*insert alicia keys singing “new york” here*

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hey!

if i told you i knew what i was doing in new york, i would be lying. i mean, yeah i knew why i was there…we were visiting nicks brother but what i mean is, if you asked me what parts of new york we visited or where something was…i would have no. idea.

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nick, betty and i took this past weekend to visit nicks brother, danny. from the start, i was at a disadvantage. why? because both nick and betty have been to the city multiple times, danny has lived there for going on six years. the days leading up to leaving, i was getting asked: “what do you want to do?”. i literally had no idea what i wanted to do. how is that possible? its new york, its filled with EVERYTHING!! yeah everything of what didnt know what to do. for example, i at least knew i wanted to get a bagel or ten. well, you google “best bagels in new york” and get EVERY SINGLE BAGEL SHOP NYC HAS. so yeah, i had no idea what i wanted to do in new york…besides getting bagels.

i will have to say, thank god we had danny with us because he knows the ins and outs, he knows what happening and whats no. again, i was focused on bagels…duh. so i cannot take all the credit here, danny was over the top helpful with helping us to figure out what we should all do.

below you will see a few things i recommend to do if you visit the big apple:

  • just walk. like ive said in past posts, one of my favorite things to do on vacation is to just walk around. i have found that by just walking, you come across some of the best things a city has to offer. just remember your $400 gucci boots will not cut it here, you need to put on your tennies  and im only saying that because one day we walked just under 16 miles!IMG_7372-1.jpeg

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  • one of my favorite bagel places in new york (yes, i was there last time i visited) is called black seed bagels. its SO yummy. and just because ive been there before doesnt mean i ordered the same thing each time.  yes, i know there is a million different bagel shops but this one doesnt disappoint.
    • okay, i lied. we went to baz bagel & omgggg YUM! this was the first time while being in nyc that i actually sat down and ordered more than just a bagel for breakfast. this place was so cute, it was small (because its new york, space is limited!!) we got a seat at the counter and it was still so cute. it was themed kinda like an old diner. i ended up getting an omelette  (with cheese, come on…im from wi), bagel and coffee. and yes, it was amazing! and of course, i was so into my food that didnt get a picture of it, i only got a picture of the coffee.

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  • if you like markets, its a must that you visit the chelsea market (to all my kelsey friends, yes this bothered the shit out of me!! ITS KELSEY!). this place was awesome. since i was on the east coast, i knew clam chowder was in my future although not as good as bostons, it still filled the void i had. if you know anything about me, i have the bladder the size of a 92 year old women so we had to make a pit stop. as i returned from the bathroom, i found nick buying two beers (naturally both for himself but then i yelled at him and i ended up getting one lol). wellllll once thing led to another and we ended up staying at this shop for another three beers… #wisconsin. why you ask? because one: they were cheap and two: i have yet to see wisconsin sell brooklyn brewery beer so obvi i filled my belly up with this liquid gold.

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  • little branch  is. so. good. if youre anything like me and enjoy craft cocktails, this place should be top on your list. the entrance to this place doesnt have flashy lights nor does it have loud music but once you get downstairs,  i would recommend getting a whiskey sour, up with egg white. heeeeeellloooooo mommmmma. one of the BEST $16 dollar drinks i have ever had.

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  • time square, just go. i literally do not have to say more. if you like lights, movement and advertisement OH and the naked cowboy…go to time square. ( i did pretend it was new years eve and the ball was dropping and i was counting down…if you were wondering).

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  • i havent laughed this hard in so long and i blame it all on the comedy cellar. oh my god. i was laughing so hard that i had tears and my stomach hurt. i thought it was ironic that out of the 90 minute show, also all of the stand-ups joked about wisconsin…dont worry, i enjoyed it. but that wasnt even the worst part, the host thought nick and i were siblings. like come on. no. regardless of that, this place is iconic. the comedy cellar does not announce who the comedians are for the night so you might see someone famous. although no one “famous” came out, it still was totally worth it. it was the funniest 90 minutes of my life!

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  • i thought the milwaukee art museum was cool. yeah five stories and the original  starry night painting later, i knew i had been proven wrong. holy smokes. moma is to die for! if youre into art as much as i am (i love art) youre going to die at this place. i think that starry night was pretty amazing. i mean, i love van, we lunch once. i could go on and on about how much i enjoyed the art but ill save you the time.

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  • if youre anything like me, and you love bourbon… which means youll love the kings county distiller tour. you start off the tour by getting youre a drink, then a little background info about the company and where distilling came from. from there you walk to the other side of the navy yard where they show you how their bourbon is made. after you see the operations, you are given samples of their product. we sampled a ton of different stuff from moon shine (literally burned for a good 45 mins, jk. i was more like two mins) to flavored bourbon. the flavored bourbon i ended up getting was chocolate. it wasnt bad but i felt like i was licking raw cocoa…because i do that all the time.

