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.

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

We All Have Standards: Narcissa

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Standard Hotel at Narcissa in The East Village NYC

Standard Hotel at Narcissa in The East Village NYC

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:  “Narcissa” 21 Cooper Square (corner of 5th St and Bowery) New York, NY 10005 (212) 228 3344

  • Baby B Rank:  Rollin– This spot is located in The Standard Hotel. I’ve always wanted to try it, but alas it seemed way too trendy for baby’s and buggies. However, we put on our big girl/boy panties and we rolled in. They were great. We sat in the garden which was great for our party bc we can get a little rowdy. I forgot a baby spoon, bc B man eats his meals with us now, and they were more than helpful in finding a teeny tiny sugar spoon for the little man to use. At one point the B man was over it. He was over Narcissa and over The Standard, it just became so “last night” for him. So the hostess was awesome and took me into the hotel part and actually hooked us up with the hotel staff to let us chill in a suite, so I could nurse him and let him crawl around. Very Very Very cool.
  • Food:  Interesting, but under whelming considering the cost. The carrot fries were really great though. I wouldn’t recommend the shrimp salad. I ordered the Branzino which I was happy with and my husband ordered the Duck, which he wasn’t too over the moon for.
  • Price:  Pretty expensive. This was a special dinner for us. $40 plus a head.
  • Location:  Cooper Square (corner of 5th St and Bowery)

” We should look for someone to eat and drink with before looking for something to eat and drink.”Epicurus

It’s All Greek To Me: Village Taverna in Union Square #NYC

Village Taverna near Union Square

Village Taverna near Union Square

Village Taverna Union Square

Village Taverna Union Square. This is free…need I say more. You know those olives are singing to you.

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:  “Village Taverna”  81 University Place New York, NY 10003   212.982.3580

  • Baby B Rank:  Rollin– LOVE LOVE LOVE, this place for Greek food. I’ve actually been to 3 of their locations and love each of them. This specific location near Union Square is larger than the East Village spot- so they were MORE than happy to seat us with the big stroller and gave us a huge space all to ourselves in the back, away from the crowd. Also, stalker note, it’s right around the corner from Alec Baldwin’s apt. so maybe you can spot a celebrity if that’s on your list of things to do. Check them out on Yelp.
  • Food: Amazing. The trio dip sampler is the way to go for cold appetizers, and grilled octopus is amazing. I usually get the crab cakes app as my main dish at the East Village location bc they are HUGE and are all lump crab meat with hardly any breading. BUT, they don’t have the crab cakes at this location. I got the grilled chicken and it was large enough for my hubby and I to split and take food home! Amazing amazing food!!
  • Price: $36 bucks after tax, and tip. Can’t beat it for the quality and HUGE quantity.
  • Location:  Union Square

Η ζωή είναι σαν ένα αγγούρι, ο έναs το τρώει και δροσιστείτε, και ο άλλος το τρώει και ζορίζετε.Greek Saying 

“Life is like a cucumber, one person eats it and is refreshed, and another person eats it and struggles.”- English Translation

Meaning-  “Life is simply what you make of it.

We Wear Stripes and Red b/c It’s French Like. #Baby #NYC #PetiteAbeille #TheFrenchDoIt

Bastian loves Petite Abeille. It was his first spot to try in NYC when he was only 2 weeks old and he keeps coming back for more.

Bastian loves Petite Abeille. It was his first spot to try in NYC when he was only 2 weeks old and he keeps coming back for more.

 

Petite Abeille

Petite Abeille NYC 20th St.

Petite Abeille NYC 20th St.

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:  “Petite Abeille” 401 East 20st Street  New York, NY 10010  Cross Street: 1st Ave.  Phone: (212 ) 727-1505

  • Baby B Rank:  Rollin– HUGE space!! They are always able to seat us at any time. Even during a weekend rush, they are awesome about finding a spot for you and your BIG A#$ Stroller. Lunch is very quiet and laid back. Great outdoor space. Coloring books and reading books for older kids. Huge stroller friendly bathrooms.
  • Food: Amazing. Could be one of my favorite spots. Love the spicy tuna sandwich, and french onion soup. Great lunch deals for $10(1/2 sandwich and 1/2 soup). Weekly specials like “All You Can Eat” Mussels. Um, yes please. HUGE beer selection and great wine. 
  • Price: Awesome $9.95 lunch special.
  • Location:  Gramercy 20th/1st Ave. 

He who distinguishes the true savor of his food can never be a glutton; he who does not cannot be otherwise. ~Henry David Thoreau

Babies Who Brunch

Bastian and his mama K

Bastian and I hitting up “Rue B” in the East Village on Sunday Brunch 2014

My name is Kristen Ruhlin, I’m a new mama to a boy named Bastian. That’s right, Bastian- no “Se”- just like the kid in “The Neverending Story”. I’ve been working as an actress in New York and Los Angeles since I graduated college from Ohio State University several years ago and since moving to NY I have become a total foodie…from diners to dives to Per Se (I’m pretty sure Oprah has eaten here). Also, I’m not 300 pounds, not that there’s anything wrong with that, but just for the record. I just like me some good grub. FYI, I grew up in WV so it’s ok for me to use southern slang too.

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.

Stay tuned to where we’ll be hitting up for Labor Day and the US Open 2014.

RANKING: Riding 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:  “Rue B” 188 Avenue B, New York, NY 10009 (212) 358-1700 

  • Baby B Rank:  Rollin– they were more than accommodating to give us the larger space for our big A#$ stroller. Even though it got busy they never made us hit the road. Not a ton of loud drunks that could scare the baby either. We were a group of 7 and waited less than 10 min.
  • Food: It’s ok – Egg Corleone was good, salmon plate could have done without. Drinks are great and well priced plus can’t beat free w. food.
  • Price: Awesome $12.95 Brunch which includes a coffee, and mixed drink.
  • Location:  East Village Ave. B and 14th

Part of the secret of success in life is to eat what you like and let the food fight it out inside.
Mark Twain