January 22, 2015

New York, New York, big city of dreams

A few weeks ago, I decided to take a somewhat spontaneous trip to New York. I booked my flight for the following week and went out for a quick adventure. Though I had missed out on most of the day thanks to an early morning flight and the time difference, but I landed in New York with bright eyes.

I couldn't believe it had been six months since I'd last been in the city! Time has flown by, and it took me by surprise. But getting back to the city felt so familiar to me -- it was so easy falling back into the groove of trains and walking around, friends and copious amounts of pizza.

Before I dig in, please excuse the quality of the photos. I used my phone for all of these, though I did take my DSLR with me. There's something about New York that is so very different from Los Angeles -- in LA, I feel almost encouraged to take my camera out. In NY, I was much more nervous...as if I were being judged. Isn't that so strange?? 

Not really sure what that's about. But I didn't take my camera out, so I've tried to pick the least terrible photos to illustrate my trip.

My first night in, I dropped my stuff off at a friend's apartment and made my way to grab pizza with my friend, Grace. We went to Luzzo's in the East Village, followed by dessert at Veniero's. I need to tell you about how much I've missed New York pizza. I don't know what it is, but something about it makes it so delicious!

It was so great feeling mobile again, being able to travel alone on the train and walk wherever I needed to. There is a certain liberty that New York affords, and I missed it dearly.

As far as bagels go, I had my fair share. There's nothing like bagel sandwiches to me -- a nice everything bagel with egg, turkey sausage, and a smidge of vegetable cream cheese. Or regular cheese. Or just the vegetable cream cheese and nothing else.

But it has to be an everything bagel! Otherwise, you're totally missing out.

While I was in New York, I also had to make a stop by Ippudo to grab some pork buns. If you haven't had these yet, you've been missing out. To be fair, I haven't had a ton of pork buns before -- but these have set the bar high.

They're pretty pricey. Just two for $9, but if you're feeling the splurge, I definitely recommend! The ramen here is also pretty great. Again, it's a bit expensive, and the wait here can get crazy, but it's always a good time and you're sure to like whatever you get. My friend Lila had never been, so I knew it was a place we needed to go.

Who else would enjoy my insatiable love for pork buns more than someone who's never tried Ippudo's before?

Another highlight of my trip was our company's New Year party. I'm not saying that I planned my trip around this party...but I am saying that it happened while I was there and I was as prepared as I could've been.

We all got together and went to the Central Park Boathouse for good times and an ice bar. And ice bar! It was cold beyond anything else, and I was wearing a dress, but everything was completely worth it. I made some new friends and lasting memories. 

And then, there was brunch! If you don't know anything about me, one thing to note is that I love brunch. I had the best of both worlds -- pizza brunch and crabcake with poached eggs brunch. That's what I'm talking about!

If you're ever looking for somewhere to eat (or you're headed for one of the more popular spots in SoHo and the wait is crazy), head on over to Mother's Ruin. Their crabcakes are lip smackingly good. Their grilled cheese is something else -- cheese melted on top! And on the inside! Cheese overload, it's like a dream come true.

And, of course, a new storefront for Xi'an Famous Foods opened up near my office, so I had to go check it out. Barely any wait, the food was quick, and it's definitely something to write home about.

My pick is the N1, but everyone has their own meal that they stan. Are you a C1? B3?

My trip to New York was so much fun. It was short lived, but a wonderful little break from life here in LA. And it'll be the last trip I take before buckling down for some hardcore studying. I'll let you all know how that goes.

I'm so thankful for wonderful friends who came to see me and made time to make my trip memorable. From my friends Roxy and Micah for letting me stay with them last minute, Cynthia for introducing me to the wonderful world of Hanco's, Kim for letting me crash at her place (which was a ten minute walk from the office), everyone at work for showing me such love and reminding me how lucky I am for great co-workers and friends, Susan for the green tea when I really needed it, and then some.

I'm one lucky girl!

As I got on my plane and we chased the sunset across the country, I reflected a lot on where I am at this point in life. I've been feeling in limbo for the past few months, and I wasn't sure what I was going to do or what sort of trajectory I wanted.

This trip helped me clear my head and gave me many different perspectives, mostly all to say this: no matter where I go, no matter what I decide, the world will still be standing and I'll still be alive at the end of it. So it's okay. There's no reason to put all of that pressure and stress on myself. As long as I keep moving forward and challenging myself, I'll be getting somewhere.

Even if I don't know where that somewhere is yet.

And that's the end of my New York trip. As we touched down in LA, the clouds obstructing what's usually a brightly lit descent to Southern California, I reminded myself to be thankful.

Though I can't wait for my next trip (which is looking like it'll be in June -- perhaps Hawaii?)!

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  1. Looks like a great trip! But that is weird that you felt nervous about taking your camera out while there! Hmmmm!!!

    Anyways, I am so jealous of how much you travel! i want your life :D I can't wait to read about Hawaii!


  2. It's just very..judgmental? I don't know if that's the right word! But I felt like such a tourist taking my camera out..I've no idea why I don't feel the same way here in LA.

    Girl, I am bunkering down for the next few months T__T I can't wait for the Hawaii trip! Working out the details, but it's going to be so much fun and with such wonderful people, I can't wait!!!!

    (Also you live in an area I've never been, so I need to make a trip out there someday!)


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