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the beauty of the UWS

the Upper West Side is full of beautiful architectural details and the kind of gorgeous, old buildings that they just dont make anymore. i dont always notice these details when im walking around my neighborhood because im looking down, watching roxie or trying not to run into people, etc. i have started reminding myself to look up and look for the unique trims and building tops that don’t always show themselves unless you are looking for them:

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i will be posting more photos as i find more details worth drooling over 🙂

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snow!

the city has had QUITE the winter weather, lately! we’ve had lots of snow and it is pretty…until it gets gross 🙂 i went into the park the other day to capture some fresh snow before it turned into sludge.

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nicoles visit!

the first week in january my bff nicole came to visit us in the city! she lives in new zealand, so i hadnt seen her in over a year and a half! i was SO excited to show her around because last time she was in nyc, we were moving into our first apartment so we didnt have much time for fun! this time we fit in LOTS of exploring…and food. 😉

our week consisted of:

walking in the park with the pretty snow…

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taking a cupcake baking class at butter lane bakeshop…

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met up with friends around the city…

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went shopping…

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(anthropologie)

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(chinatown)

sat in the audience at the rachael ray show…

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ate lots of yummy food…
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(sal and carmines pizza)

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(johns on bleecker)

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(arepas on the LES)

and explored the city…

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(one of my favorite subway stops)

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(dodging walls of trash leftover from the christmas blizzard)

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(i liked this little guy at a subway stop in chelsea)

we had SUCH a great time! i hate that we cant have this much fun together all the time! i would like to leave you with a classic “tara and nicole” picture (this is what we look like 99% of the time when we are together)

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i miss you, my pea! thanks for coming to see my new york!

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some more gorgeous architecture from around my neighborhood…

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winter walk!

this morning i took roxie out for what i thought would be a walk around the block, but apparently she wanted some excercise because we walked for 45 mins! and it is 25* outside! people think i put on her winter coat just to make her look cute, but clearly it works!

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i havent been to the park since before thanksgiving, so while we walked it was nice seeing the change of seasons again. central park is beautiful in every season!

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roxie had some much fun playing on the rocks and chasing the squirrels & pigeons… she loves central park as much as i do!

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flurries!

we have had flurries a few times this year already but i feel like tonight is the first snow! we will have to wait and see in the morning but it sure is coming down! we took a little family walk around the block… i only had my phone so you cant really see the snow, but the city lights were so pretty i thought i would share anyways 🙂

they were filming a new harold and kumar movie on the next street so we watched them loading equipment for a moment…

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snowflakes!

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shake shacks pretty tree and the natural history museum…

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the upper west side is SO pretty…

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that was our little walk in the flurries! 🙂

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weekend fun!

on friday sarah, matt and i took a swing dance class at our YMCA, and we had so much fun!

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there were more women than men, and the men switched partners alot, so sarah and i danced together most of the time, haha. it was fun though, shes a great partner!

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i was so proud of matt, he did really well!

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on the way home we admired all the christmas lights strung up around lincoln center…

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on saturday sarah and i took our afrojazz dance class that we LOVE, its so much fun! and a really good workout! on the way home we saw a bunch of the santas from the “santa pub-crawl”…they literally just dress up like santas and drink all day. it was so funny seeing all these santas everywhere!

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this is an accidental photo of sarah and the santas…

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this is one of my favorite NYC shots ever… santas eating shawarma!

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after i got home and showered and rested a bit, matt and i headed downtown to chelsea market to see what fun we could get into 🙂

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we had never been to this market, i dont know how we missed it! it was so awesome! it was very industrial feeling, inside and they had it all decorated with lights and snowflakes…

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there were lots of neat shops that are there year-round, and every sort of food you could imagine including an italian market, crepes, meat pies from australia, thai, fresh seafood, a few different bakeries and lots of other good stuff!

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the italian market…

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imports from marrakesh…

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eleni’s bakery…
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the gift basket store…
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the filling station with all different types of salt, olive oil and vinegars(this is our FAVORITE type of store!)

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they also had a special “store” just for the holidays, called “jingle at the chelsea market”. it was so great! i loved all the different vendors, they had a great selection!

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the fred flare shop had gummie bears on a stick. so cute! …

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loved these sweet stuffed animals at nook nook…

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after all that shopping we were hungry so we got some crepes at the crepe stand and a ginger fizz and an orange fizz at the tuck shop!

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after a yummy dinner we headed home, and decided to walk home from columbus circle to see the lights there and at lincoln center…

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i loved the tree at lincoln center! it was so colorful and festive!

