Before I get to New York, I want to wish everyone a Happy Valentine’s Day! I know half the world hates it, but like I told the kids at Camp – single or not,  it’s a perfect day to think about what you love about YOURSELF!

The Taster and I celebrated last night with an amazing dinner at Alma, one of our favorite restaurants in Minneapolis. Everything was utterly delicious, as usual.

Now to New York! My trip to New York City was successful, fun and very quick!

Wednesday morning I had a chance to bum around a bit, but I must admit, it was so cold that it was hard to be outside. Yes, I live in Minnesota, but that doesn’t mean I’ll ever like the cold weather. So I walked around Times Square for a bit, stopped in for a bagel with lox cream cheese spread and then cabbed it to Columbus Circle.

A chewy, white flour, REAL New York Bagel is always a must. It was wonderful. :)

I found a nice mall (read warm) to walk around but decided to head back out, brave the elements and walk around Central Park. It’s not as charming in the Winter, in fact it reminds me a lot of Wisconsin…

Next up – I needed to head back indoors – was the Whole Foods Market Columbus Circle. It was a beautiful store.

Rows of fresh flowers, fish, colorful produce, and oh look! It’s French Meadow Bakery! :)

I could seriously live in this store.

Babycakes was the only real bakery we had time for and then it was time to prepare for the show. After a successful show, an amazing dinner at Hundred Acres with the PR ladies and a short night of sleep later; it was time to head home to the much quieter, much darker and much smaller city of Minneapolis.

But for those two days, I pretended I was a big city girl. ;)


19 Comments (Reply )

  1. Stephanie @ Thorns Have Roses
    Feb 14, 2011 @ 8:19 am

    Well I live in Des Moines so Minneapolis always seems like a big city to me! Lol. :) Have a great day!


  2. Mellissa
    Feb 14, 2011 @ 8:44 am

    That is a quick trip! Glad you had a good time though.


  3. Tracey
    Feb 14, 2011 @ 10:19 am

    I haven’t been to NY in such a long time and I miss it very much. I’ve always had fun running around the city like I don’t have a care in the world, so much fun! Of course, all the times I went it was summer so it was easy to “run around” :)


    • Emily
      Feb 14, 2011 @ 2:03 pm

      Yes, I agree, I always love just going with the flow when I visit places! (And kind of pretending that I live there!)


  4. Alicia@ eco friendly homemaking
    Feb 14, 2011 @ 10:45 am

    Wow what a great post. I love the pictures. I agree Whole Foods is awesome! I had a milestone on my blog and I just wanted to say Thank You for helping to make it possible by being so nice to have come to my blog and leaving such a nice comment. Thanks Again!


  5. Kristin Selander
    Feb 14, 2011 @ 1:01 pm

    I have been to that Whole Foods before and it was love at first sight! Their dessert counter was TO DIE FOR!!


    • Emily
      Feb 14, 2011 @ 2:02 pm

      I could have spent the whole day there I think! :)


  6. Michelle @ Housewife in the Raw
    Feb 14, 2011 @ 1:55 pm

    We used to walk to Alma from my office when I worked in MN! It was fantastic. I’ve never been to NYC, but it’s on my list. I loved seeing your pictures. Happy Valentine’s Day to you!


    • Emily
      Feb 14, 2011 @ 2:02 pm

      Thanks Michelle, didn’t you just love Alma?? I wish we could go there all the time!!


  7. Kathleen @ KatsHealthCorner
    Feb 14, 2011 @ 8:06 pm

    Glad that you enjoyed your trip!

    Happy Valentine’s Day to you too!


  8. Lindsay @ Pinch of Yum
    Feb 14, 2011 @ 8:14 pm

    I am intrigued by this Alma place you speak of…. Why have I never heard of it?! Maybe it’s because I live in the ‘burbs. I am going to look it up right now!


    • Emily
      Feb 14, 2011 @ 8:26 pm

      Oh it is amazing! Literally one of our top three favorite TC restaurants! They use organic, local, etc. and it is truly a dining experience. I would definitely recommend it!


  9. BeautyRun
    Feb 14, 2011 @ 9:43 pm

    I have to say, despite me being Jewish and a bagel lover, I’ve never been to New York and I’ve never had a real New York bagel. THAT’S going to have to change!


  10. Lori@FakeFoodFree
    Feb 15, 2011 @ 7:40 am

    Love these photos. What a gorgeous display of food! I am in complete agreement. In fact, it overwhelms me a bit how many people I’ve met via the blogging work that hate V-day. I guess I’ve always associated it with love and friendship, and not necessarily romance. It is also a great excuse to bake and eat chocolate! :)


  11. Rachel @ The Avid Appetite
    Feb 15, 2011 @ 9:56 am

    Glad you had fun in my neck of the woods :) I love Columbus Circle and the Time Warner Center! That Whole Foods got me through many lunch breaks when I used to work near there.


  12. kate
    Feb 16, 2011 @ 6:33 am

    did you get a hair cut? it looks shorter!

    NY looks like it was fun. i haven’t been there but think i would love it.


    • Emily
      Feb 17, 2011 @ 2:57 pm

      No, it is just all behind me! :)


  13. nicole @ Making Good Choices
    Feb 20, 2011 @ 8:16 am

    i hope next time you come to NYC it’s for longer and we can meet :)


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