Happy Friday! Today, I have a long day ahead of me at work in Soho but I wanted to fill you in on my city wanderings. I have been walking non-stop and have discovered so much of the city.
On Tuesday, I walked from Williamsburg, Brooklyn to the Upper East Side (approximately 6 miles) and discovered Chinatown, Little Italy, Nolita, Soho, East Midtown and the Upper East Side. Phew, I was tired by the time I got home at 10PM but was happy to have seen so much.
On Wednesday, I stayed in bed for a while with the hopes of resting as much as possible because I felt an oncoming cold, then I raced to Hell’s Kitchen to meet a friend for lunch. She chose a perfect Thai restaurant that offered a starter, a main and rice for $6.50!! Amazing. After lunch we walked downtown, grabbed coffee and parted ways. I ended up picking up some vitamin C for my cold and walked to Union Square to do some work at Starbucks.
On Thursday, I had to get some practical things accomplished so I did errands in the morning then had a massage and pedicure at noon! I know it sounds over the top and indulgent but I had a coupon for this online deal so I figured, why not? I got really weird vibes from the spa when I entered because the receptionist (turned out to be the owner of the spa) didn’t greet me for the first FIVE MINUTES that I was there. How rude! Anyway, I was eventually taken to the massage room and was greeted by someone who looked more likely of ‘fillin’ yo boots with cement and then dumping you in the river’ then giving you a ‘relaxing European massage’. Anyway, it looked like this 250 lbs, mafia-looking man was going to be my masseuse, so I took a deep breath, looked him in the eyes and smiled…meanwhile shaking in my boots at the thought of going into a darkened massage room with my own Vito Corleone. ANYWAY, it ended being AMAZING (thank you, God!). Mr. Corleone used his meaty hands to knead the heck out of my back, neck and shoulders and left me feeling amazing. Also, he made my day by asking me if I was Russian because I am “one tough cookie”…when I said no, I was not Russian, he laughed and said “Yeah, the Russians ain’t got nothin’ on you”…this made my day.
After my two and a half hour spa trip, I walked twenty blocks to my new school and received my student ID! So exciting that it is official. After receiving my ID, I visited the international student office and the student union to introduce myself then decided to start my trek home.
When I finally got to Union Square, I started checking out the food carts to see if there were any viable options for dinner when I spotted The Squeeze Truck! My friend had told me about The Squeeze and then I visited the site and was so impressed with their services and menu…it was total fate that I ran into them tonight. Working tonight was Vicky Winters, aka The Vicky Winters Show! Vicky was so great; she is hilarious, charming and generously sampled the kale chips (cheezy and satisfying), the granola (decadent and filling) and my favourite the RAW ONION RINGS (better than the ‘traditional’). It was the highlight of my day and I can’t wait to try more of The Squeeze’s products.
Okay, those are my Apple Adventures for this week!
love love, oh so much love,
the cc aka the tough cookie