4.27.2011

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It SNOWED here in Colorado last night!
 April 27th.
I want to be angry about this, but instead I'm reminiscing about my week in NY with J. and our late afternoon breakfast at the Clinton Street Baking Company on the lower East side.
I've always wanted to eat a brunch at Clinton Street Bakery (their pancakes are very famous!), however, while living and working full time in NY, the only possible day I could make it down to the lower East side for brunch was either Saturday or Sunday. And in less you are prepared to spend a good chunk of your morning waiting in line outside this tiny restaurant, you are better off finding another location for brunch on the weekends.

In fact, I debated whether or not we should skip Clinton Street and just eat at Frankie's 17, another beautiful restaurant on the same street. Ashley and Aron claim that Frankie's serves the best french toast in the city, and recommend the restaurant as their favorite place for brunch! The pictures and description on their blog, Hither and Thither, make this place look soooo tempting, that I was torn between eating at Clinton Street Bakery or Frankie's 17 right up until the very last minute. J. suggested we check out the wait at Clinton Street first. The restaurant was busy, but we were able to walk right in and get a table (which truly never happens!). So I decided that we should take advantage of the opportunity and get the pancakes (and yes, they were the best pancakes I've ever had). We also tried the french toast, AND ordered a root beer float and a black and white milk shake! It was wonderful, yet I'm still looking forward to the day when we can try the brunch at Frankie's 17.

4.21.2011

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First, I must say that I do enjoy the occasional cupcake. But they just aren't my favorite dessert out there... just a little bit too messy and too difficult to eat without completely crumbling apart! I'm also not a huge fan of frosting. As a result, while the famous and romantic Magnolia Bakery is a must-see, I rarely paid the bakery a visit when I was living only a subway ride away.  However, on this trip I knew I had to show the boy my favorite Magnolia location in the heart of the West Village. And this time....this time...instead of a cupcake, I tried the banana pudding. Oh my goodness.

The banana pudding at Magnolia Bakery is worth a special trip... even if you are only in New York for a few days.   

4.20.2011

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Most of you have probably heard of the famous Grimaldi's Pizza located underneath the Brooklyn Bridge. Most famous for being Frank Sinatra's favorite NY pizza joint, as well as for the super long line outside their door, Grimaldi's arguably serves some of the best pizza in all of New York City. The mozzarella is unbelievably fresh, the crust baked to perfection in a coal-brick oven. It's definitely worth the wait in line (however, one way to cheat the line on a warm day is to call ahead, order take out, and eat on the Brooklyn pier just down the street!). 

My boyfriend's favorite food is pizza. So Grimaldi's was a MUST for us on this trip, seeing as this was his first visit to NY. And I made sure that we did Grimaldi's the only way I like to do Grimaldi's: 

1) Begin the evening with a walk over the Brooklyn Bridge (from the Manhattan--Brooklyn side) right as the sun is setting.
2) Stop several times during your walk to admire the stunning views and take pictures. 
3) Cross the bridge into Brooklyn, stay right, keep to the bridge, and you will find yourself underneath the bridge right next to Grimaldi's Pizza.
4) Wait in line (it's worth it!) for x amount of minutes/hours.
5)  Be ushered inside by a Frank Sinatra look alike, sit elbow to elbow at a long table with a bunch of strangers, who are all just as excited to be there as you are! 
6) Eat some of the most amazing pizza and try the root beer!
7) Exit the restaurant, turn right and head towards the pier.
8) Admire the stunning views of the city and Brooklyn Bridge at night time. 
9) If the weather allows, grab some ice cream from The Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory located right there on the pier.

There you have it! A recipe for a perfect evening with your friends or loved one, a great place to take visitors, and one of my absolute favorite touristy things to do in New York :). 

4.18.2011

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It's been so long!

How are all of you?

I've just recently returned from a little trip to New York and have a few photos to share. 
One of my favorite things to do when in New York is eat.
So I've decided that my next few posts shall focus on some of my favorite NY eats!
Most of these restaurants are quite famous, and I'm sure many of you have already experienced them yourselves.
But perhaps I can introduce you to a few gems, such as Silver Moon Bakery on the Upper West Side (pictured above).

I love the Upper West Side. I went to school there, worked there, and generally spent the majority of my year in NY there (and of course, none of this has to do with the fact that "You've Got Mail," my favorite movie of all time, was filmed entirely on the Upper West Side! ;)). I used to pass Silver Moon Bakery every day on my walk to work, letting myself be tortured by the smell of freshly baking bread and pastries. Yet, I never stopped in, until a friend recommended that I take a few moments to do so. I've been in love with this little bakery ever since. My favorite item has to be their fresh ginger-blueberry muffins. Please pay this place a little visit next time you're in New York. Then take a stroll through the nearby Riverside Park and greet the 91st street garden for me!