Thursday, August 8, 2013

New York City Finale

Hey friendlies! As well as writing up my daily blogs for My New York City Adventure, I also made this little video while I was there. Now, I don't have the best quality camera or the steadiest hand, but I did my best. I really enjoy watching it and I thought I'd share it with you guys!

Monday, August 5, 2013

Vacation Day 4

By Sunday, my feet were feeling the pain. Luckily, Daniel is the sweetest and was okay taking it easy. We slept in and went to Maya on the Upper East Side for unlimited brunch. This may be a little tedious and overwhelming, but I want to remember everything so here's what we ate:

  • fresh fruit seasoned with "chile limone
  • chipolte crispy bacon 
  • arugula salad with slivered almond, cranberry, chipolte balsamic, and panela cheese
  • smoked brisket tacos with creamy chile slaw and pickled onion
  • chicken tinga tacos with pico de gallo, crema fresca, and black bean
  • chicken enchiladas: corn tortilla, tomatillo sauce, gouda, crema fresca, and pickled chiles
  • huitlacoche and wild mushroom enchiladas: corn tortilla, chayote salad, roasted garlic, mexican ricotta, chile sauce
  • chicken tamal: corn masa, shredded chicken, chipotle tomato sauce
  • pan dulce: mexican french toast, chipolte cajeta, nutella, bananas, topped with whipped crema fresca
  • chilaquiles divorciados: poached eggs, tortillas, red sauce, green sauce, black bean

And we both had margaritas for our drinks. We hung out for the whole two hour limit chatting and eating, then we made our way down to see Potted Potter, an unauthorized Harry Potter experience. It was literally none of the funniest shows I've ever seen.

After the show we headed to Roosevelt Island. This was another one of my "must see" things on the list and I was so glad Daniel enjoyed it too! From the tip of the park you could see Long Island and just feeling the wind and smelling the salt water was amazing. We sat for a while watching the waves and talking about the trip. It started to sink in that I was leaving the next day.

We headed back to Williamsburg to eat at Juliette. According to their website, it has original French lighting, table stands and signage to create an authentic French brasserie atmosphere. Our antique bar – circa 1930 – anchors the entrance. When we sat down I saw escargot on the menu and was instantly excited. I begged Daniel to try it for the first time and he obliged. I also got homemade parmesan gnocchi with imported speck and peas. After the first bite I decided I needed to know how to make this. 
On the way home we stopped at Williamsburg Creamery and got delicious butterscotch swirl ice cream. We ate as we walked and I tried to take in every detail of Daniel's streets. I hardly fell asleep that night knowing that at 4 am, it would all be over.

I woke up on Monday and packed the last of my things. Then I sat on the couch with Rachel's cat and ate my left over tiramisu. I went through the pictures on my camera and rewatched my Vine videos on my phone. When the car company called to say they were downstairs, I quietly say goodbye to Daniel. I made my way down the dreaded stairs for the last time and watched the skyline pass as I rode to the airport.

My trip to NYC was absolutely amazing thanks to my best friend Daniel. I'm so lucky and grateful to have him in my life. Not a day has gone by that I haven't thought about something we did while I was there. On the flight home I was already planning my next trip! Maybe around Christmas time next time...

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Vacation Day 3

On Saturday, we were some lazy bums and slept in until 11ish before heading to Pies-n-Thighs for brunch. I got their scramble - eggs with zucchini, goat cheese, and basil with home fries and a biscuit. Daniel got a fried chicken basket with a side of bacon. We both got Wamosas (watermelon puree with champagne) and split a pecan crunch donut.Then we headed to Artists and Fleas, a weekly artist, designer, and vintage market in Williamsburg. I found a sweet necklace: gold plated TRex skull with a gold plated pig in it's mouth; however, at $120, I decided it was not that cute. The market had a lot of cool vintage wear and lots of eclectic booths. If I was living in NYC, I would definitely head there at least once a month. Then we walked a very short ways to the East River Waterfront.The view was gorgeous and we got some very nice girls to take our picture with the city in the background.

Then we headed to Union Square to, very randomly, meet one of my absolute favorite Viners - Rudy Mancouso. Daniel watched as I pushed my way thru the crowd to get a seven second video of myself with him, mostly to make my dad's day. That was an experience all on it's own; girls were crying! If you have a vine, you must follow him. Rudy's funny, talented, and now I can say - a genuinely nice guy.

Next we headed to the Gansevoort Hotel rooftop. You guys. If you go on one rooftop, make it this one. You can see just about everything you could ever need from here. They have ample seating, though the pool is just for guests, and a bar so you really could stay up there all day.

We, of course, had to stop by Carrie Bradshaw's apartment while in Greenwich Village. Funnily enough, the first time Daniel laid eyes on it in person, it was on accident! Then he took me to Big Gay Ice Cream. It was so hot outside, I just got plain vanilla in a cup, but what I wanted to try was a Bea Arthur. Along with vanilla ice cream, a Bea Arthur is infused with dulce de leche and covered in crushed 'nilla wafers. Daniel got a Salty Pimp, which seemed to be a very popular choice. It is once again vanilla ice cream with dulce de leche, but also sea salt and then covered with a hard chocolate dip! It looked so yummy! Their logo has rainbows and unicorns, so you know I was all about that!

Then we headed to Central Park to see She & Him. This concert was how Daniel tricked me
into visiting him in the first place. He bought my ticket for my birthday and how could I possibly let that go to waste?? The concert was absolutely amazing. Camera Obscura opened and then She & Him played for about two hours. Two of my favorite parts were the most stripped down. For one song, Zooey Deschanel sang with her two back up singers and for another just Zooey D and M Ward sang. They're all so talented, to hear them without all the extra instruments for a change was lovely. Don't get me wrong, the rest of the concert with all the instruments was extremely amazing too, I'm just a sucker for the simple.

For dinner we headed back to Brooklyn, an Italian place called Acqua Santa. I had "petto di pollo al salmoriglio" which is a chicken breast brick oven baked with an infusion of garlic, oil, vinegar, mint, and herbs. It's served with roasted potatoes and a mixture of zuchinni, squash, and carrots. The chicken was tender and delicious, everything I wanted. I got a tiramisu to go and it was the perfect breakfast a few days later.