There is something about New York City that makes you feel invincible. This past weekend, my friends and I took an impromptu trip over to the Big Apple and I think we can all agree that the for those two days, the world was our oyster.
We didn't go with a plan, but just allowed the city's 24hr energy and constant pulse to take us where it would. Here are some of the highlights!
On Saturday morning, Emily and I found one of our favorite Belgium (opened in New York) cafés, Le Pain Quotidien.
This place has beautiful coffee, served in large bowls, which make you feel like you are drinking out of an everlasting pool of comfort. Unfortunately, the open bowls make for quickly cooling beverages, but that was not something I was about to complain about.
The true highlight however are their spreads. Le Pain Quotidien is known for its incredibly indulgent spreads ranging from sweet jams to decadent chocolate and hazelnut spreads. Our favorite is the Blondie, which is a maple nut spread, so smooth it practically becomes one with the bread. Combining the Noisella (like Nutella) spread with their apricot or raspberry preserves was an instant hit as well!
After our good morning awakening, we ventured out to fifth avenue, stopping here and there where ever our hearts decided. We were utlimately on our way to Eataly, an incredible Italian Marketplace I had read about a few months ago. I was very curious as to whether this place would be as good as it sounded, lucky for us, it was better. Essentially, it is an Italian market, with produce, fish, cheese, pasta and all other kinds of stalls displaying Italian artisinal treats.
As if that didn't spell out Italy enough, the whole place is set up around a Rotunda of sorts where you can set yourself up with Vino and paired antipasto dishes. We went straight for the wine, and, as we had observed others doing, casually strolled around the rest of the market with it in hand. I got a great proseco and Emily enjoyed a hearty red.
It's incredible how much easier it is to spend money when you are in such a good mood!
My favorite, naturally, was the chocolate display where I got a valentine shaped dark chocolate covered nougat and pistachio treat.
This all went down quite nicely with a sample (or five) of their market special apricot and dried fruit panetone.