Monday, August 23, 2010

Another weekend in NY

Max and I spent the weekend in New York again - what fun! Friday night we had dinner at Amelia's Bistro:

Let me tell you... definitely try the mac and cheese - it was AMAZING, rich and flavorful. Very satisfying. The kobe burger sliders were also very good. My favorite crostini was the manchego and fig jam. Also good was the tomato, basil and olive oil. Service was great. Our waiter Evan really took care of us - even entertained us with a funny bacon story.

On Saturday we ended up walking around Manhattan. Just happened to stumbled onto the Union Square Greenmarket... the selection is amazing! Prices are fairly reasonable for a farmer's market in the city and there were some unusual foods that I had never seen before - whole smoked duck, husk cherries, lamb jerky, freekah (smoked green wheat), and different varieties of tomatoes and potatoes. Talk about a feast for the senses! For lunch we bought a bottle of currant apple juice and some pastries, found a bench in the park and chowed down. Yum!

Afterward we went to the Strand Bookstore on a recommendation from a friend. LOVED IT! Ended up buying quite a few items including Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World, Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission to Promote Peace . . . One School at a Time, and Little Bee: A Novel.

In the afternoon, we met up with my friend Rick from Toronto who is now working at Christie's Auction House as an art handler. We had drinks and then went to Brooklyn for dinner at Habana Outpost. It was really great catching up with Rick since I haven't seen for 8 or 9 years. Great atmosphere and the staff were all very friendly. Love that it is eco friendly - there are solar panels and rain collection going on. I had the corn and the Mexican grilled cheese sandwich. Max had the cuban sandwich. Everything was great! Seems a shame that they are not open all year round.

Rick Slater

Sunday we met Max's aunt and uncle at Dim Sum Go Go. It had just rained and there were only four or five tables but by the time we left, the line was out the door! Food was very good. We had the BBQ buns (steamed and baked) and they had plenty of good filling - no giant pieces of fat like you sometimes get. Egg tarts were very small but tasty. The duck dumplings were tasty but I was not a fan of the skin - too gummy. The staff was friendly and one guy seemed to speak every dialect of Chinese that there is! I would definitely go back.

After a little more walking around it was time to catch the train back to DC. No delays on the Acela this time, which was nice. A great weekend! Can't wait to do it again sometime soon.
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