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September 16, 2014


second to last night in nyc: a sailboat ride to remember & dinner with L1

on our second to last evening in nyc, we took a sunset sailboat ride in the Hudson. we’d planned this for a while and had the tickets booked for the same day that we were moving our stuff out of our apartment into a POD. well, if you follow me on Instagram or know me at all, you know that our moving company canceled on us the morning of the big move because the truck broke down and inconceivably they had NO OTHER TRUCK in the entire area that they could send us. it was a total nightmare — disaster in all caps — and a morning that i do not wish to relive ever again. that whole debacle was eventually sorted out (we canceled our PODS service completely and received a full refund after some choice-words were exchanged with their customer service rep) and we rebooked for the next morning with another company called U-Pack which turned out to be better and cheaper. all in all, crises averted. 

…but back to the sailboat cruise. it was an absolute beauty of an evening and perfect for sailing. they served a few rounds of drinks on the boat and that warm air and the breeze blowing through your hair while staring at that skyline was an absolute dream. 

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the setting sun reflecting off the buildings is always so lovely. the craziest part was that a man fell overboard. it was pretty insane actually but we’ll save that story for another time. 

afterward we headed over to meet our dear friend Lauren Ross for dinner at Txikito. they serve Basque-style tapas and an excellent wine list in a really quaint setting in Chelsea. 

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this girl right here has been such an important part of my life in new york city, from start to finish really. she was my first community group leader and she really brought me in, got me involved at Redeemer, taught me how to be generous and hospitable, how to serve the church body with the gifts and resources that you have, and how to just love others and be patient with others who are different from yourself. later i went on to live with Lauren for a short time one year and after that we just remained very close friends. she was one of the first people I told when I met Clif and just knew “he was the one.” she traveled to arkansas for our wedding, we’ve done lots of trips together, exchanged emails on a regular basis, prayed for each other constantly and just shared life. since moving to DC almost a year ago we’ve always seen each other when she comes to nyc and we even saw her in DC once. she is one of those people, a kindred-spirit and amazing friend, who I know we’ll be friends with forever. L1, we love you SO SO MUCH. 

{ps. we’ve booked our sailboat cruises through Classic Harbor Line and we’ve always had a great experience with them. I recommend them for special occasions :)}

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September 12, 2014


Hello there!

Over the next few weeks I plan to update the blog with the remains of our nyc pictures. Our bucket list items that we accomplished in the last weeks there and just random snapshots with friends and of the city, too. 

We are missing new york awfully bad but it’s been a whirlwind 10 days. It feels like we’ve been here a year already in what we’ve accomplished. We bought a CAR! crazy. There is lots to update about but this post is reserved for a special day that we headed out to Brooklyn Heights for our last lunch at Shake Shack and a ride around Jane’s Carousel. 

Brooklyn Heights is one of our favorite neighborhoods. From the charming, old brownstones and shady trees lining each street to the amazing view of the Brooklyn Bridge and lower Manhattan… it’s just the bestest and the mostest. 

They opened a new Shake Shack right on the corner under the Bridge. It’s a pretty spectacular location - I won’t lie - and it was made even better by the fact that I had a gift card and some free ice cream coupons I’d been holding onto for this moment right here. Oh Shake Shack, how we love you so! 

This Carousel has a really neat history. It was built in Philadelphia in 1922 and was transferred a few places between then and now. This family bought it and had it transported over to Brooklyn Bridge Park. They built this amazing glass case around it and it’s in excellent condition. There’s probably no other carousel in the world that has the views this one does. And all for $2? That’s fun even for adults :) 

Hello Mister Horsey! 

After lunch and our carousel ride we walked around Brooklyn Bridge park. You know that bridge is my favorite - even when it’s overcrowded with tourists. Swoon, I love you Brooklyn Bridge. 

Missin’ ya so much, nyc. All for now!

If you’re in Brooklyn Heights, here are some places to check out: 

Shake Shack

Jane’s Carousel

Juliana’s Pizza 

Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory 

Walk along some of the “fruit” streets to gawk at the incredible brownstones (Pineapple, Cranberry St., etc)

Pier 1 at Brooklyn Bridge Park in the summer for free outdoor movies, kayaking, yoga, a pop-up swimming pool and more!

