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Where to get the best taste of Italy without leaving the US

Where to get the best taste of Italy without leaving the US

Where to get the best taste of Italy without even needing to show your passport? The answer, without a doubt, is Eataly.

Eataly had been on my list of places to visit for a while. It is a huge marketplace devoted to Italian food and culture. It includes markets, restaurants, a bakery, retail, and even a cooking school. Basically all the things I love, and all devoted to Italy! There are just a few locations in the US, so when we were planning our mother-daughter trip to New York City it was a the top of the must-see list!

The first rule of visiting Eataly? Go hungry! 

Eating in NYC: Carmine's

Eating in NYC: Carmine's

On a chilly winter night, we wanted a spot that was as close to our theater as humanly possible! We opted for Carmine’s, a popular destination within the theater district, especially on a cold Saturday night! 

The atmosphere is electric here...that’s my nice way of saying that it was packed! People on top of people on top of people! But it was a fun way to get excited for "Hello, Dolly!" And being just steps from the Shubert Theatre was delightful.

Our waiter was wonderful, inquiring if we were headed to a show that evening, and when hearing that we were, he ensured us that he had expedited our meal in the kitchen so we wouldn’t miss our show. 

Eating in NYC: Mexicue

Eating in NYC: Mexicue

While in New York, we wanted to have some tasty food that would be a bit off the beaten track -- stuff we don't eat every day, and stuff that our significant others may not always enjoy.

For dinner our first night, Mom and I ate at Mexicue, a cute Mexican place just a few blocks from Times Square (I told you, it was freezing the weekend we were there, so close spots were key!)

I loved the atmosphere here -- trendy, buzzy, and we could still hear each other over the music and din of the restaurant. I heard the place is a spin-off from a popular food truck, and has a few locations scattered across the city. It didn't feel like a chain though, which was great.

Hotels We Love: Hilton Garden Inn, Times Square Central

Hotels We Love: Hilton Garden Inn, Times Square Central

I've got to admit I feel a little like a fish out of water when it comes to New York. I've only been a couple of times, always visiting someone who already lived there. Therefore, I never paid much attention to where exactly I was or any logistics like that. All I knew was that Times Square was a bit of a madhouse (see photo above...a day after a big snowstorm).

So when it came time to find a hotel for our Mother-Daughter Trip, I did a lot of research. We wanted to be in Midtown Manhattan, as close to the Shubert Theatre as possible. We wanted a clean room, nothing too fancy, simply a home base for the sightseeing we were looking forward to. I found a good hotel that checked all those boxes, at a very nice price, by reserving through Booking.com. We stayed at the Hilton Garden Inn, Times Square Central, which worked well for our needs.

A Guide to Visiting the Empire State Building

A Guide to Visiting the Empire State Building

This was one of my Mom’s requests during our stay in New York City — to go to the top of the Empire State Building. So what did we do on the record-setting coldest day of the year? You guessed it; it was the top of the Empire State Building for us! Read on to get some tips on how to make the most of your visit to the Empire State Building!