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Part One

So full of wonders is New York City that I’m already on my third post… and I only spent three days there!  How many posts would I have to write if I’d spent a week?! Part One of the NYC Posts detailed my culinary adventures with my dad at Hangawi (as well as our cheesecake fest the next morning).


Part Two: I discovered a new favorite restaurant and ordered quite a lot of food!.

Moving on to Part Three: Pearl River Mart, a Dish-a-Holic’s dreamland!


If you thought Pier One was a fun place to shop for dishes, oh boy do you need a trip to Pearl River Mart.  It boasts not one, but two floors filled with dishes of every size and shape imaginable, some of which are the most adorable things you’ll ever see!  From owl teapots to piggy plates to flowery bowls, I wanted to buy out the store.  Don’t even get m started on all the origami, trinkets, and other non-dishware I wanted to buy. Unfortunately (fortunately for my wallet, though!) I had to exercise self-control because whatever I bought had to be carried around the city all day.

As I mentioned in my Survey about Me, I harbor a huge obsession for all things panda-related.  So, looking at the panda dishes below, can you now understand how hard it must’ve been for me?  Poor CCK…

panda dishes

panda plates

Along with the panda plates and dishes, they also had a panda pencil sharpener, paper shredder, balloon…

I did end up buying a few dishes.  (And that pencil sharpener; I just couldn’t resist!)

pearl river mart

Katie is the baker, photographer, and author of the popular blog Chocolate-Covered Katie. Her favorite food is chocolate, and she believes in eating a balanced diet that includes dessert every single day. More about Katie—> 

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  1. Erin says:

    So cute Katie! Have lots of fun and I love the dishes you bought!!

  2. Emma says:

    I love Pearl River Market! Whenever I’m in NYC (rarely!) I always hit them up.

  3. *Andrea* says:

    i love the panda bear plates!!! i have a white t-shirt from forever 21 with giant panda bear on it. it’s my fav ;0) i also love the cheesecake pics. i need to try a vegan recipe asap and give cheesecake factory the boot!!

  4. Amanda says:

    those panda plates are SO cute! the bowls you bought are too! i’ve been to NYC many times (my sis lives there) but never knew about pearl river market. i’m gonna make her take me there next time!

  5. broccolihut says:

    Oh man, you KNOW that I share your love of dishes. I would go nuts In Pearl River Mart! Love the new plates–can’t wait to see them with more delicious food on them;)

  6. Marianne says:

    I think those panda plates are beyond adorable 😀

    Totally looking forward to more cheesecake 😉 Mmm, cheesecake.

  7. mihl says:

    That last dish is really beautiful! I would have bought that one too.

  8. brandi says:

    i love the new dishes!

  9. Paulina says:

    I love buying new dishes! In fact, that reminds me – I haven’t bought a new one in ages!

  10. A-DORABLE!
    Check out my giveaway, too!

  11. lilveggiepatch says:

    I love Pearl River! They have great lightweight kimonos that I use for a summer bathrobe. That panda bowl is pretty cute!

  12. Heather says:

    Katie! I am doing my first give-a-way and need your help! Would you link my give-a-way and you will be entered to win a whole box of amzing grass bars?

    here is my blog!

  13. Coconutgal says:

    Katie you are so pretty! And I so would put a bowl on my head too– that’s just a total dork thing to do. Love it! Those dishes are so cute, come share with me!!

  14. Hannah says:

    the link for your giveaway is not working for me :c

  15. Stefanie says:

    I would buy a knife or some plates/bowls. Maybe a nice pan if I had money left over. I’m moving out of my parents house soon and am going to need some kitchen/dinnerware.

  16. Lisa says:

    I would buy a food processor. Or a cast iron pan. Or a slow cooker. Or a bread maker. obviously, I am in need of many new kitchen things.

  17. Beth S. says:

    I love those panda plates. I’ve been wanting a french press for a while and an electric kettle to go with it!

  18. Lindsey says:

    I would definitely buy plates (I love the panda plates!)

  19. krystina says:

    I would loooove a new little gadget, like a coffee grinder or food processor!

  20. Leah says:

    I would put $60 towards some Le Creuset…the cherry red grill pan is beckoning to me!

  21. Abbey says:

    I would buy my puggle a new pet bed and some baking sheets for roasting veggies. My current pans are about to disintegrate.

    Thanks for the chance to win!

  22. Lisa says:

    I would probably buy one of the dinnerware sets!