Smorgasburg and Brooklyn Flea on Sundays 

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September 7, 2014


our “official*” going-away party (*we had, like, 6)

on wednesday, august 27th we had the most wonderful farewell party at The Hudson Hotel in nyc. an acquaintance of mine hooked us up with an awesome reserved section of outdoor space and, even though it was one of the hottest days we’d had all summer, it was the perfect setting to get to say goodbye to so many of our truly incredible new york family. 

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we had friends drop in all evening and over the course of the night we saw most of our dearest friends. it was so hard to say goodbye at the end but the night felt more celebratory than anything. very thankful for that and of course it’s easier knowing that we’ll stay in touch with and see so many of these special people. 

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^^two of my wonderful HFNY co-workers and friends, Whitney & Katherine^^image

^^Clif with Doug, the President of Bronx Conservatory of Music (where Clif taught for 5 years!) on the left and his cousin, Adam, on the right^^

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^^Jaime, Jim and Weston Hayes. they couldn’t stay long because Weston wasn’t too happy, but he is the cutest little baby ever and this family has been so special to us. Jim is one of my oldest friends in nyc^^

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^^some of our community group members: Theresa, Alice and Nick^^

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^^hugging Peiharn, Clif’s friend and fellow music teacher at Riverdale Music Studio. Peiharn and I had never met so we’re saying hello and goodbye at the same time here, ha!^^

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^^one of my besties, Alice^^

^^Clif with a few of his Levain Bakery brothers - Eli (and his wife in the middle) and Johnny. Clif and Eli became really close and are kindred southern spirits at heart^^

^^Whitney and Mary Flynn, another of my HFNY co-workers. love this!^^

^^this is my friend Katrina from my culinary program and her boyfriend Nick who is a hoot^^

^^Chris just photo-bombing a picture of us with the Truscotts. this is what Chris does best :) ^^

^^i just found this to be hilarious, we all have the strangest looks on our faces here^^

^^…much better! Mary Flynn and Matt Niemitz, some really special people right here :) ^^

^^with Jana and Jim Leonard. Jana was one of my early nyc friends when I attended Redeemer East side - later we started a book club together and we’ve loved knowing the Leonards for many years^^

^^ Theresa and Brendon, just doing a little dancing. So glad we caught this moment on camera^^

^^and boys will be boys, right? Brendon, Tom, Clif and Chris^^

^^two dear friends who closed out the night with us - Nicole and Whitney. these girls are amazing^^

and finally a group shot of everyone who was still there toward the end of the night. we missed a lot of people but still thankful for this fun group photo. also realizing now there were so many other people who came by that we didn’t get any photos with. 

it was funny, going into this party I was really nervous. i didn’t know what it would feel like to say goodbye to so many people at once. i wouldn’t say it was easy by any means, but having such wonderful, true and intentional friends made it easier because I know everyone here will remain so near to us for the rest of our lives, no matter where we end up.

thanks for letting me share. 

ps. due to the terrible internet at my parents house, this post has only taken about 3 days to put together =/ 

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August 28, 2014


a farewell to arms (or to our community group)

well, i have this queued up to go out while we’re in the process of physically moving out of our apartment (if you’re reading this right now, pray for us!). so it feels fitting that this is a post about our community group going-away party because this group has meant so much to us over the past three years. these people have become our best friends in nyc; they are our “people” - we live life together, we share burdens and struggles, we share lots of laughter, we travel together, we support one another. i praise God for this community that has become a family to us and this evening of “farewells” was so incredibly important and encouraging for me.

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front row: myself, george and Clif. the people leaving. you know where we are going; George is off to Yale for graduate school in their acting program. a really prestigious program and we know one day he will be a household name! 

back row (L to R): Kate, Alice, Brendon, Sarai, Kyle, Chris, Jen and Rebecca. not pictured, Theresa, Paul and Dan. 

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Kate and Paul hosted us in their amazing community room in their apartment. in the beginning we just did a lot of eating. the girls talked while the guys enjoyed some games of pool. 

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then Jen, who is a big-deal pastry chef for Jean Georges mind you, reveals that she baked us a going-away cake. 

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this photo of Clif’s expression is priceless. this is when Jen tells us the inside of the cake is filled with banana, chocolate, coffee, caramel and almonds. omg, this cake was INSANELY DELICIOUS. it was devoured in a matter of seconds. 

