Saturday, February 6, 2010

New York City

by Meghann on February 6, 2010

I made it!

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And can you believe my flight actually landed early? A BIG thanks to Mr. Snowstorm for avoiding the Newark airport area this morning. ๐Ÿ˜‰

As soon as the flight landed my Mom and I headed to our hotel to drop our luggage off so we could immediately start the fun of exploring the city.

While we checked in I had a bag of Plantain Chips that I got on the flight.

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Guess who decided last minute to join my Mom and I on this trip?

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Josh!! (My twin brother)

Josh just happened to have a free weekend and my Mom was able to get a great deal on a last minute ticket as an early birthday present.

Josh and I rarely spend a birthday apart and we seem to have a flair for going all out in celebration. For our 21st birthday we jumped out of a plane, for out 23rd the family rented a cabin in the Blue Mountains, last year was skiing in Colorado, and its NYC for our 25th.

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Josh was last in NYC back in 2003 and he really doesn’t remember much. He immediately wanted to see Time Square and Rockafeller Center.

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We’re coming back to see that Today Show being filmed on Monday!

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Yes, I know I’m a tourist and I’m proud of it! When you visit Orlando and only see Disney World then we’ll talk. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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I also really, really wanted to ice skate, but it was a little pricey. This tourist does have her limits.

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After a little exploring we met the wonderful Dori at Alice’s Tea Cup for lunch.

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We had an hour wait, but it was worth it. The tiny restaurant was absolutely adorable.

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I started with an individual pot of the Chocolate Mint tea.

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It was very tasty, I wish I would have bought some extra loose tea leaves to take home with me.

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Everything on the lunch menu looked fantastic. It was nearly impossible for everyone at the table to decide what to order.

While the table pondered, we nibbled on a couple of the scones of the day: Pumpkin and Cranberry White Chocolate.

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My plate x5. They were so good I just kept nibbling.

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I told Dori that I could easily live the rest of my life without ever eating another donut again, but could not bare to live a life that did not involve scones. Especially pumpkin scones! The one from Alice’s were exceptionally tasty and delicious. ๐Ÿ™‚

For the main course I ordered a soup and sandwich combination plate.

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The roasted cumin carrot sandwich struck me as just enough out of the ordinary to deserve a taste.

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Marinated carrots had been sliced thin and reminded me of sliced deli meat when layered between the two slices of bread.

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This sandwiching was interesting – I will definitely give it that. ๐Ÿ˜‰ It was nothing like I have tried before, but that is definitely a good thing. I would order it again in a heart beat.

With my sandwich I had the tomato basil soup.

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Lunch came to an end much too quickly. It was a great meal that I wouldn’t mind repeating over and over again. ๐Ÿ˜‰

We said our good byes to Dori after lunch and attempted to navigate the subway system of NYC.

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Public transportation is such a foreign concept to us Floridians that we were a bit confused at first, but by the end of the day I think we had the hang of it.

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It is wayyyyy too cold outside not to take advantage of the convenient subway system.

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We made our way to Union Square and were a bit overwelmed by the amount of people. I was able to locate the only NYC Trader Joe’s and was hoping to come home with a new load of goodies, but after one step inside I knew that wasn’t going to happen. The line for the register weaved in and out of the aisles around the store and I wasn’t ready to wait in line for over an hour. ๐Ÿ™ Dori had warned me it was a madhouse, but I would never in a million years have imagined anything that bad. Yowza!

After a little shopping (I think I found an outfit for Tuesday) we headed to Chelsea Market and I was excited to find something I had only seen on blogs before.

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One Lucky Duck! I know it wasn’t the main restaurant, but it still worked for me. ๐Ÿ™‚

20 minutes and wayyyyy too much money later I had selected two famous raw treats to try for myself.

First, the Buckwheat Crunch Chocolate Bar.

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I sampled two squares immediately and two more a little while later.

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It reminded me of very, very dark chocolate. I would probably go as far as bakers chocolate. I actually didn’t mind it. I think the crunch was what saved it in my opinion.

Second, I purchased Chocolate Crispies

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And immediately had a small handful.

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Yum. Again, these weren’t sweet, but I still enjoyed them.

Originally I had planned on having dinner in Greenwich Village or in SoHo, but it was just way too cold outside to travel anywhere else. I quickly sent out a chain text looking for places to eat that were within one or two blocks of Chelsea Market and Dori immediately suggest Vento.

She raved about their thin crust pizzas and we were sold.

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As soon as we were seated fresh focaccia bread was served to the table. I enjoyed a nice, crusty piece.

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I had originally ordered a flight on wines, but enjoyed the first cabernet so much that I requested to have my other 3 oz pours be the same.

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The table split an order of sweet potato fries as we waited for our meals.\

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As soon as Dori had raved about their pizza I knew that is what I wanted to order. I selected the Sicilian Pizza and was very please with the wonderful thin crust and great amount of veggies layered on top.

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I could only manage a little more than half of the pizza. It was humungous and I had NYC cupcakes on my mind. ๐Ÿ™‚

The waitress knew it was my brother and mine’s birthday, so she had sent complimentary brownie cheesecake bites to the table.

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I’m not a huge cheese cake fan, so I simply nibbled on the brownie part on the outside and left the cheesecake.

The plan had been to pick up some cupcakes from Crumbs on the way back to the hotel, but apparently the close early on the weekends. ๐Ÿ™ Cupcake fail!

I tweeted my displeasure in my cupcakeless evening and Dori responded that the Buttercup Bakery was within a couple blocks of my hotel.

Cupcake Victory!

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I got a Carrot Cake Cupcake to go.

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And now I am officially stuffed. ๐Ÿ™‚

Tomorrow morning is the BIG race! I hope I am prepared for the coooold temps. Luckily I have no intentions for this race, but to have fun. Running through Central Park and hanging out with other wonderful bloggers is all I’ll need.

Still, I better rest up!

Good Night!!

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