Thursday morning we woke up bright and early to attend a session at the Manhattan Temple. We were so close from missing the session. We hightailed it off the subway and ran through the streets. By the time we got there we were dripping with sweat. It was awesome....... Luckily we made it in just the nick of time.
^^^ This temple is up there in my top three favorites. ^^^
After the Temple we walked over to Levain Bakery. They bake the thickest, gooiest, yummiest double chocolate chip cookie in the world. We bought a couple and snacked on them throughout the remainder of the trip. We met back up with Aaron, so he could show us some more of the city. We found the most adorable children's boutique, called Piccolini. We bought Penelope the neatest wooden toys that resemble New York City. At night they even glow in the dark. We had finally found the perfect gift to take back to her. I still remember every trip my parents went on and looking forward to see what they had brought me back. I couldn't wait to do the same.
^^^ We went to Rice To Riches, a tapioca bar, featured in the movie Hitch. It was delectable. ^^^
We didn't stop their, at our daily sweet intake. We walked to MILK, which serves all sorts of cookies, cake truffles, and frozen yogurt.
^^^ We also enjoyed the juiciest mango from a street vendor. ^^^
Before dinner we wanted to check out Washington Square Park. It was such a beautiful park. I could have stayed there all night.
Our friends Breton and Jen flew in for their 10 year Anniversary with their friends Tiff and Rob. When we originally planned our trips, we had no idea that we would be there at the same time. Since we were both going to be in NY, we had to meet up. We all went to dinner at Otto again. It was especially fun for Rob, because he served his mission in Italy.
After dinner we went and got the ever so famous frozen hot chocolate from Serendipity. The restaurant was darling. I love the movie Serendipity, so that made it all the more fun. The frozen hot chocolate, honestly was not that great, but their ice cream sundaes were delicious.
Friday morning Tyson and I parted ways, so that he could attend Aaron's bachelor party. Luckily Breton and Jen let me tag along with them for the day. I met them down at ground zero. I didn't realize you had to have a ticket to get into the 911 Memorial, so I sadly wasn't able to see the fountains. I was still taken back, at the feelings that surround that place where the Twin Towers once stood. I can't imagine what those families had to go through and our still going through. I am grateful for a country that stays strong through tragedy and for all those who have shown great perseverance.
On our way to the Staten Island Ferry we stopped to watch some street performers. I give them credit for the way they make a living.
I had seen the Statue of Liberty when I was younger, so the free ferry ride was a perfect way to get a good view of Lady Liberty, without having to wait in a long line.
^^^ The view of the city was breathtaking. ^^^
I met back up with Angelica for an evening of fun. We started out with appetizers at Murray's Cheese Bar. They served us three different kinds of cheese from around the world, with prosciutto, salami, and kale caesar salad. It was delish. We walked to dinner and picked up some macaroons on the way, from Sugar Plum and bisousciao. Salted caramel and pumpkin were my two favorites.
Angelica is a total foodie like me. It was awesome to spend time with someone who enjoys food as much as I do. Aaron and Tyson aren't big fans of Italian food, so what do we do when they were gone, we eat Italian. The restaurant Bar Pitti, was ridiculously good. They served fresh pasta and all of the waiters are straight out of Italy. The pesto was indescribably tasty.
As if we hadn't already eaten enough, we had to make one last pit stop to Molly's Cupcakes. They won Cupcake Wars. We shared the peach cobbler cupcake and the birthday cake batter cupcake. These cupcakes were so moist and had yummy fillings in the center.