Wowza has it been a crazy week! I’m in my second to last week here in NYC, and my program is attending at a conference in Connecticut this coming weekend, so I’ve been buzzing around completing experiments, analyzing data (while watching Suits hehe), and trying to put together a powerpoint and poster presentation. Needless to say, it’s been busy. (I literally don’t think my brain has actually shut off this week – even my dreams have been filled with data and Excel files).
However, as we are nearing the end, I’ve been trying to squeeze in some fun, too! This past weekend was fantastic. On Saturday, two friends and I headed off to check out this great restaurant called The Butcher’s Daughter. It was so cute! There were plants everywhere – including in the bathroom – and there was this really artsy toboggan hanging from the ceiling filled with greenery and plants! The employees also had these great shirts with (rather millenial-esque) slogans like, “We sell designer kale,” and “More avocado please.” and the food was FANTASTIC!
I had a delicious coconut yogurt parfait, and my two friends split french toast and muesli. Naturally, we shared everything so we could try them all! They didn’t skimp on fruit here, which was a particular plus. I also had a raw hot cocoa to drink, which was quite delectable. Nice and dark/chocolatey, the way I like it, and especially nice because it has been way too long since I enjoyed some hot chocolate!
Next we headed off to the main New York Public Library, where we worked on data analysis/presentation prep for awhile. After Powerpoint crashed on me about three times (argggg), my friend Anita and I headed off to a place called The Melt Shop that she’d been wanting to try. It was delicious! It specializes in fancy grilled cheeses, and I had a fantastic one with roasted veggies, pesto, and goat cheese! We also tried their loaded tots – with cheese, bacon, jalapeños – which were also fantastic.
Then we headed back to Gramercy (our place of residence), where Anita kindly shared the macarons here even kinder roommate bought for her! They were from a place called Ladurée, which I’ve heard great things about. I tried a rose one. It truly felt like little pillows of creamy rose flavor were exploding gently in my mouth – i.e. it was an excellent experience for my palate. Now I just want to learn how to make such delicious macarons!
After this lovely day filled with wonderful flavors, I went back to my data analysis and presentation prep. But after this weekend, those latter pieces should be finished, and hopefully my days can be packed with yet more delicious food as I wind up my stay here in NY! Happy hump day everyone!