Wednesday, April 08, 2009

New York City part I - Of good eats, the Rockefeller center, AMNH and the New York City Ninja

As you call all tell from my photo, it was absolutely freezing when we arrived in New York City at night.


In Ninja mode - Ozetta large warmer from etsy, Zara military jacket, black vintage tiered ruffled dress, Falke tights, Ann Demeulemeester boots

When it comes to eating, New York City is one of the best cities to be in. Great eating places are open till late at night, or early in the morning, depending on how you look at it. So, be prepared for lots and lots of food porn because I do have plenty of pictures to share!

One of the shops that KL and I had to visit was "Eileen Special Cheesecake". We discovered this hole in the wall joint by accident on our first trip to NYC and fell in love with the cheesecake there. Unlike certain cheesecake factories on the west coast, the cheesecake at Eileen's is light and fluffy, with just the right amount of sweetness. The cheesecake in the shop is sold in small portions so that you don't feel guilty indulging. I had to stop myself from ordering all the flavors that they had available!

KL and I finally decided on the Oreo cheesecake and the strawberry cheesecake:


Washed down with a canoli ;)



At night, KL and I walked over to the Rockefeller center which was near our hotel. The skating rink is still there, even though it's already spring!


A shot of the building through the fairy lights on the trees. Ah, memories.


The very next day, we went to the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH). I believe that this is the very same museum in the movie, "A Night at the Museum"?


I was really looking forward to seeing all the dioramas again, as well as view the exhibits that KL and I missed out on the last time we were there. But, first.. DINOSAURS!!!



When I was a kid, I loved to spend Saturday mornings in my bed reading and re-reading my encyclopedias on dinosaurs and pre-historic mammals like the mammoths and the sabretooth tiger. So I definitely had to hunt down their skeletons:


From left: Mammoth skeleton, sabretooth tiger skeleton.

It's kind of a pity that we'll never get to see these animals alive again. But that's evolution and seriously, I highly suspect that they will not inspire half the fascination that they do now if their species were still around today.

And the's weird as the animals seem so life-like, but of course they are just the creations of really gifted taxidermists. It's hard to believe that the dioramas were constructed in the 30s' - look at the skill of the taxidermy involved!


I strongly urge anyone who hasn't been to the AMNH before to go in the morning and be prepared to spend the whole day there. It was the second visit for me and KL this time, and we went right after lunch, but still it wasn't enough. Besides the dioramas, there are also exhibits on different cultures, a gemstone gallery, IMAX movies to get the idea.

And in the spirit of Easter:


Don't tell Tobey and Raisin!

Next: It's getting hot and heavy as the food porn continues.... and Madame X! :P


Mark said...

Your ninja outfit is FIERCE. The cheescake looks YUMMY. The dinosaurs are MIGHTY. I rate this blog post TWO TUSKS UP!

-une mandarine

Nina (femme rationale) said...

1. i love your scarf...and ninjas rock!
2. the photo of the building through the tree is beautiful. great eye!
3. you are making my mouth water with the cheesecakes!
4. Can't wait to see your food porn.

Putri Erdisa said...

what is canoli? looks soooo delicious! oh, you almost break my diet! sigh..
but nice blog anyway.
please do visit my blog too.


diane said...

Hey there Ninja-girl, your canoli shot almost did me in, but when I got to the dinosaur coming at you shot (directly over "when I was a kid", I was completely blown away. Those skeletons are awe inspiring, and you are a really good photographer. Thank you so much for sharing. xo

Girl Interrupted said...

Awesome post! Your photo's are just amazing. You totally rock the ninja look ... and that strawberry cheesecake pic nearly made me cry, I wanted it so bad!

The second pic of the Tyrannosaurus looks like he's grinning for the camera! lol Cracked me up :P

Can't wait for the next post :)

Belowen said...

LOL food porn! Bring it on! These are great tips for me, keep 'em coming! <33

Alice said...

for sure!!

when carine wears fur, i don't think about how cruel it is (i know, so bad of me!) because she carries it off so gracefully. not like trashy or anything.

chekka cuomova said...

heyyyy.. funny you dropped a comment in my blog while I was busy reading your blog! :D sorry I forgot to drop a comment yesterday :p
anyway, I wanted to say that this outfit really rocks! if I'm not mistaken, I've sent you a karma on tfs (but if I haven't, tell me and I'll send you one!!). this outfit is really great, and somehow show me how freakin freezing new york is. :p
ah well.. I guess we need to exchange link, no? is it okay? it is, I'm sure ;)

♥Jozee said...

