Hope you’ve all had great holiday weekends and are having an easy time getting back to the grind. It’s always tough to transition back into “normal” life… it’s been a week and a half since I’ve been to class, so today is all about studying and resetting my brain in “school-mode.” Which means copious amounts of coffee and going to sleep at a decent hour and waking up before 10. Oh vacation, I miss you already!
Speaking of coffee, my friend Ryan and I went to a really cool shop yesterday called Roasting Plant.
Roasting Plant’s founder is an industrial engineer; vacuum technology sucks the beans (a huge variety of coffees from around the world) out of these large tubes and transports them around the store. Each cup is brewed fresh just for you!
There’s also a milk tap where you can choose your creamer. (Sadly there was no soy, but I’ve actually been drinking my coffee black lately anyway.)
We took our coffee and strolled along the High Line, which, as a New Yorker, I’m embarrassed to admit having only visited once. If you’ve never heard of the High Line, it’s an elevated park that runs about two miles along Manhattan’s West Side. There are benches, gardens, birdhouses, beverage and treat spots, and is just a really pleasant place to take a walk.
Another part of New York I rarely see is the view looking down on Midtown Manhattan. I was babysitting in the area over the weekend, and the view from the hotel the family was staying in is simply breathtaking! It’s not a neighborhood I’d want to live in (it’s pretty crowded and is mostly populated by large businesses and skyscrapers) but it was pretty magical.
Another night found me in Bryant Park, where a craft market and ice skating ring had been set up for the holiday season. I sat with a friend sipping cocoa and watching the skaters play, and once again I felt something magical buzzing through the city air. (I held on to this feeling by going home and watching Harry Potter .)
It’s fun to have an excuse to sightsee in your own city. Several of my fellow New Yorkers and I talked this weekend about how we never do typical “touristy” things, like ride the ferry, climb the stairs inside the Statue of Liberty, see the top of the Empire State Building, walk across the Brooklyn Bridge, and so on. We take for granted that these things will always be around for a rainy day, or that we’ll take an out-of-town friend when they visit. But why wait? I felt as though I saw my city with fresh eyes and I fell in love with it all over again. It wasn’t only the familiar place where I grew up and knew where to go to eat or find the perfect pair of boots, but a place that sparkles and shines and dazzles all over again.
Still, living in a city, you learn some of its secrets, like where all the independent bookstores and best cups of coffee and good stoops are.
You can (almost) always have it both ways.
Week 2: Lentil Chili
Week 7: Curried Parsnip Fries
Week 8: Curried Lentils & Sweet Potatoes
Week 13: Grilled Cheddar-Mushroom Sandwich
Week 15: Green Rice
Week 19: Chopped Kale w/ Hot Pepper Vinegar
Week 27: Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge
Week 28: Choco-holic Pancakes
Week 29: Green Israeli Couscous Salad
Week 32: (Modified) Tomato Salad on a Roll
Week 33: None
Week 34: None
Week 35: Pappardelle with Spiced Butter
Week 37: Nut-Butter Crusted Fries
Week 40: Chocolate Cherry Pumpkin Bread
Week 41: Pumpkin Boatmeal for One
Week 46: One-Minute Chocolate Cake
Do you tour your own city? What sights and rare gems do you like to visit?