Oh boooy where do we even begin?!
This past (long) weekend I traveled to New York City to work on some exciting new projects for the BGB Community with my best friend and blogging & business partner Christina. It was quite a whirl wind but we managed to get a lot accomplished but more importantly it reinvigorated my passion and enthusiasm for all of the things we have planned and the purpose behind why we do what we do.
Something I noticed along my travels was that, while we had long, long days with tons of new faces (something as an introvert I sometimes struggle with) I felt happier and more energized than I have in months. I don’t know whether to blame this on the sun coming out, being on a blogging high or maybe the fact that my current job as a barista means I’m constantly focusing on making other people’s days a little brighter. Anywhoo, it reminded me how important it has been to push outside my comfort zone when it comes to meeting people, small talk and being “interested not interesting” (an important lesson my boss has really reinforced).
The reason I wanted to share this nugget is because, as someone who struggles with being “on” around new people and often feels drained after a lot of social engagement, I’m learning that I can improve this skill just like any other muscle. It just takes constantly pushing that comfort zone and feeling “awkward” … until you don’t.
In classic Wednesday fashion I wanted to share some highlights of our delicious eats from the city. I hit up a couple of my favorite spots and stopped at a few new places I’ve been dying to try.
Black Seed Bagel – Whole Wheat Bagel with Ricotta, Honey & Apple
This was quite enjoyable and a good size for a hearty sweet breakfast, but if we’re being honest I had total bagel envy for Christina’s avocado, cheese tomato bagel sandwich
Butcher’s Daughter – Vegan Grilled Cheese with Avocado and Veggie Bacon
The bread was so fluffy and crispy (vegan) buttery. I didn’t love love the “cheese” but the veggie bacon and avocado more than made up for it.
Chalait – Avocado Toast with a Poached Egg & Pepitas & Iced Matcha Latte with Almond Milk
I don’t remember this well because I think I blacked out when I saw how perfect it looked. Kidding, kinda. It was a little tricky to eat because we had it to go on a bench in Washington Square park, but I was eating delicious avocado so there are ZERO complaints.
By Chloe – Vegan Pesto Meatball Sub with Cashew Cheese
Probably the best thing I ate the entire weekend, you know what, make that this year. Seriously. The pesto: on point. The lentil meatballs: crispy on the outside, tender on the inside. The bun: damn good, perfect balance of light and crispy. The cashew cheese: icing on the “meat”ball. If you’re in NYC and like veggie food or heck even if you just like food, byChloe is worth the wait and lives up to the hype.
Ok, we hit up a TON of coffee shops, so many in fact, you might be worried for my health (or maybe just my wallet) but I’ll blame this on professional research, I am a barista after all. Here’s the rundown
1.) Gimme! – I might be bias because this is my favorite coffee shop from my college town (Ithaca NY) but I absolutely love gimme. Great great espresso, and super friendly baristas which is always a huge plus in my book. I had an iced almond milk latte but I would recommend any drink on thier menu. Whenever I’m there I always buy a bag of their Leftist blend too.
2.) Stumptown – 3 words: Nitro Cold Brew. Omg. This trendy roaster/coffee shop serves up nitrogenated cold brew on tap, think coffee meets Guinness. This brew needs no ice nor milk and is deliciously creamy due to the nitrogen bubbles. I would like to swim in a sea of this.
3.) Pushcart Coffee – I’ve always really enjoyed their espresso, this was another one of my regular stops when I was interning in New York a couple summers ago. I enjoyed a soy latte from Pushcart and Christina had a cappuccino.
4.) Birch – This is one of my favorite stops for coffee in NYC. I especially have a soft spot for the one on 27th and 5th because I used to go there after my internship all the time. I had a soy cortado and Christina had a shot of espresso.
5.) Culture Espresso – Christina and I both got soy flat whites which were very enjoyable. They have great decor, coffee, but are on the small side so not great if you’re looking to sit down for a while.
6.) Cafe Grumpy – Somehow this gem is conveniently located near the Port Authority bus station aka a sea of gnarly mid-town chains and semi chaos. It’s on 39th and 7th so perfect if you’re switching between Penn Station and the bus.
7.) ThinkCoffee – Perfect if you need great coffee but plenty of space to spread out. They have free wifi and tons of room.
8.) Gregory’s Coffee – If you’re in midtown and in search of a solid alternative to Starbucks this is definitely my go-to.
This trip also reminded me how amazing it is to meet up with bloggers in real life. I got to see quite a few Insta-friends as well as members of the #BGBCommunity including the my old boss, the oat queen Rachel from RachLmansfield, the insanely talented Ashley of Fit Mitten Kitchen and the vegan goddess Leah of Love Me, Feed Me. Basically the moral of this story is whether you’re a blogger or a reader I want to find more ways to meet you <3
Thank you New York for the amazing weekend.
- What’s your go-to drink at a coffee shop?
- Have you ever been to NYC? What’s your favorite place to eat?