New York City: “Getting to Know You”..all over again.

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Hello from NYC – gingerbread display at “Lord and Taylor’s”

“Getting to know you…Getting to feel free and easy…When I am with you…Haven’t you noticed suddenly I’m bright and breezy…Because of all the beautiful and new things I learn about you…” – Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “The King and I”

Two weeks ago I kick started my holiday season in New York City, and spent the most wonderful time with my dearest sister, niece, my cousins and their better halves.

We talked, we laughed, we cried, we shopped, we drank, we ate….Life is wonderful and filled with precious moments, I am truly thankful.

I am happy and content to be back in “Raincouver” with my hubby; until the next time I see my family again, I miss you all (OO)

Here’s a snapshot of some of my favourite moments and places:

Alone time at ramen-ya in NYC: now that’s a first for me..

http://www.hidechanramen.com

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Vegetarian ramen and a side order of pork “bao” – Will the bao trend ever end?

First night’s dinner at Vaucluse, another first…(first visit to restaurant, first time meeting my cousin’s girlfriend (OO)

http://www.vauclusenyc.com

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My favourite dish: delicata squash with chanterelle, shallots, poached egg and red wine jus..new ideas spinning in my head

After dinner food shopping at Westside Market…my cousin went bonkers..Amy (cousin’s lovely wife) and I just followed..

http://www.wmarketnyc.com

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And the next day we cooked up a storm for Thanksgiving Family Dinner..(childhood memories and flashbacks)….and we had plenty of leftovers the next day

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What’s on the menu: Roast organic turkey, lobster mac and cheese, homemade cranberry sauce, cauliflower and zucchini mash, savoy cabbage and radicchio salad (remember this dish?) and delicious desserts brought over by Amy’s lovely parents..

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In between we shopped and (window shopped) everywhere (Black Friday Sales!)…

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A busy Saturday….Finally I made it to Per Se (Thomas Keller’s second Three Michelin starred property, the first being “French Laundry” in Napa Valley

http://www.thomaskeller.com

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At night we went enjoyed the musical “The King and I : I have a special reason for wanting to see this (you’ll find out in the end)…(I cannot believe my wonderful cousin Cary accompanied four ladies to a “chick musical”, thank you so much for the special treat!

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I was hoping to see Ken Watanabe…Tony Award winner Kelli O’Hara is lovely as “Anna” and Hoon Lee is pretty cool as the “King”….

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Lincoln Centre – outside Vivian Beaumont Theatre

We spent a lot of time in Chelsea, a neighbourhood on the west side of the borough of Manhattan in New York City..

A seafood feast from the Lobster Place at Chelsea Market, where we spent four hours shopping and eating…

http://www.chelseamarket.com

http://www.lobsterplace.com

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King Crab Legs, oysters, clams, toro sashimi, clam chowder – a feast from Lobster Place in Chelsea Market

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Chelsea Market Snapshot: Food Network office and Youtube offices are inside the market! Fresh seafood from Lobster Place, artisan’s market, Fat Witch brownies and Eleni’s cookies..just to name a few..

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Artisan’s Market inside Chelsea Market

A must see: High Line Park

http://www.thehighline.org

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It’s all about Family: another first visit to Carmine’s, an Italian family style restaurant and it was a lot of fun!  Simple food, friendly service…we were all warm and fuzzy..

http://www.carminesnyc.com

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Share plates “Family Style” at Carmine’s – Porterhouse steak, four kinds of pasta platter, caesar salad (not shown in picture) and a “side” order of spinach…Leftovers for the doorman

The visit is never complete without spending any time in Soho…hanging out, shopping and eating (yes more eating)

http://www.balthazarnyc.com

http://www.cecicelanyc.com

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And back to midtown Lady M, another first for me; the original mille crepe cake was divine.

http://www.ladym.com

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Lady M’s Mille Crepe Cake by the slice

And before we left…Soba in NYC at Sobakoh, the homemade soba restaurant: Soba Nabe for me and Uni Soba for my niece, plus two orders of dashi tamagoyaki

http://www.soba-kohnyc.com

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Dessert with cousin and niece at Harbs, a Japanese bakery 

http://www.harbs.co.jp

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Scrumptious King Chocolate Cake with cream puffs and tart raspberries..smooth, sweet and tart – it was heavenly

Alone time again when sister and niece left….a quick visit to Flatiron District and Chelsea before heading to JFK:

http://www.fishseddys.com

http://www.whisknyc.com

http://www.eataly.com

http://www.timeout.com/newyork

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And now the moment of truth… I was named after the old-time Hollywood movie star Deborah Kerr, who played “Anna” in the original “The King and I” movie (OO)

 

 

 

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