Bon Appétit

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It seems like every visit I make back to NYC revolves around food. It’s necessary to stop at all of my favorite spots for a bite even when making a quick trip. I started off my Fourth of July weekend with patriotic doughnuts and iced coffee at Doughnut Plant in Chelsea. The trip continued with fireworks on a friend’s rooftop in Brooklyn, a glamorous Italian dinner at the Mondrian in Soho, beautiful pastries at Dominique Ansel Bakery (sadly, they were sold out of cronuts for the day), and Upper East Side cocktails to escape the heat.

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Processed with VSCOcam with f2 preset^^The most ornate French pastries at the newest Ladurèe in Soho.

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 preset ^^Lime Me Up tart with brown sugar sea salt at Dominique Ansel Bakery.

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 preset ^^I need these doughnut pillows that adorn the wall at Doughnut Plant.

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 preset^^Patriotic doughnuts calling my name.

IMG_4331^^Our view of Manhattan before the fireworks on the Fourth. 

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 preset ^^Spaghetti Al Limone & Garganelli Bolognese at Isola Trattoria. I wish I could teleport this pasta to my kitchen right now.

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 preset^^Our view while we ate our pasta. The glass chandeliers were absolutely stunning.

DSC_3999^^Escaping the heat with cold cocktails at Upstairs at the Kimberly.

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The City That Never Sleeps

There’s something so magical about photographs and the way they can capture a moment. Sometimes living in the past just for a split second can rekindle your love for a place you once adored. That’s one of the reasons I’m constantly snapping pictures when I’m somewhere I want to remember.

Spending a few days back in my old town under a rainy haze made me realize how much I miss the city life. It gives me comfort to know that I’m only a plane ride away. I’ve planted a new chapter of my life back in the Sunshine State and I’m so lucky to hold both of these places close to my heart.

^^The most amazing carnitas tacos at Smorgasburg in Williamsburg.

^^Picnic-themed cookies from Dylan’s Candy Bar.

^^MARC by Marc Jacobs zipper earrings.

^^LaduréeUniqlo collaboration = adorable macaron tees.

^^Cat shopping bags at Topshop.

A Little Party Never Killed Nobody

I spent last week in my old town of New York City. The Great Gatsby had completely taken over Manhattan. From the Fifth Avenue windows of Tiffany & Co. to the lobby of The Plaza Hotel, the 1920s was in full effect. The Plaza housed Leo’s famous pink “Gatsby” suit and Tiffanys displayed the multimillion dollar diamonds worn in the movie.

The Prada store in Soho had all of the absolutely stunning costumes on display. I was amazed by the detail and intricate design of each piece. Every costume was even more elaborate than the next. Personally, I fell in love with the gold flapper number complete with shimmery bangles and leather gloves.

Summer in the City

These last few weekends have been filled with brunch parties, wandering the city with friends, revisiting my favorite restaurants, and making the most of everyday. We recently celebrated my friend Caryn’s new job offer in North Carolina with a Saturday brunch. I’m so sad we won’t be living in the same city anymore but I wish her the best of luck at her new job! I always feel so lucky to have made such wonderful friends here.

I spent this last week showing Jamie around the city! She decided to come up for a quick visit and as always, we had a wonderful time. One of our first stops was at the Museum of Sex. I must say it was quite the experience and it made for an eventful afternoon. Afterwards, we needed a caffeine boost before some shopping in Soho so we stopped by the The Grey Dog. We found a cozy corner seat and snacked on cappuccinos and cheesecake brownies. This is definitely my favorite coffee shop in the city.

The weather the next day was absolutely perfect. Sunny but not too hot and cool breeze all afternoon. We had breakfast at a little Italian place in the West Village called I Tre Merli Bistro. All of the restaurant’s windows and doors were open to savor the springlike weather.

We spent the afternoon in Central Park checking out John Lennon’s Strawberry Fields and the Bethesda Fountain from the movie ‘Enchanted.’ Right next to the fountain is Bethesda Terrace- one of the most peaceful spots in the city. It’s deep in the heart of Central Park and you’ll feel as if you’re hiding away in an old Italian palace.

We spent the last day having lunch at one of my all time favorite spots, The Meatball Shop, on the Lower East Side. The food has always blown me away and the menu is so simple yet so delicious. After lunch we stopped by the 9/11 Memorial and explored the Financial District a bit.

Since the temperatures hit almost 100 degrees that day, ice cream was a must. We stopped by the Big Gay Ice Cream Shop in the East Village. Their signature cone called the “Salty Pimp” was filled with dulce de leche, sea salt, and dipped in a chocolate hard shell.

This Peppermint Winter is So Sugar Sweet

Today was New York City’s first snowfall of the season. I’ve come to the conclusion that the “flurries” I saw a few weeks ago might have just been sleet so today was the official start of winter. My Florida body isn’t handling winter too well. The highs have been in the 30’s but it has felt more like below zero to me. I’m learning that the radiators make funny noises but if you want to stay warm, you just have to deal with them. It’s going to be a long winter…

Two weeks ago my friend Alissa from college came up to visit me! We kicked off the girl’s weekend with some shopping in Soho. There was a Victoria’s Secret display on the street showing off all of the wings from past fashion shows. The wings were absolutely gorgeous in person! We found the Kardashian’s new Dash store and decided after about 5 minutes that we couldn’t afford anything (not even the $8 water bottles) so we were satisfied with window shopping from then on. That night I took Alissa and her friend George to one of my favorite restaurants in the city, Cafeteria. On Sunday, we went to see the Rockette’s “Radio City Christmas Spectacular” at Radio City Music Hall. With my employee discount, I was able to score us 6th row seats. What a fantastic show and perfect end to a great weekend!

The week after Thanksgiving Alyssa and I went to the Rockefeller Tree Lighting. It has always been a holiday tradition to watch it on TV so I thought it would be cool to see the ceremony in person this year. It ended up being warm and crowded and quite a mess! But in the end, we were front and center to see the tree being lit up. We also got to hear some wonderful Christmas carols from Mariah Carey, Josh Groban, Susan Boyle, and Jessica Simpson. It is said that the tree lighting is the official start to the holiday season! If you ever get the chance, visit New York during the Christmas season- everything is so magical this time of year.

It’s hard to believe 2010 is coming to close. What an amazing year it has been! I have so much to look forward to in 2011. My brother, Tyler, turned 21 a few days ago- hard to believe he’s getting so old. And on my final note of the night, I have some great news. One of my best friends since elementary school, Courtney, is moving to NYC in January to start a new job at an advertising agency! We have talked about being together New York and it is all finally coming together.

Happy Holidays to all of my friends and family. Thank you for all of your never ending love and support- I’m the luckiest girl in the world!