New York City, New York

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I have been to New York City once in my life.  It was fun and exciting and freezing cold.  I do not recommend going in January, even if the flights are half price.  I want to go to NYC again, this time in the spring.

The most important thing I want to do in NYC is eat.  The hardest thing will be choosing, seeing as there are thousands of great restaurant to choose from.  Luckily visiting NYC involves a lot of walking, so that I can build up an appetite.

cronut2I want to stay at the Standard Hotel, where I would have brunch at the Standard Grill.  Then on my way out I would walk the Highline Park.  Then would have a Cronut. I have had a Cronut before, it was delicious and worth the two hours wait at Dominique Ansel Bakery. 

I would spend the next few hours walking and sightseeing.  I don’t enjoy too many of the typical tourist options, like the Empire State Building or the Statue of Liberty.  I want walk around and see different shops and boutiques.  I would love to take a long leisurely walk through Central Park, and enjoy the spring time foliage.

Next I would eat at Republic of Noodles in Union Square.  I love Pad Thai and really every type noodles.  Then I would like to walk across the Brooklyn Bridge to enjoy the view of the Manhattan skyline.  Then I would head to the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens to see the cherry blossoms in bloom.  cherrytreesBy this time I would be ready for dinner, and done with walking so I would hop on the subway and head towards the hotel.  On my way I would stop in Hell’s Kitchen for some dinner, probably Ethiopian food.  Inevitable I will get lost at some point during the day, but there is no place I would rather be lost in than New York City.

Please leave any comments about your favorite places to visit in New York City.

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St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands

Sometimes I feel like the only person in the world who has never been on a relaxing beach vacation.  I have been to exotic beaches, but it was not as relaxing as I would have wanted under ideal circumstances.  I went to the beach for a day in Nha Trang, Vietnam, which was beautiful, however I was 14 years old, and spending time in a bathing suit was not my favorite activity.   I also visited the beaches Costa Rica when I was 17, a slightly better experience because I was able to go with a friend, however therst thomese was not a lot of time to relax, and we spent our days zip-lining and trying to surf.  That’s why I have decided I need to on a relaxing vacation to the Caribbean.

I am lucky enough to know someone who has a home on the U.S. Virgin island of St. Thomas.  They have told me that they would be happy to have me visit and stay at their home, which is great, because that is the only way I could afford to go.  When I go, I hope that my days are filled with fresh fruit, time in the beach and lots of time to enjoy the scenery.

I would love to visit the Caribbean during carnival.  I want to see the celebration and join into the celebratory feasts.  I have heard that St. John is a great place to partake in the Carnival activities.  St. John is only a short ferry ride away from St. Thomas, however it is part of hte British Virgin Islansd, so make sure you have your passport.  I have also heard that there is a great smoothie place called Our Market Smoothies on St. John that I would love to visit.

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Other than carnival and smoothies I would spend my trip relaxing on the beach.  I don’t want to swim in the ocean, it scares me, and I don’t like tanning, so I would be in the shade of a nice palm tree, reading or napping.  I know St. Thomas is the right location for me to have my relaxing beach vacation.

Please leave any comments about your favorite activities or food in St. Thomas or St. John.

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Healdsburg, California 

I have been visiting Northern California for most of my life. Living in Reno it has always been a quick drive over the hill to see my uncles who have lived in San Francisco and now Cloverdale, California. I loved visiting some of the bay area’s attractions as a kid, like Fisherman’s Wharf, Alcatraz and Monterey a Bay Aquarium. Now that I am an adult I more interested in the the finer things in life, like quiet afternoon on the beach and good food. That’s why next time I head over the hill I am going to visit Healdsburg.

Healdsburg is a small town about an hour and half north of San Francisco. It is located in the heart of Sonoma wine country and sits on the shore of the Russian River. Healdsburg is known for its wine, food and quaint shops. Upon arrival the first thing I would want to do is eat. There is a great restaurant called Costeaux French Bakery. I love all of the breakfast food that I should not be eating. My favorite is French toast, with lots of butter and maple syrup, and a rich latte. stuffed-french-toastAfter a decadent breakfast I would head down the main drag to enjoy the shops, and hopefully work up an appetite for my next meal.

After a morning of shopping I would head to Big John’s Market, where I would pick up supplies for a nice picnic. Big John’s has a great collection of fine cheeses and specialty breads, and most importantly chocolate. Lunch in hand, I would drive to the beach of the Russian River. There I would enjoy my sandwich and take an afternoon nap, and probably spend a few hours lost in good book. The next book I hope to read is The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins, because the best type of book to read on the beach is a good mystery.

As the day would wind down most people would start thinking about which restaurant they would want to eat at in Healdsburg. There are many good options, however I have my own tradition. Whenever I go to the Bay Area on the way home I eat at the In-n-Out in Auburn, California. For some reason this In-n-Out is the best I have ever had. Nothing says ending a day in the fancy wine country like a fast food hamburger right?

Please leave any comments about your favorite things to do and eat in Healdsburg, California.

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