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A friend told me that I only talked about restaurants and bars in NY; and that I should maybe talk about the shopping.
Well as you know I tried to make a shopping diet during my stay. The task was very hard; especially when you walk by the shoe section in Barney’s where I relapsed for a pair of Prada… I know I know, but I am not perfect…
And I resisted on Madison Avenue where all my favorite names ask me to enter and buy from them…
But let’s talk about shopping and some tips…

A little hint about Bloomingdale’s as well as for Macy’s: if you are not a US resident, you can simply go to the visitor’s center and get a 10% reduction card. This card is only valuable for the day and you cannot use it with big brands…
Another big hint is if you are like me “claustrophobic” so you cannot take the subway and only can circulate walking or with a cab… There is a cab shift at 3.30pm… so if you are in town, especially Soho, I advise you to jump on one free just before, otherwise you will try to find one for at least an hour… And the cabs that are off duty (when the whole light is on) would only take you if you are on their way…
And if you are in midtown and desperate; hit Park Avenue, to take a town car. They are a rip off and I highly advise you to bargain the price… and accept only if you decide that the last price they gave you is worth being home or at the hotel instead of running with your bags with your feet hurting (and believe me it will hurt with all the walking) for an empty cab fight…
Oh yeah some take the cross town bus and apparently it is good, but I don’t do that…
what you can also do is enter in the first restaurant and have an early happy hour, and start drinking until the cabs are back on the street…
believe me than you forget your hurting feet, sometimes you even forget whom you are….

Another useful tip is when you arrive to Saks Fifth Avenue. The ground floor is the cosmetic and fragrance… I call it the attack floor. What I advise you is to get ready before entering, because if you will be attacked by all the sales people to smell this fragrance or to try that make-up.
If you are weak, they will catch you and not let you go before you purchase few hundred dollars worth make-up… you know the make-up that they applied on you and you think that you are capable to replicate it at home.
It won’t happen… you will end up with makeup that you never use … The other option, and this is for only the trained shoppers, newbies please don’t try… is to ask them to put you make up for day or night depending what are your plans… than leave without buying with the pretext you are already late ;)
And my favorite part of Saks Fifth is the shoe salon, which is on 8th floor (I know they should have put it on 7th …). They have an express elevator that brings you to the shoe Heaven… The door opens and your are mesmerized by the view… shoes… and you see all these women asking for sizes, as if there is no tomorrow… And funnily no network on your cell phone… I seriously believe they do it in purpose, so you cannot call or get a call telling you: DON’T!!!!

You know it reminds me a scene of Taylor Hackford’s movie The Devil’s Advocate; you enter in the room, and the doors close behind you…. You have no choice but signing a pact with the devil… or in this case buy a pair of shoes!!!

Ahh New York and shopping, I can write a book about it… but enough for today. Just to say that I Had a good help for my shopping diet … New York had new kind of visitors… the bedbugs.
These tiny bloodsuckers attacked Nike Town, Abercrombie and even Bloomingdale’s, just to cite few store names that you would want to go and shop… some of the stores closed while they cleaned.
So beside the tourist who didn’t know about the incident, who would stand in the queue in front of Abercrombie to buy their infected clothes… sorry sorry “cleaned” clothes.
Between you and me, who would simply stand in front of Abercrombie?? Don’t people know that they can order online???? Why to suffer hours to enter this perfume infected night club, just to buy a t-shirt made in Indonesia…

Anyway, with or without the bedbugs I love New York… And I love their humor… I think from far my favorite quote of the month was in Times Square saying “In a city that never sleeps, bed bugs work all night”… LOL

My first day in New York is off course to check what is happening on Madison Avenue… Madison Avenue in NY is the high fashion street in the city. All the big fashion brand stores are aligned next to each other, just to tempt you with their latest collection. So with my friend we started on 60th street and Madison; and walked up to the end (which is for me where the Ralph Lauren store is).
And crossed the street to walk down until we reached Barneys… I was trying very hard to stick to my new resolution, just window shopping not buying anything.

Who am I kidding? When I arrived to the shoe department, my only thought was “do they have it in my size???”
But the good news is I only adopted one pair of Prada and we all know it is a big progress for me :)

When I do Madison Avenue, I have to stop a “Bilboquet” for lunch. Bilboquet is a tiny French bistrot just on the corner of Madison and Cavalli store, where I basically lunch every time I am around Madison avenue…
Bilbo owes its success to the non reservation policy (you know when people cannot get in, they believe they are missing something) , and good food. And it is the who’s who of Madison. You and I won’t recognize them, but New York socialites love to hang out there.

And on Saturdays, when you go to brunch (and I highly advise to be there before 1am if you want to eat before the evening…)it is full of party people who dance on the tables. So basically you eat, you drink and then by dancing you eliminate all the calories… ohhh and you have fun!!!

I have started my lunch with the tuna tartare (i know it is my new thing, i have to eat it everywhere) which was fresh and delicious, followed by the special of the day, the veal with mustard sauce… it was delicious. I was so hungry that I even forgot to take a picture of it to post for you. Promise, next time!!!

The great thing? We managed to ask them to keep us a table outside. I know I wrote “no reservation policy”…but we all know the rules are done for the exceptions to occur ;)
Let me tell you we were lucky to be the “exceptions”, because I saw many people waiting a long time on the side walk just to have lunch.

So in other words….
Beautiful weather? Check.
Shopping? Check.
Good food? Check.
Great company? Check.

It seems that I just had a perfect day… and it is only my first day in New York!!!!