New York Trip


New York City was one of those places that had always intrigued me. Not gonna lie, films had a big part to play in it. The problem was how does anyone do it on a budget? So I managed to spend under £500 for 6 day’s once flight and accommodation was paid for.

1. Flights

My absolute favourite airline now is Norwegian Airline. This is the first time I have flown with them so I highly recommend them. Flights were not too expensive and there are always deals you can look out for. You can book a meal and a seat beforehand and I would recommend you do so. Vegan meal and leg roomy seat booked (FYI row 6), I was all set. You can probably get away with a smallish onboard bag and handbag before paying for a checked in bag – I did see passengers with all sorts of small wheeled luggage boarding.  I did kind of think ‘how the hell did that get through’? On the flight back we even arrived an hour earlier than expected. Yep so it’s a fav airline now, based on those facts anyway.

2. Accommodation

Hotels are super expensive in New York so I was struggling to find something decent. Never used Airbnb before but found a great deal in Brooklyn for what worked out to under £37 ppm (there were 3 of us). We booked a really nice and clean master suite room with 2 Queen size beds. The set up was really clever because as the host did not live there, he had an electronic lock on the door. I had downloaded an app called August  which unlocked and locked the front door for us (quite clever I thought).

3. Getting around

The best and most useful purchase I made during my stay was the 7 day Metro card. It cost me $31 and gave me access to the subway and buses for the whole week. Brilliant value for money. Used the subway every day hoping from one line to the next to and from Manhattan.  Do make note of which subway say downtown and which one is uptown as it is not always easy to change once on the platform. Now I admit the subway could do with air conditioning and a cleanup, but functionally it works fine. Needless to say I will never complain about the London Tube again. The streets are pretty dirty too so remember not to wear white shoes/trainers.

Managed to walk 42.5 miles in total though thanks to my friend’s Fitbit. That was a lot of walking.

4. Food 

I am absolutely in love with Wholefoods in New York. Life for me would be so much easier if London has this in every borough. This place is insane. The salads are fresh and tasty. I am sure I’ve been before but in London I think they are not on this large scale. If wholefoods stores could replace every supermarket chain I would be happy. They seem to be healthier in general and as a vegan, I can always find something to eat.

Bareburger

This was such a find as my friends are omnivores. I really wanted to test out the impossible burger at Bareburger and it didn’t disappoint. It was delicious and even my friends enjoyed a taste. They had a amazing meat burger deal which was a burger/fries/drink for $13.95. Mine was slightly more expensive but sooooooo worth it.

6. Travel Money

As not to overspend, I ordered a Post Office Travel Money Card. So easy to use abroad with no charges except if you take cash out there is a small charge. It works like a normal credit card with a pin. There was also an app to download so that you can check your balance. Surprisingly, I had some US Dollars still left on my card so I rang them up and transferred it to Pounds so that I can use it in the UK. That was the week’s food shopping taken care of then.

7. Sights visited for free

The best way to save money is not to spend any at all.  So here are a few places to visit at no cost while you are in the Big Apple.

National September 11 Memorial and Museum – 180 Greenwich St

The New York Public Library – 5th Ave and 42nd Street

Grand Central Terminal – 52nd Street


The High Line – Gansevoort to 30th Street

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Central Park – Can’t miss it!


Brooklyn Bridge – Park Row


The Statue Of Liberty via the free Staten Island Ferry

Music Gig

For me, one of my absolute favourite things to do is to listen to live music. So I managed to book a gig with Sofarsounds in New York for a night of music, beer and socialising. The venue was in an old Pfizer building on flushing avenue who Square Roots run their business from. They grow leafy greens in Brooklyn and in containers. I know quite mad hey. Here’s more information about it on the link below.

https://squarerootsgrow.com/

As always, it was such a great night at Sofarsounds – check it out.

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So this was an amazing trip for me.  It’s a great and interesting City but definitely invest in a good pair of shoes/trainers because the city is very busy and there are loads of things to see.

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New York New York 

Travelling to NYC on Saturday to see what this City has to offer.  

Apparently there are loads of vegan restaurants and stalls about so I’m going to see how it is. I have also booked a Sofarsounds night out for me and the girls in Brooklyn. It’s going to be awesome hanging with the locals and taking in some new music. As usual it’s bring your own booze so torn between Brooklyn Beer or Bubbles.  

