NYC Food Adventures

We were in New York City for a handful of days in January this year and tried some great food. Here’s our favorites!

To know: We’re vegetarian. The regular kind. No meat but yes please to dairy and eggs.

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Bare Burger

BareBurger was great! It’s a burger chain. Super cute restaurant if you want to sit in and eat. We took ours to our hotel room because it was super close and pretty much scarfed everything down so fast that I barely got a picture.

They had a bunch of choices for burgers from patties (meaty meaty ones if you prefer!) to sauces. We also got fries, onion rings, brussel sprouts, and a bunch of dips. There were also milkshakes but they didn’t make it into a picture.

 

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Mökbar

Find it. Eat it. Do it. It’s in Chelsea Market and crazy busy and loud but it’s so worth it!IMG_6650

Phong is always on the hunt for noodles and was really pleased with these ones.

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Dumplings! I am such a sucker for dumplings. I could eat them all day long. I have before.

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And while Phong was after the noodles, I was after these. Disco fries. DISCO FRIES. French fries in a RAMEN GRAVY with kimchi on top! This was the first time I ate fries with chopsticks and have realized that if you don’t need to eat your fries with chopsticks, your fries are missing something–ramen gravy and kimchi. This was one of my favorite eats on the whole trip.

 

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The Cinnamon Snail

All vegan! I know, I was skeptical too, but while vegetarian isn’t always vegan, vegan is always vegetarian, and we love a restaurant with more than one thing we can order!

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There were also doughnuts in this mix, to be found in the previous blog post…

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My burger had jalapeno macaroni and cheese on it! And no, I have no idea what it was since it obviously couldn’t be actual cheese (vegan), but I don’t ask how the wizard does his magic. I just eat it.

 

 

 

 

 

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Phong’s burger was called a Sage burger and, I’ll admit, it was better than mine. Though I love the idea of jalapeno macaroni and cheese, it was the kind of hot that stains your mouth and makes other flavors impossible to taste.

Don’t get me wrong though, I ate the whole thing happily, but I also stole a couple bites of Phong’s.

 

 

More posts to come! Likely food related. Why is that all I take pictures of? I have more pictures of cake than I do of my own face. But let’s be honest, would you rather see 10 cakes or 10 pictures of my face? It’s cake right? I don’t blame you, I pick cakes too. <3

 

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Returning

Okay, I’ve been away for a while. We did a long vacation in the States to visit family and do a little honeymooning. We were mostly in Northern California but did a little adventure to New York. Expect blog posts to catch up! For the Redwoods, Scandinavain Air with travel tips and my hatred of airplane food, New York, my 8 hour hair coloring experience, the Jelly Belly Factory and Monterey to list a few.

We had a great time and are nestled at home in Kiruna once more!

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Travel – London

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First travel tip: Choose your travel buddy well. Yeah, it’s all smiles and giggles when you take pictures but sometimes travel gets stressful and you definitely want someone you can count on and get along with. Linn and I are excellent travel buddies! We tested it out on a Stockholm trip last year so it wasn’t a surprise.

Second: Know your travel buddy. Are they a morning person? Do they need coffee to survive? Do they get fussy when hungry? Sleepy? What stresses them out? What are they looking forward to about the trip? Museums or clubs? Plan this stuff.

It’s also important to know which one of you is the navigator. Linn is an excellent navigator. She loves maps and she’s not afraid to ask questions. BUT she can get peeved when hungry and has a sweet tooth, so I carry candy when we travel together just in case. (Phong gets particularly fussy when hungry but doesn’t respond well to sugar dips, so I carry protein bars for him when he’s my buddy. Oh, and if you have a friend/loved one that gets angry when hungry, don’t ever tell them until they’re well fed and happy again.)

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Our hotel! We stayed in Earl’s Court. We were just around the corner from a subway station and a block of restaurants and cafes. It was a great location! The staff was about a 50/50 split as far as helpful went. Half of them were great and cheerful and the other half we weirdly offput and barely looked at us let alone spoke to us.

The only real problem with this hotel, and it was a pretty big and odd problem, was a mysterious puddle that would bubble up from the drain in the ground to fill that concrete space between the step and the door in the right hand picture. It soaked the carpetting inside the hallway and smelt bad. BAD. We, unfortunately, had the room to the right of that picture on the other side of the puddle. I didn’t get a picture of the actual puddle when it was full. It was dark and I was peeved.

There was no way around it and because of the angle, we couldn’t jump over it either. Sometimes it was there, sometimes it was gone. Some of the staff would be helpful and come down and make it go away and some insisted they had no idea what it was or where it came from (yeah, we totally believed that) and that there was nothing to be done about it.

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At least the room was nice. The TV didn’t work but we didn’t really have time to use it anyway. We really just came back at night, showered, and fell asleep and then were back up and out as soon as we could muster it.

Oh! Showers! The showers (not sure if it’s an English thing or not) were on a platform. You stepped up into them. A little odd, as I’d never seen that before.

