NYC Travel Guide

Autumn in New York City is like living a weekend-long dream. The colors are so vibrant, the weather is crisp and the storefronts are beginning to look a lot like Christmas. There is something about New York and the energy in the city that makes you feel as though you can conquer anything; And by conquering anything, I’m talking food!

EAT
NYC is the ultimate foodie’s dream. Endless opportunity for adventurous bites, there is honestly something amazing on every street corner. Everything you can ever imagine is right at your fingertips… or right at the tip of your tongue. If you tend to keep up with my Instagram stories, you know that my primary activity when traveling anywhere is eating! New York City is the type of place that as your eating breakfast; you are already thinking about lunch, dinner, and everything in between. Below are some of the places that I visited which are mostly Asian or Italian influenced;

Drunken Dumpling – You must try the Pork soup dumpling. This is incredible and is unlike anything that I have ever tasted before. The service is really good and the prices are reasonable. The food came steaming hot and fresh, which is never something to complain about.

Momofuku Noodle Bar: I ordered the Chilled Spicy Noodles, which were so flavourful and enough for two people! This was my first time at Momofuku and even though I know that there is one in Toronto; I had to try the original in NYC. The noodles are coated in what I consider; an Asian version of pesto, Sichuan sausage, crunchy cashews. They are not portion shy here, I was as full as I have ever been in a while.  Although, I’m not sure if this was just my stomach giving up after a weekend full of eating 100x my body weight.

Milk Bar: The ever Instagram famous Birthday Cakes and Cereal Milk Softserve stole my heart. Recently I had seen Christina Tosi’s episode of Chefstable on Netflix and fell in love with her culinary style, and her “coloring outside of the lines” view on baking and creating. I was convinced, after watching that episode of Chefstable; Cereal Milk Softserve will be the greatest thing that I will ever try. After waiting in the longest line of my life, finally.. the holy grail of soft-serve ice cream was in my hands. My first bite and I was severely disappointed.  I forced myself to eat just over half of the serving, because of how long I waited in line and how much I paid for s o f t-s e r v e ice cream. I do not recommend trying this.. not worth the time, hype, calories or money.

Cacio e Pepe: Probably one of the greatest restaurants ever, just based off of the Homemade tonnarelli pasta, tossed in pecorino cheese & whole black peppercorns. This is a dish that I had been dying to try for years and finally, my food dreams came true. A truly simple yet incredible plate of fresh pasta. Who doesn’t wish for pasta served to you in a Parmesan wheel? I highly recommend giving this place a try and suggest that you make resos because of the limited space inside.

Ivan Ramen: This is my second time visiting Ivan Ramen and damn does it ever impress. To start, I ordered the Kabocha Squash Tempura which is glazed in miso maple brown butter and crusted in pecan. Then to follow all of that goodness, polished off a bowl of the Chicken Paitan with enoki mushroom. Ramen has got to be one of my faves, especially as the weather starts to cool up!

Boba Guys: My new found obsession. I literally went to every location in New York City because it was so good! I ordered the Strawberry Matcha Latte with boba every time and I have been missing since. The boba is so fresh and all of the ingredients taste so authentic and not artificial; I’m not kidding, I could actually taste the freshness. They also have the option of dairy-free kinds of milk here like; almond or oat for no additional cost!! If you are from Toronto, you know that this is practically unheard of to get dairy-free options for free99. I would head back to New York for Boba Guys any day.

Some other places to try would be; Eataly Serra Rooftop, Shake Shack, Magnolia Bakery, Little Tongs, Maman Coffee and Cha Cha Matcha.

SLEEP
There are a ton of stunning hotels and places to stay in the city and fortunately enough, a family friend let us stay with her in her amazing home. We stayed in Gramercy, which was gorgeous and felt super central to everywhere that I wanted to go. Gramercy is a quieter area with beautiful apartments on tree-lined streets. There are endless fun and happening restaurants and bars. In this area, there are some really nice hotels too. The Marcel and The Gramercy Park Hotel are both great options if you are looking for something in this area. When looking for a hotel or Air BnB, it is important to keep in mind that you most likely will not be spending too much time in the room; so I wouldn’t go overboard in terms of spending on that. Save your spending money for your food and shopping.

SHOP
Shopping may or may not be my middle name. New York City is home to some of the best shopping and makes you want to spend money. A word of advice, bring some comfortable shoes because if you did the city like I did, it was all about walking. I found that the best way to find the stores that you didn’t even know that you were looking for. I believe that the city really has something for everyone, in terms of fashion and shopping. I’d be sure to head back to Soho because the stores there are incredible, the scene is so fun and the architecture is literally made me stop and stare. From Stores like Aritzia, Topshop and Zara to Louis Vuitton, Gucci and Stella McCartney you can really find anything you are looking for. Be sure to visit and pop-ups while you are in the city too!

FUN
Aside from the obvious fun; Shopping and Eating.. there are a ton of other incredible things to do while visiting the city. Definitely going for a walk in Central Park is a must! I had never been to Central Park before and upon entering the park (which is a huge chunk of the city) I felt like I entered a dream. Have you ever seen the movie Enchanted? I sort of feeling like I was a princess and all of these talking animals were going to come out and be my friend. Maybe it is all of the sodium I had throughout the weekend getting to my head. I swear I’m not crazy.  It is such a magical place and it was nice to see greenery in such a busy city.

I can’t wait until my next trip back because I am missing Boba Guys like crazy. I hope this helped and always feel free to ask me any questions about my stay in New York. I love hearing from you guys and enjoy sending over recommendations.