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here is Alice praying for us before we cut into the cake. i think she prayed for Fred which is why everyone is smiling. sneaky sneaky camera taker! 

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Brendon & George, getting in a few more laughs together. 

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at the end of the night, we all sat down together and Clif and I and George shared with the group how everyone could pray for us. it was an emotional time but also really encouraging to have so many friends who know us and our journey so well be praying for us and with us. 

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Clif and Kyle are two peas-in-a-pod. 

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i love Sarai! she is the one who braided my hair like this ^^ she is a braiding fiend! 

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…and an awakard one to end the post so this doesn’t get too emotionally sappy. i am pretty sure Theresa is behind the camera here counting down for us to get ready for a photo. we can’t seem to get it together here but of course I am totally ready. HA! 

thankful for this group of friends and for a chance to formally gather and say goodbye. love you all so much. 

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August 27, 2014


my mom’s short visit to nyc!

my mom came last week for three days and it was so fun to have her here and do some of our “bucket list” stuff together. she arrived on Monday afternoon and that was my last day of work at HFNY. she got to come by the office and meet my co-workers, which was really fun, and then after work I met her and Clif at Birreria (the rooftop bar at Eataly) for a drink in both celebration and agony. ha! 

^^the stunning flatiron building in the evening light^^

^^cheers to new adventures and taking the next step!^^

the view from Birreria’s rooftop is amazing (but the crowdedness kinda sucks) 

we managed to squeeze in a LOT during the next two days that she was here. we did a walking tour through Central Park (given by yours truly, not an official tour ;)), saw Newsies, went to Jazz at Lincoln Center, did a lot of  shopping and mostly did a lot of eating. 

we ate at Gramercy Tavern for lunch on Tuesday, which was one of my big bucket list items. wow, the food was amazing and the service was fantastic, as to be expected. so glad we got to experience that beautiful restaurant before we left. we also checked out a few bakeries - Breads, Sullivan Street and Dominique Ansel. we saw Dominique Ansel himself when we arrived, he was just standing there holding the door open for everyone. he’s kind of a big deal nowadays. we also managed to squeeze in some thai food, pizza, burgers from Harlem Shake and a drink at the rooftop lounge at MAD. they have some amazing views from their lounge area - worth checking out. 

we loved having you mom. thanks for spoiling us and always being up for new things :) see ya in about 6 days! 

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August 24, 2014


coney island + hotdogs + ferris wheels + german food + good friends + greenwich village + waffles + plenty more things

as i shared before, we’ve been planning “day trips” in which we combine a few of our bucket list items to do together. last weekend our friend rebekah was in town to visit us. she recently moved out to bethesda, maryland (close to D.C.) for a job and was able to take the bus up to see us. we gladly brought her along for our coney island day o’ fun. 

i couldn’t believe i’d never been out to coney island. i didn’t even know which train to take to get out there. after an hour on the train we arrived, and it was everything i dreamed it would be and more. we decided to not do the lay-out-on-the-beach thing, though the beach looked so inviting and it would’ve been a perfect beach day. if you opt to skip the beach as well then i would only plan for about 3 hours out there. otherwise you’ll run out of things to do pretty quickly. if you’re going for the beach too, however, then go crazy and make it a whole day thing! 

our first stop was Nathan’s for a hot dog. this is the first, original location and it’s where the national hot dog eating contest takes place on July 4th each year. this place was quite an operation, they had probably 25 registers in use and were cranking out hot dogs like a well-oiled machine. we were quite amazed. 

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we got our hotdogs with cheese, mustard, onions and sauerkraut. yum! 

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then we walked up onto the board walk and just walked it all the way down and back to triage the situation and figure out everything that we wanted to do. we happened upon a sand castle building competition, so that was pretty cool! 

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we decided we’d watch some of the sand castle building, ride on the iconic Wonder Wheel, walk down to the ocean and stick our toes in the sand, visit a few of the souvenir shops and hit up an ice cream store at the end. there was also a lively and fantastic salsa band playing music so we ended up just standing around and listening to them play for a while, too. 

