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The Third Rodriguez…..or NY Part 2

6 Jul

Saturday was the most fun day of my entire trip. I got the pleasure of meeting Mari and Mo for a NYC Foodie Walking Tour! I’ve been reading their blogs for a while and love them. I felt like I already knew them with their writings of day-to-day life, workouts and of course, food but was pumped to meet them! They are both Rodriguez girls so I was an honarary Rodriguez for the day so I wouldn’t feel left out. They both came to Times Square to pick me up at the hotel (thank God b/c I would not be able to navigate the subway by myself!) and we were off and running! Mari even brought me a workout DVD, so sweet.

I don’t even need to say what the first stop would be—Starbucks!! We got our drinks and sat down in Times Square to figure out what our agenda for the day would be.

We found the nearest subway stop and started moving! I had so many questions—do they have A/C, how often does it stop, do I make eye contact with people. etc. but the two city girls assured me that everything would be ok.

My first subway experience-yay!

We rode down to Union Square where there was a bunch of vendors hawking their stuff and I loved the atmosphere, way more chill than Times Square. Chocolate is always nice in the morning so Max Brenner it was!

 Mari and I

Mari and Mo

A chocolate pizza? Thank you God, my wish has come true.

Mo flipping through their 40 page (I’m not lying) dessert menu.

We didn’t have anything from there but it was fun to see the place and smell the sweet smell of chocolate.

The first food stop was there—S’mac (Sarita’s Mac N Cheese)…. a restaurant of mac n cheese dishes only. OMG.

Mo and I split the Sampler Platter and Mari got the Napoletene since she is a vegetarian and some of our options had meat. I love any food that gives me a map of what I am going to be eating

Mo and I waiting to chow down

And it’s served!

And scene. It was absolutely fantastic. I kept trying a bite of each one and was like “This is my favorite” then would try another and say “Screw that, this is my new favorite”. I cannot recommend this place enough and it’s reasonably priced plus it has vegan and gluten-free options.

We needed to get more carbs in our system so we hit up Pomme Frites next. This is a Belgian Waffle fry place with tons of dipping options. I was in condiment heaven! One of my co-workers told me about it a couple of years ago and have been wanting to go ever since. Mo mentioned it before hand in an exchange of emails between the three of us so I was excited she mentioned it!

We split a small order, I got the Smoked Eggplant Mayo and Mo got the Dijon Mustard

We maybe finished a third of the order since we were full from the mac. The smoked eggplant mayo was out of this world (I kinda wanted to take the remainder of it with me) but the dijon mustard was too spicy and I like the spice!

Crumbs was the next stop. I love me some cupcakes and wasn’t hungry but had to get some for the road.

Cupcakes as far as the eye could see!

I do like how they post calories (except for places like this) and would love if all cities did this.

It melted just a little with all the walking outside we did

But still edible—and amazing. Previously, I mentioned how Georgetown Cupcake was my favorite place and they can suck it. Crumbs has cupcakes on steroids and I love that!

Gray’s Papaya was the next stop. I heard of the name before but had no clue what it was until Mari mentioned to me that Carrie stopped there on SATC after her book launch party for a hot dog and then knew exactly what she was talking about!

Mo and I split a dog since we were so full from the other goodies. Thank God I wore a flowy shirt that hid my belly because it grew a size from all the food.

Washington Park was the next stop—no food–yay! I needed a break 😦

Mo cooling off

After that, we headed back towards Times Square and once again were at Union Square. Then we saw something interesting

I’m all about the love but wasn’t up for hugs on a hot NYC day with complete strangers. However Mo was feeling the love and it didn’t stop with one person! Soon she was embracing in a group hug and even got to hold their sign (while I started chanting free hugs). Yay for hippies!

We walked past a cart where I saw a picture of an item I never heard of and asked the girls “What’s a knish?” They stopped dead in their tracks and looked at each other like I spouted out something in Japanese and Mari whipped out her wallet and bought me one

The verdict? Delicious!!

