Earlier this week my blogging bestie Donna came to town! She was actually in NYC for business, but I will just pretend that it was all about me ;o) I could not wait for her arrival Sunday night, but unfortunately her flight kept being pushed back. On the plus side, I already had dinner plans with a family friend. I got to try out Sarabeth’s Kitchen which I’ve wanted to try since I discovered it via Fit Approach (so really I only had to wait one day…). Their menus sounded delicious and they have a ton of items that I love from oatmeal to asparagus to chocolaty desserts. While the food was great, I think I am going to put Sarabeth’s on my breakfast/brunch restaurant list. It puts off that sort of vibe anyway. After dinner and to kill time until Donna’s arrival I grabbed some drinks at Mudville 9 and watched the Olympics. I wish the Olympics happened every year – they are so much fun, no?!
Donna and her sister Danielle stayed in the Fashion District which is pretty happening area as it borders Times Square and Chelsea. They were extremely nice enough to let me stay with them, so I got to explore the city while they were out and about buying clothes for Atlanta Activewear. We went our separate ways Monday morning – I decided to take a stroll through Central Park and check out the American Museum of Natural History a la Holden Caulfield.
Both of these items were on my bucket list, so I was really excited to explore. Unfortunately – and it breaks my heart to say this – the American Museum of Natural History was not my cup of tea. I wish it was since it is such a famous NYC landmark, but I must not tell lies. The museum itself is gorgeous, fairly inexpensive (I got a $14 student ticket – save those college IDs, people!) and there is a ton to see. I guess I’m just not really a fan of natural history. I’d rather see animals in the wild or at the zoo than stuffed behind glass cases, you know? Either way I’m glad I went and checked part of #133 off my bucket list. Oh, I will also say that while it is expensive the museum food court is delicious. I got sushi and a “dirt cup” pudding. Sadly, I’m not lying. Will my taste buds ever grow up?!
|Don’t you think every scale should just tell you your Moon weight?|
Walking around Central Park is my new favorite thing to do. I might have to check it out each season as I’m sure it just becomes more and more gorgeous. The park is so peaceful and I could literally get lost in there for hours. You can also people watch like it is your job – I tried to snap a photo of literally ten people attempting to take a photo of a squirrel. Yes, a rat with a tail that can be found in every one’s backyard. I just didn’t get it, but I digress. I will let my photos do the talking:
|I’m obsessed with my scarf – it’s from Atlanta Activewear by the way ;o)|
Later Monday night, I met back up with Donna and Danielle for dinner at ilili Mediterranean restaurant. The place was so packed that we couldn’t get a table, but they let us eat in the bar/lounge. I actually liked that set up better – low tables and couches – because it was different. We tried a bunch of different items that were new to me – lamb hommus, mini kibbeh bi laban, baba ghannouj, beef fried kibbeh, and risotto. I’m glad we went there because it was really delicious, a beautiful atmosphere and I probably would not have picked it on my own (the hotel concierge recommended it to us).
|Photo from Atlanta Activewear’s Twitter.|
After dinner we grabbed drinks on my secret rooftop bar! I know I say everything I do in NYC is my favorite, but this bar just had the most amazing views of NYC (for not being on the 70th floor of 30 Rock). Donna and I have declared that we will traditionally get drinks here every time she comes to visit! It also has the potential to be a great date spot because it has good views, a chill vibe, and it is quiet.
|Are you in love yet too?!|
I’ve been triyng to persuade Donna to move up here for months and months (to be honest, I’ve probably tried to persuade her to move to NYC or LA with me since our high school days). She is such a New Yorker – wants the powerful job, lives for fashion, has the best dating stories, and I doubt she minds cold weather as it just means more clothes in her closet. I think bringing her to my secret rooftop bar was a success! But, we shall see…
Tuesday we ran by the Javits Convention Center, so they could grab some final items for Atlanta Activewear. Can I just say how excited I am for their holiday items – cute hats and weekender bags?! I’m already making my list and checking it twice! On the way over, we got to walk under the High Line (still need to complete bucket list item #70) and along the water. I love New York City…
We grabbed lunch at Serafina’s Fabulous Grill off Madison. Danielle went there once and sat next to Heidi Klum! We had no such luck, but it was still a delicious Italian restaurant with great people watching opportunities. Donna and I spotted a Christian Grey – he was absolutely gorgeous, well dressed, and was eating with his dad and younger brothers (how cute!) – I wish we could have spoken to him. #fail On a positive note, I had some of the best lobster ravioli I’ve ever tasted and the best part? They were heart shaped! I will be adding Serafina’s to my favorite lunch hot spots immediately.
After a quick run through Barney’s, I had to part ways with the Burke sisters. It was sad to see them go, but I’m glad Donna will be back in three weeks for a blogger conference! Yay! This is the end of The Adventures of A and D in the City: Part 1, but check back in September for more! I will leave you with this hilarious gem Donna took until then…
|I can’t tell if I have bad posture or if this just looks weird because I am looking for cracks so my suitcase doesn’t fall over again. Note to self: Never bring old, falling apart suitcase into the city again. Thoughts?|
Stay fit and fabulous,