Category: New York

NYC Brunch Guide

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Let’s be real. If you’re a young adult, brunch is a major component of your vocabulary. Maybe our generation will never be able to own a home due to all of the avocado toast we consume, but I guess that’s a risk we’re willing to take.

Brunch is a staple of life for twenty-somethings from every major metropolitan area to the suburbs that surround them, but in my opinion, there is nothing quite like brunch in New York. The price is unmatched (much to my chagrine…), but so is the food, the drinks, and the settings. Brunching in this city is not just a meal, it’s an experience. 

New Yorkers scramble to make rent every month, crowd into happy hours to score a reasonably priced drink, and wait in line at Trader Joes even when it wraps around the entire store, but we will never give up brunch.

Brunch in this city can mean a lot of things, so I’ve broken it down below. I would love to learn your suggestions too, so don’t forget to leave a comment below!

Oh and if you’re totally vibing with my brunch tee above, you’re in luck because you can get 20% off your order at Red Couch Clothing with the code: THEPACE20

Happy brunching!

BOOZY BRUNCH *if you’re expecting me to mention the quality of food for any of the below, you are sadly mistaken. 

Barraca

Every weekend, for $15 (+ the cost of your entree), Barraca hosts an Open Sangria Brunch featuring unlimited glasses of their seven regional sangria flavors. My friends and I indulged in as many glasses of sangria that we could handle for a birthday brunch and still rave about Barraca as one of our favorite boozy brunch experiences. However, I feel the need to remind you that Barraca’s sangria is not your typical brunch cocktail and drinking mason jar after mason jar at noon could make for a very interesting day (not that I have experience or anything 😉 ).

Basically… go here with a big group for a good time, but don’t make serious plans for the rest of the day.

Macondo East & Macondo West

Both locations offer a limitless mimosa brunch on the weekends for $15 (+ the cost of your entree). When I visited Macondo East with a group of friends, the servers brought around several mimosa flavors including both the standard mim and more exotic flavors. The servers here are very attentive, so we definitely got our money’s worth of mimosas in the 1.5 hour limit.

Basically… go here if you love mimosas and aren’t afraid to try something new.

Calle Ocho

Debatably the king of all boozy brunches in the city, Calle Ocho offers COMPLIMENTARY, UNLIMITED sangria throughout the course of your brunch (they also start you off with a free basket of bread and pastries). The menu boasts a large amount of food and sangria options and the atmosphere is fun and lively. Sound too good to be true? Here’s the kicker: reservations for this place fill up way in advance, so if you want to enjoy this boozy brunch in three months, you better make your reservation now.

Basically… go here with people who can eat slowly and drink quickly.

DOIN’ IT FOR THE GRAM *because half of the reason I’m paying for this meal is because I’m going to post it on Instagram, obviously

Bluestone Lane

With several locations all over the city, Bluestone Lane is a classic brunch choice. Bluestone Lane is an Australian-style cafe, which means you often get a side of Aussie-accent with your latte and avocado toast. Pro tip: the Rainbow Bowl is life changing and if they ask you if you want to “Aussie” your latte, say yes because it means your latte is coming with ice cream (basically a milkshake, you’re welcome).

Basically…go here to experience adorable accents and equally adorable lattes.

Citizens of Chelsea

Another Australian-style cafe (are we feeling a pattern here?), Citizens of Chelsea has some of the most beautiful and delicious food this brunch-lover has ever experienced. You honestly can’t go wrong with anything on the menu. I’m already planning my next trip back so I can try something one of the several options I was eyeing on the menu.

Basically…go here if you don’t mind your food being prettier than you.

Baci e Vendetta

Marble tables, a fireplace, and beautiful light fixtures, this is one of the most lovely brunch experiences the city has to offer. The mimosas are made with freshly squeezed orange juice and the menu is full of all of your brunch staples, including eggs benny and avocado toast.

