I don’t even know where there last month has gone. Work has been insane to say the least. In the last four weeks I’ve been in NYC, New Orleans, Orange County, Ft Lauderdale…and that was all just for work. For Memorial Day the husband and I threw the dogs in the car and made a road trip to Mid-Mo. That’s right..Ozarks baby.
Ok, I’m long over due in adding some recipes which I promise to get to but in the meantime..I have a few things about my business trips I want to share. This last time I was in NYC on business I stayed in the Chelsea area for work. At the Maritime hotel and then Google for business was all good. Then I opted to stay a few extra days to spend with my sister-in-law. I’ve been lucky enough to go to NYC several times. I’ve done as much of the tourist route as I care to do and I was really looking forward to having a couple of days with no real agenda. Friday I woke up in Hoboken and found my way to a local restaurant for a conference call and free wifi. About 1 o’clock I caught the train into the city with nothing but my iPhone and my instincts to guide me.
Without a plan or a care I can honestly say that I had the very best visit to NYC that I’ve ever had. Friday was spent wandering from Union Square up Broadway. I browsed through a store called Fishs Eddy. It’s mostly a dish store, and I’m an admitted dish whore. I was in heaven. If you haven’t been there before and you’re going to be in the area…make stop. As I was checking out I was chatting with the cashier who asked me where I was headed next. For lunch, I’m feeling the need for a burger I say. As she thinks I happen to add that I wouldn’t mind a beer. That was apparently the magic word. A quick and insistent set of directions later I find myself a few blocks over at Pete’s Tavern. Billed as the “Oldest continuously operating bar and restaurant in NYC” how could I go wrong. I wind up at a sidewalk table with a beer, my book and the sun on back. Heaven continues.
After lunch I continue my wander up Broadway and at some point cross over to Avenue of the Americas. While waiting for my sister-in-law to get off work I stumble across Bryant Park. None other than the location for Fashion Week, and being a die-hard Project Runway fan and knowing this is where Fashion Week takes place I have to sit myself down and relax with my book and just take it all in. Finally I meet my sister and she has an agenda. Grand Central Station was the first stop which was really cool to see. Then we hop a train to the upper west side. For those not familiar this is where “new” money goes to view the Park. We walk a few blocks, across a gravel path and some random traffic coming off the Henry Hudson Parkway we came to a set of stairs. Down we go and we wind up right along the river at a place called the Boat Basin Cafe. Truly a hidden gem and a place that made me feel like an insider. Gorgeous sunset, cocktails and bar food, you can’t really go wrong. Check it out.
Ok, I could go on about my brunch and walking tour of Hoboken and all that but I’ve rambled long enough. All I have to say is a big thanks to my sister for showing me a great time. If you’ve ever been to NYC more than once I highly recommend taking a “wandering” day or two. Don’t set an agenda just explore the neighborhoods. It was my very best trip to NYC ever and I finally see why people might like living there :-). I’m happy in Chi-town..but I get it now.
Ok, I wasn’t trying to catch you up on everything. There’s a few more trips to comment on (well not Orange County or Ft Lauderdale) but more to come and recipes..i swear.