This past weekend I went north to New York City with the dog to visit my friend CH again. I needed to escape Philly for a bit.
My trip up Thursday night was fairly uneventful. Not a whole lot of traffic, other than the expected right around the Holland Tunnel (is there ever *not* traffic??). And bonus! I found street parking about 1/2 a block from CH’s apartment on my first trip around the block. Now, the reason I had to make this trip was because I missed the entrance to the apartment complex, but when I looped around to try again lo and behold there was parking. Miracles do happen. We attempted to get Indian food from Indian Bread Company, but the place had a “rush” and they were forced to close early! Bummer. No naaninis tonight. Instead we opted for falafel and hummus pitas and split a spinach pie.
On Friday CH had to work in the morning so we knew the day was half gone from the start. We got up and took the dog for a quick walk and got coffee from Think before CH heads into the office. The dog and I hung out at the apartment getting some work done as well (ok, I worked and she slept).
We were both starving by the time we were done with work (for the weekend, mind you). We opted to get sushi for lunch at Marumi (546 LaGuardia Place). OMG so good…good prices, and excellent fresh sushi. They offer lunch plates that come with set sushi and the choice of soup or salad. You can substitute one option for an extra $1. I had 3 rolls (California, salmon and avocado, spicy tuna) and a salad, all for about $12. My spicy tuna roll was a bit loose, but still tasty. It had been far too long since I had sushi. So good.
After lunch we caught the subway uptown to possibly go to a museum. We head for MoMA, only to discover a very long line. Apparently Target was sponsoring a “free Friday” event where admission was, well, free. We asked one of the MoMA people what the latest exhibit was, and he told us they were “in transition.” Meaning nothing special going on, just their permanent collection. As much as we both want to see that (it is the MoMA), standing in line for an hour and then fighting massive crowds inside is not something either one of us was particularly interested in. I’d rather spend the money to go sometime when I can actually see the art without peering through and over people and fighting crowds.
So we opted to wander around Central Park instead. The weather was perfect! A beautiful fall day. I have no regrets about deciding to spend it outside rather than inside MoMA. We started at the south end of the park and wandered up to the Bethesda Fountain and Terrace and eventually up to the Great Lawn before looping back around again. It was a great day for people watching. Lots of families out, a couple of groups having wedding photos taken, baseball games on the Great Lawn, all kinds of activities.
On our way back from Central Park, Tonnie’s Minis cupcakes just happened to be between the subway stop and CH’s apartment, so we just had to stop and pick some up (you all know my love of cupcakes). We chose a selection of 4 varieties to try (yes, we did split each one like good little children). And they were all delicious (lemon, coconut, red-velvet heart, carrot cake). Mom, don’t worry, we didn’t eat all four of them at once. We spaced it out over the next 2 days, I promise.
For dinner we decided to go for Indian Bread Company again. Yay! Success! We opted for the Vegetable Tandoori naanini, Chicken paneer naanini, and a Lamb paratha. I don’t think I can explain just how good the food there is.
We took Aussie with us on the walk to pick up dinner. She’d been napping on the couch all day and needed the exercise. But taking the dog on a walk through a busy are means random people talk to you. I’m used to this, as it’s been happening for years. People always want to know what she’s mixed with, if they can pet her, where I got her, how old she is, etc. And they’ll comment at random about her to whomever they are with, which I hear when walking past. Grown men tend to “coo” at my dog (yes, coo). CH found this an infinite source of amusement, as he had never really experienced it before. While we were waiting for our food (we got it to go as Indian Bread Company has no outdoor tables), the following conversation occurred:
Dude: “What is your dog mixed with?”
Me: “Basset Hound and something.” (my usual reply, and it’s the truth, I don’t know)
Dude: “And AWESOME!”
No joke, people. No joke. This is now my stock reply to the “what is your dog” question. She’s Basset Hound and awesome!