First, a note about Aussie versus the balcony/porch. If you remember from our last trip, it took Aussie all weekend to work up the courage to go out onto CH’s balcony, even if one or both of us was out there. Well, she’s still afraid of the edge, but she did voluntarily go out onto balcony, and at least once all by herself. She still won’t get close to the edge, always staying about a foot (at least) from the edge and stretching her neck out as far as possible to peer over at the street below. But she made herself right at home, spending much of the weekend lounging on the couch. Not that that’s any different than what she does at home on the weekends, mind you.
Sunday we got up after sleeping in a bit and grabbed coffee from Think, but once again couldn’t go anywhere until certain key Rugby World Cup games were completed. Sunday morning were the pivotal pool D games (the only pool completely undecided going into the weekend) so I had to find out what happened. Again, there was much cursing, luckily ultimately much cheering (YAY for Argentina!!) and again, CH dished out a fair amount of grief. Fortunately, I had the chance to dish it back this time, as he was setting up his fantasy football team which also involved cursing and madly checking scores and statistics. We did snack on leftovers from the India Bread Company during all of this. All I have to say is their stuff is just as good reheated or cold. Anyplace that has food that’s just as good as leftovers as it is fresh deserves a medal of honor in my book.
Once all sports related events were settled, we headed to Borders to take advantage of the Educators Appreciation weekend. They offer 25% off all regularly priced books, CDs and DVDs for educators (including librarians!) as long as you have your valid id with you. This is an excellent deal, especially for things like children’s books, which tend to be expensive. And I needed a baby gift for a friend that’s due in November. Given that CH has the same book addiction I do, it wasn’t hard to convince him to go wander around Borders for a couple of hours so I could pick up a picture book or two.
Our next stop was a bigger meal. I think this would have been called what my family referred to as “lunner” growing up, between lunch and dinner, but too big for a snack. We had both heard about a place called A Salt & Battery via the Food Network. Bobby Flay did a Throwdown episode where he challenged these guys to a “who makes better” fish ‘n’ chips competition, and these guys beat Bobby Flay. This place does truly authentic fish ‘n’ chips, complete with British beverages (beer or soda). Inside there’s the order counter, a counter around the edge of the front of the shop with 7 stools, and a bench outside reserved for customers. No tables. They offer a delicious dill dip, malt vinegar, ketchup and salt to have with your fish ‘n’ chips, as well as a variety of British sides including mushy peas and homemade (savory) pies (I must try the steak and mushroom next time). And OMG this is fish ‘n’ chips to die for! Truly authentically British, crispy, greasy, hot, and delicious. Perfectly cooked fish and chips. They even had Ginger Beer (non-alcoholic “real” ginger flavor) which made my day. And, get this, for dessert they have DEEP FRIED Mars bars!! Of course…we were too full to eat a Mars bar this time after all the deep fried fish and potato goodness. CH got the large cod bites, and I got a piece of cod (the small, which is still 4 oz. of fish!), and we split a large order of chips. Topped it all with salt and malt vinegar, and it was what I’d describe as just about the perfect meal.
Right next door they have a shop with all British products called Tea & Sympathy. Now I know where to go to get my British groceries (like Christmas pud and good chocolate including a selection real Cadbury sweets) and they even have a tea shop that does high tea and traditional British food. Brilliant! I do believe I’ll be making trips back there.
Our bellies stuffed full with fish ‘n’ chips and plans for a return visit (must try that deep fried Mars bar), we headed back to the apartment so I could get on the road at a decent hour. One last trip through the park with the dog, and Aussie and I were off on our way back to Philly. The trip home ironically had more traffic than the trip there, purely because they’re doing some construction on the NJ Turnpike.
Sigh…every time I go to New York City, I feel like I’ve only scratched the surface of all the good food and things to do there. And I always end up adding more to my existing list than I cross off. There’s just so much to see and do. And again, thanks to CH for hosting me and my dog and being excellent company on the various food and activity adventures.