Honeymoon Video – A Music Video of our Travels

I finally did it. I finished editing Topher & I’s honeymoon video last night.

I’ve been doing it in bursts over the last 5 months (has it really been 5 months?!) and I just bit the bullet and got the last of it done. It’s long overdue but here it is:

For newer readers – my husband Topher and I got married last July and went on our honeymoon in September. We visited New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles and then back to New York again. All in 2 weeks. Yep. A little bit nuts. Topher says I almost killed him with all the walking we did! But he agrees that it was the best holiday ever.

Check out my honeymoon posts:

Part 1: New York

What we ate in New York

Brooklyn Street Art

Part 2: San Francisco

What we ate in San Francisco

Color Factory

Madonna Inn & A Californian Roadtrip

Part 3: Los Angeles 

What we ate in Los Angeles

Universal Studios Hollywood

Disneyland California Resort

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2017 in Review: Adventures and all of the Weddings

So what can I say about 2017? For me personally it was a year of highs and lows. The lows were really low but the highs were the best days ever so I feel grateful for this year. Topher and I did a whole bunch of decorating in the house, went to a huge amount of weddings, got hitched ourselves and went on the most amazing honeymoon ever. I did also struggle a lot with my mental health in the second half of this year but I got through it and that’s all that matters. So without further delay, here is my 2017 in review.

2017 in Review

You can see my previous years in review here: 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, & 2016.

January

2017 in review - JAN

I started the year strong, launching Begin.Create, setting up a new bullet journal and making a start on our wedding DIYs. This was also the month that I attended my first WeBlogNorth event. I’m so thankful for finding this community this year as it’s been a great year meeting new people and attending great events and workshops. I also did my first recipe post in awhile and it went down well – I love this chicken biryani and still make it now.

February

2017 in review - FEB

So many restaurant visits in February! Topher and I had a date night for Valentines day where we had dinner and went to the cinema at the Printworks. We saw La La Land and didn’t like it (sorry, not sorry). I wrote a wedding post on how to stay zen during the planning (this came in handy in the lead up to the big day). And finally, we put up floating shelves in our bedroom. 10 months on and we are looking forward to taking them down! They don’t work with our walls at all and have been threatening to fall down ever since (one of the ones on Topher’s side went pretty much immediately). I think we’ll replace them with something that involves brackets in the new year.

March

2017 in review - MAR

This was an awesome month as two of our best friends got married! Claire and Steve had a hand fasting in front of family and friends after doing a quickie legal registry office wedding the day before. Topher was a witness and I was the ride/camerawoman. I also went to Nottingham to visit my brother for a weekend which was nice – it’s been years since I’ve been to the city. There was more experimenting in the kitchen – I made yoghurt bark! And I also attended another WeBlogNorth workshop where we worked on our photography skills. So many photos of this cake on my phone. There may have also been another home decor project that I started.

April

2017 in review - APR

April started off with another wedding – family friends were getting their vows renewed. Topher’s mum turned 50 so we got her a massive rainbow cake. I discovered that calligraphy is hard at the Viking Arty Party. As well as redecorating my office, Topher and I also spotted a great deal on wood flooring so decided to move up our living room plans and get it done. It was also an excellent excuse to finally get rid of the wallpaper I hated in there. Topher also wrote about wedding planning from the grooms point of view.

May

2017 in review - MAY

So many wedding crafts this month! Wedding planning was going full steam ahead; I had a hair and makeup trial, had my first  dress fitting, wrote a post about the good and bad things about wedding planning and we worked on the seating plan together (Pickles and Luna tried to “help”). We visited Lucardo which is an escape room in Manchester and is awesome. Looking forward to going back even more now that they have a Harry Potter inspired one. I also did some more experimenting in the kitchen and we visited a few restaurants – nom.

June

2017 in review - JUN

Such a busy month! We had two weddings to attend, I attended the IWOOT Fathers Day event, Topher had his stag do, I went to London for Blogtacular which included spending a day in our capital by myself, Emma and I went to the Ideal Home Show and Food and Drink festival, I turned 29, we got a new sofa, and Emma voted for the first time. All this and I was still doing a tonne of wedding DIYS. This is the point where I burned out so decided to take a blogging break until after the wedding.

