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What I Ate, Drank and Saw in NYC

March 18, 2014

It feels good to be back! It was so nice to disconnect and enjoy a few days away from home. Certainly not a relaxing vacation but exactly what I needed to get me out of the winter dumps.

Before I recap I just wanted to give all of you who linked up to Friday’s Great St. Patrick’s Day Green Link-Up a HUGE thank you! I was honestly astounded by your creativity and talent. I don’t have an ounce of Irish blood in me but I was the proudest leprechaun you ever did see.

Now for the fun stuff. Here’s what I ate, drank and saw in NYC these past few days:

nyc 2014The Eats:

-Dinner at Empellion Cocina– the pistachio guacamole and salsa sampler is a MUST.
-Brunch at Westville-an NYC staple and one of my favs (bloody mary included).
-The BEST chocolate chip cookie in NYC at The City Bakery-you better bet I have tried 90% of NYC’s bakeries and this is by far the best chocolate chip cookie of all five boroughs.
-Brunch at Coppelia-I lived 1/2 block away from here and this was my go-to restaurant for all meals but especially their Huevos Rancheros.
-Homemade Bloody Mary Mussels from Cassie-Dale and I love bloody mary’s and mussels and Cassie is a straight-up genius with this recipe.

The Drinks:

-Wine at Birreria-surprisingly cheap and when the weather is nicer one of the best rooftop patios in NYC.
-St. Patrick’s Day celebrations at Dempsey’s.
-Lots of cider, bloody mary’s and wine across the city.

The Sights:

Chelsea Market in search of Jacques Torres chocolate, which apparently closed down (only this location).
-Shopping at my favourite clothing store, Club Monaco.
-Shopping at my favourite grocery store, Trader Joe’s (duh).
-Shopping for my biggest weakness, food props at Fishs Eddy.

The People:

-I finally met Britt who is super cool and as awesome as she comes across on her blog.
-The sister-wives who legitimately complete me.
-Everyone else who I got to catch up with, you know who you are 😉

A fabulous weekend! And now I have to go unpack a suitcase full of Trader Joe’s goodies.

Have you ever been to NYC? What are your favourite places to eat, drink and see?


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    Arman @ thebigmansworld
    March 18, 2014 at 5:46 am

    Please please please tell me you went to ‘our’ Mexican place. Please!

    I love chelsea market… especially the seafood shop! Argh this post made me so homesick for NYC….is it copycat reality TV-ing if we do Davs and A take NYC?
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    Jill @ Fitness, Health and Happiness
    March 18, 2014 at 5:46 am

    Looks like great times and good eats 🙂 I love NYC! I wish I could visit more often.
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    Ksenija @ With An Open Mind
    March 18, 2014 at 6:09 am

    It sounds like you had the perfect weekend! Love all of the amazing eats and happy faces. NY is definitely on my list of cities to visit in the near-ish future – I need to earn the money for the flight first 😉 And your recap just reminded me, that I owe you guys my Paris recap. I’ve been such a bad blogger recently *sigh*. Sometimes life is just so much more fun when you don’t write it down :p
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    meredith @ The Cookie ChRUNicles
    March 18, 2014 at 6:28 am

    Looks like you had a great time! Maybe next time we can meet up for one of those cookies, I love a good chocolate chip! Max Brenner’s is the best chocolate chip to me but I want to try this one. I may need to head in just to see!
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    March 18, 2014 at 6:48 am

    Oh I MISS NYC so much!! I went to Bareburger when I was there – except the fact that they didn’t sell any alcohol (I almost had a freaking heart attack) – the food is beyond delicious and oh so organic!
    You look so happy and stunning in all those pics, so glad you had a great time!!
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    March 18, 2014 at 6:52 am

    Aww yay! So glad you had fun!! I need to try out…all the places you ate. Because I’ve been to none of them. SHAME ON ME.
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    Tina Muir
    March 18, 2014 at 7:11 am

    Looks like you made the most of it! That is awesome! I live only a few hours away, so have tried to make the most of it while I am living here. There are so many places to go, it is hard to get around it all in one weekend. I actually went for the first time last St. Patricks day. It was pretty crazy in Times square! I am glad you went to Chelsea market, that is one of my favorite places there.

