22.2.14

New York: Day3 and 4



For days three and four in NYC we decided to forgo the traditional tourist activities and instead sheltered from the unforgiving snow in one of two ways. The first was by shopping or window shopping being the budget travellers that we are, and the second was by eating. For brunch on day three we decided on an old favourite, coffee shop on Union square. The food is great and pretty cheap and it's a great people watching spot, always busy and buzzy, although maybe avoid it on weekends or face the queues! I went for a California wrap which is served with home fries (amazing chunky roast potatoes) they have to be one of the best accompaniment I've ever had to a dish - high praise.


After a spot of shopping down Broadway and Lafayette street in Soho, we made a beeline for the thing I miss most about New York, 16 handles and FroYo. 16 handles is amazing you go in and are greeted by you guessed it 16 handles all pumping out a different glorious glamour of FroYo, simply chose a cup size then fill it with as many FroYo flavours as you can eat and top it off with everything from gummy bears and m&ms to strawberry and kiwi pieces. You can also get taster pots for all the wacky flavours that you don't wanna eat loads of but you definitely just have to try, I tasted lager lout or something , which unsurprisingly kinda tasted like beer breath - delicious, not, and graham cracker flavour which was amazing and I wish I had got more. As it was our one and only 16 handles I went all out, well actually we all did. If you're ever in New York make 16 handles a priority and you shall not be disappointed. Just. Look. At. It...




After breaking up the day with yet more shopping, we hot footed it to the best burgers in the whole of New York City, Shake shack in Madison square park on 23rd street, just round the corner from where I used to live. By this point the snow was really coming down, and despite my cheery face it was actually pretty cold and wet, so we got our burgers to go and jumped on the subway back to our little apartment in Williamsburg. I may or may not have eaten the entire contents of my to-go bag on the ride home. If you go get a shake as well they are beyond amazing.





Day four started our pretty clear, after investigating the private garden in the grounds of our apartment building and admiring a cracking view of Manhattan, we set off early in search of the holy grail of Sunday boozy brunches, Sunburnt Cow on the lower east side. On arrival the bar was standardly absolutely rammed with New Yorkers and tourists alike already feasting on burgers and all you can drink mimosas for twenty bucks. Slightly crestfallen at not being able to get a table we opted for plan B, Cafeteria in Chelsea. This turned out to be probably one of the best decisions we ever made as it led me to discover their truffle fries, which are every bit as good as the picture below makes them out to be. Amazing fries cooking in truffle juices, with Parmesan grated over the top mmmmmm.




After picking up a few last shopping bits for friends and family, there was time to squeeze in our last tourist snaps at Time Square, and one of the Williamsburg bridge. Then it was home to slowly thaw out and set about the arduous task of cramming everything we came with plus purchases into our already full rucksacks. 






Cheers to New York breakfasts! This was mine on the last day, bagel with cream cheese, blueberries and OJ, annoyingly the sun had finally decided to come out and play but we were moving on to pastures new, next stop San Francisco!


20.2.14

New York: Day 2




Its official I heart New York, but who doesn't hey? Quick snap of what I wore, nothing spesh but you try dressing to be prepared for blizzards. Today the plan was make the most of the forecasted sun by going up the Rockafella and taking a stroll around central park. After a quick stop at Starbucks for an everything bagel with cream cheese for $1.75 (are you hearing this every starbucks in England) we were ready to make the ascent up the Rockafella. I know the done thing is to scale the empire state, but for the life of me I DO NOT know why, I mean if your on the empire state you can't take pictures of the empire state, so whats the point?! The views are way better from the Rockafella as well and you can see central park - bonus!






After taking more touristy, posey photos than I ever thought humanly possible we meandered over to central park to stroll in the snow, and incidentally almost got mowed down by an overenthusiastic snow-shunter-mobile driver who was obviously rather enjoying his job that day. Central park was gorgeous, I have never seen it in the snow before, it basically didn't snow the whole 6 months I was living here'.


I am really unsure how this snow effect photo happened, but I am just going to go with it....




