Three Days in New York City ~ Travel Guide

Three Days in NYC

The city, home to over 8.5 million people, contains so much to see and do. We only had 3 days to explore the city so we spent every waking moment wandering around the streets of Manhattan. You won’t see even a tiny percentage of this vast city in three days, but this is a list of the must do’s of my favorite places. They are a mix of shopping, tourist spots and our favorite places to eat.

DAY 1:

STOP #1 – Rockefeller Center – 34$: Located right in the heart of Midtown Manhattan, it’s nearly impossible to visit New York without going to the Rockefeller Center. When going to NYC for such a short trip, we had to choose between going up to the Empire State Building or the Rockefeller Center. After some readings online, we picked the Rockefeller for the 360 degrees view of the city it offers. At the top of the observation deck you can almost see all of Manhattan. North, you can see Central Park, and south brings a view of the Empire State Building and the other beautiful buildings of New York.

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Views on Central Park
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Views on the Empire State Building

STOP #2 – Central Park – free: After going to the top of the Rockefeller Center, we walked to Central Park. Central Park was perfect to relax and leave the crowds behind us. You can spend couple hours just wandering in the park. It’s huge. Also, it’s free – great news, isn’t it? – there are lots of paths to walk, and the possibility to rent bikes or row-boat.

 

 

STOP #3 – The Metropolitan Museum of Art – free: The Metropolitan Museum of Art -MET is one of the biggest museums in the world, and if you can only visit one museum during your trip I would definitely recommend this one. It seems like its galleries never end. IMG_7185.JPG

STOP #4 – Times Square – Free: It is definitely something touristy to do. However I am not going to lie, I didn’t particularly enjoy Times Square as it was packed with people and there is not much to do in this area except if you are going to see a show.

DAY 2:

STOP #1 – Grand Central Station – free: it’s the city’s historic train station. It is definitely a place to see. It almost seems like time stops for a couple of minutes looking at all those people trying to catch their trains. Grand central often appears as a romantic backdrop in movies and TV shows, such as The Avenger, Super Man or Gossip girl. You should definitely take the metro at least once just to get the feel of a real New Yorker.

 

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STOP #2 – Staten Island Ferry – Free: The Staten Island Ferry is one of the last remaining ferry systems in New York City that transport people between Manhattan and its boroughs. Hop aboard this free ferry to see one of New York City’s most famous attractions: The Statue of Liberty. We decided it was not worth the money (and the time) to go up the Statue of Liberty, and instead chose to take this ferry to Brooklyn where you have a beautiful view of both the Statue of Liberty AND the New York Skyline.

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Did you know that the original color of Statue of Liberty was not green?  It’s made of copper that was oxidized through time.
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Skyline view from Staten Island Ferry

STOP #3 – Brooklyn Bridge – Free: You will get a lot of wonderful views of downtown as you walk across the bridge. I enjoyed doing this walk at night as well, when downtown Manhattan is all lit up, it seems like you are in a different place.

 

 

 

DAY 3:

STOP #1 – High Line Park – Free: The High Line is a converted train track that is now an urban walking park. This walk is one of the best things to do in the city, especially on a nice day. It’s a beautiful green park that runs from the Meatpacking District to West 34th Street. Along the way you’ll pass through the artsy neighborhood of Chelsea.

 

 

STOP #2 – Chelsea Market – Free: Next up was lunch so we headed towards the Chelsea Market that I had heard so much about. If you’re looking for a place to get food, shopping and stay inside, away from the summer heat, nothing beats the appeal of Chelsea Market. The downside – which really isn’t – is that it’s hard to find a place to eat as there are so many options. But we finally manage to choose Dickson’s Farmstand which offers meats and house-made charcuterie as well as a rotisserie. We shared half a chicken with roasted potatoes, there are no words to explain how delicious this meal was! On our way out we came across a doughnuts shop called Doughnuttery which looked like it was making fresh mini donuts so I had to try it. These little donoughts were super cute and were pretty good (not the best donuts I ever had though).

 

 

STOP #3 – Shopping: Macy’s Herald Square is of course a must see as it is one of the largest stores in the world. Walk around and you will find all the shops you have dreamed of.

STOP #4 – The Museum of Modern Art ~ MoMA – free every friday 4-8pm: Head over to the MoMA for lots of beautiful but weird modern art that can be quite bizarre. I have to say, I’m not really into modern art but it is worth the visit.

