Here I am flying home with my head literally in the clouds! (My husband always teases me about that as I’m such a dreamer). It was great visiting my Daughter Stephanie in NYC and really enjoyed all the Fall sights and cool weather. I spent time with family and friends and of course had some of the best food in the World. I get so inspired to be creative in both cooking and gardening after a visit to New York. My favorite place is Central Park and seeing every type of plant and tree imaginable and set in backdrops that are magnificent is amazing. Clearly, nature at its finest with a feeling of grand elegance and topped off by history with all the Statutes around the entire park. Walking around the farmers market is always so fantastic. To see such a selection of fruits, vegetables, fresh breads, eggs, local honey, and beautiful lavender is great. I tried some tri-colored chards that I sauteed with some onions and celery and used as a base to plate my roasted pork tenderloin with heirloom tomatoes. I also picked up a celery root and made a great Greek salad adding the fresh root. The leaves you get with the root are great in a light soup with peas and rice. Another idea for the leaves is to make a pesto with garlic and then add some cream cheese or even fat free yogurt and spices for a great dip or salad dressing .
I think the best thing about visiting New York is to just observe all the chatter around you. For example staying at my Daughters apt is like being a part of a sitcom. She lives on a beautiful tree lined street in an apt in a lovely turn of the century building. That in it self sounds picturesque but does pose issues. You really don’t have to see people on a daily basis as you can hear mostly everything through the walls. Actually you know that phrase If Walls could Talk well Stephanie’s Do! Another example the window panes are so thin when the leaves fall outside you think they are blowing around in your apt. I’m always amazed at how loud everyone can be from discussing dinner plans to picking up the kids or even just making an appointment. New Yorkers are emotional and don’t hide much. The cutest thing was last week I heard this women talking so lovingly and I had too take a peek to see the child and it turned out to be her adorable dog! She was chatting about what a great Play date they had and about stopping for a treat on the way home! Priceless NYC moment. Some of the neighbors came over for a wine and appetizer gathering and what a fun time. Without even knowing what everyone was bringing it turned out to be so colorful and quite healthy. I’ve posted a picture in the gallery. Although we rarely see them, the next door neighbors are always having International people over and I love all the languages and dialects you hear. From England, Ireland, Germany and last week Chile!
Another funny encounter was on a trip downtown. I got off the subway and wasn’t sure of the direction I needed to walk. I stopped a gentleman and as he was giving me directions I realized I had to make another stop. When I stopped him and said I think I need to change the address he threw his hands up and said “Are you Kidding me, do you know where you’re going?” Once again only an emotional New Yorker will display such drama at giving directions! I thanked him for his help and walked away with such a smile on my face. I really enjoy Florida but miss the dynamics of the City!
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