Mr squirrel was right, it was definitely time for some sustenance, we headed to a nearby Juniors for the world famous cheesecake and obviously decided to get entrees as well once we were there. I think I shall hereby rename Juniors heart attack diner looking at the photos of my food choices! carbs on carbs with a side helping of fat anyone? Ugly food granted but it was delicious!





That's all for day two as I think it started to snow again, either that or we took to the shops in glee and rather forgot to take any more photos, until tomorrow...


19.2.14

New York: Day 1


It already seems like about a month ago since we were patiently waiting (read: lugging our horrendously heavy bags about like cavemen) to check in at Heathrow airport bound for New York city and the first leg of our travelling adventure. In reality it was less than a week ago, my bad for the blogging silence but frustratingly it seems I can't blog on my iPad, well I could, but the photos would all be different sizes (massive pet hate). I am now in San Francisco at a Hostel with a desktop computer (huzzah!) so blogging can once again commence. Starting with a recap of New York.


We woke up horrendously early, and ever so slightly squished with the three of us sharing 1 bed, in our gorgeous apartment (check out my instagram). After a quick peak out the window to double check that we were actually still in Brooklyn and it hadn't all been a dream we hurriedly dressed and hurled ourselves outside into snow covered Manhattan. We pottered along the streets merrily reminiscing the 6 months we had spent interning in New York, before we caved to hunger and headed to our favourite guilty pleasure diner - Big Daddy's. If you haven't been to this place and you are seeking an all american diner with weird/cool comic book art - go here! its the best!






Sold yet? That milkshake is called the Hoolie Coolie banana split smoothie (oh yeah they love to rhyme their menu items) and its only proper rival is the Cookie Monster oreo smoothie. I managed to get a quick snap of my outfit before we left the apartment, these boots alas did not stay as fresh as this, by the end of the trip and all the trudging through the snow and slush they were distinctly more worn looking ... sigh.


After a severe case of eyes bigger than our stomachs, we decided to try and hide from the snow in one of my favorite museums ever The Met on Manhattans upper east side. There's this room in the Egyptian section that is amazing its a huge open space with this massive pool of still water and everybody whispers... so magical. But hey if you don't believe me see for yourself...







The slush. I cannot even begin to describe how much slush there was, it was at every crossroad meaning you had to jump and dodge your way over at least a metre stretch of icy, slushy water. Thankfully the next day was sunny more to come tomorrow.

5.2.14

Travelling Essentials



1. Naked Palette, Urban Decay - Literally the best palette I've ever had and the perfect mix of day to night colours. If this is all the eye-shadows I take, that's economical right? and it has a mirror built in! that has to tick some sort of space saving box!

2. ASOS petrol mirror aviators - Every traveller needs a cracking pair of sunnies to hind behind, and protect your pretty eyes from the suns harsh glare. I'm in love with this purpley petrol coloured pair.

3. Road map - For the American Dream section of our travels we are renting a car in San Francisco and then touring round California and the west coast including: Yosemite, Las Vegas, Grand Canyon, and Los Angeles. Wish me luck driving on the other side! I'm hoping this handy map will be our calm in the storm, in the battle of three British girls vs. the sat nav.

4. Filofax - My sister got me this Filofax for my birthday last year, and it basically got me through final year at university, for once I was organised girl, or at least with the Filofax in tow I looked the part. For travelling I want it to be more like a journal and stick things in, and jot things down that happened, as well as making sure all my flight details are in there.

5. ASOS Bikini - I think ASOS do the best Bikinis they definitely have an unbeatable collection in terms of variety. This one was slightly more expensive at £24.50, but I am hoping it is better made and will last the whole trip, also it was down from £120 or something, so that's a deal too good to miss?!

6. ASOS tropicial print shorts - I love high waisted shorts, or high waisted anything actually, I don't think I shall ever revert to on-the-hip attire ever again. It does me NO favours. I loved the print of these shorts and just couldn't resist, also they are a nice loose thin material so they will fold up really small in my rucksack.

That's it, more essentials and packing tips to come, from a girl who knows nothing of how to pack well or travel light hahaha oh well!