Astrid*Stars: December 2013

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Day 8 in NYC: The Met and the Upper East Side

NYC, The Met

So on the last day of my mom and sister's stay in NYC, we decided to get cultured LOL. We chose to go to the Met, one of the most iconic places in the Big Apple. It took us a while to get there and I have to admit, we were kind of lost, but it was worth it. Also this museum is quite prominent in a little show I love, Gossip Girl, so of course I had to have my sister take a picture of me on the steps (and my mom). 

NYC, The Met, Gossip Girl

Don't we look very Upper East Side-y? LOL. I know the show is over, but it's still one of my favorites. Anyway, this museum is huge so we didn't get to see everything, but we did see a lot of knights in Shining Armor, some weaponry, a nice load of ancient Aztec, Mayan and other indigenous culture masks and artifacts, modern art, and an American photography exhibit. 

NYC, The Met

NYC, The Met

NYC, The Met

NYC, The Met

NYC, The Met

NYC, The Met

NYC, The Met

NYC, The Met

NYC, The Met

NYC, The Met

After we felt like we got enough culture in us, we decided to, or more like Dirtsa found it, go to Dylan's Candy Bar. Now we do have one of these in LA, but this is the flagship store. It also has lots of candy, which I like LOL. Since we were already in the area, we also decided to go a looking for Serendipity (3), but we didn't feel like waiting just to go in and eat frozen hot chocolate (yes I know that's an oxymoron), so we just took pictures like the posers we are. 
NYC, Dylan's candy bar

NYC, Dylan's candy bar

NYC, Dylan's candy bar

NYC, Serendipity 3

XOXO, future Upper East Sider (JK),
Astrid 



Monday, December 23, 2013

Day 7 in NYC: Stocking Up on Groceries and Dinner

So after a long day in Hoboken and an amazing Broadway show the night before, we decided to take it kinda easy the following day. We also decided to do much more practical non-touristy stuff. This meant a trip to Costco to stock up on supplies for my 4 month stay in NYC. If you go to my vlog channel on YouTube, the video of my Costco trip should be up soon. This also allowed me to find the nearest Ulta and T.J. Maxx LOL. Later that night we decided to take my now former roommate(and host) out for dinner as an advanced Thank You. We ended up going to an Italian restaurant in the neighborhood were I got some seafood entree and salivated over dessert. I also had an Irish coffee which is basically a coffee spiked with Whiskey (that was their version). Other than that our day was pretty basic. Enjoy the food porn :)


NYC

NYC

NYC

NYC

NYC

Sorry for the bad quality of the pics by the way, they were taken in low light on my phone.

Belly Full and Costco upped,
Astrid

Day 6 in NYC: Carlo's Bakery and Broadway

NYC, TKTS Booth,

So almost had a wifi scare yesterday because my roommate had thought she needed to turn over our modem, but thankfully, we found a solution and I can keep updating this blog :) . Anyway, our sixth day in the Big Apple was amaze balls! We started the day early attending a church related thing my mom wanted to do that is based in Brooklyn (she is a JW if you wish to know, AND RESPECT). After that we made our way down to the TKTS discount booth at the Jay St Metrotech and got tickets to the Broadway production of Phantom of the Opera. My sister and me were beyond excited because that is one of our favorite musicals and movies. 

Since we had time to spare between buying the tickets and when the show, we decided it was a good idea to make our way over to Hoboken, New Jersey, at Dirtsa's insistence. She really wanted to go visit Cake Boss's bakery, the original of course, not the one in Times Square. So off we went to wait for 3 hours to get in for a few cannoli.

Hoboken, Carlo's Bake Shop, Cake boss

So here is Carlo's Bake Shop in all its glory. And like I said we waited 3 hours to get in. The line went as long as across the street where you had to get a number and wait in line until it was your turn. Now it wasn't so long that that is why it took 3 hours to get our pastries, but it just happened to be that shortly after we got in line, Buddy and his crew had a meeting with Governor Christie and the small business committee (something like that). We were not happy, at first, until we started talking and became friends with a nice Irish family who was waiting in line in front of us. We had some good conversation with them and have kept in touch with them through FaceBook! Isn't it great how easily one can make friends while traveling? Anyway, after the 3 hours of waiting, we FINALLY got to the front of the line, and the best part, we got to take a picture with buddy.

buddy, cake boss, Hoboken, New Jersey, carlo's bake shop

We got lucky about that opportunity too since they told us we were the last people allowed to take a picture because Buddy had to leave. That also explains the weird look on my face and Dirtsa's awkwardly pointing. She was trying to tell the guy taking the picture he had to focus. After the picture we were allowed to go inside and place our order. I was able to get a shot of the inside. We ended up getting cannoli and some pirouettes. 

