NYC

 I don't get up to New York City as often as I would like, but love any excuse to head north. Our girl, Enna, was in town from Japan for two weeks. She was in Virginia and wanted to make a quick trip to NYC before heading to Seattle to see our Judy, Lauren. Isn't she such a jet-setter? The timing could not have been more perfect. It was the weekend after I had finished my Summer internship and before my Fall semester began. Being in the city with my dearest friends was the best way to celebrate. 

I swore I would never take the Chinatown bus again, but how could I deny a $35 bus ticket? I felt a lot safer riding the bus during the day and I have to say Eastern bus has really upgraded their vibe. Now, they have seat belts! We left Richmond around 7:30am and got to Chinatown around 3:45pm. 

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First stop, Lost Weekend for coffee. NYC is not the first place that I think of when it comes to surfing, but my perspective changed over the course of the weekend. This coffee shop doubles as a gallery for surf prints and quality Japanese products. They even sell surfboards! If my eyes were closed and I woke up in this shop, I would have never think I was on Orchard Street between Hester & Grand. Pop in for an americano or iced green tea.

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Makiko took us to her dumpling spot, Prosperity Dumpling. The line was out the door when we walked up to this hole in the wall. And the people never stopped coming! How can you beat $2 for dumplings? 2 orders of dumplings between 3 gals and we were satisfied. Although, my ass couldn't handle the sriracha.

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$2 for all of these dumplings!! 

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I was so happy to see my Judy in crime, Adam. I am loving his new apartment building, but more importantly, THAT VIEW. A reunion calls for sparkling rosè on the roof! 

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Proof that Adam and I are cosmically connected. We were talking about snacks and I mentioned that I wanted to try the turmeric-coconut-lime pepitas from Moon Juice Shop and he revealed that he brought some treats from California for us to try!!! Not pictured: the bag of Lay's Southern Biscuits & Gravy that we devoured.

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After relaxing, we went back to the Lower Eastside for dinner at Mission Chinese Food. I've heard so many fab stories about this spot and was super pumped to check it out. I was instantly loving the decor. Red cozy booths, round tables with lazy Susans, vintage style menus. I felt like I had been transported to 1965. Just like the rest of the world, I am obsessed with matcha right now. So, I had to order this cocktail made with matcha, prosecco, & melon.

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Love my Tauro sista

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I didn't take very many pictures of the food because I just wasn't trying to be that person! Plus, it was v dark in there. I know this doesn't bode well for the blog, but let me just say that we ordered an entire duck that had been roasted in clay. Enna got to hammer it open. 

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I was so excited that our Sunday plan was to hit up Rockaway Beach! I can't believe it only took about an hour to get there.  We popped into this tiny pizza shop where men were speaking Italian, I loved it. I knew it was authentic when other Italian speaking customers started coming in. My two slices are the Spinach & White pizza. So decadent and gluttonous, but when in Rome inspired pizza shops right?

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Minutes after we got to the beach, we noticed a crowd forming. Someone had apparently caught a 4 foot sandbar shark. The lifeguard assured us that it was harmless, but seeing its fin swim away was scary enough to not make me wanna get in the water. Eventually, we popped over to the surfer side of the jetty, where swimmers aren't allowed. Everyone was so much more attractive on the surfer side, DUH! We sat through a rainstorm, debated going to Spa Castle, and then opted for a sandy train ride home.  

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Protecting myself from lip sunburn with Zinka. 

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A day at the beach is exhausting. We had to power through.

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The only photo that I took while at L'Oreal.

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Powershopping before heading back home. 

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A quick trip to Juice Generation! Sea Buckthorn is a Himalayan berry full of essential fatty acids, including omega-7, which is key for collagen production, hair, skin, & nails. Activated Lemonade, just like the rest of the world, I am obsessed with activated charcoal. I don't have many chances to consume this in RVA, so I savored every sip. This is great for detoxifying the system. I hope this trend makes its way down South soon! 

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No trip to NYC is ever long enough. I can't wait to go back soon! 

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