I'm Alison, a yoga instructor and lifestyle blogger living in San Francisco. I grew up in Southern California (Long Beach, to be exact), went to college on the Central Coast, and now live up north in the Bay Area with my husband Chris and our fur baby, Zeus. I love sharing my adventures in fitness, food, travel -- I hope they inspire you to live your happiest and healthiest life!

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First Time to NYC

First Time to NYC

New York has been at the top of my travel bucket list forever, so I was thrilled to go at the start of the month. Lately Chris has been traveling nonstop for work and we decided to make a mini vacation out of the end of his work trip to NYC, so I met him out there for the weekend.

Here are some of my favorite places from our three days of exploring:

Chelsea Market - This place is a must-go if you've never been before. There are endless places to shop and eat and shop, one of the coolest is Artists & Fleas -- make sure to check it out! 

Milkbar - I am so tempted to order more Milkbar because A) I didn't bring any home from New York and B) THEY DELIVER! Seriously, if you haven't heard of Milkbar already, you're probably living under a rock, but all you need to know is: CRACK PIE. I also love the compost cookie and pretty much crave the cereal milk soft serve on a daily basis. (If you know, you know.)

Williamsburg, Brooklyn - Maybe it's because I've seen it in so many movies or because it's pretty iconic, but there's just something so cool about the Brooklyn Bridge. Williamsburg is an awesome neighborhood to walk around in and we had brunch at the cutest spot, Loosie's Kitchen. I ordered the sausage, egg & cheese biscuit smothered in gravy and didn't regret it one bit.

Central Park - Beautiful park with plenty of space to walk around, lay on the grass, or grab a bite to eat. I'm thinking next time we're back, I'll pack a basket and blanket and have a picnic on the grass. 

Top of the Rock - Best view of New York City, hands down. As Chris's cousin pointed out to us, it's so much better when you get to see the Empire State Building (rather than looking at the Rockefeller from Empire). We had a reservation that went through sunset and enjoyed a few cocktails with a killer view.

The High Line - A really neat raised walkway with art installations and great outdoor furniture. There are plenty of great restaurants around the neighborhood and if you're looking for a place to party, Le Bain is your spot.

Y7 Tribeca - I've been following Y7 for a few years now and have always wanted to take one of their hip hop yoga classes. So naturally, I booked a We Flow Hard vinyasa class right after I booked my plane tickets and loved every minute of it. It was the perfect way to kick off my trip.

We stayed at the Sheraton on Canal St and walked around everywhere, exploring 5th Avenue, Soho, Battery Park, Ground Zero, and bits of Williamsburg too. We also got adventurous and used the subway to hop around from neighborhood to neighborhood and I have to say it wasn't bad at all. (I think it helps that San Francisco has trained me on public transportation over the past two years.)

If you're headed to the Big Apple any time soon, I hope you get the chance to visit some of the places I mentioned. Let me know some of your favorite NYC spots below, I'd love to check them out next time I'm there!

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