What I Ate Wednesday – New York edition!

Look at that, another WIAW post!

Hosted by Jenn over at Peas & Crayons, What I Ate Wednesday is an opportunity for wannabe-foodies-slash-voyeurs like me to see what other bloggers eat on a regular day. Such an awesome way to think of ideas to get you out of a food rut. However, there’s nothing regular about today’s edition – I’m just sharing all the food I ate on vacation ūüėČ

My parents, brother and I got back late last night from New York after an amazing week with family and friends! Though we were there for a whole 7 days, I was actually only in New York City for the weekend + Monday. The rest of the time was spent all over Long Island (Smithtown, Ronkonkoma, Sayville, Amity Harbor, Lynbrook, Farmingdale…you name it, we went there!) visiting family and enjoying wedding festivities.

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First thing’s first – after arriving Wednesday morning on a red-eye, we went to my grandpa’s house in the evening and asked him where he wanted to go for dinner. He of course took us to his favorite New York pizza spot, Joe’s Pizza in Copiague/Amity Harbor. Those weird worm lookin’ things were actually sausage, and were also amazing and delicious.

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This was probably the one and only healthy breakfast I had the entire trip, haha. Most mornings I slept in till 10 or 11am (I tried to stay on West Coast time while we were there), so we’d just go straight to lunch. This was actually also the morning of the wedding, so it was definitely a good idea to get a good workout and a healthy breakfast in before drinking and eating the night away!

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After a super adorable ceremony at the church, we all went back to the hotel to get ready and piled into the party bus that took us to the reception. First was a Cocktail Hour, complete with 4 food stations just like this one and an open bar. Heaven!

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In the ballroom, a lovely little salad awaited us

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Followed by crab risotto topped with a couple’a shrimp!

{Please note that at least 15 minutes of dancing ensued¬†in between each of these courses. So much dancing….}

My main course was chicken and a side of lasagna, but apparently I dug in too quickly to snap a photo. But I got the cake!

[photo courtesy of my cousin Sami]

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YUM. I’m not a huge fan of fondant, but I definitely liked that there was chocolate and vanilla!

The next day (Saturday) was spent relaxing at my aunt and uncle’s house (the mother and father of the bride) and avoiding hangovers…

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Nothing better than a little hair of the dog, right?

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Someone busted out this amazing PASTA PIZZA. That’s right. PASTA. On PIZZA. I was a little hesitant, but it was seriously amazing. Perfect use for leftover baked ziti! Carbs on carbs on carbs.

After that, it was off to the city for me:

I stayed with my close friends Joanna and Alex, and this is the view from their rooftop lounge in the financial district….. I KNOW.

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On Sunday, Alex humored me by letting me drag him to Rockefeller Center to take my picture at 30 Rock. As soon as I realized Bouchon Bakery was right next door, I HAD to go buy some overpriced macarons. I got the cheaper mini variety so I could sample a bunch: funfetti, caramel, pistachio, and vanilla. Loved the caramel flavor the best, but the macaron texture of the vanilla was so so so perfect!

Oh and then on our way from Rockefeller Center to the High Line, this happened:

Me: “Oh look, Alex! First Date! That’s the Broadway show Zachary Levi is in! He is like the epitome of what I find attractive. Seriously, when I think in my head of what a hot guy looks like…it’s him.”
Alex: “Uh, okay…”
*2 seconds later* *spots Zachary Levi standing 10 feet away*
Me: “OMYGOD OMYGOD OMYGOD¬†OMYGOD¬†OMYGOD¬†OMYGOD¬†”

— Sadly not an exaggeration.

After walking the High Line and making a lil trip to Whole Foods, Alex and I made some awesome “deep dish” pizza:

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Manhattan living…ain’t nobody got time for real baking sheets!

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The next morning I woke up to texts from Joanna asking what kind of bagel I wanted.. YUSSSSS. I went with a whole wheat everything bagel toasted with cream cheese, and it was amazing. New York bagels are seriously in their own league, SO good.

Then it was back to Long Island…

And more pizza from Joe’s! I didn’t get a picture of our second time there, but we got a Sicilian pizza like this one and I liked it even more.

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Fast forward to our last day –> we were headed to my mom’s college roommate Linda’s house and decided to bring Italian Cookies. AKA probably one of my favorite things about Long Island- they’re at all the Italian bakeries there and they are amazing. My favorite are the kinds dipped in chocolate, but my momma likes the ones that have jelly sandwiched between them.

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Little did we know Linda’s daughter had also made us all a yogurt/custard/fruit parfait! We feasted on bagels for breakfast, then sandwich wraps for lunch, and definitely had full bellies when we got back on the plane.

