Hello, this is Chic 'n Cheap Living and I am honored to post on dear blogger buddy Tanvi's blog! Our lady is basking in Delhi and having fun (make me jealous girl if you go to the textile markets!) Tanvi and I are both travelers and transplants living in different parts of the globe, but visiting our home towns soon. I try to see family and friends when I'm visiting home. But I also miss specific areas and I wanted to highlight a few of my favorites when I return to my native NYC (oh there are so many more places for stupendous shopping and the best Peruvian food, but these will do for now!)
Cultural fix on the UES The Met has something for everyone - from ancient near eastern art to classic American photography. Yes it's huge, but you can also pick and choose the exhibits that interest you most. I used to work for a corporation that was a significant supporter of the Met so I also had complimentary admission (so you may want to check if your company has a cultural affiliation with a museum too). The Met also holds a special place in my heart because one of my first dates with Mr. Spend 'n Chomp was to the Nan Kempner exhibit at the Costume Institute. He demonstrated his patience and flexibility early on as we (I) gawked and envisioned myself floating around in this YSL gown. ♥ and couture can definitely go together!
Strolling on the High Line/Meatpacking District DVF, Matthew Williamson, Stella McCartney, Scoop - this is a shopping haven set among some of New York's older cobblestoned streets (and there are a few good bakeries and salons nearby too). I also want to keep on checking the High Line (elevated old train tracks that have been reconstructed into a park that seamlessly integrates with modern lighting and architectural elements.) The High Line is steadily expanding further uptown so it'd be nice to see how the park progresses and transforms at different points. This is a great place to look through the tall glass panes onto 9th avenue and mentally escape the urban jungle of Manhattan for just a few moments.
Munching on Pala pizza on the LES I love pizza. No, I mean, LOVE pizza. But it has to be good pizza of course. I want fresh toppings, a great crust with the right amount of chew and crunch, and a mouth watering sauce. I grew up with the classic foldover NYC pizza. But I quickly converted to pizza by the foot after eating at Pala. My standbys include a three mushroom pizza, bufala cruda (mozzarella, tomato, and basil), and the zucca (pancetta, smoked scamorza, and pumpkin sauce). I try to go every time I'm back and even met bloggers The Alternative Wife and Very Married there. The LES is also home to great boutiques. I love to peruse Hayden Harnett and discovered Yumi Kim is nearby as well. Great food and shopping - what else could you want?