Friday, June 29, 2007
We actually had a few delightful meals yesterday, our first "free day" in NY. We also visited with Cheryl and Curt and Loren...one last visit to their apartment before they move into their exciting renovated co-op along the East River. We got a chance to see the new digs pre-renovation...with a side trip to the roof-top deck, which on warm NY days will make them the envy of all their friends. Cheryl and Curt took us to the cozy John's Pizza near their apartment. We sat out back and shared a REALLY nice bruschetta pizza from a wood oven. Really really hit the spot.
After leaving them to tuck Loren in for the evening, Jeff and I strolled down 1st Ave. to pass by the United Nations buildings. We had not seem the UN before...and the complex isn't that "impressive" from the street...but you can get a sense of the grand things that go on inside.
After resting our tired feet a bit, we ended our day with a few drinks at a lounge called Therapy. Hip music. Hip decor. A fun time...and we could actually sit...bonus. After our Therapy session, the temperatures were too lovely not to walk back to our hotel...not a short walk, but worth it. We found a Ray's Pizza along the way and stopped in for a slice.
A cool shower and soft bed felt REALLY good after a long day of walking.
One curiosity for the day. While we were in SOHO, we did run across the Apple store, where a couple hundred (maybe?) people were camped out waiting for the release of the new iPhone. It was like a scene from Let's Make a Deal...everyone dressed up with signs trying to get noticed by the swarming news cameras. I'm sure the place was a TOTAL zoo by 6pm when the phone went on sale.
Thursday, June 28, 2007
Today is a tad bit cooler. My client meeting was much more receptive and productive. And Jeff is finally here...his flight from SF was VERY late (1am) due to horrible weather delays. (Before you have too much sympathy, Jeff did get upgraded on his flight and got extra wine and champagne as his flight circled JFK.)
Oh, and before I forget to mention it: a really nice lunch today at Ecco, a really nice Italian "saloon" in the Financial District. I had a really tasty lobster ravioli.
Can't WAIT for dinner!! I really do love NY.
Wednesday, June 27, 2007
The positives: my morning latte, a yummy lunch at Boston's cozy Green Dragon Tavern (roots back to 1657), catching an early train to NYC, catnaps brought on by the gentle sway of the train, a fantastic hotel room at the W in NYC with a view of the Empire State Building, hip cocktails with my traveling companion Ellis, and a grand lightening show out my window as I drift off to sleep.
All great stuff :)
I'll leave the rants for another day.
[Note to Curt: I know I haven't written you yet...I'm a bit behind...I will...don't flame me on my blog for being a bad friend :) ]
Tuesday, June 26, 2007
Also, a hearty THANK YOU to my buddy (and avid blog reader) Sean for his Boston food tips. At Sean's recommendation, we tried Durgin-Park in the Faneuil Hall Market. These folks love to draw attention to their 100+ years of existence..."YOUR GRANDFATHER & PERHAPS YOUR GREAT GRANDFATHER DINED WITH US TOO" and "ESTABLISHED BEFORE YOU WERE BORN". Its unabashedly kitschy, but their simple but hearty seafood dishes held up nicely to the hype. We were offered a spot on the outside terrace, but the hot and sticky air drove us downstairs to the cool (and lively) bar area. We topped off dinner with a house specialty, the strawberry shortcake. Yum.
Over the past week, since we learned the tree was going to be removed, I've been noticing the tree more. There is one particularly loud bird that perches on the longest of the limbs. Every morning, his complex song greets the sun as it peeks over the hills. I think he will miss the tree most of all.
Nevertheless, I don't think the world will take any notice. It seems that we're a bit preoccupied with Paris Hilton's jail departure outfit: "a sage jacket with white trim over a white shirt and skinny jeans".
So, rather than dwell on the fate of the tree [its probably down by now], I will share the view of my Hilton window in Boston's Financial District. In a large city, a corner room is a bonus, although a view would help :)
Saturday, June 23, 2007
So, in lieu of tree removal stories, I present a photo from my latte-run this morning. The photo doesn't really need explanation, although I am curious if there is something intentional about the car and its banged up state. The car has been in the same spot for a few days, so I'm suspicious that it was planted there for some artistic or commercial reason. Perhaps I'm just trying to stretch this rather mundane story into an entire post :)
Wednesday, June 20, 2007
Nope. After our neighbor notified us that this dead pine tree would come out starting at 8am this morning, we returned home to a view of a dead pine tree.
