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travel diary: new york city


This past week I got back from a packed 6 day trip to NYC, and as always I’m in a bit of a post-NYC fog upon returning home. The energy and inspiration from the city get me going in a way that few other places can. With that said, there’s no place like home and I’ve enjoyed having a few low key days at home before heading out again.

A few of my bests from this trip:

Stay:

For this trip I stayed at the Dazzler Brooklyn. It was fun to go on my morning run with the Manhattan skyline view just across the river. They also had a great morning breakfast every day which was included in the price, and I’ve never experienced that in NYC. Fresh coffee + bananas + oatmeal in a darling mason jar was my morning go-to.

Sip:

Miansai Tea Bar – my favorite spot for kombucha on tap, Panatea matcha lattes, and warm comforting teas of every kind.

Maman – found this darling Soho spot and just the sweet scent that hits you when you walk in is enough to make you want to park there all day. The almond milk lattes (extra honey!) are just so good.

Oficina Latina – stopped by this Nolita joint after work one day with coworkers. I had an avocado margarita and it was as dreamy as it sounds. Lots of fresh juice filled cocktails + really great salsa and guac.

The Ship – really cool craft cocktail bar that makes you feel like you’re…on a ship! Even the ice cubes they use are cool. They have a small food menu (get the brussels sprouts!) but the drinks are their ‘thing’ – and they do them really, really well.

Boe – darling Brooklyn wine bar + great pick-your-own cheese plate in Williamsburg. All of their wines come from New York sourced grapes! My friend and I each did a wine flight so we could try as many as possible.

Eat:

The Butcher’s Daughter – if I could eat here every day the rest of my life, that would be wonderful. Their ‘schtick’ is that they treat vegetables like meat, meaning they make them the star of the show. The avocado toast, the coconut yogurt parfaits, the spaghetti squash carbonara, the granola…Oh I could go on and on and on and on.

Epistrophy – fun little spot for a late night bite and wine. (Highly recommend the tuna tartare).

Morandi – fun and bustling Italian spot in the West Village. My group split a bit of everything – burrata and pici al limone with my favorites!

Chobani – Greek yogurt covered in whatever sweet or savory toppings you want. I decked mine out in coconut flakes, dark chocolate, hazelnuts, figs, and clover honey, and will be recreating it often at home.

Smile – try their vegan banana bread (which I loved so much I’m trying desperately to find a similar recipe!), salted chocolate chip cookies, and any of their lunch salads from the case.

Sweethaus – stopped here in Brooklyn as the lineup of candy jars drew me in, but they also have a full food menu that looked great.

Fun:

Shadowbox NYC – I spent most of this trip working, but I did spend Sunday morning sweating it out at the newest workout spot to open in the city. It was intense but also pretty cool to sweat like crazy for 45 minutes while you’re beating up a giant boxing bag with the loudest beats ever playing in the background.

Brooklyn Bridge Park – went on a nice cool morning run through here. Great skyline view of Manhattan.

The Folley – popped in here for an old school photobooth session with some friends.


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