Tuesday was my sisters 18th Birthday, and me and my other sister headed out to New York to meet up with the rest of the family.
The original plan was to surprise my brother and sister on her birthday but this was too much of a big secret to keep so they found out a couple of days before, damn it!
It was so exciting arriving in New York, it took so long to get through the security which was frustrating when all you want to do is go see your family. So nearly 2 hours after we landed, we got to the apartment which just screamed New York at you!
We were in a quieter part of the city which was quite nice when you wanted to go for a little walk in the morning.
The day we arrived was my sisters birthday so after showering her in presents (and you can see what we got her here), we headed out to go bowling. Possibly the most American bowling alley I will ever see with a huge I heart NY on the wall.
I lost to the most competitive people around but it’s ok because this conveniently name Life’s A Peach cocktail made everything better.
We then had the most amazing dinner at a restaurant called Hakkasan. If you’ve ever been to Ping Pong in London it is very similar to that but a million times better!
We had so much food, sharing dim sum plates, crispy aromatic duck like you’ve never tried it before and a whole range of main meals. It was absolutely delicious but what with it being the early hours of the morning back home, we were beyond exhausted and needed to go to sleep straight away! I could barely keep my eyes open by this point!
The next day we went down to the 9/11 museum which is something I was desperate to do and while I am so glad I did, it was so hard to walk around and see what actually happened. There is one part where it takes you through what happened on the day by the minute. There were recordings of calls made by people in the buildings and on the plane and while it felt so horrible to listen to, it definitely gives you a better understanding of what happened that day and the years after. I thought it was quite amazing how all the emergency services pulled together within seconds of it all happening and did absolutely everything they could to save as many people as possible.
It took us over an hour to go through this one part of the museum by which point we were starving so headed to this cute little cafe and I had this delicious salad. It was just too good, I could eat it all over again.
We did a bit of shopping and I found the most amazing stationary shop in the entire world so naturally I bought half of it.
That evening we went for dinner at Tavern on the Green which was an adorable restaurant but unfortunately the service wasn’t that great but the food was pretty good! The lights were absolutely amazing, and so pretty when it got dark!
On the second and last full day that I was there, we had a very late start and walked up towards Central Park, doing a bit of shopping along the way. I bought my first ever MAC lipstick in Peach Blossom which I love.
We went into Whole Foods and got an absolute feast for a picnic and took it to Central Park to eat. Whole Foods is literally something else, there is so much to choose from and we didn’t even look around all of it! There are huge salad bars, fresh bread, sushi, huge fruit platters, literally all of the healthiest food you will ever see.
After, we walked back to our apartment along 5th Avenue as it was so much prettier than the other avenues.
Thursday nights dinner was at Lupa, an amazing Italian restaurant where we had the past tasting menu. So much pasta, I’m ridiculously fussy but I did enjoy some of the dishes and I certainly enjoyed their cocktail menu!
Friday morning also meant a bit of shopping on 34th Street followed by lunch back at the cafe round the corner with this INCREDIBLE avocado on toast!
The trip was definitely over too quick which was a shame. I cannot wait to go back!!
Goodbye New York