While I’ve been on a brief hiatus from writing, I have been keeping myself particularly busy the past couple weeks. From New Hampshire to Montreal, then New York, and finally back to Toronto; so much travelling, packing, and moving! And now that I am connected to the internet again, I can continue to write.
While our trip to the Big Apple was only a few days, a little mother-daughter trip, we packed so much walking, eating, and sightseeing into the mix. The best part about this trip was the fact that we’d already been to many of the classic tourist destinations in Manhattan, therefore we could enjoy the actual city and get to know of the neighbourhoods by foot. By the afternoon of the first day, we had already walked almost every street of Soho; from their adorable Chobani yogurt bar, to the drool worthy cupcakes at DC Cupcakes, to the Prada designed by Rem Koolhaas, and the stunning cast iron architecture along virtually every street. (Local Tip: If you want a free daily cupcake from DC Cupcakes, make sure to check their twitter page beforehand and ask for their flavour of the day at the register!) With a glass of champagne in the evening in Rockafeller Center and an easy dinner in Dumbo, the day could not have been more perfect.
Day two was another day filled with walking tours of Chelsea and the Meatpacking District. While the Meatpacking district had the architecture I love so much, I wish I could have experienced it at night when the place is in full swing (oh well, next time!). Chelsea however was the foodie heaven I had been dreaming of! First of all, lunch at Cull & Piston Oyster Bar was perfect for the hot day it was outside. A huge selection of oysters (Pemaquid were our faves) and a cold salmon salad were the perfectly accompanied by wine and cider; we’re on vacation after all! As we walked through the market, we popped in and discovered a bunch of little shops that make this place truly unique. My favourite place had to be Spices & Tease! Their huge selection of spices, housemade spice rubs, and the teas will catch anyone’s eye. Since coming home, their dark chocolate orange black tea (their most popular tea) and raspberry grapefruit have been my go-to’s every morning.
And lastly, but possibly the thing I had been most excited about was the High Line. On an abandoned set of railway tracks running from the Meatpacking District through Chelsea is now an elevated park filled with trees, shrubs, and greenery that separates pedestrians from traffic. The relaxing walk through the park was a highlight for me because you have everything the city offers within view, the beautiful architecture, the Hudson River, all while forgetting about the busy streets below whose sounds get lost while you’re up there.
So much more to share, but that will have to wait until next time!