

The Spot:  “The Smith  1900 Broadway, New York, NY 10023
(212) 496-5700

  • Food:  I love it here. It wasn’t the first time I’ve been to The Smith bc there is one in the East Village near us, but on a cold #NY day nothing hit the spot better than the creamy tomato soup with french fries and sparkling water. Yum!
  • Price:  $11 for the soup and $8 for the French Fries. It’s not the cheapest spot to hit up but when on the #UWS, and it’s cold around lunch hour you have no choice but to think BIG as in SPACE. Splurge wisely. Check out Yelp!
  • Location:  UWS, Upper West Side, LES, Lower East Side, East Village, NYC, New York

“What is it about high school, that you read all the worst books by good writers? ”  ~ Noah Baumbach’s “The Squid and the Whale” 

As Taylor Swift would say: Welcome (back) to New York #NY #NYC #TaylorSwift #BRB #LANY #LA

After 4 weeks in LA we are finally back in NYC just in time for the Christmas window displays and decorations. I have to say each time I go back to LA to visit it’s like this odd mystical pull that slightly seduces you into falling for it with it’s consistent weather, epic sunsets and palm tree lined streets. Then the days haze all together and you realize it’s a major time suck…and I remember why I moved back to NY. If anything living in NY allows me to appreciate LA for all it’s beauty and hippy-ness when I’m there…something I never did living there, because all I did was compare it to NY.

So, in conclusion, Bastian got to see all of his Hollywood Auntie and Uncle’s and we hit up some great baby friendly spots while there as well. I somehow managed to squeeze in a ton of work as well, which I’m super proud of. I have to say though- Bastian may have gone totally Hollywood on us. He came back with a slight attitude and an uber “cool-ness”….or it could be he’s coming a toddler.

Now back to old business- The FOOD.

My name is Kristen Ruhlin, I’m a new mama to a boy named Bastian.

This blog is all about hitting the top restaurants  with BIG strollers, tiny babies in big cities. So check in to see where Bastian and I have ventured and if we were asked to leave once they saw our HUGE SUV of a stroller roll in(we have a Bugaboo Cameleon, it’s big). We’re eaten’ food, burpin babies and taken names.

RANKINGRiding Dirty (1)- the lowest of the low;  Strollin (5)- kindly asked us to hit the road; Rollin (10)- these ballers know how to roll.

The Spot:  “Cucina Di Pesce

87 E 4th St, New York, NY 10003
(212) 260-6800

Baby B Rank:  Rollin(be respectful- at the right times) WOW. BEST Trout I have had EVER. Done. I am a HUGE seafood fan..coming from a family of men who loved fishing and always eating some type of seafood..this says a lot. If you want Italian and Seafood- you HAVE to hit this spot up. They were all so sweet to baby B- even when I had to take him to the bar when he got rowdy, smacked his hands down and said “..what’ll it be bartender?“. The hostess was so sweet and was keeping us company as my husband and his parents finished their dinners in peace…and our waiter came over and hung out with us for a bit too. I just couldn’t say more for this place. Inviting, warm and feels like home. Yes…we still rolled in with our BIG ASS STROLLER and it was no big thing. Boom. 

  • Food:  Ok so I already went ape over the Trout..which was buttery, light and perfectly simple. I got the early bird special bc we now eat that early due to B-man- it’s us and the geriatric crew what can I say. my mother in law ordered the Salmon which also looked fantastic and she got extra dressing for it which also looked killer. We got some appitizers – the best was the eggplant.  Get it. Bean dip with bread I’m there. I mean I could go on and on but I won’t. Food it amazing and all under 25/plate. You can’t beat that.
  • Price:  $9-21 The early bird special is $13.95 it comes with FREE wine- HELLOOOOO You need to go here. Ok. Check out more reviews on Yelp Ah- should be noted only thing to be mindful of, they only accept Amex or Cash..fyi.
  • Location:  LES, Lower East Side, East Village, NYC

“Welcome to New York…It’s been waiting for you. ”  ~ Taylor Swift 

Baby Here We Come: Los Angeles Edition #babyblog #mommyblog #LA #lababy #nybaby

This month we will be living in the city of Angles in Los Angeles, while working on some projects. This is a great opportunity for us to check out just how these LA spots treat mama, baby and our big ass stroller. Yes we are still keeping our NYC attitude and will be rolling into some of the trendy spots. This also gives us an cool opportunity to try out some other baby products that we don’t typically use in NYC. 

Restaurants:  We will keep our normal rating system bc we want to see if these ballers treat strollers as nicely as our NYC hot spots. We don’t hate and still keep our street style. 

Products:  We are trying out some of the new baby products that we normally don’t get a chance to…from a new high chair, to new binky’s we’re staying open minded and doing comparison. 

Baby Hot Spots:  You know parks, baby gyms, mama gyms that are baby friendly. We will go and let you know. 

Baby B is easily loving this LA lifestyle.

Bastian is rocking out in his A Bit of Lovely booties, and cozy Hanna Anderson jumpsuit.

