11 hours ago
Friday, November 16, 2012
After 12 days without heat and electricity last week, we decided to go to my favorite city and check into a hotel and relax for a few nights and get away from the chaos until the lights went back on.
The window was repaired, the tree had been removed from our roof and the hole was fixed. I was tired of sleeping with a hat on my head, so we got out of Dodge.
We stayed in the trendy Meat Packing District, above the Highline, with the most spectacular views of New York City and the Empire State Building. Just sitting at the window looking at that view was good enough for me, though sadly, only a block away, the Chelsea Piers was flooded by the overflowing Hudson River.
Most NYC hotels were offering special "Hurricane Sandy" rates at half the usual rates, and the hotels were packed with Sandy refugees, everyone telling their tales of woe and how that miserable bitch (Sandy), impacted their lives.
We stayed indoors most of the time, happy to have heat, a hot shower and hair dryer and a tv to watch movies and news! However, we did leave our room to go out and eat some fabulous food (but of course!).
2 days in a row, I had the best breakfast. A Murray's bagel with a smoked salmon and sturgeon platter, cream cheese, red onion, capers a must. Why can't I get that in Jersey?
A delicious lunch at the always crowded Pastis, Keith McNally's pretend French bistro that serves pretty damn good, not pretend French bistro fare.
Husband had the Croque Monsieur that was the size of a pizza!
and I had a delicious Pan Bagnat with tuna confit, hard boiled eggs (capers again) and roasted red peppers.
A few blocks from our hotel we stumbled upon a wonderful little farmer's market with gorgeous produce, breads and cheeses.
We visited our dear friends Sarah & Alex who welcomed us into their apartment with delicious gougeres and champagne and made us feel warm and happy.
Being in the city for those few days really recharged my batteries and reminded me of all the reasons I write this food blog.
The delicious food and the delicious people.
And if you haven't visited New York City yet, what are you waiting for?!
I love New York.
Have a nice weekend.