With a little under 18 days until the summer blog conferences start. We cannot wait to attend Getting Gorgeous, Blogger Bash(as a VIP baby) and KidzVuz that we are NYC Dreaming! I thought I’d share some of my favorite things in the city.
Having lived in the city when I was going to college and briefly after when I was working I have a few spots I try to hit when I’m in town.
When I’m there and need a quick lunch, or any reason really, I try to find my closest PAX Wholesome Foods. Personally I’m a big fan of the make your own salad. I lived about a block or two away from them, and they delivered or I’d grab them on the way home, so a little bit of love for them. I know Jenn is a huge fan as well, she was very excited when she attended SoFabUOTR last weekend and they had breakfast from PAX.
FAO Swartz– We may stop here on Wednesday beforeGetting GorgeousorBlogger Bash begins to say bye to the 5th Avenue location before it closes that day, July 15th. It’s the only location I’ve ever known that iconic store to exist, that I wouldn’t mind going in one last time. Hard to believe after 30 years it won’t be there, thankfully it’s just going to relocate.
The Disney Store! If you know us at all, you know that Jenn and I will most definitely make a stop there. As self proclaimed Disney Freaks we enjoy going together to these stores and checking out all the cute Disney stuff. Also since I don’t have a local one, I always like to check it out from some good deals. After all it’s like paying homage to what brought us together (we met while planning our own Disney Weddings)
American Girl Place– Since Seven will be joining us Saturday for the KidzVuz Bash, I made a reservation for lunch at the cafe. Seven’s birthday is in early July so as a little treat (in addition to all the fun of Saturday and getting to spend the day in the city with just me and Aunt Jenn, which truly is a special treat in it’s own right). We will have lunch and also let her doll get treated at the beauty salon, which she saw on our 1st visit last month and has not been able to stop talking about it. She just got her 1st doll last christmas from Santa. We made it to 7.5 before getting into this so I guess I should be happy about that. But know this would not be the in the plan if she wasn’t with us.
Two words, Mister Softee. I LOVE their shakes and constantly try to bribe my husband to bring me home one when he drives home from work. I have yet to get him to agree (or have it make it all the way home) so I always look for the truck when I’m in town. On our last trip we didn’t see any, I was so sad and just got a shake from another ice cream truck. My sister then sent a picture of her with one after I left. I think they are mostly on the midtown west side, so I will make sure to hit them one day (or all of them) while I’m there. Just a great way to top off any summer day, even though Jenn doesn’t get my obsession. (but then again, she’s not a soft serve fan, so I don’t know why we are friends)
Last but certainly not least is Buttercup Bakeshop. My college dorm is right around the corner. Located on 2nd Ave between 51st and 52nd ave on the west side of the street, my favorite bakery can be found. My personal favorite is the Red Velvet, however, just about anything they sell is YUM. Since we won’t be on the east side very much this trip I’m thinking about getting them delivered (I KNOW RIGHT?) so that we can enjoy them without making the trek all the way over there. They deliver to all of Manhattan for a flat rate of 12.50. I know it seems like a lot, but the time and energy or cab ride needed to get there, the 12.50 is sooooooo worth it when we will be busy with Blogger Bash. Jenn disagrees and is just begging me to get them delivered. Again, not sure how Jenn and I are friends, she’s not the biggest fans of Buttercup Bakeshop. She’s more a Baked by Melissa mini cupcake fan.
Since most of our time will be spent at Blogger Bash, we won’t have much time for museum visits, or anything else. That is a whole other post because with NYC being one of the biggest travel destinations the possibilities are endless! So many great adventures to have.
Jenn and I keep saying one day we will go and actually do some of those things, but we have yet to do so. However, ask her about the time she got to be Katniss Everdeen on a wild adventure in Queens! (Let’s just say I’m the queen of 30th birthday scavenger hunts)
The best part of the trip will be getting to spend some kid free time with my best friend. As much as I love my kids, I really need some adult time-while it doesn’t have to be in NYC it sure doesn’t hurt! Jenn and I keep saying that we cannot believe that we will be with each other for more than 24 hours without children. We cannot wait! Oh now to get prepared for Blogger Bash! Is it too early to start packing?