So I have to be honest, my first New York weekend constituted a lot of recovery…I was tired! However I did manage to get certain things accomplished.
First, I had to kick off my first Friday NYC happy hour with some margaritas. I met my amazing publisher, Tenisha Anderson of Qlix Magazine, at Zengo for some Mexican tapas and flatbreads – and of course some margaritas. We were joined later
Then a heat wave swept across the States this past Saturday, and left us with a gorgeous sunny day in the mid-50s! So what did I do? I met a previous colleague and friend, Scott Murphy, for brunch at Coffee Shop NYC in Union Square. And we enjoyed our coffee and omelets outside!
Afterwards we strolled through the farmer’s market attempting to find the perfect sized onions to make cocktail onions – anyone have any suggestions on finding such teeny specimens? Then, before meeting some of his colleagues, we discovered this amazing sort of kitchen warehouse store full of anything and everything you would like to have in your kitchen. After some Google research (there was no sign outside), I found that it is dubbed Broadway Restaurant Supply. Seriously – if you need bar-ware, plates, platters, juicers, pitchers, fryers, knives, giant grill brushes, and so on – all for about 1/4 of the price – GO HERE! I now am the happy owner of a new double-hinged wine key, of which I paid $3 for. Cheers to you, Broadway Restaurant Supply! I’ll be seeing you again soon!
That evening I admit I stayed in and watched movies while…um…working. However it was at least on the couch with feet propped up with popcorn! The following day I enjoyed several hours of reading The New York Times, in New York! Yes, I got really excited about that. I then got my nails done (btw did you know that manicures and pedicures are so much cheaper in New York than in Chicago?! Believe it!) in Essie’s Smokin’ Hot that may have to become a staple – it apparently sold out of the salon last season – but then again what deep gray purple shade wouldn’t?
Finally, I met Tenisha again at the Grand Central Barnes & Noble to grab the last issue it was carrying of Monocle Magazine (coincidentally, there was a big article on Monocle’s founder, Tyler Brûlé, in that day’s New York Times). We then went over to Marquita’s adorable apartment in Harlem, shared a bottle of wine, and watched movies and caught up – apparently the three of us will live in a house boat in Spain one day. That will be a whole other blog series!