Our Weekend & Food Tour in NYC!

by simplylife on January 9, 2013

I love surprises.  My husband loves planning.  It’s a balance that works quite well, if you ask me. 😉  Yet, every once in a while, I love to catch him off-guard with something he’s not expecting.


Rather than get each other gifts to open, my husband and I always plan “events” to celebrate special occasions.  So for our “Christmas gift” to one another, we decided to spend a weekend in NYC!

We spent our time exploring new neighborhoods, visiting the 9/11 Memorial…



…and soaking in all the incredible sights the city has to offer!


But I also had a surprise for the weekend! My husband recently celebrated a birthday and I knew I wanted to plan something unique.  Whenever we’re in NYC, all we want to do is try different foods from every neighborhood, so when I found out there were Food & Culture tours in the various neighborhoods of NYC, I knew it was a gift he would like!

We arrived at the start of our tour in Greenwich on Friday afternoon.  Our tour guide began by telling us a bit of history about the neighborhood and then our first stop was at a small, family-owned Italian shop for Fried Risotto Balls.  Next, we went to Murray’s Cheese, where we tried a grilled cheese stuffed with gruyere, cheddar and cream cheese.  Definitely one of the best grilled cheese sandwiches I’ve ever had!


Following Murray’s, we walked a few blocks to Joe’s Pizza where we tried a slice of cheese pizza.   Next, we took a short eating break by walking throughout the neighborhood.

Our next stop was to try a Vietnamese Sandwich.  I had never tried this before and was very intrigued with Vietnamese flavors on a baguette!


Of course, we had to have dessert!  Our next stop was to Molly’s Cupcakes, where we were able to create our own cupcake!  I had chocolate cupcake with cream cheese frosting and topped with a crumbled cookie (yuuuum)!  My husband made a chocolate cupcake with chocolate frosting and Reece’s.  This shop was adorable and the cupcakes were incredible!


We then finished the tour by walking to Rocco’s, where we sampled mini cannoli.  Cannoli usually are not my preferred dessert but these were definitely the best I’d ever had!

The tour was 3 hours long and a great combination of food, history, walking and sampling!  If you’re interested, the company we used was Food Tours of NY (just FYI – we bought the tickets and they have no clue I’m writing this review!  Just wanted to share the info if you’re interested!).


This was such a fun way to see (and taste) the city and we’re already looking forward to our next trip!

~Have you ever been on a food tour?  What types of food would you like to try?

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  • Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca)

    I’ve never been on a food tour, but I probably would. I am excited to try southern style food in New Orleans this spring, as I haven’t had a lot of that kind of food. I love New York sooooo much! I have to try that grilled cheese place next time I’m there.

    • http://www.simplylifeblog.com/ Simply Life

      Oooh I’m so excited for your trip to New Orleans! I’ve really been wanting to go there! Yes, you will definitely need to try that grilled cheese- so good!

  • a farmer in the dell

    I’m jealous of your trip! I want to eat my way through nyc too! glad you had such a good trip. I havent been on a food tour but obviously need to change that!

  • http://www.acambridgestory.com Emily

    Great idea for a gift!! My parents and I exchange “experiences” for holidays but my husband and I haven’t moved in that direction yet… maybe next year! I bet your husband loved the tour!

  • http://whatisbakinginthebarbershop.blogspot.com/ Colleen

    Sounds like yet another wonderful trip together! That food tour sounds great! 🙂

  • http://megan-deliciousdishings.blogspot.com/ Megan

    I would love to be surprised with a tour like that! We went on an awesome food tour in Modena when we were on our honeymoon. We learned all about how Parmigiano-Reggiano and balsamic vinegar are made… and then we ate tons and tons of food!

    • http://www.simplylifeblog.com/ Simply Life

      oh my gosh, that sounds like so much fun! what a great tour!

  • http://twitter.com/Zomppa Zomppa

    What a fun surprise. Oh, I miss NYC!

  • http://twitter.com/LifeAfterSwim Nikki Tritsch

    I LOVEEEEE NYC! That sounds like my kind of tour! 🙂

  • The Squishy Monster

    I’m really loving this idea of exchanging events…genius!

    • http://www.simplylifeblog.com/ Simply Life

      Yes! We love doing it this way- it becomes gifts we can both enjoy and remember!

  • Mom

    Your pictures are astoundingly clear…wow!!! Oh, this sounds like it was a great surprise and a wonderful way to spend time while getting to know different neighborhoods…great job! I’ve never been on a food tour and don’t think I’m nearly as adventurous with my taste buds as your hubby has come to be, but I loved going on tour through your pictures 🙂

  • http://www.singerskitchen.com/ Singerinkitchen

    I have to do this the next time! Sounds incredible!

  • http://twitter.com/Daisy_III Kristen

    sounds like a fun trip and the tour a great experience!

  • http://wayfaringchocolate.com Hannah

    Love love love New York! That grilled cheese sounds amazing.

  • http://twitter.com/LeafynotBeefy Kelly

    Sounds like a great trip! Lots of food, walking…enjoying the sites – what more could you ask for! 🙂

  • Amy (Savory Moments)

    What a great weekend trip with lots of tasty food! I love doing something like this instead of regular gifts!

  • http://bite-sized-thoughts.blogspot.com/ Kari

    This looks like so much fun! What a great weekend 🙂

  • http://twitter.com/Healthy_Coconut Lea

    What a wonderful Christmas present to each other. My husband and I try to do the same thing and travel often.

    I went on a food tour in Seattle and it was wonderful. Great way to explore the city and culture through food.

    • http://www.simplylifeblog.com/ Simply Life

      Ooh I bet Seattle would be a great place for a tour!

  • http://www.facebook.com/urvashi.agarwal.9465 Urvashi Agarwal

    Mmmm your food tour sounds so super delicious 😀

    Choc Chip Uru


  • yummychunklet

    What a fun looking “food tour”!

  • meri

    wow- each more delicious than the next!

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