Always, Often and Today #Love #Loss #Life

Circa 2001 High School Days #WV #cchs

Circa 2001 High School Days #WV #cchs

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I haven’t posted on here in a while due to the tragic loss of my former husband and true friend, Rob Ruhlin. I say “former” because he isn’t my “ex” which sounds so final and sad…he was one of my true best friends and family. We grew up together from the age of 14 and were inseperable until our late 20s, but at that point really had grown into different people, but were both struggling to hold on to the relationship that was so important to both of us. Until we realized that no matter the direction our lives go, we will always be in each others lives because we truly cared for each other on a multi-complex level. I am sad I won’t ever hear the sound of his voice on the end of a phone call…or get some witty, snide email from him with a funny video…or our dog Chip will never get a pat on the head and hear “Hey buddy”…I’m sad I won’t get to tell him one last time just how much he meant to me and my life(even though he knew).

I am thankful I saw him one last time this past winter in NYC right after I had Bastian. We were suppose to have a dinner with our significant others but at the last min he canceled and just wanted to have lunch with me and meet Bastian. So the 3 of us met at a diner and caught up. It was particularly cold that day and started to snow. He wasn’t dressed nearly warm enough, coming from Texas…but he wanted to walk me home even though it was so far out of his way. That got us in some more time to talk. I’m glad he fought me, and walked me home. When we got there we did our usual goodbye, but like always I took an extra long, tight hug and can still smell his familiar scent that’ll I’ll never forget. We said we loved each other like family members do, he peeked in to say bye to Bastian in his stroller.  I walked into my building and watched him walk away down the sidewalk into the falling snow. That was and will be forever my last memory. Thank you for that.

Every I love you, you said today has already expired…so when you love someone, tell them, and tell them often, always and today.

Falling for LA – Fall takes us to Los Angeles #LA #Hollywood #LalaLand

The song Viva La Vida by Coldplay(I’m so out of it, they could be broken up by now) always reminds me of Autumn in New York because that’s when I use to listen to it on repeat, when I was new to #NYC and hitting the pavement…I had like 3 auditions for the movie Scott Pilgrim(don’t worry you didn’t miss anything I didn’t get the role, thanks Alison Pill). So to this day, Viva takes me back to this very specific time of season. #WELCOMEFALL #FallForward

I haven't seen most West Coast friends since I looked like this.

I haven’t seen most West Coast friends since I looked like this.

How far we've come..

How far we’ve come..

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Bastian swears he won’t go LA on me… #StarSucker #BabyProblems

LA Dishes and the Dirt on Fall 2014

  • The Hood– Like totally for sure covering what’s cool in “The Valley”.
  • The Food– From Gobi (we’re coming for you) to Casa Vega(I know you have room for us) we’ll be hitting them up and seeing how cool they really are towards big A$% strollers.
  • The Scene– you know the hottest parks, dog runs, indoor play gyms, and mama and me classes. We’ll give you the low down of where the most ‘in the know babies’ hit up in LA.
  • The Crib– as in how to and what to take with you on a LONG travel trip with baby. From clothes, bibs to bathtubs I’ll let you know what to take and what to leave.

#UnionSquare The Ninth Ward; Big Groups + Big Garden=Unlimited Drink Happy Hour #NYC #StrollerFriendly

In the back garden at The Ninth Ward.

In the back garden at The Ninth Ward, with B and Aunt Nancy.

Bastian with his Godparents and my cousins at The Ninth Ward. 2014

Bastian with his Godparents and my cousins at The Ninth Ward. 2014

My name is Kristen Ruhlin, I’m a new mama to a boy named Bastian.

This blog is all about hitting the top restaurants  with BIG strollers, tiny babies in big cities. So check in to see where Bastian and I have ventured and if we were asked to leave once they saw our HUGE SUV of a stroller roll in(we have a Bugaboo Cameleon, it’s big). We’re eaten’ food, burpin babies and taken names.

RANKINGRiding Dirty (1)- the lowest of the low;  Strollin (5)- kindly asked us to hit the road; Rollin (10)- these ballers know how to roll.

The Spot:  “The Ninth Ward” 180 Second Ave. NY LES, East Village

  • Baby B Rank:  Rollin/Strollin– First off Diana, who set up our very large party reservation was great. She threw in Mimosa’s for our drink specials and let my baby B stay in his stroller in the garden which they said had never been done before. Very sweet! The food/service was the only thing really lacking. However, I will note we had a party of 16 which is hard for anyone to get all the orders exactly right. There is also a large bathroom I was able to fit the stroller in when the B man needed to collect himself. I like the garden area in the back too- it’s outside but covered…love that.
  • Food:  The kitchen was back up and running so we had the regular brunch menu, yippy!! Some items were not as they should be- mainly my Avocado salad without any avocados- sadness, I ordered chicken for $4 bucks more and it was 3 very thin pieces/strips. Some folks didn’t get sandwiches until everyone else had finished like 10 min after…my cousin and I were the only ones to order a salad and she was the VERY last to be served. There were water bottles but no glasses for a good 15+ min. The french fries were pretty amazing I will say and the burgers looked on point. Yelp it.
  • Price:  $12-19 per meal for brunch; $15 for unlimited drinks w/ whole table participation;  $13 cocktails, happy hour is buy one get one beers and wells
  • Location:  LES, Lower East Side, East Village, Union Square