Basically…go here if you’re obsessed with marble and want to feel bougie.

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This place wins for being impossibly cute. Tea is served in adorable teapots with teacups that remind me of real-versions of the ones I used to play with when I was a little girl. It also has great options for both the sweet and savory brunch-goer, so it’s a perfect place to enjoy a lovely afternoon with friends.

Basically…go here if you want to have to tea party with your gals.

Have you been to any of these spots? What are your thoughts? But most importantly, where should I go next? Slide into my DMs on Instagram and give me your brunch recommendations!

xo,

Tatum

Photos by: Olivia Choi

Brunch Tee c/o Red Couch Clothing

End of Summer To-Do List

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Oh how I long for the summer vacations of my youth that seemed to last and last… This summer has totally flown by, and I can’t believe we are nearing the end! With limited time left in the season, I plan to go out with a bang and live up every free moment, so I made a list of things I want to do before our Instagram feeds start filling up with way too many Pumpkin Spice Lattes. Follow along on my Instagram to see if I’m able to complete the whole list 😉

1. Day Trip to the Beach

Over Memorial Day Weekend, my friends and I took a day trip to Rockaway Beach and enjoyed pina coladas and time in the sun. With my unlimited Metro Card, I have no excuse not to spend the hour or so it takes to make the trek to the Rockaways at least once more this summer. But this time, I will be sure to reapply my sunscreen a bit more often 😉

2. Rooftop Season’s Final Hooray!

There is nothing a New Yorker loves more than drinking and eating on a rooftop. To commemorate the end of this overcrowded and sweaty phenomenon, I plan to have at least one more rooftop experience before we call summer a wrap. Whether I end up shelling out $16 for a cocktail or spend a weekend afternoon grilling on a friend’s rooftop is TBD. But the obligatory final rooftop view photo is a must.

3. Rock My Summer Favorites

We all have those go-to pieces in our closet that make us feel extra confident. With a transition of weather coming our way, now is the time to make sure our favorite outfits breathe the summer air once more before they are tucked away until next year. My Fewl swimsuit is definitely one of those pieces! If you’re looking for a great swimsuit to cap off the summer, be sure to visit Fewl Swimwear and use my code ‘TATUM’ for 30% off a purchase of $40 or more!

4. Turn Up the Summer Jams

Ever since my freshmen year of college, I have made a Spotify Playlist for each new season. I love being able to go back to my Spring 2013 playlist and feel like I am sitting in my old dorm room, studying for Economics, and thinking about boys 😉 My Summer 2017 Playlist is full of the upbeat, carefree songs that pair perfectly with this season. During these last couple of weeks, I plan to turn up those jams as often as possible! Because in five years, I want future Tatum to look back nostalgically on this summer with the fondest memories.

5. Take Advantage of the Light

Summertime spoils us with its long days and nights, but we can’t take them for granted! For many of us, our commutes will eventually become darker and that post-work drink with friends will start to sound a little less appealing. My goal is to take advantage of the longer days and make plans with friends to go for walks, stop by an outdoor happy hour, or hang in a park.

What is on your end-of-summer to-do list? Share it with me in the comment section below or on Instagram!

Swimsuit c/oFewl Swimwear

Photos by: Lauren Listor

Summer Fun in NYC (For Under $15!)

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Summer has a way of making everyone more social. All of a sudden, the friends who responded to your texts all winter with a “I think I’m just gonna stay in tonight…” are now hitting you up for happy hour. There’s nothing better than enjoying a glass of rose with your crew after a long day at work, dining al fresco with your S/O on a Friday night, or catching up with an old friends over margaritas and guacamole, but unfortunately, those meals and drinks can start to add up in the dollar department.

This summer, I’ve been trying to find a balance between meals and drinks out and more affordable alternatives that are just as fun. Today, I’m sharing a few of the ways I have been able to get the most out of this season without totally breaking the bank. These activities are based in New York, but for my friends outside of the city, most of these can be transplanted anywhere!

