New York: Museum of Art + Rockefeller Center

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Happy Tuesday, friends! I'm finally getting around to posting pictures from spring break in New York - of course, there's so many, I couldn't fit them all in one post. So here are our adventures from day one!
Excited for East Coast schennagins with my mom + little sisters. 

We stayed in New Jersey, an hour commute from New York via bus, so we started the day off in Jersey with some fresh juice + smoothies (my family's been on a juicing kick lately).

Unpictured is my Dunkin Donuts iced mint latte which was gone before I snap a picture. Dunkin Donuts is the main reason I love the East Coast...not gonna lie. They have my heart, forever and ever.

Breakfast with these two cuties! It was so much fun being in New York with my sisters and mom...girls' trip!

This one's a ham, and basically the cutest chica I know. 

New York sky! It was quite grey + rainy, so we headed to the Museum of Modern Art, or the MoMA. 

I was thrilled to see that they had an entire floor dedicated to photography. Camera geek + proud of it. 

We wandered for about two hours through all the floors; I even found an original Andy Warhol.

They even had a special exhibit for the architect Frank Lloyd Wright, which was lovely. 

One of my favorite parts of going to a museum in a large, metropolitan city is people-watching...there are always so many stylish people wandering the rooms.

After a few floors, we stumbled upon the Impressionists and the beautiful "Waterlilies" piece by Monet... (!!) My inner art aficionado was dying. DYING. 

My madre and sister in front of a Van Gogh, because they wanted "photographic proof." 

I love, love, love Van Gogh's "Starry Night," so I couldn't not capture it with my camera...although it's certainly nothing compared to the real thing! And all the Doctor Who fans sigh. 

After art-gazing, we hit the streets for some more walking, in search of fresh air + lunch. 

We finally made our way to the gorgeous Rockefeller Plaza! It's probably my favorite "uptown" part of New York out of all the main tourist spots. It's pretty, clean, and surrounded by shops. What's not to love?

Street fashion...I love that New Yorkers dress so fabulously and yet simply. And that blue coat!

 For lunch, we stopped in at Bouchon Bakery, a favorite that my mom + I discovered when we were in NY last year. Not only do they have delicious sandwiches, soups, and a coffee bar, but they make the most delightful macrons.

The most beautiful grilled cheese + tomato soup. Perfect rainy day New York. So, so good. 

 We were starrrrrving by this point + demolished everything in less than 15 minutes. Nothing left but crumbs!

Macarooooooooooooons: raspberry white chocolate, chocolate, and vanilla bean. 

Being modern, 21st century tourists, we needed to charge our iPhones rest our feet, so we ducked into Rockefeller Center and grabbed some Starbucks + free wifi on the bottom level. 

Then we headed back upstairs and across the street to the Lego Store!

The endless tower of every color in the world - and an Olaf!

Words to live by. 

New York is impressive at day, but there's nothing like it at night...there is definitely an excitement and magic in the air. 

Speaking of magic...we quickly headed to the Theater District for another destination. 

We had tickets for Wicked (sadly not the Idina Menzel version), but one that was still amazing, nonetheless. 

 The costumes and the set were absolutely breathtaking and masterful...and the story + songs were perfect.  I am unashamed to say that I cried. Multiple times. It was such a beautiful story, and I related to Elphaba in many, many ways. Any one else feel the same? 

 Also, when she belted Defying Gravity, I was definitely in tears and wanted to cheer and clap and say, "Amen, sister!!" Hello, my name is Grace. I am awkward + proud of it. 

My lovely dates to the theater. 

Of course, after a two and a half hour show, we were ready to eat again (Fact: you are always ready to eat when in New York), and after realizing that the famous Cake Boss Cafe was on our way back to Penn Station, we just had to stop in. 

Both of my little sisters are dedicated fans of Buddy Valastro and have seen every episode of his TLC fact, I've actually spoken to him on the phone! My parents were at my dad's annual business conference and Buddy was one of the celebrity guests. They stood in line for a picture, so my mother called me and put him on the phone!

So there I was standing in the isle of Hobby Lobby, casually chatting with one of America's most famous bakers about how much I enjoyed baking. He was ridiculously nice with a big, booming voice. Just like one of my uncles. So now you know...Buddy and I are actually BFFs. It's totes presh, y'all.

Ahem. Sorry. Stopping now.

We couldn't not order a cannoli and went ahead + tried a few other treats as well. I mean, when it's 11 p.m. and you're in New York, you go big or go home, right? The picture above on the right is of a lobster tail, which was essentially puff pastry filled with thick, sweet custard cream. Mmmmm.

 Every night should end with a peanut butter chocolate cupcake. But really.