July

2017 in review - JUL

Another busy one but as I said before, I was on a blogging break so didn’t write about this at the time. I had my hen party which included Crystal Maze, Afternoon tea and all the cocktails at a sleepover at my house. Then Topher and I had to fly to Jordan for my cousin’s wedding the week before ours. Then we got married! I wrote about the day itself, the DIYs and details and shared our wedding video. Afterwards we had a mini moon at the Mere hotel in Cheshire. The rest of the month was spent recovering!

August

2017 in review - AUG

A quiet month indeed but it was definitely needed. I blogged mainly about the wedding but in real life I chilled with my new husband while we got excited for our upcoming honeymoon the next month. I dyed my hair black and we attended our final wedding of the year.

September

2017 in review - SEPT - Honeymoon

Honeymoon time! We visited New York, San Francisco and Los Angeles and it was the best holiday ever. I wrote about New York and what we ate there, San Francisco and what we ate there, The Color Factory, our road trip and the Madonna Inn, Los Angeles and what we ate, Universal Studios and Disneyland.

2017 in review - SEPT

Also in September we celebrated a friend’s 30th, saw Fluffy/Gabriel Iglesias at Manchester Apollo and I attended the In Colourful Company Manchester Colour Walk as well as the Reeves Show Your Colours Event.

October

2017 in review - OCT

At this point, my scheduling was all out of whack so though I posted about things in November, they actually happened in October, so bear with me! In October I had some great blogger opportunities including World Pasta Day with Vapiano, Thai Taste Tour at Tampopo and Sky High Tea with Roberts Bakery. The latter was my favourite as how many people can say they’ve had afternoon tea 100ft in the air hanging from a crane?

November

2017 in review - NOV

In November I visited home and went to an Instagram workshop held by Katya. Both were fun and were the highlights of my month. Otherwise, this was where my mental health took a nosedive and I spent a lot of the time not leaving the house if I could help it. The clocks changing definitely didn’t help!

December

2017 in review - DEC

Christmas time! I’m happy to say that even though my mental health wasn’t much better, I definitely got myself out of the house this month. I did some work at the Christmas markets for an illustrator and I went to a lot of Christmas events. Once again I find myself having so many more Christmas do’s now that I’m freelance. I did some festive crafts and hope to do loads more next year when I’m feeling better.

Topher and I had a nice meal at his mums on the 23rd before grabbing the cats and spending Christmas at my parents. It was so nice to see everyone. When we got home, it was Emma’s birthday so we went ice skating (I didn’t fall!) followed by dinner at Dimitri’s. As for New Years Eve, we’ll be spending it with friends at a flat party (anyone else not like going out out?).

So that was my 2017. How was yours?

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Los Angeles Honeymoon Travel Diary

So on Day 7 of our honeymoon, we finally arrived in Los Angeles 

Since our schedule was so tight and we prioritised visiting theme parks for this portion of the trip, we basically had a single afternoon to see as much as we could in LA. So after lunch we hit the ground running.

Hollywood Sign

First up was the Hollywood sign. To be fair we could have just left it at this picture but I had scouted out a viewing point where I could park and get out of the car on Google Maps so we headed on up the super windy hills.

Los Angeles - Hollywood street

Hello Hollywood. Topher was a bit disappointed as he thought it would be bigger but I had to remind him that it is big, we just weren’t particularly close!

Los Angeles - hollywood sign

Tourist selfies of course!

Los Angeles - diane and topher hollywood sign

Los Angeles - diane hollywood sign

Griffith Park

Then it was back in the car to drive to Griffith Park. It was huge. I wanted to find the carousel where Walt Disney used to take his daughters and where he got the idea for Disneyland. It was touch and go but we found it!

Los Angeles - walt's carousel

Griffith Observatory

Back in the car for our final driven stop which was Griffith Observatory. As far as I remember (not a lot!) I never went here with my family so this was a first for the both of us. It’s just so iconic! There is paid parking available but you can actually park at the bottom of the hill and hike up for free.

We were tired but it was definitely worth it. I think it took us about 20 mins. Warning – it is steep!

