NY – Cultures collide in NYC. Just walk down any city street and you’ll be exposed to the best the world has to offer in international food, art and culture — from the exotic smells, to the beautifully crafted trinkets and jewelry, there’s something for everyone just around the corner. So if you have an afternoon free and feel like traveling to a far off place without ever leaving the city, check out our project this week!
1. You don’t have to be a jewelry maker or a crafter to dig what’s happening inside the cozy and comfortable Beads of Paradise . Their breathtaking selection of glass, metal, wood and shell beads come from all over the world including South East Asia, India, Indonesia, China and the Middle East — we even discovered prayer beads from the monks in Nepal! If you would like to create a one of a kind piece with your treasured beads, sign up for a beginner’s jewelry making class which runs every Sunday.
2. If a certain bead’s origin has you intrigued, stop into Idlewild Books (just a few blocks away) where minutes will turn into hours as you get lost in the volumes of books on far away places. It’s one of the last independent Manhattan bookstores, specializing in travel and world literature, neatly organized by country. They carry the best selection of guidebooks to suit the needs and tastes of every traveler and budget and the serene and beautiful mezzanine-level space with high ceilings and big windows make it a super comfortable place to browse, shop and explore. It’s quite an international scene — they even offer language classes and host book clubs!
3. To complete the day with international flair, we’re finishing off at Rasha Nasha, which translated means “Our Russia” and naturally specializes in traditional Russian food and of course — VODKA! Check out the selection of over 200 varieties of vodka (mostly Russian), vodka cocktails and canapes at the Vodka Bar complete with vodka tasting flights during the 4-7pm Happy Hour.