The Big Manzana Part 4

Hellooooooo πŸ˜€ Here is the last installment of the re-cap of our trip to New York. I can’t even say how much I loved it there. By far, it’s been our favorite vacation that we’ve taken together but we’ll see what happens after we go to Europe πŸ˜‰


We spent a lot of time walking around and seeing as much as we could over the 5 days we were there.

Of course we had to see the Statue of Liberty:


We also went to the World Trade Center site:


It was such a sobering experience. We were walking along the street just as many people did that day, and it was hard to imagine the sudden chaos that occurred. It was also so strange to see the enormous buildings surrounding the area where the Twin Towers were located, and then an enormous construction hole. It was physical proof of the reason why my husband has been deployed twice to Afghanistan.

We started to walk back up North, and decided to stop when we saw an Indian restaurant.


I had my favorite, Baigan Bhartha:


It looks the same, but I’ve gotta say that Valdosta trumps this one πŸ˜‰ Passage 2 India’s es mejor

By that time, it was starting to get dark so we kept walking and went through Chinatown where a plethora of people were selling bootleg DVDs that haven’t been released yet –no, we didn’t buy any- and crazy fruits and veggies. One booth was ENTIRELY full of Young Thai coconuts!!!! Megan and I were pondering ways we could buy all of them and ship them back to Valdosta πŸ˜‰

We also walked through Little Italy:


The street was lined with vendors and restaurants and the smell of glorious marinara filled the air πŸ˜€ It was also decorated beautifully with Christmas lights!

When we got through Little Italy we spotted a Pinkberry and decided it was dessert time


(Excuse my bug eyes, it was a long day haha)

I got a small plain with chocolate chips and strawberries. SO. GOOD!

After that, we went out for drinks… if I had any more memories of the night I would happily tell you, but I do not πŸ˜‰

The next day we met up with some friends for brunch and spent the morning walking around central park:


The guys:


We also stopped at the Met:


And my Met:


For dinner that night, we went to Ayza, a chocolate and wine bar with Mediterranean food. Um, yes please ":D

I had a hot date for the evening:


The restaurant was SO cute- very small, romantic and trendy


We started with a cheese plate of raw goat cheese, raw sheep cheese and herbed goat cheese


And bread (I had one of the raisin ones because it looked the most wheat-y)


And eggplant dip –no white pita for this girl, but the dip was awesome


And wine of course πŸ˜‰ Megan and I had Shiraz


For my meal, I got an AWESOME salad with walnuts, dates, goat cheddar, arugula and apple, which I will be replicating sometime soon


And for dessert, Megan and her pilot got truffles (Lovebug, red wine and cappuccino)


My pilot and I opted for the gooey molten chocolate cake


It was amazing πŸ˜€ The perfect choice for our last dinner in the greatest city in the world

I hope you guys enjoyed reading parts 1, 2, 3 and 4 of our trip!!! We had such a blasty and I have a feeling we’ll be going back soon πŸ˜€

Have a wonderful humpday and I’ll see ya tonight after spin, Zumba and Indian



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  1. Island Girl Eats on May 27, 2009 at 11:18 am

    It’s funny what you said about the Indian meal that you had. The last time that my husband and I were in NY together I said we should go for an Indian meal – I was really craving it. My husband said NY is not the place for a good Indian meal. I guess he was right! I was surprised though when you think of all the different cultures there.

    Did you not do any shopping? There were sadly no pictures of your purchases!

  2. Gina on May 27, 2009 at 11:20 am

    island girl eats- OF COURSE i went shopping πŸ˜€ i’ll try to scrounge up all the clothes/purse purchases and take a pic

  3. Holly on May 27, 2009 at 11:22 am

    Where did you get that dress? It’s absolutely j’adorable!

    Glad you had so much fun in NYC – love that town πŸ™‚

  4. Bec on May 27, 2009 at 11:48 am

    what a fun trip, love that black and white dress. It looks amazing on you!

  5. Erica on May 27, 2009 at 11:51 am

    What a fabulous trip you all had! Your outfits are adorable! mmmm pinkberry- totally jealous! I need a good froyo place near my house! Have a good afternoon

  6. redheadedjournal on May 27, 2009 at 11:51 am

    Cute dress!

  7. Brandi on May 27, 2009 at 11:57 am

    oh man – these make me want to go to NY so bad! Looks like you guys had a fabulous time πŸ™‚

  8. Veganissexy on May 27, 2009 at 11:58 am

    Cute cute! You guys look awesome in your big night out outfits πŸ™‚ Gorgous couple πŸ™‚ The dinner looks unbelievable. Chocolate and wine….yep sign me up too. I could live off of just fresh fruit & veggies and wine and chocolate. Perhaps I can invent that diet and make millions like the horrendous Atkins πŸ™‚

  9. Kristi @ Sweet Cheeks on May 27, 2009 at 11:58 am

    I loved the recaps!! Gosh, everything looks so amazing, I hope I get to go there one day. πŸ˜€

    Have fun eating indian tonight, lucky girl!

  10. Amy on May 27, 2009 at 12:03 pm

    Love Pinkberry! Glad you had a fun time.

  11. Rose on May 27, 2009 at 12:06 pm

    Looks like fun!!

