I’m back from the Big Apple! I meant (and seriously tried) to get this post out yesterday like I planned, buuut I had real life (aka a huge mess of an apartment & grocery shopping because I had no food) to attend to. I sure did miss all the happenings in the blog world & I’m still trying to catch up. Anyway!
We got in on Friday and had Thai in Hell’s Kitchen & then spent the rest of the night checking out Times Square.
Times Square is unreal! It feels like it’s day time there even when it’s really late. So many lights!
Saturday started out with my perfect breakfast. If you follow me on Instagram, you already got to see this beautiful meal.
Chai latte, a croissant, and fresh fruit – so yummy! What I love about NY is that there were cafes everywhere. REAL ones! I definitely got my cafe fix over the weekend.
After breakfast, we went to the 9/11 Memorial. You have to get tickets and it was quite a bit of waiting in line, but it’s free, so I really had nothing to complain about.
I was actually surprised at how emotional this memorial made me feel. I was only in 7th grade when 9/11 happened, but I found the grandeur of the Memorial, along with some posted facts about the event, to be very emotional for me. It was a gorgeous memorial.
There are two fountains to represent each tower of the World Trade Center. Around each tower are the names of all the victims. You can’t see where the inside of the fountain ends, which is very eerie. The building on the left is one of the new World Trade Center buildings part of the WTC 7.
After that, we checked out Wall street, and then took a ferry to Staten Island. We really just took the ferry because it’s also free and because you get a great view of the skyline and the Statue of Liberty out of it. We didn’t actually do anything on Staten Island, though.
I was pretty excited to see the Statue of Liberty, though. The statue is actually closed right now (so you can’t go up in it). But just seeing it was so cool. It’s one of those icons that you see everywhere but to see it with your own eyes? Way cooler.
After that, we checked out China Town before settling down in Little Italy for dinner. If you guys didn’t know this already, pizza is my favorite food ever. I could eat it every week, no problem. Now, I’ve had great pizza. But this?
This was the best pizza of my life.
We ate at Lombardi’s, which I guess is kind of famous. And now I see why! We got a small pizza (which was plenty for two) with pepperoni & ricotta. Sounds simple, but it was just amazing. The ricotta was definitely the best part.
Even though we were ridiculously full after pizza, right across the street is this rice pudding place called Rice to Riches. The hubby was intrigued so we went in.
This place literally had every flavor of rice pudding you can imagine, along with all kinds of toppings. All over the place were all these funny sayings, mostly about how calories don’t matter and you should eat their rice pudding. We ended up getting chocolate chip rice pudding, which was so good. I’m not even a rice pudding person, but this was to die for!
After that, we walked around Fifth Avenue for a while and checked out the big Macy’s.
It’s pretty incredible how big this store is. Their claim to be “the world’s largest store” is honestly probably true. SO. BIG!
I’m pretty sure this store had everything in the universe inside of it, including every color Kitchenaide mixer you can imagine.
We got a kick out of that!
This is getting a little long, so look for part II later today 🙂