Spring Break: NYC + Brunch at Jake’s

It’s Spring Break and our first destination is New York City!

We ate a lot of great Asian food while we were in NYC; I even managed to hit up five of the places that were on my Insider’s Food Hunt Galore! NYC Edition. Unfortunately, the only restaurant I didn’t have any food pictures of is Grand Sichuan (it’s ended up in our stomachs soon after a long day of travel).

Here we go with the food pics!

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Mew Men’s Shio-Paitan with Egg

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Coco Brandy Milk Tea. Warm for the hands and the body! 

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Bonjuk’s Salmon Vegetable Porridge.

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Taiyaki NYC! Build your own Taiyaki: Green tea and black sesame ice cream with custard filling!

Aside from stuffing ourselves with good food, we also visited several Sephora locations. I’m happy that there are a couple large Sephora locations in NYC; I’ve been scoping out a lot of products online but haven’t had a chance to try them out. After trying on various products over the several visits, I ended up bringing a new treasure home! I initially only tried out lipsticks, but YSL’s Voluptè Tint-in-Balm Catch Me Orange (#8) ended up catching my eye!

Monday night my friends and I went to see Sleep No More, an amazing immersive play constructed by a British theater company called DrunkPunch. Sleep No More is based on Shakespeare’s Macbeth as well as the Paisley witch trials. This production takes place in the Mckittrick Hotel, which consists of five main floors over several buildings with over 100 rooms you can explore. Actors, audience members, and props during the three-hour show are constantly moving within this space. You can explore at your own pace, watch scenes, and potentially become part of the scene or even have a one-on-one with an actor! Sleep No More was a really fun experience that I will talk more about in a later post.

After a great night with the cast of Sleep No More, we headed back to the hotel with a large box of pizza and were prepared find more good food joints for our last day in NYC before leaving. It was supposed to be snowing our last day, but what was once supposed to be “light snow” suddenly became a blizzard. Our Peter Pan Bus back to Northampton was canceled and we freaked out. Suddenly it felt like we were in survival mode; we, fortunately, were able to extend our stay and bought a lot of food at a local bakery and CVS that night in case stores would be closed the next day.

In all honesty, the weather actually wasn’t all so bad in NYC, but the blizzard hit Western MA pretty badly and the road conditions didn’t permit us to travel back. Fortunately, we were really lucky to catch the only Amtrak running back to Springfield on Thursday.

Saturday morning, I was able to catch up with a good friend over brunch. We went to a restaurant called Jake’s. It’s a small and popular brunch spot in Northampton; she tells me that there’s always a long line for the food here, rain or shine. We were a bit fortunate because many students aren’t arriving back on campus until tomorrow evening so the wait was only about 20-25 minutes. At Jake’s I got a cup of freshly squeezed orange juice along with a single walnut pancake and Jake’s Eggs.

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This Spring Break I was able to make many memories with old friends and new ones, and I hope that I will be able to go on more adventures with them during my time in college.

Now that Spring Break is coming to the end, I guess that means it’s back on the grind. Work hard, play hard is the motto right? Until next time!

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