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Farewell, Waldorf Astoria

When I think of the Waldorf Astoria, one thing comes to mind: Coming To America, the comedy with Eddie Murphy. It’s one of those iconic New York City institutions like The Plaza Hotel or Katz Deli – you think it’s always going to be there. So I was a bit saddened to hear that the hotel has been sold and will be closed during its renovation – most of the rooms will be gone and replaced by luxury apartments while the ground floor will have boutiques.

This past weekend, Brian took me on a day date and we spent a couple of hours wandering the landmark hotel. I can’t think of a better way to spend a day than to be surrounded by beautiful, Art Deco splendor. Click through for more photos!

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Birthday Cake Croissants at Union Fare

One early day in the Flatiron area, Brian and I wandered into Union Fare, this HUGE cafe/bakery/cafeteria/cozy brunch spot. The coffee is delicious but we specifically went to try the Birthday Cake Croissant. (We ended up getting that, the Fruity Pebbles, and the Red Velvet Croissant because what is self-control anyway, amirite?) Click through for more photos!

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Black Tap Craft Burgers & Beer

Brian and I were near the Meatpacking District, I was getting hangry, and subsequently had this insane craving for a big, fat, juicy burger. We headed towards Black Tap and as we were walking, I saw this long line on the block. Naturally, I assumed it was a line for a show. Of course, I realized too late that these people in line are actually there for the burgers as well.

Mid-Panic, I asked Brian to buy us tacos from the truck across the street (LOL) while I waited in line for a table. The line was almost half a block and we were told that the wait was going to be 40 minutes. 40 MINUTES! 10 minutes in, Brian came back with two pork tacos and after scarfing them down, we both agreed to wait another 5, after that we were going for a slice. Not even two seconds later, the hostess came in and said they had bar seating for two! PERFECT. Click through to continue reading!

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U-be Trippin’ at New Territories

Have you ever heard of Ube? It’s a purple yam and it’s in abundance in the Philippines.

If you grew up in the Philippines, you’ll know that this purple starch is a really common flavor in Filipino cuisine. Ube is as ubiquitous in the Philippines the same way sweet potato is here in the US. And it comes in lots of forms: ice cream, cake, pastry toppings – but my ultimate fave is Ube Halaya. It’s this sweet, sticky, purple jam that you can slather on crackers, top your halo-halo with, or the best way, which is to eat it by the spoonfuls. IT’S SAH GAHD.

It’s one of those things that were so common growing up and then you move somewhere it’s a rarity and so you don’t realize how awesome it really is. Which is why I had to go to New Territories in Chinatown – an ice cream spot where they serve your frozen treats with a bubble waffle filled with Ube. Not going to lie, I wish the waffle was filled with more but beggars can’t be choosers! More photos after the jump!

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Toiletpaper Paradise

5:45 pm. It’s Valentine’s Day. Did Brian make reservations at a romantic, dimly-lit restaurant with a three-course, pre-fix Lover’s Day Special? Nope! We headed down to Hudson Street to view the Toiletpaper Paradise exhibit at the Cadillac House.

It’s the best date ever. The installation is an interactive, visual clusterfuck. It feels like I’m in Ikea on acid and it’s amazing. Click through for more pics!

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