Happy Birthday To Me + A Present For You

Hi guys! Today is a wee bit nuts: it’s opening night at this crazy place, I leave for NYC tomorrow, I’m not fully packed (gah!), and today is my birthday. Whirlwind. I am one.

Despite today’s windy, everywhere-but-here feeling, I just wanted to pop in to say bonjour, and thank you for reading! This year has been difficult, wonderful, and interesting enough for me to stick around. I hope you can say the same.

Thank you for being here with me. I appreciate it. And to show my appreciation, I am announcing a little giveaway – a Gourmet Style Girl first!

Any readers who leave an NYC comment this weekend will be entered into a drawing (ie, I will pick a number at random using an app of some sort) and the winner will be announced next Friday. Think a recommendation, a tip, a memory, or anything pertaining to the city that a first-timer might find helpful. The winner will receive something small and adorable from my trip. I don’t know what it is yet, but I do know that it will be awesome and you will be excited to receive it. If this works, then I hope to be doing more giveaways in the future!

You have until Sunday at midnight. Reeeeeady…GO!

XO – Hilary

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8 thoughts on “Happy Birthday To Me + A Present For You

  1. Jessica says:

    Go to central Park and take lots of pictures. It’s the thing I didn’t get to do when I went and I will be sad about that until I get the chance to go back.

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  2. J says:

    See at least 1 show while you’re there if you can. I still remember the first show I saw on broadway and how I felt when I walked in the theater. Its really an amazing experience that I’ll never forget. Also, get 1 touristy purchase (do not invest too much money in this). I still have the empire state building sunglasses I got on that trip – I can’t bear to part with them because they represent so many memories. Just a fun whimsical reminder of being 14 in one of the greatest cities in the world.
    and ditto on the photo thing – central park is amazing!!! Get some sort of street food, walk in and hang out for a bit.

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  3. joannaincalifornia says:

    As discussed, the Highline is totally worth a relaxed stroll. Other things I really loved were:

    Morning runs in Central Park
    Bouchon Bakery – there is one in the mall at Columbus Circle and their chocolate chip cookies are show-stopping.
    Billy’s Bakery on 9th Avenue in Chelsea – they are open till midnight on Friday and Saturday and were an amazing post-bar treat.
    The Gems and Minerals Room at the Museum of Natural History
    The Strand had a book stall on the street right on the southeast corner of Central Park (on 5th Avenue) – not sure if it’s there all the time but it’s cheap and the selection was awesome and it was a really pleasant location to browse books.
    Fort Greene in Brooklyn was a cool neighborhood to just have a drink and people watch.
    John’s Pizza on Bleecker Street. No words.

    I hope you have an amaaaazing time! Remember that you will surely be back so don’t kill yourself trying to fit it all in. The weather is beautiful and is a perfect antidote to San Francisco’s lack of seasons. Enjoy and happy birthday!

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  4. Jen says:

    To do: The caricature and satire exhibit at The Met, shop at Top Shop, have an old-fashioned soda at the soda shop inside Kiehl’s flagship store in the East Village.

    To eat: The halal cart at 53rd and 6th, Balthazar, Momofuku Milk Bar, Cafe Habana, Lombardi’s, Prune, Northern Spy Co., Clinton St. Baking Co.

    Happy birthday and have fun!

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  5. Glenda says:

    My favorite memory of New York City – while there are many – my favorite is a very lovely stroll with my BFF hubby in Central Park in the fall with awe inspiring vivid fall colors along with that little fall nip in the air. It couldn’t have been more beautiful or romantic – like Central Park was a gift just for us! Such a great time!
    Have a wonderful time girlie!!!!

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  6. Hanna says:

    I spent one glorious day in NYC with my now-husband. We drove there from Western MA and enjoyed a day of walking through mid-town…went to the museum and watched people walk through City Park (we saw Howard Stern jogging with a very blonde woman). We also went to FAO Schwartz and played on the piano from Big. It was a lovely day for a couple in love!

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  7. cruey says:

    if you do go see a show (which obviously you should), try going to the ticket window at the theater itself on the day of the show to get a good deal on seats. i saw “rock of ages,” first row mezzanine, for $40! and if you show a student id, you can get in for even cheaper (a few years ago, i saw “thoroughly modern millie” for $25!!)

    for the best bagel/cream cheese combo in the world: russ and daughters. they have caviar cream cheese! can you imagine? here’s a picture.

    and if you have a couple bucks to spend on dinner, check out the spotted pig. DELISH.

    and definitely definitely try to check out grand central station (and grab a drink at the bar). it’s amazing. and underneath, there are plenty of good restaurants to eat it. have fun! happy bday!

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