I had resisted a trip to the States for the longest time. I’ll never be done with Europe; Paris and Barcelona actually. I need the art, the opera, the music, the walks into history and of course good food for it to be a place close to my heart (Italy comes a close number 3). However, you cannot fight the power of Mickey Mouse. I found myself in Orlando, Florida with my 12 year old most enthusiastic girl.
I loved Disney world! Magic Kingdom was every bit as enchanting as it is made out to be. I am glad I went. Needless to say I made the most of all the time there exploring patisseries and cafes in between spotting Alligators. Someone recommended Carlos the Cake Boss in Florida so I pretty much ate up everything that was there .The cookies were good but his Cannoli was outstanding! The carrot cake was pretty. On one evening walkabout at Disney Springs, I spotted Ghirardelli. I wish I could have resisted some of their scoops but I couldn’t. I am still trying to shed those extra kilos I gained that day.
After 5 days of all kinds of parks and roller coasters I headed to Miami. What’s not to love about South Beach? Just fabulous 3 days beach bumming!
I don’t want to talk about the many pancakes and waffle breakfasts. I shamelessly finished them all, those pancakes were just so good with bacon on the side.
But the best ice-cream on this trip was absolutely this gorgeous brand called Kilwins – I spotted a few around Florida but not anywhere else on the East Coast. The best toasted coconut I’ve ever had! Make sure you find them when you are visiting Florida.
Then there was New York. I can write a book, but then again so much has been said already. The food didn’t get me as much excited as the museums (MOMA), Central Park ,the theatre, Madison Square Garden (Yes, I saw Billy Joel Live!) and the NewYork CheeseCake!
When In NYC
The River Cafe (Brooklyn) – It’s warm, relaxed and has spectacular views of the Brooklyn Harbour. It’s also expensive.
Eataly – For an ice-cream and to buy many-many things. Just hang around there.
Russ and Daughters – Eat anything. I had a classic smoked salmon bagel and a plate of herrings. It’s an outstanding cafe and possibly one of the top ten places to eat at in NYC .
Shake Shack – Well eat if you must, but there are a whole lot better burgers out there. Try Burger Joint.
And please, eat on the streets and do stop by at the many food trucks and eat your heart out.
By the end of 4 weeks when I found myself in Boston I was done with eating. I just spent time walking about the pretty places and shopping away at Pottery Barn, Williams and Sonoma and finally ended the trip with a Boston Cream Pie with friends who were now more like family.