The Rockaways

You don’t have to spend big bucks for a beach giveaway. During the long Fourth of July weekend, my friends and I made a day trip to Rockaway Beach in Queens (highlights from the day in the photos above!). I was dying to get some beach time in during the holiday (and maybe a pina colada or two) and the Rockaways did not disappoint. The Rockaways is reachable by the subway, which means travel cost is as minimal as a metro card swipe. To keep costs as low as possible, bring your own beach snacks and lunch! Or head over to the outdoor food court on 97th street and grab lunch for under $15. I also highly recommend the frozen pina coladas at Connolly’s: Seven dollars of tropical bliss 🙂

P.S. My suit is also under $15 and was perfect for my beach day. Shop it here!

DIY: Dining al fresco

Because there is nothing I love better than eating outdoors in nice weather, Eric and I have been meeting for weekly dinners in the parks throughout the city. After work, we meet at one of our favorite healthy spots (like Sweetgreen or ByChloe), grab salads to go, and head to the closest park for our very own dinner al fresco. We enjoy the beautiful weather, often get to listen to live music, and catch up on our days all for the cost of a Quinoa Taco Salad from ByChloe. Grabbing food to go eliminates the need to tip a server and also keeps you from ordering those extras that you don’t always need (for Eric and I, this means our classic shared plate of calamari and a glass of wine). Taking food to go also allows you to explore different parks and neighborhoods of your city. A win all around!

Take a Walk

This one might sound painfully obvious, but it’s a great alternative to not forget! With so many friends to meet and catch up with, those happy hour drink prices can really start to add up. When a friend asks to meet for drinks, suggest taking a walk instead! Meet in Central Park or by the river and enjoy each other’s company while taking in your city’s most peaceful surroundings. Not only is this a more economical option, but it’s a great healthy activity too. Nothing feels better than getting in some steps and breathing fresh air after a day in the office!

Keep an Eye Out for Free Events!

All cities offer tons of free and open events, you just have to keep your eyes open! I always grab a copy of Time Out New York on my way to the office on Wednesdays, which is a great place to find those free and affordable events going on during the week. There are also fun reoccurring events that happen throughout the season like HudsonRiverFlicks and Summer Stage shows. Incorporating some of these events into your social schedule to balance out the more pricey events will really help your finances in the long run!

As it is for most things in life, it’s all about balance. You don’t need to shell out money every time you want to enjoy yourself in your city. Finding a balance between free and affordable events and the more expensive ones will not only make you feel more responsible and financially savvy today, but it will start good habits that you can continue to practice in the future.

What are your favorite affordable ways to enjoy summertime in your city?

xo,

Tatum

Plunge Neck Cross Back Bikini Set c/o Shein

Summer in the City

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For many New Yorkers, summer is a time to get out of the city. Whether it’s a weekend trip to the Hamptons, a cross-country road trip, or an adventure to a new city, New Yorkers take any excuse to escape the hustle and bustle and experience a different environment for a change. I hope to go on a couple of weekend trips this summer, but I’m also pumped to spend hot sunny days and cool breezy nights in this city. Today, I’m sharing 5 reasons why I’m excited for summer in the Big Apple 🙂

1. It’s rooftop season!

I am convinced that there is a switch in my brain that turns on once the temperature goes above 75 degrees and screams “Rooftop season!” With so many fun rooftop bars all over the city and friends with the ever so coveted rooftop apartments, there is no better way to spend a summer afternoon or evening than with a cold drink and a gorgeous view. Cocktails can get pretty pricey at rooftop bars, so I’m excited to spend time on my friend’s rooftop downtown. Summer BBQ, anyone??

2. Summer Fridays

Honestly the most magical two words of the season. Summer Fridays are the well-deserved reward many New Yorkers get for working so many hours every other day of the year. My office closes at 1:30 on Fridays, so my weekends feel so much longer. Having the extra time to take advantage of nice weather or to get a jumpstart on a weekend trip is AMAZING.

