a new york city weekend

Back when I was in medical school, Sam and I won a trip to New York for the Dave Letterman Show. We were flown up on a chartered airplane along with a hundred or so others from Miami, all to be part of a Miami audience for the show. It was our first time in New York City, and it was a whirlwind. We attended the taping of the show, ate a slice of pizza for dinner, and took a bus tour the next morning. We had just an hour or so left to wander through Central Park, which was brimming with pastel-colored tulips at the time. And then we flew back to Miami. Although the trip only lasted about 24-hours, I fell in love with the city.

This weekend, we went to New York for our third time – just three nights quick nights – and it was glorious. I really needed some time away from home, and this weekend went a long way towards soothing my soul. I met friends that I’d only known through this amazing virtual world of food blogging and the magic that is Twitter. Gail, Jen and Mike, Jen, Jennie, Kim, Chris and Karen, Ken, and Winnie – such a wonderful group of people who were just as warm and genuine in person as I knew they would be. We greeted each other with hugs and it was like we’d known each other for years. I miss them already.

We also connected with our long-time friends Christy and Chad, and experienced a couple of their favorite cocktail spots plus an incredible teeny-tiny Italian restaurant where I tasted tripe for the first time in my life. And loved it, by the way.

central park

After only three hours of sleep last night, we took the earliest flight back to Atlanta, and then home to Florida where we peeled off our sweaters and wished we had worn shorts and flip flops. At home, we were greeted by Madeline and Oliver, who showered us with hugs and kisses and didn’t want to leave our laps.

Really, it was the perfect weekend.

[Note: For more information on the photos, clicking on a photo will take you to my Flickr photostream. Also, there would have been more photos, but I accidentally left my favorite point-and-shoot camera in the back of a taxi on Saturday night. Ouch, did that hurt.]

prune

lunch at prune

city streets

st patrick's cathedral

cupcake

colicchio & sons

after dinner treat

spring is springing

central park

bridesmaids in central park

early bloomers

my oven

cocktails at pegu

torrisi italian specialties

menu at torrisi

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21 Responses to “a new york city weekend”

  1. Winnie — March 20, 2011 @ 10:19 pm

    So sorry you lost your camera, but this post and the pictures you do have made me smile…they are so beautiful! Was SO wonderful to meet you and I am so glad you enjoyed your trip ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. What lovely photos! It looks as though you had a great trip. I myself am just itching to get back to NYC as I haven’t been since February of 2007! I definitely need to get back there and get tasting some great seafood and sipping on some lovely martinis!

  3. sweetsugarbelle — March 20, 2011 @ 10:34 pm

    This looks like heaven. To me NYC is magical. I dream of a visit. It seems like the most wonderful place on earth.

  4. Liren — March 20, 2011 @ 11:45 pm

    Sigh, your photos are making me nostalgic and reminding me that its time for me to plan a visit home. So glad you had fun, but so sad you lost your camera!

  5. Ethan — March 20, 2011 @ 11:45 pm

    It was a foregone conclusion you’d have a great time! NYC + all the twitter people = amazing!
    Thanks for the pictures (and sorry you lost your camera)

  6. Denise @ Creative Kitchen — March 21, 2011 @ 2:05 am

    So happy for you that you had such a great time in NYC with hubby! Couple getaways are SO important & wow…NYC, I can only imagine!! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Your photographs are beautiful…I feel like I’m there. Great to see springtime, since I live in South Florida. The camera for me would be a huge bummer….but good for you, trying to roll with it.

    Can’t wait to meet you at FBF Orlando in a few weeks. Yes…Twitter is “magic.”

    Denise @ Creative Kitchen

  7. Macaroni Mama — March 21, 2011 @ 7:11 am

    Great photos!

  8. Brian @ A Thought For Food — March 21, 2011 @ 7:43 am

    I am so jealous that everyone got to meet you… looks like you had a wonderful trip filled with good weather and lots of food. Next time, come to Boston ๐Ÿ˜‰

  9. Gail — March 21, 2011 @ 9:05 am

    I’m so glad I got to spend a little time with you during this glorious NY weekend!
    We’re all so lucky to have found each other through twitter. I know my life is my better for it.

  10. Lynda — March 21, 2011 @ 11:08 am

    New York never looked so beautiful – I wish it were closer to San Francisco! What a wonderful opportunity for you and a well deserved vacation.

  11. Barbara | VinoLuciStyle — March 21, 2011 @ 11:32 am

    I guess I need to give NYC another chance. I spent one day there with my daughter and sister a few years ago after a wonderful vacation in Boston. We were tired, it was hot and those two girls decided a trip on the subway to see the Statue of Liberty was on their ‘have to’ list. Next time I’ll follow the beat to my own drummer and check out the city and food places I would love to visit.

    Love the pictures…even if fewer than you would have liked!

    • mj (merry gourmet)

      mj (merry gourmet) replied: — March 23rd, 2011 @ 12:35 pm

      You definitely need to give it another try, Barb.

  12. Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction — March 21, 2011 @ 1:31 pm

    So sorry that you lost your camera… But, glad that you had a good trip otherwise! It was so wonderful to see you again!

    Love all of your pictures… They are absolutely beautiful. ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. Amy | She Wears Many Hats — March 21, 2011 @ 8:41 pm

    What a fun filled weekend! A tasty one too.

  14. Kenโhungry rabbit — March 21, 2011 @ 8:51 pm

    A pleasure to meet you and your hubby over cocktails at Pegu and a delightful dinner with the gang. Promise all of us you will come back soon, real soon.

    • mj (merry gourmet)

      mj (merry gourmet) replied: — March 23rd, 2011 @ 12:34 pm

      I’m going to try my darndest!

  15. tom — March 22, 2011 @ 4:58 pm

    wow what a sweet montage, the pics are some of the clearest I have seen, well done, tom

  16. Mardi@eatlivetravelwrite — March 23, 2011 @ 9:13 am

    I’ve pored over these pictures and soaked them in. Living vicariously, you know. We should plan this again soon. When I can actually be there! xox

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