NYC Diary : Greenwich Village

Big apple is surely one of everyone’s dream. Had a chance to visit this wonderful city and oh my they are just too magical. Peoples are everywhere, but me being me, trying to be at those place where I can spend some “me” time where I can just walk leisurely absorbing the greatest thing that New York can offer.

Greenwich village is on of those neighbourhood that caught my attention. It is where Magnolia bakery located (tried them once in Dubai before, honestly their cupcakes were not my favourite, but please try their chocolate bread pudding ! I bet my life on those ! ). And if you are a fan of Carrie from SATC, you may want to wait for your Mr. Big here.

Came straight off the plane, still jet lagged, but thankfully I didn’t experienced very bad jet lag during the time I visited New York, had a very good sleep that night, woke up at 2am, but that was the only night I woke up this early, and the rests of the night were just converted instantly into the time zone there, maybe this is that they called “Jetlag is for the amateur”

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Please try their bread pudding ! I don’t normally eat banana but this one is an exception

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Below is where Carrie’s house of SATC was filmed, everybody were busy taking picture with this particular house, but seriously everything on this row or this neighbourhood are pretty, I couldn’t even blink my eye’s off.

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Don’t mind if I was borrowing your house Sir/Mam, because I just wish I can own one

Next, we were walking towards the Joe’s pizza because It was pretty close from here

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New York style pizza right on my hand, and let me tell you the way how Newyorker eats their pizza, fold them in half, open your mouth, and Yum !

Great ocean road and the 12 apostles

Great ocean road is known for its scenic drive along the coastal reef. It was truly a life changing experience for all of us. We started off a little bit late than our scheduled time, but still managed to go Pie Face to grab some breakfasts.

Stopped for a while at the Great ocean road entrance, because we are tourists, we should take picture there, right ? well I like to be called traveller instead of tourist, but hey It was my first time there, so gotta do all the touristy stuffs.

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Next stop would be the apollo bay, we were there for lunch. Had fish and chip at some random restaurant, they taste just okay, but this scallop pie below from Apollo Bay bakery was good with lots lots lots of scallop meat inside.

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Strolled around apollo bay before continuing our journey to the 12 apostles, reached there at around 3pm, walked towards the 12 apostles, and trust me, if I said the entrance of Great ocean road was crowded, this is way more than that. Very hard to have picture taken because we were there almost sunset, we had the sun on the opposite side therefore creating backlight.

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couldn’t get the picture with me inside, so here is the view, no longer twelve though

Rushed towards the loch ard gorge right after this

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Find this background to be more photogenic

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We then passed through the London Bridge but didn’t stop as it was already dark. The drive back home was really really dark, no street lights at all and people there got mad when we turned our high beams lights on, we didn’t mean to but we really couldn’t see the road without the help of that. We should really thank Clinton ( thanks Clinton ! ), because he drove alone along the journey, 10 hours drive, I myself won’t even survive to drive this long.

For me, this trip was good, but I won’t recommend a day trip there, it was too tiring and we couldn’t see much in just few hours there, I believe this should be taken slowly, staying overnight along the great ocean stretch would be a good idea.

Lune Croissanterie, worth the hype ?

I’ve always wanted to try Lune long before they were crown the world’s best croissant by the New York Times. Heard lots of good thing about Lune, but does it really that good ? For me, to categorised it as “good” really depends on each individual, some may say it good, while others don’t.

So, I set my alarm to 5am, tried to wake up early that day, called Uber and reached there at around 7 ( well because it took me so long to get prepared ). It was raining, not too hard, but cold enough for us standing outside in middle of winter morning. Ordered hot chocolate while waiting, tried taking a peek inside knowing they actually have pretty big space to fit all of us.

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Ordered almost all on the menu, and not long after that, they arrived with the box that filled with these babies, except for cruffin, I guess they just forgot, and we did not have the energy to queue all over again nor trying to ask the staff, because they seems to be very busy.

For me, well I still think they are nice, delicious. But to be very honest, their croissants are not on my top list. They are beautifully structured, but they are just lack in fragrance, and the center is too moist. Don’t get me wrong, they still taste good, but for my own personal preference, I still prefer the one from Echire in Japan. However, I found another favorite from this store, It is their twice-baked sticky date croissant with ice cream. Their sticky date taste just nice with the croissant, so if I would be back next time, I know what to order. Such a shame we didn’t get to try their cruffin, but I believe there’s always another chance.