    Thanks for giving my super nerdy spreadsheet even MORE places to go in NYC. I am never gonna be able to get around them all!
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    Krista @ Tiny n Fit
    March 18, 2014 at 7:20 am

    You had me at pistachio guacamole. Sounds like a fun trip!
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    Kim @ BusyBod
    March 18, 2014 at 7:30 am

    I’m so glad you had a great trip! I know exactly what you mean about visits that are not at all relaxing but exactly what you need. Next time I head into the city I’m getting one of those cookies for sure!
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    erin @ The Almond Eater
    March 18, 2014 at 7:33 am

    So glad you had a good time! I have been to NYC twice and the last time Miguel and I went we ate at a restaurant at the top of a hotel that spun! Talk about feeling tipsy when you’re only one drink in! It was great though.
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    Cara's Healthy Cravings
    March 18, 2014 at 7:56 am

    Sounds like a fun-filled weekend!
    What were your TJ finds?
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    Alex @ therunwithin
    March 18, 2014 at 8:22 am

    what a great weekend to be in NYC, I mean every time people go it is such a good trip and full of good food but st. patrick’s day is extra special
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    March 18, 2014 at 8:28 am

    Looks like you had a blast! I have been to NYC once and wasn’t too impressed, but neither myself nor the girls I was with had ever been so I don’t think I got all I could have out of the weekend trip. I would definitely be interested in going again!
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    Meghan @fitnesscrEATures
    March 18, 2014 at 8:46 am

    LOVE all those egg yolk pictures! Makes me want some NOW. 🙂 Don’t tell my man this, but I asked him to cook me eggs with runny yolks (I fail at this so he has to help a sistah out) and they turned out terrible – like hard boiled egg status on the inside. I sucked it down anyway to make him feel good, but NO TO THAT. Maybe I should learn to do these kinds of things. 🙂 YAY for a fun time in NYC. YES to TJ’s stock up!! ENJOY all your goodies.
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    March 18, 2014 at 8:50 am

    I’m going to be in NYC April 9th!! Awesome tips! Love bearing from foodies where good places to eat and drink are! Thanks for sharing!! Saving this for my trip!
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    Parita @ myinnershakti
    March 18, 2014 at 8:54 am

    Man, this makes me want to visit NYC again…just for all the food!!! I love all the street vendors and hole in the wall places. So much deliciousness in one city! Glad you had a good time. 🙂
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    Sam @ Better With Sprinkles
    March 18, 2014 at 8:58 am

    I’m glad you had a good time! I’ve never been to NYC, but it’s high on the list of places I want to see sometime. And obviously, i’m jealous of the Trader Joe’s trip :-p
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    kathy @ vodka and soda
    March 18, 2014 at 8:59 am

    sounds like an awesome trip. i love nyc; been there lots of times but not in a while so i think a trip is required next summer!

    -kathy | Vodka and Soda
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    kaitlin @4loveofcarrots
    March 18, 2014 at 9:03 am

    Um I hope you had the hot chocolate at City Bakery because it is to DIE FOR!! It sounds like you had a blast! I am glad you got a nice day on saturday!
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    Amy @ Long Drive Journey
    March 18, 2014 at 9:16 am

    Looks like you had a fabulous time! So sorry it didn’t work out to meet up! I will TOTALLY see you again at some point in the future. There is no question about it.
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    March 18, 2014 at 9:19 am

    I have to know, as a Canadian, what did you think of the Bloody Mary? I LOVE Ceasars but I find Bloody Mary’s disgusting!
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    March 18, 2014 at 9:37 am

    Miss you dearly. What a fun weekend! Tell C I say hi and come back soooooon!

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    March 18, 2014 at 9:55 am

    Love, love love Westville. It’s def one of my faves. I feel like I don’t frequent any one place too much in NYC… also love OATMEALS (obvi). Girrrrl you love Club Monaco? you be tripping when you say you have no style (obvi you do anyway or I wouldn’t love you as much as I do #sorryimnotsorry) but also Club Monaco is supes adorbs.
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    Shashi @
    March 18, 2014 at 10:40 am

    So glad you got to have a break in none other than the Big Apple!!! City Bakery is THE BEST! But, there was this little place called “Fabiane’s Cafe & Pastry Shop” in Brooklyn that was THE BESTEST -for me anyways, they had the best pistachio cake and pistachio creme brulee ever!
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    March 18, 2014 at 10:44 am

    !!!! I was there this weekend too!! I had some STELLAR lobster ravioli at Sotto Cinque and brunch at Gracie Mews diner. Such good food and so many options in the city!
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    March 18, 2014 at 11:51 am

    It was so amazing catching up with you!! I am so glad you had a great time in NYC! 🙂

    I’m going to try out some of the places on your list!
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    Alexis @ Hummusapien
    March 18, 2014 at 12:05 pm

