Who? Anyone who loves shopping for one of a kind gifts that are quirky or bring a unique sense of design. Of course, those gifts could be for yourself!
What? Mxyplyzyk, a Greenwich Village store whose name I still can’t say properly, but really enjoy visiting when I am in New York City.
How? The store is located at
125 Greenwich Avenue (w. 13th street)
New York, New York 10014
Why? The first time I heard about Mxyplyzyk was when a design magazine featured a clock from the store. It was shaped like a set of bound books, in black&white or color and was a piece that was creative, fun and intriguing. Going on to their website, I discovered a whole bunch of products with a unique marriage of form and function. After a couple of walking adventures where I did not manage to find this little store, what I eventually discovered was a little gem that had my spark plugs ignited for one of a kind holiday and event gifts.
From the Blink Ketchup and Mustard Dispensers (yes they blink when you flip the bottle over) to the funky bucket rocking chairs, there are items that range the price spectrum. Even if you walk out empty-handed (very hard to do), you’ll have a smile brought on by the interesting products.
If you are a fan of design and some funky ideas, please do visit their website at
My first exposure to Gelato was on my maiden trip to Milan when a friend introduced me to the best that the city had to offer. Grom was one of the stops we made in my journey into sampling a rich array of flavors from a variety of gelato shops, including several artisanal ones.
When Siddhi started college in New York, I was excited to note that there was a Grom in the vicinity. Recently on a warm day, walking around the Village, we had a chance to stop by at Grom to see if the gelato served locally could hold a candle to the original that we had savored in Italy. To start off, we ordered the dark chocolate with orange. The marriage of the dark chocolate and orange flavors was just perfect, the taste buds dancing with joy with every spoonful of this decadent treat making its way in. Most importantly, the flavor of the dark chocolate was identical to what I had tasted in Milan. We went on to have the Caramello al sale flavor which I have to say was ok but not as decadent as its dark chocolate brethren. With a heavy lunch already tucked away, I did not get a chance to compare the flavors of the Pistacchio and Nocciola, but these and many more are awaiting us on our next trip this summer.
Grom has multiple locations in the New York City area, and is so worth a visit. To learn more about these locations and about the flavors offered, click here.
Siddhi was recently diagnosed with gluten intolerance and living in NYC surrounded by some of the best Italian restaurants is sheer torture! Till of course the discovery of Risotteria in Greenwich Village last night. The place is a mecca for those with a similar challenge, doling out pretty much every dish on the menu in a gluten-free version, rightfully earning their stripes as “The Gluten Free Pioneers of America.”
It is a small place, able to seat 20 at a time and was packed with a 30 minute wait on a Thursday night! Already famished at the end of a long day in the city, we bought some banana bread to hold us over till we took the bar seats. In front of us was the biggest array of gluten-free baking mixes, ranging from croutons to cupcakes, including the Sundar family favorite (red velvet cupcake).
The bread sticks came out first, 3 tall ones in a glass. Just amazing Italian food, bearing no resemblance to the dense, doughy masses of food that are usually served/sold as celiac friendly. This was followed by a mozzarella and oven dried tomato pizzette with pesto sauce, a portobello, oven dried tomato and spinach panini and a mozzarella pesto vialone nano risotti. All well done, with the pizzette being our favorite with just an awesome crust.
Having an avid sweet tooth, we had to eat dessert, the state of our now filled stomachs restricting us to order just the Tiramisu and the toll house cookie, both making us very happy.
You may want to give Risotteria a try even if you have no need to go gluten-free, especially since devouring good food needs no excuses!