New York, New York

New York is one of the most interesting cities in the world and it’s not just because of the shopping, I promise! My mum, sister and I took a little 4-night trip in between Boxing Day and New Years Eve to spend our Christmas money. If there is one place you have to visit when you’re in New York it is Chelsea Market in the Meatpacking District.

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We made the mistake of eating breakfast before we went – DO NOT DO THIS! There is the most amazing selection of little restaurants and cafés serving everything for organic produce to lobster and sushi. However, the reason we went was because of the ‘Artists and Fleas Design and Vintage Market’ and sample sales. We found a little stall selling the most beautiful necklaces with letters on them or your star sign. My sister and I got them as friendship necklaces! I also managed to pick up a Torn by Ronny Kobo dress for $60, bargain!

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For dinner at Chelsea Market you have to book the Buddakan! It is an Asian fusion restaurant in the most incredible of surroundings. If you go you have to try the edamame dumplings and glazed lobster, they were absolute perfection.

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My mum was extremely organised before we went and booked all the restaurants she wanted to try in advance and on the list was the ABC Kitchen. However, be careful when trying to find it. It is at the back of the ABC furniture shop and it took us two taxis and a very long confused walk to work this out. When we did find it we were not disappointed. We got the $36 three-course lunch and also shared a lovely bottle of Pinot Blanc. I had the tuna sashimi in a mint, chili and garlic dressing, followed by a salmon quinoa salad with lemon vinaigrette. Then a trio of desserts consisted of a cake pop, a warm melted chocolate cookie and a pecan biscuit (I managed to finish the majority of my mums as well). All made with the freshest, organic, locally produced ingredients. Please bring one to London soon!!

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On our last day we went to see the 9/11 memorial. I was humbled thinking of all of the people who lost their lives and felt privileged that I could pay my respects to them.

“New York is not a city, It’s a world”

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