by Holly on August 28, 2012

in inspiration,New York City,rambling,travel

New York City….I can’t quite put you into words.

You are an overstimulating, crowded and forgivingly smelly place. I say forgivingly because while your streets seep garbage fumes into the already congested air, you also smell of duck fat fries, buffalo chicken meatballs and the most delicious kale salad I’ve ever touched my lips to. Don’t even get me started on those birthday cake truffles from Momofuku.

Or your mushroom toast from Five Leaves and adorably quaint, quiet streets of Brooklyn.

You also happen to house a lot of fellow foodies + wine bars, both of which I am a total fan of.

Sofia, MeganAnnaKatie, Evan, Leslie, Danielle, Shayne, Sarah, Rebecca + Megan, I’m looking at you ladies. Anthony, I’m looking at you for putting up with all of us ladies, cleaning up and for my inaugural New York City dinner. Let’s not forget The Meatball ShopNorthern Spy Food Co.Emporio + Pedro’s for your seriously delicious food. I promise I’ll be back.

And you’re the home of Chobani!

I can’t even talk about how lovely + amazing this company is. I lucked out and even met the CEO + founder Hamdi Ulukaya! They love their customers, and in return, I promise you will love their perfectly thick Greek yogurt. If you love it enough, you should also visit their new Chobani SoHo store! It’s a Greek yogurt bar in the middle of SoHo, which is a total shopper’s paradise.

My favorites were the cucumber, mint + olive oil and orange, mint, dark chocolate + pistachio.

Amy, Lindsay, Emily + Hilary, I wasn’t lying when I asked if Chobani needed an intern.

This week was crazy…crazy busy…crazy amazing…crazy good.

I’ve laughed more in the past week than I have in a looooonnnnngggggg time. Most of that is due to Teri + our insane Freedom Trail tour guide, but Sarah totally gets a bunch of credit too.

Love this girl.

I love it more that she loves nachos as much as the manfriend and I do.

We ate a guava + cheese empanada and these super guacamole nachos (can you even resist ordering ‘super guacamole nachos’ when they are on the menu?) and washed them down with pomegranate margaritas. Then we went to The Meatball Shop to meet up with Alyssa, and I ordered PBR beer, because that’s just how I roll in New York City.

(P.S. Does anybody else start singing “Sante Fe” from Rent when they say New York City? “New York City…center of the universe…times are shitty…but I’m pretty sure they can’t get worse…”)

Then the Alt Summit with Brooke!

This is the part that I am having the most problem putting into words.

The design conference was filled with the most amazing, talented creatives, and it was just so inspiring to be around people who appreciate art, design, color, imagination, line, texture, good fashion (the most good-looking room of people ever) and want to help you appreciate more. To appreciate it better. To put it into practice in your design career.

My favorite piece of advice came from David Karon, who started the participatory arts festival Figment, when he said, “Sometimes you have to create what you want to be a part of.”

Whether it’s starting a blog or a company or it’s just planning a trip to NYC for the week, sometimes you have to take a giant leap of what-the-hell-am-I-doing and begin it yourself.

Thank you New York, I hope to see you again soon.

P.S. Yes, that is Martha Stewart in the picture at the Alt Summit. #lifemade


Katie August 28, 2012 at 3:07 pm


I am SO happy I got to meet you in Boston, I only wish there was MORE time together! You are truly a lovely person and I was honored to meet you! Holly you are a damn rockstar, I just KNOW all you are going to see is success ahead! Something amazing is coming for you, I can feel it!

Look at all the amazing already though?! How cool you met the Chobani owner and those lovely ladies from Chobani! I am making my way there soon for sure!

Keep following your beautiful heart girl! <3

Michelle @ Eat Move Balance August 28, 2012 at 3:07 pm

I’ve never been to NYC . . . I HAVE to get there someday. It’s on my bucket list, for sure!

Megan August 28, 2012 at 3:09 pm

yayyyyyy! come back soon!

Lindsay @ Lindsay's List August 28, 2012 at 3:13 pm

why don’t you live in NYC?!!? It suits you!

Miranda @ Biting Life August 28, 2012 at 3:22 pm

Oh my gosh those nachos look amaaaaaazing. Now I’m craving nachos haha!

janetha August 28, 2012 at 3:29 pm

oh get out of here. i wish i’d been with you.

Sarah August 28, 2012 at 3:32 pm

I just love you. Please come back soon for another day of bridge walking, life chatting and nacho eating. And by ‘come back,’ I mean move here.

P.S. Love the photo that prompted a foreign stranger to ask if we wanted another.

Sam @ Better With Sprinkles August 28, 2012 at 4:43 pm

I can’t turn down anything with guacamole, let alone guacamole that’s been “super”-fied.

Mary @ finding joy in all things August 28, 2012 at 4:45 pm

Looks like you had an awesome week! I love the advice ““Sometimes you have to create what you want to be a part of.” My what-the-hell-am-I-doing moments have always been terrifying but have led to some of my best experiences. Thanks for the reminder to step out of the box!

