5 Food Discoveries in New York City

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I recently went back to one of my favorite cities – Manhattan! The food culture in NYC is just exquisite so I took it upon myself to check out a bunch of new restaurants while I was in town. Here are 5 places you need to check out on your next trip to NYC!

1) The Butcher’s Daughter – This healthy juice bar and cafe is the best spot for brunch/lunch or just an afternoon snack. This super hype cafe is always packed so don’t be surprised if you have to wait in line just to get a crammed seat in the place. That said, it’ll be well worth your wait. They make everything fresh in-house and offer a delicious selection of juices, soups, salads, sandwiches and more. I went for the avocado toast, which was to-die for! All of their juices are also incredibly well balanced and everything on the menu looked very tasty. The service is super quick so if you’re starving by the time you get a table, at least they’ll get your food served fast. They also have a super cute small patio out front, which is perfect for people watching!

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2) Tartinery – Located in Nolita (they also have two other locations in the city), this little taste of French heaven is the perfect place for dinner. They have the real deal French onion soup, tartines (basically an open faced toast with your choice of delicious toppings – see menu below for examples) and also the legit French recipe for the classic Tarte Tatin, making you feel like you’re in a Parisian or Lyonnais bistro if you just close your eyes for a few seconds. Don’t be surprised if you hear people speaking French while you’re in this joint, it’s a go-to spot amongst French ex-pats.

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3) Narcissa – Located in the East Village and in The Standard Hotel, this restaurant is the home of André Balazs and Michelin-starred chef John Fraser. This farm to table approach features only seasonal, local and organic produce. They cook California style and everything is clean and light yet without ever compromising flavour. It’s higher price point is completely justifiable as all the dishes we had were succulent! My favorite items on the menu: the original carrot fries and the homemade potato gnocchi.

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4) Little Cupcake Bakeshop – Hands down the yummiest place for cupcakes in the city. Everything they make features only fresh and sustainable ingredients, predominantly sourced from local farms in the area. Additionally, all their baking is done in small batches on-site. They don’t add any shortening or preservatives in their cakes and the milk products they use come from grass fed cows, so you can eat these guilt-free! The peanut butter & jelly cupcake and also larger cake immediately caught my eye. It was exceptionally moist, flavorful and delightful! I dream of going back to the bake shop, just to get another one of their cupcakes!!

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5) The Breslin – I’m a big fan of the Ace Hotel. I’ve been to the Ace Hotel’s restaurant in LA before and had the most delicious meal so I had been meaning to try The Breslin after hanging out in their hotel for a couple of days. Their brunch menu is simple but contains some brunch staples with a Breslin twist. I had a freshly made green juice accompanied by a frittata. It seems like their burger is also a very popular item to order on the menu. Their breakfast items are also delicious, their scones and granola are must-haves! Looking forward to going back to taste more items off their menu. (apologies for the less than stellar photo, it’s almost impossible to photograph in this dimly lit restaurant!)

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5 Food Discoveries in New York City

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Looking for new spots to check out next time you travel to New York City? I’ve got you covered! In such a big food city like NYC it’s hard to only pick five, but here are some of my latest favorites!

1) Chalk Point Kitchen. One of the newest restaurants that I discovered upon my last trip to NYC. I was immediately attracted to this place for two main reasons a) they’re all about supporting the local farming and food community and b) they’re very social media savvy! I was welcomed with a super cute personalized card on the table. I loved their farm and barn-inspired interior. Everything that we ordered tasted incredibly yummy and FRESH! They also have lot’s of amazing vegetarian options. You can pay them a visit for brunch and dinner, they’re located in Lower Manhattan. Make sure you also check out their ultra cool bar just underneath them called The Handy Liquor Bar, love the old library and speakeasy vibe they’ve got going on.

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2) Doughnut Plant. If you’re a doughnut fanatic like I am, you have to stop by the Doughnut Plant in NYC. There are two main locations on the island: one close to the Williamsburg bridge entrance and another in Chelsea. Whatever area you’re staying in, it’s definitely worth the trek to get these handcrafted gourmet doughnuts. They make their doughnuts every day from fresh seasonal fruits and ingredients (organic if possible), they’re all natural, all of their jams are made in-house plus they don’t contain any eggs, trans fats, artificial colors, flavors or preservatives. You’ll want to try their signature Jelly-Filled Square Doughnut, I had their peanut butter and jelly doughnut and it was hands down the best doughnut I’ve ever tasted (and I’m starting to be quite the doughnut pro)! If you’re on the go, you can always download their app, so that you are sure to find a doughnut near you!

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3) Le Pain Quotidien. My favorite spot for breakfast, brunch or lunch when in the city. I love their seasonal and organic menu. This place has such a European feel to it, with the big communal tables, their jams, pastries, etc. It’s really homey spot that makes your dining experience really fun and relaxed. I’m a huge fan of their avocado on toast for lunch, their quiches and fresh salads. For breakfast, I love having their organic granola (they also have a Gluten Free option for those in need) as well as their chia seed pudding! The portions are the perfect size so you’re never left feeling too stuffed!

