Hi guys! I’m super sorry for missing a post last week but it was just so crazy when Victor and I stayed in New York City. Now, I’m back in New Jersey and can’t wait to share the next segment of my Adventures With Victor with you!
Despite what I said before on Twitter, I won’t be lumping our Week 3 & 4 adventures together because it will be a REALLY long blog post if I did. Instead, I’ll just break each day we spent in NYC and write them as separate blog posts.
Before NYC …
Let me tell you, before Victor came here, I’ve never stayed at a 2-star hotel before. For most days of his stay, we stayed at that 2-star hotel. I cannot express how glad I am to be out of there! That place disturbed me in more ways than one, from the “neighbors'” noise level and the horrendous WiFi and the rooms themselves.
Protip: if you are saving for vacation, either stay for a shorter time and splurge on a good hotel or just postpone your vacation until you have more money to stay longer AND get a good hotel.
Fast Forward To Adventures With Victor
Victor and I took a day trip to the city and our itinerary for that day went as follows:
- Victor’s laser hair removal appointment
- Lunch at Lexington Brass for NY Restaurant Week
- Visit Central Park Zoo
- If there’s any time left, visit:
- Nintendo NY
- Kinokuniya New York
I can happily say that despite our sore feet at the end of the day, we did all of the above!
We got to NYC in the morning for Victor’s laser hair appointment. It’s unfortunate he will only get one session of laser hair removal during his entire stay but it was fairly affordable so why no?! For those of you interested in the laser hair removal process and the place we went to, I will be covering that in a separate blog post in the future!
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Victor and I scouted a few places for the NY Restaurant week and chose to go to Lexington Brass for lunch, which we walked to after his laser session. For Lunch, you have a three course meal for $29.
I won’t lie, I was somewhat intimidated by the atmosphere here, as there were a lot of professionals that seemed to frequent this place for their lunch break. Mostly everyone I saw were in business suits and dresses. There Victor was, in jeans and a regular tee and there I was in a lopsided corduroy pinafore with my bra straps showing. Anyway, that was just my initial feeling, which soon melted away once we got our food.
Crispy Cauliflower With Spicy Vegan Mayo
This was my appetizer and I think it was my favorite out of all that I ate there. It was SO good. It was light and puffy, and the outside had a really satisfying crunch. The taste of the cauliflower wasn’t really overpowering, but instead was subtly mixed in with the taste of the sweet, spicy vegan mayo. The spice wasn’t too bad for me and I was able to eat the entire thing. I’d say it was rather filling too! I felt like 40-50% full at this point.
Victor, unfortunately didn’t like his appetizer too much. It was just chicken soup, and he definitely could’ve made that himself.
This was actually my first time having poke, and it was really delicious! I loved the presentation of it and actually didn’t want to ruin it. I had no clue whether the light, stringy stiff red topping was actually edible or not, but I tried it anyway and it didn’t taste very good. Off to the side it went.
The tuna poke consisted of brown rice with avocado, tomato, sour apple, pineapple, yuzu-chili, crispy taro, and of course tuna.
I don’t know how I managed to get through the main dish and even eat some of my dessert, but I did. I just chose chocolate cheesecake for dessert, which was served with a side of strawberries, chocolate syrup and whipped cream. Due to a major case of food baby, I had to get Victor to finish the rest.
Central Park Zoo
This was also my first time visiting Central Park Zoo. Total Experience tickets for Adults is regularly $19.95 but with my Groupon Select, I was able to purchase it for like $16 each for Victor and I. Yay for discounts!
Central Park Zoo is smaller than the Bronx Zoo, but it’s still quite nice and clean and has a good amount of animals to see. It was really convenient because we could walk to this zoo compared to the Bronx Zoo, in which we’d have to take a bus or long train ride to get to.
I took so many pictures and videos, but here’s just a few of the animals at the zoo. We were there on time to watch both the sea lions and penguins get fed, which was super cute! I didn’t think we’d get to see the bears, but we eventually found them in a back corner of their roaming space, trying to escape the summer heat and taking their siesta.
I think my favorite part was seeing the red panda couple – Betsy and … Roger? or Greg? I forgot the male’s name, but nevertheless, they were really cute. LOOK AT THAT FACE. How can you not swoon over their cute, adorable faces?
Central Park Zoo has a really cool bird exhibit where you can walk in and see birds flying about and playing with each other. Beware, it’s really tropical in that exhibit! Victor didn’t handle it well and we kind of had to breeze through it because of the extra hot and humid air.
We had to rest up a bit on a bench after walking around the zoo, but our next stop was at Nintendo NY. It took so much power in me not to buy something in there! The prices of things definitely helped deter me away too… lol. I used to play a lot of Nintendo games when I was younger, but I’m not so into the latest games that are out now. Since the Wii U, Nintendo Switch and others came out, I’ve been really out of it!
Victor isn’t big on Nintendo games either, but I took him here anyway just as part of showing him cool stuff around the city and to see if he wanted to buy any Poké Ball pillows (which he didn’t want to get)!
We went to MUJI next for some stationary goodies! I took him here mainly because I wanted to shop for some pens and my best friend Katie also wanted me to buy her some stuff. A lot of things at MUJI are sold at a reasonable price. I like to think of MUJI as the Japanese IKEA.
Hint hint, there may or may not be some goods from here that will be a part of my giveaway.
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Kinokuniya New York
Our last stop for the day was at Kinokuniya, a Japanese-based retailer that sells books, magazines, stationary, and anime goods. I was here last September when Katie and I had our little trip to NYC and remember liking the place so much because there were so much to look at and they had anime stuff! I was honestly hoping to buy Victor like some Pokemon toy or a One Piece T-shirt here but their shirt options were really limited when we were there. The toy I wanted to get for him was also now gone. SUCKS!
I also wanted to get a stuffed Pusheen but it was like $25 for a small-medium one. Is this normal?! I don’t usually buy plushies no matter how cute they are, so I have no idea how prices go with them! There was a station full of Gudetama plushies and I wanted to get some for Katie (who is OBSESSED) but again, the price was outrageous in my opinion.
Victor, however, got some more stationary goods for me. I got some new calligraphy pens and I am itching to play with them. Their calligraphy pens are a bit more expensive than the ones sold in MUJI, so it’ll be interesting to compare them and see how they stack up. Aaand at Cafe Zaiya on the third floor, I had to get some bento boxes as well as a green tea frappe with boba… duh!
After all of that, we called it a day and went back home by around 8-8:30.
That’s it for my adventure with Victor! Thanks so much for reading!
Until then ♡