Last week Wednesday I hopped on a plane and headed to New York for five days to attend IACP (International Association of Culinary Professionals). You might remember last year’s trip to Austin, in which I met the lovely Dorie Greenspan, watched thousands of bats fly at night and ate some of the most amazing tacos of my life. This year’s trip was entirely different but every bit as fun. Most of my time was spent at the conference, but during my downtime I tried to squeeze in as much fun as possible.
The first night of the stay was spent at The Premier Hotel in Times Square because it was connected to the conference hotel. The subsequent nights were spent at my company’s apartment in the city. Having access to a full kitchen and plenty of space was such a blessing since I was there for five days.
During breaks in the conference, I was able to take in a little sight-seeing, and some shopping, too. Living in Iowa means we don’t have much access to anything other than the standard lineup of stores and a handful of boutique shops. On my list of places to go: Zara, Cole Haan and H&M.

A pit-stop was also made at Crumbs to drool over their cupcakes. But something about having the calorie count posted on each cupcake made me think twice. I love being informed about what I’m putting in my body, but sometimes a girl just wants a treat without the guilt. I really wasn’t feeling cupcakes that afternoon so I walked away empty-handed. 
Getting caught in the rain calls for making pictures black and white. Try and tell me you don’t do the same thing…
Everyone I talked to about my trip said a visit to Eataly, Mario Batali’s Italian food emporium, was a must-see. I can totally see why, since it was absolutely massive, packed with everything food-related you could think of. Housewares, cookbooks, coffee, restaurants, you name it. 
Checking out the killer pasta section at Eataly. I snagged a bag because I knew I would never be able to find pasta like it at home. They had spaghetti that was literally two feet long! 
The beer section was equally impressive. Since the hubs loves beer, I brought a bottle back with me. A bottle that I’m a bit ashamed to admit I spent $8 on (for a single bottle). Insane? Yes. Delicious? You better believe it. 
A few other observations:
*I had the opportunity to have dinner with Amanda, Justine and Tara. Each one of them is as beautiful and wonderful in person as you might imagine from reading their blogs.
*The ladies behind Three Many Cooks are just plain amazing. If you’re not already reading their blog, go and do so now!
*Catherine of the blog Weelicious is stunning and seriously looks like she could be 18, despite having two children and a very successful website. Sometimes life isn’t fair. :)
I love visiting NYC but I’m always so happy to return home. There’s just something about fresh air, grass and my little family that makes coming back to Iowa so sweet. 
Madison
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  • http://twitter.com/justinelorelle justinelorelle

    It was so lovely to finally meet you in person! (And now my husband thinks I’m less crazy when I talk about my friend Madison since I have actually had dinner with her haha) Definitely let me know the next time you’re back in town!

  • http://chipchiphooray.wordpress.com/ Tara @ Chip Chip Hooray

    I second what Justine said, 100 percent! I had such a wonderful time with you ladies–it’s always so exciting to turn “blog friends” into “real life friends.” :) I hope you enjoyed gallivanting around my home city!!

  • Jonieden

    Kristen had a great time seeing you and your mom after ALL these years!! You both looked great together :) Glad it was a wonderful trip…..

  • karla522

    I’m so sorry I missed you when you were in NYC, Madison! Holler next time you’re headed over—I’d love to catch up. It looks like you had an awesome time this trip! What beautiful pictures. :)

  • Helennaturally

    A trip to NYC is so on my bucket list! I actually want to go for the food and shopping. Of course that makes total sense to me, while my other friends want to go for sight seeing and theatre!

  • http://livefaithfully.blogspot.com/ Urban Wife

    Look at those gorgeous tulips! NYC is on my list of places to visit (I’ve never been!) so now I just have to see if I can talk my hubby into taking me. He claims he doesn’t like NYC, after only having been there once. Maybe the promise of some of that beer will bribe him and change his mind about NYC…. :)

  • Tanja Hester

    Looks like it was a great trip. I laughed at your note about calorie content! I always much such different decisions when the calories are posted right there… makes those cupcakes a lot less tempting!

  • http://www.bringinthepink.com/ Amber

    Thanks for sharing pictures! You look beautiful, as always! Glad you had a great time!

  • Angela Ten Clay

    Looks like such an awesome work trip! Love your photos. You are completely adorable, Madi.

  • Margeperry

    So glad we had the chance to eat dinner together!