I’m long overdue for another blog post in celebration of the 6 month mark of living in New York. It’s hard not to fall in love with Manhattan, and like so many before me, I fell madly. After a long and freezing winter, spring has finally arrived and manhattan has more energy than ever. To celebrate, I took a week off from my typical schedule to enjoy the city. This, for me, just meant eating out all over town. All photos taken via my iPhone.
With restaurant rows all over the boroughs, NYC is seriously dangerous on the waistline. The upside is that there’s plenty of choice no matter what you’re in the mood for. A typical New York experience probably has to being with the New York bagel. For a quick breakfast on the go, I like to grab something at Absolute Bagels. The secret is in their addictive cream cheese. If you'd rather take your time, my regular spot for brunch is The Cecil in Harlem, offering an exotic mixture of Asian- and African-inspired cuisine, and Rosemary’s down in the village whose menu is inspired by the owner’s Italian roots.
After brunch, I am usually desperate for little caffeine pick-me-up and your average New Yorker has no shortage of great cafes to pick from. Local favorites like La Colombe and Joe Coffee has a few locations all over the island. For something away from main street, I like to stop by Cafe Grumpy and Birch Coffee. And just when I think I need to curb my coffee intake, there comes a great line-up of tea merchants. For a modern high-tea experience, go to Bosie Tea Parlor in West Village.
Right about this time, after finishing my espresso over conversations with friends, it’s about time for Happy Hour. Choose your watering hole in Manhattan based on your drink of choice. Whisky lovers should head to On the Rocks in Hell’s Kitchen. Of course, there’s also plenty of rooftop bars, all claiming great views but I personally like the Refinery Rooftop bar which offers a view of the Empire State building.
Drinks usually roll into dinner. For the main event, there’s an endless train of options all over town, from Hell’s Kitchen to the Village, and back up to the Upper West Side. For meal with a view, go to Robert restaurant at the top of the Museum of Art and Design. The decor is incredibly contemporary and hip. And be prepared for a mesmerizing view with cars going around Columbus Circle. If you’re out late in midtown, head to Danji for Korean style tapas (try their famous tofu!) If you’re in the mood for French food, then take your pick of Daniel Bouloud’s culinery ventures in town. Or venture north to Chez Lucienne on 125th Street where more French chefs are making are splash. For Asian cuisine, head to Chelsea with its triple threat of Buddakan, Tao, and Spice Market.
Gosh, New York City is delicious as ever. Right about now, I’m getting ready to head to Magnolia Bakery for a late-night dessert.
Despite the long silence, I'm still around! Lately, everyone has been asking me how I like New York. I've been living in NYC for the last 3 months and having a blast. Despite the imminent cold winter, I think I might just never get sick of the vastness of the city.
My favorite view of any city is from the high ground, and it's the same for NYC. I've been looking for high ground lookouts everywhere - from the top of the Empire State Building, the NY Times building, an apartment in Upper West Side, or the Village. And as the seasons change, the colors of the city change with it, giving life to even more stunning scenery.
All photos taken from my phone.
Despite my good travel efforts internationally, there are lots of fun places in the USA that I still have yet to discover. I'm slowly but surely compiling a list of places in the United States that I want to visit and in a totally unofficial survey among friends, Nashville came up often. I remembered seeing images from this trendy city from Death to Stock Photo and was very glad when Allie agreed to share photos from the trip with this ol' travel site.
In her words:
Nashville stole our hearts earlier this year. We hopped in our rental and made our way south for our Death to the Stock Photo travels and had no idea how charmed we would truly feel. It was early May and Columbus, Ohio was still cool. The winter had been awful and by the time we rolled into Nashville, the temperature was nearing 90 degrees. While we hopped from coffeeshop to coffeeshop, we met up with some of the coolest photographers and designers. We're counting down the days until we can return!
For more photos from Allie, visit her at any of the places below:
|Dr. Sun Yat-sen's Mausoleum, Nanjing China, 2010|
I've been contemplating the idea of compiling a photo series on China for the last few years. Long time readers will know that I've been visiting China every few years for the last decade. Over the years of trips, I have accumulated numerous folders of photos from different cities that I've visited. The trips have become cathartic for me as I uncover more about the country of my heritage.
Since my most recent trip, I have wanted to share my photos in a format different than this blog. I love working on Just-in-Time but I also miss the feeling of touching my work, holding it in my hands. So, I'm slowly but surely putting together a photobook of my images from China. Here are a few images I'm pulling from the archives as I put together the work. Hope to share it with you soon!
|Cattle skeletons hung on a village entrance, ZhangJiaJie China 2010|
|Rickshaw outside Old Town, XiAn, 2014|