A perfect day with bestie, Gail!! NYC happy Earth day!

I spent the perfect day with my groovy gal, Gail, today in lower manhatten. She knows EVERYTHING. I have so little time to leave my mile square that going to NY with Gail is such a treat!!! That’s partially because SHE ROCKS (Duh) and partially because she knows SO much about great things to do and see!!! This was just a quick trip to acquire me a bathing suit and maybe have lunch. It ended up as follows:

Quick trip in on the Path train to Christopher st.


Then we zig-zag’d over to Houston and Sullivan (on all the sneaky backstreets Gail knows like the back of her hand) to Melvin’s Juice Box. Absolutely DELICIOUS, organic, filling, massive juices are served here! I got a “Lightening Bold Immune Booster” which I would definitely order again. There’s a great vibe in here. The lunch menu focuses mainly on Jamaican favorites like jerk chicken, rice and peas, plantains, etc.


Next up we set off to cross town to find Malia Mills on Mulberry St. for me to score a new bathing suit. I realize I don’t have one! With all the fantasy-travel plans I daydream about making I figured I need one ready to pack! (My flooded bathing suits included a great simple black bikini I’d had for about 20 yrs from Malia!) I found the perfect one-piece with great cut outs and removable strap (for all that tanning I do..haaa!). The gracious saleswoman was more than happy to offer to have one sewn just for me in the perfect color called Sequoia. Perfect customer service!

Moving along to one of Gail’s favorite stops: The Calypso “outlet” store. Everything is 1/2 off an already marked down price. Sizes and selection are very limited but with frequent trips in you can score a great piece.

Found a great little gift for Yomi at Canvas on Lafayette street. Today is her birthday and it’s so fun to get her stuff! This store has beautiful home and gift pieces. The pottery is especially clean and appealing.


A little farther up Lafayette is Morini. Gail had been dying to try this super popular eatery so this was the perfect time! Lunch is such a sneaky time to go out and eat since you can get into so many more places with no reservation. I had the “rucola salad” and the “Stracci.” which were superb. The pastas are all homemade and fantastic.


As if the gourmet buzz wasn’t enough we then headed over to Loopy Mango on Grand St. Ok this was the most incredible shop I’d been in a long long time! Gail discovered it recently and raved. She insisted I check it out with her and consider taking the knitting workshop on a Tuesday. Well the environment was so welcoming. Even though Gail has been in there only a few times the sweetest staff-member, “Mackenzie”, greeted her with familiarity. He was happy to show us around this treasure trove of knitting supplies, antiques, terrariums, and just great things! I am absolutely going to do a workshop there and think it would be a fabulous thing to do here at Peper with the Loopy Mango staff! (Stay tuned for this….)

Mission accomplished! New bathing suit on the way, great lunch with Gail, and made a great connection for an instore workshop.