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Sugar Factory!

Wednesday, October 18, 2017
So when my mom was in New York earlier this year we went to Sugar Factory in Time's Square and it was so fun! We knew my sister would be obsessed so when I saw there was on in Orlando, naturally we had to go! 


We got cookies and ice cream, a drink, and a milkshake. Usually the drinks have dry ice and are foaming, but I didn't get a picture in time. 




Everything was really good, of course. There is a restaurant on the other side and people were having the time of their life! They were dancing, screaming, clapping, etc. I don't know if it's accurate, but I get mega vibes that Orlando is a city that has a lot of fun!

Diagon Alley!

Tuesday, October 17, 2017
Hi! So we just got back from Harry Potter world and OH MY. It was everything I ever thought it would be. I am so pleased. SO PLEASED. 


New York City Guide

Friday, September 29, 2017

What to eat:
So these are just my favorite snippets from each place. If I didn't post something, it doesn't mean it wasn't good. I just didn't want to list a million things for each place. Also, it's organized by neighborhood. I put everything in each neighborhood so you don't have to google addresses, so you may notice some repeats.

Lower Manhattan
  • Chobani - Beautiful inside. Really good yogurt parfaits.
  • By Chloe - Quinoa taco salad!! My favorite salad in all of New York City! The fries are good too. Also everything here is vegan or vegetarian. The packaging and atmosphere is so cute too!
  • Mamoun's - Cash only. Really good hummus and pita bread. (Cheap too!) Quick bite, limited seating inside. 
  • Crif Dogs - Total college vibes haha. Really good hot dogs! They have a vegetarian "fake" hot dog too that's amazing. 
  • Sweetgreen - Anything. Just... anything. 
  • Shake Shack - Portobello burger. Fries. Chicken sandwich... basically anything and everything. 
  • Ilili Box - The Phoenician fries! 
  • Prince Street Pizza - My husband's FAVORITE pizza in all of New York City. Limited seating. 
  • Sweet Chick - My favorite dinner in all of New York City! Vegetarian chicken and waffles!
  • Spaghetti Incident - Carbonera! Waiter service. Also can get it to go in a cone. 
  • Rice to riches - Really good rice pudding!
  • Georgetown Cupcake - Salted caramel cupcake, vanilla birthday cake, red velvet, chocolate vanilla... basically anything.
  • Momfuku Milk Bar - Crack pie. SO GOOD. 
  • Dough - Really good donuts! The Nutella filled is my favorite. 
  • Magnolia Bakery - Bread pudding
  • Cookie Dō NYC - Cookie dough! You can get it in a cone. They have vegan flavors, too. Super cute inside. My favorite is the chocolate chip or unicorn. 
  • Doughnut Plant - Brooklyn blackout, lavender. 
  • The Donut Pub - Chocolate dipper donut. Also right across the street is a street art piece by Invader.
  • Amorino - Gelato in the shape of a flower! You can add a macaron to it too. 
Midtown
  • The City Bakery - Pretzel croissant! One of my very favorite foods in New York City. You can also get them at some Birdbath Bakeries. 
  • City Kitchen - A place with a bunch of different mini restaurants and a bunch tables in the middle. You can get Dough donuts here, also Ili Box Phoenician fries (the best). Great views of Times Square. 
  • Food Gallery Thirty Two - A Korean cafeteria type place (similar to City Kitchen) with a bunch of little food places you can choose from. My favorite is Kobeque which has Korean BBQ. 
  • Sweetgreen - Once again... anything. 
  • Shake Shack - Portobello burger. Fries. Chicken sandwich... basically anything and everything. 
  • Momfuku Milk Bar - Crack pie. SO GOOD. 
  • Nutella Bar - Waffles with strawberries and Nutella! Basically this place is alllllll things Nutella and just fun to visit.
  • Magnolia Bakery - Bread pudding.
  • Sugar Factory - This is the place with those "smoking" drinks you see all over Instagram. They are expensive, but VERY worth it! You can easily share it between 4-5 people. My mom and I barely drank 1/3 of ours. Also you'll sit in the window to drink it and a billion people will stop and take a picture of it (and you). Especially after they pour the dry ice in and it starts foaming. 
  • Dough - Really good donuts! The Nutella filled is my favorite. 
  • Amorino - Gelato in the shape of a flower! You can add a macaron to it too. (Be forewarned, aesthetics aren't always the employee's top priority.
