New York Trip

It all started like this 3 weeks ago during a conversation between my cousin Michi and I:

Michi: When are you coming back to NY? I feel a Woodbury Commons trip is in order! Me: Those are dangerous, dangerous just opened up a can of worms...I'll text you later today to discuss. Michi: Did I mention that they opened a David Yurman and Lululemon there since our last visit? Me: Oh no…I have a massive Lululemon addiction...this is not good...

And before I knew it, I had a flight booked.

I took the red eye on Thursday night, arrived Friday morning, and by lunch time, was wandering through the Upper East Side…

I love this building!

…making my way to Central Park.

I walked around the reservoir.

What a great place to go for a run; I’m so jealous of this place – no asphalt!

Not being on any type of schedule, I took my time strolling through the park, eventually making my way to 5th Avenue. As I neared closer to the buildings the temperature got colder – considerably colder.

I ducked into the Trump Tower Building for warmth & Starbucks, but the Starbucks line was so only so long. I realized I was hungry so I went downstairs to have lunch at the Grill. When I stepped off the elevator there a lot of commotion going on. I realized that Donald Trump himself was standing there talking to a few fans. I whipped out my phone and went into paparazzi mode, snapping this photo of him.

After I took the photo, he walked by, turned to me and said, “Well hello there young lady” and shook my hand. I thought he was going to yell at me, but it turned out to be pretty funny. I had lunch there and hung out for a bit to regroup. Once I felt rested, I continued to make my way down 5th Avenue, taking in the festive spirit of all the retailers. I found myself wandering into the MAC store. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, “No matter where I go in this world, I’ll always find a MAC store.” One of the sales girls, Judy and I hit it off immediately; I call her my “NY MAC Girl.”

We even exchanged contact information so she can keep me updated on new products and suggest color combinations for me. See why I love MAC so much?!

By the time I left MAC it was dark and I figured the Rockefeller Christmas Tree would be lit, so I made my way to Saks Fifth Avenue so I could look at their holiday window displays. They are so amazing, but my favorite thing to do, while looking at the displays is to turn around and take my first look at the tree.

I did that by accident a few years ago, it took my breath away. I pushed my way closer to the tree so I could get this perfect shot.

Then it was off to meet Michi and head to Morimoto’s for dinner.

(I can't believe this is the only photo we took together on the whole trip!)

We got there early and had a little bit of time to kill, so we walked around the Chelsea Market where we came across this cute little place that had the best sweet treats!

We couldn't decide what to get, there were so many yummy things to choose from, so we settled for chocolate coconut and red velvet cupcakes. Mmmmmmm!

Our aunt, her mom and sister raved about Morimoto’s (especially the bathrooms). I had high hopes for fine dining and it did not disappoint. We started off with appetizers:

Pork Gyoza

We lost our photo of the king crab appetizer, but it is definitely as must have! The seasoning on it is to die for!

And the sushi…ohmigosh, the sushi!

The spicy tuna melts in your mouth. Our server explained to us that the fish is flown in from Japan and they have a special machine that defrosts it; that’s how they keep all their fish so fresh. We stuffed ourselves and couldn’t quite eat it all (don’t worry, we took home the leftovers).

The next day was the big day to Woodbury Commons. But it deserves a post all of its own, so stay come back and visit tomorrow for a full recap of our visit to our “mecca.”