This past week I was in New York City for the first time in nearly ten years, and I’m feeling terribly romantic about the city again. Husband and I both had to be there for work, but we flew in a few days early to enjoy ourselves a little. And enjoy ourselves we did! Great eats, a great show, fabulous shopping and a whole lot of sunshine. We really lucked out – it was 70 and beautiful all weekend. The best thing? Newsies on Broadway. I’ve never been big on musicals, but the husband loves them, particularly Newsies. And a friend of his was in the show! We had amazing seats (Thank you Aaron!) The show was so much fun, and besides Aaron, there were three guys we recognized from So You Think You Can Dance. So much talent! And oy, the restaurants in NYC are unbelievable. So much good food. Here are a few pics from the weekend and a few places I’d highly recommend, which I found mostly based on recommendations from a few of my amazing friends.
Carnegie Deli and their fantastic pickles
Soup Dumplings at Joe’s Shanghai
Rosa Mexicano makes fresh guacamole at the table
Everything at Philippe, particularly the duck (oh the duck!)
Steak Frites de L’Entrecôte (just like Paris!)
PJ Clarke’s has great parmesan tots and bread pudding
Great Italian and great service at Osteria al Doge
Yaffa Cafe and their famous carrot dressing
Zio – we did drinks and appetizers, but I’d love to go back for dinner
So much good food! I can’t wait to go back and try more!
I realized the other day that six months have already passed since our wedding. Oh how time flies!
And it’s starting to feel like forever since our honeymoon… I wish we could go back to Europe. Now.
It was such a magical two weeks. Italy. Paris. We could have spent forever there.
So many favorites. Florence was amazing, filled with art and fantastic sculptures on every corner, but my favorite was Pandemonio – the best meal I’ve ever had in my life. The sweetest little hole in the wall, where we were served by Mama herself, and drank way too much limoncello on the house.
Venice was lovely, with the waterways and lack of streets, it felt a bit like Disneyland. I literally teared up the second we walked off the train and into Rome. It was like stepping into a history book. The Colosseum was breathtaking, and we really enjoyed wine with every meal, but the best was discovering our favorite new dessert – panna cotta. One of these days I’ll try my hand at it.
And Paris, oh Paris. We could have stayed forever. Just the streets, every building was beautiful. The gardens and parks dotting the city. So many sweet cafes for sipping cappuccinos and people watching. Endless museums with hours of beauty – the Louvre’s line was endless, Musée d’Orsay was closed due to a strike, and the Musee de l’Orangerie ended up being the perfect museum for our half day. It looked tiny from the outside, but seemed to go on and on downstairs, and the main rooms were filled with Monet paintings spanning the length of the walls. Surreal. And Ladurée. Those famous macarons. It’s no joke folks, those cookies are a tasty little dream. And while the historic restaurant Polidor was incredibly delicious and where we had the most quintessential european dinner experience – with shared bread, tables, and conversations all night, it wasn’t quite my favorite meal in the city. It was just barely beat out by our incredible experience at L’Entrecôte.
The best steak-frites you’ll ever have. Sensing a trend? I think next time we’ll eat our way through Eastern Europe.
This was our second weekend in a row in Portland, last weekend for a birthday and this one for a wedding. I always think of Seattle as such an amazing city for food, but Portland has really blown my mind these past few days. Peruvian tapas, the best biscuits & gravy in the country, maple bars with bacon and the most fantastic selection of food carts I’ve ever seen. And stellar service at every single place. I don’t know what they put in the water in Portland, but every person we encountered seemed to love their craft and love sharing it. Even at the hotel and shops. We’re putting it on our list of possible retirement locations – so much happy.
top: broccoli rabe scramble with fresh chevre at irving st kitchen
and a killer selection from voodoo doughnuts
bottom: breakfast nachos and the famous biscuits & gravy from mother’s bistro
top: our friends’ fabulous wedding at the Portland World Trade Center
bottom: Andina aftermath and the hilarious confetti on my reception plate
top: the library and bubbly at the urban farmer, drinks at the the top of the nines: departure
bottom: the best hangover cures at the original, more rooftop fun at departure
Two perfect weekends. We’ll be back, soon.
My darling husband and I did a little bar hopping last night for our date night. A glass of wine for me and a beer for him, plus an appetizer to share at each stop. So fun! If you’re in Seattle, check out Capitol Club for a lovely, long happy hour (until 8!) and fantastic falafel; Kiki for their Pork Belly Fried Rice; and 611 Supreme for the best crepes in town and a delicious drink menu.
The shot of the fried rice is a little sad, but we had scarfed most of it down before I thought to snap a picture off! We’re so fortunate having so many great eateries around us. Makes for a quick trip home once we’ve stuffed ourselves.