Something you may or may not know about me: I've moved to New York 3 times...and I've contemplated a 4th. No other place captures the imagination, encourages you to think outside of what's comfortable, feels so completely romantic, takes your breath away with gusts of icy wind, allows you to be trapped underground with no way out, has consistent standstill traffic, and breaks you down over and over again - just to build you back stronger.
As quickly as New York changes, some things never do.
Matty and I have found ourselves in the city for the last three Novembers and safe to say it's my favorite time of year to visit. The trees are still changing, the Christmas windows are up, it's chilly but not burrow-in-the-apartment cold, and there is no excuse to not constantly have a hot drink in hand.
Because we only had three days and two nights to see friends and visit old haunts while we prepared to dance the night away at the greatest little wedding in South Williamsburg (congrats Ryan and Jordan!), our must-do list was narrowed down to the best of the best.
So take it from two former New Yorker's - here are 3 places you can't miss in the best city in the world!
Brunch: Marlow & Sons
81 Broadway, Brooklyn
We can't miss it because it's where we had our first date and we're suckers for nostalgia. You can't miss it because the coffee is amazing, the breakfast biscuits are amazing, and the atmosphere is...amazing. Stop here for a spicy chai and a pastry under the Williamsburg Bridge or cozy up in the back over frittatas and scones.
Indulge: The City Bakery
3 West 18th Street, New York
No place does hot chocolate like New York City and The City Bakery is well-known for their rich chocolate drinks and homemade marshmallows. I'm fairly certain these guys use heavy cream, so tread lightly here. *Tip: You can get a hot chocolate shot instead of a full cup, which I highly recommend. Even on an empty stomach, Matty and I couldn't finish these.
Brunch Part II: Two Hands NYC
164 Mott Street, New York
Two Hands opened after I left New York, but it's been a favorite of ours to visit still. This Australian cafe has my Australian husband's heart, offering hearty avo toast, grilled gluten-free banana bread with ricotta and honey, acai bowls, and an Americano that Matty cannot stop talking about. Just on the outskirts of China town, every time we come back to Two Hands the line is longer, the wait is longer, and the food is better.
Stay tuned for more photos from our trip!
A few weeks ago my parents followed the same cross-country journey that brought Matty and me from Texas to LA. They graciously packed up our belongings in a moving truck, hauled our family van as a gift, and spent over half a day stranded in the California desert when a tire burst. Somehow, they were still in good spirits when they arrived after their 3-day adventure, and even managed to muster up the strength to carry all our things up to the apartment, before driving 20 minutes away to find a parking spot that cost less than $50 for the two vehicles, as the storage company was no help at all.
As they say, the adventure doesn't happen until something goes wrong!
Matty and I were so thankful to have them here and not once did they complain about sleeping on an air mattress amidst piles of boxes. We high-tailed it away from unpacking responsibilities and went exploring, from The Getty Villa, to Malibu, to hiking up to the Griffith, and finally the James Corden Show.
Here are a few photos we snapped over the weekend:
There was a time in my life where other continents truly felt like other worlds. They existed in books and stories, far too difficult to reach and not likely in my future. Yet, I knew that I had to see them. I somehow felt like it was my duty as a human to see as much of the earth as possible and be thankful for every square inch of creation. How dare I live in this place all my life and not experience all it has to offer?
I was 18 and everything was either very romantic or very dramatic—in this case, a whole lot of both.
I'm 31 now and the earth has gotten a lot smaller, but not one bit less awe inspiring. And somehow I've had the opportunity to visit one of the most beautiful continents twice.
Yeah. Okay, I totally know how. I married an Australian and got some really great in-laws who make it possible for us to visit.
Our move from TX to CA.
Our move from TX to CA.
Matty and I are driving from Fort Worth to LA and yesterday I decided to take a photo an hour to document our journey. These are just quick snaps on my phone and make no mistake, Matty's actual legit camera has been snapping non-stop, but here's my mini look at the "Chatburns Go West" tour.