Trip to Milan and Wengen, Switzerland

I packed in a lot of miles the past several days and had an amazing, probably once in a lifetime, trip. First I flew to Milan to meet with Kevin, who was already in Europe for work, and a handful of his coworkers and their significant others. We only spent two days in Milan, so we tried to pack in as much as we could. We stayed at The Westin Palace, Milan which was really nice. When we checked in, the lobby receptionist recognized my Italian last name, which he said means magician, but it apparently means “”the fairy”” in English.

We were all tired and jet lagged, so on Friday we just chilled and ate delicious food. For lunch I had a cheese and mushroom pizza. It was the best pizza I’ve ever had; it was so fresh and the dough was amazing. After a siesta we all regrouped, walked across the street for a cocktail at the bar in Hotel Principe di Savoia, and then went to dinner at La Briciola where I had the best pasta.

On Saturday we spent the whole day exploring Milan. We checked out theSforzesco Castle, walked bythe beautifully gothic Duomo, and we sawLeonardo Da Vinci‰غھs Last Supperin the Church of Santa Maria Delle Grazie. We also went shopping on Via Montenapoleone and stopped in several well-known designers’ shops. I bought a wallet from Coccinelle and a beautiful purse from Valextra, an Italian designer known for it’s quality leather craftsmanship in creating trendy yet timeless pieces Here’s a great article on Valextra). After a full day out and about, we went to a little spot known for their risotto.

The next morning before checking out of the hotel, Kevin and I walked to anadorable local spot,Pavج©, recommended to us by one of Kev’s coworkers because they carry soy milk. Their nutella crepe was also to die for. (Side note, everyone loves Nutella, it seems like a food staple in Europe. No complaints here! I wonder if I’d become a fatty if I started eating it every day.)After breakfast we quickly packed up and started our long journey to Wengen, Switzerland. Five trains and several hours later, we arrived to our cute Chalet. The view of the Alps on the way up had us all super excited to get there. For the next two days we just skied, ate, and enjoyed each other’s company. Unfortunately we had some heating problems in our chalet, so we ended upstaying in Hotel Regina for the remaining two nights, but it didn’t put much of a damper on the trip. The skiing was wonderful. There were so many different trails to try. If we had stayed longer I would have loved to explore more, but after two days of skiing my legs needed a rest anyway.
My trip to Wengen, Switzerland was unlike anything I have ever done or seen before in my life. Iwasn’t looking forward to spending more time in the cold since we had a pretty cold winter in NYC, but I ended up having a blast. It was such an incredible trip, and I’m really really lucky that I was able to go. I would love to go back to Wengen again someday to go skiing again or even in the summertime to enjoy some fresh air and hiking. After all, Wengen was listed in Buzzfeed’s post on the 19 Truly Charming Places to See Before You Die

Independence Day Weekend 2014

I had a really great long holiday weekend for Independence Day this year. On Friday, Kev and I went to his friend’s place in Tarrytown for a BBQ. There were quite a few people there and we had a lot of fun playing games like kan jam, beer pong, and cornhole.

On Saturday we saw a Broadway show, Of Mice and Men, starring James Franco, Chris O’Dowd, and Leighton Meester. It was SO good. I’ve read John Steinbeck’s novel at least twice growing up, so I was already knew thestory, but I still really enjoyed seeing the play. All the actors did a fantastic job.

On Sunday we went to Broadway Bites in Herald Square/Greeley Park where there was a popup of food tents. Stuff like this is why I love living in NYC so much. Of course I had to try a few different things. I had a vegetarian Korean burrito from Seoul Lee Korean BBQ, a vegetarian chorizo taco thing from Palenque Colombian Food, and mushroom dumplings from Graffiti / Me and You. Everything I tried was delicious.

I also saw a few movies over the weekend. I got my scary movie fix with Deliver Us From Evil, I finally got around to watching The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, and I ended the weekend at Angelika Theater seeing Snow Piercer.