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6 Days on the East Coast

May 23rd, 2013 · 1 Comment

Day 1:

My trips these days always begin with tortas from Frontera at O’Hare. YUM!

Day 2:

The view from my New York hotel. Empire State Building on the left!

After a long day of meetings, my team went out for dinner at Brasserie Les Halles. This is the French restaurant that is the home base of Chef-at-large Anthony Bourdain. I had the French onion soup and the cassoulet (a French casserole with a white bean base, three kinds of sausage, duck confit and pork belly!). For dessert I had chocolate mousse that was made with Valrhona chocolate, a high-end French chocolate. Everything was SO delicious. My coworkers and I just kept commenting how great everything was!

Day 3:

There was a Dean & Deluca cafe just down the block from my hotel. Very different than the Soho market I used to visit, but still very good when I stopped by for breakfast.

The Roundarch Isobar office is not far from the Word Trade Center. This is One World Trade Center, otherwise known as “Freedom Tower.” Just a few days earlier, “on May 10, 2013, the final component of the spire was installed atop the skyscraper, making One World Trade Center tentatively the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere and the third-tallest building in the world by pinnacle height, with its spire reaching a symbolic 1,776 feet (541 m) in reference to the year of American independence.” Look at how incomplete the building was about a year ago when I was in New York.

Security badge photos are the worst!

The East Coast has the best seltzer. I used to drink the Adirondack seltzer when I was traveling to the Boston office a lot last year.

The Garden was around the corner from my hotel.

Going to meet up for dinner at Chelsea Market… Ze Olde Office is across the street.

Chelsea Market

I was a little early so I walked around Chelsea Market….

…. and went to my favorite chocolate shop, Jacques Torres. Remember when we got a personal tour from the man, himself?!?

I met Jess, Tien, Jeannette, Yvan and Juliette at Giovanni Rana Pastificio & Cucina in Chelsea Market. This was Juliette’s first dinner out. She’s only 4 weeks old!

I had ricotta ravioli with asparagus and it was served in a crispy Parmigiano Reggiano bowl! The food here was so good. All of the pasta was freshly made on site!

Day 4:

I left New York to go to Boston, but before going to the airport, I met up with Jeannette and Yvan and Juliette for coffee.

Juliette is so precious! Only a month old!

Day 5:

Dallas used to live in Boston and I spent a lot of time there last year so it was fun to walk around and talk about places we both had visited. This building is behind a plaza where I used to visit food trucks at lunch. It wasn’t painted like this last year!

Dallas showed me this place, Chau Chow City where he used to go to dim sum with Billy and Ging and Josh. He said it was the best dim sum in Boston. Funny because I used to walk past this place every day when going from my hotel to the office.

Dallas loves Anna’s Taqueria, so we had to go there for lunch.

After lunch we walked around Beacon Hill and then through Boston Common, where there was a Youth Pride event going on.

I stopped at the Intercontinental Hotel to use the bathroom and we ended up staying for a while to watch the Blackhawks lose to the Red Wings.

That night we went to Colleen’s wedding. More on that later!

Day 6:

I had to head out of Boston in the evening, but before doing that, Ross and Chelsea picked us up and we went to visit Matt and Molly. We’ve hung out with their daughter Lucy many times, but it was our first time meeting their identical twins, Theo and Quinn!

I’m holding Theo and Dallas has Quinn. They are about three months old.

Uncle Ross, Lucy and Quinn.

Aunty Chelsea and Lucy were picking flowers in the backyard. We had an impromptu barbecue and sat outside to eat. It was so nice out. And Matt and Molly’s whole yard is in full bloom. I especially liked the lilacs and they have a ton of them!

Excitement at the airport in Boston. I was just sitting there when all of a sudden flashing lights and an alarm went off… throughout the terminal. Everyone just acted like it was nothing but then I saw some firefighters walk by. A few minutes later the alarms turned off. False alarm?

In the cab home. I never noticed the vomit clean up fee.

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New York Odds and Ends

June 14th, 2012 · 1 Comment

Just a few final images from my week in New York.

Pretty view from our office on the 45th floor. Williamsburg Bridge and Brooklyn Bridge.

This sculpture, entitled “
Red Cube,” by Isamu Noguchi is located in the plaza outside our office building.

Noguchi’s Red Cube has a hole in the center, angled down. When you look up into it you see our office building.

Also in the plaza are about a dozen food carts. In the morning they have breakfast offerings, but at lunch they mostly all switch to street meat/halal/middle eastern.

This looks disgusting, but it was delicious. I ordered chicken over rice and opted to get the white sauce, but not the hot sauce. They asked if I wanted chick peas and I said yes. I guess the salad and fries are extras. It reminded me of the cart that Jeannette and Yvan took us to a few years back, although that cart, 53rd and 6th is regarded as the best. I was wondering then if the photos were disgusting or delicious-looking. Ha.

