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5 Things that Became Favorites While Living in New York


And a happy Friday to you! It is amazing how much can change in a few short years. I grew up quite a bit during my 2 years living in New York, so I thought that today I would share 5 things/activities that became fixtures in my life thanks to or during my time living in the Big Apple!

Thank you to Mar, Cynthia, and Courtney for hosting the Friday Five and to Heather (a new New Yorker!) for hosting Friday Favorites!

5 Things that Became Favorites While Living in New York

There are so many things, places, moments, experiences, and feelings that touched me about New York City and my time living in Manhattan, but I know that I just can’t do it justice with a single post, or a single 5. From peacocks wandering the streets around St John the Divine to my weekly Farmer’s Market with the fresh apple cider donuts, from cast iron facades to sleek glass art installations, from crazy Jewish mothers to noveau hippies and tweedy academics… I love and adore this city. I could go on for ages, but let’s keep to the task at hand, shall we?

1) Long Distance Running

My first half marathon! I ran it in Central Park.

My first half marathon! I ran it in Central Park.

Yup. My love of running developed and my first true training cycle occurred during my second term in New York City. That meant doing long runs in Central Park, where just about every run started going straight down Amsterdam and 110th and then straaaaight UP Harlem Hill before meandering about through Frederick Law Olmstead’s masterpiece. I learned to love running year round my first year–my first time needing warm pants and gloves etc to run!–I was sidelined by peroneal tendonitis during the first part of my second year (but that is also when I developed my love of spin bike!) but I came back and trained for my first half marathon while writing the bulk of my thesis second semester. 

2) Food Culture and Restaurants

At a gala. low lighting at it's best, lol.

At a gala. low lighting at it’s best, lol.

I’ve always had some sort of love of cooking, and of eating, obviously, but I would say that I became a foodie during my time in New York. It was the perfect venue to develop that passion and interest. I started cooking to fuel my running, trying new cuisines (like Ethiopian), and buying from the aforementioned Farmer’s Market and seeing what I could come up with. I cooked leeks, made my first protein pancakes, and had the best tapas I’ve ever had. I also realized just how deceiving appearances could be when it came to restaurants, and how much you pay in mark up at some places just because they have the right location. I learned how to hunt out good food, and that Yelp could be your best friend and also lie to your face!

3) Avocado

I have to give this its own place holder because it is so hilarious to me. There are very few foods that I really do not like. I don’t like lychee, I don’t like panna cotta, and I don’t really like cheesecake (except for the Daiya cheesecake), and prior to living in NYC, I did NOT like avocado. There was one dish that changed my mind: the smoked trout salad at Luncheonette, which was right around the corner from my apartment. The saltiness of the smoked trout paired perfectly with the avocado–it was even my dinner on my birthday my first year! And now look at me, lol.

4) Whiskey and Craft Cocktails

Before I lived in New York, I never would have ordered this type of drink!

Before I lived in New York, I never would have ordered this type of drink!

This is where I developed my taste for whiskey, especially bourbon. Several of my friends were big into bourbon, and I started to try it, found myself liking it, and now it is Alex’s and my spirit of choice, by and large. I also got into craft/artisan cocktails and mixology while in New York. 

5) East Coast Spring, and Cherry Blossoms in Particular

There is nothing like spring in New York City. Love the cherry blossoms!


I’ve always loved spring (hello, it is my birthday season!), but during my time in NYC, I became rather passionate about the season. For my birthday the first year, Alex and I went to see the cherry blossoms (that were unfortunately late that year due to the winter) at the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens. I would stop dead on my runs to take pictures of my beloved azaleas. In a city that is so vibrant in energy but often monochromatic in tonality, the color, scent, and textures of the flowers, blossoming trees, and the near snow that would fall on you from above was simply enchanting.

Cherry Blossoms at the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens

This was the background of my computer for a looooong time 😀

Luckily, the blossoms are in full bloom for us right now!

Thank you for listening to me wax poetic about one of my favorite places in the world. I will be back Monday with pictures from the wedding and our adventures! Fingers crossed that it doesn’t rain!

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What is a city or a time in your life that really helped to shape who you are/what you love now?

Are you a fan of New York or no? Why?

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