New York, NY

I absolutely love New York. For so many reasons, but I wonder if mainly for the food.
There are just so many options it’s crazy and some could argue worth being fat for.
Almost every corner a coffee shop, pretzl or hot dog cart. Streets filled with cool eateries, grocery stores and deli’s.
Every borough seems filled with unlimited restaurants, bars and cafes.
There are just so many options so I thought it best to put a list together of them, because sometimes it’s best to plan ahead when you have limited time, can’t think of what to eat or be bothered to review read.
Below are some places I’ve been and some on the list for next time:

Baohaus 🍣
Roberts pizza 🍕
Randolph beer – serve your own 🍻
Pig and Khao – Pad Thai pancakes 🌶🥞
The Smith – Mac & Cheese 🧀🍝
Levain Bakery 🍪🍪
El toro blanco 🌮
MJ steakhouse 🐮
Lavo 🍖🍾🥃
Patrizias 🍝🍕
Charlie Palmers Steakhouse 🐮
Kola house 🍹🍗🍔
AOC – French Resteraunt 🐌🥖🥐
Chikaliciois 🍮🍦🍰
Cha Cha matcha 🍵
Buns Bar Burgers 🍔
Vinnies Pizza 🍕🍕
Meatball Shop 🍝
Bb.q Chicken 🍖🍗
LAN Larb Thai 🌶🍜
Burrito box 🌮
Momofuku 🍜🌶
Oppa New Korean Market 🍝🍗🍲🌮
Blue Ribbon Chicken 🍗🍖
Sarges Deli 🌯🥒🥗
Wow Fulls 🎂🍧🍭
Black Tap 🍗🍻
Luke’s Lobster 🦐
BarPitti 🍝
Balthazar 🥓🍳
Buddakan 🐲
International Wings Factory 🐥
Wagamama Noodle Bar 🍜
Le Boite En Bois 👨🏻
Big Mozz 🧀
Lombardis Pizza 🍕
Prontito Hot Dogs 🌭
Le Rivage 🐌
Sushisamba 🍣
Toms Restaurant – Seinfeld 🥓🍳
Koronet Pizza 🍕
Mr Bing – Peking Duck Pancakes 🥞
Katz’s Deli 🍔
Pommes Frites 🍟
Empire Diner 🍧
China Town 🍣
J.G Melon Burgers 🍔
Tony Boloneys 🍕
The Ainsworth 🍔🍗🍻
Crif dogs 🌭
Le Coucou 🐌
Jack’s Wife Freda  🥓🍳
Robertas Pizza🍕
Mexico 2000 Williamsburg 🌮
Sons of Essex 🍗🐮🥃🍹🍸
Beauty & Essex  🍗🐮🥃🍹🍸

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vegas got me good

I’ve spent so much time traveling the last couple of years and not locked into a 9-5 and I wouldn’t change a single part of it. Not the money spent, nor the money I didn’t make while being away.  Maybe the flight delays, breaking my laptop and that time I fully stacked it in a hurry to get through customs in front of so many people, but other than that, nothing.

For this trip I hadn’t pre booked a hire car and a couple hotels here and there because I didn’t want an exact plan. Uber’s great, but if you’re keen on having you’re own wheels, check out SKURT

We stayed at the W hotel in West Beverly Hills/Westwood, It’s walking distance to so many cool little shops, cafes and bars.

If you’re interested in doing things like seeing a baseball game or theme park, Staples Centre and Universal Studios are within half hour drive or so from the hotel and Santa Monica Pier is around 15 minutes . If you’re keen on the Hollywood sign thing, something I’v been wanting to do for years and still haven’t, Griffith Park is  about 45 mins away.

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I love the Vegas. We had a big group of us this time. I feel like I only just survived it.

For the weekend we did dinner at Firefly on the Friday night and had an upper bungalow at Drais Beach club the Saturday. Insane spot to spend the day. The rest of my time was spent hungover, so I basically have nothing else to report.

Getting back to Venice from Vegas we weren’t sure where we wanted to stay. I just knew I wanted to be close to Abbott Kinney and Santa Monica. We found this cool little apartment block last minute called Venice Breeze Suites. An old building right on the boardwalk. If you don’t mind the bongo playing bums, which you shouldn’t, they’re totally harmless and too busy being high all the time, it’s a great spot to stay.   Muscle Beach and the skate park are basically just out the front and there’s always filming of TV shows and commercials happening. We had an ocean front suite on level 2. I wouldn’t go any lower and I’d only stay here if you had an ocean view room.

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LA I love you.

We chose to stay at the Viceroy this time and it was amazing. It was only a short walk down Ocean Ave to the Pier and just up Broadway a little further you have shopping hot spots and a heap of sweet eats.
We had an ocean view room which was perfect for watching the sun set over Santa Monica beach.
For all the girls who have hair like mine, only manageable with a good blowdryer, Viceroy have THE best blowdryer I’ve ever used in any hotel I’ve stayed at in the states. I realise this probably isn’t an important feature for most but I give it a bigger tick of approval just for it.
Old fave – Barneys Beanery
New fave – Urth Cafe

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Skurt Hire car | Viceroy Hotel

Sake Jr – eat good, feel good

Saké Jr is the new fast food sibling of the much loved and awarded contemporary Japanese restaurant Saké Restaurant & Bar that just opened in Pitt Street Mall.  It offers a completely customised healthy foodie experience, where you can build your own bowl.
So yum

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