Los Angeles - Griffith observatory

Inside the observatory:

Los Angeles - griffith observatory ceiling

And the park in front of it.

Los Angeles - observatory park

The view was amazing!

Los Angeles - downtown view

Los Angeles - observatory view

Los Angeles - LA view

By this time it was time to check into our hotel, The Moment. I was really happy with our stay here and I definitely recommend it. The Sunset Blvd location is ideal and the hotel is clean and modern.

Los Angeles - The Moment Hotel

Los Angeles - hotel room

Walk of Fame and Grauman’s Chinese Theater

After getting all checked in, we headed straight out and walked about 15/20 minutes to Hollywood Blvd so we could see the Walk of Fame and Grauman’s Chinese Theater. It was super busy but we had a good time trying to spot names we knew on the street.

Unfortunately they seemed to be setting up for an event at the Theater so you couldn’t walk right up to it and look at the hand prints but we saw a few cool ones from the edge.

Los Angeles - grauman's chinese theater

Los Angeles - disney star

Absolutely shattered we headed back to the hotel as we would need our rest for Universal Studios in the morning!

Los Angeles - street art

Next up, what we ate in Los Angeles

Here’s where we’ve been so far:

Part 1: New York

What we ate in New York

Part 2: San Francisco

What we ate in San Francisco

Color Factory

Madonna Inn & A Californian Roadtrip

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San Francisco Honeymoon Travel Diary

Our flight to San Francisco landed early afternoon on Day 3 of our trip.

We hopped on the BART train into the city as the airport is no where near the city and we were met with this:

San Francisco - fog

It still the outskirts but my oh my was there a lot of fog. I was expecting fog but it doesn’t look particularly pretty does it? We also didn’t have a good time getting to our hotel. There were hills of course and hobos a plenty. It seems like San Francisco is one of those cities where you can easily walk through good and bad streets very quickly. But not letting this deter us, we checked into our hotel and headed out.

San Francisco - hotel

We figured we’d start with an uber touristy afternoon and catch a cable car on Powell Street up(or down?) to Fisherman’s Wharf. The sun had reappeared by this point and though we were tired, it was pretty exciting. We purchased a 3 day Visitors transport Pass each that would give us access to the cable cars and buses and we were off. It was a bit of a wait for a cable car but we finally got on one that had space.

San Francisco - powell street

Despite dreaming of hanging off the side of a cable car, Topher didn’t want to do it at this point so I happily obliged!

San Francisco - diane trolley

Fisherman’s Wharf was as expected, rather busy and full of tourists but we had a great time. After food we wandered around the shops and found it a whole lot more pleasant than we found Times Square in New York. At least the shops seemed a bit different than the usual chains. I’m sure these were chains too but they were a bit more out of the ordinary for us.

San Francisco - fishermans wharf

We had originally wanted to go up Coit Tower (pictured below) but decided against it due to the fog. I’m glad we did otherwise we would have been shattered!

San Francisco - coit tower

We also decided to just look at Pier 39 from afar as I’m sure you can see the big crowd there. We were just across the way and could see and hear all the sea lions! On sunny days it gets packed apparently.

San Francisco - pier 39

You may scoff but we decided not to do Alcatraz. I did ask Topher if he was interested and he wasn’t. I wasn’t really either so we went to the Disney Family Museum instead. I was happy enough to just get a photo of it. If you do plan on touring Alcatraz, be sure to book far in advance as you can’t just walk up on the day.

San Francisco - alcatraz

Our final stop of the afternoon – evening at this point was Ghirardelli Square, home of the famous chocolate headquarters (at least until the 60s when they moved and the square was made into a historical landmark). We nipped into the shop and I got myself a pumpkin spice flavour hot cocoa. Nom. It was getting quite cold at this point so the hot drink was definitely appreciated.

San Francisco - ghirardelli square

After waiting in the cold for ages for a cable car, we headed back to the hotel for some much needed rest.

Day 4

We headed out early in search of pastries on our way to the Disney Family Museum. Aren’t the houses so pretty?

San Francisco - architecture

The Walt Disney Family Museum was opened in 2009 by his daughter, Diane Disney Miller and is all about the life and legacy of Walt Disney. Being a massive Disney fan, I had to give it a visit.

