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New York Adventure

As we will soon be officially bidding the Northeast farewell in favor of the mid-Atlantic, we decided that one last trip to New Your City was necessary.   Mumsie came for a final visit to  our Bethlehem abode so we decided that it was the perfect time to take a jaunt into the city.  We were so excited because my dad, who has lately been gallivanting across the country for work, was able to meet us in Manhattan for the weekend.

We spent the weekend in the Grand Hyatt which was completely fabulous.

For NYC standards, the rooms were GIGANTIC.  And the fact that it was on top of Grand Central Station made it the most convenient location EVER.  We did not have to take a single cab all weekend.  Plus, since my dad has been basically living in Hyatt Hotels across America, he has “super duper special status” and we were able to hang out in the “Club Room.”

Basically this place was my favorite–free wifi, great views of the city, free drinks, tea, coffee and free food! It. Was. Awesome.  When my family was able to persuade me to actually leave the special room, we did some quality New York adventuring.

We brunched as Sarabeth’s where I got the most amazing spinach omelet:

(I did not eat the toast–but it made the plate look pretty–also, I totally forgot to take a picture until I was a few bites in–sorry!)

It was such a darling restaurant.

I have wanted to visit Sarabeth’s ever since I saw her delightful looking preserves in the carefully selected food stuffs of Williams-Sonoma


We also visited one of my all-time favorite spots in NYC–The Plaza Hotel!

Did anyone else read Eloise as a kid?

My mom always used it as a lesson in “how NOT to act” since Eloise was basically a spoiled brat–however, I always dreamed of being able to LIVE in a hotel–and not just any hotel–The PLAZA!

We then went inside and pretended like we were celebrities!

Did y’all know that there is a luxury book publishing house INSIDE of The Plaza?  They sell these incredible (and pricey!) books on fashion and luxury living.  The people that work there were surprisingly unpretentious and actually urged us to explore (and TOUCH!) the books. Am I the only person that turn into a scared 8-year-old when I am in an expensive store? I suddenly feel like I am in severe danger of “you break it, you buy it” status.

After acting very civilized in the bookstore, we headed down to the lower level of the Plaza to Eloise Wonderland

They even have a TEA room for little girls to visit!

It was completely magical!

After Mumsie and I absorbed every adorable square inch, we all headed to Central Park.  Chase proceeded to make friends with a musician who let him try to play his crazy instrument.  Chase definitely needs to stick to doctoring…

We had some seriously amazing meals when we were in New York.  We decided that if we lived in New York there is no way you could go to the same restaurant twice because there are just too many delicious places.  While we were in the city, we ate at this guy’s restaurant:

Bobby Flay knows what he is doing!

The food at Mesa was insane!

From the pork

To the Chili Rellenos

To the insanely delicious side dishes (Roasted corn, Smoked Chile collard greens, Double-Baked Potato
with Horseradish, Green Onions
+ Creme Fraiche)

Um, yeah…it was all DELICIOUS!!! If you are visit NYC, you MUST go to Mesa!

We also discovered an amazing Mexican restaurant called Sinigual.

This place had the BEST guacamole I have ever had in my entire LIFE.  It was heavenly.

In addition to the amazing meals we had, Mumsie and I made sure to include some cupcake tasting (or frosting eating in my case).

We tried Baked By Melissa Cupcakes

Which only sells mini-cupcakes and when I say mini, I mean MINI.

(Magnolia Cupcake on the left, Melissa’s mini on the right).

I was not a fan of Melissa’s because for a frosting-only girl like myself, Melissa did not give me much to work with! My heart still belongs to Sprinkles–I mean they sell FROSTING shots!

This would be me with a heavenly shot of cinnamon cream cheese frosting–like I said before–who needs alcohol when you can have FROSTING shots and cupcake tastings?!

Aside from experiencing culinary and cupcake perfection, we also did several quintessentially NYC tourist activities:

We took the Ellis Island/Statue of Liberty ferry.  I, happily, did not get sea sick which was truly miraculous as I get nauseous in the bathroom.

It was amazing to see the statue up close.  We took the audio tour which was incredibly fascinating.  I totally recommend it!

Besides visiting the statue, we also spent an afternoon at the Met!

It was wonderful! We saw everything from stain-glassed windows  created by Louis Tiffany (as in the lamps and the son of the Tiffany Jeweler founder), Egyptian tombs and mummys (I love a good mummy) and tons of paintings.

