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

A NYC Kids Birthday!?!? OMG My baby just turned #1 #BirthdayBoy #HappyBirthday

 

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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.

IT’S A BIRTHDAY POST

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This post is going to be about my baby boy who is now a toddler. I can’t even believe the year has gone by so fast. It seems impossible that one year ago I had only just met the love of my life. Happy Birthday my love, I hope you have the most adventurous life filled with love and laughter.

New York City and kids Birthday Parties is no joke friends. It’s NO Joke. First place to start, the place. Where can you house 15 plus people and let your little one be free to crawl around in a clean, safe environment? I asked other moms…the YMCA, baby gyms like AppleSeeds or MyGym, a restaurant. So I called these spots and got quotes.

$450/HR with 3 HOUR MINIMUM?!?!!?!?! Excuse me YMCA, come again? Holy cow. That was just the beginning. I’m not cheap but that was more than my 16th birthday, 21st and probably 30th all in one. So I had to start thinking out side the box…Churches, schools, bookstores…then it hit me. Rehearsal studios. Being an actor in NY you are introduced to another world that most don’t even know exists. The black box theaters, studios, and more. So I booked a rehearsal studio and threw a baby’s 1st Birthday. BOOM.

We were able to bring in our own food, drinks, toys, and decorations. The only thing we needed was to make sure we left it the way we found it. Most of these spaces also provide chairs and tables (yes all the other kid birthday spots charge per table and chair).

LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION:

I won’t say exactly which space we threw our party at because it’s sort of on the down low and I’m sure the artists would be a little peeved if all these kids were swarming the quiet studio space with these events. But, I will provide a list of resources for other moms to call and check out…just best to say it’s for a birthday part and not mention it’s a kid. HINT.

Ripley-Grier studios– Several locations around the city.

440 Studios– East Village and under $40/hour

Roy Arias Studios–  They are cool with kid birthday’s but have special rates.

Art New York– Several spots

Shetler Studios– Lots of locations

These are just a few options and if you want more try this website below.

NYC Space Finder– you can pick your rate and location.

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I kept it super low key and simple. He’s 1 people. We filled the table with memorable quotes and info from this adorable company called CiinolinCiinolin_BirthCard_FA1_3__62396.1405323398.451.416 who has adorable stuff, and I decided to base my “theme” around the color of these cute cards. Yellow, light blue and brown.

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FOOD:

I also thought of the babies here. I did light finger foods all of which were baby friendly. Fresh fruit, bite size rye bread, Vegan/Sugar Free treats made specially with the allergy notes from Whole Foods, Pirates Booty, Plum Organics Puffs in various flavors, and bite size cheese. It was over all pretty simple and we easily transported it all ourselves- in NYC no less. We did have a lot of hands on deck and the use of a GETT car which I use like my left arm. It’s still $10 bucks flat in the city…doesn’t get better people it just doesn’t. Use my code and get $20 bucks in your account when you sign up. I’m not joking, download that app. #GTKRIST7 use it. image2

 

 

 

 

 

 

WHOS WHO:

IMG_3889IMG_3877Bastian only has 1 friend but Mama has a few amazing friends who despite the fact I haven’t had a lot of one on one time in the past year at all, they are always so loving and supportive of every baby event. I feel so blessed to have friends like this in my life. Sara, Renie, Dan, Kyra and Robby you all are amazing people and we all love you so much!! Thanks for not ditching us when we became parents! 🙂 We also had a special visit from Bastian’s Sassy from Ga- who braved the cold weather to spend time with us and celebrate his day!! She spoiled this boy so much from endless toys, books, bath toys, treats to quality cuddle time, boy loves his Sassy.

 

 

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.”

ABC kITCHEN + bff’s = #MomsNightOut #NYC #Holidays #truffles #OhMy

ABC Kitchen Tiny Flower arrangements. Love them all.

ABC Kitchen Tiny Flower arrangements. Love them all.

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.

This is a different post because, mama went solo on this night out..woot woot…and if you know me, I never go out without the B man so it was fun to feel like an adult again and see my best friend Tyler and his boyfriend Kyle, who were in from LA! I’m gonna start off by saying I love ABC Home and Carpet and Toys and everything about it- I could literally spend a day every week just wandering around. So we hit this spot up for some wine, and then decided to taste a bunch of things off the menu.What happened next is why I share this story with you….

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:  “ABC Kitchen  35 East 18th Street, New York, NY 10003
(212) 475-5829

Riding Dirty– only because of the way the Truffle situation was handled. I mean come on, I’ve bought a $100 stuff toy upstairs- you couldn’t just comp it after it being an awful dish?

