Friday, September 6, 2013

The Food Post (NYC)

So a tad bit late (that of course is an understatement) but, doling out the honors...

: Breakfast :

Best bagel and coffee for breakfast! #nyc #food #breakfastforchampions

Best Bagel and Coffee
225 W 35th St, New York, NY 10001

It literally is the best bagel in town! It's the best because you can build your own. We heaped salmon, capers, onions and cream cheese on top of an everything bagel. You know, the works.

: Lunch :

Vongole at Pelligrino's yum yum!! #food #nyc #littleitaly

138 Mulberry St, New York, NY 10013

Tucked away in a little corner of Chinatown is a charming spot that is Little Italy. There are plenty of Italian restaurants to choose from, but we parked ourselves in the al fresco dining area of Pellegrino's. Here's a picture of my favorite appetizer - Vongole Oreganata!

: Tea time :

Followed the recommendations of a local. All Cantonese speaking crew in this Dim-sum joint. Has to be legit right? #chinatown #nyc #dimsumdollies


When our trusty Google failed with provide us with a lead for Chinese dim sum, we stopped to ask a local where to go. He pointed us to a local joint, complete with a Cantonese speaking crew, pushing dim sum trollies, and serving up piping hot dishes in bamboo baskets. That has got to be some legit dim sum.

: Mid Day Refreshments :

After waiting 1.5hr in line to get my cheap Avenue Q tickets, it's time to reward myself with a nice cold beer... #allagash #nyc #hellskitchen

815 9th Ave, New York, NY 10019

Hopping on over to Hell's Kitchen, we stopped by Valhalla to quench our thirst after sifting through the flea markets. Surprisingly, the prices were pretty decent. Since we didn't have to drive, we made sure we quenched our thirst right and proper.

: Dinner:

Most expensive bibim bap ever! But delish! #nyc #koreatown #food

Gahm Mi Oak
43 W 32nd St, New York, NY 10001

Our hotel is a stone's throw from Koreatown in Midtown NYC. We randomly walked into one of the many restaurants, but I believe they would all have been just as good. I love bibimbap and was pleasantly surprised as this one was super delish!

There were other cuisines we were sad we didn't get to try, like Japanese and Thai. But we were able hit the spots we wanted to go most, so in all, it was a really satisfying gastronomic journey for us!

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Primped up Kicks

Had to share these cute little things from Kate Spade.
Might also be a little post-NYC blues.
Just sayin'

Sunday, August 18, 2013

New York New York!

View from Central Park #nyc #skyline #reflections #centralpark
Picture taken from across the Jackie Onassis Reservoir in Central Park.

Here's an overdue post of my recent trip to NYC! I had a fabulous time! The weather was in the mid 70s throughout and we had sunshine for most part of our trip. When it was raining, we sought shelter and wandered around in the museums!

Here are the highlights of our trip in pictures!

Front row seats for Avenue Q!! #offbroadway #nyc #latergram

We stood in line for rush tickets for a production of Avenue Q! It's an Off Broadway musical about the humans and muppets living on Avenue Q (a less than desirable side of town), trying to find a purpose in life. It's the adult version of Sesame Street, with hit songs like "The Internet is For Porn" and "If You Were Gay". The tunes are so catchy I caught J humming the songs days after we watched it. And mind you, he isn't the musical type of guy! I had missed this production in several cities, and I knew I had to catch it this time! And I wasn't disappointed! We got front row seats at the price of $26.50 apiece when the regular tickets cost anywhere from $40 - $90! Score! Here's a tip if you want to get rush tickets for the same day show. Check out New World Stages for a list of Off Broadway productions, and for its opening hours. Stand in line about an hour before they open, and voila! You're guaranteed a seat in the house! (limited to two per person!)

Good morning New York! Birding in #centralpark this morning! #birds #happiestnerdalive

Birding in Central Park had been on my bucket list for the longest time. I watched a documentary called Birders: The Central Park Effect a while ago, and I knew I had to do this one day. So, check!