Yes, this is my first time in the Big Apple, can you tell?  I’ll keep you posted (check out photos on Instagram) and will write a large piece about it next week. 

Wish me luck!

I love London

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What a great week and weekend mooching around London.  Been to see so many things, while I can get the time to do them.  School summer holidays are long so I have to try and get out and about even though money is tight.

 

A real interesting one was the Ray Harryhausen exhibition at The Tate Britain  For those who are not familiar he was an visual effects creator  which basically paved the way for stop-motion films.  Admittedly, not my favourite films but the exhibition was free and interesting with models and drawings displayed as well as some amazing John Martin artwork which were influential to Harryhausen.  These are huge canvas paintings which I could look at for hours.  My daughter enjoyed the screening of some of his movies in the corner of the room while resting on huge pillow.
Other cool things spotted about were these notes to strangers.  What a great and simple idea.  They are little messages pasted around London by an artist.

You will find more details on Instagram under @notestostrangers.

 

Sometimes I forget how beautiful London really is and when you stumble across vibrant buildings bursting with colour, you can forget you are in the big smoke if only for a moment.  Covent Garden is always a fun place to visit with all the performers about always ready to give you show.  I have seen performers from Covent Garden go on to perform at Glastonbury.

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Another great stop this week was at Hackney Downs Vegan Market.  Never been before but was so glad I stopped by.  The food was absolutely delicious and I discovered an amazing store called Harvest N16.  Such a great store stocking everything from ice-cream (dairy and vegan) to natural skincare and makeup.  They even have a counter with vegan cakes!  So check it out when you can, you won’t be sorry.

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Have a good time exploring too.

 

Green Tea Goodness

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Hope you all had a lovely weekend. I won something really cool last week.  The folks at TG Green Tea have officially received their Vegan stamp of approval and I won some amazing products from them. Their iced tea is so refreshing and delicious, while their green tea bags are pyramid shaped and the bags are such good quality.

This has gone down very well with the family and my 11 year old says she likes it more than fizzy drinks so that is a great result for a healthy alternative.

My favourite at the moment is the Jujube & Osmanthus flavour. A little sweeter than the others which suits me fine as I do have a sweet tooth.  So happy to have tried this.

 

Here is the link to their website

http://www.drinktg.com/

 

We are FSTVL


Hello everybody! Finally got round to posting this one. 

Festival season is back in the UK and I started 2017 with this little beauty. Based near Upminster, it was a really easy place to get to. Really liking festivals that are close to London.  I don’t know, when you experience 8 hour journeys in traffic to get to or from a major festival you are greatful for the little ones. 

So I went with the girls on the Saturday which was such a laugh. The weather was kind and the music was pumping. It is definitely a younger crowd there with glitter and lashes being the order of the day. What I found strange was the fact that you could upgrade your ticket to VIP for £30. Managed to get it for £10 as a girls friends did not turn up so she was selling them cheap! I would say it was worth it as the toilets were nicer and I did catch a DJ called Solomun in the VIP area. He was amazing – absolutely loved it, so hung about there for a while.


Did find myself feeling very motherly as there were quite a few casualties by the end of the day. Drinking in the sun is definitely not advised. To be fair, I did some drinking but my drink kept getting warm by the end so just switched to water during the day. There was no shortage of body building males walking around with no shirts on. Had a giggle due to the fact they looked like they had an allergic reaction to bee stings or something (so lumpy – YUCK).

Highlight was definitely and always Carl Cox. The tent was really packed but he always delivers.  Gutted I missed Craig David though – don’t know how or when. 


So all in all a great little festival with good food – even Vegan Food which was surprising. I am thinking of going next year again so see you then? 

Competitions

Active

Win organic wine and Food 

https://organicwineclub.co.uk/pages/organic-your-september-2017

Win a trip to Switzerland 

https://m.myswitzerland.com/en-gb/competition-art-trip.html

Answer: b

Expired

Found this beauty in the Evening Standard. 
http://www.standard.co.uk/esrewards/win-flights-to-palma-majorca-with-easyjet-a3537911.html

And this one in Waitrose 

http://www.waitrose.com/home/inspiration/competitions/arla.html