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the lights will inspire you...

I spent 4 days in New York last weekend and oh, what a wonderful 4 days they were. My dear friend and fellow yoga instructor Melissa came with me for the trip and I had such an amazing time.  On Friday evening the two of us ventured to Broadway to have a lovely French dinner at Brasserie 8 1/2 followed by a magnificent viewing of the longest running show on Broadway history- The Phantom of The Opera. One word-- WOW. The duck breast on croquettes was delectible and the phantom's beautiful tenor tone gave me chills and goosebumps throughout the entire show.  Afterwards, Melissa and took a cab over to the Meatpacking District and had some nice ginger margaritas at SpiceMarket followed by free drinks at RDV down the street! (bless the club promoters)

Our wonderful host, Josh, returned from a business trip and the three of us went to brunch in Williamsburg on Saturday at Le Barricou.  I had a delicious croque madame and a great bloody mary (or 2) complete with house pickled green beans! Yes please! We then went to Manhattan to a sports bar, dinner at this great little restaurant- La Follia, and then to a show called Traces which was a fun modern circus type thing.  I left my phone in a cab but thankfully the cabbie begrudgingly brought it back!

Melissa and I went to a Jivamukti yoga class on Sunday morning after a fun brunch at Max Brenner's.  Everything at this restaurant had chocolate on, or in it, and it was delightful.  I had a white chocolate chai and I was in love. <3 The yoga class was really nice. Our French teacher had a wonderfully soothing voice and it was quite advanced. It was not a vinyasa class at all, but I really got a lot out of it, as always.  Yoga always has a way of giving you exactly what you need every time you practice. 

Dinner at Il Passatore in Brooklyn that night was great as well... can you see the theme of delectable eats here? Truffle butternut squash ravioli was on the menu and preceded by a pear, arugula, shaved parmesan salad :) red wine throughout, tiramisu and coffee for dessert, wonderful company... how much more can you ask for?

For the last day of the trip Josh and I went to the Metropolitan Museum of Art (the MET) and wow... this place is spectacular. I am pretty sure I could spend days getting lost in this place and would enjoy every single moment of it.  Impressionism makes me so happy :)

So, the jury has come to a verdict and New York is excellent. The energy, the food, the people, the fun, the subway, the lights... it is all inspiring and I certainly cannot wait to make it my new home!

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