3. Getting in those steps

No matter what the season, New Yorkers always spend a lot of time on our feet. But when the weather is gorgeous, I am much more inclined to walk several blocks instead of taking the subway a couple of stops to enjoy the sunshine. Not only do I love how I feel after a long walk, but it also allows me to explore new areas, discover new places, and continue to improve my directional knowledge (which is slowly but surely getting better!). And am I the only one who thinks ice cream tastes even sweeter the higher your day’s step count? 😉

4. Longer Days

There’s nothing better than waking up to sunshine and being able to experience daylight even after leaving the office in the evening. Longer days motivate me to get out there and explore my city, instead of just crawling home to Netflix. Did I mention that I love the sun?? 😉

5. Outdoor Workouts

Don’t get me wrong, I am in a serious and committed relationship with my gym. But there’s something so freeing and rejuvenating about going on a nice run outside. There is an amazing path along the water a few blocks away from my apartment, and I’ve been making it my recent Sunday ritual to take a run along the path to clear my head before the week (and to clear my body from any of the not so healthy choices I made over the weekend 😉 ). With new scenery, fresh air, and sunshine, exercising outside brings an excitement to working out which I always look forward to every year.

What are you most excited for this summer?

xo,

Tatum

Hylan Suede Tie Necklace/Bayard Beaded Bracelet c/o House of Urban/ H&M Crinkled Off-the-Shoulder Top/H&M Denim Shorts

Photos by: Lauren Listor

Change

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Change. The word that makes some want to crawl under the covers in hiding and others want to jump for joy out of excitement. I think for most people, it’s a combination of these two extremes. Change is scary and even the bravest among us must admit even a small amount of fear that accompanies it. Change brings doubt, uncertainty, and uneasiness: feelings that no human likes to feel. Change is hard work. It takes up very valuable brain space, causes emotional stress, and often requires tedious and physical labor. But change is also thrilling! It brings potential, energy, and excitement into our lives, and is an almost always necessary step in the progression toward goals and success.

Sometimes change is an option and sometimes it’s not. When we are given the option of change, it’s important to not immediately back away out of fear. Instead of thinking about how much time and energy would go into the process of this change, think about what the potential outcomes could be. Instead of thinking about the anxiety and fear you may feel taking on this change, think about the joy and fulfillment it could eventually bring to your life. We shouldn’t accept every option for change that are presented to us, but we should never deny them out of fear or doubt.

I recently went through some pretty major changes in my life. A couple of months ago, I moved into a new apartment in Manhattan and this past week, I started a new job at a fashion, beauty, and lifestyle PR agency in the city. Accepting this job meant leaving the agency I worked at for my first 11 months out of school. It meant leaving a team I loved, work I enjoyed and understood, and a routine I had settled into and was comfortable with. Accepting this job meant the majority of my waking hours were going to completely change. It meant I was going to have to start over in a new office, get to know new coworkers, and learn a brand new way of getting things done. These things scared me (and still do!), but I couldn’t let them weigh heavily on my pros and cons list. The fear of change was not going to let me turn down a job I have dreamed about having for years.

I am still right in the middle of this transformation process and it’s both thrilling and terrifying. But during every “pinch me, I can’t believe I work here!!” moment, I am reminded that I made the right decision and that this change will lead to happiness and success in my life.

Have you experienced any major changes lately? How have you grown from them?

xo,

Tatum

Sumner Neck Wire Collar/Wilkens Double Cuff Bracelet c/o House of Urban/Express Top/Jeans (similar)/Booties (similar)

Photos by: Lauren Listor

Tips for Moving to NYC

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I moved into my apartment on the Upper East Side of Manhattan about a month ago (can’t believe it’s already been a month!!), and so far, I am loving it! But it wasn’t that long ago that I was going through the stress of apartment hunting in New York City (aka the worst thing on earth). I am by no means an expert at apartment hunting and moving (probably more like the opposite actually…) but I did learn a few things along the way, so I thought I would pay it forward and share some tips and advice I’ve gathered through my experience.

