(Photo by C.N.N.)
Sorry for my silence, but last week was pretty busy with three performances to see, a two day trip to Boston for a panel, and one big work party. And to top it off, my lovely parents came up for a visit over the weekend! We had a great time ambling around the city all three days. The weather was perfect, my RA behaved, and I took a wee little vacation from my weightwatching diet in order to splurge on a few amazing culinary experiences:
The eating extravaganza began at Brick Lane, my favorite Indian restaurant in the city, which is named after a famous street in London crammed full of Indian restaurants and markets. I used to eat out there when I lived in London, so this place makes me happily nostalgic and has AMAZING food. They even make my favorite kind of naan (peshawari, which comes with a buttery glaze and is a perfect combination of salty and sweet.) Given that we spent five hours walking all over Central Park that day (minus a brief respite from the heat here for a glass of wine), I felt I deserved it.
Saturday, we were back on our feet (mine were sore but holding out OK) for the delectable walking food tour of the West Village. If you live in New York and like food and history, or if you are coming to New York and like food and history, sign up for one of these. I've also done the Chelsea Market tour, and it was as scrumptious as this one. We ate pizza, cannoli, cheese, cuban delicacies, oatmeal chocolate chip cookies and more.
Quite simply, it was one of the best ways to spend a sunny Saturday afternoon in the city.
We did give our stomachs and feet a bit of a rest, but not for long, because that night, we marched on down to Spice Market for the tasting menu. My parents and I loved it. The evening breeze and open air were so inviting, and the food was, well, worth the 2.2 lbs I gained eating it.
Sunday we spent trying to recharge the economy a bit. Then we recharged ourselves at a restorative yoga class, which felt soooo good. I think the teacher must have known how much we had been on our feet that weekend because she started us out with our legs up the wall for a good 15 minutes of badly needed bliss.
Then, clearly it was time to eat again, so we headed to Sfoglia and enjoyed swoon-worthy Italian food in their rustic, sweet little cellar room. It was a great way to end a most perfect trip!
I think the sunshine helped give me a burst of energy because it was a pretty jampacked few days. It was so great to have my parents around to help me with things like going to the grocery store, too. I know it will be a little while before they get back up here again, but I really hope the sun won't stay away too long. It was amazing how much better I felt with the sun on my face and no layers on. The sudden change in the weather on Monday showed up in my wayward right index finger and in nearly giving me a migraine (I managed to head it off thanks to wonder drugs!).
Ah, New York, you were good to be in this weekend.