new york city.

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we spent the final leg of our fantastic europe-christmas-birthday-new-years trip in one of my favorite places, new york city.

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we arrived the day before the BOMB CYCLONE SNOWSTORM hit, lol. this worked out perfectly for us because we were intentionally trying to be there during this time and we were stoked to experience a true new york city snow day. for most other people trying to get OUT of nyc at this time... not so perfect. 

thanks, universe, for lining up our timing like that.  besides those 8 degree temps the days after the snow, we were having an absolute ball!

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now i knew for suuure that autumn in new york is charming as hell..... but fresh snow?! stop.

heart eyes for days.

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before i get into our stay in new york, I HAVE TO ADDRESS one of the greatest sort of accidental things that's ever happened to us in our lives......................


(^ that's pete playing video games! and you can play two-player with your seat mate!)

we purchased business class tickets for the flight legs from dusseldorf > london and london > nyc, assuming it was going to be like coach with a few more inches of leg room. we used double the miles for these tickets just to treat ourselves a little bit for the long flight to the u.s., and also to avoid a 24-48 hour layover that was the only coach ticket option.....

little did we know that "business class" on a transatlantic british airways flight means


i looked at my ticket at the terminal at heathrow and noticed "club world" on it. i remembered on the flight to london that "club world" was the swanky section up front with the lay-down chairs in little private pods....... my eyeballs were now bursting out of my head. pete had gone to the bathroom so i was just sitting there alone dodging my head around all shifty & crazy-like in total surprise.  "WHO, ME?? US??? WE?? IN CLUB WORRRRLD?!?? could it beeeee??" 

needless to say we have never flown in pod seating before this and WE HAD THE TIME OF OUR DAMN LIVES.

i obviously took pictures of everything because we were pooping our pants with joy the entire 7+ hours. also the plane was broken for 2 hours at the gate before take-off.  pete and i were stoked to be stuck here for extra long!

luckily there was a couple in the next pod over who had never flown like this before either - so we were all snap-happy dweebs together.

first you find your seat and it has a big pillow and a package with a fresh sheet, thin blanket and big comforter inside. you squeal with glee. you sit down and push all of the buttons and slide the divider between you and your seat mate up and down and laugh hysterically in utter triumph. then the wonderful attendant comes over and gives you a glass of champagne (in a real glass) and a cute leather satchel with an eye mask, socks, lotion, toothpaste & toothbrush, essential oils, lip balm, and a pen! you furiously remove your shoes and put on the new socks and prop your feet up! you take 6-10 selfies with your seat mate. shortly after the champagne preamble, the attendant brings a cocktail and a bowl of warm nuts. you browse through all the movie & television offerings and lay your bed back alllllllllllll the way - because you can! you continue to be amazed and completely excited out of your mind for the remainder of the flight.

just look at this boy! sooo pleased. everything came in real glassware, real plates & bowls and cutlery. the simplest things were just thrilling to us. 

we had appetizers of butternut squash soup & rolls and a tomato mozzarella basil situation. also, always three drinks happening at a time - water, wine, and gin & tonic. we were livin it UP up in da sky. 

we both had the steak & gnocchi for dinner and some delish chocolate mousse cake thing for dessert. i've already watched the big sick and legally blonde by this point. truly living my best life.

^ oh shit it's "tea time"! you can take the people out of london but can't take london out da people. tea time was sandwiches, eclairs, and rolls with jam & butter. and more alcohol! i'm probably watching thelma & louise now. suchhhhh a good movie.

all that to say.....i cannot wait to fly in pod life again. best flight ever. ever, i say!

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the first morning after we arrived in the city was when the snow just started to fall. everything was looking christmassy still and oh so cute. 

bubby's for breakfast! the vibes on this particular morning at bubby's were sooo excellent. we got there right as it opened so it was not crowded yet, and they were playing the best jazzy new yorky breakfast jams. just me and my boo and my fluffy blueberry pancakes & coffee as the snow falls outside. i was so happy.

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we rode the subway up to central park because we figured it was a must-see during a snow day.

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we ducked in to a couple restaurants to defrost here & there and to watch the snow come down. it was coooooold and super windy. i forget what this place was called, but it was a meat shoppe of sorts. they had cool meat-stuff wallpaper in the bathroom. 

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mcsorley's was our favorite part of our time in nyc. pete had been there before with his friends so he knew we had to go back. i loved it so much. it's one of the oldest bars in new york city and it used to be a boys club. i think women weren't allowed in until the 1970s or so.

you either order "dark" or "light" beer and they give you two of each...not sure why, that's just how it works. they have a limited menu, but we opted for the classic mcsorley's cheese plate, which is literally a sleeve of saltine crackers, a pile of sharp white cheddar cheese & raw onions, and hot mustard. the whole experience just makes you feel like you've gone back in time. i loved ittttttt.