West Side
  • Pushcart Coffee - Nutella hot chocolate. My fave! Then sit in the window and people watch. 
  • Jacob's Pickles - Their French toast is my favorite breakfast in all of New York City. Also the homemade root beers are so good. Waiter service. Get there right when they open to avoid lines. 
  • Num Pang Sandwich Shop - My husband never gives food 10/10, but he gave their pork sandwich a 10/10! *gasps*
  • Sweetgreen - Anything. 
  • Shake Shack - Portobello burger. Fries. Chicken sandwich... basically anything and everything. 
  • Momfuku Milk Bar - Crack pie. SO GOOD. 
  • Treat House - Cookie dough Rice Krispie ice cream sandwich.
  • Levain Bakery - Chocolate peanut butter cookie and the chocolate chip cookie are the best! It's considerably less crowded on week days. Also limited seating inside. 
  • People's Pops - Literal shaved ice. Cash only. Nice, cold bite while walking The High Line. 
  • Doughnut Plant - Brooklyn blackout, lavender. 
  • Magnolia Bakery - Bread pudding.
  • L'Art De Gelato - All the flavors are good!
  • Ample Hills Creamery - Ooey Gooey Butter Cake Ice Cream! Still dreaming about it. 
East Side
  • Pick A Bagel - Best black and white cookies! Also really good bagels, egg and cheese sandwiches, and hot chocolate. 
  • The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf Coffee Shop - Blended chocolate! Basically a frozen chocolate drink that is so so good in the summer when it's a million degrees. 
  • Irving Farm Coffee Roasters - Vanilla and lavender donut. 
  • Grace's Marketplace Coffee Shop - They sell Dough donuts here if you can't make it to a standalone store! Limited seating but if you can snag the seat in the window, it's so fun to watch the Upper East Siders go by. 
  • Naruto Ramen - Really good ramen! Limited seating. 
  • Sashimi Express - The tiniest and yummiest sushi rolls. The $9 for 3 rolls deal will feed one person. Also good bubble tea! Limited seating, but they do have a bench outside. 
  • Chop't - I love this place because of their lettuce size. All salads are good. 
  • Sweetgreen - How many times do I have to say, ANYTHING.
  • My Pie Pizzeria - So many vegetarian options! Also the crust is made without sugar if that's what you're into. Limited seating. 
  • Shake Shack - Portobello burger. Fries. Chicken sandwich... basically anything and everything. 
  • Calexico - SUCH good Mexican food. Tofu tacos with mango, good guacamole, and soft tortillas that are to die for. Waiter service. 
  • Blockheads - Tofu soft shell tacos, chips and salsa. 
  • MacarOn Cafe - Super yummy macarons! Also super cute on the inside. Also good grab and go sandwiches for having a picnic at Central Park. 
  • Candle Cafe - Really yummy vegetarian food. Veggie BLT. Waiter service. 
  • Cupcake ATM - You gotta get a cupcake out of an ATM! Obligatory Instagram picture, too. ;)
  • Treat House - Cookie dough Rice Krispie ice cream sandwich.
  • Max Brenner - Chocolate pizza!! This is my favorite dessert in all of New York City. I get it with chocolate, marshmallows, peanut butter, and krispies. You can order this without having to sit down! Also they have good hot chocolate. 
  • Union Fare - Confetti croissant! Also the cookies and cream croissant... basically any of their specialty croissants. 
  • FP Patisserie - Really good macarons! In the summer they do a macaron ice cream sandwich that is also very good. 
  • Two Little Red Hens - "New York Style" cheesecake.
  • Baked By Melissa - Cutest mini cupcakes and macarons! My favorites have been the snickerdoodle and cookie dough macaron. My favorite cupcake is the Tie Dye. 
  • Morton Williams Grocery Store - They sell Cookie Dough Cafe here!
Brooklyn
  • Sweetgreen - A.N.Y.T.H.I.N.G. 
  • Shake Shack - Portobello burger. Fries. Chicken sandwich... basically anything and everything. 
  • Juliana's Pizza - Best pizza, in my opinion. My husband loves Prince Street Pizza. 
  • Ample Hills Creamery - Ooey Gooey Butter Cake Ice Cream! Still dreaming about it. 
  • Vanessa's Dumpling House - So cheap and so good! Pork and chive dumplings ($1.25), veggie dumplings ($2.75) and sesame pancakes ($1). 
  • Momfuku Milk Bar - Crack pie. SO GOOD. 
  • Doughnut Plant - Brooklyn blackout, lavender. 
  • Dough - Really good donuts! The Nutella filled is my favorite. 

