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New York is Always A Good Idea.

I can’t believe our trip to New York has already come and gone. We left last Sunday morning and arrived back into Columbus late Friday night. We spent a few days in the city last year (again – right after Christmas); however, we actually stayed for New Years Eve this time.

I can’t tell you how much I love New York City. Such wonderful food and I love the fast pace lifestyle. I also love public transit. I wish there was a subway system in Columbus!!

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Diane’s Recommendations:

  • Nom Wah Tea Parlor : We wanted to find an authentic Chinese restaurant while in Chinatown and this was just the place. Delicious dim sum (though not the best place if you’re looking for a healthier meal.)
  • Saigon Shack : Best bowl of Pho I’ve ever had. Period. Fast paced restaurant and not the best service; however, the food was totally worth it.
  • Ninth Ward : Our favorite bar. We’ve traveled around to so many places and this still ranks at the top of our list.
  • Hale & Heartyย : Although this is more of a chain ‘fast food’ restaurant; I really enjoyed it. Marty and I were looking to warm up with a bowl of soup when we stumbled upon a Hale & Hearty restaurant. I had a bowl of the Lentil Chilli and it kept me full for several hours. I highly recommend this place if you’re 1) in the mood for a delicious soup (SO MANY CHOICES) and 2) next a healthier ‘fast food’ choice.

I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season!!

You might also be interested in our trip to NYC last year: here, here, and here.

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36 comments on “New York is Always A Good Idea.

  1. Pingback: Little Life Updates: January 2014. « life of di.

  2. quartercenturysouthernliving
    January 16, 2014

    Beautiful pictures! I am always so impressed by your photography and how your pictures completely capture moments and places :)

    • di @ life of di.
      January 17, 2014

      Thank you! I try :) New York provides such wonderful scenes to capture. Wish I could move there.

  3. Corrie Anne
    January 13, 2014

    wow! looks like an incredible trip! cute puppies & kitten!!!!!!!!

    • di @ life of di.
      January 17, 2014

      I wanted to take that cat home with me! He lived in the apartment where we were staying. Such a sweet little guy. I think Marty is more open to getting a cat now too. Whoo-hoo.

  4. Faith Fitness and Laughter
    January 12, 2014

    I have always wanted to go to New York! Especially around Christmas and the New Year. Great pictures as always girl!

    • di @ life of di.
      January 17, 2014

      Thank you! And yes, try to get there someday. I promise you won’t regret the money spent! Such a wonderful, fun city! :)

  5. Brandi
    January 12, 2014

    I have always wanted to go to New York! Great pictures as always girl! :)

  6. kerrycooks
    January 11, 2014

    I love your pictures so much Di! Especially the cat wall, the dogs, the pretzels and the one of you and Marty. Thanks for the recommendations too – we’re planning to visit New York on our honeymoon in June so I’ve jotted them down!

    • di @ life of di.
      January 17, 2014

      So exciting! When are you going to be there? I have more suggestions if you’re interested. I actually think we may be back in NYC in June. I know you will be in your honeymoon but, would love to grab a drink with you and your hubby (and Marty) if you’re willing. Again, I know you will be on your honeymoon and we will probably be there at different times but that would be so fun to meet up!

  7. Alex @ Cookie Dough Katzen
    January 10, 2014

    Love all these photos! I’m planning a NYC trip soon so this is super helpful! The only downside is how quickly it goes by right?

  8. Andrea @ Andrea out loud!
    January 9, 2014

    Awesome pics! (as always) I have never been to NY but always think it would be awesome to go during Xmas time!

    • Diane @ Life of Di.
      January 10, 2014

      If you ever get the chance to go to NYC – GO! :) Such a wonderful place. And thank you for the compliment!!

  9. Life After Swimming
    January 9, 2014

    seriously…your pictures are insanely gorgeous and I just LOVE New York. Doesn’t get much better :)

    • di @ life of di.
      January 10, 2014

      Thanks lady :) I appreciate the compliment. And yes – there are few cities in the US that compare to NYC (at least in my opinion!)

  10. lifeaslisaknowsit
    January 9, 2014

    It looks like you guys had so much fun! Love all your pictures! :-)

    • di @ life of di.
      January 10, 2014

      Thanks Lisa :) And we really did. I can’t wait to get back there.

  11. I love the pictures! They are so pretty. It’s always interesting to see how an outsider views my place of birth! New York has a love hate place in my heart but you make it looks so beautiful and kind. <3 it!!! (And PS, email me :) )

  12. carrie
    January 8, 2014

    that was a gorgeous photo dump. and your title…yes. perfection. new york is ALWAYS a good idea. i always tell people to head to levain bakery when they’re in nyc. just completely unreal.

    • di @ life of di.
      January 8, 2014

      Ah! Never been there. I will try and get there on our next trip. :) Thanks for the suggestion lady!!

    • di @ life of di.
      January 10, 2014

      Thanks Carrie! I didn’t make it to Levain Bakery but I’ll add to my list if we go this summer (if not, we’ll be back next December/January and I’ll check it out then!) Thanks for the suggestion. :)

  13. P.S. I’ve been meaning to tell you that I love your haircut!

    • di @ life of di.
      January 10, 2014

      Thank you! I forgot that I never posted about it. I ended up having to go back three times to fix it. The first cut was boring and straight so I went back and the second lady butchered my hair (used the wrong shears and cut it awkwardly.) I decided to get it fixed by the girl that usually does my hair (should’ve just went to her in the first place) and she refunded my second cut, did her cut for free and gave me $60 in free products. I made sure to tip her well :)

      Anyways, all in all I’m not in love with my new cut (it’s a bit shorter than I wanted) but it looks far better now than it did for that one week and a half! Oh haircuts…

  14. It looks like you had so much fun! I told Jordan that I want to go at Christmas time next year, before we have kids. I also want to go to California. If only money grew on trees!

    • di @ life of di.
      January 10, 2014

      Marty and I talked about taking kiddos into the city; it wouldn’t be impossible but we definitely wouldn’t be able to walk the 8-10 miles a day we were doing. Definitely try and get there with Jordan or your sisters. Such a fun trip. :)

  15. Man…gorgeous pictures AGAIN! So jealous

  16. Brittany
    January 7, 2014

    This post has me craving another adventure!! I have never been to NY, but I must visit someday!! These photos are wonderful! I especially love that one of Marty in front of the moving trains!

    • di @ life of di.
      January 7, 2014

      Yes! Definitely try and get there :) Such a fun city!!! And thank you!

  17. This Life is Sparkling
    January 7, 2014

    I’ve never been to NYC but my sisters and I talk about going all the time. It’s definitely on my bucket list! I also want to go for a run in Central Park. And go to Serendipity for frozen hot chocolate even though the wait for that is outrageous. It’d be worth it though ;)

    • di @ life of di.
      January 7, 2014

      We were going to go to Serendipity this time but figured the time of year (everyone craves hot chocolate in frigid temps) and holiday would make it more packed than ever. It’s definitely a great place to go with sisters/mom. I did a few times in high school and loved the girl trip!!

  18. Looks like you had an amazing time! My husband Chris and I just went to NYC in November for basically the first time (we’d both done the HS tour when we were like 15, but that hardly counts). What an amazing city! There are so many fun things to do!! Now if only I could convince him that we should live there…

    • di @ life of di.
      January 7, 2014

      I feel the same way. I want to live there so badly (especially since we don’t have kids yet and I’m not in any specific career right now.) He said it’d be nice but just isn’t in the cards for us (realistically speaking.) ๐Ÿ˜” I can’t wait to go back though!!

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