New York City, Day 1: Rice Pudding, Bike Taxis, and Martha Stewart!

New York City Summer 2010
Left: Photo via Jenny

After settling in at the Royalton, the first thing we wanted to do on our whirlwind, 4 day trip to NYC was eat!! :) We acted liked locals, hopped on the train, and headed down to SoHo. Thanks to the Google Maps app on my phone, we were able to navigate the subway system like we knew what we were doing! It told us how to get to the nearest subway station, which train to get on, and which stop to get off. Some of the trains were extremely nice, clean, and air conditioned, with electronic maps telling you everything you needed to know. But there were a few that were not air conditioned.. yikes!!

New York City Summer 2010
Photos via Jenny

It was just about lunchtime and I could not wait to try one of these famous little Liége waffles from the Wafels & Dinges food truck!

New York City Summer 2010

I would totally describe this as a doughnut waffle!! :)

New York City Summer 2010

It’s made with a unique pearl sugar that melts within the waffle. The pearls burst and caramelize when the dough hits the  iron, resulting in a dense, sugary and ultra rich waffle!! :)

New York City Summer 2010
Photo via Jenny

Oh yes, we were… :)

New York City Summer 2010

After shopping in SoHo and on Canal Street, (I got shoes, a scarf, and the Satsuma Shimmer Lotion Stefani suggested) we were ready to cool down with another sweet afternoon snack…

New York City Summer 2010

Rice Pudding from Rice to Riches! You know we couldn’t pick just one! :) We got Chocolate Chip Flirt and French Toast with a buttery graham crumble topping. Seriously yum! It was soo sweet and sooooo cold. Just what we needed! Thursday was definitely our hottest day there!

New York City Summer 2010
Photo via Jenny

After all that running around, it was so nice to come back to Unilever Penthouse for a divine reflexology foot & arm massage! A gal could get used to that! :)

New York City Summer 2010
Photo via Jenny

After chillin’ at the penthouse, and freshening up a bit, we headed to a Pillsbury & Smuckers dinner, then a Martha Stewart party after. We were going to walk, but we saw this cute little bike taxi flying down the streets and hopped on for a ride! So much for being locals! ;)

New York City Summer 2010

We heard Martha Stewart herself was there! But we arrived a little late and didn’t get to meet her. Next time! :)

New York City Summer 2010

They did have some delicious sushi and these adorable little sliders! Look at the pink onions.. they were so feminine & cute!

New York City Summer 2010
Recipe from the July/August 2010 issue of Everyday Food

I am totally making these tiny bistro bugers for the next girly event I go to. How cute would these be for a baby shower?? :)

Next up!

Dougnuts, cupcakes, gelato milkshakes & decadent fondue & macaroni and cheese from Artisanal!

And check out Jenny’s account of our first day in NYC!

Thanks for looking!! :)

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21 Responses
  1. Cynthia Clancy

    THANK YOU for giving us a rundown of all the yummy spots in NYC. When I read your blog, I wrote it all down. A few weeks ago, we finally managed to make it to NYC and my kids and I were hunting down a few of your favorite spots. We couldn’t make it to all, because I had 4 and 6 year olds in tow. Anyway, long story short, the Liege Waffles were our favorites. Even my daughter who doesn’t like waffles and doesn’t like to try anything new, loved the waffles. So thank you! :)

  2. Courtnie

    WOW!! I look up to you in so many ways!! I love following your blog, making your delicious cord on bleu… Now I just have to say you LOOK AMAZING.. How do you keep all that weight off? and Where do you find all your CUTE dresses?!?:)

  3. Becky

    Yummo…..on the food pics. Martha Stewart rocks…love her. I’m sooo jealous right now. Where in the world are you putting all this food because you both look amazing ? 2 hot chicks in the city. Have a blast and keep sharing all your great photos. Take care, Becky

  4. Tauni

    Looks like you had a fantastic time in NYC! I was just as enamored with the little tiny sliders at the Martha Stewart party as you were! I am determined to have some at an event soon (I may just have to dream up a part so that I can serve them).

    What I am also amazed with is the number of wonderful bloggers that were in NYC that I DIDN’T get to meet, especially when I had to have been in the same room at least a couple of times :)

    Love your blog…maybe next year!

  5. Traci Ahangarzadeh

    I absolutely think you are adorable and I am so glad that you had such an amazing time in NY!! There really is no place like New York. I’d really love to know how you take such amazing pictures. I really, really would like to know!!

  6. cheryl

    love, love, love Rice to Riches…! And did you go to SMAC for the best mac and cheese…..? We are moving back to the east coast and I am so happy to be back in the land of good eats!

  7. Susan

    I love the way you share your travel “adventures”! The pictures are always so incredible. I cannot share your passion for sweets, however. Reading about your many treats makes my teeth hurt! lol Thanks for sharing!!

    1. Denise

      WOW Amanda, you sure do look like you all are having a wonderful time. I make homemade rice pudding, but it’s always great just to eat it. Love your site, always fun.

  8. Jenny Flake

    So fun girl! My second post is just about ready too :) It’s been so much fun re-living our trip through these posts! Talk soon!

  9. Jason

    So, when you gte back and settled in, you need to make those burgers, and give some tips, and put the recipe on here, my little girl is coming soon, and so is the baby shower, i would like to make them for my wife and friends!

  10. Kelly

    EEP! That rice pudding place was in Hitch! I always wondered what it was Eva Mendes was eating that looked so delicious! Now I know where to go to try it next time I get to go to New York!

  11. Danielle

    I must have died and gone to jealousy heaven…a whole store with nothing but rice pudding? That’s my FAVORITE dessert in the whole world…I’m sure it trumps Kozy Shack rice pudding that I have to settle for at Wal MArt!

  12. JenM

    You look fabulous, I’m glad you’re having a great time. I know you lost a bunch of weight … how do you keep it off while eating treats like that when traveling (not to mention the other delicious recipes you share on your blog)?

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