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  • i love meat, any kind, all types of meat. if i had to recommend a deli in nyc, it would 110% be katz deli. sweet baby jesus mother of god, i cried a little before, during and after eating my sandwich. trust me, there is nothing more you need to get there then the pastrami sandwich. who doesnt want a FULL pound of hot pastrmai on rye bread with yes, the mustard… its a must. even if you dont like mustard,  you have to get it because it makes the sandwich. anyway. who doesnt like a pound a meat and housemade pickles? no one, youre right. and you if you dont like mustard…we might not be friends anymore?

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  • if youre into having more than one beer served to you at once, then i would say mcsorleys old ale house has to be one of your stops. if youre indecisive like me, this place is perfect for you. you pick between either light or dark beer and you’re served two beers at a time. the reason why i like this place is because it kind of reminds me of home,  you are seated family style so the table isnt just with the people you came with and two, your glasses are  never empty because it is made sure youre drinking well.

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longest blog post ever? i think so.

it was soooo hard to pick out those few things because we over all did so much, i hope you enjoy & i hope you can check out these places for yourself sometime 🙂

xoxo kelsey

boston, mass.

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i am a changed woman now, i like seafood.

here is a little back story of what i mean: i swore i HATED seafood before i went to boston. i told myself: “youre going to boston and there is going to be seafood everywhere. you. have. to try. it”.

i did.

and, i loved it!

nick and i headed to boston last week to surprise my big sister. but it wasnt just her that was in boston, she was just the only one being suprised. boston consisted of six adults, two babies under two and one house. and all i can say is…thank god for whiskey (and deep eddys too 😉 )

overall we did a lot of family things but then nick and i went off for a day and explored boston without a plan and loved it. i think that is one of my favorite things to do, i love going to new cities and just walking around.

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the first day there we went to the boston public garden, and it was pretty sweet and i guess this park has around since 1837.  it almost reminded me of central park but not a big and there were less buildings around us. the park was filled with people, a duck pond where you can get your feet wet and hot dogs. yes, i couldnt stop myself and i got a hotdog…10/10 by the way. overall, it was a great park! and i learned the rain doesnt stop ANYONE in boston…they just whip out their umbrellas and carry on with their day.

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day two when hit up crane beach, it was cold. i mean not for us wisconsin people but its was kinda cold for going in the water. i always love seeing the ocean so i wasnt to upset, i at least got my toes wet 🙂 annnnnd traumatized my niece by putting her toes in the water. and nothing beats having a drink while looking out into the water. on our way home from the beach we stop at russell orchards farm, a super cute farm/petting zoo. i literally wanted to buy everything in their store and take home a few on the animals. and yes, i did have ice cream…come on, dont you guys know me by now?!

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day three, all the girls took on the zoo, if you were at all worried about what the boys did, they went to fenway to see a red socks game and drank, surprised? no, me neither.  and lets on honest, the zoo is for everyone and if you dont like the zoo, im not sure if we can even be friends…seriously. anyway, we went to the southwicks zoo and it was totally not what i expected but in a good way! unlike milwaukees zoo, southwicks was gravel walk ways, all natural barriers and no fish. southwick also had a HUGE open deer area where deer roamed freely and you are able to walk the paths and feed them. although it was a bit of a drive, i would recommend it 100%.

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on our last full day, nick & i took on the city! we were given a few suggestions and they filled up a portion of our day but then the rest of the day let us explore the city with no set plans. and like i said, that is my favorite part about traveling. since we hit soooo many different places, here is list of what i suggest 🙂

  • quincy market…this is where i fell love with clam chowder in a bread bowl
  • the italian district: over all a cute part of town but also where paul reveres (he had 16 kids, YIKES!) house is & mikes pastries where we got cannolis
  • the boston to charlestown ferry, its super cheap and youre able to see the whole skyline. the ferry ride one way last 10-15ish minutes and then you get off and go right back on, back to boston…totally worth the 7 bucks!
  • the public market is filled with little shops along with good kombucha
  • obvi we stopped for a drink, we ended up at the  the green dragon tavern which was established in 1654. OLD! but i would suggest getting the boston tea party drink… YUM!
  • ***disclaimer*** clearly there is a TON of U.S. history is boston but lets be honest…i rather eat, drink and find random things/places while i walk around

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after we took on the city, we went back to camp and had lobster where again, my life right then and there changed forever and hello… YUMMY! nick & i were both taught how to brake open a lobster and what to eat and what not to eat. i was on the fence about the whole experience but i dont regret it one bit because now all i want is lobster 😉

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thanks for stopping by and checking out everything we did in boston!!

xoxo