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4) Baked by Melissa. By far the cutest cupcake place in NYC. Melissa’s little cupcake shops are located all around Manhattan. I stopped by the one right by Central Park and Columbus Circle. She opened up her first shop in Soho in 2009. In her store you’ll find more than a dozen different kinds of bite-size cupcakes. I decided to try a box of three, my favorite being the peanut butter & jelly (are you noticing a theme yet on this blog? I have a thing for pb&j!).

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5) The Grill at La Piscine / SNOB. Located in the heart of Chelsea, this summer rooftop pool and restaurant or winter lounge will give you one of the best views of Manhattan. In the summer, they have an amazing outdoor grill where they serve Mediterranean specialties and in the winter, you can relax in their comfy sofas and dreamy lit lounge. Located in the Hotel Americano, this is one of my new favorite hotspots to hang out in. A perfect place for drinks after work or weekend outing!

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October 1st

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Pinch me! I can’t believe it’s already October! Things I love about October: the leaves changing colours, the crisp smell of fall, being able to wear pants again, bringing my collection of teas back out, etc! Another thing about October is that it’s BREAST CANCER AWARENESS month. Breast cancer is a cause that touches me directly, my mother is a breast cancer survivor. Unfortunately, a lot of her friends who were also diagnosed around the same time as her, have passed away. We’ve come such a long way in regards to treatment but we still have so much further to go. There are so many great initiatives and campaigns out there to raise funds for breast cancer. I particularly liked this unique campaign I saw today by Surfline x Mauli Ola Foundation called “Battle For The Breasts”, which gets you to vote for your favorite women surfers. You can check it out here. For more information on Breast Cancer Awareness month, you can check out the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation or your local Breast Cancer organization.

Enjoying the last few days of warm weather this year to wear my shorts a couple more times. Wearing a long sleeve shirt today just to make the outfit a little warmer.

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Photos by @Offner

The Kooples Faux Python Embossed Boots (get them here)

Zara black crochet shorts (similar ones here)

H&M chambray buttoned-up shirt

Lionette necklace (similar one here)

Swings

I may have turned 29, 30 recently, but I still feel like a kid at heart. There’s nothing I love more than being silly, goofing off, playing around and being mesmerized or fascinated by new things. I wonder if I’ll ever grow out of it… but then again, maybe I shouldn’t. These past couple of days, I’ve been having so much fun walking around my city, exploring new places in Toronto and taking photos. It’s become a fun ritual for Offner and I and goes above and beyond taking photos of clothes.

Speaking of never growing out of something, I don’t think I’ll ever grow out or grow tired of wearing leopard print. Only time will tell I guess… But I particularly like these pants that I got a little while ago because they are a more subtle version of leopard print.

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Photos by @Offner

Modern Vice Handler Boot (get it here)

M for Mendocino black tee

H&M grey leopard print pants

NYFW Spring ’15 – Day 8

Yesterday NYFW came to a close after 8 days of runway shows and events at the Lincoln Center and all across Manhattan. I hope you’ve enjoyed my favorite look posts throughout the week. I’ve created a special Pinterest board with all of my favorite looks from this season. Check it out here. Here are my favorite looks from Day 8 at NYFW. My favorite collection of the day: J Mendel!

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All photos taken from: Style.com

NYFW Spring ’15 – Day 6

NYFW is still going strong! Here are some of my favorite looks from yesterday! One of my favorites Alice + Olivia presented a beautiful and dainty collection. Obsessed with everything Narciso Rodriguez presented!! My designer discovery of the day: Veronica Beard. Loved the layered looks!

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All photos taken from: Style.com

NYFW Spring ’15 – Day 5

Day 5 at NYFW! My discovery of the day: Rosetta Getty. Not only did I love the entire collection, I also loved the way the looks where put together and where the collection was shot. I think the location and style of the photography complement her creations incredibly well.

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All photos taken from: Style.com

NYFW Spring ’15 – Day 2

Day 2 at the New York Fashion Week. Lot’s of beautiful creations took the runway by storm today. I enjoyed seeing the incorporation of live music during many shows today. One of my favorites Rebecca Minkoff always mixes the best fashion and music together. I enjoyed the flowy and bohemian-inspired pieces she presented today. Also crushing hard on the Nonoo collection, with its’ simple yet sophisticated elegance. What were some of your favorite shows? Excited for Mara Hoffman, Alexander Wang, Tibi & more tomorrow!

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All photos taken from: Style.com

Prismatic World Tour

I’ve been waiting for tonight since Valentine’s Day! Tonight is Katy Perry‘s World Prismatic Tour debut in Toronto! I was so stoked when I received tickets as a gift from @offner in Miami back in February. I’ve always loved Katy Perry’s magical and colorful universe. I can’t wait to see all the costumes and set tonight! Ready to get my dancing on!!

Happy Weekend everyone!!

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Photos by @Offner

M for Mendocino’s print shorts

M for Mendocino black tee

Vanessa Mooney With A Tiny Tender Kiss Charm Bracelet White(get it here)

Bing Bang Wanderlust cuff (get it here)

Lionette Gilmore bracelet (to order please go here)

Modern Vice Handler Boot (get it here)