Happy New Year mes amis! I hope you all had a thrilling and exciting time ringing in 2013! This will probably be the longest post I’ll write only because it’s a special post dedicated to my trip to Ithaca, Syracuse and then New York City this past weekend!
This trip included lots of food, drinks, snow, laughs, cuss words, walking, driving, skating and smiling. I tell you, it’s a delight to be a young woman in my 20s…an unmarried, childless young woman in my 20s. I can get up and travel where I want, when I want and not have to wait for anyone to do it with me. Luckily, my friends are just like me. Traveling ladies and gents living fearlessly.
It all started with snow. We woke up Saturday morning to snow falling in Ithaca and I immediately felt the urge to make a snowman, throw snowballs or just roll in the snow (without getting my hair messed up, which is a true act of talent.) Instead, Whitney made a snow angel and we walked to the grocery store down the street for some breakfast goodies! Our chef for the morning was Chef Whitney Evans who tore it down in the kitchen!
Whitney braving the snow and making a snow angel!
Boy Briscoe enjoying his breakfast: toast bread with jelly, bacon, grits, eggs, strawberries and bananas!
After breakfast, we decided to do something black people never do…ICE SKATING. And baby when I tell you, that’s one thing that I’ll cross off my bucket list. I haven’t put on a pair of skates in like 15 years and it totally showed. I scooted around the rink while this small girl, who had to be at least 4, skirted around like a Olympic champion. It was a moment of shame but I redeemed myself…by just making it to the other side, maw. With the help of my bestie, I made it! It was fun while it lasted!
My grandmother made this hat/scarf set for me 5 years ago and I still wear them!
Shandy giggling pre-ice skating!
Friends don’t let friends ice skate like a fool alone.
Aren’t we just a delight to see in the snow?!
Then it was off to Syracuse, NY to pick up Steffon. But before we took that journey, we stopped at Burger King because we just couldn’t decide on anything else to eat. Of course, I took this opportunity to steal a BK crown and make everyone wear it. We ate struggle chicken tenders (i mean, c’mon, it’s Burger King but damn! They were full of struggle!) and delightful onion rings and let a fancy drink machine make us feel like we didn’t have college degrees. We also watched Sherard get really excited about “trap music.” Very interesting stuff.
Sherard, when the trap music beat dropped. It was a sight to see, y’all.
Then the fun started. We got back from Syracuse with my friend Steffon in tow and indulged in a game of Pitty Pat and Lime-A-Ritas, which are quite delightful despite being a malt liquor of some sort.
The next day we got on the road to NYC! It was a 4 hour drive in the snow, and then we accidentally but purposely drove to Pennsylvania. It was a bit scary seeing the “Welcome to Pennsylvania” sign after the snow cleared. But Siri got us to NYC safe and sound, just in time for brunch! Jess, my favorite fly girl from NOLA who lives in NYC now, took us to this amazing brunch restaurant called Harlem Tavern and it was so good, we went twice in two days! The spot was a bit loud, but that could be because there were 3 different football games playing on the big screens and lots of kids and chatty Yankees (sorry, I had to). The food was absolutely amazing! Whitney and I got the turkey burger and despite the fact that I never really eat turkey burgers, I really enjoyed it! It was topped with gruyere, BBQ sauce and turkey bacon (which didn’t have that weird spongy taste turkey bacon tends to struggle with). Jess ordered the cornflake crusted french toast, Shandy got the hot wings (which she described as PERFECTION!), Boy Briscoe has the eggs benedict and he looked sad when he saw my burger LOL. Steffon got the lamb burger and wanted to let you all know that he really enjoyed it! The best two parts of this dining experience: the mason jar filled with a Shirley Temple and cheering loudly when the Saints scored a touchdown!
The men at work!
That scary moment when we leave the state of NY and didn’t plan on it…
Our hotel in Harlem! (hello gentrification 😦 )
Cool kids part 1
Cool kids part 2
Jess’s french toast
My burger throwing shade at Sherard’s Eggs Benedict!
Shandy’s hot mama wings!
These two were the money crew. I mean, they were over there dividing and adding and alla dat.
That night, the boys were jealous that we were invited to dinner by one of Whitney’s friends from back home! We went to an Italian restaurant a few blocks from our hotel called Lido and it was just like one of those spots from the movies! Shandy, Whit and I ordered dessert (we were still super full from brunch!) and Jess and Aulston (Whit’s friend who was once featured as Essence’s Single Man of the Month!!) ordered the lasagna. I got the crepes filled with a salted caramel and rum custard. OH MY LAWD.
It was amazing.
Just…peep the photos and you’ll see.
The magical crepes!
Goat cheese and beet salad with mandarin oranges!
Finally…congrats! You’ve made it to last (almost last) mention of food on the trip!
On New Year’s Eve, we headed to Hell’s Kitchen to a popular Italian family spot (shout out to Yelp for the help!) called Mercato. This place looked like a location where big deals go down. Totally 40s gangster chic. I avoided ordering a glass of wine because I knew there was a bottle of Prosecco waiting for me back at the hotel. But instead, I ordered the lasagna and stole some of Whit’s sautéed spinach (fabulous!) Down the table, a burger was ordered, more lasagna, ravioli and meatballs and gnocchi and meat sauce. Overall, this restaurant got nothing but thumbs up from the crew!
More lasagna! You can never have enough lasagna!
The perfect spinach!
Gnocchi and meat sauce!
**Another important meal I forgot to mention earlier, which really shouldn’t be considered a meal, just happens to be the small pack of Biscoff cookies the flight attendant headed to Detroit gave us. Baby when I tell you, I got my life with those cookies.
Finally, our NYE celebrations got started after Shandy declared our plans for the evening in a strong voice:
“Alcohol will be consumed.”
May 2013 bring you lots of love, fun and fabulous food!