Day stroll in Man-hat-tan

Photo by Raè

Photo by Raè

If I am not in Brooklyn, but in New York State somewhere, there is a 99.7% chance I am in Manhattan (there is a .3% chance I am in the Bronx, Queens or Staten Island- all great boroughs).

As a woman of the city, I've become use to reserving an hour, even an hour and half depending on traffic, for travel. Trains are rerouted at times and sometimes the bus just refuses to come. Either way, making my way to the city is in itself a journey. 

Mid-afternoon and she's still a busy city

Mid-afternoon and she's still a busy city

I try to find my way to the Q-train when I can because I love to visit 14th street- Union Square. 34th street and Times Square are both heavily populated with tourists and shopping malls (probably the one part of Manhattan I hang out with friends, etc.) but Union Square is hands down my favorite part of Manhattan.

I normally start my adventure off with a chocolate-chunk scone from Whole Foods. Ask anyone, Whole Foods is on the pricey side, but I've convinced myself that a $2 scone will not disappoint...and thus far it hasn't!

Whole foods on 14th street

Whole foods on 14th street

Chocolate Chunck Goodness (last word is my idea)

Now, walking is a habit of mine. Truth be told, the bus system in New York isn't the greatest, so walking has become a 'trend' for me, if you will. And when I walk...I get hungry. Without notice ny feet took a short cut normally taken on West 4 fourth- Washington Square Park.

Inside the park

Inside the park

Immediately, my favorite Mediterranean spot came to mind-  Mamoun's. I remember my mum introducing this place to me when I was significantly younger and in my opinion, there has not been a falafel restaurant that has superseded this spot. Now, Mamoun's serves other dishes, lamb, chicken, etc., but it is well known for their falafels. It just so happened to be late in the afternoon, so I decided to make this my dinner. If you are in the city area, be sure to buy a dish- it's pretty filling and not at all expensive. I cannot recommend it enough. 

Mamoun's
Falafel plate with pita; num num num

Falafel plate with pita; num num num

I continue to stroll here and there and decide to get some dessert. Granted, I was sick this day (this cold was no joke), but rebellious as I can be, I decided on something new. Melt Bakery didn't seem to far and I was introduced not too long ago, so I thought I'd give it a go. They carry ice-cream sandwiches that they craft daily, so you know they are freshly made. I was shocked as to how small the shop is on Orchard street- but that just goes to show how intimate the bakery is. They currently have eight flavors to choose from; I chose the red velvet. Other than my cold getting worse over the weekend (my fault completely), I was in no way disappointed. Be sure to have a look.

Can't speak for the other flavors...but the red velvet is pretty good

Can't speak for the other flavors...but the red velvet is pretty good

Num num! 

Num num! 

After dessert I made my way home. Not much done, but when in the city I try to make the most of it, even if it's dragged in laziness. I was ill and needed to escape the confinments of home...only to crawl back desperately in need of my mum's Haitian remedies to get rid of this blasted cold. 

But no worries! I'll be sure to post a busy day in the city in the near future. Please be sure to check out these places when you can and let me know your thoughts about them when you do visit them, or if you already have! Also, if you have any recommendations, be sure to let me know; trying new foods and checking out new places are what I look forward to doing.

And on that note, have a blessed week! Stay well. 

-Raè