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everyone was so nice - we made friends with all the tables around us and we stayed for hours!

be good or be gone.

loved mcsorley's on this snowy day! 

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pete hadn't been to the top of the rock yet, so we did that first thing in the morning the day after the snow storm. by then, the snow was all stacked in tall dirty piles on the side of the road, the sky was blue, and the temperature dropped to the coldest i've ever experienced before. 

my phone completely died several times when i'd pull it out of my pocket to take a photo. just instantly froze. so cold. kudos to all you new yorkers who survive these seasons, because that was crazy. when we got back to seattle where it was 45 degrees, we were like dang... so warm!

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^ we think this was the best ramen we've ever had. we stumbled upon this place, zundo-ya, and wanted it so badly because we were starting to feel sick and we were literally frozen. it really hit the spot. so so delicious. 

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we spent the next couple days walking all around the city, mostly trying to keep our blood moving and staying on the sunny side of the street, haha. the sun was truly a life saver in 8 degree weather. 

my nose and my knee caps were frozen! i am not surprised so many people are running around in those ridiculously long sleeping bag jackets. they're actually necessary!

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we walked the brooklyn bridge and had pizza in brooklyn at juliana's. i've heard many a high recommendation for this place, and while it was pretty good food, good service, and good ambiance, the pizza was not as top notch as i was anticipating. something about the cheeeeese. 

tacombi in the west village. good drinks & good tacos. 

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it was pretty hard to be outside for too long, and we weren't in love with our airbnb, so we went to a lot of restaurants & bars, which was fine by me!! i was happy we were close to lafayette, a restaurant i loved when i came with my friend whitney. it is such a cozy nice place and they have perfect old fashioneds. we had a couple old fashioned and a plate of warm olives to sooth our cold souls. 

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took pete to the butcher's daughter, because i am a creature of habit and also because it was the most reasonable and closest breakfast place to where we were staying. still cute as ever in there. my waffle with strawberry butter was lovely!

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last food stop on our journey - katz's deli! always a fun new york city experience and crazy good food. that potato salad - i am very into it. 

^ headed home. such an awesome european adventure and so many very special memories!

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^ two weary travellers 16 days later. my boots got super messed up from the salted streets and the snow (which comes out scrubbing with vinegar & water, by the way!).

did i mention two small carry-ons are all we brought for our entire trip? pretty proud of us.

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^ this photo of pete makes me all warm & fuzzy inside. number one travel buddy for life. 



holiday season in new york city.

i'm SO happy to have visited new york city during the holidays last month. i just love love love it. four days there are never enough!

i went with my friend whitney! we went to nyc together last october and wanted to come back around christmas time. and that we did. 

^^^ this photo above was the view from the roof of our airbnb. it was kind of cold while we were there, but we still went up here in the mornings for coffee & views. loved ittttt.

the airbnb we stayed at was all-around fab. great location in chelsea in a nice building, with everything we needed for a few days.

first meal of the trip: big salads from sweetgreen. so fresh & hearty! and the bevs they have there are super refreshing. nothing makes you feel more disgusting and slimy than a long ride on an airplane, train, and subway, so these salads were the perfect dinner choice that night.

mine had little bites of falafel and hummus atop. whit's was some sort of delish bowl of harvest. sweet potatoes & apples i think?

^^^ ca-uuute festive liquor store.  ca-uuute friend waiting for da sub. ^^^

breakfast at bubby's! whenever i see this pic on my phone i want that blueberry pancake back, stat.

^^^ at tom's aka monk's from seinfeld :)

(i'm also watching seinfeld as i type this. #dweeeeeb.)

aMaAaAaAziNg cookies from levain bakery! holy wow. really good. howeeeevvverrr...i DO think that "THE COOKIE" from metropolitan market in the seattle area gives the levain chocolate chip a run for its money. in fact, i think i like THE COOKIE more, which is a very bold statement! if you have had THE COOKIE from met market, you know. how do they do it? i don't make this stuff up. truly. the BEST COOKIE EVA.

traveling is super exhausting. and a trip like this where you have to squeeeeeze all the new york city things into less than 4 days is a lot of work, physically. we basically didn't stop moving, walking, carrying, running across streets, riding subways, walking, eating, drinking, walking...the entire time. even though it was a vacation and we loved every minute of it, its just not "relaxing," per se. whit and i talked about how the most "relaxing" part of this entire trip was sitting on this sunny bench on a quiet street in harlem eating our cookies. HA!

new york's most exciting hotel experience.

alsoooo, yaaassss to fulfilling all of my home alone 2 dreams during this trip :)

