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Saturday, May 24, 2014

new york: day three

We started off the day with church! (And no, I did not see Love, Taza, haha.) All of the people who gave talks were like, stand up comedians. It was awesome. Afterwards, I tried to get a picture with the Empire Hotel (Gossip Girl, anyone?) but we couldn't see the entrance and we were all pretty hungry, so my mother-in-law snapped one from afar and we left to lunch.

We went to a place called Juniors, but unfortunately they were done serving breakfast. Does anyone else have that weird thing where you have to like, eat something fresh or light for the first meal of the day? Like, I can't just eat a straight up burrito or something heavy like that. Like, it needs to be breakfast-y or light. So, I got some chocolate milk and a bagel. It was really funny, because everyone else's proportions were like, grossly large. That's America for you!

The rest of the group headed back to the hotel to take a nap, so we decided to go explore central park. We happened upon the restaurant Jake founded on the way there. (Kidding.)

The observatory garden was pretty neat! I was partially sad that there weren't any colorful flowers or anything of that, but it was really green. I felt like we were in a Jane Austen movie or something.

I watched Felicity a lot freshman year (They took if off Netflix before I could finish, the series. Darn! Does Felicity end up with Ben or Noel???), so Dean and Deluca was a must. It turns out it's like a small grocery store. I took a picture in there and then some girl politely informed me there wasn't any photography allowed? Ha! Strange things.

This was debatably my favorite food item from the whole trip. It was the best chocolate croissant I have ever eaten. OBSESSED. Honestly, what food combination is better than chocolate and croissants? I die.

We decided to feast on the steps on the Met, because we were already in the area and also I'm obsessed with Gossip Girl, so naturally. 

This dude was obsessing over my croissant crumbs.

Pretty lunch views!

For dinner we went to this place that was supposed to have the best noodles in all of New York! Jake went on his mission to Japan so he's a little noodle expert.

They didn't have any noodles that weren't in chicken broth, so I got some vegetable pot stickers and a creation from the kitchen. Jake's a little bit more into the Japanese food than I am, but I thought it was pretty good!! 

We grabbed some treats from Magnolia Bakery after dinner to get our chocolate fix.

Can I fangirl about this cupcake for a minute? It was literally so good. Like, it was the most perfect fluffy cake and the FROSTING WAS PERFECT. It was like, cocoa-y tasting? I don't even know. But, it really was the best cupcake I've ever eaten. I loved that they didn't create a frosting mountain, so you can actually bite into it, ya know?

We ate our cupcakes while walking around the Rockefeller building. We saw one of the statues that we had to memorize for our mythology class, so that was neat. We were pretty thoroughly convinced we would never use mythology in our everyday lives, so what do you know.

A picture of times square, because apparently that's the tourist thing to do.

Jake and his brother-in-law wanted to watch Lone Survivor, so me and my two sisters-in-law watched I, Frankenstein. It was entertaining, I guess. I mainly don't understand why they made a Frankenstein movie like that? Like, why didn't they just stick to the original story? Who knows.

All in all, day three was a major success!

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Friday, May 23, 2014

new york: day two

So, we stayed on the 28th floor and it was literally the weirdest thing being up that high. The elevators (left) were glass on the walls, so you could just like, watch yourself shoot into space. It was crazy. But also very joyful.

Our first subway ride went very well! We actually didn't get lost at all the whole time. We were definitely glued to our map app and a subway map the whole trip, but it paid off pretty well in the end! 

So, I didn't really know where to go to eat and what to do. However, luckily Love, Taza just posted some guides to New York. So, we mostly went to places that were on her list. There are so many places to eat, we wanted to make sure we were only eating the best! 

I got a plain bagel with blueberry cream cheese and Jake got a plain bagel with dried tomato cream cheese (I know!). They were pretty good! I'm not sure if I could say they were the best in the world, but it was a nice cheap breakfast before we headed off to bigger and better things, haha. We gave it 7 stars. 

Also, I've decided that in New York it's impossible to not get strangers in your photos, so pardon the creepers in the backgrounds of most of these.

After breakfast, we started walking uptown to Columbia University (my dream grad school, cross your fingers) and we happened upon this!!! Jake's not a super fan of Seinfeld. In fact, I'm not sure he's seen more than one or two episodes, but OMG I LOVE SEINFELD. I was so pleased. I love when movie/tv show places are real. I'm still partially bawling that Central Perk is fake, but seeing Tom's Restaurant was so cool! 

We went to Columbia, but apparently there was graduation going on. So, I didn't get a lot of the pictures I wanted to get. (Well, that and the fact that I had never formatted my memory card in like, four years, so it was only able to hold like 9 photos and I didn't understand what the heck was going on. So, I had to use my iPhone for a lot of these, and that makes me cringe at life.)

We pretty much just walked around and explored. There was a really cool old church (catholic?) that we went into for a while. I have to laugh at the left photo below, because it's just so majestic. It's like the heavens themselves are descending upon us. Haha. Good coincidence I guess.

We walked over to Morningside park and looked out at the city. Gosh dang! I would love to have a view like that everyday.

