40 days and 40 nights.

i arrived to new york a few days ago on a trip that will see me through 40 days and 40 nights of eating, writing, and walking through a city that i loved before i knew.

i’m here for the most part to finish writing a book i started last year. it’s a book about the experiences i had in building my first startup; it’s a summary of all the mistakes that i made and the lessons i gained from making them. it still needs a lot of work, so as tempting as it is spending every day exploring, i’m going to have to have a few long afternoons with my laptop, moleskin by my side and a large cup of coffee. and luckily for my love of all things chocolate, today i’ve discovered a charming coffee bar that happens to serve a mean nutella caffe latte. it also happens to be full of books with uncracked bindings and topics so eclectic i can’t figure out how or why they got here. i seem to be the only one coughing or making any noise in this quiet and quaint sanctuary as my lungs are still adjusting to the summer heat and humidity.

no one is distracted by my interruptions though; i’m surrounded by over 8 million people too busy with their own stories to care for mine, and the 17 patrons here today don’t seem to be any different.

back to the nutella: it’s a little less latte and a little more heaven-sent-dessert. but i won’t come back for it. i’m challenging myself to write somewhere new each day.Β same goes for restaurants, food trucks and farmers’ markets. i’m in a gastronomical paradise and have read that if i ate a different place every day it would take me over 12 years to try everything this city has to offer. i’m definitely not shortchanging myself in the next 6 weeks.

is there really a better way to experience this?

This entry was posted in new york and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

31 Responses to 40 days and 40 nights.

  1. Hey did you you ever finish the book? hello by the way :)

    Like

  2. Can’t wait for the book, and the nutella caffe latte sounds goood!

    Like

    • eatwritewalk says:

      i might go back to sneak a peak at how they do it exactly and will try to replicate it when i’m back! will let you know how that goes and maybe send some over with the next batch of nutella cups.

      Like

  3. Shohreh Merati says:

    Great description!
    While I was going through your blog it felt like I was witnessing the entire experience!!!!
    Well done. You are an amazing writer. More power to you. Can’t wait to read your second encounter:))

    Like

    • eatwritewalk says:

      i wish you weren’t only feeling like you were here but that you and the fam were actually here! thanks for the encouragement, shoreh. miss you tons and promise to send more updates often. xx

      Like

  4. Ghada says:

    Nina this is great. Will definitely be living vicariously through you the next 40 days.

    Been watching a lot of food network and might I suggest the following places to try that were featured on ‘unique sweets’:

    Norma’s at the Parker Meridien (go there for breakfast)

    Blue Bottle Coffee (coffee is supposed to be heavenly but it’s also known for its pastries)

    Like

  5. Gina D. says:

    This is brilliant! Can’t wait to read more :) which cafe has this amazing Nutella latte?

    Like

  6. Eman Mufleh says:

    Brilliant blog Nina! Love the inspirational vibe and already intrigued by city. Keep sharing:)

    Like

  7. Can’t wait for the book, so many things to look for!

    Like

    • eatwritewalk says:

      i can’t wait to get your feedback on it! and as always, feel free to bombard me with stories you recall that i might have not gotten to yet. i could use the inspiration and reminders.

      Like

  8. nuhaalami says:

    Very nice, Nina! I am waiting your book, and please post more pictures specially for the nutella dessert ;)
    wish you all the best :)

    Like

  9. Tarek says:

    I think there is a better way to experience all what you’ve described… Throw in some ‘erbbbbb :-)))

    Like

  10. Evelyn Qubti says:

    I am fascinated by what I just read Nina! The country is beautiful and has lots to offer, but it takes talent and professionalism to capture that … and it goes without saying, you have that.
    Looking forward to read your book. 

    Like

  11. Mustafa says:

    Nina, that’s my city. If you need anything at all, please hit me up. Btw, there are 10 Coffee Bean stores in Manhattan :)

    Like

  12. Meyce says:

    Love this! Good luck :) xx

    Like

  13. Natasha says:

    Awesome post sis. Wish I was there to experience it all with you but then I would be considered an interruption :) brilliant blog :)

    Like

  14. Feras says:

    Amazing! Ill be quite entertained in Kuwait. Quite the wordsmith you are. Much love and support xx

    Like

  15. loay says:

    This is very exciting. Can’t wait for the book release.

    Like

  16. Muna says:

    Love it already! Ill definitely be following this :) more about Nutella please hahaa ok not Nutella but food experiences and flavors! Ur In the city that has the best food on earth hands down. Enjoy every bit of it! Please don’t forget to go to serendipity and have the forbidden broadway Sunday. I wanna hear you describe that
    Xxx

    Like

    • eatwritewalk says:

      love you munmun and thanks for the positive energy! serendipity is up there on the list so you’ll be reading about it soon. though i’m tempted to wait for your return so we experience it together. xx

      Like

leave a reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s