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Manhattan for the Day

As mentioned in the previous post, we had plan on spending the day in New York city before catching our train back to DC today. We started the day with some delicious brunch at The French Coast on the Upper West Side.

Chocolate & Banana Crepe The French Coast Upper West Side New York

Chocolate & Banana Crepe $10.25 (mine)

Applewood Smoked Bacon The French Coast Upper West Side

Applewood Smoked Bacon $4 (shared)

Pesto scrambled eggs The French Coast Upper West Side New York

Pesto Scambled Eggs $10.25 (G’s)

Food was good but service was slow. Somehow people who arrived after us got their food before we did! Oh well… in any case, as I’m writing this post I realized that those were the only food pics that I took since we were walking around the whole day and just bought street food instead of eating at a proper restaurant. And walked we did.. as we covered 4 miles (~54 blocks) from the apartment of G’s relative all the way to Penn Station to catch our train back to DC.

Of course it goes without saying that we stopped by in stores along Fifth Avenue on our way to Penn Station.

USS Maine Monument New York City Columbus Circle

USS Maine Monument at the southwest corner of Central Park near Columbus Circle

Bergdorf Goodman New York

Bergdorf Goodman

Bergdorf Goodman 111th anniversary window

One of the many windows at Bergdorf that’s celebrating their 111th anniversary

We also stopped by at YSL, Chanel, and ZARA to window-shop. I tried on a ZARA tweed jacket which I tweeted earlier and it’s on the Fall shopping list along with a leather jacket!

ZARA F/W 2012 Fantasy Fabric Jacket Zips Tweed Black SilverZARA Fantasy Fabric Jacket with Zips $169

ZARA F/W 2012 Fantasy Fabric Jacket Zips Tweed Black Details close upClose up of details

I think the jacket would make a great Fall jacket, a modern version of the tweed jacket with a twist (in this case, zips) that can pass as a classic in time to come.

I also tried on the biker leather jacket in ZARA and they had the M in store which definitely fits better. (I had previously tried the S and it fits snugly but with a sweater or thicker top underneath, it would be too tight.)

ZARA Padded Shoulder Leather Biker Jacket F/W 2012ZARA Leather Biker Jacket with Padded Shoulders $249

ZARA Leather Biker Jacket with Padded Shoulders DetailsClose up of details

I have always toyed with the idea of getting a leather jacket but never really followed through. Perhaps this Fall one will make its way to my wardrobe? Well, I guess time will tell!

In any case, I had a wonderful weekend in New York and I hope you had a good one, too!

Nordstrom Gift Card & Saturday Dinner

I received an email from Nordstrom (aka Nordies) on Wednesday about their gift card gift away for their Anniversary Sale worth $10 to $200 and immediately suggested to G that we had to go to the mall on Friday to redeem it.

G said it is probably $10 while I was thinking perhaps $25 or at most $50. Regardless, I was intent on redeeming the gift card come Friday. Work ended up being really stressful on Friday not to mention that I had to stay late. When we made it to Nordies on Friday night, I  was eager to redeem the gift card hoping to be able to buy something small as retail therapy. It took a while for the sales associate to redeem the gift card for me, so I wandered around the accessories section while G waited patiently at the counter. When he called out to me to let me know of the amount, I was surprised but elated! While I did not strike the jackpot of $200, I was awarded a $100 gift card! Woohoo! The universe rewarded me for my crazy day at work with a hefty gift card!

Nordstrom $100 gift card

I walked around the store browsing to see if there was anything I had to have, but alas nothing since I wanted to spend it on something practical and/or a classic. I left the store empty-handed but I did make a purchase online when I return home later that night (which I will blog about in a separate post). Oh, the suspense! Heh.

That aside, I wanted to share the yummylicious dinner that we made on Saturday. Paleo chicken nuggets and stuffed chicken with pesto and cheese from Kalyn’s Kitchen. (We used the leftover mix we had from the chicken nuggets for the stuffed chicken.)

Chicken nuggets and stuffed chicken with pesto and cheese

G is on a semi-Paleo diet where grain-free meals are preferred. (Semi because he still eats non-Paleo on occasion, not on a strict 100% Paleo diet.) I have to say ever since he decided to be on this diet, we’ve been cooking and experimenting with a multitude of dishes which has been a lot of fun! Dinner was also accompanied by a super healthy shake of avocados, banana, blueberries, cherries, raspberries, and kiwi fruit. (My concoction!) We used chocolate almond milk as the base and it was lip-smacking delish! And oh, Wenlock the London Olympics mascot endorses our dinner because it was healthy and yummy! Meal fit for champions!

I hope you had a lovely weekend!