  23. Haley says:

    I would definitely put the $60 to any of the office/school supply for my classroom next year!

  24. Kelsey says:

    i love the dry food dispensers and henckles knives/cutlery!

  25. Jennifer says:

    I would buy an ice cream maker because I desperately want to make vegan coconut milk ice cream. And then I’d probably throw in a few of my own dollars to buy some adorable ice cream dishes! And an ice cream paddle. And any other ice cream accoutrement they offer!

  26. Theresa says:

    i’d buy a really nice blender!! :)

  27. Lisa says:

    Haha, well I won’t be needing a crib. But I am moving off-campus next year, so I’ll need some furniture or cooking supplies!

  28. Stephanie says:

    i would buy an ice cream maker so that i could make all the vegan ice cream i wanted! i love ice cream and haven’t had it since i turned vegan. i would love to make my own so that i could have it whenever i wanted! =D

  29. Sarah says:

    I would love to buy a new food processor!

  30. j says:

    I would love a stick blender!

  31. dianna says:

    oooo this is so hard to pick, but I am in desperate need of some new pots and pans so I think I would spring for the Kitchenaid Cookware Gourmet Essentials 9 and 11 inch pots! the red is so beautiful too!

  32. runRedrun says:

    I want a magic bullet.

  33. Katie says:

    I’ve really been wanting an immersion blender so I think I’d go for that.

  34. Beth says:

    Oooh, I’d put it towards the Shun Classic 7″ Santoku Knife…we have a serious lack of good knives in our kitchen!

  35. Gina G says:

    i would buy a panini maker or an icecream maker! thankyou so much!

  36. sarah says:

    i am a huge fan of Le Creuset – just started collecting, so i would put the gift certificate towards more, more, more! :)

  37. Laura E says:

    I would definitely get a new blender! Mine dies a little more each time I use it :( I’d want either a Magic Bullet or the Aroma Stainless Steel Blender in Silver!

  38. Christin L. says:

    I would use the money towards a bigger food processor!!

  39. Julia says:

    My mom has been spreading herself WAY to thin lately… tending to my brother’s broken leg, and helping my dad out as he prepares for hip replacement surgery. I feel really bad, and wish that I could take the entire load of life off of her shoulders. She needs some more time for herself…

    We do have a little “garden” type area in our courtyard, which prior to life’s hectic ways taking over, was deemed her summer project. I want her to be able to make this courtyard her sancuary though, in spite of everything. So I’d most likely used the $60 to buy her some garden decor items and/or outdoor furniture. She deserves the world, granted, but I think some nice little gifts like these will suffice for now! (I can’t give her the world lol)

  40. Lori says:

    Wow, a person could spend a lot of time shopping on that website! I need a new kitchen scale so would get one of them and I have been wanting a medicine ball…

  41. Stacy says:

    I know I could put $60 towards that rice cooker I’ve been wanting for years!

  42. Anisha says:

    I need a food processor so badly!

  43. avryan says:

    I’m desperately in need of a new blender! I broke mine and I am currently smoothie-less!

  44. veggie365 says:

    After reading your blog for quite a while, I’ve been wishing for both a Magic Bullet (in lieu of the Vitamix that is outside of my budget!) or a stick blender – these would both come in so handy to try some of the awesome recipes you post! Thanks for the great giveaway!

  45. Cellabella says:

    Oh my gosh! I would totally get the panda plate set from CSN, they are so adorable!

  46. *Andrea* says:

    i would LOVE a food processor or magic bullet!

  47. sarah says:

    I don’t own a blender, toaster, or ceramic dishes! New post-college kid on the need for some great stuff for the big girl apartment :)

  48. Marie says:

    For the CSN giveaway, I would definitely invest that 60 dollars in a kitchenaid mixer that I’ve been wanting forever. What a cool giveaway!

  49. Alfreda Michele says:

    I would buy a new blender mine is dying.

  50. I’m in need of a new blender. Mine just frizzled and the processor doesn’t do a very good job.

  51. Nicole P says:

    I would loveee to give my mom a magic bullet! She does sooo much for me and my brother. She deserves it. Truly.

  52. Erica Rose says:

    I’d put it towards a KitchenAid stand mixer. I’m thinking about starting a cupcake business out of my house, and I’d definitely need a stand mixer!!

