Our day started with a visit to Le Pain Quotidien, a Belgian style patisserie that has a LOT of locations around Manhattan. I enjoyed a lovely bowl of coffee (why isn’t coffee ALWAYS served in a bowl?) and a pain au chocolate. My dad wasn’t overly excited about the place, and we both thought it was a bit expensive for what it was. Having said that, I thoroughly enjoyed my croissant and coffee. The restaurant is kind of cool, with some small tables for two or four, and one long rustic wooden family style table for larger groups.
I fell in love with this little poodle. I wish I’d gotten a photo of his owner too. he had a rainbow dyed goatee and chipped purple nail polish on his fingernails. He was a super nice chatty guy. New Yorkers are MUCH friendlier than they’re given credit for!
Next we headed to Magnolia Bakery. You know, the one made famous by Sex and the City. I usually avoid places made popular by celebrities, but it was right across the street from where we were so I thought what the hell?
I bought a cupcake because that seemed to be the thing to do but I was pretty ‘meh’ about it. It tasted OK but certainly not better than a cupcake I could make myself.
Then again, I’m a wicked baker. (And modest too – ha ha!)
I’m glad I tried it, but would I spend $3.50 again? No way!
This is The Dakota, where John Lennon lived and the unfortunate location of where he was killed by Mark David Chapman in 1980. I’ve been here before, but wanted to revisit the John Lennon Memorial at Strawberry Fields across the street in Central Park.
The last time I was here it was really quiet and there were hardly any tourists. Colourful paper cranes peppered the memorial and it was just lovely. This time however, I was a little put off by the lineup of people waiting to sit on the memorial to get their photo taken.
I have a reverence for memorials, and even though it’s not his actual grave or anything it seemed sort of disrespectful to sit on it. And why do we humans feel the need to have our photo taken with everything? I don’t get it, but maybe that’s just me. Rant over!
There was a guy sitting on a bench nearby playing “Imagine” on an acoustic guitar very quietly. It really is a beautiful tribute to a beautiful man.
A trip to New York City wouldn’t be complete with a walk through Central Park. We were approaching a foot bridge and there were a bunch of people gathered around with camera’s. I thought “Oh, is there a celebrity picnicking or something?” but no, it was a bird. A Night Heron to be exact. I thought it was a king fisher at first but a guy near me told me that the night heron os the most rare of all the herons seen in the park. Of course my little point and shoot wasn’t able to get a decent shot. Boo.
We revisited The Metropolitan Museum of Art to see the modern masters this time. I just can’t get enough of this stuff! You’d think I’d be sick to death of Picasso after going to his museum in both Malaga and Barcelona, but NO! Give me more! The Met didn’t disappoint.
The rooftop garden had a super interesting installation by a Pakistani artist named Imran Qureshi. At first glance it looks like a blood bath has occurred, but on closer inspection you see blossoms and blooms in intricate designs and patterns that emerge from the splashes of blood red paint.
I snapped this at a street side market on my way to meet up with some other bloggers who were doing a house sit in New York while I was there, the Globetrotter Girls! We grabbed a coffee and had a wander through the local flea market. I was so happy to meet up with them, they’re as cool and nice in person as they are on their blog. Check it out!
I remembered stumbling across this when I was in New York a few years ago and didn’t realize it was a regular fixture in the park. There are some roller bladers, but most of the people are kicking it old school with roller skates. With a DJ cranking out tunes in the middle and skaters dancing around them in circles, I was really wishing I had some roller disco skills…
The view from inside the Time Warner Complex in Columbus Circle.
We had dinner at Bar Boulud that night, and I can honestly say this just might be the best salad I’ve ever had in my entire life. (In the top 3 at least!)
Roasted beets, arugula, iberico ham, manchego cheese drizzled with a vinaigrette to die for. All I can say is just HOW can a humble salad be so damned good? I had a pretty delectable Belgian beer with it and we finished our evening with a gelato at their deli right next door. Pistachio and sour cherry anyone? I was enjoying it so much I forgot to take a photo!