Tired from a long day at work, I began rummaging my fridge earlier this evening, searching for ingredients for a simple, quick, yet healthy non-microwavable dinner. Coachella is only a few weeks away, and I am trying to slim down for the big event. Ever since I started living on my own and buying my own groceries, I have consciously made an effort to stock my fridge with lots of veggies, tofu, all sorts of fish, white meat… which have been predominantly successful with the exception of me always having at least two pints of ice creams if I’m going to be totally honest. Lately, I can’t get enough of Trader Joe’s Coffee Blast and Maeda-en’s Green Tea, but I disgress.
I crossed off another life list item this past weekend. I attended (and survived) the second weekend of Coachellaaaaaa! It was definitely an experience of a lifetime!
Experiencing Coachella is something that I’ve always wanted to do ever since I first learned about it. The idea of having a music and arts festival in the middle of a California desert intrigued me, and I knew it was something I wanted to see in person and be a part of. When I first added it as a Life List item, I envisioned myself attending Coachella waaaaay down the road. Definitely not anytime soon. Nevertheless, the opportunity to purchase pre-sale tickets last May came along, and there was no way I could pass it up!
Our third day in Manhattan was wet. Rain poured, but we didn’t let it stop us from exploring. We ended up switching up a few days in our itineraries because of the rain. We explored Brooklyn/DUMBO and Lower East Side.
The subway system in New York City is incredibly complex but still easy to understand. Our commute from Midtown to Brooklyn took only about half an hour.
Because of the rain, we lucked out because the Brooklyn Bridge was practically empty, allowing us to take as many pictures as we can without people in the background.
My native New Yorker friends have unanimously affirmed that the best pizza in New York is in Brooklyn, so we decided to have lunch at Juliana’s, which is literally next door to the world-famous Grimaldi’s. Juliana’s is a pizzeria owned by Patsy Grimaldi, and it did not disappoint. We devoured a traditional New York-style thin crust pizza. None of that deep dish sh*t.
Post-lunch was spent exploring DUMBO (Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass). Any Gossip Girl fans recognize this area? We were in Dan Humphrey’s hood!
The rain hindered us from doing a lot of the activities we initially planned, but we didn’t want to waste the day away so we spent the second half of our day to explore Manhattan’s Lower East Side, particularly Chinatown and Little Italy.
Di Palo’s in Little Italy was definitely a MUST-STOP for me. I knew that there was no way I would return to Los Angeles without grabbing a few goodies from this New York establishment. Di Palo’s is my version of a candy store. My eyes immediately lit up when I walked in. The cheeses, the dried meat, the olives, the pastas…. YUMMMMM-O! I may be Asian, but my gut tells me that I was Italian in my past life.
The rain poured the entire day and night, so we decided to get take-out dim sum and other yummy Chinese food and have a pajama party back at our apartment!
I wish we spent more time in the Lower East Side, but I know this trip won’t be the last time I’ll see the Big Apple. To those who are visiting, make sure to visit Katz’ Delicatessen!
Stay tuned for day 4!
19 Old Fulton St.
Brooklyn, NY 11201
200 Grand St.
New York, New York 10013