A trip home to Manhattan just is not complete with a latte from Arrow Coffee Co. I know I have mentioned them before, but really their coffee is just da bomb. I want one of their lattes right now actually. Do you guys deliver to different cities? Their lattes plus a 3 hour long coffee date with an old friend makes for the perfect Friday morning when visiting home in Manhattan. Catching up is a beautiful thing, especially when it feels so natural and like no time has passed at all.
I love going for walks in Manhattan. Perhaps it is the countless hours of HGTV I watch while lazily lounging around my parents house. Suddenly I feel the need to get up and get moving and my newly refurbished design brain admires the beautiful houses. Part of me is just deeply jealous that we don't have AS many of these gorgeous homes where I live, so my options for future home pickin's are small, because of course I am going to be picky and demand a front porch in a very limited area and hey, a barn or other exterior structure would be nice too. I'm not asking for too much, right ;). Perhaps it is the nostalgia kicking in of the many miles I have walked around Manhattan at all stages of my life chatting with my best friends about boys and such. One can't be too sure, but we can bet it is a combination of the nostalgia and HGTV. We'll just call it that.
I once tried going here in hopes of getting a cookie and was really confused to find a bar when I walked in. The name "Bourbon & Baker" probably should have tipped me off that there would be alcohol involved, but my sugar brain had kicked in and all I really wanted was that dang cookie. Plus I was alone and sitting at the bar alone with a drink didn't really seem appetizing to me that day. I ended up leaving but still being incredibly curious about those darn cookies! So of course, I talked my mom into going out for pre dinner drinks (and cookies) while I was home. I'm glad I did, because not only were the cookies actually incredible, I also got a chance to sit down and enjoy some time with my mom and really look around and see how cute their restaurant is! Definitely work a visit.
After I finally got my cookie, My parents and I enjoyed a delicious dinner at Harry's, a place that I have always been curious about but somehow in the 18 years I lived there plus five years of visiting there I have never gone to. I had always walked by and admired the beautiful building but had never gone in and tried out their food-I WAS MISSING OUT! Their food was really good and a felt like a fancy lady while dining, a feeling I don't often get. The guy who sat us even pulled out my chair for me, which I only noticed after I had hand selected my own seat with a view of the giant floral arrangements and then saw him standing there with a chair out and my dad awkwardly standing next to him, not sure if he should sit in the chair he was holding. It was an amusing moment and I just sat in my chair and giggled to myself- awkwardly of course.
I am no stranger to the Varsity Donut food truck that opens up later in the evening while the bars in Aggieville are closing (their mac and cheese grilled cheese is to die for), but I have never actually gone into their store and ordered one of their donuts during the day until this last visit home. Varsity Donuts is one of the cuter places in not only Aggieville, but all of Manhattan in my opinion. They have beautiful antique shelving and counter space, bright green bar stools, bright and beautiful bikes galore, and the most amazing patterned hex floors I have seen in a long time. I ordered myself three donuts and a large coffee, which at the time seemed excessive but I really wanted to try a few flavors! In the end it really was excessive and I took the rest home to share with my dad. They were pretty delicious though and I can definitely see myself going back there on future visits!
Visiting Bluestem Bistro is just like visiting an old friend of mine. You haven't seen or heard from each other for a long time, but you really miss them and the memories you share. After my senior year of high school I went to Bluestem every. single. day. and ordered a medium iced mocha. It got to the point where I didn't even have to say anything and they would hand me the drink that I drooled over and I began to recognize some of the other regulars. We would acknowledge each other with a nod that said "yeah, I really am here again, but so are you... so..." Going back was a beautiful thing, and although I am through my days of doctoring up coffee with pounds of sugar and chocolate, it was still a nostalgic trip. I sat and worked on a few design ideas for awhile with banana bread french toast and a dark roast coffee, and even spotted a few of the regulars from years back. Yes they are still going there too.
I love that going home is filled with nostalgia and new experiences too. Manhattan is always growing and surprising me with the things that they have and the things there is to do there.
Places to visit in Manhattan, Kansas
***My apologies for the fuzzies. I just can't quite let myself be that person who whips out her full sized camera to take a picture of her latte or feet on a glorious floor. Bare with me. I'm getting there.