San Francisco - disney family museum

I had an amazing time wandering round and reading everything. I know it’s silly but it was kind of emotional – it’s crazy to think that a man who failed so many times just kept going and achieved everything he did.

San Francisco - disneyland model

This may be a bit random but I loved it and it was new information to me. During the 30s and 40s, Walt wore hats but in the 1940s he started wearing his hats in a very careless manner. His wife Lily hated them and after a bull fight in Mexico, tried to toss his hat into the ring. Walt managed to grab it before she could and as a birthday present, he had the hat bronzed into the shape of a heart and filled with her favourite flowers!

San Francisco - walts hat

After the museum, we walked up to the Golden Gate bridge which luckily despite the fog, we could just about see.

San Francisco - golden gate bridge

San Francisco - topher & diane

Then it was a bus towards Lombard Street, the bendiest, twistiest road ever! Lombard Street is actually a super long street, the bendy part is just one small bit. We jumped off the bus as close as we could and hiked up this huge hill to get there.

San Francisco - road to lombard

Since we were so tired, we didn’t walk down Lombard Street – Topher just stood on a wall to get this shot!

San Francisco - lombard street

After lunch we walked through Chinatown which is the biggest one outside of China itself.

San Francisco - chinese lanterns

San Francisco - cable car

I especially loved all the street art we saw.

San Francisco - chinatown

San Francisco - chinatown street art

San Francisco - chinatown gate

san francisco - transamerica building

Finally, we popped back to the hotel for a much needed rest before heading out for dinner in the evening. Topher finally got the courage to hang off the side of a cable car!

san francisco - topher trolley

After dinner we walked to the Ferry Building Market Place for dessert.

San Francisco - night time

Pretty!

San Francisco - ferry building market place

Day 5

We caught a bus to the Mission District for breakfast and saw even more street art.

San Francisco - mission district

Then it was another bus to the Golden Gate Park for our Segway tour with Golden Gate Park Segway Tours!

San Francisco - japanese gardens

I was really looking forward to this as I’ve always wanted to ride a segway. I didn’t realise that it’s all quite techy and you don’t so much as drive the thing as it actually reacts to your body. You lean forward and it goes forward, you lean to the side and it goes to the side. It’s like an extension of your body. I was worried about falling off but it turns out that it’s really hard to – you only do if you bump into something so it’s very important to have your own “bubble”.

All the segways were named and this was mine!

San Francisco - segual healing

The first couple of minutes were so weird but after that it was so easy. Topher and I had a blast. He actually said he didn’t want to walk ever again!

San Francisco - segway

Our tour guide was awesome too. He was a native from the Netherlands and came over to San Francisco the year before the Summer of Love when he was 17. He played in a band which opened for the Grateful Dead one time too! On the tour we not only whizzed around but we learned a bunch of history about the place as well. Like I had no idea that the Golden Gate Park is manmade. It’s actually built on top of sand!

San Francisco - conservatory of flowers

Hippy Hill – They were having a free opera concert there that day.

San Francisco - hippy hill

Tired out and slightly sunburned from the unexpected weather, we headed for lunch and a wander around the Hippy Haight District.

San Francisco - hippy street

San Francisco - haight district

We finished off our day at the Painted Ladies as what’s a trip to San Francisco without seeing them?

San Francisco - painted ladies

Day 6 was our last morning in San Francisco and that was spent at the Color Factory which I’m doing a stand alone post on next week so stay tuned.

The next post will be what we ate in San Francisco.

Check out my other US Honeymoon Adventures:

New York City Honeymoon Travel Diary

New York Food – What We Ate on Our Honeymoon

San Francisco – What We Ate on Our Honeymoon

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New York Food – What We Ate on Our Honeymoon

So in true Diane style, my New York Food post has more photos than the actual New York Travel Diary post.  

And words for that matter. This is a bit of an epically long post sooo maybe grab a brew and a biscuit packet and get stuck in.

Having done a load of research before we set off for the big apple (as well as the rest of the holiday), I knew exactly where we were eating everyday. OTT sure but Topher agreed when he found that we didn’t have a bad meal for the whole trip. Boom. Job done and I’ll pat myself on the back. I hate wasting money on crap food and I love trying new things so I was super excited to get stuck in.

