Kelly came to visit this weekend and we had a blast! Friday a.m. I had her up at the crack of dawn to go into the city with me. School lasted four hours, so she strolled through the Big Apple all on her own; hitting Macy’s, Whole Foods, and getting some NY Pizza! After class ended, we went to Battery Park and took the ferry over to see the Statue of Liberty. It was ice cold and met some French tourists that said, “Viva, Obama!” We stopped by Ground Zero and Trinity Church, then hopped on the Metra to have dinner at Candle 79. It was by far one of the best meals I’ve had here in Manhattan. It is a vegetarian restaurant, darkly lit, with two levels of seating. We started out with grilled artichokes/mushroom appetizer. Kelly had the Piccata Seitan and I had the Pomegrante Temph. Dessert was an almond-joy little bit of heaven.
The next morning we took part in the Sex & The City tour. It was great fun with stops for Magnolia’s cupcakes and Cosmopolitans at O’Nieal’s. Afterwards, we headed to Tavern on The Green for lunch and met up with Lou and Kelly’s son Chris. Saturday’s have no wait and the setting is so serene. Check out the site. It was so cold, we hired Imean to drive us on the bike taxi over to Central Park. I’ve never laughed so hard. The bike chain was skipping gears because of all the weight in the cab. Other bikers were helping him push us up the hill. We ended up giving him a big tip because we knew the next day he would have no feelings left in his legs! We cruised through Central Park for a bit and then watched the sun set at Top of the Rock. We stumbled upon a great find and had dinner at Le Petit un deux trois. The manager “Johnny from Brooklyn” said to call him about doing my internship there and Kelly said she would come visit again and just sit at the bar while I worked. The cheese platter was some of the best cheeses around. We had cream of cauliflower soup, Lou had escargot, and Chris ended up with a smoked fish platter. The whole thing was topped off with a wonderful bottle of Bordeaux. The last stop of the evening was to see the broadway show Wicked. This morning we cooked up a great breakfast, got one last shopping trip in, and headed to the airport! It was so much fun having Kelly and Chris here. She of course has shin splints from all the walking and frost bite on her ears, but I’m hoping she’ll come back for another visit! Ciao-