  53. Hela says:

    hi katie!
    soooo, i´ve been spending some time now on the csn homepage and i´ve found gorgeous stuff!!
    i love making pies and i found that: Emile Henry ‘Bake for the Cause’ 9″ Pink Pie Dish – 696131
    not only is it pink, they donate 10% of sale to Breast Cancer Research :)
    i moved out 2 wks ago and i still don´t have a pie pan! so i really need one.
    with the rest of the money i´d buy Progressive International Avocado Slicer – GT-3654. i love avocados n would welcome everything that make them easier to peel :).
    so, fingers crossed :)

  54. Megan says:

    I would buy a cake pan (lol I thought it was pretty Funny!):

  55. alex says:

    I would definitely buy a food dehydrator. I’ve been wanting one of those forever to make my own veggie crisps and snacks!!!! I am very sensitive to a lot of foods (especially sugar), so I think it would be so much fun to make my own snacks!

  56. megan says:

    I would buy a waffle maker because I love making banana waffles all the time. Plus it would make a great mothers day present/ breakfast:o)

  57. junghwa says:

    i would purchase knife set since mine are really old now.

  58. sue says:

    i would love a new food processor! but the possibilities seem endless!

  59. emily says:

    I would by a magic bullet!! I want one sooo bad!!!

  60. melissa says:

    i would buy a magic bullet because i always see the commercials for them anddd it seems like everyone has one!

    P.S. i totally have the panda bowl that matches the plates!! i am planning to buy the whole set over the summer =P

  61. Grace says:

    I’ve been wanting the Calphalon stainless steel pans for a while…I think I might add the $60 towards buying a set :)

  62. Andrea says:

    I would love to buy a spiralizer!

  63. Yuki says:

    It’s a hard decision to make, but i would definitely want the magic bullet !!

  64. maren says:

    wow so many great options! i think id want an ice cream maker!!

  65. Ariel says:

    I think I’d get a magic bullet– I’ve wanted one for quite some time!

  66. christine says:

    I’d buy the waffle maker– I’ve been using one that I got at walgreens during college and it’s starting to shed its non-stick shell. Time for an upgrade!

  67. keegan says:

    I’d get new baking pans!! So many to choose from… such a great giveaway!

  68. Jess says:

    Oh, I would be all about getting some fun dishes!

  69. Rika says:

    I’d get a mini food processor! or the magic bullet- I need some hassle-free, college culinary items!

  70. virginia says:

    I would either get a food processor/magic bullet or some kind of grill thing! or maybe a frozen yogurt maker?!?!? or maybe some cute lil’ plates?? ahh so many choices i hope i wiiiiin! 😀

  71. Desiree says:

    I would buy knives. Mine are not very high quality and I would love some new ones!

  72. Erin says:

    I would buy a calphalon pot. I have a pan and love it…but need a good pot to cook my oats in. :) mine are old and peeling….

  73. blair says:

    I’d definitely put the $60 towards a panini press! It’s something I’ve wanted for a while but never treated myself to!

  74. Melissa says:

    I would buy a new blender–mine is now making horrible noises every time I attempt to make a smoothie!!!

  75. Sarah L. says:

    I would definitely put the $60 towards buying this beautiful Jaccard mandolin as I have been dreaming about having one in my kitchen: Although it would also be fun to get this spiral slicer: I really want one so I can make veggie noodles more easily.

  76. Alexis says:

    I would get either a cast iron pan, food processor, or mixing bowls – all of which I’ve been meaning to get for so long.

  77. Rachel says:

    I would buy a big blender. The one I have now is old and tiny!

  78. Beth says:

    I’d go with a spiralizer and some new knives. Mine are bad, old, and cheap… time for a serious upgrade!

  79. A.B. says:

    Ooo! I would love to own the EatSmart Nutriton Scale with Digital Food and Nutrient Calculator in Silver. So helpful… and shiny!

  80. J.L. says:

    I would buy the Calphalon One Infused Chef’s Skillet for my Mom (Mother’s Day gift!). Our current wok is almost as old as I am, and I think my Mommy deserves something special. :)

  81. i’d get some floor mat squares for my little guy :)

  82. Samantha says:

    An ice-cream maker! I’ve been dying for one for so long!

  83. Sarah says:

    And i thought i was the only one with a bowl fetish! I literally have two cabnits full of random cups, bowls and plates! Im incapable of walking into a store and not going straight to the bowls!

    If i win i’d definately get a spiralizer! Ive been dreaming about one forever. And then i;d use the rest to get my mom something exciting for mothers day!

  84. Midnite says:

    I’d get a food processor!


  85. michelle says:

    oohhh…i would love to get those french gourmet glass books! they’re so pretty.

