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Adventures in NYC

Our Adventures in NYC for a weekend - so much to see, so much to eat!!I was in NYC this weekend. I haven’t been to NY since I was 18 years old, which is just crazy to me. I grew up in Mount Vernon (NY) and moved to Florida when I was 10 so the minute our cab hit the road and I started seeing the old brick buildings, the big bare oak trees that lined the streets, the bridges and the grafitti I instantly became nostalgic for my childhood. I did not expect to be hit with that feeling at all…it’s been years!! But everything seemed so familiar…the vibe, the scenery, nothing seemed to have changed. I wasn’t even near the part of town I grew up in, but it was there, the unmistakable NY state of mind I guess they call it.

Our Adventures in NYC for a weekend - so much to see, so much to eat!!Let me tell you, NY and FL could not be any more different. I didn’t realize how slow and laid back I was until this weekend. I missed my flip flops and I missed grass. And one of the first things I noticed when I got back into town last night was the moon…I could see the moon. I don’t know if it was the tall buildings or being afraid of stopping in the street to actually look up at the sky, but I don’t recall seeing the moon at all this weekend. Living in the city is so different… it’s exciting, I love the culture, the food, and being able to walk and walk and walk instead of driving. But let’s face it, there’s no place like home. And the Sunshine State is my home.

We were in NY for my husband’s company holiday party (they are based up there). We traveled with his team which just happen to be a group of our closest friends. We ate, drank and laughed our hearts out (picture a group of 20 clueless people trying to figure out the subway, oof!). We had some serious grown up fun, people. And gosh…can I just tell you, the food…the food rocked my world.

Our Adventures in NYC for a weekend - so much to see, so much to eat!!I think I was in city shock the first two days I was there, because I honestly forgot to take pictures of any food. It wasn’t until the last meal that I finally pulled out the camera (on my phone) and snapped away. It happened to be my favorite meal too, so it worked out pretty good.

Our Adventures in NYC for a weekend - so much to see, so much to eat!!Gail recommended I try this place in TriBeca near where we were staying…for brunch. So Sunday morning, we walked a few blocks coffee in hand to Laconda Verde. It was busy but we found a couple spots at the bar. We ordered Bloodies and the ricotta plate that reviews (and Gail) raved about.

Our Adventures in NYC for a weekend - so much to see, so much to eat!!Straight from the menu… Sheep’s Milk Ricotta with truffle honey and burnt orange toast.

Goodness gracious…I will dream about this until I can have it again.

My husband enjoyed a lamb sausage sandwich with peperonata, broccoli rabe and ricotta on some of the softest, freshest bread I’ve ever tasted.

Our Adventures in NYC for a weekend - so much to see, so much to eat!!I went with a baked eggs dish…eggs baked with corona beans, tuscan kale and mozzarella. This was to die for and I am determined to recreate it here at home one day soon. I used some of that leftover crusty bread from the ricotta dish to scoop up the runny egg and friends. Oh my heaven…

Our Adventures in NYC for a weekend - so much to see, so much to eat!!I swear, I am hungry all over again looking at these pictures.

We ate at a few other places, all great.

Brunch at Market Table – Larry and I both had the crispy skate sandwich that was out of this world. I loved the menu and atmosphere. Casual, homy and lots of windows, tucked away on a side street.

Dinner at Dos Caminos – fish tacos, awesome salsas and guac and a seasonal sangria that I really really enjoyed. Great bar downstairs with comfy couches and music for a few more drinks if you are so inclined.

Saturday night dinner at Trattoria Cinque – Two people in our group described this place as ‘sexy’. Large group dinner here, very comfy and accommodating, great atmosphere and bar area for before dinner drinks. The pear, gorgonzola and truffle oil pizza was amazing as well as the homemade pappardele with oxtail.

We also ate at what we called a ‘disco diner’ late Friday night…best egg sandwich and fries ever and I kid you not…there was a dj in the dining room. We flagged down and literally hopped into a stretch hummer limo right after that meal for a ride home…since no cabs would stop for us and apparently that’s just how we roll.