 

 

 

 

 

Apple Cherry Pie ~ French Mother’s Day

❤ Today is French Mother’s Day aka “La fête des mamans”. Also, when fresh fruit are in season there is nothing like making your own pie filling. So here is a yummy recipe with cherries from my garden and ‘I heart U’ pie crust. Sending love to all the mummies up there ! ❤

 

Ingredients:

  • 1lb cherries, pitted
  • 2 apples, pilled, cored and cut into fairly small pieces
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 egg wash (to brush the crust)
  • 2 pie dough*

Utensils: 

  • parchment paper
  • 9-inch dish pie plate
  • cookie cutter in heart shape

For a homemade dough:

  • 3 1/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 + 3/4 sticks of butter, softened
  • 13 tablespoons water
  • 1 pinch of salt

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Method:

1 . For the dough:  Combine flour and salt in a medium bowl. Cut in the softened butter with your pastry blender (or fork if you don’t have one) until mixture looks like crumbs. Stir in enough water just until flour is moistened. Divide the dough in half and shape each into two balls. Wrap each in plastic food wrap and refrigerate for at least 25 minutes.

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2 . In a medium bowl, combine the sugar, apples and cherries and  gently toss until well coated.

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3 . Preheat oven to 400FPlace parchment paper at the bottom of your 9-inch deep dish pie.

 

4 . Roll out one disk of dough on lightly floured surface into 12-inch circle. Place dough into  9-inch deep dish pie plate and refrigerate.

5 . Once the second crust is rolled out on a floured surface, lightly pressed with an inverted pie plate (of about the same size) onto its surface to see where the edges of the crust are going to be.

6 . Then, cut out alternating rows of hearts with the cookie cutter. Make sure to save the cut-out heart pieces. They will be going along the edge of the crust.

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7 . Take the first crust out of the refrigerator. Add the filling of apples and cherries.

8 . Lift the second crust pie and slide it off the top. You can gently pick it up and readjust. Line the heart around the edge, and brush the whole surface with the egg wash.

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9 . Bake for 45 minutes. Cool pie at least 20 minutes before serving

Pin it !

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Upside down Apple Pie

Another Apple pie recipe!  This french classic is infused with caramel in every bite. Made with caramelized apples and baked upside down in a bed of caramel it is by far one of my favorite. If like me you also like apple pie you can also go check out my Yogurt Apple Cake and Gluten Free Apple Pie recipe ! 🙂

Ingredients:

  • 6 apples peeled and thinly sliced ( pink lady or ganny smith)
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 teaspoon of sea salt
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 dough for pie crust

1 . Melt butter in a 10 inch spring form pan over medium to medium high heat.

2 . Add 1 cup sugar and cook, stirring constantly, for 2 minutes or until sugar is melted and begins to turn golden brown. Remove from heat.

3 .  Nicely arrange apples around this edge of pan. Then, fill the middle with the remaining apples slices. Add a second layer of apple ( this second layer does not need to be pretty since you won’t see it after flipping the pie).

4 . At this point, the caramel might look like it’s hardened but that’s OKAY, it will loosen up as the cooking and baking proceed. Cover the pan with foil, put the pan back on heat and cook apple for 5 to 10 minutes, until apples have softened.

5 . Preheat oven to 400F. Remove pan from the heat and cover immediately with the pie dough (be careful not to burn yourself). Roll the edges of the dough against the edges of the pan. With the tip of a knife, drill a small hole in the center of the dough to allow the steam to escape.

5 . Bake for 40 minutes until the crust is golden. Let it cool for 10-15 minutes and then flip it. Scrape out any apples or caramel that might’ve stuck to skillet, and put them back into place on the tart. Don’t wait much longer or the caramel will stick to the pan.

Add some vanilla ice cream over that and you’ll be heaven.

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Yogurt Apple Cake

Hi Guys ! Happy Monday !

Today’s recipe is an unbelievably moist cake that’s loaded with chunks of apples. Once you eat your first slice, you’ll be begging for more! It’s a big cake that’s really easy to make. Full of fresh apples, vanilla extract and yogurt for the moisture, it is a fabulous fall/winter dessert.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups flour
  • 3 tablespoons baking powder
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 3 apples* (peeled, quartered, diced)
  • 1 apple* (peeled, quartered, sliced for the top of the cake)

*I used pink lady apples for this recipe but you can use any other types of apple.

Method: 

1 . Preheat oven to 360F. Grease and line base and sides of a 20cm round cake pan.

2 . In a large bowl, add the greek yogurt, the sugar, the eggs and the vanilla extract.

3 . Gently fold in the flour, the baking powder and canola oil.

4 . Add the 3 apples at the bottom of the pan and then add the mixture on top of it.

5 . Arrange the apple slices on top of the cake, then bake for 45 minutes or until golden brown and a skewer inserted into the centre of the cake comes out clean.