A bit of context for those who don’t know Topher and I. My eyes are bigger than my stomach and it has a horrible habit of being starving and as soon as I start eating gets full very quickly. Especially with junk food. Topher on the other hand can eat everything and anything and will always finish my leftovers. So when you see him struggle with something, you know the portion size is too big!

I’m just going to post these in the order we ate them so here we go:

Grimaldi’s Pizza

Topher did wonder why I dragged him 15 blocks for pizza on our first night but as soon as he tasted the pizza, he understood. Grimaldi’s is famous for it’s Brooklyn location but we went to their Manhattan store as I think 15 blocks was more than enough for that night.

I did get a look when I suggested one of the smaller sized pizza’s but as you can see below it’s freaking huge so I’d be afraid to see the big ones. We got half one topping and half another so we could share. The pizza itself was delicious and I’d definitely recommend it! A great introduction to New York and starting our trip in style.

New York Food - Grimaldi's Pizza

Luke’s Lobster

A chain you can find in locations all around the USA (as well as 5 stores in Japan!), Luke’s Lobster definitely had to be on my list. I’m a huge seafood fan and have been searching for a lobster roll that isn’t just tiny pieces of lobster overwhelmed by sauce and salad. We went to the Financial District branch.

New York Food - Luke's Lobster Interior

As you can see, there was plenty of lobster (and what is it with this country and pickles? They’re everywhere!) and it was so incredibly delicious. I could have eaten another one quite easily but obviously being lobster, its not the cheapest.

New York Food - luke's lobster roll

I also had an own brand blueberry lemonade which was really interesting. I could really taste the honey and it was a nice spin on lemonade.

New York Food - Luke's Lobster Drink

I have to thank my friend Claire for spotting this one online for me. Cookie dough that is safe to eat? I’m in! Due to their heat treated flour and their pasteurised egg product used in the mix, it’s totally safe. I was really looking forward to trying this. There were only a few people in front of us so it appears we got lucky.

New York Food - Do exterior

New York Food - Do signage

The original plan was to share a scoop between us but we kinda got excited and got one each. Little bit of a mistake as neither of us could finish ours! There was even a guy sitting near us regretting his two scoop option. Don’t get me wrong, this stuff is so incredibly delicious but it’s really rich so it’s difficult to have a lot in one sitting. And this is with Topher who can really pack it away.

Luckily they had plastic lids to put on top of your cups so you could take them away. We dropped ours off in the fridge at the hotel and they made great midnight snacks later! I had the classic chocolate chip and Topher had the brookie dough. I would really love to try all the flavours though as they sound amazing. It would be cool if they did cookie dough flights where you got a sample of each flavour and they’re all bite size. I’d pay for that!

New York Food - Do scoops

The Meatball Shop

I saw a recommendation for this place on Carrie’s blog and it’s been on my wish list for a while now. We went to the Chelsea location and got seated right away. Sorry for the awful photos, it was super dark in there!

New York Food - The Meatball Shop menu

Unfortunately for me, it turns out the classic meatballs are a mix of beef and pork so I told the waitress I guess I would have the chicken. Luckily for me, she recommended the veggie meatballs and I’m so glad I did. They were absolutely amazing and went great with the mashed potato and tomato sauce. Topher had the spicy pork.

New York Food - The Meatball Shop interior

Portion size was good, I almost finished mine but had to hand the remains over to Topher who polished them off happily.

New York Food - The Meatball Shop meals

Doughnut Plant

After The Meatball Shop, we went to the Chelsea location of the Doughnut Plant to get a single doughnut each. I loved this display on the wall. They’re all cushions!

New York Food - doughnut plant wall

It was difficult to choose but I went with the mini creme brûlée filled doughnut which was the perfect flavour and size for me.

New York Food - Doughnut Plant Creme Brulee doughnut

Topher chose the Coffee Cake doughnut obviously being the coffee fiend he is and he liked it.

New York Food - Doughnut plant coffee doughnut

Katz’s Deli

Some say this has turned into a bit of a tourist trap but I still wanted to get my hands on one of their pastrami sandwiches.