Summer is just around the corner which means this city is about to see an influx of interns and new hires. If you happen to be one of them, I hope these tips are helpful to you as you embark on this terrifying (but super exciting!) journey 🙂

1. The Pre-Move Clean Out

This is perhaps the most important of all steps toward a successful move to New York. If you haven’t already heard (which you definitely have because we all complain about it enough…), New York is known for tiny apartments, which means tiny bedrooms, closets, bathrooms, kitchens etc. This is no time for you to be sentimental about the pair of holey socks you were wearing when your middle school boyfriend leaned in for that first kiss (kissing in middle school?! So scandalous!). But in all seriousness, before you even break out the suitcases and moving boxes, do a thorough clean out of all of your possessions and don’t bring anything you don’t absolutely love, need, or care about. Cleaning out closets, drawers, and cabinets is on no one’s list of favorite activities, but when you actually have room to breath in your new shoebox apartment, you will be glad you put in the time and effort. Getting rid of things also means you will have fewer boxes to carry up 3 flights of stairs (can I get an amen?!).

2. You might not be Serena Van Der Woodsen, but that doesn’t mean you have to live in a pig sty

I hope I’m not crushing your dreams when I tell you that your first apartment in New York is not going to be a penthouse on Park Ave. However, that doesn’t mean you have to resort to something dangerous, disgusting, dirty, or all of the above. My roommate, Melissa, and I looked at some pretty gross apartments before finding our current place, and I started to think this was what we would have to settle for. THANK GOD it wasn’t. Know your budget and be realistic, but don’t settle for something that you know you won’t feel comfortable or safe in. It will take time and effort, but the happy medium between a penthouse on Park Ave and cardboard box in a parking spot is out there. I promise!

3. Don’t Black Out

You made it to an apartment viewing! Congrats! Now put that third arm (aka your smartphone, deh) to use. Take pictures and notes. The agent showing the apartment will most likely start rattling off numbers and information about the apartment and terms of the lease. You might think these are easy things to remember, but if you’re seeing four apartments in one hour, the numbers tend to jumble together and you could end up blacking-out the entire day (Did he say it was $2,500 or $25,00?!?). This is no freshmen year gen-ed class! Taking notes in the real-world is not only for dweebs (yes, I just said dweebs) and will help you make this pretty massive decision. So don’t be afraid to break out the trusty notes app on your phone and type away!

4. Prepare Those Papers

Dollars aren’t the only types of paper you’re going to need to apply for an apartment. You will also need these bad boys. If you haven’t heard, New York operates at a pace about five times faster than the rest of humankind, so it’s a good idea to gather these documents in advance so you’re able to jump on an apartment you’re interested in right away. Apartments in New York can come on and off the market in a matter of a day, so being prepared is a major key to ensuring you have the best chance of grabbing your favorite place.

5. Get Excited!! 

You just signed for your apartment! Time to get excited!! Spend some time getting to know your new neighborhood before you move in so you feel more at home on your first day. If you’re a gym rat, check out the gyms in your neighborhood to find the one that’s best for you. Locate your nearest bodega (definition: a small convenient store that often comes complete with a cat). Decide if your closest Trader Joe’s is worth the cheap produce or if you’re going to suck it up and shop at the Gristede’s down the block instead. Many of these things will come with time, so don’t feel the need to figure it all out at once. But taking the time to at least think through some of these things in advance will make you feel a bit more in control once move-in day rolls around.

