After the Boston visit and lunch with my brother, Mom and Grammy shoved me out of the car (kidding) and sent me to the train to get into NYC!
I arrived in Grand Central Station ready to roll! I planned to cram a LOT into this trip and was ready to hit the ground running.
I stayed with my friend Alexandra while in the city. She was working until 530ish that day, so I headed to Starbucks to work and blog for a bit until she got home! Alexandra is one of my best best friends from high school (even though she only went to my high school for one year) and although we are often both busy and don’t keep in constant contact, it is always so fun to see each other and catch up. It felt like no time had passed! Except that we had lots of stories to tell =)
I met Alexandra outside her building, dropped my stuff at her ADORABLE apartment (so obsessed) and we headed to dinner. Seriously, check out this view from her window. Um, hello, Empire State Building. NBD.
And the view at night:
Ok, back to what we did. Went to dinner! We were meeting one of my great friends from high school, Mike, for drinks on the Lower East Side, so we went to Spitzer’s for dinner. I looked it up, and there is no apparent connection between Spitzer’s and Eliot Spitzer. But, you never know…
Unclear why I didn’t take pictures of the restaurant. It was really cute, and the window where we ate was amazing: the window folded up like a garage door, sort of, and our table was a sort of counter by the window. Hard to describe, but there was a long counter-like table and all the seats faced out. Not ideal if you are in groups of more than two because it would be hard to chat, but it was perfect for Alexandra and me!
(You can see the beautiful wooden table and the sidewalk beyond in the above picture.)
The window table was great for people watching. At one point, we saw a car full of fratty boys joy ride by. We both looked at each other like “who are these bros?! They obviously aren’t from New York!” and then we noticed the Delaware license plate… where we are both from! Haha. Too funny.
I got the grilled shrimp and avocado salad and it was delicious! The green apple in it added a great taste and crunch.
Yum. After dinner, Mike met us and we went down the street to get drinks! It was so great catching up with Mike. He is awesome and we hadn’t seen each other in awhile. We used to carpool to school together and try to leave as late as possible and still get to assembly by 8:05. I think at one point we squeezed our commute down to about 10 or 11 minutes… it should take somewhere around 25.
The next day, Alexandra went to work (for a half day) and I did some things on the computer and then went to CrossFit in Hell’s Kitchen (recap to come!) Afterward, we met for lunch at Le Pain Quotidien. We both got delicious tartines! Alexandra’s was smoked salmon and soo good.
I got a goat cheese and fruit tartine. Sweeter than some might prefer, but I was pleased with it, especially when I added lots of salt!
After lunch, we planned to head to MoMA, but last minute decided to go to the Met instead! We walked the whole way (45+ blocks) and by the time we got there, my feet were hurting sooo much from my Jack Rogers sandals. I love those sandals– they are so comfortable to a certain point, but once I cross that point in distance, my heels hurt so much. I got huuuuge blisters on the bottom of my heels… I will spare you a photo of it.
The most wonderful place on earth.
We saw the awesome Miuccia Prada/Elsa Schiaparelli exhibit (I recommend it! Go see it – it’s there until August 19th.)
After that exhibit, we went to see the Impressionists. Even though I have seen them countless times, they are my favorites and always will be. I will never get tired of them!
The highlight of the day, however, was going to Laduree! Macarons are my favorite treat, ever, hands down. Especially well-made macarons! Laduree’s are some of the best in the world… maybe even THE best. I can’t decide whether I prefer Laduree or Fauchon, but they are my top two =)
Yum. Yum. Yum. That is all.
Jam packed day… stay tuned, more to come! Up next: dinner in Chelsea with a great friend and running with new friends!