Breakfast: I’m not sure how hotel breakfast works in your country, but here in Sweden it’s included in your stay and it’s amazing. It’s one of those things that hotels compete over and Swedes take very seriously in their ratings of hotels. Everything else could be great but if you have a shabby (or non-existent) breakfast buffet, you’re not going to get a good rating. And we’re not talking a few pastries and some cereal. Hotel breakfast in Sweden is a beautiful thing.

Alas, fantastic included breakfasts does not seem to be the way of things in London. Our hotel had a breakfast included in the price of our stay, so we dropped by the first morning to check it out. Luckily, Linn had been in London before and we had already lowered our expectations. It was a dungeon with toast. Seriously, just toast and cereal. So, being the spoiled Swedes that we are, we left in pursuit of cafes.

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Oyster card. Get one! We used the subway constantly on our visit and it worked out great. We took it from Heathrow in to London central when we arrived. There were machines to get your card and load it with money right there at the first platform in Heathrow and personnel to help explain if you’re confused. We put £30 on our cards, plus £5 for the card itself. We used them a lot to get around in London and after four days, we still had money left on them when we came back to Heathrow. And we could return them and get a refund on what was left, including the cost of the card!

The subway was easy and fast but if you have a problem with crowds or tight spaces, probably try to avoid the weekday morning rides. There are lots of signs to show you the routes, plus personnel at the entrances and even these nifty help boxes on the wall on the actual platform. You push a button and an actual human person answers your questions about how to get where you’re going.

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It was our experience that the people in London were very pleasant and helpful. We didn’t have any bad experiences except for some of our own hotel staff (Weird right? Hotel staff are usually so delightful.) and one very forgetful waitress who was still quite nice.

Tip: Trashcans seemed to be far and few between. If you’re taking your coffee to go, be prepared to hang on to that cup for a while.

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As you might have gleamed from my previous posts about our London trip, Linn and I are daytime tourists. We’d rather go to museums, cafes, parks and shops than nightclubs so we didn’t see much of London after dark.

We did a lot of walking and found London to be delightfully flat and full of cafes.

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This trip was a great experience. Hopefully it won’t be my last visit to London. We barely scratched the surface of things to see.

All pictures of me were taken by the amazing Linn– photographer/travel buddy extraordinaire!

This should be the last of my photobomb blog posts about our trip.

On to this months adventures! Getting married and visiting Phong’s family!

 

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A walk through Kensington Palace

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Kensington Palace, open to visitors and allows pictures! We got there just after they opened at 10.

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There was an entry fee but I don’t remember it being very much and we could come and go under the whole day. I think it might also have included other castles.

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Staff was stationed all about to ask questions of but we did pretty well just wandering and reading plaques.

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Ghost shadows! Loved it. The shadows moved on occasion.

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Kensington wasn’t as extravagant as Drottningholm, especially the chandeliers, but it wasn’t completely without chandeliers of its own either.

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Looking out at the garden.

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Shiny! There was a lot of pretty jewelry to see in Kensington but due to lighting, I couldn’t get pictures of all of them.

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One of Queen Victoria’s dresses. There were quite a few on display here.

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Fan details.

This was a really nice visit. Linn and I had great luck on this trip in that most places weren’t too crowded. We made sure to show up at Kensington at opening in hopes of avoiding too many people (because we like to take a million pictures).

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I feel an overwhelming need to own a fan. And perhaps a handkerchief.

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More clothing. We were here for about two hours, until our teatime at The Orangery just on the other side of Kensington Gardens.

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Upcoming posts- A walk through Kensington Gardens and Afternoon Tea at The Orangery!

All pictures of me were taken by the amazing Linn.

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A walk through London

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I got to spend a few days in May in London with my Linn. We had a great time! We arrived on a Wednesday and left on a Sunday morning (unreasonably early).

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We dedicated a morning to a walk along the Thames in order to get a look at some of the classic sights. We, of course, started with lattes.

Note to other tourists: London has a surprising lack of trashcans. Prepare to carry that cup forever.

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Buckingham Palace! It was my first time in London (in England really) so we had to walk by and get a look. I was mostly impressed with the gate.

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Look at that thing! That is one impressive gate. I do love gilded things.

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And there was a unicorn! Several, actually.

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You’ll notice we’ll be wearing sunglasses in most of the pictures. We had incredible luck with the weather. On the last day we were out and about there were even warning on the subway to instruct people feeling unwell from the heat to get help at the stations.

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We started our walk around 8 so I think we missed the larger wave of tourists. In our experience, people in London were really nice and very helpful.

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You’ll come to notice that I have a thing for statues. It may even rival my chandelier obsession.

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Linn had an impressive map, without which we would have been doomed. The subway system was amazing and super easy. If you did happen to get confused, there’s staff at the entrances to help you out. London was incredibly tourist friendly. I suppose it makes sense considering how many tourists go there every year.

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Big Ben. Seen it. Check!

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Took a bunch of pictures with Big Ben. Check!

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Didn’t know that seeing a crowned lamppost was on my list of things to see in life, but it definitely was. CHECK!

 

More posts from our trip to come, including: Kensington Palace, Hyde Park, Tourist Tips, Food Adventures, Shopping Adventures and Afternoon tea at the Orangery.

And, as always, all pictures of me (or me and Linn) were taken by Linn.

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