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

26 Responses to “The Third Rodriguez…..or NY Part 2”

  1. July 6, 2010 at 8:37 pm #


    i want to move INTO crumbs and live there forever! omg what to choose!!!!! ahhh so many yummiesss ❤

    • simplyshaka July 7, 2010 at 8:47 pm #

      I would love to live there forever as well—reading that made me smile 🙂

  2. diana@mymarblerye July 6, 2010 at 9:34 pm #

    dude…you know nyc is my FAVE place right? I go like once a year! anyways, i can’t believe you hit up all those places in ONE freaking day!! Also, my fave park is actually washington square park…I feel sooo boho there!! So fun! I wanna be friends with you 3!!

    • simplyshaka July 7, 2010 at 8:48 pm #

      I know, we hit up so much yet there was so much more to see! I loooooved Washington Square Park I wish I would’ve known about the water b/c I could have totally used it on that hot day.

  3. Mari July 6, 2010 at 10:24 pm #

    Honey I had such an amazing time with you!!!!! We all clicked so well as if we have know eachother for years…maybe you ARE a Rodriguez too!

    I still think you need to move out here =) it would be fabulous!

    omg guess who I saw today when I was going to IntenSati?!?!?! MIRANDA! I squeeled so loud haha

    • simplyshaka July 7, 2010 at 8:52 pm #

      Do you know how tempted I was to change the name of the blog to Simply Rodriguez for a day or two just to see if y’all would notice?

  4. genesis July 6, 2010 at 11:29 pm #

    whats a knish?

    lol, i cant believe how dirty NYC is…

    • simplyshaka July 7, 2010 at 8:48 pm #

      It’s a fried pocket full of mashed potatoes and whatever condiment you want. It was great but I couldn’t finish it due to all the food before hand.

  5. Amy @ Second City Randomness July 6, 2010 at 11:29 pm #

    I gained five pounds reading this. Holy cheese and cupcakes!

    And I love the free hug campaign! I ran into it once in millenium park with my brother and his friends when they came to visit. Too funny…

  6. pen (pen at peace) July 7, 2010 at 7:21 am #

    I love Max Brenner! You HAVE to eat there some time. OMG. O.M.G. And I’m not even a chocolate person.

    Also, if you have time for more cupcakes…I prefer Sugar Sweet Sunshine and Magnolia to Crumbs. Like times a million.

    • simplyshaka July 7, 2010 at 8:50 pm #

      I know I know, I regret not eating something there but Jet Blue has super cheap flights so will definitely have to hit that up on my next trip.

      My friends got Magnolia cupcakes but they looked so tiny compared to Crumbs, which made me sad. If they are better than Crumbs though, I may have to change my loyalty.

  7. Karla July 7, 2010 at 8:31 am #

    That looks so fun! Makes me want to drive to NYC right now just to have that mac and cheese for lunch!

  8. Autumn @ Good Eats Girl July 7, 2010 at 9:16 am #

    This looks like an awesome day! How exciting that you got to have a blogger meet up in NYC!! Love it!

    I want to eat those cupcakes…how in the world did you ever choose?!!?

  9. pieces of me July 7, 2010 at 10:18 am #

    Those are two great girls, looks like you all had a blast. I love Crumbs!!

  10. Morgan July 7, 2010 at 11:05 am #

    I heart Max Brenner’s so much! I hear they are opening one in Boston in the fall, I’m so excited! I’ll be hauling my pregnant ass there regularly!
    S’Mac looks out of this world!!!
    My favorite cupcakes are from Crumbs. I worship them!

    • simplyshaka July 7, 2010 at 8:56 pm #

      That is super exciting—I would be going there all the time just with the excuse that I was pregnant 🙂

  11. Monique July 7, 2010 at 11:56 am #

    I had an amazing time with you! i seriously cant wait for you to come back to NY. and i agree with one of the other commenters, Sugar Sweet Sunshine is amazing but… cant agree with magnolia…lol. who knows maybe next time you are here we can go to serendipity and have a frozen hot chocolate!
    damn your feet were dirty! my feet were dirty and sore so i spent my evening soaking and pumicing my feet! ah!
    you definitely are a Rodriguez! i gotta pack my bag and come to your hood!

  12. lisaou11 July 7, 2010 at 12:27 pm #

    ahh I love S’mac! so good and fun!

    next time you go you need to eat at peanut butter & co! so good!

    • simplyshaka July 7, 2010 at 8:51 pm #

      We were talking about that restaurant on our walk and sadly, I am not a huge nut butter fan so not sure if I would dig it but like it if it’s paired up with chocolate and I am sure they have to have something with chocolate there right?!

  13. sheila July 7, 2010 at 5:29 pm #

    Mac and Cheese restaurant?! WHAT THE HECK?! That’s sooo awesome! I would’ve finished that whole thing y’all ate. LOL. Glad you got to meet up with other bloggers, were you nervous? I’d probably be nervous. Btw, I loooove your blue top, it’s sooo cuuuute!

    • simplyshaka July 7, 2010 at 8:52 pm #

      Haha, I wanted to leave some but it was too gorgeous and gooey not to finish the entire thing.

      I wasnt nervous at all, I felt like I’ve known them forever so it was great 🙂 And the top-yeah-I almost bought the same top in black as well b/c I love it so much!

  14. April July 7, 2010 at 8:53 pm #

    I would LOVE to visit NY. My hubs was born there.

    I LOVE the feet picture LOL!!!

  15. BikiniBy30 July 8, 2010 at 11:51 am #

    Gray’s Papaya=Fool’s Rush In in my head.

  16. Meagan July 8, 2010 at 12:30 pm #

    Okay amazing pictures once again, and the food….I’m jealous!

    I found it interesting that you ran into people offering free hugs! That is actually an international program. They have them throughout Europe (and I assume the world) in different days throughout the year. I find the idea interesting although I am definitely not a hugger so I understand your reluctance!


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