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Sharing a New York City Weekend For Foodies today! It’s no secret that NYC is one of my all-time favorite cities to visit. Everything about it just makes me so happy. The food, the views, the energy. It’s contagious. Had a blast putting together my favorite eats over the last few years. Hope you enjoy!

If you are looking an amazing car service to get around NYC I highly recommend Blacklane.  My husband and I had the best experience using their service to and from the airport.  If you need chauffeur service, they’ve got that too.  We were really impressed.

New York City Weekend For Foodies

When I saw these gorgeous Rainbow Bagels on Instagram, I knew I had to hunt them down.  Amanda and I took the subway to Brooklyn, found The Bagel Store and enjoyed these colorful gems. So fun to photograph too!

New York City Weekend For Foodies

One of my newest discoveries are these Nutella Stuffed Churros from Boqueria.  I also spotted these on Instagram and while I was in town with my husband last month hunted the little restaurant down.  You should know, Boqueria is a small plates/tapas restaurant, they sell cheese and wine…..and these churros.  We only ordered the churros and oh my goodness I am hooked for life!

New York City Weekend For Foodies

One of my favorite stays in NYC has hands down been Waldorf Astoria Towers.  This hotel had so much charm, I could hardly stand it.  I enjoyed some of their red velvet cupcakes last month with my husband 🙂  Wait until you see their Sunday Brunch a few pictures down.

I have to give a huge shout out to Matt Bernson Shoes.  I wore my Matt Bernson Colt boots all day last month with my husband.  We tracked it and we walked 11 miles that day.  These boots were so comfortable and I couldn’t have been happier with them.  Check out Matt Bernson next time you are in the city and online!  One of my very favorite shoe brands.

New York City Weekend For Foodies

This ice cream cone from Emack and Bolio’s is about the coolest cone around.  They literally add crispie treats of all kinds to their waffle cones.  Plus the ice cream is all homemade and absolutely delicious.  I believe I got the S’moreo.  Yum!

New York City Weekend For Foodies

10 Below Ice Cream makes gorgeous rolled ice cream creations as you can see are drop dead gorgeous.  You get to watch them prepare your ice cream on a frozen slat and roll it right up.  Really enjoyed this one.

New York City Weekend For Foodies

Max Brenner has been a long time favorite.  From their crazy waffles, amazing milkshakes to this make your own chocolate layered cake.  I always recommend a Max Brenner experience while in NYC.  Not photo’d here, but you HAVE to order the 80’s milkshake.  A homemade magic shell on top….to die for.

New York City Weekend For Foodies

Dominique Ansel Bakery is also a must visit.  This Frozen S’more on a stick is so much fun.  They also have the famous cookie shots….that I still haven’t had yet and they’re home of the delicious Cronut!  Check em’ out.

New York City Weekend For Foodies

Ramen.co has this Ramen Burger that was so crazy good you just have to try it yourself!!

New York City Weekend For Foodies

Space Market by NYU has the most amazing bagel sandwiches.  It’s like a cute little market where you can grocery shop, but they have a sandwich area you can place an order through dinnertime.  Amanda and I ordered this egg, cheese, avocado and bacon bagel.  Amazing!

New York City Weekend For Foodies

Black Tap has taken the internet by storm with their gorgeous milkshakes.  Have you seen anything more beautiful?!  We’ve got their Cookie Milkshake, Birthday Cake, Sweet and Salty and Cotton Candy.  Be prepared to have quite a line waiting to get into their restaurant.  Line up before they open, that’s going to be your best bet.  Good luck!!

New York City Weekend For Foodies

Black Tap also offers some of the best burgers I’ve ever had.  This Pizza Burger had us all drooling!

New York City Weekend For Foodies

Sarabeth’s is a beautiful place to enjoy breakfast.  Right across from Central Park, it’s quite magical.

New York City Weekend For Foodies

Levain Bakery is one of those places where your cookie dreams come true.  Not even kidding.  Their chocolate peanut butter chip is the best cookie I’ve ever had.

New York City Weekend For Foodies

Hands down, best chocolate dipped cone in the city.  Plus, it’s close to the Friend’s building and amazing walking around through Greenwich Village.

New York City Weekend For Foodies

Del Frisco’s Grille knocked our socks off with their gorgeous cheeseburger, fries and appetizers.  What a fun place, I highly recommend this one!!

New York City Weekend For Foodies

Boulton and Watt is a new to me location that literally blew me away.  We went for brunch and stayed for these cutie pie Salted Caramel Ice Cream Cones.  To die for!!

New York City Weekend For Foodies

Another Boulton and Watt favorite was this baked grits with chorizo and pouched egg on top.  Can’t wait to visit here again.  Such a great restaurant.

New York City Weekend For Foodies

You kind of HAVE to get a NYC black and white cookie.  Found this one while walking through China Town 🙂

New York City Weekend For Foodies

Eggloo is a new ice cream shop that opened up February 2016.  I was so happy to get to try it last month.  Soft crispy warm waffle cone with your choice of ice cream and toppings.  Really fun!

