Winter Favorites

Winter Favorites in the Big Apple

Of course winter is a huge pain to everyone who hates the cold. But, is it really that terrible? As much as I hate the cold, I do appreciate it. It is always fun to bundle up in your favorite sweaters, jackets, hats, scarves, and gloves. Traveling into the great city of New York is always a rush, especially in the winter. You have to be prepared to walk around in the freezing cold for blocks and blocks. However, sometimes this is not enjoyable and yes, I tend to agree. Hopping around Soho into different stores with a huge winter coat on is quite an experience.

Yesterday I was lucky enough to be in New York with good friends. Walking around the East Village and Tompkins Square Park was absolutely beautiful. Exploring this side of the city was very different; it is a quiet neighborhood with many hidden restaurants and cafes. We ate brunch at a local restaurant called Grape and Grain. It was a very selective, delicious menu – it was hard to pick a meal! We all ended up getting a sunny side up brunch with toast and bacon and of course, a coffee.

As the snow became heavier, we decided to try to find somewhere warm before heading back home. We came across a cafe a couple blocks down from the park called Ost Cafe. It is located on the corner of East 12th Street and Avenue A. This little cafe brought joy to everyone in it. There was people reading, writing, journaling, talking and most of all, staying warm. The hot chocolate, lattes, and cookies were outstanding (I highly recommend trying the cookies). It was the perfect place to stay in for 45 minutes just to take a break from the snow and cold weather. 

Sure winter can be a huge pain but there is nothing wrong with sitting in a restaurant or cafe all day long. Winter is finally here which means I’m officially counting down the days until beach weather. Stay warm people and thank you for visiting :). 

-Caroline xo 

Make it a habit to tell people thank you. To express your appreciation, sincerely and without the expectation of anything in return. Truly appreciate those around you, and you’ll soon find many others around you. Truly appreciate life, and you’ll find that you have more of it.”

—  Ralph Marston 

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