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24hours in NYC: Food itinerary

24 hours in New York what’s your plan? I’m not talking a trip up the Top of the Rock, I’m talking about where are you going to eat? It is my firm belief that all great plans begin, feature and end with a great meal, so if this sounds like your kind of itinerary then I think we are going to get along just fine. I’m thinking: 1 city – 24 hours – 3 meals = 3 amazing restaurants to visit? Let’s cut straight to the chase, there’s food involved and we never mess around with restaurants. These three are my favorite places I have visited in the last two weeks so I promise you they will not disappoint. Just prepare yourself for a busy day and make sure you’re wearing baggy trousers (think Joey from Friends in his Thanksgiving pants) and don’t worry if you feel guilty after I have just the solution: you can work it off the next day at a Trapeze class? I have literally thought of everything. Now get to …

Trapeze School in New York

My biggest challenge in the morning is how quickly I can get coffee, it does not normally include being strapped into a harness and swinging through the air in Manhattan, but after a morning at Trapeze School New York safe to say I’ve been starting the day completely wrong. This has to be one of the funnest mornings I have had in a long time, now all I need is someone to appreciate my Sex and the City reference because yesterday that bombed almost as quickly as I slipped off the trapeze. Please tell me someone’s seen the episode where Carrie tries this? Anyone? I mean seriously just look at these photographs, how random is this? I challenge you to find a more unique activity in Manhattan. And what’s better, literally anyone can have a go, you could be the least flexible person around and just swing back and forth a few times, it’s about enjoying the experience and just having fun. There’s no pressure and you’ll feel right at ease with the lovely staff, which always helps when I propel myself face first into the safety net. And …

Where to eat in New York: GF & Vegetarian

Did you know that this month is National Celiac Awareness Month? No? I’ll be honest I didn’t either until the other week. Ooops – And it’s something I really should get behind more – I mean jesus we need all the extra help we can get if we plan on ever eating a meal in a restaurant that isn’t a salad. It’s like being continuously punished for your health issues because apparently missing out on pizza just isn’t quite punishment enough. Thank fully times they are a changing and everyone is slowly cottoning on to allergy issues and providing more options to cover everyone, thank god. Before I moved here from Melbourne I think I googled top restaurants before I even researched tourist attractions, I mean a girl needs to have her priorities in order right? So in honour of Celiac month here is a roundup of my favourite GF/vegetarian restaurants I have found in New York so far: Fig and Olive Helen and I went here one night solely because it was the name of the restaurant we …

New York- Bear Mountains

Since my first weekend in New York was a touristy and as cliche as you could possibly get, to even out the balance we had to do something different this week and escape the city for an adventure to Bear Mountains. Who needs Times Square when you have a car, friends, enough iced-lattes to rival Starbucks and a road-trip soundtrack. Granted it took us almost two hours to actually get out of Manhattan but least there’s something always happening right outside the window that kept us occupied – like taking our own private bus tour, plus we all know car journeys make for the best place to catch up on all the gossip.   No matter how much I enjoy the city life I am still a country girl at heart, you don’t spend half your life in a tiny village to then lose that feeling of contentment when you can’t hear a car, or see an angry cyclist in sight and it’s just peaceful. Cheesy? Yeah maybe, am I ashamed? Nope. Not at all. Everyone should make the effort to take a break and escape that …

New York

Almost two weeks ago after nearly 30 hours of flying, 3 airports, too many time zones to try and get my sleepy-head around and an incident leading to almost being detained in Germany, I finally made it to New York. (All thanks to Hans my little German knight in shining armour getting me into the country but that’s a whole other story.) Back to the Big Apple, even now 14 days in and it still doesn’t seem real that I’m here, there’s a different energy and feeling here than other places. I walk through Times Square daily, dodging past middle aged Mickey Mouse and his crew of street performers, past the naked painted “ladies” and still I am looking up and pinching myself. Lunch in Central Park? A stroll past the Empire State, walking down by the Hudson? You’d think all this would confirm that I’m actually here but no no no, still as surreal as the first day. I’m floating around in this New York fantasy bubble. Anyone care to enlighten me when this wears off and reality hits? …