As you can see, we ate real well. Thanks to a couple of workouts, a ton of walking in the city, and a general tendency to not overeat, I think I came out of this vacation with only 1 pound gained! This is a first for me ūüėõ And now I’m trying to brainstorm ways to get back ASAP.

Have you ever been to New York? What did you eat?

What food is your region known for?

Weekend in Photos: New York Edition

Hello from New York! After making an appearance at a 90’s Power Hour party on Friday night at my apartment (my roomies birthday was last week), we headed to T-Man’s mom’s house in Napa to get a bit closer to our early morning San Francisco departure!

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We flew Virgin…..awesome!

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After landing we went into the city for dinner at Stout NYC with my best friend Joanna…the biggest trooper I know! My favorite wandering jew (She and her roommate have still not been allowed back in their downtown apartment)

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Deelish burgers & beers!

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My aunt we’re staying with lives in Amity Harbor in Long Island, where they saw a lot of devastation from Hurricane Sandy. These photos are all from within a mile of her house. Luckily, she had pretty much no water damage to her home!

These photos are of water damaged furniture people have been piling outside their homes, and gigantic trash piles in a nearby park.

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Yesterday was family day in Smithtown, complete with bocce ball (Standard…we are Italian after all) and family canoodling time (pictured: my grandpa, second cousin, cousin’s fianc√©, mom’s cousin and his son {another second cousin})

As I type, this is my view….

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Driving in to manhattan! Look for us on the Daily Show tonight!

Leaving on a Jetplane

So, we’re doing it.

My friends are still evacuated from their downtown apartment and my aunt is still awaiting power on Long Island, but T-Man and I are still leaving for New York early tomorrow!

I actually love traveling. As you all know, I studied abroad for a year in college. During that year, I made frequent weekend and week-long trips to a grand total of 18 cities in at least 12 different countries.

Going to New York for 5 days isn’t exactly a huge adventure like traveling to another country is (especially when I’ve been visiting family there since i was a kid…The last time I went, I spent way more time hanging out with friends and family than sight seeing). But T-Man has never been to NYC! So it will be for him!

Any tips on must sees that aren’t too pricy? We only have 2 1/2 days in the city so we won’t have a ton of time. Our only plans thus far are a taping of the Daily Show (!!!) and the Tenement Museum. Oh, and going to Rockefeller Plaza because though I claim I have seen enough touristy things in NYC, I always have to stop by 30 Rock and gaze at the Plaza adoringly and wishing I could work there some day.

So in anticipation of my first cross-country trip in a couple of years, I’ve done am doing a few things to prepare.

1) Bought a new camera: The Nikon 1 J1

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I’ve been thinking about replacing my Canon Powershot Pro1 (circa 2005) for a while now, and upgrading to a DSLR. I decided to instead go for the compact Nikon 1. I’m not sure how I feel about it yet…it is a very good quality camera, but I have yet to find a manual mode, which means I might not have as much control over my pictures as I’d like. It seems like a pretty smart camera with a fair amount of settings, though, so maybe I won’t miss it. (all the photos in this post were taken with it {besides the one taken OF it, obviously})

2) I made pumpkin granola to bring on the plane. (Well, I’m making it right now and it smells delicious.)

I used this pumpkin granola recipe, but decreased the amount of sugar and syrup. I’m hoping it turns out; I’ve tried making granola before with Quick Oats (which is what I have on hand 99% of the time) and it never really works out right. My apartment smells delicious though, so at least it will taste great, even if it doesn’t have the same crunch as store-bought does!

3) I packed our bag am in the process of packing our bag

This is not a packed bag, as it may seem to be. This is my suitcase filled with a couple of cold weather items I grabbed from my parents house that I thought I’d need for the trip…So…I’ve got a ways to go… Haha. Plus, we found out you have to pay for checked bags, so T-Man is going to take most of his stuff in his carry-on, and I’m going to check a bag for both of us and fit whatever else I can of his in there.

I do consider myself a pro-packer, though. For a 5 day trip, I’m thinking I’ll probably bring 2 pairs of jeans, 2 pairs of shoes (one comfy, one cute), and a couple of different shirt + sweater combos. I’ll be wearing all of my bulkiest clothing tomorrow (bulkier shoes, and my heavy jacket) so I can fit more in the suitcase. Tips of the trade, I tell ya. When I was in France, I used to bring only a backpack for week-long travels. Check this out:

This was what I brought with me on a 8 day trip (at the end of October…COLD!) to Edinburgh, Dublin, and London. I’m wearing a tank top, sweater, hoodie, scarf, AND a jacket. I pretty much just traded the same 2 sweaters and 3 different shirts the whole time. Ballin’. Hey man, it’s what you’ve gotta do when you’re flying Ryanair (the airline who charges 14 euros per flight, but 25 euros for each checked bag) the whole way.

Wish us luck!