So far I am really digging this whole twenty-five business.
- I can now rent a car on my own
- My car insurance just went down (I even got a $15 refund check in the mail last week for it)
- It just sounds cool to say I am a ‘quarter of the century old’
- Oh, and it just so happened that I am celebrating turning 25 in New York City! One of the best birthdays ever!!
Every morning I have a routine where I return from my runs and immediately turn my tv on to channel four where I listen to the Today Show as I get ready for work. I love waking up with Matt, Meredith, and Al and could think of no better way to spend the morning of my 25th birthday than meeting them live and in person!
We arrived at Rockafellar Center around 7:30 am and were able to watch some of the live shots from the outside looking in.
Then Al, Meredith and Matt came outside for roughly 15 minutes of shooting.
I was able to shake hands with all three of them. They were each very nice and made sure to shake hands with and say hi with every person standing outside. I was just sad that it never occured to me to get a photo with one of them!
Al said we looked like we were freezing (we were) and we told him we were all the way from Florida! My Mom also mentioned it was mine and Josh’s birthday and he wished us Happy Birthday.
We stayed at the Today Show just long enough to freeze out pa-tooties off! We needed a place to warm up and have a quick bite to eat and the security guys at the Today Show recommended a great deli down the street.
I couldn’t leave NYC without having at least one bagel!
I had a toasted pumpernickel bagel with walnut & raisin cream cheese.
With some GORGEOUS fruit from the salad bar that was $$, but worth it.
The breakfast was perfect and I loved the zillions of options the deli offered. We need places like this in Orlando! Its not fair there is one on every block here.
We spent the rest of the morning doing a little shopping.
I found this book at Urban Outfitters and was so tempted ot buy it before my brother reminded me I live no where near a Trader Joes.
Honestly i was a little disappointed by Dylan’s Candy Bar. It was exactly the same as the one in Orlando. Nothing special about it to me.
I had a list of things I wanted to do while in New York City and eating at Serendipity was one of them!
We managed to avoid the typical line out front by arriving at the restaurant about 5 minutes before it opened. We were allowed to wait in the warmth inside and were seated at 11:30 on the dot.
My heart was set on one of their world famous frozen hot chocolates! I picked the mint flavor and it did not disappoint!
The frozen mint hot chocolate was the perfect birthday treat. It reminded me of a mint chocolate shake: very rich and delicious.
Josh and I ‘shared’ the drink but I would say I drank about 75% of it. It was just too good. My lips were drawn to the straw.
Since I started with a cold drink, I decided to go with a HOT bowl of vegetarian chili for my actual lunch.
The chili was great. It had bits of potatoes in it and was loaded with vegetables. I ate about 3/4s of the bowl and gave the rest to my brother.
The weather was absolutely amazing after lunch. The sun was shining bright and it had actually warmed up a bit. We took advantage of the great weather with some more walking of the city.
My brother really wanted to see the UN while he was here.
We hit up Crumbs for a birthday cupcake.
Apparently there seems to be a big debate on which cupcakes are the best in NYC. Everyone on a twitter has a different opinion to offer up!
There was most notably a love/hate relationship with Crumbs on twitter. Obviously I had to check it out for myself to give my honest opinion on the matter.
First of all, I was blown away by the great selection! So many wonderful flavors to choose from!
I ended up with the Cappuccino
My brother went with the Reeses cupcake and we got them to go to enjoy back at the hotel.
I used a chop stick to split mine in half.
Yum! In my honest opinion the Crumbs cupcake was delicious! I hate to say it, but I enjoyed it more than the Buttercup Cupcake I had on Saturday. I still have the other half left to enjoy later.
We had to change hotels this afternoon and I was excited to see two of my favorite people had finally made it to NYC.
When I checked in I was excited to find a goody bag waiting for me at the front desk.
Big THANKS to Electrolux for hooking me up this week.
I have a date with the hotel gym before the festivites begin tonight for the big event!
25 is going to be a great year!