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the wonder wheel was kind of a crazy experience. they have swinging cars and stable cars. i spoke up for our group and said we wanted a swinging car without really seeing just how much they swing. let me tell you, i love roller coasters and all things exciting like that but this swinging car was kinda scary, even for me. the first go-round was a total surprise and I think we all screamed and peed our pants a little bit. Clif was definitely freaking a bit because he is not a carnival rides kind of guy :) he was a champ though and breathed his way through it, la maz style (haha!) 

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the views from the top of the wheel were pretty awesome. the beach and boardwalk are just so colorful and lively and diverse. i kept thinking about the quote from the coney island exhibit we saw at the museum (see a previous post) that said Coney Island between July - September is the world. i felt like that was so true. it was really neat to experience. 

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i think having your toes in the atlantic ocean at least once a year is good for the soul. i’ll try and make that my goal for the rest of my life, in fact… at least once a year, no matter where we are, i need to be in the atlantic ocean, even if only for a few minutes. 

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later in the day we meet some of our friends at Lederhosen. here’s the funny thing about this place…it’s nothing special. it’s a german-style “beer garden” and by “garden” they mean completely indoors with no garden or outdoor space at all but rather a bunch of window-less walls painted to look like german countrysides and a plethora of picnic tables. kitschy and hilarious. but the food is pretty good and the german beers come in boots and the owner is a scary, tall german guy with the thickest accent ever and our friends brendon and theresa love it so we now have a special place in our hearts for it, too. we’ve been there so often (it’s almost a default) and so we felt like we needed one more lederhosen evening before we move away. it’s usually us and the desrochers and their friend Tom who has now become our friend Tom. here is Tom and Clif, best buddies :) 

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thanks for letting me share about Lederhosen, ha! I feel like it had to be documented somewhere on this here blog. 

after leaving we wandered out into the village night and found ourselves at the Waffles & Dinges truck and then standing on a corner for almost an hour listening to Clif, Brendon and Tom make jokes and puns and tell stories. this is what we do and it is these small, unplanned moments that i will miss most of all. 

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gahhhhhh new york city, you are such a special place. one might argue that you can stand on the street corner with friends anywhere but i would argue you cannot do that while eating waffles and you cannot do it with these amazing friends. cheers to fun evenings in the village with the best of friends. 

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August 22, 2014


how we’re spending our last month in nyc (part ii)

love this mural in chelsea around the corner from the Joyce theatre. some good words to live by. 

sunday night dinner with our friends, Gretchen and Daniel and their little one Naomi. she is such a calm, relaxed baby and she loved Clif. of course, who doesn’t?

delicious new pizza place found in Harlem - Bad Horse Pizza at 120th and Fredrick Douglass, check it out. 

amateur night at the Apollo theatre was amaaaaazing. there are no words to describe how fabulously campy and entertaining this evening was. we loved sharing this experience with our friends Alice and Kyle, and my personal favorite performer was Shakira, the Japanese singer (pictured above) who belted out Alicia Keys’ Girl on Fire while in full kimono. you go, girl. 

saturday morning coffee view from our rooftop. 

for christmas clif’s parents gave us the gift of a Yankee’s game and we were finally able to redeem it. we had a super fun night gorging on nachos, beers, chicken fingers and dippin’ dots. the Yanks won by a landslide and we got to see Jeter play probably for the last time. all in all, a successful evening in my book. 

enjoying “Summer Streets” on Park Ave with this crazy lady i know named Sarah Jo. we walked through this weird tunnel that was supposed to be an art installation but was more like someone just turned on a noise-maker with ocean sounds and installed some lights with green bulbs. OH WELL. thankful for fun times with this one… 

one last romp at Cafe Habana in NoLita. their corn with lime and cotija cheese is dabomb.com for reals. you can even tell because it’s all over clif’s face in this photo ;) 

super amazing ice cream found at Morgenstern’s, as evidenced by the 20 minute line we waited in. but it was totally worth it; their flavors were insanely different and it was the best cup of ice cream i’ve probably ever had. too bad we discovered this so late in the game. 

one of clif’s long-time students, Jacob, came by our apartment for one last lesson with Clif and to bid us farewell. Jacob and his daughters have been taking guitar lessons for a while and they’ve been such an important family to Clif. 

brunch at Red Rooster on Saturday mornings while sitting at the bar has become one of my favorite things to do. sunday brunch is impossibly crowded but saturdays are mostly empty. we’ve loved your brunch for so long, Red Rooster, thanks for being good to us. 

foodie pic # 34i459823408 goes out to Blue Smoke. we dined for restaurant week and had a great experience. the portions were huge, our waiter was incredibly attentive, and the chocolate cake was just grand. 