  86. Eileen says:

    If I won the give-away I would be torn between what i need (a toner cartridge for my laser printer) and what I want (new bakeware).

  87. Jin says:

    I would invest it in a new food processor for my mom-the plastic bowl is broken and she uses it with it taped!

  88. Shel says:

    Magic Bullet! It’d be so nice not to have to clean my Cuisinart 4 times a day!

  89. Natalie So says:

    i would buy a new colorful dish set! for summertime! just to spice up life

  90. Rebecca says:

    I would get a food processor for sure, I’ve been wanting to make my own hummus for a while now.

  91. Samantha says:

    I would definitely get a food processor! It’s been on my wish list for a while now.

  92. Kate says:

    I would buy some glass storage containers so I won’t be using nasty leaching plastic anymore. I’m done with chemicals that don’t belong!

  93. Kat says:

    I would put the $ towards a Vita-Mix!

  94. Jennifer - jcd says:

    I could really use a GOOD waffle maker, so if I had $60 I would put it towards that. And hurrah, they ship to Canada!!

  95. Oh my goodness… It would be between a magic bullet or a new blender… Or probably a bazillion other things because I can never make up my mind XD

  96. Kelly Michelle says:

    ohh I have been wanting a mandolin but you could get lost in this website. There is so much good stuff I wouldn’t be surprised if I changed my mind 100 times!

  97. Sara says:

    KATIE!!! okay, if I won the 60 buckaroos, I would definitely invest in a food processor. I’m a broke (not really but I’m saving up my dough) college student who would really really benefit from a fp!

  98. Renee says:

    Maybe a vitamix!

  99. Alex says:

    I would use the $60 towards a magic bullet.

  100. Haylee says:

    I would have to go with a magic bullet OR ice cream maker…oh so many possibilities!!!

  101. Karissa Chow says:

    I would get a magic bullet! :)

  102. emilie says:

    i’d love a magic bullet!!!

  103. Lauren says:

    I think would use my $60 towards some fun kitchen tool.. maybe an ice cream maker or one of those kitchen aids…

  104. Kaysie says:

    I would get the mandolin that has the finger protector… have scraped my fingers before!

  105. Karen says:

    I know it’s not food related, but I would love to get my Mom a new sewing machine to thank her for all she does.

  106. Megan says:

    I finally broke down and got the Magic Bullet this weekend (and I’m going to have to hold off on a Vita-Mix for now), so I think I’d use $60 towards something like this: Good suggestion on the site :) I’m so bored with my kitchen, but I’d like to be able to have my basic dishes all in the same scheme at some point. Then throw in random coffee cups, serving dishes, etc. for fun.

  107. Becca says:

    I’d put the $60 toward either a Vita Mix or a mandolin. Or maybe an ice cream maker (mine is too hard to use and I adore the Vegan Scoop recipes). Then again, I might just get some small things that I need … like new chopsticks. :)

  108. Karen says:

    I would probably use the $60 towards exercise equipment/accessories. UNLESS . . . I completely gave into temptation and bought a Vita-Mix!

  109. Naomi says:

    I would put the money toward a spiralizer, and juicer

  110. ouweddingday says:

    Hmmm, I would buy some dishes or an awesome gadget for my kitchen!

  111. Bethany says:

    I would use the $60 to buy a magic bullet and some bakeware (which I desperately need!).

  112. Lisa says:

    Well, I might actually put it toward a crib, because I’ve got a wee one on the way! Though other people’s mentions of Vita-Mix make me think that putting baby in a blanket-lined drawer might TOTALLY be okay. I’d still use the Vita-Mix to make baby food, so it’s not like I don’t love the baby!!! 😉

  113. Rachel says:

    I would definitly use the $60 for a spiralizer or glasses (I am constantly breaking them…oops)

  114. jvegegirl says:

    I’d buy a spiralizer for sure!

  115. runnergirl says:

    I’d probably buy a new food processor!

  116. erin says:

    oh my goodness! i would get a hand blender or a mandoline!

  117. chloe says:

    Magic bullet or some fun bowls/plates/ kitchen gear

  118. Sarah says:

    I would 100% buy a magic bullet for my mum. :)

  119. maija says:

    pyrex storage! i have been guiltily coveting FOREVER.

  120. Eileen says:

    I need a wall-mounted pot rack! So the CSN website would be perfect for me!

  121. susitravl says:

    I would buy these skillets – somehow mine are missing (except for 1). Teenagers live in my house, can you tell?