Hoboken, carlo's bake shop, cake boss

Then it was time to go back into the city. Since we still had some time on our hands before the show, we decided to walk around and get some pictures in. Sorry for the blurriness again. I love my Nikon D3100, but really dislike it's lack of autofocus for quick snapshots. 


Times Square, NYC, Broadway


At last, it was time for the show!!!! We were soooo excited. We were also grateful to finally have the chance to sit down since we were on our feet for the greater part of the day. If you haven't seen Phantom of the Opera live, I truly recommend it. It is one of the most magical experiences of my life. The set design was amazing and the best part was the chandelier being lifted up at the beginning of the show. The singing was even more incredible and the performers were excellent. It definitely has been the cherry on top of everything NYC, and that includes all of my time here. Enjoy the pics :)

Times Square, NYC, Broadway, phantom of the opera

Times Square, NYC, Broadway, phantom of the opera

Times Square, NYC, Broadway, phantom of the opera

Treats & Glitz,
Astrid


Sunday, December 22, 2013

Day 5 in NYC: Walking Central Park, ALL OF IT

central park

So I know I was really good on this blog for a while earlier this month and it might have seen I was back to being a bad blogger. BUT this time I have a valid excuse. I was actually avoiding and procrastinating on my final projects and papers by working on this blog ( LOL yes my form to avoid what I should be doing is being productive in other things I've procrastinated on), but alas I had to pay attention to final projects and papers as well as finish up my internship. So now that everything is officially done and turned in, I can get back to giving this blog the much love it needs. Anyway off to what this blog is about and that is the fifth day of NYC touristy things which was walking all of Central Park. 

central park
Let's Begin

central park

central park

central park

So when my mom asked what we should do on this day of the vacation week, I suggested why don't we do one of the most NYC touristy things I could thing of which was to visit Central Park. We all agreed that it was a good idea, but my were we naive. See, we didn't know just how big the park actually was, we just thought oh we will get right to the parts of the park we always hear or see in any show that takes place in NYC. Well we were in for a big awakening. When I looked up the directions for how to get there, I had many different options for "addresses" and so I decided that starting at the North End would be the best idea so we could start from the very top (again I was very naive to just how much the park embarked). That meant we ended up starting near Harlem. 

We then decided to choose a random trail that for whatever reason made sense to us and went on our merry way. Well this meant we ended up walking around, somewhat aimlessly, for 2 hours. We seriously just walked and walked and walked and of course I took many pictures in between. Even though we, especially my mom and Dirtsa, wanted to make sense of this trail and end up somewhere of notice where we could call it a day and say we walked through Central Park so this could be over, I must say we got some really nice views. 

central park
My pretty sister allowing me to take an artsy pic of her on the bridge :)

central park

central park

Central Park
Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre(or so the sign said)


Central park


central park
Sorry for the Blurriness, hard to focus in bright sunlight

Central Park

Central park

Eventually we did find Sheep's Meadow, and the Carousel, and to much relief a place to eat called the BallPlayer's House. And we ended up walking ALL of the park or at least walked from the very North end to the very South end by Fifth Avenue. So yea, my mom and sister were definitely pissed I made them walk about 6 miles that day. However that didn't stop us from making a quick visit to FAO Schwartz at the end of it LOL. In all honesty though, I really enjoyed myself because the park truly did feel magical. Anyway, hope you enjoyed the pictures and here are some more.

central park


Central park
Carousel

central park
Food, Finally!

Central Park





Central park
View of the buildings from inside the park

central park
Mom and Dirtsa

central park
Mom and me :)

central park
Ending with the monument(?) on Fifth Avenue.



fao schwartz
Best Ending to a nature filled day LOL
Tired feet, but much love,
Astrid


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