Every one’s experience shopping and signing for an apartment in New York is unique. There is no script to follow, so don’t be afraid to invent your own. It’s stressful process, but once you’re opening a bottle of wine in your new place on the first night, you’ll know it was all worth it. But just know that you might be enjoying that bottle of wine on the floor because come on, we aren’t superheroes here 😉

Best of luck on your adventure!

xo,

Tatum

Rosica Mrsik Marble Print Blouse from Nineteenth Amendment

Photos by: Lauren Listor

 

Movin’ On Up

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“Movin’ on up, to the east side.”

Well I did it. I made the move from my neighborhood in Queens to the Upper East Side of Manhattan. If you would have asked me a month ago if I would have thought I would be living in this amazing apartment on the UES, I would have laughed and said, “ugh I wish.” 

The apartment search in Manhattan is one of the weirdest things I have ever done. One weekend, I’m feeling discouraged, disgusted and doubtful that my roommate and I will ever find a place. The next weekend, I’m scrambling for paperwork and checks and applying for the apartment of my New York dreams. And then the weekend after, my parents are making the 7+ hour drive from Pittsburgh to help me move in (literal saints). New York time, ladies and gents. 

Moving has led me to reflect on the past 9 months of living in New York (I can’t believe it’s already been 9 months!!). I’ve seen, experienced, and learned a lot and would like to say I’ve grown, but underneath it all, I’m still the girl with stars in her eyes who will never get over these city lights. Sometimes I think about what 10-year-old Tatum, who had Broadway posters and other NYC mementos all over her room, would think if she met me now, and I’m proud to say, I think she would think I was pretty cool 😉

9 months and one move down with who knows how many to come. Because unlike the certainty of next month’s rent check, my journey in this city is one big exciting unknown. 

xo,

Tatum

Raimana Cowan Open Back Papillon Dress from Nineteenth Amendment

Photos by: Lauren Listor

For Better or for Worse

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Living in New York is like being in a crazy, unpredictable, rollercoaster relationship. Sometimes the walk signs line up, your subway arrives right away, you snag a seat and you don’t smell even a whiff of bodily fluid. Other times you trudge through the wind and rain to wait for a delayed subway car, surrounded by what feels like the soaking wet bodies of the entire city’s population and their dripping umbrellas. You never know if your commute to work will be smooth and easy, or if you will leave early to make that 8:30am call and end up twiddling your thumbs for 30 minutes while you car is “delayed because of train traffic ahead.” We could all choose to leave New York and all of its mixed signals and signs for another city that’s more stable, hygienic and financially supportive. But who are we kidding? We aren’t going anywhere. Because we love this city, for better or for worse. 

After suffering through a New York winter, we have finally been given a glimpse of the better times, with little teasers of truly beautiful weather. The parks filled up with people, outdoor tables were scooped up whenever the temperature crossed 50 degrees and parkas were temporarily traded in for light (or even no!) jackets. 

We knew this high wouldn’t last forever (I’m back in my parka as I write this), but we know the good times will be back, and that knowledge is what keeps us around. Predictability and a sense of normalcy are comforting, but they quickly grow old. Surprise, passion and the excitement of an ever-changing environment—that’s what we love about New York. For better and for worse. 

xo,

Tatum

Express lace off-the shoulder top/Uniqlo Jeans

Photos by Kelly West

Foodkick: For a Night In, Not a Night Off

Foodkick | The PaceFoodkick | The PaceFoodkick | The PaceWith my obsession for adventure placed against the backdrop of New York City, I find it very hard to sit around and always want to be on the move. But with this freezing weather and a bank account plagued by one too many overpriced cocktails, sometimes a night in is just what the doctor ordered. But friends, a night in doesn’t have to mean it’s a night off 😉

Last Saturday while the city was getting a sprinkling of snow, my friends and I decided to try out Foodkick, a same-day food and alcohol delivery service. We looked up some yummy drink and food recipes, ordered ingredients, and were in the kitchen shoebox preparing the night’s menu in just a couple of hours. Did I mention that none of us even had to step outside of the apartment?