  • Food:  Overall, the wine was amazing, the environment is so lovely, the food was great and so flavorful, EXCEPT for the White Alba Truffles we ordered over Fettuccine.  Here is where it gets to an OMG moment. The truffles I kid you not tasted like nothing…it was a big dish of pasta with maybe butter that needed a hefty dose of salt. When they brought the dish out we thought it was super weird they didn’t shave the truffles on top of the pasta in front of us at the table bc that’s what most places do to ensure the flavor and freshness- so we waited and asked her and she said no they do all prep in back but that they were fresh. Yeah, not flavorful at all…so we tell her and they take the dish away after we all had a taste (didn’t even finish it) and she brings us cake pops. That’s not how I would have corrected the situation but that’s me. I told her we were there tasting a bunch of stuff because I do this food blog from restaurants around the city and would have just expected a little more for the super hefty price and being so underwhlemed. As Kyle said;  “when you go out and pay for a different dish you should be tasting something unique and amazing…not something that has less flavor than a Trader Joe’s pasta box.” Ouch. On the other hand for appetizers: Crab Toast(was amazing, we ate it all up 123, ABC), Roasted Butternut and Hazelnuts were one of my favorites and perfect for winter, Housemade Chicken and Pork were super Dee-lish! The Black Bass and Crispy Pork were so perfect I wouldn’t try another special or Truffle here- save your cash and stick to what’s on the menu and done to perfection. On a cool note, I got mistaken for Ellen Page and- we ran into Charlotte Gainsbourg, who is a doll, love her. 
  • Price:  $$$ You can check out the menu HERE, and see the prices. The Truffles are on the special so may not be listed on the menu…they are suppose to get them fresh each week at the local market…ummmhmmm. Yelp
  • Location:  Union Square, NYC, New York City, New York, Madison Sq. Park

“We don’t care to eat toadstools that think they are truffles.”
Mark Twain (1835-1910)

RIP My First Baby Girl Sammy #PuppyLove #Love #Pets

SAMMY GIRL AKA WOOTER AKA LADY AKA MURLADY AKA WOOTY 

Sammy Girl

Sammy Girl

I wanted to share a special post about one of my first babies who taught me how to be a mama before I actually became one. Sammy came into my life in a round about way…and I’m forever grateful for it.

When I first got Sammy, she insisted in doing a photo shoot of us together.

When I first got Sammy, she insisted in doing a photo shoot of us together.

Sammy is such a scene stealer.

Sammy is such a camera wh4*&.

I was working on an indie film years ago in LA, called She Wants Me with Josh Gad, aka Olaf from Frozen…2 of the producers on the film Mark and Christine are those people who literally try to help and house every dog that is in need, and Sammy was no different. It was a rainy day in LA when they spotted her on the side of Laurel Canyon walking in the rain…my teeny teeny girl. What a fighter she was. I think of her tiny, frail body and how she fought a little longer that day to somehow make it into my life and change me forever. It’s funny how life works that way. She was meant to bring some love to my life at that specific time.

My Wedding Day in Fl. 2013

My Wedding Day in Fl. 2013

Mark and Christine took her in and she was instantly our on set mascot- I already had one dog who was the love of my life, Chip- and wasn’t looking for another huge responsibility (I only had just gotten divorced and was his soul parent then). It’s a lot of work. But, after a few months with Christine and Mark, and not being able to place Sammy in a home with the special needs she required, I couldn’t say no. There was something so sweet about that little girl. She was just pure love.

Me and my girl.

Me and my girl.

I picked her up from their office one afternoon, nervous like I was adopting a new child…would I be a good enough parent…could I love another as much as my first…it all just fits the second they come into your arms. I took her to Petland and we got her new little pink outfits, and a pink bed- PINK everything (I never had a girl before- the fashion options were endless)!! She went everywhere with me from this day on…till her last.

Sammy, I am so sorry I didn’t take you in sooner…it’s the one thing I’ll always regret…I just had such a hard time letting you go. I wanted you to keep fighting like you had so many times in the past, but in the end I know you are one of the true, good friends I will keep and cherish with me always.

I see you.

I see you and you see me. 

Your Nicknames:  Wooter, Murlady, Wooty Harrilson, Oooter, Lady, Little Lady, Teeny, Wooty, Sammy, Sam, White and Fluffy, Cat, Mya

Your sayings in your typical Lady Voice:  “F$%k off mother..” “When I’m not eating my sh$T I’m eating Chef Michaels..” “Tur-dunken..yes please” “Brats and Tots..OHH” “Dare you to smell my breath” “It was..THE LITTLE ONE” “MMMMMM”

God how I love you little thing. Always and forever.

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 

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.

#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

The Boathouse Central Park…b/c it’s just so New York

The Boathouse in Central Park

The Boathouse in Central Park

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 Boathouse” East 72nd Street and Park Drive North New York, NY (212) 517-2233

  • Baby B Rank:  Strollin– They were not helpful or too happy to seat us inside with the stroller, so we made our way outside to the deck where you seat yourself and it’s every man/buggy for themselves. I shoved my big a#$ buggy down the isle and knocked over some wafer sized coeds and snagged a seat.
  • Food:  Only drinks. My mom and I cooled off after taking B man to the toy store and this was a great end to her week with us!
  • Price:  $15/drink totally worth the view
  • Location:  Central Park, Upper East Side, Upper West Side, Uptown

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

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