New York City Weekend For Foodies

Chelsea Market is home to so many great restaurants.  I highly recommend Creamline.  Amazing burgers, milkshakes and not even kidding the best fried Oreo’s I’ve ever had.  Other things to not miss in Chelsea Market, the street tacos at Los Tacos no 1, Amy’s Bread has the best Yellow Cake with Pink Frosting around, Fat Witch Brownies and Eleni’s for baked goods.  Such a great place to visit, it’s a must every time if you ask me 🙂

New York City Weekend For Foodies

Waffles and Dinges Food Truck is not to be missed.  Can’t even handle this Nutella and Ice Cream topped Belgian Waffle!!

New York City Weekend For Foodies

The Waldorf Astoria has the most beautiful Sunday Brunch I have ever experienced.  Gorgeous food choices presented and served by the chef’s dressed in their whites. This is something you’ve got to experience at some point.  I’ll never forget this dining experience and hope to go back.

New York City Weekend For Foodies

My husband and I were walking through Tribeca and came up on this adorable bakery, cafe called Maman.  They’ve got all kinds of beautiful food choices, but we sampled their homemade Oreo Cookies.  So glad we did.  These were amazing!

New York City Weekend For Foodies

Another beauty from Space Market.  Chose a Turkey, cheese, tomato, lettuce and red pepper bagel sandwich.  You can’t go wrong at Space Market!

New York City Weekend For Foodies

Laconda Verde has a beautiful Brunch.  Lemon Ricotta Pancakes and gorgeous goat cheese zucchini fritatta.  Great choice for brunch.

New York City Weekend For Foodies

Sugar and Plumm is the most adorable bakery and cafe.  This French Toast Stack was a huge hit.  Love it here.

New York City Weekend For Foodies

Treat House some adorable rice krispie treats!  Such a cute place to visit for some sweet treats.

New York City Weekend For Foodies

Parm is this adorable little Italian restaurant I visited a few years ago with Amanda.  Their Chicken Parmesan was out of this world.  Fun place to visit in Little Italy.

New York City Weekend For Foodies

Serendipity 3 is also a must visit.  Go for dinner and stay for their favorite Frozen Hot Chocolate!  I re-created my own Frozen Hot Chocolate recipe.  Click HERE.

New York City Weekend For Foodies

Magnolia Bakery is an adorable bakery, fun to visit and sample all of their delicious cupcakes and baked goods.

New York City Weekend For Foodies

There is no better doughnuts than Doughnut Plant.  Don’t miss these bad boys.  My favorite it the Creme Brûlée.

PIN For Later 🙂

NYC Weekend For Foodies


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Sharing my Girl’s Weekend in Chicago with you today!
Girl's Weekend in Chicago

For the last 5 years or so I’ve been to all of the BlogHer Food cities.  Over the years, I don’t necessarily attend the conference sessions, but meet my girlfriends to sightsee around the city.  This weekend did NOT disappoint in Chicago.  Hands down one of my favorite cities to visit.  Photo, Left: Kristan, Shelly, Amanda and me.

Girl's Weekend in Chicago

Boarded my plane before the sun rose early Thursday morning headed to meet my friends.  Chicago was chilly that weekend, so lots of jackets, boots and pants!

Girl's Weekend in Chicago

Photo via Omni Hotel

Took a cab to the Omni Hotel right in the city.  I don’t know how they do it, but the man who helped me into the hotel with my luggage said “Welcome Mrs. Flake.”  I didn’t even tell them I was on my way, ha!  Still a mystery.  They are great!

Girl's Weekend in Chicago

The Omni hotel is always amazing to us.  We stayed in a beautiful suite on the 17th floor that overlooked the busy Chicago streets.  I always look forward to sleeping in their dreamy comfortable beds.

Girl's Weekend in Chicago

After all of the girls arrived we walked over to XOCO quick service restaurant for some Torta’s and most importantly churros with chocolate dipping sauce.  Everything was amazing.

Girl's Weekend in Chicago

Photo via the Doughnut Vault

The next morning we made our way to the Doughnut Vault that we’ve heard so much about.  A small little shop inside a business building, but how adorable?

Girl's Weekend in Chicago

Let’s just get a few things straight, if there are a number of good doughnut shops around in a new city…..the food bloggers will find them.  There wasn’t an overwhelming amount of doughnuts to choose from, but we did get one of every variety they had.  They were all delicious.  Sampled edges of each, ha!

Girl's Weekend in Chicago

Up next was Do-Rite Donuts.  We got at least a dozen of their donuts and these were hands down my favorite donuts of the weekend.  The old fashioned cake donuts.  Amazing!!

Girl's Weekend in Chicago

I’m almost embarrassed to admit that after the doughnuts we went to Wildberry for breakfast, lol!  Shared some eggs and enjoyed the brisk Chicago air.  After breakfast, we walked over the the Giant Bean and took some tourist-y pictures as everyone at the bean does 🙂

Girl's Weekend in Chicago

We headed over the the BlogHer Food Conference center to see some of our blogging friends.

Girl's Weekend in Chicago

Got to chit chat with lots of our food blogging friends that afternoon.  It was great.  Here’s Shelly and I with Liz.