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on sunday we rested, and matt got some work done. i ate lunch and went to the columbus circle holiday market with sarah and terri and then back home for dinner with husby.
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after dinner all 4 of us decided to go see a movie (black swan…really well made, and the dancing was beautiful but i do NOT recommend it!)

this was a great last weekend in the city before i head home for christmas!

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Sinterklaas!

so our neighbor, sarah, is from holland and on tuesday she invited us to a sinterklaas party! sinterklaas is sort of similar to santa claus, except hes a bishop from spain(weird, right?) and he comes on december 5th!

on the night of the 5th “someone” dropped off a bag of dutch treats and a poem inviting us to the party. it was filled with lots of goodies including marzipan, chocolate letters, tiny gingerbread cookies(my new favorite!) and taitai bread in the shape of bishop sinterklaas 🙂

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we met her at the netherland club(which was in the same building as the national republican womens club, where i went to hear lee kessler speak) and enjoyed lots of yummy gingerbread cookies and some dutch christmas songs 🙂

there he is! sinterklaas, himself!

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sarah, me and husby at the party…
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afterwards we walked across the street to rockefeller center and enjoyed the pretty lights…

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thanks, sarah for a fun night!

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on monday, matt and i had a fun little night out. it was one week until our anniversary of getting engaged (5 december’s ago matt proposed to me on an ice skating rink in chicago :)) so we decided to celebrate by marking ice skating off our list of things to do in NYC! all the times ive visited, and now living here and i STILL hadnt skated at rockefeller center. well now i can say i have!

we started with dinner at a moroccan restaurant near port authority. we had never had moroccan but we love middle eastern food so we thought we would give it a shot!

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i LOVED the decor. on the side of the table against the wall they had pillows and cushions to sit on. it was so cozy! i also love the colors and lanterns.

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the food was really good! they served it in these clay pots. mine had a little hat on it and matts had parchment paper that they had to cut into to serve it. unfortunately i didnt get my camera out fast enough but i did get a really bright shot of my chicken with my phone 🙂

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(it wasnt really yellow in real life, it was just a chicken. it tasted way better than that picture looks :))

after a yummy dinner with LOTS of mint tea, we headed over to rockefeller center to do some skating!

we did pretty good..you know the 5 times we went around the rink 🙂 matt kept telling me to “look up and enjoy the ambience!”, haha! it really was gorgeous skating under the tree! we almost went a few weeks ago but im glad we waited for the tree to go up. it made it pretty magical.

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ok so….we asked 4 different people to take pictures of us with the tree…and none of them turned out great…but here are some of the best…including the one we took ourselves…

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i love that our subway stop was right by radio city so we could see their tree! its one of my favorite decorations in the city!

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i love date nights in the city with husby…and that was a GREAT one! 🙂

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weekend fun!

i have been excited to fit lots of holiday cheer into the 2 weekends we have until i leave for christmas!
on friday sarah came over for dinner and a movie, and some shake shack peppermint ice cream! why do i never have pictures of hanging out with sarah!? 😦 however, i do have a picture of the ice cream 🙂

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on saturday after a great afro-jazz class we headed downtown to the union square green market/ holiday market. two great markets in one!

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we stopped for a little snack…a wafel from the wafels and dinges booth! LOVE these!

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after fighting the crowds in the square we headed to chelsea to finish up some christmas shopping…

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right down the street from the store we went to was murray’s bagels. we have been meaning to try these bagels since we moved here. we decided to split one for a snack and took a few more home for breakfast this week! these bagels were AWESOME! even not-toasted (they won’t toast your bagel. don’t ask.) it was one of my favorite bagels i have had here…and the bagels sunday morning at home were great, too!

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after snacking and shopping we went to one last craft market before heading home…you know…at MARTHA STEWARTS OFFICES! holy cow, i was so excited to see her offices. i mean, she wasn’t there but it was still really cool! they did such a good job putting everything together. of course they did. it’s martha.

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i loved the tinsel chandeliers!

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they had a “craftwalk”! (like a cake walk but you win crafts, not cakes :))

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they also had a station where you could make your own ornaments using martha’s awesome new glitter! it was fun and you got to take home your ornament!

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this was my ornament after i got it home…the glitter really does look pretty!

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after a very christmas-y day we went home, snuggled up on the couch, and watched old chevy chase movies while eating vietnamese 🙂

sunday we were completely lazy, and stayed in the house until about 5pm. husby watched football while i wrapped Christmas presents, and we ate leftover vietnamese for lunch. that night we headed down to the meatpacking district to eat italian for dinner. i love the meatpacking district, its so hip and SO new york!

a couple of iphone shots around the restaurant…

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after dinner we had a very chilly walk to a from the subway. its getting COLD here! peppermint hot chocolate from TJ’s ended the evening 🙂

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