Simple Pleasures

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My parents have been in town since this past Saturday to celebrate my sister’s graduation from NYU with her master’s in Sports Business (that’s my Kate!). In addition to the week-long celebration, we’ve been venturing to all those hot spots (and tourist guilty pleasures) that I haven’t yet had a chance to visit on my own. Although New York’s teaming with people, it’s best to explore the sights, sounds, and tastes of this varied city with those I love the most (minus Pippa, who is currently living the life in a luxe doggie hotel-miss you, Pip!)

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NYC’s got one heck of a brunch culture, so we stopped by Isabella’s to test out their A+ eggs benedict, waffles, and French toast (the latter being my pick, of course).

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Snatched up some peonies for the parents to counter that heaping pile of laundry in the hall.

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Endless reams of wrapping paper and stationary line the walls of the Upper West Side’s Paper Source.

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Can’t get enough of Bryant Park’s meticulously kept grounds.

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Trusty old J.Crew flats that remain in tact despite enduring New York’s manic weather and endless walking.

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My favorite cake truffles that my parents brought along from Cake Nouveau in Ann Arbor. Starting clockwise with the pink-raspberry lemonade, chocolate-covered strawberry, vanilla birthday cake (chocolate birthday cake in center), Nutella, and caramel macchiato.

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Exquisite post-grad dinner at 21 Club, a former prohibition-era speakeasy.

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