What to do:
  • Carl Schurz Park - Nice to get a little treat from Two Red Hens and hang out at the park. Lots of dogs. Lots of nice views of the river. 
  • The High Line - Super fun to walk this from start to end! Lots of art and treats along the way. Lots of nice views of Chelsea and the river as well. 
  • Belvedere Castle - Cool to see and explore while wandering around Central Park.
  • Bryant Park - Ice skating in the winter, pretty in the summer. They do a lot of events here too. Oh, and there is a carousel. 
  • The Metropolitan Museum of Art - So many good things! Also you can pay what you want to get in, so it's nice if you don't have a lot to spend. Make sure you go to the rooftop! Also you can eat on the steps and bring out your inner Gossip Girl. 
  • Washington Square Park - See the arch and the fountain. Sometimes people play instruments and it's amazing. Lots of college kids because it's right next to NYU. 
  • Bethesda Terrace - Nice stop while walking through Central Park. 
  • Brooklyn Heights Promenade - Cool installation art. Walk from start to finish (if it's not too hot/cold!) Good snacks along the way. Beautiful views of the bridge and Manhattan. 
  • Sheep Meadow - Beautiful views of the high rises along side Central Park. V common place for pictures. 
  • Conservatory Water - My favorite place to go when we lived in NYC. It's an off leash dog area in the morning (which is fun to see). Can sit and watch people play with sailboats. 
  • Chelsea Market - Those amazing light pictures you see all over Instagram. Good shopping and eating. 
  • Gansevoort Market - Another cute market like Chelsea Market. 
  • Union Square Market - Pretty flowers, maple candy, Christmas markets... Just fun markets in general that are nice to stroll through. 
  • The Met Bruer - Another museum where you pay what you can to get in. They have a lot cooler pieces here than they do at The Met (in my opinion). 
  • Flying Tiger - This is a store like Ikea, but better. It's Scandinavian and so cute! They have a lot of cheap houseware? Like smaller things, so cups, coloring books, office supplies, etc. I just got the cutest plaid blanket from there yesterday for $10! Must visit if you like Scandinavian style. 

Where to stay:
  • Row NYC - Super close to a lot of Broadway shows! Rooms are super cute and the staff is really nice. They upgraded us last time we were there and also let us drop our backpacks off before check in so we could explore the city without a lot of baggage. 
  • Marriot Marquis - Also close to the broadway plays. Really neat pod elevators that are just... futuristic and amazing. 
  • Lexington Hotel - SO SO beautiful inside.
  • Pierre Hotel - Everyone should stay in a hotel overlooking Central Park on the Upper East Side at least once.
  • Luma Hotel - Super close to Bryant Park (one of my favorites) and super pretty inside. Close to broadway plays as well. 
  • St. Regis - If you're going to treat yourself, this is the way to do it. 
What do you think? Did I miss anything?

Staycation: Boston!

Friday, June 16, 2017
IT'S BEEN A MINUTE! Ok so I have this new thing where I like to put vertical images side by side, but when I do it through coding it throws off the number of posts that show up on my home page. So, I did these in Photoshop instead, and it took a minute! 

But alas I am finally posting all of this. Hey, also, does anyone have a good website that prints blogs into books? I think I am going to delete some of the old posts here once they are in book form.

ANYWAY. So back to when my mom came to visit, we drove up to Boston for the day! When my mom was planning her trip, she was really pushing staying over night in Boston. I was like, "Let's just drive up for the day?" And she was like, convinced it wouldn't be enough time there. Well, well, well. Guess who is always right? This girl!