Found it! #aliceinwonderland #centralpark #nyc

Central Park is my favorite spot in NYC. It probably isn't fair to say so, since I've spent only 4 days in the city, but I am in love with the quiet solitude, the calm amongst the hustle and bustle. The air is cooler and fresher. The people are all smiles, and they actually STROLL. J and I walked for a long time, but we managed to cover only about half the park. We wanted to see how many statues we would come across, and we found Alice in Wonderland, amongst others.

Paid a visit to the famous Purl in Soho! And got myself some pretty fabric. Note: I had a lot of restraint #purlsoho #nyc #soho #fabric

What's a trip to NYC without going to Purl in Soho! I bought myself some pretty fabric, which I'd probably hoard and stash aside, instead of putting them to use. I couldn't decide on what to buy because I wanted a little bit of everything. So when I stood in line with a stack of fat quarters, and a none too pleased husband, I was a little sad that I had to go. But my dear fellow crafters, you have to pay them a visit if you're ever in NYC!

T-Rex!!! #latergram #dinosaurs #happiestnerdalive

The Natural History Museum is absolutely a must see! Well, depending on what you like. The place is so big, we had to pick and choose to see our favorites! My favorites were the section on the dinosaurs and fossils, and the exhibits of the Birds of the World (d-uh). I was so excited I even took pictures of all the dinosaurs and sent them to the kids I usually babysit, because they love dinosaurs too!

At the Met: a collection of some of my favorite pieces #Met #museum #nyc #latergram

Here's the other museum we visited - the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The above picture is a collection of some of my favorites. But this next abstract piece is one that stood out for me. I am drawn by the shapes and colors!

Fun piece by Stuart Davis - Arboretum by Flashbulb #abstract #met #art #nyc #dunnomuchbutsurecanappreciatethecolors #latergram
Arboretum by Flashbulb - Stuart Davis

Macy's original wooden escalators, built in 1902! #heraldsquare #nyc #latergram
Shopping at Macy's
Traveling between levels on the original wooden escalators from the early 1900s!

We did a quick shopping trip at Macy's and H&M just because they were right next to our hotel. I love H&M, I can't get enough of it because you can stretch your dollar and buy in bulk for less. And not to mention they've got cool stuff. I did a double take when I saw the Macy's building. It stretches one full block and is at least floors of shopping!

Now there's definitely more to write about NYC, but I shall stop here for now. I'm gonna keep all the food pictures for the next post so watch this space!

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Start spreading the news....

NYC Skyline

So my dear blogger friends, I'll be visiting New York City in a week, and I'd like to hear some of your suggestions on what to do, where to go, and food to eat! I pretty much have an itinerary, but I'd like to see some off the beaten track places. If you have any suggestions throw them my way!

I'm so excited!!!

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

You've got mail!

Phew, what a long absence, although I do enjoy my time away from the computer! I sit in front of the computer all day at work and the last thing i want to do when I get home, is to sit in front of it again!

Here's what's been going on in my long absence. Remember I told you I signed up for Postcrossing? I get fun cards in the mail, and it makes me feel like I've traveled a little, by association, anyway. Well, for every postcard I send out, I get one in return!

My first Postcrossing card was from Sicily, Italy!

And then I received another, all the way from the West Coast, from sunny ol' California.

My most recent card came from Belarus! How exciting! I wonder if the postcard was a photograph-turned-postcard. What a neat idea! I'm struggling to find places to buy postcards. I bought my first set off Amazon because I couldn't find any in the stores!

But here's one from a Postcrossing buddy I found on Instagram! This one's a keeper!

This one is from my buddy, who was visiting New York City and decided to drop me a note. She saw this postcard and remembered how much I love fairies.

Finally, here is my favorite, because it was hand drawn by my friend in Singapore. He loves doodling and illustrating cartoons that remind me of "The Far Side Gallery". I think he's super talented!

I just sent out two more, so there'll be two more postcards coming my way! Can't wait!

Now on to catch up on all your blogs!
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