Thursday, 17 January 2013

Adventures Away: New York

I've just returned from a bit of a mad week in New York City and, as much as I love Edinburgh, frankly I did not want to come home.  I visited with my boyfriend whose play just opened off Broadway and it was super fun going over with our friends from the production and getting to hang out in cocktail bars, eating the best food and competing to see who had the best/worst Noo Yoik accent*.  I enjoyed every bit of our visit hugely and would go back in a heartbeat if I could!  Here are some of my random highlights in pictures.
  
* "Ehhhh, forgedaboudit!" "You talkin' to me?" "I'm from Lawn Guyland!" ad nauseum (emphasis on the nauseum).
1.  Not just any burger - this one is from the secret Burger Joint at Le Park Meridien Hotel in Midtown.  The hotel is one of the poshest I've ever been in, with super shiny polished marble floors, huge arrangements of flowers and hushed staff.  You need to ask them where the burger joint is and they'll point you behind a red velvet curtain; beyond the curtain holds pretty much the opposite experience - it's a rowdy rock'n'roll burger speakeasy with graffitied walls and a menu written on cardboard stuck to the wall.  It's strictly no frills but all the better for it - one of the best burgers I've had (with the works, naturally).  Very cool place to visit and feel in the know.

2.  Beautiful silver glitter ballet flats, fit for a New York princess.  I've got a thing for glitter shoes. 

3.  Cocktails in Manhattan are essential - these are from New York's oldest hotel, The Algonquin.  An old fashioned dark wood beautiful bar with a very delicious (and expensive) cocktail list.  Pictured are a Blueberry Lemonade and a Matilda, made with tangerine vodka.

4.  And whilst drinking cocktails, something magical happened - I got engaged!  Woohoo!  Note: the ring was not in the bottom of my cocktail glass, it was handed to me in a dead romantic kinda way.

5.  Cupcakes are so over by the way.  It's all about old skool baking and patisserie.  I was recommended Levain Bakery by the lovely Alison, who is Edinburgh's official expert on all things cake.  Located in the Upper West Side close to Central Park, their bakery has queues coming out of the door and they sell the best cookies in New York, no joke.  This chocolate chip and walnut cookie, all gooey and melty chocolate, was just perfection. 
6.  The New York weather was mostly pretty mild, far away from the wild winds we were warned about so we were pretty lucky.  There was a bit of fog though and the Chrysler Building looked particularly stunning at night in the haar.

7.  A classic lobster roll from Ed's Lobster Bar.  A brioche bun filled with meaty buttery lobster, with fries and homemade pickles.  The best way to enjoy lobster without having to wear a bib.

8.  I never went to Shoegasm but what an awesome name.  I did do quite a bit of shopping and revelled in the cheaper prices of Urban Outfitters and Anthropologie, loved visiting the cosmetics temple that is Sephora and there were so many outstanding vintage shops that if I was a rich girl I'd have all the vintage dresses in the world.

9.  Visiting booths in diners is a mandatory morning activity when on holiday in New York.  French toast with bacon and syrup for me please!

10.  One of the cutest things to see whilst walking around the city were doggy daycare centres, where dogs hang out while their owners are at work. They have big glass windows so that dog aficionados such as myself can spy on these fellas having a wee snooze. 

10 comments:

  1. Sounds like you had an incredibubble time - it all looks amazing! I LOVE the wee pooches. And the glittery shoes. And everything else. Why am I not having lobster brioche for lunch today?!

    And to follow up on my almost totally incoherent text message, a thousand congratulashaylas again my lovely!

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    1. I have been incredibly depressed at my lack of lobster roll options for lunch now that I'm back. It's tesco soup for me to get rid of NYC tummy!

      And thank you! :-D

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  2. Ahhhhhhhhhh New York, you cannae beat it! Gorgeous pics and HUUUUUUGE congrats on your engagement :)

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    1. Thanks Shauna! Yep, I loved New York so hard. Would love to explore more on my next visit, we've already resolved to go back soon!

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  3. Loving that you took the effort to find the hidden burger joint and a trip to the Levain Bakery :) Woop whoop to visiting them, but more so for getting engaged. Can't wait to see the sparkler and see the rest of your holiday pics x

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    1. Thank you so much for your top tips! They were both definitely worth the trips, I felt like a proper Noo Yoiker in the know!

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  4. Congratulations Katey! What a fab place to get engaged :) (And those sparkly ballet pumps are amazing!!)

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    1. Thank you Zoe! It was really lovely and a great excuse to go back to visit :-)

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  5. Congratulations on your engagement! I'd love to visit New York (especially for Sephora & Bath & Body Works!). Looks like you had a fab & memorable time x

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    1. Yes, it was just the best and I spent a ridiculous amount of time in Sephora - it was wonderful!

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