Foodkick is perfect for nights in with friends, work events (lifesaver if you are the office errand-runner like this girl!) and parties of any kind. We were able to find every ingredient we needed for our recipes; from limes to mozzarella to orange liqueur, Foodkick has it all.

Oh and I know you’re eyeing those cheesy puffs of goodness and our draaanks, so check out our margarita recipe here and find the three ingredients to make these life-changing cheesy pesto crescents here.

Thank you to Foodkick for collaborating with me on this post. 

3 Boroughs, 2 Vegans, 1 Amazing Weekend

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This past weekend, my parents traveled from their home in Pittsburgh to visit me for the first time in New York! I was so excited to play hostess to the two incredible people who “hosted” me for 18 years! My parents are vegan, love a good drink, and are always up for a fun adventure, so I knew their visit would include lots of vegetables, a few glasses of wine, and countless laughs.

My parents arrived in Manhattan on Friday evening, so we kicked off the weekend at Smithfield Hall. Over happy hour drinks, we caught up about my new job and life in the city and all the happenings back at home. For dinner, we ordered the Black Bean burger, which was absolutely delicious (and vegan!). Smithfield Hall had awesome happy hour prices, tons of great food options, a fun atmosphere, and wonderful service. It was the perfect place to welcome my parents to the Big Apple!

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After dinner, my parents had their first lesson on the New York subway system and rode just like pros! When we got back to my neighborhood in Queens, I gave them a walking tour to show them my favorite market, the gym I visit every morning, and all of the other little spots and shops along the way. It was fun to welcome them to my first “big girl” apartment and be able to spend the night chatting and laughing with two of my favorite people on the planet.

On Saturday, we woke up ready to take on the city! Our first stop was Union Square Park, which has quickly become a favorite spot of mine in Manhattan. I knew my parents would love the huge farmers’ market full of produce, flowers and plants, and other goodies. We bought a bag of beet chips, a loaf of fresh olive bread for our dinner that evening, and happily accepted samples along the way.

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Next, I showed my parents the place I spend most of my time: my office! They were happy to see my desk and the open office space. My dad even got my mom and I to pose for a photo in front of the sign 🙂

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Second to spending time with each other, my parents and I love veggies more than anything, so I knew I had to take them to my favorite salad place, Sweetgreen. We ordered our salad masterpieces and took them to Union Square Park for a little picnic. My parents taught me to be the salad-master that I am today, so for them to say these were the best salads they ever had is the best endorsement there is.

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With only so little time in the day, we moved on to our next borough: Brooklyn. When your parents are as cool as mine, Williamsburg, the hipster capital of New York, is a must-visit. We people watched as we sipped iced-coffees at Konditori, a Swedish cafe, told stories by the river and gazed at the gorgeous view of Manhattan, and shared the most delicious cup of vegan Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough ice cream at Van Leeuwin. Once we had had our share of this neighborhood’s hipster residents and attractions, it was time to head back to Queens.

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One of my favorite things in the world is cooking with my parents (while sipping on wine of course!). We grabbed fresh produce from the markets in my neighborhood and worked together to make stuffed mushrooms with vegan cheese, peppers, and onions, and sautéd tomatoes to put on top of the bread we had bought earlier. We spent the entire night cooking, drinking, eating, laughing, listening to music, and playing cards. It was one of the best nights I have had all summer (which is saying a lot, because I have been having quite an amazing couple of months!).

Of course, I was extremely sad to hug my parents goodbye and watch them board their bus back to Pittsburgh, but I am so thankful for the time we spent together. I am so fortunate to have parents who are willing to spend two full days traveling, just to spend one full day with their daughter. I always knew my parents were the coolest, but spending time with them in my new city reiterates that point even further. I truly am the luckiest daughter in all five boroughs of New York 🙂

I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t already planning my parents next visit. If you have suggestions for great vegan food, interesting bars, or other fun attractions you think my parents and I would like, let me know in the comment section below!

xo,

Tatum