    SOoooooOOOo you’re coming to Columbus next, right? Right. Tell me alllllll the thangs you got at TJ’s!!
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    March 18, 2014 at 12:05 pm

    Looks like you had a blast!
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    Ange @ Cowgirl Runs
    March 18, 2014 at 12:10 pm

    I went to NYC in 2012 and had a blast! I really just walked around the city and checked out as many museums as I could – I can’t wait to go back 🙂
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    March 18, 2014 at 12:13 pm

    Looks like so much fun!! Also I looove your outfit in the one pic of you goofing off
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    Kristina @ Damn Ten Pounds
    March 18, 2014 at 12:24 pm

    You packed a ton into a weekend! And now I’m craving an NYC trip! I spy an Eataly wine glass 🙂 I went last time I was in NYC and I loved it. I loved the chaos and all the sights and all the options. It’s like an ADD Fat Kid heaven.
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    Amanda @ .running with spoons.
    March 18, 2014 at 12:43 pm

    I’ve missed youuuuuuuu! Seriously, woman, we need to have a Skype date STAT — I can’t even remember when our last one was, which is just not okay. Glad you had a good time, though. I haven’t been to NYC since I was a tiny little thing, but I’d really love to go again.
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    March 18, 2014 at 12:57 pm

    I’ve only done a couple of short day trips to NYC – I would love to go and spend time sometime!
    Sounds like a perfectly great weekend of food, drinks!! and friends. Hopefully you aren’t exhausted this week!!
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    Anna Kriegel
    March 18, 2014 at 1:20 pm

    ;alksjd;afjsdl!! this is an EPIC collage (and epic post all over!!!). YOU complete me, can’t get enough of you. LOVE LOVE LOVE YOU

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    Kelly @ Living Music Happy
    March 18, 2014 at 2:00 pm

    Oh gosh I love NYC. The boyfriend’s brother and sister-in-law live in Murray Hill in Manhattan, so I frequented Cafe Lucid on the daily. The croissants are amazing.
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    Alex @ Kenzie Life
    March 18, 2014 at 2:43 pm

    So glad you had a great time! I love NYC. I went to school in Philly, so I spent quite a few weekends in New York visiting one of my close friends at the time who went to Columbia and family, and attending conferences and just going shopping. I miss it so much! I love Chelsea Market! It’s one of my favorite places. Central Park is my favorite though. I love parks in big cities!
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    Suzanne @ hello, veggy!
    March 18, 2014 at 2:54 pm

    So much fun! I can’t wait to hear a llllll the details next week 😉
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    Kelly @ Kelly Runs for Food
    March 18, 2014 at 6:35 pm

    Ahh looks like so much fun! I love NYC and I’m already missing it from my last trip in November. I don’t even want to think about how much stuff you bought from Trader Joe’s haha. Tell me you bought the sea salt almonds!
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    Chelsea @ Chelsea's Healthy Kitchen
    March 18, 2014 at 6:58 pm

    Oh wow, so many delicious eats! I think I would seriously go into shock in NYC because of all the amazing restaurant choices. Actually sometimes I even feel that way in Toronto!
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    March 18, 2014 at 8:24 pm

    Give me all the salsaaaaaaaa!!!! I haven’t been to NYC in YEARS!
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    Alison @ Daily Moves and Grooves
    March 18, 2014 at 9:58 pm

    Yessss! I don’t think I’ve been to any of the places that you went to yet. One of my favorites is Chobani soho 🙂
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    Nicole @ Foodie Loves Fitness
    March 19, 2014 at 12:36 am

    Sounds like a lot of fun! I’m so jealous that got to meet up with Britt — I’m dying to meet both of you!

    I grew up outside of New York and LOVE going to broadway shows. My mom, sister, cousins, grandma, aunt, and myself have been to a crazy number of shows together! I have not been in NYC for St. Paddy’s Day though, but one day I definitely hope to be there for it.
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    March 19, 2014 at 6:53 am

    It sounds like a jam packed world wind weekend and also totally worth it. I’m glad you had a great time and got a chance to let go for a bit.
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    cait @pieceofcait
    March 19, 2014 at 9:07 am

    it’s 9AM and I want those mussels right now, YUM!!!! so happy you had a great time 🙂

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    Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl
    March 19, 2014 at 7:40 pm

    Wish I would have known you were here! Chelsea Market is a favorite place of mine! 🙂
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    Gabby @ the veggie nook
    March 20, 2014 at 8:07 am

    What an amazing weekend! I am so jealous you have gotten to live there! What I wouldn’t give to visit it!
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