  12. iowagirleats on May 27, 2009 at 12:07 pm

    Yay – so much fun! I have that exact picture in little Italy with my husband πŸ™‚ So cute!

  13. RhodeyGirl/Sabrina on May 27, 2009 at 12:17 pm

    we want to see what you bought!

    looks like you had a fabulous time and got just the trip away you needed!

  14. seesaraheat on May 27, 2009 at 12:19 pm

    Great pics! I love New York it was my favorite city to visit so far too πŸ™‚

  15. Dori on May 27, 2009 at 12:46 pm

    I walk past the WTC site twice a day to go to and from work. It never gets any easier…

    Baluchi’s is a chain, that’s probably why your food wasn’t that great. They have them all over. Next time you come to NYC I can give you a good Indian rec or you can just walk around Little India!

    Love Pinkberry. And your Met. πŸ™‚

    I have been wanting to go to Ayza ever since I walked past it a few months ago! So funny that you went there. Now I reallyyy want to go.

  16. Christina on May 27, 2009 at 12:49 pm

    I love the dress you wore to the wine & chocolate bar! It's so cute. And that salad does sounds delicious πŸ™‚

  17. ashley (sweetandnatural) on May 27, 2009 at 1:08 pm

    You CAN get good Indian in NYC – I promise! There’s an area called Curry Hill that’s in the 20’s along Lexington Ave. TONS of authentic Indian restaurants, shops, grocers, etc. Go there next time!

    I’ve been wanting to try that chocolate and wine place too! Glad to hear it was good. πŸ™‚

  18. Jenna on May 27, 2009 at 1:15 pm

    πŸ™‚ I can’t stop smiling!!!! This post was so fun!! I want to go to NYC now!! Thank you so much for 4 great posts on your trip!! It seems like you all had such a wonderful time and ate the best food ever! πŸ™‚ Next time you go plan to take an extra suit case with me in it! πŸ˜‰

  19. just me on May 27, 2009 at 1:16 pm

    what a great trip! it’s wonderful to see all the things you did and foods you got to try while you were there! i wish my ny experience had been like that when i went!!

  20. sweet26 on May 27, 2009 at 2:14 pm

    love LOVE new york, and enjoyed the recaps! mmm pinkberry and prada! πŸ˜€

  21. JB on May 27, 2009 at 2:28 pm

    Do you see that white store in the background of your World Trade Center pic? It’s called Century21…amazing designer discount store! You must visit it next time you go. I think you would love it!

  22. Julie on May 27, 2009 at 2:30 pm

    I’ve always wanted to try pinkberry!! Looks like such a fun vacation!!

  23. Heather McD (Heather Eats Almond Butter) on May 27, 2009 at 2:46 pm

    I so enjoyed following along on your trip to NYC. What an amazing time. Raw eats at Pure, a blogger meet-up, and long walks all over the city. Sometimes, I really wish I lived in a more metropolitan area so that I could walk everywhere. Love that about NYC. So glad you guys had a wonderful time…and I totally want to lick my monitor right now in hopes that it would taste like Pinkberry. πŸ™‚

  24. Pearl on May 27, 2009 at 3:01 pm

    gina – glad to see you had a great time on your trip! you and the pilot look gorgeous πŸ™‚

  25. Gena (Choosing Raw) on May 27, 2009 at 4:29 pm

    You look so beautiful in all the photos — and so at home in the city!! I hope you’re going to be back soon.

  26. peacelovepb on May 27, 2009 at 4:44 pm

    sounds like you had a fabulous time!!
    pinkberry is soo delicious. if your ever back in the city you should try red mango – its just like pinkberry!

  27. Peanuts & Crackerjacks on May 27, 2009 at 5:18 pm

    What a wonderul trip!! I have never been to NYC and I’m going soon! You make me very excited or it!!

  28. jesslikesithot on May 27, 2009 at 5:21 pm

    The NY sites are gorgeousss, ah I’m so jealous of your trip!! I’m glad that you guyes had the greatest time and Gina!….you look slammin’ in that black and white dress!! All of the food looks great too! πŸ™‚

  29. K from ksgoodeats on May 27, 2009 at 6:09 pm

    I’ve never been to NYC and now I’m DYING to go!! Have I ever told you how cute you and the Pilot are? πŸ˜‰

  30. Joelle on May 27, 2009 at 7:29 pm

    How fun! I want to try that chocolate and wine bar.. Just be glad you were there in the warm weather, though- winter is a beast!

  31. Danielle on May 27, 2009 at 8:18 pm

    I’m just going to say it again… you and the pilot are such an adorable couple!

    I’m glad you had such a fantastic time in the city πŸ™‚ hope you come back soon!

  32. tponz on May 27, 2009 at 9:40 pm

    you are so pretty!! looks like you guys had a great time in nyc πŸ™‚

  33. Emily on June 2, 2009 at 6:20 am

    Hi Gina!
    I love the yellow top you have on outside Prada. Sounds like a great time in NYC! Reading your blog has me craving curry and excited to get a dehydrator πŸ™‚
    Have a great day,
    ~ Emily.

  34. roseyrebecca on July 18, 2009 at 11:12 pm

    I love NYC! I try to get there as much as possible. Before I moved out of my parent's house, I used to take the train $15 round trip in 35 minutes to get there. Now that I live in Albany, I can't get there as often! I want to live there!

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