Soon, we were back at my hotel and it was time to say goodbye. I have sooooooo much fun with these ladies and am so happy I got to meet them in NYC. I felt like I already knew them and they were exactly like how they portray themselves on their blogs—-fun and fabulous! I can’t wait to see them again! Thank you ladies for taking me around and showing me the good stuff (including the porn store 🙂 )

Dear NYC streets—I have some of you on my feet if you’re looking for it

New York Part 1

6 Jul

Hi all! What a whirlwind weekend this has been! I got back home from NYC last night and am still exhausted. Let’s get to the good stuff shall we?

I woke up at 3A on Friday morning to catch my plane which was just insane. I was at the airport at 5A for my flight and was ready to get on and pass out. I was flying on Jet Blue for the first time which was super exciting because they have tv and as I am a girl who only has basic cable, was very psyched for this. They had free snacks as well…..and good ones!

I was the first to arrive at JFK so I sat around for a while and freshened up. Once I found my friends we were on our way to the city! Since it was 9A, we couldn’t check in but we checked our bags and we soon off for some grub. We went to Pigalle, a SW French influenced restaurant and I got coffee…..lots of it! And Eggs Benedict. I think this was the best Eggs Benedict I’ve ever had, the hollandaise sauce was out of this world!

We walked around after that and still a no go on check in. Our entire group of six wasn’t completely there but the four of us were exhausted from lack of sleep so we just kept walking around to occupy ourselves.

I haven’t been to NYC since I was a teen and didn’t know they had mad tour guides everywhere. Edit—-mad tour guides everywhere who harassed you about going on tours. If I am not approaching you, please don’t approach me. I am not interested (you will see this school of thought again in a later post)

H&M yes!!! Sadly, I only found a ring—boo! However it was $3 so maybe not a complete boo.

Oi. A naked cowboy is enough but at least he is young. We do NOT need a naked, old cowgirl.

It was nearing 3P and our room was still not ready (grrrr) so we met up with one of my co-workers in NYC for drinks at Tony DiNapoli. Hello white wine sangria!

We walked over to the hotel since it was past check in time and our rooms had to be ready at this point. I got a hotdog on the way home where yet again—another tour guide approached us. Hello sir, I’m a little buzzed from the sangria, trying to walk and scarf down my hot dog. When it comes to work, I can multi-task but this is a little too much. Please don’t tell me I look sexy eating a hot dog while trying to get me to go to a Comedy Central Show (which I would’ve been all over like white on rice if time and lack of sleep weren’t an issue)

Let Happy Hour Part Deux begin!

It was too much for Kermie.

Yes I did.

Ready to go out and take the town by storm!

Somehow we found a limo for only $40—total— to take to Tao for dinner–holla!

I had the Ruby Red Dragon Fly Martini (I think this was the name?) and it was one of the best drinks I’ve ever had. And I’m a girl who has put down a lot of drinks in my life, so yeah. The fact that the bartender who made it was absolutely gorgeous.didn’t hurt either

I had the Chef’s Roll and Salmon Sashimi

It was decent— I wasn’t overly impressed with all the hype I’ve heard about this place. The service was absolutely horrible and the food, mediocre. I would suggest this place for drinks but the sushi was quality of something I could get here in Charlotte.

After that, we went to the Empire Lounge since one of the girls had some boy friends who were going there. It was a rooftop bar and very clubby, which isn’t my style at all. By that point it was midnight and absolutely exhausted since I’d been up since 3A and constantly on the go. There was a huge line outside but somehow we got passed everyone and went right up. I could totally get used to this kind of treatment. And it had a nice view:

“I am the best goddamn dance at the American Ballet Academy. Who the hell are you?? NOBODY!!!”

Hope everyone had a nice and safe July 4th— I have so much catching up, sleeping, packing to do it’s not even funny.

Stay tuned for Part 2 (it’s my favorite part)