Nah, jk.

But actually just driving up for the day was a perfect amount of time for us! We headed out at 7:00ish and got home around 9:00 or 10:00. Not too shabby!


I love how clean Boston is in comparison to New York! It seems a lot smaller and quainter to me. And QUIETER. 


All their window boxes with flowers are SO CUTE!! 



So for a little breakfast we went to Tatte Bakery. The pastries weren't my favorite but the breakfast sandwiches looked AMAZING!! Next time that is definitely what I am getting!



Every time I take a picture like this I pat myself on the back for being good at Instagramming/blogging.



After we ate we started the Freedom Trail. I am 0% a history person, but it was fun to walk so much and see so much! Walking is my favorite way to see a city. This is my cute mom. I used to not post about family on here cuz privacy or whatever, but then also in my journal I will never have photos of family? Which is weird to me, so I am posting things again lol.


Next we went to a cemetery where all the famous people were buried. Also, does anyone know what this little face on the headstones means? It was everywhere. 




Like the streets in Boston are so cute?


I am a good person to have on vacations cause I'll call you name and bug you to get cute candid photos that you won't appreciate. 



Guys this is my husband? Like I don't even know.



So they turned this ancient church into a CHIPOTLE!?!?!?!? Really, America? REALLY.


Ok I have to LOL. So, this is the Freedom Trail. Like, you can just follow this path that's in the sidewalk. When we first saw it, my mom was like, "Oh! I bet that's the freedom trail!" And I was like, "No, I bet that's for blind people to get around the city." And she was like, "????" But in Tokyo they literally have little bumpy strips across the whole city for people who were blind, so it's not a far stretch? But also it's OBVIOUSLY for the Freedom Trail and I'm just an idiot lol.







Remember in junior high when these types of pictures were *very* cool?


Of course we had to go to Little Italy. My mom went to Italy a little while ago and has been OBSESSED ever since.



So my mom and J stopped to get pizza. It didn't sound good to me so I didn't get any. While they were walking out I was hiding behind a tree and acting like a paparazzi yelling things at them. They both laughed and I got the CUTEST genuine smile photos!!! I got a really good one of my mom but it's close up and I know if she ever saw it she would be like, "Why did you post that!!! Look how close it is to my face!!!" But I THINK IT'S CUTE OK.


LIKE HOW CUTE IS J HERE BECAUSE I ACTUALLY CAN'T HANDLE IT.


So I am trying this new thing when I travel, where like instead of waiting for everyone to move to get a "good shot" I just take the photo with the tourists in it. I feel like it is more real? Obviously, I guess. But I guess I feel like it captures the place/monument/whatever better.




Lemme tell you, I reallllllly appreciate living by water! It's so pretty and so nice.



New England style homes 10/10. I love shake siding and shingles and shutters. Dream home material for sure!



At the end-ish of the Freedom Trail you can take a ferry back to the Boston Aquarium. 



Remember when we went to that really good farm fresh restaurant in Maine? Well, they had on in Boston too! It's called BGood and I would HIGHLY recommend!


Next we rode the boats at the park!



So people were walking back and forth over this bridge. They stopped for us to get this picture and then a guy was like, "You know, we don't just do that for anyone!!!" And I thought it was so nice and funny. It's always nice when people aren't super mean to tourists lol.


OK CUTEST THING ALERT. So these kids were playing with their grandpa and this ball. One of them had a bad throw and it went into the pond. We went around on our boats, got off, and walked around for a bit, only to get on the bridge and see this grandpa was still waiting for the ball to come back. It kept coming back, but was still far enough away he couldn't get it. So finally this BAE GRANDPA GETS INTO THE POND TO GET THE BALL FOR HIS GRANDKIDS. It was the actual cutest thing.

Oh, and shortly before this someone else proposed to his girlfriend and everyone clapped.



And that's a wrap! It was a v fun trip and v fun to see my mom. I love that everywhere out here is so close! It's so neat to be able to drive to Boston and back in a day, or go into New York for school and come back home to Connecticut. It's definitely something we are trying to take advantage of while we are out here!

XOXO
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