Itinerary- Chill at home
Remember when I told you I needed to update that bucket list? Well I’ve already gotten a head start on that before the New Year came around…spontaneously of course! Right before the Christmas holiday my husband and I made a spontaneous decision to spend Christmas in New York.
Truth be told we planned on a quiet Christmas at home however my husband celebrates his birthday in December and this particular year is a milestone birthday. So after talking about things to do and mentioning New York City I could see the twinkle in his eye…
That gave me a great idea. I asked him “What if we did something off the cuff and spent Christmas in NYC?” Like a little kid on Christmas day he responded with a huge grin and a resounding “YES!” We booked a room, packed our bags and were off to the big city Christmas Eve!
Updated Itinerary- Christmas in NYC!
Deciding to lay low and chill, we did a little sightseeing and enjoyed good food. Walking along 5th Ave and seeing the beautiful window displays was quite the sight. We also strolled across the street to see the famous big Rockefeller Center Tree amongst the patrons’ ice skating below in the ice rink.
After that we also walked along 6th Avenue by Bryant Park to check out all the pop up holiday shops and vendors selling Christmas themed ornaments, trinkets and food.
When it was time to eat, seeing how we planned our trip last-minute, many of the restaurants serving traditional American cuisine were either booked or closed for the holiday. So we enjoyed cuisine of a different kind. It was not your typical traditional American dinner but Jamaican cuisine at a quaint place in SoHo called Miss Lily’s.
Miss Lily’s offered a holiday prefixed menu feast. We enjoyed starters of jerk corn on the cob rolled in toasted coconut flakes. Who knew that combination would taste so good! Then the server delivered an appetizer of pumpkin soup and conch fritters. Next she served up an entrée of turkey with rice and peas for me and a steak with callaloo and baked plantains sides for him. Last but not least, we had our Jamaican rum cakes with rum raisin ice cream. Do you know we had so much food we had to take our dessert to go? What a delicious dinner. The atmosphere was relaxed and casual. The staff was friendly and service was good. I’ll definitely be back.
It was nice to be spontaneous and try something new as well as spend Christmas in the Big Apple. Spending Christmas in New York was not really something I saw myself doing ever, but I’m happy we decided to partake in this mini adventure together. We had a great Christmas and my husband got a great start to kicking off the birthday weekend. You only live once right??