New York Food - Katz Deli exterior

Much to Topher’s dismay, I suggested that we share a sandwich after seeing their size on a Youtube video. Looking from the top, it’s not a particularly big sandwich but the height is what makes you realise it’s a good idea to share. And after we polished it off, Topher agreed. I definitely agree with him that I’m ruined for pastrami now. We’ve just been spoiled by this tastiness.

New York Food - Katz Deli sandwich

Ice and Vice

Ice and Vice is an experimental ice cream shop and I certainly agree with that description. I had the “Yellow” flavour which is Buckwheat Honey, Tumeric, Sunflower and Butterscotch with a blue cone. I didn’t realise that the cones themselves were flavoured too and as they don’t say what they are on the website, I can’t remember what this tasted of. The server recommended the pairing so that’s all I can say.

Topher had the “9AM” which is Vietnamese Coffee and Donut Truffle in a black cone. We both enjoyed our ice creams and I’d definitely recommend this place for something a little bit different.

New York Food - Ice and Vice Ice cream

5 Napkin Burger

In search of a decent burger, we found it at 5 Napkin Burger. A sit down restaurant, we chose their Hell’s Kitchen location as it was a stones throw away from The Majestic Theatre where we saw The Phantom of the Opera. Forgoing fries turned our to be an excellent idea as I couldn’t finish my burger. Thanks again Topher! I had the Original 5Napkin burger which had caramelised onions and rosemary garlic aioli and I think Topher had the Bacon Cheddar. We were both left happily full and definitely recommend.

New York Food - 5 napkin burger

Sarabeth’s

Pretty much every blog I read recommended a visit to Sarabeth’s so we visited the Tribeca location. A bit on the expensive side but we really enjoyed it.

New York Food - Sarabeths menu

For one thing, the portion sizes were absolutely perfect. After getting destroyed by a pancake breakfast in LA, these pancakes were so welcomed! Topher had the Tribeca Breakfast which he really enjoyed.

New York Food - sarabeths breakfast

And I had the lemon and ricotta pancakes which were something that was recommended time and time again. Though they aren’t something I’d normally gravitate to, I’m so glad I trusted strangers on the internet because they were absolutely gorgeous. I finished them all off and would happily go back and have them again.

New York Food - sarabeths pancakes

Shelter

Now this place was a happy accident that wasn’t on my list. Unfortunately somehow I misunderstood when Smorgasburg was on. I though it was Sunday’s in Williamsburg but apparently not. Oops! And this was found out after we’d done our nightmarish walk through Brooklyn. Double oops! Starving and finding a different food event that was on instead we quickly took to the internet to find a replacement. I would have happily gone to this alternative event but it was online ticketed only and if you wanted to get in then you would have to wait until 4pm! This was 12.30pmish so we decided to find somewhere else.

Walking into Shelter which is just up the street from Smorgasburg, we found a hipsters paradise.

New York Food - shelter interior

The menu was pretty limited but what we did end up with we really enjoyed and it was the perfect antidote to our long walk. Topher had a burger and I had pizza.

New York Food - shelter burger

New York Food - shelter pizza

Oddfellows

This was on my original list but I had bumped it for dessert at Smorgasburg. So when that plan failed, it hopped back on. The flavours that were on offer at the time weren’t particularly out of this world apart from the chorizo caramel swirl but I enjoyed what I had. Topher had a sample of the chorizo flavour and was slightly disappointed to find the chorizo element overwhelming over the others. It seems that flavours like this work a bit better when the weird element is just an obvious hint. So thanks to the server for recommending that he try a sample first. He went with the Lemon Meringue pie which he enjoyed and I picked Sprinkles which was tasty.

New York Food - oddfellows ice cream

Panna II 

Last year I read Sophie’s post about this place and I mentally stored it away for our trip. Panna II is an Indian restaurant in the East Village which is mental. The place is tiny and is full of fairy lights. And I mean full!

New York Food - panna II interior

It was crazy, there was loud Indian music played and we loved every minute of it. We picked the chicken tikka masala and their chicken makhani which is one of their best sellers and both were delicious. No photos I’m sorry but with the lighting it looked terrible and it looked like your standard Indian meal to be honest. I always find Indian food tastes better than it looks anyway.

