Gingerbread Adventures & The Holiday Train Show at NYBG!

I’ve written about it before, but what I love about being a Mastercard® holder is that I get access to amazing experiences that really make me feel like a VIP. For example, this past Saturday we took advantage of the MasterCard® Budding Masters Gingerbread Adventures at NYBG (New York Botanical Garden) offer on their site. The $50 pricetag included the workshop for one adult and one child (5 years+), an all-garden pass, and access to the Holiday Train Show.

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Jules was really excited to go – at the beginning of the workshop she got to put together her own gingerbread house. She only put the frame together because it needed a chance to harden before they decorated them. While the ginger homes were drying they gave all the kids a bag of spices that are traditionally included in gingerbread. Then the kids had to identify them using their five senses, and sort them out based on which part of a plant they come from (i.e. seeds, roots, leaves, etc.). Then she was able to ground up her own mix of spices using mortar and pestle. Jule’s mixture included cloves, buckwheat, cinnamon, and ginger – it smelled amazing!

Grinding Spices

After that it was time to decorate the gingerbread houses! Jules put a variety of sweet treats on her’s. I may be a little biased, but her gingerbread house was rockin’ it! This was her creation:

Glueing the Gingerbread HouseGingerbread Home

Next stop was a visit to the Holiday Train Show! The Holiday Train show took place in the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory where model trains travel through a replica of NYC – including amazing replicas of NY landmarks that are all made out of plant parts! The line to the train show can look pretty ridiculous, but it actually moves along pretty speedily.

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I loved this Mastercard® Priceless NY experience – it’s such a wonderful thing to do for the holidays with those that you love! In case you were wondering, this isn’t a sponsored post – as nice as it would have been if Mastercard® footed the bill on this one, haha! – this was a special treat for Jules.

If you’re interested in experiences like ours, I definitely recommend that you browse through the Mastercard® Priceless NY site – they always have a ton of cool experiences!

A #MC #PricelessNY Date Night with Dad at Dizzy’s!

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Last Friday night I had the dubious honor of accompanying my lovely dad to the infamous Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola at Lincoln Center (it’s technically in Time Warner Center – which if you follow me on instagram, you’ll know I’m in there all the time). Thanks to MasterCard’s Priceless Entertainment Experiences we were truly in for a Priceless experience!

My dad is the reason that I love jazz so much, he used to – and still does – play jazz music all the time. I was listening to Blue Note CD’s since I was in pigtails. So I was so pleased to be able to go on a father-daughter date with him to Dizzy’s via MasterCard’s Priceless Entertainment Experiences.

Exclusive to MasterCard holders, MasterCard’s Priceless Entertainment Experiences gives you access to exclusive opportunities and events taking place in Priceless Cities. For instance, our Priceless New York Experience included prime table seating for two, music cover charge for two, a flute of proseco, and MasterCard mints. Lucky for us, MasterCard also treated all guests present as a MasterCard New York Experience guest with dinner as well! Check out more MasterCard New York Experiences here!

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It is suggested that you arrive a little early to get better seating. We grabbed a couple of excellent seats along the room, where servers offered us drinks and hors d’oeuvres of fried Mac n’ Cheese and Chicken Satay.

Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola and MasterCard

Blackened Salmon at Dizzy's

For dinner I had the Blackened Salmon, while dad went for Mamie’s Fried Chicken. It was all so delicious, but even more breathtaking was watching the sun set over views of the city, including Central Park. The deep notes of jazz thrumming in my ear, fine dining on my plate, gorgeous view, I don’t think I ever felt more like a New Yorker. My dad loved it, it was a really special evening and one we’ll both never forget.

We ended our evening on a sweet note, to see our whole experience click here!

We ended our evening on a sweet note, to see our whole experience click here!

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I’ve always dreamed of going to really amazing quintessential New York City places like Dizzy’s, and I love that as a MasterCard holder I can have access to all of these awesome experiences – and all at amazing prices! If you’re a resident New Yorker, or just passing through, you’ll want to check out MasterCard’s Priceless New York Experiences – where you can choose from shopping, dining, and even entertainment experiences only open to MasterCard holders! Also, be sure to sign up for notification’s via email – so you’ll never miss the opportunity to have the experience of a lifetime!