After killing some time watching small children play small children sports, we popped into Shake Shack to get a bite to eat. I really wasn't expecting it to be as good as it was. The line was really long, and we almost went somewhere else. But, then we concluded that a long line was actually probably a good sign, so we stuck around. (Lol at the old guy in the photo below.)

I'm not sure if I've mentioned this, but I love food. It is literally one of my favorite things to do (if not my very favorite) when I travel. I got this DELICIOUS portobello mushroom burger and I don't think my life will be the same. Typically restaurants either have a Gardenburger or a portobello mushroom burger. Usually the mushrooms are just like straight up, and it makes me feel weird about things, so I usually don't get them. However, this one was like filled!! I don't even know how they did it, but it was miraculous. It was filled with munster and cheddar cheese, and then it had tomatoes, lettuce, and shack sauce. I die. 

Oh, and also the fries were like, the best ever. They were seriously so good. And the shakes, too! I really don't even like shakes. Like, I've probably avoided shakes for a good ten years, just because I think they are disgusting. Who wants to drink ice cream? Not me. BUT, these shakes were sent from the Gods. They were like the perfect consistency. It wasn't too thick that you have to eat it with a spoon, but it wasn't too thin that you feel like you're drinking melted ice cream. Like, they were literally sooooo perfect.

I obviously didn't taste the hamburger, but Jake said it was really good. He said he could taste that it was fresh and not frozen. So, basically we love Shake Shack, and rate it 9.5 stars, and cried ourselves to sleep every night because there isn't one even close to Utah.

We headed back to the hotel to meet up with the rest of Jake's family and then went to a Yankee's game! I had never been to a baseball game before, so it was pretty fun. I asked like a thousand questions, but I now understand one more sport, so applause.

After the game we were all sort of hungry. So, we went to Shake Shack again... haha I wish I was kidding. But, at least this time we took the rest of the family so it was a sort of excuse. I got a chocolate cheesecake shake and was pulled into heaven right then and there. But, the fries were different? Like noticeably so. Like, the fries the first time were thin and straight and the fries the second time were thick and wavy? So, whatever that's about. They were still good, but it is an X-file.

It was pretty late by the time we got back to the hotel, so we just chilled down and watched the old Spiderman with Toby Maguire. It's weird how a movie made only 10 years ago can look so dumb with it's special effects. We were seriously laughing at how fake and rigid everything looked. It makes me feel weird to imagine what movies are going to be like in 30 years, ya know? Gosh I wonder if it's going to be like that book where you can just get sucked into paintings, so like you'll go to the movie theatre and just get sucked into the movie and like observe everything first hand. 

Kidding, but really.

Also, I feel it's important to note that at the end of day one I wasn't sure if I could live in New York ever, but then after day two I was pretty sure I could live there and be completely fine. At least for two years at Columbia... 

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Thursday, May 22, 2014

new york: day one

(Sorry for the iPhone quality photos below...) 

We started out with some solid cocoa from Seattle's Best Coffee. I mean, look at that whipped cream mountain!! DELICIOUS. Also, Jake fell asleep on the flight, so I took this picture with him to be dumb, but he started waking up at the exact moment I took the photo. Ha! His creepy little half open eyes... I die, I die.

Cute Jake and his lovely sister! Thanks to her for graduating and giving us a reason to venture out to New York :).

Semi obsessed with mountains at all times. Especially from airplane windows. They just look so... majestic? 

Side note: Has anyone read The Stand? (If you have, I love you) In the book this guy has to walk through the lincoln tunnel that's filled with like decaying corpses in cars (a superflu virus wiped everybody out) and it's like his worst nightmare and he totally freaks out. The whole time I was reading that I was so confused. It's like, the longest part and it takes him so long to get the courage to walk through it. The whole time I was just like, "Um, grow a pair and walk through it already!" Then we drove through this tunnel from New Jersey to Manhattan and I was like slightly feeling weird just being in there with living humans. Those suckers are long!

The view from our hotel! I looked out the window at like, 2 a.m. and Forever 21 was still open. The plus sides of Times Square, I guess!

We didn't get to our hotel until pretty late at night, so there wasn't a whole lot of time to do stuff. We grabbed a pizza at Ray's (margarita mmmmmhmmmm) and then went to Godzilla!

I feel like this post isn't complete without the stories of horror that happened the first day. Our cab broke down on our way to our hotel, so we had to drag our luggage the rest of the way. Luckily, it was only a block or two, but unluckily it was starting to rain. The rain turned into like a complete downpour while we were walking from Ray's to the movie theatre, and let's just say I wasn't too happy of a camper. My jeans and shirt got completely soaked and the movie theatre was pretty cold like they always are! 

I was definitely pretty grumpy. It turned out Godzilla was in 3D too, which I'm not too big of a fan of. So, needless to say my attitude was not the best haha. But, Godzilla was so good it totally turned me around! Before the show I was all sulky and cold, but afterwards I was ecstatic. It was seriously such a good movie! Go to it if you haven't already seen it. It will turn your mood around :).

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