 No trip to New York City would be complete without a bit of shopping.  Mumsie and I may have happened upon a TWO-STORY Lilly Pulitzer store on the Upper East side.  Pure heaven.

Lilly Perfection

Mumsie may have FORCED me to get this little gem…

I am thinking pink high heels–thoughts?

Basically it was a perfect trip from start to finish!

Have you visited NYC?  What are your favorite places in the city or where would you like to visit?

About paleorunnergirl

I am obsessed with cooking, running and reading! I teach American Literature at the college level, but enjoy books of all kind! After years of GI issues and being prescribed numerous medications, I found perfection in eating Paleo! I am no longer bloated, nauseous, or miserable on a daily basis. I have delved into creating Paleo recipe-making and embracing an active and playful life!

20 responses »

  1. I’m glad you had fun!! We have such a hard time going back to restaurants more than once. We only have a few “stand-bys” that we frequent a lot. I am going to have to try Sarabeths!! Looks delicious.

  2. That all looks so amazing!
    Never been to NYC but really want to!
    And so weird, I do remember Eloise! I completely forgot about it until now but when I saw the cover of the book I def remember it!

  3. Aww – so nice to have an update – have missed you!! ANd I love that Chase makes friends with EVERYBODY – Louis is exactly the same. He can’t not talk to people and when we are running late (which is admittedly, usually down to me) it drives me INSNANE. But its so sweet too!

    I want that omelette.

    • Haha! I love that Louis and Chase make friends with the world! I seriously cannot take him ANYWHERE–haha!! I am such the opposite–I get so shy around people I don’t know. By the way–you definitely want that omelette–it seriously was the best EVER. I am dreaming of it as we speak. Let’s meet in NYC, okay? Omelettes on me!

  4. Wow it looks like you managed to do TONS of stuff on your trip. I love NYC! I’d die in that Lilly store!

  5. What an AMAZING trip! ….I love the city and haven’t gotten to go back since I moved away from NY. I neeed some good food- there are just so many amazing places to try- even the small joints are great! …..That dress with pink heels- heck yes! Sooooooooo adorable!
    I’m glad that you and your family had such a wonderful time ❤

    • I bet you know all the awesome places! I cannot even imagine having LIVED in the city. I bet you have some amazing stories! We should plan a NYC bloggy meet-up. Wouldn’t that be a blast!?!

  6. It looks like you had a great trip! I’m actually heading to NYC in a few weeks to go to Live with Kelly! I’m SO excited. 🙂 That is a great dress. Definitely pink heels!!

  7. ittybitsofbalance

    What an amazing trip! It looks like you made the most of it with all of the adventures you shared with what looks like great company!

    Did you meet Elloise at The Plaza? 😉

  8. I’m drooling over your trip right now! Bobby Flay’s restaurant AND a 2-story Lilly!?! I went to New York City when I was a senior in high school. I enjoyed it, but it was December and soo bitterly cold. I’d love to go back in the spring. We did the Statue of Liberty, saw Rent on Broadway (amazing!), Times Square, the UN, Grand Central (so beautiful!), the Met, St Patricks Cathedral, and of course the tree in Rockefeller Center. When I go back, I’d like to explore Central Park and more of the downtown neighborhoods

  9. You are just so darn cute!! You hit up some of my absolute favorite NYC spots! I’m so glad you enjoyed your time there!!

  10. Looks like your having a great time in NYC! I’ve been there once and it was a lot of fun. 🙂

  11. Sally Anne! I missed your posts! NYC looks amazing! I love when I get the chance to go there, but I have actually spent the night there. I love going up to see a musical but next time I go I’d like to go do more site seeing. I’ve never seen the Statue of Liberty and I feel like I’m missing out on a lot of restaurants in the city. Welcome home!

  12. What fun! I love visiting New York.. and dont even get me started on sprinkles cupcakes…holy yum!

  13. I love NY! Have been with the hubby 3 times and will be taking my daughter for her 7th birthday in 2 weeks… yes, she asked for it… will definitely take her to the Eloise Wonderland… thx for sharing!

  14. How FUN!! I’ve never been. I love the Eloise land. And all the FOOD!!!!! 🙂 I’d love to go someday. And do some shopping. And eating!!!

  15. fun post! just found your blog and really like it! best photo is of you and your husband, who is holding a single chip. he must be a good sport about the blog photos!


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