Yum! Seeing that photo of a new york canoli made me think of Veniero's (sp) bakery in the east village. SUCH GOOD CANOLIS! Sigh.

elsalvador said...

Food and Dinosaurs, my favorite! Great boots there.

kelse said...

ha, reading that first line and then seeing the picture actually made me "lol"... thanks.
looks like ya had fun dear

Legyviel said...

Love your outfit!
i think it's kinda silly what they've done with the rabbits. They had a diorama with little kittens in Glasgow museum. I thought it was rather sick. lol.
cheesecakes look very tasty too

PrincessImp. said...

Mark - Fierce, yummy, mighty? Hmm that sounds like you too! Thanks for stopping by again, you know my imaginary carpet is always rolled out for you :D

Nina - I love that scarf kept me warm in NYC, not to mention that it imbued me with a (only in my mind surely) sense of ninja-ness ;)

Putri - thanks for stopping by. Canoli's a type of italian dessert..definitely worth trying out.

diane - thanks. KL told me that I spent too much time taking pictures at the museum... so I really appreciate your comments!

GirlI - hey you! I want to cry now when I look at pictures of the cheesecake too. It's THAT good and I can't get it anymore since I am back on the west coast...

B - glad you enjoy the posts.. more food porn coming up!

Alice - totally agree!

cheyqua - thanks so much for the karma@tfs and your sweet comments here. Love to exchange links...I have added you to my blogroll.

Jozee - good canolis and even better cheesecake..sigh, NYC..<3

elsa - who doesn't love dinosaurs :)

kelse - thanks and I'm glad that I made you laugh :)

Legyviel - the was a little silly and hilarious. If you look at the bottom of the rabbit picture, there's a small skull with antlers coming out out of it. I didn't capture it in my photo, but it's labelled "rabbit skull" by the AMNH. What???? o_O??

Hanh said...

NYC, how fun!. I love NY. Look like you have great time. I remember I went to Natural History Museum with my kids, they love to see dinosaurs's bone.
Thanks for visiting my blog. Sure, I like to exchange the link, I put your blog on my blog list now.
Have fun!

Fashion Is Poison said...

the scarf looks SO warm! yay hope you're having fun!

kokopuff said...

hey! my favorite museum!!!

love your ann d. boots, i'm lusting after the spring lace-up open boots from this season. sooo tempted to pull money out of my IRA since it feels like it's losing more than making money.. lol. i'll be good though, i'll just wait 'til they show up on eBay or something... in like 2 years!

Sol said...

Wow, the food looks beyond delicious! It almost makes me wanna go to NYC even more.
I love museums, and from what i could see from the movie this is a great one. Those dinosaurs look small in the pictures, but i bet they're HUGE!

Seems like you're having an awesome time. Can't wait for more food porn :)

Brook and Lyn said...

I live in NY and somehow I've never been to Eileen cheesecake shop. I might drag my husband out in the rain for some today though.

Robynne said...

I'm jealous you went to new york! I want to live there.

fashion on edge..

Kay said...

The food looks almost painfully good. Cannot wait for more food porn mmm!

PrincessImp. said...

Hanh - thanks for stopping by and the add! :)

kokopuff - I can't decide what museum is more awesome..the met or the amnh. Museums are just awesome in general. The spring ann d. boots are on my wishlist I'm watching out for them..can't believe they sold out so quickly everywhere. I wish you great eBay luck!

Sol - some of the dinosaurs are really small but some are huge too.And do go to NYC if you have a chance.. I always have fun when I am there.

Brook&Lyn - so did you ever get to try the cheesecake? :)

Robynne - do visit new york, it's great!

Kay - thanks. there's lots more food porn coming up :P

Maria said...

I really like your style! I wish the pictures had a better quality though, so we could see the details better :) I love the oversized scarf, it makes a great silhouette.

PrincessImp. said...

Maria - thanks for stopping by. I'm still trying to figure out how to best capture my outfit in photos though...I realise that sometimes the details are not really obvious...but I'm trying :D

Lynn and Horst said...

a leopard, a leopard