I heart New York







We walked, ate, drank, looked, ate some more, strolled, shopped, gawked, sipped, and ate again. Intense is the best way to describe life as a New York City visitor. Here is a list of the best of the best from this trip: Best museum exhibit: The Loving Story at the International Center of Photography. Best meal: braised pork shoulder at Birreria in Eataly. Best drink: Gin and Tonic at Gaby in Hotel Sofitel. Best breakfast: Oatmeal and large latte at Le Pain Quotidien. Best hike no. 1: Crossing Brooklyn Bridge by foot. Best macarons: Maison Ladurée. Best art: Kim Abeles' Smog Collectors at Museum of Art and Design. Best hike no. 2: The high line. Best home store: Ochre in Soho. Best art no. 2 Lee Nam Lee: Ming and Chung dynsasty paintings: crossover at MAD. Best craft store: Purl Soho. Best craft store no. 2: Tender Buttons. Best run: the path around the reservoir in Central Park. Of course there was much more, and much that was missed. I am already compiling a list for the next visit.











NYC here we come

Ever since my first visit at the tender age of less than 20 I have loved this city. New York is magical, it oozes of  creativity and energy and style. I love the pace, the abundance, the tackiness, the colors, the people... This time me and my love are spending an extra long weekend in its midst. I am so excited to return. PS. Last minute suggestions are most welcome...


new york first hand

We are back from our wonderful road trip that culminated in New York. As predicted there was not enough time for all the things on our wish list, but just being in this fantastic city for a few days was a genuine treat. We walked in Central Park several times, visited the American Museum of Natural History (highlight for the boys), strolled around the village, listened to music in Washington Square, ate fabulous meals, especially the dinner at Sel et Poivre on Lexington Avenue, and toured Columbia University, where my oldest son hopes to attend college.
 
Near our hotel we witnessed night time filming for an upcoming movie called Did you hear about the Morgans? with Meryl Streep in one of the leading roles (no we did not actually see her, but just the idea that she was nearby was good enough). We had breakfast at Le Pain Quotidien every morning, complete with organic granola, baskets of baguette, tasty jams, and big bowls of double-shot lattes. There was a tiny bit of shopping too. I found some mother-of-pearl buttons at Tender Buttons on 62nd street, and a few yards of beautiful reproduction cotton fabric at Purl Patchwork. We had a wonderful time, just long enough to lust for the next visit...
 

off to new york

New York City is the destination for our spring break family trip in early April. I am so excited. It was a long, long time since my last visit, and the boys have never seen this fantastic city. If you are a New York native, or a just a frequent visitor, I would love to hear about that favorite restaurant, fabric store, diner, consignment shop, art gallery, or hidden garden. The more ideas the better...