June 24 – The Bakehouse

Walking to brunch – a shot of the Freedom Tower construction

This morning the four of us walked to the West Village for brunch at The Bakehouse, managing to stay on the outskirts of NYC’s Gay Pride Parade.  It was a long walk, but we were rewarded handsomely with outstanding food. I ordered a fine herb and goat cheese omelet with a latte and a pain aux raisin to go and was full until dinner at 6! Best pastry I’ve had since France, and tasted very authentic.  Also, the barista poured a peacock into my latte – beautiful work!

We said goodbye to Sarah and Pete and headed uptown to visit the Calverts. It was a quick visit, but very nice seeing everyone.  We also stopped by to say hi to Marie – she was so full of happiness to see us, which of course, then made our day! Before we left she stood up to sing us a song – you can watch her perform here – I (with her permission) videotaped the special event: http://socialcam.com/v/RAQmggQX.  She still has so much life in here, it is wonderful to see!

Thank you to Sarah and Pete for a lovely time and for being wonderful hosts! Thoughts and prayers go to the Calverts as they mourn the loss of Missy’s Uncle Billy, and Brian’s best friend, John.

-V

June 21 – Find a tall New Yorker

Walking along Christopher Street

Rush hour pedestrian traffic in NYC – if you want to get anywhere you need to have serious skills. My advice – find a tall New Yorker and follow them. Don’t be creepy. But follow their steps.  I made it from 45th and 3rd to Christopher and Washington Street in an hour using this strategy. Also, it helps to wear sun glasses and look bored.  Then, people think you’re a local and will (sort of) stay of of your way/not bother you.

THIRD time in NYC this month. Whew! I’m excited to  spend a full week in DC, but that won’t happen for awhile. Took a late train to NYC last night and managed to find my hotel which so far is awesome.  I’m at PR News’ Taste of Tech conference today – they kept feeding us throughout the day to play up the “taste” element.  Even though I was quite full, I still managed to find room for dinner with Sezen at Malatesta in the West Village. You need to try this place – super chill, right by the Hudson (saw a beautiful sunset) and they make their own pasta. I had spinach gnocchi with Gorgonzola sauce and I would get it again.

Major event of the day: TWITTER WAS DOWN. I know, I know, I survived. But seriously… I couldn’t tweet that I couldn’t tweet.  What am I supposed to do in that situation? Luckily I was in a room full of other Twitter addicts and we were able to offer each other moral support.

-V

June 5 – Ino

The sun came out!

We woke up early and I walked the littles over to Penn Station, loving the sunny morning.  We bought bagels at a deli and said good bye. I then walked over to the Javits Center where the BlogWorld & New Media Expo was hosted (I miss walking to work everyday!).  After a long day of sessions, Lauren and I hailed a cab and drove down to the West Village where we met Sarah for dinner at wine bar Ino. It was so nice relaxing and catching up, mixing friend groups, and enjoying some excellent red wine. I adore this section of the city and if/when I move to NYC someday, be sure it will be to this neighborhood. =)

-V