Charlotte August 28, 2012 at 5:52 pm

OMG. THAT’S MARTHA. I am so incredibly jealous of you right now.

elise August 28, 2012 at 7:06 pm

aw! brookie boo!!

nyc is something else, huh.

ps i just emailed you about BsAs stuff. its kinda add but better more than not enough right? right. xxx

Trisha August 28, 2012 at 8:17 pm

I generally find any reason possible to sing songs from RENT at every opportunity. Saying New York City most definitely sparks the desire to sing “Santa Fe”, which for some reason always segues into the last little part of the “Hey Dude” theme song…Better watch out for those man-eating jack rabbits, and that killer cacti. Hey Dude…

formerly crunchy granola gal August 28, 2012 at 8:45 pm

can we have another monday funday, please? maybe in madison with cheese curds and beer? kthanks. MISS YOU!

TeriLyn [a foodie stays fit] August 28, 2012 at 8:46 pm

this looks heavenly. i so wish i were there to hang out with you in another fabulous city! miss you!

Liz @ iheartvegetables August 28, 2012 at 9:24 pm

I’m going to New York in October and I can’t WAIT to visit the chobani store!! I know that’s ridiculous to be so excited for THAT… but… I mean… it’s chobani!

courtney August 28, 2012 at 10:20 pm

“Sometimes you have to create what you want to be a part of.”!

Awesome holly!

lora August 28, 2012 at 11:44 pm

you inspire me every time i read a post of yours. Thanks for reminding me that I need to create what I want to be apart of.

love you holly!

Madeline August 29, 2012 at 6:37 am

So bummed I couldn’t be there with you! Stupid job… BUT, it sounds like you had a fantastic trip. Obvs, you’ll have to come back east and we can go again together!

Evan August 29, 2012 at 7:31 am

I can’t say enough how WONDERFUL it was to meet you! I know you’re headed for some very cool things and can’t wait to see them come to fruition. Come back to the city, soon (if I don’t get to Wisco first)!

Danielle August 29, 2012 at 7:21 pm

I am oh-so-freaking happy to have been able to see you before I left that incredibly city. I love that you enjoyed yourself, too! xo

Joelle (on a pink typewriter) August 29, 2012 at 9:22 pm

GAH. You just made me want to move back to NYC immmmmmmmmmmmediately.

Also, Momofuku – i hope you had a compost cookie. SO good.

carrie (actsofrebellion) August 29, 2012 at 11:44 pm

the trip looks awesome!! new york city really is incredible beyond belief. :)

Robyn @ Blueberries and Oats August 30, 2012 at 1:20 am

I do sing exactly that part of Rent whenever I say “New York City”. ^_^ Looks like you an awesome trip and I am so envious you got to visit the Chobani store!! They need to open more up!

sarah August 30, 2012 at 7:39 am

Hey! It was awesome meeting you! I’m glad you enjoyed your visit. I know I enjoyed your beer and company. Except for some reason, your New York is more photogenic than mine, which at present is sweatstained beyond recognition.

Lauren @ The Climbing Chef August 30, 2012 at 11:34 am

I also love NYC and have missed it for years! It has been way too long since I have visited, and been able to spend some quality time with the city I fell in love with, at the young age of 13 <3 If I didn't hate snow, I'd say I would be making a trip there this winter break… maybe next spring/summer. Glad you had a great week :)

Kait @ yogabeautylife August 30, 2012 at 12:41 pm

Oh I miss this city so much! And appreciate your Rent reference more than you can imagine. Glad things seem to be going so well! xo

Jessica August 30, 2012 at 1:52 pm

Looks like an awesome trip! I’ve never been to NYC. It’s on my list though! Have a great Labor Day weekend!

Elizabeth August 31, 2012 at 2:23 pm

AMAZING!!!!!! i have no more words. :D

Allie September 1, 2012 at 2:33 pm

Glad Alt Summit was amazing, and SOOOO awesome you got to meet the Chobani founder!!

Mackenzie September 5, 2012 at 9:04 am

YOUR LIFE. oh mygod. i love it. teach me how to holly, teach-me-teach-me how to holly. like, actually.

also, still mourning the fact that i wasn’t here for your bean town adventures. totally donning a black veil. it’s cool

Brooke September 5, 2012 at 10:16 pm

MEEP!!!! Hi.

I still don’t know how to score the ALT summit…. I can’t figure it out! I am still perplexed by all the colors, patterns, insane daily page view numbers, etc, etc. Best part = you, us, front row for Martha, Kevin Sharkey’s capris (what did Martha call them???) and that quinoa salad at lunch. And the free booze on the roof #freebitchbaby

Miss you so much Sag mama!!! I love my sags!!!!!

brandi September 11, 2012 at 9:13 am

i love this :)

i’m still so SO sad i didn’t get to meet you last month. I did have a funny dream the other night that you, me and Rose (formerly Lobster Placemat) were on a trip together – I have never laughed so hard in a dream before. It was FABulous!

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