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Manhattan's best food courts

You're out exploring the city. You're hungry. But you don't want to spend the time at traditional sit-down. Lucky for you, we're reviewing our favorite Manhattan food courts so you can enjoy a quick fix! 1. Hudson EatsBrookfield Place, 200 Vesey Street, Manhattan212-417-7000Hours: 7:00am- 9:00pm Overlooking the Hudson river on the very bottom West side of Manhattan sits Brookfield place, a large building complex  resembles a midtown office building. Hudson Eats takes over the whole second floor with diners enjoying sweeping views of the river. Hudson Eats is a new food court with upscale dining options including Umami Burger and Blue Ribbon Sushi. Hudson Eats has a sleek, modern feel, with food covering most every genre.   2. Plaza Food Court1 West 59th St212-986-9260Hours: 8:30am- 9:30pm This is a personal favorite of ours, one that is under the radar for most New Yorkers. This area is notoriously difficult for finding…

NY Botanical Garden Train Show

After many years livng in New York, it's easy to fall into a pattern; going to the same bars, same restaurants and doing the same things. But then all of a sudden, you realize that you're not taking advantage of the city that you spend so much money to be in. I decided that I was going to make an effort again! To see and experinence new things. While I was still in the "gung-ho" phase, I decided that I would venture all the way to the Bronx to see the Train Show at the New York Botanical Garden.   Two trains and one bus later, we arrived! Upon arrival, despite the massive amounts of people and children, you felt transported to another world, stilt walkers dressed as train workers and fabulously festive conductors (complete with train shoulder pads!) Excitement was building, and finally, we were allowed in the greenhouse.…

Spain Day 6: Gran Canaria

Our last day in Gran Canaria- and Spain- brought much sadness. The weather finally stated going our way and I could hardly imagine that it was 27 degrees in New York. Our morning started at dunes of Maspalomas beach, nestled right between the nude and clothed beach. For a minute, you forget that you aren't in the Sahara, but the relaxing sound of the waves turquoise sea against the yellow shore brings you back. I lay in the dunes, creating sand angels and letting the shining sun beat upon me. We wandered down the beach and came across a quintessential beach town, filled with stalls selling beachwear, inner tubes and- bodegas selling soft drinks and bottles of Cuban rum? I could spend all day.   But all good things must come to an end. Luckily the island has so much more to offer. We began heading up the mountain towards…

Spain Day 5: Gran Canaria

It was a short flight from Tenerife to Gran Canaria and, this time, the welcoming sun greeted us. We took a quick bus to Las Palmas, the capital city and took a tour of the town; the houses were especially colorful with against the cerulean sky. I felt more like in a South American town than a European one. Our first stop was the house of Christopher Columbus, which gained fame as the house where Columbus stayed while one of his ships was repaired. The house is typical of the island, with large courtyards and wooden ceilings and balconies. The museum has maps of his journeys, replicas of the ships and even original correspondence. I thought it was interesting to see coming from Segovia (you can read why here.)   When I travel, markets are among my favorite stops as they really give a good idea about how the culture…

Spain Day 4: Tenerife

I woke up comfortably to a sunny morning in Tenerife, though it was still unseasonably cold due to an Artic blast from Canada. At least we weren't in the 20-degree New York weather. After a delicious breakfast at the Iberostar, the 7 of us piled into our mini bus and headed up to island to the Piramides de Guimar. On the site of the pyramids, there is a museum dedicated to Thor Heyerdahl, a Norwegian explorer who hypothesized that the pyramids in Giza are linked to the pyramids in Mexico and Central America. He theorized that both societies were able to reach each other by sailing across the Atlantic. The Canary Islands were used as a stopping point between the two destinations, thus the presence of the terrace style pyramids here. Using papyrus and traditional boat building methods dictated in the pharaoh's tombs, Heredahal successfully crossed the Atlantic, proving that…

Spain Day Three: Tenerife

Day three began before the crack of dawn. We drove an hour and a half back to Madrid to catch an early flight to Tenerife. I had never been to the Canary Islands, and had only done some light research. The Canary Islands are off the coast of southern Morocco, making them geographically more African than European. However, the people, food and wine make the islands distinctly Spanish. The Canary Islands are known for their forever spring weather, always sunny and 73 degrees. However, we were greeted with rain upon our arrival. Our super-handsome guide, immediately apologized for the bad weather; "it only rains here about 12 days a year." Just our luck! We were then transported to the Iberostar Grand Hotel Mencey, the first city hotel by the resort chain. I've stayed in Iberostar Hotels before, and though this hotel is not all-inclusive, it screamed luxury. My room was…

Spain Day Two: Segovia

Day two brought us an hour away to La Granja, about 5km from Segovia. We spent the morning at a crystal factory and even got to watch students learn to make pitchers and vases. It was incredible to watch; I would have never guessed that putting the handle on was a two-person job (one person came with to the first with a rod of hot glass and attached it to the first.) We toured the factory and learned a bit about the history of crystal, different types and saw some impressive pieces. Did you know that glass can be recycled, but crystal cannot? Next, we toured the royal summer palace of La Granja de San Ildefonso, an 18th century palace built by King Philip V. The building was modeled after Versailles and is also known for its' massive, manicured gardens. Philip V really did not want to be King and…

First Day in Spain- Avila

Today I arrived in Spain for the YTP (Young Travel Professional) Fam trip with Petrabax. Upon arrival, we boarded a bus and drove about an hour and a half to Avila, a 15th century medieval town.  We checked into our amazing hotel, the Paradores, which feels like it was build into the city wall. The hotel is beautiful and has a antique vibe, which fits perfectly within its' surrounding. My room has a beautiful view of the maze-like gardens, where I can imagine knights in shining armor riding through on their horses.  After checking in, we had an incredible and lengthy lunch at Puerta del Alcazar where we feasted on salad with soft cheese and lardon; patatas revolcolas, fried pork over mashed potatoes (that were mashed in pork!!!); and- as if that weren't enough- we were then each presented a giant juicy veal steak. The veal came with a sign telling…

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