A couple weeks ago I caught a red eye out to NYC. Gabe and I were heading out there to film for the luxury sunglass company, Barton Perreira. We went straight to the shoot as soon as we landed - seriously, I did my makeup in the taxi that morning.

Anyway, when life gives you lemons make lemonade. I'm not sure if that phrase is appropriate here because nothing about this situation is negative. What I'm trying to say is we got the opportunity to go out to NYC to film and decided to stay a few extra days for fun. Why not?

We ended up making this trip a little celebration for our 5 years together. Making art with your best friend the best feeling - we shot this short vid together and Gabe surprised me with the edit recently. I can genuinely say that I'm so grateful for everything in life and wake up everyday with that sentiment.


Here's the deal - a lot of food was consumed while on this trip. It's just way too tempting when there's amazing places all over. So I'll fill you in on where you need to go.

-Lexington Brass - this place was actually at the hotel I stayed at (48LEX). ended up here after the first day of shooting all day/night. Good food and even better drinks. 

-Pax - super simple, easy little lunch spot. they're all over town. the one near bryant park has a create your own pasta station. that's right, this spot is not fancy but it's good and quick.

-Peter Luger - posted up in brooklyn and worth the trek. this restaurant has been the #1 steak house for years and years. you have to make a reservation - there are no walk in's. and you have to pay cash or debit - they don't take credit card. oh, and get the bacon - trust me.

-Baked by Melissa - you'll become addicted but that's fine. we went 3 times while in nyc and brought back 50 cupcakes for our friends. these are a must any and every time. and also very acceptable to have these delivered fresh to CA. that's how real the addiction is.

-Red Rooster - up in harlem and it's seriously so good. the vibe is great and the food amazing. everyone is talking about this place.

-Meatball Shop - spot on. when i went there the special was the 'mac n cheese ball'. it. was. amazing. 

-Momofuku Plus and Monofuku Milkbar - together in the same building and it equals heaven. Okay, first of all Monofuku Plus has a limited menu and you can't go wrong. I got the chicken sandwich and cheese fries. soooo good. Then I got even fatter and went to the Milkbar and got Fruity Pebble ice cream with sprinkles and also some birthday truffles. words don't even begin to describe how happy these desserts made me.

Anyway, you can thank me later. These were just the places from this trip. Others are: Freidman's for brunch, Tao for dinner and Ace for drinks.