Travel Eye Candy

Travel and Leisure magazine has this brilliant little deal where you sign up for their emails and each day they send you a little something called Travel Eye Candy.  For all of those with wanderlust like me it’s the perfect way to see shots of old familiar places or discover new places to add to the always growing travel wish list.

There’s something so great about starting your day with a stunningly beautiful photo of a far off place, so I thought I’d hop on board with a little Travel Eye Candy of my own.  What better to start with than some lovely snaps of the blog’s namesake, Rome.

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Happy Friday!!

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NY EATS

Realistically, we all know one of the most exciting things about traveling anywhere is exploring what kind of food a place has to offer.  I knew going to New York City would place the world at my fingertips as far as eating goes, but I didn’t take into consideration how overwhelming that would be!  How in the world is a girl supposed to choose what to eat when there are restaurants and cafes calling her name from every corner?

Thank goodness I was in the city for nearly two weeks and had plenty of time to make my way into lots of  bakeries, cafes, and bodegas (yes, that’s right) to get my hands on the truly delicious food!  I could go on for days, but instead decided to focus on the best of the best – the three stand out meals of the trip.

The Fiat Cafe

My first hotel  just so happened to be right by Little Italy, the perfect location for this Rome girl!  I saw the neon sign for the Fiat Cafe and couldn’t resist.  The whole menu looked incredible, but I went with a cappuccino, of course, and the Eggs Florentine.  The eggs were a smidge gooey for my liking, but the flavors were great and the capp … to die for.

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The cafe was the cutest little place and the staff was as kind and friendly as can be.  I only wish I had gone back one more time before heading home!

Petite Abeille 

Petite Abeille was conveniently right by my second hotel, in the lovely, lovely Tribeca (I think I have a dream neighborhood).  This cute little Belgian restaurant had a huge variety of enticing lunch dishes, but I ultimately decided on the Croque Monsieur.  From the bread they brought out as a starter, to the main dish, to the amazing foamy cappuccino I finished things off with, everything about Petite Abeille was perfect!

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Pinto

File this post under Worst Blogger In History.  I had one of the best meals ever at Pinto … conveniently that was the night I also forgot my camera.  To make matters worse, the lighting in the restaurant made decent iPhone photos nearly impossible.  So I got one – one lonely photo, which I actually stole from Kristen.  I guess that just means you will all have to make your way over to the West Village and try it for yourself … because let me tell you, the Pumpkin Curry Chicken dish is HEAVEN.  Plus, it can be made with tofu so vegetarians don’t have to miss out!

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Have your doubts?  Seriously, check out Pinto, you won’t regret it!

So there it is, the best of the best from my second trip to NYC.   Which one are you dying to try on your next trip to the city??

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Back to NYC

After a very quick month flew by, it was back to New York City for the week.  It was everything I could have dreamed of and then some.  There’s really no way to put into words what it feels like to have lifelong dreams come true, so instead a little photo recap will have to do … and lord knows I have a ton of photos to share!

So here’s a little sneak preview of my grainy iPhone snaps to get you through until I upload the rest. ;)

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New York, New York.  *sigh*  Isn’t she just gorgeous?

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Rome Reunions in NYC

Early in the day while I was wandering here and there I had unintentionally stumbled upon Sole di Capri, the little Italian restaurant where I was meeting Erin and Kristen for dinner.  I made a mental note not to stray too terribly far, and after leaving the waterfront I began to make my way back to the area.

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Tribeca by night could not have been better.  I love cities at night in general, but walking around the neighborhood I felt like I was getting the real NYC experience.

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All of the little shops and restaurants were lit up, looking so incredibly elegant on one hand and completely quirky on the other.  I loved everything about it!

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Dinner time finally rolled around so I wandered back towards the restaurant, and stepped in to find the teeniest little hole in the wall joint imaginable.  It felt more authentic than any other stateside Italian restaurant I’ve eaten at, so I was so excited for the girls to arrive so we could get into the food!

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We started with the prosciutto and super fresh mozzarella, before moving onto our main courses.  The pasta – I went for a rigatoni with eggplant – was phenomenal.  Literally the best pasta I have had since Italy … and admittedly, I have eaten more than my fair share of pasta in these two years.  It was followed up by a complimentary, yes complimentary (jaws dropped all around), dessert of some kind of delicious bread pudding.

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I’ve said it a million times before, but reunions with Rome friends are simply the best.  As a group we shared the most incredible experience imaginable so to have the chance to get together and reminisce is such a treat – it’s always as if no time has passed at all.

Seeing Erin and Kristen was no different, but it was exceptionally special in its own way.  When we left Rome I genuinely thought we would go back to our different schools and homes, theirs on the east coast and ours in the midwest, and there was a good chance we may never see each other again.  Not that I didn’t want to, but life is crazy, and busy, and maintaining friendships long distance is hard.  So I must say, I’ve never been happier to prove myself wrong!   Wonderful evening, wonderful city, wonderful friends.

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