Derek and I landed safe and sound in New York City just after lunchtime this afternoon.
The flight was smooth and uneventful.
I really need to fly JetBlue more often. I always forget about their extra little perks, like:
Free in-flight DirectTV
Full cans of soda (instead of just giving you a cup)
A variety of complimentary snacks
And a free checked bag.
All that’s missing is free in-flight WiFi and I’d be all set to never fly another airline again. 🙂
I also nibbled on a homemade mix of nuts and dried fruit in the air.
This is my third year in a row coming to NYC in February.
Back in 2010, I flew to NYC for an event with Electrolux and brought my mom and my twin brother to celebrate our 25th birthday.
A forecasted ‘storm of the century’ came in the night before we were suppose to leave and canceled all the flights for the next day. My mom and I ended up being stuck in the city for 3 extra days, but made the most of it by exploring the city covered in white.
New York City – February 2010
- New York City
- A Race Around Central Park
- Twenty Five and Feeling Fine
- The Spotted Pig
- My Morning with Regis and Kelly
- Kelly’s Cake Off For a Cause
- Snowed In
- A Snowy Day in the City
- A Blanket of Snow
- Core Fusion & Amy’s Bread
Last year Ashley and Bo invited Derek and I on their annual ski trip to Stratton Mountain in Vermont. We decided to fly in a day early to explore the city and celebrate my birthday.
Central Park was just as white as the last time I saw it and it was so cold that Derek and I had to duck into stores every so often to seek warmth. Brrrr…
This year we’re here a little early (a week before my birthday instead of the day after), but we’re following the same format as last year – fly into NYC a day early before leaving to go skiing in the mountains. We love NYC and wanted to sneak in as much time as we could here.
However, there’s something a little different about this trip, compared to the last two.
See that? No jacket!
It was 63 degrees when we landed. How crazy is that?! It actually felt a little warm walking around, it was like spring – not the dead of winter. Not what I was expecting, but I’ll take it! 🙂
Derek and I were starving right when we landed and immediately headed to the first place we could find that had food.
Friend of a Farmer had decent reviews on Yelp and I liked the name – sold!
The restaurant was cute and cozy inside – set up to resemble an old farmhouse.
The menu wasn’t anything special – basic sandwiches and salads – but the execution was pretty amazing. Derek ordered the cobb salad and I ordered the chicken club and we split the two.
The homemade honey wheat bread used for the chicken club was really thick and hearty. It could have easily been overpowering, but I thought it worked well with the flavorful bacon and sharp cheddar on the chicken.
After lunch we did a little exploring. That exploring just happened to include a little excursion to the Momofuku Milk Bar.
I’ve been to NYC several times in the last couple of years and each time I’ve been here, I’ve had at least one person (sometimes a dozen) tell me I need to try the compost cookies at Momofuku.
So I did and it was incredible. A cookie full of everything? What’s not to love?
I also had a latte for a little burst of caffeine.
Many thanks to all the suggestions for ‘guy friendly’ restaurants in NYC. I ended up making a reservation for Derek and I at Rare in Chelsea.
I was told they have the city’s best burgers and Derek was sold on the place as soon as I sent him the link to the menu. All he had to see was decently priced burgers and he was sold.
We split an order of sweet potato fries, which were a tad stringy for my taste – I prefer my fries cut thicker.
Dipped in their famous dipping sauces. (I stuck with good ole fashion ketchup)
And I couldn’t go to a burger joint without getting burger.
Medium-rare with smoked cheddar cheese – one of the rare instances where I thought the cheese really made the burger. Yum. The burger was also the perfect size – I cleaned my plate.
Derek cleaned his too. He was a very happy boy. He was even happier when our bill was under $30. It really doesn’t take much to please him and that’s why I love him. 🙂
We made our way back to Ashley and Bo’s to be greeted by this smiling face.
A dance party via the XBox Kinect immediately pursued. Obviously.
And now I want an Xbox.
And a Kinect.
And Dance Central.
Oh, but I want to pay for my wedding too.
Ashley has a long run planned for us in the morning – can’t wait!