March 12, 2015

That Time I Went to Manhattan and Brooklyn Last Summer... (#FBF)


One of the things I'm really going to miss about working for Voto Latino is the opportunity to travel. I've gotten used to traveling at LEAST once a month, either for work or for fun, and I'm already afraid of feeling a little... claustrophobic and land-locked when I get to Utah! ⊙﹏⊙

That's seriously one of the BEST things about living on the East Coast – the fact that you can get almost anywhere so easily, quickly, and affordably.

This belated post chronicles my travels to the LULAC National Conference last year in NYC (it's in SLC this year! If you're going, come visit me! Woo hoo!).

I've already forgotten the name of my hotel, but I liked it, and it was in this neighborhood, around the corner from the Ed Sullivan Theater:


One of the people I got to see at the conference was Juana, who I know from her days in DC. Juana actually offered me my very first job out of college. And even though I ended up taking a different offer, I'll always remember her for taking a chance on me. I'm happy that we remain good friends. :)


The other suuuuuper awesome thing about this trip is that I got to see Lee and belatedly celebrate her 30th birthday!!! ʘ‿ʘ

We made plans to go to dinner, and last-minute, we decided to try to catch a Broadway show. We turned a corner and right in front of us was the theater for Jersey Boys! We inquired about tickets (the show was starting in <30 minutes!), and we were able to get seats for $27! (Hooray for student discounts!) The show was so, so good! If you haven't seen it, I highly recommend it. Possibly my favorite part was the fact that the crowd was so into the music, we were all singing along to the songs by Franki Valli and the Four Seasons. It was a good time!

A few years ago, my friend David introduced us to an awesome (and cheap!) Thai restaurant in Hell's Kitchen. Every time I try to find it I have to look up the location, BUT this time I was smart, and I took a photo of the intersection!

The restaurant is called Yum Yum Bangkok (how fitting!), and it's SO good! And cheap! The pad thai is only $9.95! That's a steal anywhere, but especially in NYC.


Lee lives in Brooklyn, and we spent the next morning exploring and adventuring.


We started our day off with brunch at Station Cafe in Gowanus.

Brunch & Sara June

This is Lee's best friend, roommate, and business partner, Sara. Sara is a talented hair stylist, and she JUST opened the cutest salon, Sara June! (Go see her if you're in Brooklyn!) The salon is right next door to Station Cafe, and it was fun to see the construction site right as they were starting.

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After the tour of Sara June, we hit up one of my NYC bucket list items – the Brooklyn Flea!

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And guess who was there the same day?? (Except we didn't see them?? #fangirling)


But hey, Brooklyn Flea, we really liked you!

Brooklyn Flea

I also realllllly liked THESE NINA Z CLOGS:

And these!

But in this color also?


The only problem was that I gave up shopping in 2014, which meant I COULDN'T BUY THEM!! ಥ_ಥ

(I'm happy to report I've since purchased a pair! I can't wait for the weather to warm up so I can finally wear them outside!) 

After the flea, we took a li'l break at Fort Greene Park.

Brooklyn Flea

And naturally, our trip also included a pit stop at Junior's – aka the most delicious cheesecake of my liiife (chocolate mousse cheesecake... mmmm!)

Brooklyn Junior's
Brooklyn tacos
Some carnitas tacos for the road, and I was back on a train to DC that afternoon.

I'm going to miss these little NYC trips, but I'm looking forward to going BACK at least once more this year for my friend Lesley's wedding in September! Hope your guest room is ready for me, Lee! ;)

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