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Hi, there! Happy Saturday! :mrgreen:

So, here’s why I love New York City so much:

  • A bunch of my good friends live here
  • The food!
  • You can walk everywhere

My day included all of these elements, so I enjoyed a nice, little Saturday in the city.

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This morning, Caitlin, her mom, and I met Theodora and Ashley for brunch at Friend of a Farmer. This restaurant was highly recommended, so I was really looking forward to brunch. I was also wicked hungry!

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Friend of a Farmer was absolutely adorable”” warm, inviting, and very country chic.

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Not surprisingly, my meal started with an iced coffee with milk.

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Caitlin and I shared the fresh seasonal fruit plate, which was served with an amazing maple cream sauce. It was a perfect compliment to the sweet fruit. In fact, it was so delicious, I sort of wanted to drink it! 😉

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For my meal, I ordered the Farmer’s Special, which was grilled open face cheese and tomato brushed with olive oil, fresh basil, and garlic dressing on homemade bread.

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Mmm! Cheesy goodness! I loved it!

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Ladies who brunch.

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After brunch, we said goodbye and went our separate ways. I did some shopping, sightseeing, and lots and lots of walking around the city.

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Eventually, I found myself at the Union Square Farmers’ Market.

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Being there put me in such a good mood! The weather was beautiful!

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While wandering around, enjoying the sunshine, I sipped a cold pear cider.

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Then, I headed to Billy’s Bakery for a cupcake. A number of people left comments on CNC, sent emails, and tweeted me about this bakery, I just had to check it out”” and it did not disappoint! Thanks for the recommendation, guys!

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I bought a Carrot Cupcake with cream cheese frosting, and it was excellent.

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The carrot cake wasn’t as good as the cupcake from Baked & Wired, but the frosting gave it a run for its money! Holy yum! Why is cream cheese frosting so amazing?!? I could happily eat it everyday. Really.

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My feet were killing me after walking for 3+ hours around the city, but now they’re feeling rested and ready to hit the pavement again.

See ya!

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81 Comments

  1. The only thing that bums me out about cupcake shops is the Carrot Cupcakes always seem to have walnuts and I’m highly allergic! Carrot cake is the jam though–I typically have to make it myself if I want it though!

  2. I know what you mean about being able to walk everywhere in Manhattan. Last time I went, I only took the subway once… one day, we walked from our hotel at 24th street all the way down to Battery Park. My legs were in agony after three days, but it was worth it!!

  3. I would love to live in NYC because it’s so walkable! Looks like a really fun day- how could it not be when you get a cupcake?! I totally agree with you about cream cheese frosting. I can- and have- eaten it in massive quantities before 🙂

  4. what a fun day! I’ve never been to a farmers market in NYC, but those photos made me smile big! Looks awesome! In fact, I have some sparkling (alcoholic, tee-hee) pear cider in my fridge! It’s a big thing here in New Zealand

  5. You hit some great highlights of the city! You did a ton. Eatly can be a mad house, but they have some amazing things in there. Billy’s is wonderful too. I agree with you about the Union Square Farmer’s market: it is full of energy, excitement and I always leave feeling wonderful. Strangers on the street probably think I have problems when they see me walk away with a huge smile plastered to my face.

    That said, you probably can tell I have a passion for local foods. I have a question, which may be difficult to answer on the blog…but did you really enjoy Friend of the Farmer? I live nearby there and my friends always want to go but I refuse! I went once and I just thought it was overpriced (them prices are not just the NYC mark-up!). But more importantly, for something called “Friend of the Farmer” and near a fantastic farmer’s market, you would expect many seasonal, farm fresh options…but there are not any…

    I think it has just been around there a while before it became more common for restaurants to market their use of local foods. It would seem natural for Friend of the Farmer to do this. I probably would have ordered the seasonal fruit plate, but felt a bit duped for getting melon, pineapples and grapes, all in season in….South American… And you cannot go wrong with grilled cheese. Perhaps they use their own bread (which is great!) and maybe the cheese is local (?) and maybe I am hypersensitive that in April tomatoes are nowheres nears any farmer in these parts of the woods :/

    I really do not mean to be a negative Nancy! I think the place has appeal in its location and it’s decor has something going for it, but do you not agree that they could make an effort to use more local foods? I probably should bring this up with the owners (instead of your blog!) about considering integrating some more local and seasonal foods. But I am curious to hear if you (or your readers) agree.

    Again, I care about local foods, I care about supporting small and mid-size farms. I put my money where my mouth is too by buying this way. But I certainly do not eat 100% local. It is probably more like 45% in the winter and 75% in the summer/fall, but then again I do not go around calling myself Farmer Marge. Tina, I know you have some interest in local and organic foods and thought it may be worth addressing. Thanks in advance.

  6. What a nice day to be in the city. It’s nice to be able to walk everywhere, but I always get confused where I’m going. I guess b/c I only ever go there a few times a year.

  7. I was by Eately today, too bad we didn’t run into each other! Would you believe I have lived here my entire life and never heard of Billy’s??

  8. Yum, Friends of a Farmer rocks! I actually went to high school right around the corner from there. Glad you’re enjoying your time here!

  9. Your Saturday sounds like it has been so much fun! And the day is nowhere near over! I love the Greenmarket at Union Square. That cold pear cider sounds so delicious!

    Have fun tonight! 🙂

  10. The cafe you went to looked super cute, I love eating at little cozy random restaurants they usually have the best food and great atmosphere! Before I scrolled down the page I was like I wonder what kind of cupcake she got, I guessed Carrott Cake 🙂 Yum.

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