New York Food - panna II lights

Eggloo

I originally picked this because I hadn’t seen anything like this in the UK but over the last few months they’ve been cropping up everywhere. Bad as it’s not unique, good as it’s not unique! I’d really want to get this again so I’m glad I can find it in the UK somewhere.

If I remember correctly, when I found this place on Instagram, there wasn’t a website for it at that point. It does have one now though. So the first time we saw the menu, it was in the store. We were pretty tired so found the whole thing a little bit overwhelming. Luckily they had two photos next to the register with a pre-chosen option on each so we just went with those. If I ever got the chance to go back, I would definitely have a more “me” option and pick and choose. So I’m pretty sure the names for what we had were “Jessica” and “Mike”. There’s no mention of these on their website so I might just have been making them up in my tired state!

Jessica

New York Food - eggloo jessica

Mike

New York Food - eggloo mike

Both were delicious and easier to eat than you would think. The plastic spoons definitely helped!

Brooklyn Bagel & Coffee Co

We couldn’t go to New York and not have a bagel (well, I couldn’t!) so we had breakfast here the first morning we came back from the West Coast.

New York Food - brooklyn bagel & coffee co interior

I had a poppyseed bagel with smoked salmon and cream cheese. Classic and delicious! Topher had a breakfast burrito. Not so classic but equally delicious!

New York Food - brooklyn bagel smoked salmon bagel

Mokbar

When we entered Chelsea Market in search of lunch, I remembered a post by The Cat, You and Us that recommended a little Korean Ramen bar and I’m so glad we went. I was a bit put off with the lack on non pork ramen options but I’m glad we persevered and I got the chicken ramen see below. It was delicious and surprisingly buttery.

New York Food - mokbar chicken ramen

Topher had the classic pork ramen and I will always remember this meal now. I don’t think I’ve ever seen him so happy! He ate all of his and finished mine off for me too and would not shut up about it for the rest of the day. He was in love with that ramen. So we definitely recommend it!

New York Food - mokbar pork ramen

S’mac

Looking for some comfort food and plenty of carbs, we headed to S’mac in the East Village for some mac and cheese.

New York Food - s'mac exterior

You can’t really tell by the below photos but our meals are two different sizes. S’mac actually do four different sizes of skillet which was awesome! Nosh, Major Munch, Mongo and Partay! I had Nosh and Topher had Major Munch and they were the perfect individual sizes for us.

So I had the mediterranean which had goat cheese, sauteed spinach, kalamata olives, and roasted garlic. I can’t remember but I think I may have been unable to finish all of this so I gave it to Topher. It was absolutely amazing though. I may have to try and recreate this at home.

New York Food - s'mac mediterranean

Topher had the Cheeseburger which was unsurprising beef and cheese! He really enjoyed his too and polished off the whole thing.

New York Food - s'mac cheeseburger mac&cheese

Milk Bar

It’s safe to say that I wanted everything on the menu here so choosing was so difficult. We went to the East Village location and it was tiny! Definitely a place to pick up your stuff and go.

New York Food - milkbar exterior

After taking ages to decide, I got the Cereal Milk soft serve and Topher got the Crack Pie Milk Quake. We also got a slice of crack pie and a compost cookie to take back to the hotel with us. I enjoyed my soft serve but Topher didn’t like it at all. It seems to be a bit of a Marmite item as I hear people raving about it but then I also saw a girl throw a lot of hers away. It does taste like cereal milk after you’ve eaten all the cornflakes though. Topher found it a bit sour so don’t expect it to be overly sweet. The flakes around it are super sweet though. He enjoyed his milk quake though so that’s good.

New York Food - cereal milk ice cream

The compost cookie was delicious and my only regret is only getting one slice of the crack pie to share as that stuff without a better word to describe it is like crack. It was sweet buttery goodness and I’m still dreaming about it . Lucky for me, they have the recipe on their website. Score!

And that’s everything we ate in a 5 day period. Yowza.

No regrets.

Have you ever tried any of these places?

Check out what we did in New York apart from just eating!

See Part 2 of our trip where we visited San Francisco 

And what we ate there!

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