If you’re anything like me, you’ve romanticised the hell out of Williamsburg/Greenpoint, in Brooklyn, New York. I’ve come to the conclusion that this is most likely because you either a) love ‘Girls’ (I’m guilty!), or b) wish you were a little bit cooler like Jenny in Gossip Girl – or basically any hip-hop star (also guilty). It’s no coincidence that two of the ‘coolest’ nights out of my life have been in Brooklyn – one was an insanely fun, legitimate Sorority party which ended in me being called ‘snowflake’ repeatedly and rapped at on the subway home (I was one of only two white women in attendance), and the other was a bit of a rock chick soiree. There’s an energy in that borough that makes you feel alive, I swear.
Weird title, huh? Of course I can’t claim to definitively give a guide to where to eat in New York. That would be insane! It’s such a huge place, and I was only there a few days. I can, however, give insight into a few of the greatest places I ate – and wanted to eat - during my recent trip to New York City!
One day, back in November, I was sitting on the sofa, bored, looking at flights – as I often do. Suddenly, I said to Dougie “LET’S GO TO NEW YORK FOR VALENTINE’S!”. I don’t know if I was kidding or what, but anyway, it wound up happening. I’ve wanted to go back to NYC for some time now, and my fifth experience of the city didn’t disappoint. Yes, I go away a lot, and yes, I am lucky. But I’m cursed with wanderlust and blessed with the determination to do what I say I will. Plus, I work pretty hard – the money thing really helps, too!
I’m a huge foodie, and I love nothing more than Italian food, especially when it’s gorgeous, authentic and actually cooked in Italy, where it obviously originates from. I’ve developed a taste for Michelin Star restaurants in the past year, too, so whenever it’s a special occasion, my boyfriend Dougie and I are trying to make this our ‘thing’. I didn’t really know that we were making this tradition though, and so the surprise of walking into a restaurant of this caliber with such astounding views of the local area on my 25th birthday was absolutely amazing! Roof Garden added that little extra special something to an already incredible surprise trip to Northern Italy.
The Grand Hotel Presolana, funnily enough, in Presolana, Italy, is one of the best hotels I have ever stayed in, the world over. I’ve been to three different continents, probably hundreds of different cities, and yet this four star mountainside hotel in Italy’s beautiful Lombardia region really stood out. As an integral part of my surprise holiday for my 25th birthday, I can honestly say that this place really doesn’t disappoint. It has everything you need – great staff, great scenery, a great spa and even a great setting – it doesn’t get much better than that. I’d go back in a heartbeat, and I reckon everyone else should try it out, too!
I turned 25 a few weeks ago and to celebrate, my amazing boyfriend Dougie whisked me away. We started this tradition last year – he took me to the wonderful, unique Church Spa as a surprise, and I took him for a weekend of activities down in London. This year, he seriously upped his game and took me away to Italy, and I mean it when I say that I had NO IDEA where we were going until we got to the airport. Nice work, but even nicer when we actually got there and I was stunned. Wow, just wow!
I’ve been somewhat ‘alternative’ I suppose you could say since I was about thirteen, which now I guess is practically half my life. It makes me cringe a little to say that, to bang on about ‘alt’ stuff, but to be honest – it’s true. Whilst I’m much too old to concern myself with how ‘mainstream’ the things I enjoy are, I would say I tend to have a bias towards fashion, music, people and style that’s a bit quirky, edgy or different. Or at least by the standards that exist in a lot of the world! I was invited by JawbreakerLDN to LondonEdge, the alternative fashion showcase, and it really made me feel proud of the lifestyle I tend to surround myself with, meeting such awesome and creative individuals.