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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9 Responses to “new york city in (mostly) photos”

  1. Wendi @ Bon Appetit Hon — October 28, 2013 @ 8:32 am

    So glad the stars aligned and you finally made it. My fav photo is the one of your converse. Something really sweet about that.

  2. Kathryn — October 28, 2013 @ 10:03 am

    I’m so glad you finally were able to make the trip – your pictures really make me want to go back to NYC.

  3. so glad you were able to make this trip MJ. That hotel looks gorgeous.

  4. jwlucasnc — October 28, 2013 @ 6:51 pm

    Good for you. You both really deserved this trip.

  5. SO glad you and Sam got to enjoy this – enfin XO

  6. Rima — October 28, 2013 @ 11:26 pm

    Happy birthday, Merry Jennifer! Sounds like a wonderful way to celebrate your birthday! 🙂

  7. Di — October 29, 2013 @ 11:22 am

    My city looks so much better through your lense than my everyday weary commuter eyes! So glad you got to enjoy it. It’s special this time of the year and especially what you needed!

  8. Michelle — October 29, 2013 @ 8:26 pm

    Happy birthday, MJ. So glad this trip worked out. Enjoyed your photos. They make me miss NYC.

  9. Paula — November 30, 2013 @ 11:39 am

    I’m happy that this long-planned trip finally came to pass for you and your husband. Your son was lucky not to have injured himself worse and I’m glad he was well enough to leave with his Grammy so you could travel.
    Your time in New York was very well spent, great photographs. I’ve never seen a hotel room decorated with so many pictures!

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