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Monday, September 10, 2018

Welcome To New York - My Summer Adventure


For as long as I can remember, I've wanted to travel to New York. If you look back on some of my posts, it was always mentioned as a place I wanted to visit. I finally made it happen this summer. I planned a birthday trip for both my mom and me!


It all started when I was scrolling on my Instagram and noticed that Luann De Lesseps had added more dates for her cabaret show. I have to admit, a guilty pleasure of mine is The Real Housewives of New York. I've been watching since it premiered, when I was 12 and have been hooked ever since. I came up with a plan; where we'd stay, found reasonably priced airline tickets, etc and pitched the idea to my mom and voila! We were going!


I thought I'd share with you some of the highlights of the trip! Of course, I took lots of pictures of my food. :P


On the plane....ready for takeoff!





 We landed bright and early - before 8 AM!




I found us an Airbnb that was located close to Times Square. We walked around and stumbled upon this little restaurant called Sliced. Breakfast sounded great and the prices were super reasonable. They're known for their open faced sandwiches. We figured the food would be just ok, but it was super tasty. Great portions as well. We ordered their egg salad small toast and their red quinoa salad. The food was made quickly and very fresh. They also threw in a little dessert. 



Having studied fashion, I wanted to check out Fashion Institute of Technology's museum. 






Currently, they have an exhibit called, Fashion Unraveled. 





 There was a lot of art that I passed by on the street. I really loved this piece.


I had to check out Diane Von Furstenburg's flagship store!







I went to Chelsea to see Mary Boone's Gallery. We also explored the Chelsea Market....So cool! It has a giant food hall and many unique shops.



For dinner, we went to Beauty and Essex. When the one in LA had first opened up, I really wanted to go. It didn't end up working out because of how long the waits were. I was excited to go to the one in NYC. If you go, make sure to check out the bathroom. :P






We took a walk at night to see what Times Square looked like all lit up. It's just like in the movies....It's truly the city that never sleeps. 




Whenever I travel, I love to check out the vegan spots. Eat by Chloe is my fave! I am constantly craving their mac and cheese. It's made with cashews and sweet potato and it is topped off with a shitake bacon. I love everything I have eaten here. They have locations in other major cities such as LA, Boston and Providence and are even in London. By Chloe is 100% vegan and plant-based and offers salads, burgers, pasta, breakfast options, fresh juices and a variety of baked goods and the most delicious ice cream.


Writing that paragraph just made me want their food soooo badly!





Of course, I was looking forward to Countess Luann's show, but what made it even more exciting to me was the fact that it was being held at 54 Below. It's literally located in the basement of the former Studio 54. I loveeeee me some Studio 54!








The next day, we went to brunch at a place I found on Yelp. It's a cozy little spot known for seafood. They have "hidden bathrooms" with bookshelves as doors which I thought was neat and the rest of the d├ęcor is kind of nautical. The place has an elegant, but casual vibe and the staff were super friendly. We ordered the Eggs Scandinavia (An eggs benedict with smoked salmon) and their chocolate chip pancakes. 












My mom's pick was for us to do a Radio City Music Hall tour. It was pretty cool...Learned a lot of historical facts. 













 Walking through Times Square 








 That night we had tickets to see Bernadette Peters in Hello Dolly. Before the show, we went to Katz Delicatessen. OMG! It was heaven. The portions were huge and we had to scarf down our food so that we could get to Broadway in time. It was delicious...Just being there was a cool experience!













The show was incredible!! I can't believe I had the pleasure of seeing Bernadette Peters perform!!












My cousin Niesha lives near the city, and wanted to take us around town for the day. Her wonderful friend Dan came too and we had such a fun time! 



One of my favorite restaurants in Las Vegas used to be Max Brenner. They closed that location, and so we went to one in NYC. YUM! 















They took us to Greenwich Village, which had a vibe I totally liked. 




Dan insisted that if we liked Middle Eastern food, this was the place to go. It's legit! They've been around for over 45 years. Authentic, family owned, small hole in the wall kind of place. 









 Local bookstores make my heart happy!




 We took a stroll through Central Park at sunset.