My temporary badge on the first day had the worst photo.

On the second day there was no photo at all. Whew. I was afraid I’d be stuck with that terrible photo forever.

One morning I was getting ready for work at the hotel. I had Good Morning America on and when I looked up I saw Liz’s brother, Greg, was on, playing guitar with Joe Walsh.

If you ever think that the train stations in Chicago are looking shitty, just visit New York’s. West 4th isn’t even that bad. Some of them are so gross and leaking mystery liquids!

Had a couple mini black and whites, a favorite cookie that I hadn’t had for years.

I was so happy for Bagel Friday in the New York office because we had REAL bagels!

Kobeyaki had meh sushi. I realized right after I ordered that they seemed to be better known for their bowls and other things, but it was too late. Cute restaurant. I’d go back and order something else.

The World Trade Center was a block away from the office and I walked past it often. Interesting to see how the rebuilding is progressing.

This is One World Trade Center, formerly known as the Freedom Tower. When it is completed in 2013 it will be the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere and the third tallest building in the world.

I was walking around and was drawn to this sculpture/fountain, immediately recognizing it as the work of Jeff Koons, whose work I saw at the MCA a few years back.

Federal Hall National Monument was built in 1842 on the site of the old Federal Hall, which was built in 1700 as New York’s City Hall and was later the first capitol building of the United States and the site of George Washington’s inauguration.

The MetLife Tower glowed at sunset.

And at night too.

Going over the Brooklyn Bridge on the way to the airport.

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Out of Towners

June 23rd, 2003 · 16 Comments

Saturday, June 21, 2003. Rachelle waiting in Penn Station in New York for Lorna’s train to arrive from Niagra Falls, NY.

Kelly waiting for Lorna’s train to arrive. We were waiting at the wrong gate for about 20 minutes.

Luckily, Kelly spotted Lorna in the station. Lorna is Kelly’s British friend from college and is on a year-long trip. She started out in Canada, is making her way across the United States, then is off to Figi, New Zealand, Australia and South Africa. So jealous!

Sunday, June 22, 2003. It was a long day of travel for Lorna and Kelly so we stayed in Saturday night. On Sunday, we got yummy bagels and cream cheese from Bagels on the Square on 6th Avenue in the West Village.

If we had a band our band name would be “The Reds”.

Subway art in the Chambers Street stop on the ACE subway line.

World Trade Center site.

World Trade Center site.

World Trade Center site.

World Trade Center site.

Old cemetary near the World Trade Center site.

Old cemetary near the World Trade Center site.

After looking for “trainers” for Lorna at Century 21 we decide to have afternoon tea at Starbucks. Except it wasn’t tea it was coffee, and it wasn’t at the right time. Kelly enjoys a nice Starbucks frozen treat.

So does Rachelle.

Lorna and Kelly.

At the gates of heaven!

I was so excited to go to the chocolate exhibit at the American Museum of Natural History.

Kelly & I eat David Burke’s Gourmet Pops (gourmet frozen chocolate-covered cheesecake pops) after viewing the chocolate exhibit.

This is a coffin in the shape of a cocoa bean. This is how I’d like to be buried!

Chocolate.. yummmmmmmmmmmm.

Jeannette, Kelly, Lorna, Rachelle at Kobma Thai.

Our first dessert after dinner was at Magnolia Bakery where we all split a few cupcakes. Here you can see a baker frosting some cupcakes. Our second desert was ice cream from Cones.

Monday, June 23, 2003. Monday night and Tuesday night Lorna is staying in a Youth Hostel in Chelsea. We had to stop by in the morning to check in. Kelly and I waited in the “garden” while Lorna got everything sorted out.

Kelly in the garden of the hostel.

Waiting in the garden.

Kelly & Rachelle & the Empire State Building.

The Post Office. It was a beautiful day so I waited outside while Lorna mailed some things home.

The Post Office.

I tease Kelly about taking photos of “nothing” but then I love to take photos like this!

Looking north from the post office.

Looking south from the post office.

Straight across the street is Madison Square Garden.

We grabbed lunch.. some sandwiches and wraps, a knish to share, and a black & white cookie and headed over to Central Park.

Trying to take a photo of ourselves didn’t quite work.

Try again!!

And again!

One more try!


Navy Terrace & Bethesda Fountain

Bethesda Fountain in Navy Terrace.

Bethesda Fountain.

Poor dog… so hot out!

Ducks in Bethesda Fountain.

Horse & carriage in Central Park.

Kelly & Lorna were in town this weekend. So much fun. Kelly is from around the DC area and Lorna from around London. Lorna is a friend of Kelly’s from college who is traveling around the world this year. She started in Canada and is making her way across America, east to west. After California, she’ll be island hopping in Fiji. Then it’s on to New Zealand, Australia and finally South Africa. I’m so jealous! Good luck, Lorna!

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