Monday, 22 June 2009

A Grand Time

partly sunny, warm, temps mid-70`s

A perfect day! Rain has disappeared for the moment - apparently it`s rained for almost 20 days solid. We arrived yesterday between rains - but it teemed down on a street fair we were about to visit, and washed it out, yesterday.

this morning we met Dan in the W for breakfast, then scooted out into the sunshine. Perfect temp. And not humid. Went to the Waldorf-Astoria (just across the street) to visit and pay homage to the Cole Porter piano in the lobby. Ooohed and Aaahed our way across all the great avenues...park, Madison...then on to Fifth Avenue and Saks. Michael bought four fabulous bow ties (the kind you tie yourself, of course!) I hope he wears one out to dinner with Hope and Charlie tonight.

Had dinner last night at a terrific Greek restaurant called the Avra - wonderful fish. Strolled home arm in arm.

Having dinner tonight at the DB Bistro Moderne on 44th street near Fifth Avenue.

Tomorrow we`re up bright and early to go to Rockefeller Plaza to watch the Today Show, then off for breakfast at a place Marjorie recommended (see comments). We have all day to walk and marvel. Want to visit the Frick Museum, and walk in Central Park.

Have reservations tomorrow night at Michael`s favorite restaurant in New York. The Oyster Bar in Grand Central Station. Such fun! Mind you, we`re not exactly specialists in NYC restaurants, so if people have recommendations, please send them along. If we can`t do it for this trip I`ll save them for the next.

By the way, you`re having just a wonderful time in New York!


lil Gluckstern said...

Apparently, you were blogging while I was commenting...I am having a wonderful time eating--without the calories! I was raised in NYC, and it is a great city, precisely for its variety of wonderful things to do. Enjoy!

Louise Penny Author said...

Dear Lil,

Thanks! But I wish you could take the calories from me! Oh well, with luck we walk it all off. Or learn not to care.

Anonymous said...

Hi Louise,

It's Kris, from the bookclub call on Friday night. So great to talk with you.

My favorite (and very affordable) New York restaurant of the moment is Southern Hospitality.

If you enjoy bbq, fried chicken and other southern dishes, this is the place. It's actually owned by Justin Timberlake and many of the recipes are those belonging to his grandmother.

They even have a Swamp Water drink that comes in a plastic beach bucket and has gummy worms "swimming" in it. From your previous comment (Shirley Temple) it sounds like you might not drink, but the gummies are right up your alley.

Have a great visit to the my favorite city!

Elizabeth said...

My 20-year-old son, James, is a bow tie wearer (the do-it-yourself type, it goes without saying). This is probably a result of his attendance at St. Albans School in Washington, D.C., where Dr. Piazza, the head of the Upper School always appeared with one. If you visit the website of UTMP (University of Toronto Mock Parliament) and click onto the executive you can see James sporting his. I think he's imitating Tucker Carlson, formerly of PBS. Michael Enright, host of CBC Radio's Sunday Morning, spoke recently about bow ties and the sort of men who choose to wear them. Very thought provoking.

Louise Penny Author said...

Dear Kris,

Thanks for the suggestion! Will check out the website...we love bbq, and the swamp water is perfect...might combine it. A real B-grade movie...Shirley Temple in "Swamp Water".

It's gonna be big!

Louise Penny Author said...

Hi Elizabeth,

What fun! Will access the sites...and find Michael Enright's comments. I'm sure they are confident, kindly, handsome and thoughtful. Brave and loyal. and named Michael - and James.