02 June 2012

NYC: the food

We tried to take photos of all the food we ate, just so I could do a blog post about it. Honestly - eating in NY was one of the best parts about it.

Street meat. Our friend has been telling us about THE BEST gyro cart. When we called him to find out where it was - it was only a few blocks away from us. It was delicious - and messy.

This little treat was staring at us from a window. We stared at it through the window for quite some time before we decided to take him home with us. We also bought an almond thing like this, but ate it before we could get a picture.

At a Cuban restaurant. I'm the one who requested Cuban, but after we ate all this food I remembered that what I had wanted to try was a Cuban pressed sandwich.  Here we had roasted chicken - SO GOOD, shrimp creole, avocado salad, fried plantains, and creamy chicken pasta. 

a little ice cream cone from someone with a cooler on a cart.

italian ice - yummo.

Seriously good salad! Which I almost forgot to take a photo of. I want to recreate this at home.

This root beer was all fancy and natural. But it didn't actually taste very good. 

NY slice

First thing I got - a pretzel. It actually wasn't that good. It was pretty dry and they all looked like that. The mustard did make it a bit better. And we still ate it, of course.

macarons! I'd never tasted these before and I thought they couldn't be that great because they're all shades of pastel.  But I was wrong. They are SO good. I've even tried making my own since being back.

flavors: almond, orange blossom, coconut, lavender & honey, lemon, chocolate ginger, creme brulee, and pistachio

cute little bottle - and the drink was good too.

samosas - my fave. but the mint chutney was not as good  as I'm used to.

can't go wrong with chicken tikka masala
a little chocolate gelato...

...which we bought from this adorable place. Everything inside looked SO good! I got mango gelato.

And there you have it. We enjoyed (pretty much) every last crumb of it.

31 May 2012


Last month we went to visit my sister Emily in NYC. She lives in Manhattan with her husband. But they are leaving soon, and we decided we needed to visit them before they leave.

My mom and dad came to stay with the kids - which was very nice of them. Thanks Mom and Dad.

It was a great trip - we did lots of things we'd never done before. I'd only been to NY once before and only for an afternoon. Dan goes all the time for business, but he's usually in a different part of the city. Here are some of the pics I took.

My dad and Henry

Twinners - my mom and me.

no burgers and shakes allowed!

We loved that there were so many details in the old buildings. This was in the lobby of Emily's apartment building.

We passed this Ray's Pizza - but I don't think it was the REAL Ray's.

The signs at the Lego Store at 30 Rockefeller Plaza ...

... were all made of mini figures.

detail of a doorway

Empire State Building

from the top of the Empire state building
inside the New York Public Library - it was SO cool!

The New York Public Library

We were too late to make it into the Guggenheim. Next time.

City of New York Central Substation

Times Square. I hated it there - it was stimulation overload. We didn't even walk through.

St. Patrick's Cathedral

Don't go all kung fu on the train - or do. It's hard to tell.

Sorry for the lighting - Cy and Emily


I love me a Japanese garden - in the Brooklyn Botanic Garden


bluebells - Brooklyn Botanic Garden 

cherry blossoms - Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Brooklyn Bridge - we walked across from the Brooklyn side.

Purl Soho - had to stop in.

tile detail on a subway stair

We figured we walked about 20 miles the whole weekend, but if we weren't walking - we were taking the subway.

hex windows at the Cloisters

doorway at the Cloisters

courtyard at the Cloisters

heading home

To sum up: We had a great trip. We slept in every day, did whatever we wanted to, got to see a lot of cool stuff. I'm glad I don't live in NY - there are way too many people. This trip also helped me remember that I'm grateful to be a mom and get to stay home with my kids. 

03 May 2012