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.]


lunch at prune

city streets

st patrick's cathedral


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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5 Responses to “yellowstone national park and old faithful”

  1. Macaroni Mama — July 9, 2014 @ 5:17 pm

    I love revisiting these memories. I should have been older when we took our trip in order to appreciate how to write about it as eloquently as you do.

  2. Amy — July 11, 2014 @ 8:26 pm

    Beautiful photos and writing! This type of trip is on our “to-do” list one of these days. You’re making me want to do it sooner than later. My children are similar in age to yours and would love all of the adventures out West.

    Thank you for sharing.

  3. Paula — July 12, 2014 @ 6:30 pm

    I did not know that the hot springs smelled like rotten eggs! Such lovely photographs (love the one of the kids clinking their glasses together). I don’t know if I shall ever get to Yellowstone but your write-up and photos certainly make me wish I could one day!

  4. Gail — July 16, 2014 @ 8:42 am

    Magnificent photos, MJ. You’ve made indelible memories with this trip!

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