“Why should I cook for my husband? So he can tell a hooker I make a delicious cake?” ~Joan Rivers RIP

Ya don’t wear it…ya eat it!! Casimir Restaurant: UES & LES?!?! #Yum #FrenchFries #Brunch

They walk alike, they talk alike...you could lose your mind...they're cousins!!!! Paige and Bastian do the UES

They walk alike, they talk alike…you could lose your mind…they’re cousins!!!! Paige and Bastian do the UES

Lindsay, Paige and Allison. It doesn't get any more cute folks. Casimir like the placemat says.

Lindsay, Paige and Allison. It doesn’t get any more cute folks. Casimir like the placemat says.

My name is Kristen Ruhlin, I’m a new mama to a boy named Bastian.

This blog is all about hitting the top restaurants  with BIG strollers, tiny babies in big cities. So check in to see where Bastian and I have ventured and if we were asked to leave once they saw our HUGE SUV of a stroller roll in(we have a Bugaboo Cameleon, it’s big). We’re eaten’ food, burpin babies and taken names.

RANKINGRiding Dirty (1)- the lowest of the low;  Strollin (5)- kindly asked us to hit the road; Rollin (10)- these ballers know how to roll.

The Spot:  “Casimir” 1022A Lexington Ave. UES, NYC & 103 Ave. B LES

  • Baby B Rank:  Rollin– Not only did we have 2 BIG A@# Strollers, and 2 teething babies…we had 4 adults and walked right up and sat down at a table big enough for all of us! Woot Woot!!! No folding strollers, no high chairs- it’s just not how we roll yet. The kiddos rolled right up to the side of the table and joined us, brunch side. Mind you this was the UES location, I repeat the UES location, which screams SPACE. I haven’t hit up the LES yet and will do so as soon as I can with an update on here. Side note- Giggle is right down the street. Score.
  • Food:  The brunch menu was pretty standard but very yum. They were advertising a corn and squash soup which we never saw- it was red and creamy like a tomato bisque but still yummy according to Lindsay…and they take special orders for eggs and diet requests. Awesome. Plus, no evil eyes when feeding our babes at the table.
  • Price:  $12-19 per meal for brunch Yelp 
  • Location:  UES and LES Spots- We hit up the UES location off Lexington and 73rd. This typically is a trek from our hood in the East Village/Styu Town but with GETT car service for the rest of 2014 it’s a no brainer…$10 flat rate rides people…$10. Boom. Download that app now.

“Food is not about impressing people. It’s about making them feel comfortable.” ~Ina Garten

Little Italy: Umbertos Clam House #NYC Why did you move? :(

Umbertos Clam House AFTER

Umbertos Clam House today 2014

Umbertos Clam House BEFORE

Umbertos Clam House BEFORE at 129 Mulberry w/ the corner property. Makes me sad it’s gone.

My name is Kristen Ruhlin, I’m a new mama to a boy named Bastian.

This blog is all about hitting the top restaurants  with BIG strollers, tiny babies in big cities. So check in to see where Bastian and I have ventured and if we were asked to leave once they saw our HUGE SUV of a stroller roll in(we have a Bugaboo Cameleon, it’s big). We’re eaten’ food, burpin babies and taken names.

RANKINGRiding Dirty (1)- the lowest of the low;  Strollin (5)- kindly asked us to hit the road; Rollin (10)- these ballers know how to roll.

The Spot:  “Umbertos Clam House” Little Italy NYC 132 Mulberry Street

  • Baby B Rank:  Strollin– They were helpful in giving us a spot all by ourselves in the back of the restaurant and all the serves were so sweet to little baby B. I had gone years ago to the original location which was charming, unique and had amazing food…I hadn’t been to the new location until now. A lot has changed, from my personal opinion.
  • Food:  I loved the food the first time I went years ago…we had a big group in from out of town and they wanted to experience Little Italy at it’s best, and this use to be my spot. The food as of today was very lack luster. The flavors were bland in the clam sauce and almost seemed to be canned. The fish dishes were over cooked and calamari was chewy. My husband enjoyed the Chicken Parm but would rather get it at about 4 other spots on Mulberry. The drinks; Sangria and wine were all served in plastic cups (even though we were sitting inside). Overall the dinning experience was really poor for food. I am so sad to see how much this place has changed over the years. The new location has lost all of it’s charm, which made you feel like you were transported in time. Sadly, I won’t be back.
  • Price:  $32 pitcher of Sangria, $9 glasses of wine in plastic cups. $20-30 per entree.
  • Location:  Little Italy (Click here for a map and list of all the spots to check out), NYC, Downtown

Anni e bicchieri di vino non si contano mai (Age and glasses of wine should never be counted)~ anonymous