Even though I don't eat cheese, I really wanted to have that NYC pizza experience...so we found this place called NY Pizza Suprema. They've been in business for over 50 years and had some vegan/vegetarian choices. 







We were only there for five days, but got to see a lot. Until next time, New York City...








Have you been to NYC before? What was your favorite part?

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35 comments:

  1. Looks like you had a wonderful time! NYC is one of my favorite places to visit. Brooklyn has some of my favorite restaurants!

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    1. Next time, I definitely want to visit Brooklyn!

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  2. I LOVE new York. And I'm not just saying that. I went for the first time when I was 16 and fell in love with the city. Looks like you had a great time!

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  3. Wow..looks like you had a great time in NYC. It is on my list too. Let's see when the wish comes true :)

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  4. I love your photos! You're really making me want to take a trip ASAP, it's been on my bucket list for years. The food looks incredible!

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  5. For as long as I can remember I have been wanting to go to NY! I love your images and it looks like such an amazing trip! Thank you so much for sharing these great places!

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  6. So jealous! I really want to go to New York! Looks like you had an amazing time! Was it everything you expected it to be?

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    1. Such a cool place. There's always something to do!

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  7. I really like Times Square area. It is so wonderful. I wanted to go to NYC too, but budget will always be the issue. At these times, I wish travel was free.I want to go to Brooklyn,Hell's Kitchen,Queens etc.

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  8. I've heard an amazing experience from friends about their vacation to New York, but it's so unfortunate that I haven't been there.

    Hope to go on a visit one of these days.

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  9. I have never been to New York and it is certainly in my bucket list. I love the egg salad and their toast, look pretty delicious! Thanks for sharing the beautiful places you have explored as it will work as reference for me when I travel.

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  10. Love your post! New york is just a beautiful place, especially in the summer. Thank you so much for sharing these great places!

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  11. NY is so much fun! I went with my husband this past January and we had a blast. Too cold I would say but great overall.

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  12. SO MANY things to see and do!! And you did so much and ate some delicious looking food I might add!! Last time I was in NYC was 2016 and I saw Hamilton! :)

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  13. Looks like you had a great time. NY is a city that never sleeps :-)

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  14. Oh my goodness what an amazing sounding time did you have in New York, I would absolutely LOVE to get to visit myself one day.

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  15. There is so much to see and do in New York! My favorite part is all the tiny little restaurants you stumble upon that turn out to be amazing!

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    1. Right? That's something I love to do when traveling...Just kind of walk around and explore...Spontaneous restaurant choices!

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  16. I love NYC we visit there regularly. If you get a chance go during the holiday seasons. There's nothing like Christmas in the city.

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  17. I just love all your photos. I love NYC! I hope I can make it back there soon. It's been years since I was there.

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  18. So jealous! I've never been to NYC but it seems awesome! Definitely on my bucket list.

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  19. New York is our dream place. We've never been to NYC but this place looks amazing. Love all your pictures. Your blog entice me to travel more.

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  20. What a great New York adventure! I am curious about your breakfast at Sliced. You know, I would want to have a vacation like this, just to you know enjoy everything and not be bothered by tourist destinations. hehe

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    1. Definitely check out sliced, if you're in NYC. It was all so fresh and delicious.

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  21. You did so much in NYC! It is a great city, I have been there many times. My favorite parts always seem to change based on my NYC mission at the time!

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    1. Yeah, I feel like I'll do completely different things next time I am there. :P

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  22. I am so glad that you finally got to go on this trip that you had been wanting to do. It looks like you had such an amazing time!

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  23. Yay! SO happy for you, glad you are able to reach one dream - to visit New York. The photos are gorgeous!

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  24. It looks like you are having tons of fun with your adventures. All of your shots are really good.

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  25. I love all the pictures! I would like to go to New York, thats been on my bucket list for a while now.

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  26. You had so much fun in New York and I guess this trip isn't enough. You need to comeback soon especially during Christmas season.

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    1. Ahh! Yes, I've heard (and seen pictures) of how magical it is around the holidays. Being from Michigan, I'm used to snow, so I definitely should visit NY around the time one day!

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  27. It looks like you had so much fun. I am sure you enjoyed the trip!

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