8 things I learned on my anniversary vacation

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Hubby and I celebrated our 4th wedding anniversary yesterday and he whisked me away to the W hotel in New York City. It was fantastic and I learned a few things on our trip:

1. If he’s offering to plan a surprise vacation, just let him do it. Asking about details and packing snacks for the room will just anger him.

2. Terry Cloth robes in a room are a gift from heaven…

3. No matter how hard you try, if you have OCD you’ll end up cleaning your hotel room. It’s sad, but true.

4. Pepsi has a line called “Pepsi natural.” All natural ingredients…in pepsi…What?! Too bad it was about 8 dollars from the mini-fridge.

5. New York City tap water is the best tasting water in the country. Period.

6. Asian noodles made fresh at a hole-in-the-wall Chinese food restaurant produce a party in your mouth. For less than 4 bucks a plate. Was I dreaming?

7. Drunk people trying to get coffee at a Starbucks in times square is pure comedy. Pure comedy, indeed.

8. Real love is when he buys you “dirty water dogs” and krispy creme donuts for your lunch the second day of your trip. The inside of my stomach’s itchy….

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  1. 2.24.09

    Sounds like you had a great time! I love the cleaning the hotel room….I’m the same way!
    $8 for a pepsi from the mini fridge…sounds like AC! hahaha!
    Dirty water dogs….YUMMY!

  2. 2.24.09
    toni.c said:

    Seriously, I am going to Times Square this weekend and would love to know the address or name of the chinese place you are talking about!

  3. 2.24.09
    Shelly said:

    New York City has the best tasting tap water, huh? I’m very picky about my water. I like my little town’s tap water so much I took gallons of it 100 miles away to college! I don’t even like most bottled waters. Dasani is nasty to me, but Ice Mountain is the closest to my tap water—yum!

    I liked the post. Happy Anniversary!

  4. 2.24.09
    frugalsuz said:

    Aww, sounds like you two had a wonderful weekend! Happy anniversary!

  5. 2.24.09
    kc said:

    That sounds like a fun trip! We are going to be there in June for our 1st trip to NYC, I would love the details of any of your cheap eats that you loved. Or any other frugal tips you may have, the airfare/airport transfers alone will kill us! We are hoping to find some super cheap eats!

  6. 2.24.09
    Amiyrah said:


    I loathe tap water. I really don’t like water, period. But, NYC tap water is phenomenal. People who live in the city joke out how good it is, and says that’s why the pizza and bagels are so good there, but it’s really true!


    we went to this chinese place on the corner of lexington and 42nd, I think. It was called the golden noodle. You’ll see a wendy’s and McDonalds on lexington. At that corner, you’ll see the sign to your right. It was called the Golden Noodle or something like that. Definitely a dive, but you have try the dim sum and the pan fried noodles.

  7. 2.24.09
    Amiyrah said:


    it sure was! It’s great that we live so close to the city, right? We get to enjoy it whenever we want and go back to quiet NJ when we’re tired of it lol.


    Since we live so close to NYC, we really only splurged on the hotel. “Dirty water dogs,” NY pizza and bagels are a must when you are there. If you can get to the shake shack near Central park, they have the most awesome burgers for cheap. It’s really all going to depend on where you are staying in the city. There are cheap eats all over the city, but it’s only cheap if you don’t have to take a cab there lol.

  8. 2.24.09
    kc said:

    Hi. Thanks for the info… I hope you don’t mind if I still pick your brain on this subject a little more? I didn’t see your email listed, so I guess I can just use your comment section 🙂 Anyway, we are staying at the Fitzpatrick Grand Central (for free!!) for 4 nights and then we have to rent a car to drive to the catskills for one night (a wedding..) We are pulling together a list of must do/sees in the city and frugal options. We are totally cool with chinese food, pizza, hotdogs, bagels etc. Any other suggestions for me? 🙂

  9. 2.24.09
    annathy03 said:

    Awww! Sounds like you had a wonderful weekend! As for the cleaning of the hotel room, I used to work front desk at one and it takes effort on my part NOT to strip the bed and put the dirty towels in one pile on the bathroom floor.

  10. 2.24.09
    Lisa B. said:

    Just wait, you’ll learn even more over the next several anniversaries. Men!

  11. 2.24.09

    That sounds like a great trip, nothing better than being able to relax and enjoy yourself! Congratulations!

  12. 2.24.09
    Precious said:

    I am so glad that you had such a great time! I used to live in Chinatown when I was in NYC on business. The best food in the world! When we got sick of Chinese food, little Italy wasn’t far the other direction!

  13. 2.24.09

    I am so glad you had a good time, and a learning experience it sounds like! You are very lucky to have such a wonderful husband.

  14. 2.24.09
    bugsi033 said:

    I’d say your DH done good! What a nice weekend you had. I love NYC. I have relatives there. If I were still single, I’d be asking if your DH had any single brothers!!!

  15. 2.24.09
    Debtfreemommy said:

    Aw. Im jealous.I LOVE NYC. I havent been in 6 years though :/ but my sister is going in less then 2 months so Ive told her a lot of things to see and try (its a chartered trip with her school).

    Your post makes me want to go back sooner then I can afford but Im hoping to take DH there next summer.

    Im glad you had such a great trip!

    Glad you had a wonderful time.

  16. 2.24.09
    hitenney said:

    OK, what the heck is a dirty water dog? And you have to come to Hawaii to taste delicious tap water – artesian wells! Glad you had fun and enjoyed each other’s company – that’s what anniversaries are all about.

  17. 2.25.09
    Amiyrah said:


    “dirty water dogs” is a local nickname for hot dogs from the corner hot dog cart. They are kept warm in steamers with “dirty water” underneath it. The water’s not really dirty(those cart workers are actually pretty sanitary) but it’s what my parents used to call them when we went into the city.

  18. 2.26.09
    kc said:

    Thanks for the email address!