Girl's Weekend in Chicago

One of the highlights of the weekend was spontaneously getting tickets to see Janet Jackson in concert!!  No words can describe how much fun it was.  We sang and danced all night to mostly her older 80’s/90’s hits.  Her back up dancers still have my mind blown.  Some of the best dancers I’ve seen.  Even two adorable 12 year old girls that kept up with the adults!  Amazing!  Such a fun night.

Girl's Weekend in Chicago

Saturday morning we made our way to The Bongo Room for breakfast.  Take a look at the giant Chocolate French Toast Tower?  How beautiful!

Girl's Weekend in Chicago

Later that morning we HAD to stop in to Jeni’s Ice Cream.  Amanda and I shared this beauty!

Girl's Weekend in Chicago

Saturday evening we ventured over to Chicago Pizza and Oven Grinder Co. for their famous Pizza Pot Pie!  Can you even handle this?  It truly was as good as it looks.  This little restaurant is so fun and quirky.  You walk in to put your name in  and they don’t write your name down, they just memorize your face and come get you when your table is ready.  Note that it’s cash only too.  This is a MUST if you are headed to the city.  Click the link below to see how they serve the pizza pot pie.

Pizza Pot Pie Video!

Girl's Weekend in Chicago

Saturday night Amanda and I made one last doughnut run to Firecakes.  They were delicious, but I have to say Do-Rite was the winner in my book.

So much fun in Chicago.  Can’t wait to go back in the near future!

Disclosure:  Omni hosted our stay at the hotel, however thoughts and opinions are my own.


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Four Seasons Las Vegas Girls Trip

Four Seasons Las Vegas Girls Trip

Sep 4, 2015 | Tags:

Thrilled to share my Four Seasons Las Vegas Girl’s Trip with you today. The hotel, the food, the shows, the shopping….when can I go back?

Top Row left: Lauren, Shawn, Shelly and Amanda.  Bottom Row left: Kristan, Angie, Stephanie and Jenny.

Last weekend was pretty epic.  The Four Seasons, Las Vegas, these amazing girls, THE FOOD, the shopping, shows…so many great memories it’s hard to know where to even begin!

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The Phoenician

The Phoenician Resort Scottsdale Arizona

Jul 15, 2015 | Tags: ,

Sharing our weekend at the Phoenician Resort Scottsdale Arizona. So happy to beat this Arizona heat in their gorgeous pools and restaurants!

With the kids having such a short summer we decided to do a really fun “staycation” at The Phoenician Resort instead of heading to California like the rest of Arizona does 🙂 We walked outside of the resort after checking in to see this beautiful view.  Took my breath away knowing we get to play here for the weekend.  Many people asked if it’s a good place to take the kids.  My answer, yes it is!  So many beautiful pools to choose from.  A fun waterslide and splashed … Continue Reading »

Four Seasons Scottsdale Arizona

Four Seasons Scottsdale Arizona Sister Retreat

Jun 26, 2015 | Tags: ,

So excited to share my time at Four Seasons Scottsdale Arizona for my sister retreat!  There’s nothing like the warm AZ desert and sunshine at this resort!

Hands down one of my favorite places to visit is the gorgeous Four Seasons Scottsdale.  The lush colorful desert landscape, beautiful resort grounds, relaxing pools and fabulous restaurants make for the perfect getaway.  I look forward to every time I have a trip planned here.

My sister and I had our first stay last year and were so excited to come back this year.  See our trip last year HERE.

We had a count down going over a month before … Continue Reading »

Sandestin Florida Vacation

Sandestin Florida Vacation

Jun 7, 2015 | Tags:

So excited to share my Sandestin, Florida Vacation with you! Beautiful crystal blue oceans with the softest white sand I’ve ever felt. Amazing!

Can’t say enough about this gorgeous “girls beach trip” I took last month with some of my best blogging friends.  Sandestin is such a great destination for complete relaxation and fun for everyone.

Our beautiful condo! Photo via Amanda

Left: Shawn, Stephanie, Shelly, Amanda, Me, Sommer, Lauren

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Disney Social Media Moms Celebration 2015

Disney Social Media Moms Celebration 2015

Jun 5, 2015 | Tags:

So excited to share my experience at the Disney Social Media Moms Celebration 2015!

I was so happy to be invited to this magical conference over Mother’s Day weekend.  Being a food blogger, I hadn’t heard much about it other than it’s a massive honor to be invited and there are magical surprises around every corner.  Needless to say I couldn’t even wait for the trip to come!
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Rocky Point Mexico

Chit Chat |Rocky Point Mexico

Mar 20, 2015 | Tags: ,

Happy Friday! A little chit chat today about my trip to Rocky Point Mexico with the family for Spring Break 🙂

A month or so ago, some of our neighbors and friends invited us to Rocky Point for Spring Break.  I have to say, I have grown up in AZ most of my life and have never been to Mexico.  It’s only a 4 hour drive too!  After some discussing back and forth, we decided, why not, lets try it out this year.

I’m pretty sure, you’ll see by the photos, we had the best time.  I was definitely skeptical and  a little nervous being out of the country … Continue Reading »

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