\lots more pictures to come. happy friday! 

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August 21, 2014


my manhattan // museums, bakeries & rooftops

since june we’ve been doing “nyc bucket list” stuff and we’ll plan these afternoons in which we’ll link together a few things we want to do and make a day of it. this day (a month ago now) was spent at The Museum of the City of New York and down in SoHo at Dominique Ansel bakery. Here are some forgotten photos that I wanted to get on the blog before it was too late…

the Museum of the City of New York was really great. it’s just small enough that it doesn’t feel overwhelming, but still plenty of exhibits to keep you enthralled for a few lazy afternoon hours. we enjoyed the graffiti exhibit, which had a lot of original Keith Haring’s, as well as the Guastavino and Coney Island exhibits. 

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^^this exhibit was so neat. the Guastavino domes are so beautiful and all over the city. this was a mock-up of the old City Hall station on the 6 line that is now defunct. they had it set up so if you took a selfie standing on the mark they showed you, it looked like you were inside the station. pretty cool!^^

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we knew we were too late for the Cronut when we went down to Dominique Ansel. a full year later and this guy still has a line forming at 6am to get the Cronut. i feel okay saying i’ve never had one because I don’t think i’m missing out on too much. honestly, his other creations are just as incredible and those madelines (pictured below in a yellow dish), made fresh to order, were out of this world. 

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^^always with the espresso, always.^^

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just a little SoHo wandering to walk off the key lime pie and madelines we just consumed. i love these old industrial buildings with their fire escape stair cases lining the front of them. so uniquely SoHo.

and when we got home the super moon was incredible. we headed up to our roof where clif snapped some of these shots (like the one directly below) with a long exposure. I just love them. i think one day when we have a house I will have this photo printed on canvas and framed. something about it is just really special…

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…more to come from our “bucket list” adventures. we’re on the countdown (under two weeks to go). see you soon!

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August 15, 2014


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5 things:

1. Clif made me this lovely latte with a heart in it earlier this week when I dropped by his bakery, Levain, before work. that was fun :) i brought some cookies into my office since i only have a few days left in which to do so.

2. for a year almost we’ve been telling ourselves that when it’s almost time to leave nyc we could go to Fish’s Eddy (the best dishes/housewares store EVER in the world) and let ourselves spend some moola. well, we went on tuesday night and it was the best. allowing yourself to pick out superfluous items uninhibited, because you’ve exercised self-restraint in not doing that for the last year at your favorite store ever = pretty awesome. we scored some vintage plates for $1.99 each, a bowl i’ve had my eye on forever with iconic nyc buildings painted around it, some ramekins, some ice cream bowls, a funny drinking glass with cats on it, and a beautiful pitcher. 

3. looking forward to September 26-28 when i’m heading to fredericksburg, texas for my best friend Jen’s bachelorette weekend. i’m helping plan it with her sis and we’ve got a fun wine tour scheduled around texas wine country. didn’t know there really was such a thing but apparently there’s some great wineries in that area. super excited! 

4. tomorrow i’m going to see this theatre/comedy show as part of the nyc fringe festival and it’s called “the imbible." it’s a history of alcohol told in singing.acting.dancing form and they serve cocktails throughout the show. could be great, could be horrible. who knows? but i’m sure i’ll definitely have something to report back on. the writer and director is actually one of the professors at ICE, where i went to culinary school, so that’s neat! 

5. just devoured two books in the last two weeks: the vacationers (a beach read more than anything) and the 100 foot journey. i ended up going to see the movie version of the latter last sunday too. for the first time maybe ever i liked the movie version better than the book. if you have the movie playing near you, go see it. it’s a really sweet story with some funny parts and the food images and scenes of the french countryside make it more than worth it. speaking of books-turned-movies, one of my favorite reads of all time (this is where i leave you by jonathon tropper) is coming out in Sept. staring Tina Fey and Jason Bateman. loving the trailer for it already. will you see it? 

all for now. 

xo

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August 13, 2014


omgskr:

RIP Robin Williams. 

omgskr:

RIP Robin Williams. 