I told you, we had fun. (we even woke up to random SantaCon outside our hotel and all over the city Saturday…too bad we weren’t prepared for it…cracking me up)

Our Adventures in NYC for a weekend - so much to see, so much to eat!!

I know it sounds like all we did was eat and party, but I swear, we took in some sights and even a show…

Our Adventures in NYC for a weekend - so much to see, so much to eat!!Our Adventures in NYC for a weekend - so much to see, so much to eat!!

Our Adventures in NYC for a weekend - so much to see, so much to eat!!Great show!!! Even met with the actors after the show for some autographs, pictures and happy holiday exchanges…

Dule Hill (formerly of West Wing and on a show called Psych I think)…

Our Adventures in NYC for a weekend - so much to see, so much to eat!!

Mekhi Pfifer…

Our Adventures in NYC for a weekend - so much to see, so much to eat!!

and this guy…

Our Adventures in NYC for a weekend - so much to see, so much to eat!!

oh wait…that’s my husband. πŸ™‚

 

So glad to be back home and in my kitchen. Time to start working off the effects of the weekend…and get ready for holiday cooking and baking!

 

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37 Responses to “Adventures in NYC”

  1. Jersey Girl Cooks posted December 12, 2011 at 3:06 pm

    So glad you had fun! NYC does have the best food. Hopefully next time, we can meet up.

    • Aggies Kitchen posted December 12, 2011 at 4:40 pm

      I had the best time! I really wish we could have met up Lisa. Next time I will have to plan a solo trip to visit all my foodie friends πŸ™‚

  2. Julie @ Table for Two posted December 12, 2011 at 3:09 pm

    yay for NYC! I was just there a month ago for a conference. great city — lots to do and super fast pace! i couldn’t keep up πŸ˜‰ the food looked AWESOME!! glad you had a good time πŸ™‚

    • Aggies Kitchen posted December 12, 2011 at 4:40 pm

      it is so fast paced!! we got shoved a few times in the subway, my friend and I were cracking up. We just didn’t fit in…lol.

  3. Erica posted December 12, 2011 at 3:18 pm

    How fun! I’m so with you though….I’m not meant for the big city! My toes need to be close to the sand and heat πŸ™‚ That baked egg dish looks ridiculous good

  4. Bev Weidner posted December 12, 2011 at 3:26 pm

    What a FABULOUS looking trip. Too bad we forgot to stuff me inside your luggage. Darnit.

  5. Amy posted December 12, 2011 at 4:13 pm

    Okay, next time I go to NYC, you’re going with me! Yummy stops!

    • Aggies Kitchen posted December 12, 2011 at 4:41 pm

      I’d be more than happy to accompany you Amy πŸ™‚

  6. Krista Nehring posted December 12, 2011 at 4:52 pm

    Great Blog Aggie!! NYC was AMAZING and I can’t wait to go back. πŸ™‚

  7. Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabbles posted December 12, 2011 at 5:05 pm

    Looks like a fabulously fun and delicious trip, makes me yearn for another visit to that awesome bustling city! And…PLEASE…get working on that egg dish for me!!! πŸ™‚

  8. Deborah posted December 12, 2011 at 5:23 pm

    I love NYC! What a good time you had – I would LOVE for you to re-create that egg dish. Eggs and I are having a little love affair right now. πŸ™‚

  9. Dee @ Cocktails with Mom posted December 12, 2011 at 6:19 pm

    I have been wanting to visit NYC for the longest time…Looks like you really enjoyed yourself.

  10. Baker Street posted December 12, 2011 at 9:20 pm

    Wow! Looks like you had a great time! Gorgeous clicks A!

  11. Jeanette posted December 12, 2011 at 9:43 pm

    So glad you had such fun in NYC! Can’t wait to see you recreate the eggs baked with corona beans, tuscan kale and mozzarella!