^^^ must say... we were disappointed by the tree at rockefeller center. i guess all the movies and tv stuff we've seen throughout our lives make the tree seem GINORMOUS. i mean, yeah, its a bigass tree. but...not as big as we'd built up in our minds. glad we got to see it though! i was definitely excited about it. maybe we should have gone to see it at night instead. 

we went to this secret bar called little branch that took us forever to find. if you blink, you will miss it! there are so many fun restaurants & bars in this's really the best.

the butcher's daughter. sooo cute. great healthy food, too.

we decided that there are so many more "healthier" food options throughout new york city compared to seattle. i do wish there were more places here with lighter food options that you don't need to go across town to get to or whatever. they exist, but in nyc they are sprinkled all over!

seeing the 9/11 memorial for the first time was pretty intense and emotional! i didn't really know what the memorial looked like before we got there but once i saw it, wow. i didn't take many photos besides this one ^^^ on the right. seeing that gaping hole in the ground where one of the towers once stood was very overwhelming and insane. it is definitely worth spending time at if you're in the financial district or near the world trade center.

the oculus mall next to the world trade center. crazy place.

whitney & i got the chance to go tour the bon appétit magazine test kitchen in the world trade center! it was soo cool! 

i felt very official getting my photo taken and them sending us up the fancy elevators. it would be a wild place to go to work every single day, just from the security perspective.

my manager at work got me connected with someone who works here in the test kitchen for a quick tour (thanks adrian & amelia!). i'm a lover/avid reader of bon appétit, so it was awesome to see how the cooking and photography portion of the magazine is created!

they have amaaazing views of the city from their floor, it was nuts. you could even see the statue of liberty. would be such an amazing place to work, in many ways!

it was a beautiful afternoon, so we walked across the brooklyn bridge! 

this was really cool with different views of the city. it takes about 20-30 minutes to walk across, assuming everyone else is moseying along taking 87 photos of the same thing (me!).

DUMBO! down under the manhattan bridge overpass.

oh yayayyayy. this was one of our only solid plans we had for the trip. an evening at eataly in the flatiron district, and a neapolitan style pizza making class!

baita is this cozy winter wonderland at la birreria restaurant on the roof of eataly! 

pizza class! 

^^^that appetizer was super delicious. it was like a beet purée with pesto, burrata, and that fluffy potato + cheese bread (that's at least how i remember it). it was gooooooood.

our instructors were super italian, which made the class all the more fun. we learned a lot about what makes a neapolitan pizza actually legit. hint: simplicity!

the class was a little expensive, but it was like our birthday gift to each other since we both had our birthdays in december. it was definitely a fun life experience type of gift to take an italian pizza class from real italians in the heart of new york city at christmas time. 

in addition to making our own individual pizzas and getting a pound of pizza dough to bring home (one of the weirder things i've been stopped at airport security for - next to the time i brought a paper coffee cup full of sea shells wrapped in kleenex through security in north carolina and they made me unwrap each shell individually...), they fed us a lot of amazing pizza, too!

a four cheese + gorgonzola & basil, a fancy new import of italian prosciutto + arugula & shaved parmesan, and classic margherita pizza - tomato sauce, mozzarella, & basil. 

all were amazingly delicious, oh man. beer & wine tastings were also a part of the class. at the end, he made these nutella + cinnamon sugar treats with the leftover pizza dough, which were incredible. we definitely ate to our heart's content that evening. it was most delightful & fun!

cue SATC theme song.

we actually just happened to be walking by carrie's street on our way to breakfast, so we had to stop by her apartment and see what she, samantha, miranda, & charlotte were up to. (in my head, they're my real friends, it's cooooo.)

but really, sex & the city stands the test of time (i guess it wasn't that long ago, but seems like it! re-watch it and laugh at all the scenes where they're just figuring out e-mail and this thing called "google."). bitches still be crazy for it. some french chicks took this photo of us while they were also here to paparazzi carrie's abode.

festive, festive, festive.

breakfast at jack's wife freda!

i had the green shakshuka and whit got this supa fresh mediterranean breakfast salad with eggs, avo & pita. so much flavor!

the bright green hot sauce was amazing. must re-create. and how cute are their sugar packets?^

into the plaza for some festive christmas tree scoping. 

sidenote: earlier in the trip we were getting out of an elevator at the ritz carlton after using their fine facilities, and our gal jennifer aniston was walking in! hiiiiii jen! whitney died a little bit since she is her all-time fav. she was very pretty and very small in real life.


afternoon at the metropolitan museum of art! such a massive building.

i wanna go back to this very rooftop in the summa summa summa tiiiime. or maybe spring spring spring tiiiime or whenever its not hot & humid as hell in new york. 

again, new york, i love you. i will be back.


all photos taken on my iphone 6.