The world's events do not seem to be aware of my blogging needs.
[Update: Our theory now is that today's periodic high winds most likely squashed the tree extraction. Tonight, the gusts are particularly strong...as we listen to the dead limbs creak. We're sure glad that OUR house isn't downhill from the tree!]
Tuesday, June 19, 2007
So, when some of my dear colleagues dropped in for a meeting--welcome to Karen and Ed and Ken and Sandy--then I jumped at the excuse for a fun evening out. There wasn't a disappointed palette at our table. In short, the fried chicken was amazing, which means that I'll have to have a runoff with Firefly's fried chicken, which I raved about in a previous post.
The great thing about having friends visit is that conversations go quickly beyond the normal work chatter and into the bizarre corners of our personalities. Last night was no exception. The conversation ran the gamut from the code of ethics for evil beings (yes, apparently they live by a code of conduct) to the monetary cost of sin (a 12% surcharge according to one private school).
Hmmm, perhaps that was the mojitos talking :)
Sunday, June 17, 2007
But one of tonight's headlines was truly blogworthy: "Squirrel goes on rampage, injures three". This story from the Reuters desk in Berlin told the riveting story of "an aggressive squirrel [that] attacked and injured three people in a German town" before being killed by a 72-year-old man's crutch.
Although...in all fairness...this was closely followed by "Toddler served margarita in a sippy cup."
I love getting my news from the Internet. Global warming? Never heard of it. But I do know that one of Milan's airports was closed when its runways were overrun with mating wild rabbits.
We ventured across the Golden Bate Bridge and into the Marin Headlands to visit a craggy piece of land that sticks out into the entrance of the Bay. Firmly atop this sliver of rock is the Point Bonita lighthouse. Built in 1855, this lighthouse was originally accessed via a natural rocky path, which eroded away. In 1954, a suspension bridge (below) was constructed. Today, the Park Service tightly controls foot traffic over this creaky bridge...only two people are allowed on the bridge at once...which can lead to some queues at both ends.
After our visit to Point Bonita, we drove into Sausalito for lunch at our favorite waterfront restaurant--Paradise Cove. We got a perfect table right on the water, looking out at the sailboats.
On the drive home, I spotted this rickety old VW van being carried home to roost in San Francisco.
I also had to share this shot of Matthew catching a cat nap as we sat in a tiny bit of bridge traffic.
Friday, June 15, 2007
1. Head: "Saw top off skull; remove brains; rinse brains under cold running water for three hours. Poach brains. Boil head until meat leaves bone. Cut off ears; peel skin off tongue. Press ears for 12 hours, then dehydrate for 6 more in 100 degree oven. Use liquid to cook meatballs and beans. Fry in pork fat.meatballs and beans. Fry in pork fat. Serve tongue, head meat, and diced skin with meatballs, beans, and fried ears."
2. Tail: "Cook, wrapped in caul fat, and stuff with foie gras."
3. Brains: "Scramble with eggs into a dripping, creamy omelet."
Mmmmmm, mmmmmmm, good! That's good pig. (I had chicken for dinner last night.)
Wednesday, June 13, 2007
[Update: I've come to a sad realization. After I posted this entry, my headache returned, so I cried uncle and ran downstairs to the Hilton gift shop. I bought Excedrin and a Starbucks Doubleshot. One (or both) of these totally erased my headache. Hmmm, since I didn't have a latte this morning (recall the forgotten wallet), can someone say caffeine withdrawal. Sigh, I hope not...I only have one silly latte in the morning...its one of my daily pleasures.
Also, James requested a happy photo to reflect my improved mood. I don't have photos from St. Michaels on my laptop...so how about a Bay to Breakers pic with a Stranger getting goosed by another Stranger.]
Monday, June 11, 2007
OK, well...after looking through my pictures and Jeff's, I've decided that I like Jeff's pics of Benjamin better. Anyway...Hi Ben :)