I’m back y’all!!
Obviously, my trip was completely amazing. I mean, helloooo, it’s New York.
The only real problem I had on my trip were my feet. Which almost fell off from all the walking.
I’m thinking of inventing how to teleport places, and then selling my invention to the city of New York. I would get so rich and they would give me one of those giant keys to the city and the Sex and the City girls would invite me to brunch and I would most likely be the toast of the town.
You know me….just small aspirations. No big deal.
One of my favorite parts of the trip was going to the Top of the Rock and looking out over the city at sunset. It was so gorgeous, and I got so see everything from a whole other perspective.
If you’re wondering why my husband looks so much taller than me, it’s because he is a giant. Seriously, because I am a perfectly normal sized human and not short at all.
I also loved seeing the Statue of Liberty. And did you know that people dress up like the Statue of Liberty and hang out to take pictures with you?
And it’s totally free!!
Except they want tips. Good tips. And by WANT, I mean they tell you that you have to tip them.
So…it’s not really free. Basically what I’m saying is that these dress up people sort of lie.
I also fulfilled my almost lifelong aspiration of meeting Rupert Jee from the Hello Deli on David Letterman.
Really, I expected to walk in the deli and there would be a long line of fans and Rupert would be all wearing sunglasses like a miva, but it wasn’t like that at all. It was totally empty and he was just standing there behind the cash register.
And then while my husband was grabbing me a Diet Coke, I told Rupert that I have wanted to meet him ever since I was in junior high.
And then Rupert felt old because I am not good at talking to famous people.
(If you’re wondering miva = man diva. I made it up but you’re welcome to use it any time. I like to give, you know?)
Of course, we ate tons of awesome dessert. Cheesecake at Juniors (I had the Strawberry Shortcake Cheesecake and OMG it was so good), Cannoli from Ferrara, and all sorts of yummy stuff from Bouchon Bakery, including Homemade Ho Hos.
Because I have a super nice husband (even though he IS a giant) who takes me to meet Rupert Jee and hangs around while I take pictures of food like a weirdo, I agreed to go with him to a Yankee game.
And then I proceeded to spend my time using the zoom feature on my camera to take pictures of A-Rod that looked like he was grabbing other player’s butts.
I’m 31, why do you ask?
We took a Grayline double decker bus tour for two days. I highly recommend it, you can get on and off all day and the bus comes every 15 minutes or so. It’s a really great way to see the city if you are unfamiliar.
While we were on the bus tour, I saw Gray’s Papaya which I immediately recognized from one of my all time favorite movies– You’ve Got Mail.
We got off the bus at Ground Zero, to see the new construction. There is also a museum nearby and St. Peter’s church, which was used as a place to sleep, pray, and store supplies for rescue workers on 9/11.
As heartbreaking as 9/11 was, visiting the city and getting to know the people of New York makes it even more heartbreaking. But it also makes you proud in a way, so see how strong we can all be when united in our grief.
We got up one morning and visited the set of the Today show, where we saw Kurt from Glee.
I know Kurt isn’t his real life name, but I like to pretend that he’s just always Kurt and he goes to high school and sings every day.
Also, did you know that Matt Lauer is super duper skinny in real life? He must exercise a lot.
Shelly and I ordered Really Cheesy-Really Crunchy Mac n Cheese which was probably the best mac and cheese I’ve ever eaten. But it’s huge…so you probably want to share. Afterward, we shared a dessert sampler platter that came with chocolate fondue and a small burner for roasting our own marshmallows.
Then we all went shopping, and my husband kindly came along to give advice and encourage us to buy stuff. Because he can see into my soul and knows that my soul needs shopping.
One night on our way back to the hotel one night, we stopped by the super cute Magnolia Bakery. My husband ordered chocolate cake and I had lemon coconut cake. Both were SO good.
I really did so much and had so much fun in NYC that it’s impossible to post it all. There is still plenty to do on my list that I hope to do next time I visit.
We stayed at the Warwick hotel, but by the time I remembered to take photos of my room it was already sort of a mess with my hundreds of shoes and eye shadows strewn around. But it was a wonderful hotel, clean, pretty, and in an excellent location. It was a ten minute walk to Wicked on Broadway and about five minutes to Rockefeller Plaza. And because it’s an older hotel, the rooms are nice and big, not tiny like in some of the new hotels.
I most definitely recommend it.
Thanks so much to all of you who sent sweet messages checking on me, or sending me info to help me plan my trip. I love having you in my life!!
I’ll have a recipe post up in the next day or two.