2.05.2013

A surprise

Every year for the past four years, Jay and I have made each other gifts for under $10 for Valentine's(see  2009, 2010, 2011, 2012).  To me, a well thought-out gift that doesn't cost a lot of money is the best gift, and means more to me than any expensive materialism, and I have a feeling Jay loves it too. ;)  So for this year, I told Jay last month that we should keep our gifts handmade and under $10 and he agreed.  But guess what.... he had another plan on his mind!


He surprised me with an early Valentine's gift.  After spending v-day with him, I get to fly solo to N.Y for 5 days while he uses his vacation days to watch the kids.  He also gave me a shopcard to use to go shopping in N.Y!  I will first go to Rochester for 2 days to visit my brother and his family, and then to New York City for 3 days to visit one of my best friends.  I've been wanting to go visit them for the past couple of years but never initiated it to make it happen and Jay's so sweet to remember and actually make it happen. He talked to them beforehand without me knowing to set the best date for me to visit them and everything!  I'm so excited!!!

If you know of any awesome places to visit or to eat, please let me know!  So far, I want to go to Moods fabric store, and see the Statue of Liberty, but that's all I have on my list right now.

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  1. Your. Husband. Is. Amazing. WOW!!!!!! you must be SUPER EXCITED. I wish I could tell you some great places to eat, but, I've never been there for more then a few hours. Good luck!

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  2. If you are in the mood for some ramen, then Ipuddo is a great option! Located in lower Manhattan...amazing ramen! Otherwise, way to go Jay!

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    1. I LOVE ramen! thanks for the recommendation!

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  3. How exciting! What a great hubby! I have been twice and I love it. Greenwich Village is great for vintage shops and thrift shops. The huge toys 'r' us is great for pressies for your girls. I also love Dylan's Candy Bar near Central Park - an amazing sweet shop!

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    1. Awesome, I want to visit thrift shops for sure, so thanks for the recommendation!

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  4. Where in rochester are your visiting? My awesome boyfriend works at Lovin Cup. Its a great eat as well as live entertainment! Maybe youll be able to go there. They are located on Jefferson Rd in the Park Point Plaza in Henrietta. Right next to the RIT campus. Enjoy your trip and take lots of photos!

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    1. I'm not sure where in Rochester haha, but that place sounds so fun! thank you!

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  5. What a great surprise!

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  6. You've got yourself a good husband! That is so awesome. I just went to New York for my first time in the Spring and loved it. I highly recommend Keste's for pizza and, of course, Magnolia Bakery for banana bread pudding.

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    1. Ooh, never had banana bread pudding but it sounds good, thank you!

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  7. Awww.. Jay's so sweet!! Luv that you're going to be children free for 5 days in the Big Apple...sooo jealous..

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    1. I wish you could come with me. :( we will go on a trip just me and you without the kids one day!!!

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  8. You have a great husband! What an amazing surprise!!
    Hugs from Spain

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  9. Lucky! How about Serendipity Cafe (from the movie) for frozen hot chocolate!

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    1. Yes, I would love that! I've been there before but it was so long ago! I hear you need to wait forever or have conenctions to go there but we'll see! :)

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  10. This is so awesome! If you have a chance, try to see a Broadway play. You'll love it. :) And a stop at Carnegie Deli is worth it just to say you went there (although be prepared for the overpriced food).

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    1. Ooh, the overpriced food must be worth it then right? :) thanks for the recommendation!

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  11. he is seriously the cutest husband ever!

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  12. what a sweetheart, you are very lucky!

    Unfortunately my hubby will be overseas for Valentines day :( maybe we will do something after

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    1. Oh no! You guys can celebrate before or after and make it extra special! :)

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  13. Ok that is honestly, the sweetest thing ever! I love the under $10 gifts...I agree, a well thought out gift doesn't always have to cost a ton of money. But a trip to NYC is just so sweet. :)

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  14. How cool! I live in Rochester, and there are some really fun places on Park Ave to eat and shop. I think you'd really like it!!

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    1. I'll keep that in mind, thank you!

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  15. Shopping - I would suggest taking a day trip north to Woodbury Commons premium outlets in Central Valley, NY. My favorite stop when I visit family and friends in the area. Plan to spend all day there.

    Sightseeing - If you have a day to spare, I suggest trying Stray Boots interactive scavenger hunt. I did the 5th Ave/Rockefeller hunt and learned so much (like where to find a piece of the Berlin Wall).

    Enjoy your trip!

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    1. That shopping center sounds great, thank you for the recommendation!

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  16. In Rochester, you must go to Phillips European for dessert (they serve dinner too, but dessert is really why you should go.) The out side doesn't look like much, but your taste buds will thank you! They are not open on Sundays, so plan a head if that is one of the days you will be here.

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    1. Ooh, awesome, thank you! I can never pass a yummy dessert! :)

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  17. If its food you're after, try these suggestions:

    Under the Plaza Hotel there is a gourmet food court by Todd English. It's beautiful and full of amazing food. Plus there is also an Eloise store that you could stop in to get something for your girls.
    http://www.nypost.com/p/entertainment/food/chow_down_at_the_plaza_Tu0VbB2bUQNeMVV0SGFSCM

    Another great food market is Chelsea Market.

    If you are on the Upper East Side (Madison Ave), DO NOT MISS La Duree.
    http://www.laduree.fr/en/scene
    Their macarons are unbeilevable--expensive--but worth every penny. If you should happen to go, there are two high end boutique pharmacies that are fun and very close by...Clyde's and Zitomer. At Zitomer they have a children's floor with gorgeous clothing and fun women's accessories.

    There are so many amazing food trucks but this one caught my eye.
    http://www.korillabbq.com/menu

    Have a great trip!

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    1. You are awesome. Thank you, thank you! All those sound excellent! You are so sweet!

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  18. chicken and rice on 53rd and 6th.. I think? clinton street bakery was cool in 2008 but might be lame now... have fun!

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