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August 11, 2014


the time we walked the length of the island…

it took us 8 hours from start to finish. in our defense, we wandered a lot and that includes stops for lunch, coffee and dinner and some art gallery perusing in chelsea. it was a heck of a day, we were exhausted and had aching ankles and hips, but it was such a fun way to see the city with some fresh eyes. 

we started from our apartment at 138th and Lenox and walked west down historic Strivers Row. i started the photo-taking here :)

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we stopped for a bagel and then walked down until we hit the park. we walked along the west side of the park and cut into broadway around 76th street.

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from there we walked down to Lincoln Center (stopping to see Roberta Flack sound checking for Lincoln Center “out of doors” concert, which was pretty cool) and then wandered down to hell’s kitchen where we stopped for Clif to sample the espresso at Rex Coffee.

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our lunch destination was Gotham West market at 44th and 11th ave. man, y’all, that place is the bomb.com. such an amazing food-court style venue with incredible dining options. we opted for ivan ramen because it’s been on our list forever. it did not disappoint. after we left we ran smack-dab into one of my friends from my culinary program, katrina. it was so fun to see her after a month of our classes being over! and on such a random street no less (11th avenue is pretty much a wasteland). 

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from there we walked down the hudson, passing chelsea piers with a view of the water, and then walked over to the art galleries on 10th where we popped in and out of a few. at 16th we cut east to union square - our next destination of choice was Breads Bakery. we’d been reading so much about it and you didn’t have to twist our arms to make us try their amazing babka and rugelach. YUM. also, union square is the.best.place for watching weirdo’s do their thang. always a good time, guaranteed. 

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(^^my very first apartment sublet in Chelsea! 16th & 7th Ave. from January - May 2008!^^)

we then walked down broadway, stopping in the Strand to look at old, used cookbooks (i can never pass that bookstore up) and down into SoHo where we filmed a fun little stop-motion video in front of a painted wall and went in a few of our favorite SoHo shops. 

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(^^another pit stop at Crate & Barrel in SoHo where a couch looked way too comfortable to pass up^^)

we made our way south into TriBeCa and stopped for dinner at Bubby’s. we were just going to grab salads somewhere but splurged when we saw Bubby’s pie menu. we split the BBQ plate and a key lime pie and, with happy stomachs, were on our way. 

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from there it wasn’t much further - we passed The Freedom Tower and then hit Wall Street, made our way around the tip of the Island through some of my favorite historic parts of the city, and found ourselves abruptly at the Staten Island Ferry terminal. that was as far as we could go…we commemorated with one last photo (at this point we’d been on our journey for almost eight hours) and then hopped on the 1 subway line uptown for our apartment. it was such a unique way to spend a saturday - we loved it!

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new york, you always know how to show us a good time. i love you so much!

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August 4, 2014


how we’re spending our last month in nyc (part I)

now that we’re officially less than a month away from moving, I figured I’d share a bit about how we’re choosing to spend our final days

(aka here’s a great guide to NYC…)

eating at a lot of good restaurants: 

Ivan Ramen (in Gotham West Market) 

David Burke Kitchen (with my dear friend Lauren Ross, in town from DC)

Bar Boulud (for NYC restaurant week)

Lolita’s (our favorite divey Mexican restaurant in Harlem with Clif’s fellow faculty members from Bronx Conservatory of Music) 

+ the best restaurant of all, our apartment with Clif cooking. we hosted some of our great friends, Jim and Jaime and their adorable little one, Weston. Jim was one of my first friends in the city almost 7 years ago! love this crew :) 

(on the “bucket list” docket: Ipuddo, Gramercy Tavern, Blue Smoke, Pok Pok and lots & lots of Shake Shack). 

Other fun “things” we’ve done, like The Museum of the City of New York, the Joyce theatre to see my favorite dance company Pilobolus and amazing tapper Savion Glover and walking the island (literally from top to bottom — dedicated post coming soon about that experience).

The Museum of the City of NY was amazing - it was our first time and I highly recommend it. Small enough to not feel overwhelming but some really fantastic and thoughtful exhibits +  a well-made film about the history of NYC which I learned so much from. 