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Make Valentines Day a Success

 

January is finally over…And the countdown to Valentines Day; is officially on. I believe that Valentines Day is an important time to focus on what is important to you, who and what you love. Personally, I like to celebrate by doing something together and spending money that way. This may be at a restaurant, spa, cafe, hotel or anything else that may capture that special moment. I have been dating my boyfriend Adam; for over 4 years and to me, Valentines Day is just another excuse to go out for dinner and order tons of yummy things.  Although, thats not where this post is going. I will actually be focusing on the material gift side of things. I know how challenging it can be for both men and women to pick out the perfect gift and sometimes you may even feel a bit lost. Whether you have been dating for months or years; it can be a procsess for present purchasing.

I have included some fun, romantic and sweet shoppable gift guides down below for both guys and girls. Hope this helped and feel free to contact me directly if you have any questions.

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Shop my faves! 
WHAT TO WEAR ; FOR HER

GIFT IDEAS FOR HER

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Balloons; T.O. Balloons Bag; Bag Religion Flowers; Mia Luxe
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Flowers; Mia Luxe


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Tonic Blooms

Flower shops and florists have bloomed in every neighbourhood in Toronto. Giving Tonic Blooms is the perfect gift this holiday season and every day of the year. They select flowers of highest quality and freshness, so that your arrangement can last as long as it should. I highly recommend getting Tonic Blooms delivered to that special someone in your life.

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Gift Guide – Under $50 for Her

These are some cost-friendly gift ideas for that special woman in your life. Making the most out of a budget is something I personally really enjoy and look forward to. Just because the item is on sale or under a certain amount doesn’t mean it’s not as valuable.  How to score a gift for her under $50, without it looking under $50.

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Gift Guide – Stylish Boyfriend

I know that getting a gift for your boyfriend can be overwhelming and stressful. Thankfully, my boyfriend never asks/wants anything specific and actually encourages me to just buy what I think will look good on him. I have grown to understand and know how to shop his style over the years; But, It wasn’t always that easy. Most of the time reading a man’s mind is basically impossible, So if you need some ideas; I have selected some of my faves.

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CURES STUDIO

Okay, ladies and gentleman… just because sandal season is coming to an end it does not mean you need to neglect your feet. Yes, mitten weather is quickly approaching but your hands still deserve to feel healthy and pretty.

I can admit that growing up, I was never good to my nails and took very poor care of them. I rarely got my nails done because at the jobs I had; they would immediately get ruined. Not to mention… I am a nail biter. I am not proud of this and I am getting a lot better because I don’t want ugly 10-year-old boy fingers for the rest of my life. I want to have natural, long, strong, healthy nails that people assume are fake because they are so beautiful.

I highly recommend checking out CURES STUDIO in Liberty Village, Toronto. I tried them for the first time and what an amazing experience. The studio is stunning and so clean, which is most important to me. The facility is toxic free and they only use high-quality products.. even some local ones too! One of my favorites being the scrub by VO BATH & CO.

Not only is there studio beautiful, they really do an amazing job and the girls take great care of you. This is the perfect place to bring your BFF for her birthday or to make it your regular beauty spot.

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Relaxation with SAJE Wellness

Saje Wellness just opened their store at Scarborough Town Centre. I first discovered this company about a year ago on social media and had been dying to get myself a diffuser from them. They make essential oils which are 100% natural and are distilled from so many plants. This means flowers, grasses, fruits, leaves, and trees. They are distilled and harvested from all around the world depending on where that plant grows naturally.  Each of the essential oils offers different healing purposes and depending on the oil, can be applied directly on the skin or diffuser.

What originally interested me in Saje Wellness is that they are based out of Canada. They provide a natural and safe way to heal your body from all sorts of ailments. Most of the time, using chemicals to heal your body will result in future complications. I have honestly used my diffuser to heal a headache, get a better sleep and give me a refreshed feeling when I wake up.

I recommend trying out a diffuser from Saje even if you just want to freshen up a room in your house. My bedroom can get a bit stuffy sometimes or will even smell like whatever was cooked for dinner. As soon as I turn the diffuser on, it transforms my room and makes the air feel clean and smell fresh. I love my diffuser and use it every night, I can’t help it!

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12 Vacation Must-Haves Under $200

Since Summer 2017 is quickly approaching and so is my holiday, I thought I would put together a few of my faves for my luggage. Everything is linked below so make sure to check some of them out.

 


Mother ripped denim shorts
130 CAD – stylebop.com

Anine Bing bikini bottom swimwear
105 CAD – farfetch.com

Anine Bing swim suit top
105 CAD – farfetch.com

Pink romper
86 CAD – goodnightmacaroon.co

Soludos shoes
86 CAD – zappos.com

Indego Africa brown handbag
99 CAD – domino.com

Mimi Lu gold filled jewelry
90 CAD – revolve.com

Gorjana beaded chain necklace
86 CAD – revolve.com

Kate Spade raffia hat
130 CAD – nordstrom.com

Gift sets kit
76 CAD – sephora.com

Kassatex cabana stripe beach towel
120 CAD – neimanmarcus.com

Strawberry, Orange Mint Smoothie

This is a healthy, refreshing version of a strawberry daiquiri. So easy to make and will be even better as the weather starts the heat up! I use the Ninja Blender and I have never been disapointed with it.

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INGREDIENTS 

1/2 cup fresh or frozen strawberries (about 3 large strawberries)
1 small clemintine 
mint leaves, stems discarded (as desired)
1/4 cup water
3/4 cup fresh orange juice
2 ice cubes

 

DIRECTIONS 

Add liquid ingredients first.
Add frozen ingredient.
Add fresh ingredients.
Blend until smooth.

 

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