  12. Kerstin posted December 13, 2011 at 12:45 am

    How fun, glad you had such a fun adventure! We’re going to NYC for the holidays and now I’m looking forward to it even more!

  13. Kim {Recipes To Run On} posted December 13, 2011 at 10:43 am

    I’m anxious to get to NY myself… so it’s super fun to see your pictures and hear about your trip. I’m so happy you were able to get away. It sounds like a wonderful time. What a great time of year to go!!

  14. Tickled Red posted December 13, 2011 at 10:54 am

    What fun! DS hasn’t gone to New York with me in 15 years. We may have to come up with plan ;D I am in love with the ricotta tray and that egg dish!

  15. Maria posted December 13, 2011 at 6:06 pm

    Glad you had fun in NYC

  16. vanillasugarblog posted December 13, 2011 at 8:41 pm

    oh aggie so glad you had fun.
    i was going to tell you to make sure to get your butt over to the infamous Levain Bakery for those 1/4 lb cookies.

  17. katie posted December 14, 2011 at 7:02 am

    I love NYC! Just reading your post and looking at the photos makes me want to go back (and I was just their this summer)! Glad you guys had a great time & how awesome is it that your husbands company sent y’all up their!

  18. Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. posted December 14, 2011 at 7:24 am

    looks like a blast!!

  19. Rachel @ Not Rachael Ray posted December 14, 2011 at 8:56 am

    Looks like a great time! How fun!

  20. Magic of Spice posted December 14, 2011 at 4:37 pm

    Sounds like you had a wonderful trip…NYC is the place to eat πŸ™‚

  21. Lucy posted December 14, 2011 at 10:32 pm

    NYC is one of my very favorite places in the world and I have only been there 3 times! But I think I would live there, so long as I had somewhere in Georgia to come home to from time to time. So glad you enjoyed your trip, looks like it was lots of fun.

  22. Marla posted December 15, 2011 at 12:44 am

    Aggie, it is so fun to read about your fun trip to NYC. It does take a little while to get into the flow of things there, once you do the place is really fun. I want to go to all of these restaurants!

  23. Krista {Budget Gourmet Mom} posted December 15, 2011 at 1:07 am

    Fun!!! And now I’m hungry. I hope you recreate that egg dish soon. It sounds fantastic!

  24. Winnie posted December 15, 2011 at 8:25 am

    What fun!!! Looks like a fabulous weekend Aggie…I have got to get myself to Locanda Verde πŸ˜‰

  25. Lora @cakeduchess posted December 15, 2011 at 9:52 pm

    I <3 NYC in the biggest way!Love your photos and the food is awesome. You look gorgeous and so happy:)xx

  26. Liz - Meal Makeover Mom posted December 15, 2011 at 10:28 pm

    Wow. First of all, I grew up in New Rochelle. So we were neighbors. And second of all, I go to NYC a lot and have not yet been to Lacanda Verde. I’m so jealous. It’s on my must-eat list for my next trip. So glad you had a blast !

  27. Marly posted December 16, 2011 at 12:00 am

    Oh how fun. I love NY…especially to be there for fun (instead of business). So glad you were had plenty of the fun part!

  28. Bohemian Trails posted December 17, 2011 at 9:40 am

    Nice post! I live here and love when I read anything having to do with New York. Missed Santacon this year but glad to see the pics!

  29. Angela posted December 20, 2011 at 2:47 pm

    Looks like FUN! Love to eat around NYC.

  30. Jamie posted December 21, 2011 at 1:49 pm

    What fun! and you’ve made me so nostalgic! I haven’t been to NYC in ages and am super excited that I may be going there in the spring! But I won’t be lucky enough to see Santas on parade!

  31. The Healthy Apple posted June 22, 2012 at 9:35 pm

    Wish I knew you were here back in December as I would have loved to meet you! Keep me posted if you are in NYC anytime soon as I’d love to meet you.
    Hope you are enjoying your summer thus far!

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