Thanks for your comments on my last post about NYC - to those of you saying you'd love to do the same with YOUR girls, I say do it! Don't just talk about it - get together, make a concrete plan, get saving and DO IT! It'll be great!
Now, I won't lie, one of the things I was most looking forward to when visiting America for the first time was the food. I had a checklist of all-American foodstuffs to try: Burger, Hot-Dog, Pizza, Fries ... I was expecting vast quantities of extremely fatty food and I couldn't wait. What I got in reality was good-sized portions of the most delicious (and yeah, probably not the most healthy) food - I was really pleasantly surprised by the quality of every meal, from the truffle and lobster I sampled right down to the $2 hot-dog from a street vendor. Being a bit of a foodie, and of course a blogger, I couldn't resist recording for posterity almost everything I ate...
The breakfasts in particular were pretty impressive. New York hotels don't really 'do' breakfast, but this was fine by us as it meant we got to try several different places :)
Blueberry Muffin - TICK!
In the cafe at the Met.
Banana Pancakes and Maple Syrup - TICK!
At Pershing Square near Grand Central Station - our favourite cafe
Doughy Goodness at Amy's Bread -
Nothing from the checklist but had to be included - we had coffee, orange and apple juice, almond bread, chocolate and black cherry buns and cashew brittle bars.
French toast with cream cheese 'mousse' (nicer than it sounds), maple syrup and fruit at Aroma
Egg, bacon (and cheese??) bagel with roast potato croquettes (??) at Ellen's Stardust Diner
I can't remember what this was called on the menu but my friend ordered what turned out to be basically a Victoria Sponge for her breakfast at Ellen's
Banana Waffles - TICK!
With maple syrup, back at Pershing Square
For lunch we tended to grab something on the go - street food is plentiful in New York as you'll know if you've seen any film ever - or nip in somewhere for a 'light' bite(!)
Hot Dog - TICK!
Bought outside the Met on our first day, we then spent the rest of the trip singing 'The King of Rock n Roll' by Prefab Sprout
Hot Pastrami Sandwich - TICK!; Pickles - TICK!; Chocolate Milkshake - TICK!
At Carnegie Deli. Just look at the size of it!! Totally delicious but could only manage half. And the size of those pickles!!!
Pretzel - TICK!
In the queue for the Liberty Island ferry. The only foodie disappointment of the trip - soooo salty that it was inedible.
Chinese Food - TICK!; Snapple - TICK!
This looks grim but it was so good! In the extensive dining concourse at Grand Central Station.
McDonald's - TICK!
This was at JFK on our way home. It had to be done, just to see if it's any better than the UK. Verdict: not that different, but they DO do burgers with mushrooms in (huge bonus points from me!) - and note that they have 'third-pounders' rather than quarter-pounders - eek!
Cheeseburger and Fries - TICK!
At Del Frisco's Grille, Rockefeller Centre - just amazing! All the burgers are shiny, no idea what that is but it's good!!
Meatloaf - TICK!
Also at Del Frisco's - this was my friend's, it was nice but I was glad I'd gone for the burger.
Truffle Mac n Cheese - TICK!
At Vynl. First try of both truffle and non-packet-mix macaroni cheese - delicious!
Lobster Mac n Cheese - TICK!
I'll clearly never be able to eat plain old Mac n Cheese after having all these lah-di-dah versions!
At Sangria 46 - not on the checklist but we love us a bit of Spanish food and the sangria here was amazing!
Sliders - TICK!
Disco Fries - TICK!
I must confess I'd never heard of Sliders or Disco Fries until I got to America and started seeing them listed on menus and wondering what they were. Answer: mini burgers (much more filling than one normal burger!) and fries with bacon, cheese and gravy on top
(I've had something like this many a time after a night out in Newcastle to be honest!)
We didn't seem to eat all that much sweet stuff while we were there, too full from all the other food I guess! But we did of course have to visit the tourist shops on Times Square for some famous 'candy'!
New York Cheesecake, Chocolate Brownie, Apple Pie - TICK!, TICK!, TICK!
M&Ms - TICK!
Hershey's - TICK!
Bloody disgusting! HOW anyone eats this is beyond me.
Reese's Peanut Butter Cups - TICK!
Oh YUM YUM YUM!! And a shop has recently popped up near me selling all kinds of American candy too so I'll definitely be buying more of these!
And finally, being four best friends in New York City, we had to make like the SATC girls and sample plenty of cocktails!
Champagne - TICK!
OK so not a cocktail per se. The lovely hotel peeps left us chilled champagne and chocolate strawberries in our room after I'd emailed ahead saying we were celebrating our 30th birthdays - always worth doing if it's a special occasion!
Bellini - TICK!
Cosmopolitan/Manhattan - TICK!
We definitely tried both - this was a version of one or the other (funnily enough my recollections of which drink is which are not quite as clear as for the food!)
Old-Fashioned - TICK!
Again, this was a 'version' of it, with berries in - lovely but strong!
Various cocktails named after musicians -
IN Vynl (again, we loved it there), all the cocktails are named after music-types. Again, I can't remember which these ones are but we definitely sampled:
Prince, Beyonce, Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch, Lady GaGa, Elton John, Jimi Hendrix and Don Ho - amazing!
Again, not on the checklist, this was a complimentary drink that came with the bill in Sangria 46 (as if the sangria hadn't already done enough damage!)
Here I am with a proper Martini with olives in. I look rather pleased but it was actually pretty rank.
Also sampled but not shown: Pepperoni pizza, Tootsie Roll, Nerds, Candy Corn, Long Island Iced Tea, Coke, Oreos, Butterfingers.
What do you think of my checklist - have I missed anything vital?