At the airport in NYC there was quite a lot to choose from when it came to food, and also nothing at all. We had a really early breakfast in Brooklyn so I wasn't in a breakfast mood, but I was hungry and it was way to early for lunch. So when you want to eat that in-between meal and your choice is between pizza, burgers, Thai food and more burgers, it was easy to find ourselves queuing up at Shake Shack at 11am. A tad early for a burger normally bit you know, when in NYC and all that. It's been a long time since I have eaten a Shake Shack burger, 4 years to be precise and I couldn't really remember what the big deal was. They have opened in London but wih so many new restaurants to try in London they never made it high up on my list. Maybe well enough as the flavours were good, but the whole thing was pretty greasy and slippery. Not how I normally have my burgers. We also ordered the cheese fries as I remember these with particular fondness, but when I tried them again I wasn't sure why. Not bad, but not something I need to order again either. Now the fries on their own, they packed a punch. Crispy, skin-on, hand cut (are they? Not sure but they look like they could be!) and golden. I could eat those again. And I still have to try the frozen custard at some point, it just sounds interesting.
Little glimpts from the last 2 weeks, a lot of coffee drinking, eating of all kinda of food and some detail spotting in local shops. Holidays are amazing, but it's good to be back home too!
On our last day in Brooklyn we didn't have much time to do anything but utilise the jet lag and get up early to go to Toby's Coffee Estate for breakfast. I had whole wheat bread and had almost forgotten how good it is to eat fiber, and their coffee was not bad either. I think Brooklyn must be the coffee central of the west coast, they do love their coffee there.
After Toby's we headed back to the apartment and stopped by Oslo coffee roasters, not because we wanted more coffee but because it was called Oslo. I instantly loved it, but honestly have to say I did not like the latte I got, it actually ended up in the bin in the apartment, but oh well. After we gathered our things we were picked up outside the apartment to go to the airport, and we drove past White Castle, I just loved the look of the place, so American, no?
The majority of our travel itinerary revolves around food, both my husband and I love great food and a holiday isn't good if we don't have great meals. So a lot if research is done on what restaurants to go to and sometimes (all the time!) we plan our day based on where we want to eat. Sad? Maybe, but at least we eat well! In Brooklyn we came accross St Anselm and we tried to walk in one day about 7pm for a table and the wait was 2 hours. So we armed ourselves with knowledge and rocked up at 6pm the next day and waited a bit more than 1 hour for our table. It was worth it.
The concept at St Anselm is that they pop almost everything they serve on the grill, something I think is a great idea. Grilled avocado? Amazing.
Main courses were amazing, I had beef that was so well cooked and tasted amazing. We shared the grilled mashed potato (grilled! I know) and some green veg, we all need a bit of vegetables. Unfortunately the lighting was really dark and the pictures don't do the food justice, but if you find yourself in Williamsburg around dinner time, this is definitely a place to visit!
The great thing about staying in an apartment when you travel is that you can have breakfast anywhere you want, and of you know me, you know breakfast is my absolute favourite meal. Since we stayed in Brooklyn we thought it would be great to try some local places and made our way to Egg in Williamsburg. Being slightly jet lagged we woke up early and were at Egg just 20 minutes after it opened, eager beavers. I was really looking forward to trying their food and went for the duck hash with eggs while the husband opted for something that reminded us of croque Monsieur.
Breakfast was delicious and exactly what I wanted, except the fact that they just had French press coffee. I only drink coffee in cafés/restaurants and only if it is a latte or cappuccino, pure coffee is not for me.
We then took the subway in to manhattan and walked around upper east side to see where the husband used I live and then see where I used to live in 2010. Turns out I was really bad at taking pictures until we made our way down to Soho to have some lunch.
We headed to Tacombi at Fonda Nolita to fill up with tacos and nachos, as you do. And then we walked to the Brooklyn bridge, and accross, to make up for he feast of food we had earlier.
Walking to the bridge and accross absolutely wore me out, to the point where we had to stop for a coffee just so I could rest my legs. After a short break back at the apartment we went to a little place just around the corner for ramen. The perfect ending to a long day.
Back in 2010 there was a really popular restaurant in NYC, opened by a British woman, and they served burgers that were supposed to be the best. They also had a bit of a pub look about the place and no reservations, so you had to just show up and wait with a drink at the bar. The restaurant was The Spotted Pig and it's still going strong, about 5 years later. I only went once when I lived in NYC and tried their blue cheese burger with the most amazing matchstick rosemary and garlic fries, but the husband never got to try The Spotted Pig and he really wanted to know what it was all about.
We both went for the burger, of course, and I absolutely love, love, love the fries. The burger itself is meaty, succulent and really good. Maybe not the best burger I have ever had, but it is definitely very good, and the blue cheese makes it just a little bit more different than the average burger. The atmosphere is also pretty amazing, it's super dark lighting and there are little pigs everywhere, even pig fairy lights!
Hello and goodbye NYC, today we are leaving the city to see a whole different place in the US, something new. NYC has been great, we have walked basically the whole of Manhattan and my legs are begging for a little break!
We started off I Brooklyn, where we are staying, before we caught the subway in to Manhattan looking for something to eat and possibly wifi, always handy! We found a place that did bagels and tucked Into lox and cream cheese.
We walked a bit more (it's our thing) and made it to the Biergarten at The Standard for refreshments and took a stroll along the Highline in the amazing weather before we headed into Chelsea market to browse. And finally headed in the direction of dinner, something I had been looking forward to since the autumn of 2010. I'll tell you all about it tomorrow!
This is one of my favourite songs and always gets me in a good mood. It is one of the main songs in Breakfast at Tiffany's, it might actually be the only one, and it is used in several ways throughout. I think my favourite part is when Audrey is playing her guitar and singing while sitting in her window.
If I was going to be in NYC in the nearest future I would be sure to read Tiffany's Valentine's guide that has been created specifically for this valentine's day. There are pictures of real couples and a great city guide focused on romance, click here to access it.
I'm Christine and I currently live in London with my husband where I do my best to go to as many restaurants as possible, bake, DIY and occasionally let my hair down and go to a museum. x