Don’t you just love having a good old Britney Spears song stuck in your head? Well, now I do from this blog title, but felt it was necessary seeing as I went MIA for over a week! I didn’t mean to; my three days of work last week were very busy and tiring, plus I had my nose DEEP into a book!!! Yes, you read that right. I did some pleasure reading, something I haven’t done in quite a while. The read? “Gone Girl”. And it was awesome. I will be renting the movie on my next day off for sure! But that wasn’t the only thing keeping me from my beloved little blog, this little nurse took a trip to NEW YORK CITY! Yes, after having not visited in 4 years, I made my glorious return to reunite with one of my best friends Amanda and to enjoy the city doesn’t sleep! It was an absolutely fantastic weekend.
Friday I arrived around noon and did some sight seeing of the upper east side with Amanda, which is where she lives. We had a late lunch/early bird dinner at a Greek restaurant followed by our usual bar hopping.
Saturday morning was my day of excitment as I crossed off a bucket list item: running in Central Park! Amanda lives super close so we walked down to the park where I completed the 6 mile loop, plus one more mile for good measure. I also did some sprint drills on the grass, it was so awesome running in that park. The scenery was beautiful and there were TONS of people; it almost felt like a race having so many people around me as I ran. The sun and pavement were hot but fortunately there was no humidity (unlike here in Wilmington, where we currently have a heat index of over 100!) so the breeze was cooling and the shady areas were refreshing.
Once the run was over, we showered and headed out for our day. First stop was Chelsea Market. I had never heard of it before, but saw it on the Food Network a month or so ago, and it sounded right up my alley. And it was. Tons of cool little food shops, baked goods, trinkets, you name it, they had it. We spent some time walking around before somehow finding ourselves at the roof top bar for a beer;)
That was followed by walking the Highline, where you can see the city below you, which was really cool. And of course I posed for a photo op!
Then it was off to The Blind Tiger, a craft beer bar that I researched before visiting. It was really cool and had tons of awesome beer. But even better than that, on our way to that bar we found the most amazing restaurant…..a place that sells BAGEL BALLS! Yes, bagel balls. I’d call them bites, but they aren’t the crappy bagel bites you find in the freezer section of your local grocery store. These were freshly baked balls of bagel dough filled with all of the delicious goodness yo would ever want ON a bagel….cream cheese, pepperoni, peanut butter and jelly, bacon, egg, you name it, they had it! We got cream cheese filled ones, french toast ones, a pepperoni one, and of course, the PB&J. Which I devoured with my beer.
Then it was off to our happy hour at a local sushi place with the best deal of all time: try $3 wine, beer, sake, sushi, and appetizers! Yes, you read that correctly. Amanda and I had 4 drinks collectively, 2 appetizers, and 3 sushi rolls, and spent $29!!!!! The food was fantastic and seriously, you can’t beat that deal!
Off to a few more local bars before heading to Eataly. Located near the Flat Iron building, this place was my heaven. It was a ginoromous gourmet grocery store/multiple restaurants/tasting table areas/roof top bar/full restaurant all wrapped into one big ass building. I was beyond overwhelmed. We walked around for a bit before ending up on the rooftop (dude, I love to drink, I’m sorry!) before calling it a night.
Last but not least was Sunday, which consisted of meeting up with my former roommate from college, Jenny!!!! I had not seen her in 10 years! But despite that, I managed to recognize her from behind in the bar, and we had the most amazing brunch catching up and reminiscing about old times. We both vowed not to wait another 10 years before seeing each other again!
And then I headed home, and was sad. Monday consisted mostly of getting my life in order for the work week, laundry, groceries, Sam’s Club, cleaning. Fun things. I did manage to find time for a glass of wine though…..and dinner consisted of the rest of the meatloaf I had made a few weeks back and had frozen. And some mashed broccoli.
I know, exciting stuff. I like the NYC stories better:) But that is why, my dear friends, I have been a little MIA over the past week. I will do my best not to let you down again, and post some more delightful posts for you to read. Hope you all are doing well and getting ready for a very awesome summer!