I’ve also taken some fun recreational cooking classes at ICE (we had some credits from my program to use up) I took a “summer fruit pies & tarts” and a “pasta making 101” - both really fun and ended up with some delicious leftovers to boot. ICE really does have great rec. classes and all of the teachers are really talented. it’s a fun way to spend an evening in this city, for sure. 

((^^ so interesting - this is called a chittara (like ‘guitar’ because of the way it’s shaped and its strings) it’s a very traditional, old-italy way of making pasta by hand. really incredible!)) 

we ended this week with some very good friends and checking out a really awesome bar new to our ‘hood called At the Wallace. they have tons of games like life-size Jenga, an old pac-man and shuffle board. we were in game-heaven! 

(upcoming: this Wednesday we’re going to see Amateur Night at the Apollo Theatre. it should be a guaranteed good time. We’re also going to a Yankee’s game on Friday night and out to Prospect Park in Brooklyn on Saturday night to see St. Vincent with Celebrate Brooklyn!)

I’ll continue to share our fun meals and activities from our final days in nyc. we’re officially on the countdown but, as Clif keeps saying, it’s not “goodbye” it’s just “see you later.”  

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July 31, 2014


Tim did an #AskTK Q&A on twitter earlier this week (he has done a few of these now and they’ve been transcribed to a Google Doc HERE for easier reading).

I love when he does these because they’re a mix of theological/apologetics Q’s and just funny/random/personal Q’s (like do you prefer Shake Shack or In & Out burgers? He answered Shake Shack like any true NY’er). Anyway, his knowledge about biblical resources is just insane and he’s pretty witty, too. He always knows how to diffuse a question that’s meant to be controversial and he is so thoughtful with his answers, even with only 140 characters

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this was one of my favorite questions and responses because I love the idea of community (christian and non) and think the biggest barrier to it are people who aren’t intentional with their time and/or willing to be open, honest and vulnerable. good to be reminded for myself, too. (ps. his son is a college pastor which is why he says “my son says…”) lots of good, encouraging stuff in these tweets so definitely check them out. 

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July 29, 2014


a very texas weekend.

i’m not gonna lie just for the sake of my Aggie pride; Austin is awesome. i went a few times in college but didn’t experience its full glory until last summer when we got to spend a few days there with some friends of ours in a cute little house off South Congress. it is full of amazing restaurants and beautiful parks and lots of live music and we were just really thrilled to have an excuse to go back for a few days. so we did, two weeks ago…

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our dear friends courtney and andy moved from nyc to houston back in may. they were going to a wedding in austin this same weekend so it worked out perfectly for them to come a little early and meet us for dinner. we met at the Odd Duck - amazing meal - and were soooo thrilled to get a few good hours to catch up with the raymonds. we love those guys :) 

other austin foodie-faves: gordough’s, jo’s coffee, elizabeth st. cafe, easy tiger (amazing bakery), hillside farmacy and seventh flag coffee. of course, there are millions of other places, but these are the one’s we managed to hit in our 30 hours there. our friend Keenan lives there, right near the UT campus, so it was great to get to stay at his place. 

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but enough about Austin, the real reason for the trip was to head south to New Braunfels, TX to see my older brother get married! on Friday afternoon my parents and younger brother flew into Austin, we picked them up, and drove on down. Mike & Krysta hosted the entire weekend at this incredible (& huge!) home right on the Guadalupe river. it was pretty epic. we arrived just in time for dinner. the following day was spent taking it easy, floating on tubes out in the river, enjoying the hammock, eating a bunch of watermelon, drinking quite a few coronas and just enjoying being with family and friends. their wedding was a very special, small ceremony hosted right on the banks of the river that night. it was really wonderful to see how they’ve blended their families together so well and all their kids were included in the ceremony. really special :) afterward we had BBQ, some dancing, lots of shuffleboard and cornhole playing and just general merriment. good stuff!

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the weekend was really relaxing in general and it was very wonderful to get to be there to support these guys! we have a pretty cool family i’d say. congrats, Mike & Krysta

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July 28, 2014


humansofnewyork:

"You can make about 75% more money with a cat on your head than you can with a cat on your shoulder."

humansofnewyork:

"You can make about 75% more money with a cat on your head than you can with a cat on your shoulder."

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