Home again. I was pretty well bowled over by the beautiful and various buildings in the area surrounding our eccentric , cosy, comfortable New York hotel (okay, our hotel has, like, horns on it, which look like those curvy Morrocan lamps, but they grow on you-no, not literally) and in particular Madison Square- this little park nearby. You can see the famed Flatiron building here in the photo- but all around there were more buildings of different heights and materials, with cool half-circle windows, or ziggurat tops, or patterned brick, or freestanding classically draped statues poised on the pointy bits. (Note how familiar I am with architectural terminology..) And the park has the best trees, really nice old twisty shaped ones, and terrific looking plantings. There's even a steel deco refreshment stand. Feast for the eyes, folks. (You can see the refreshment stand more clearly if you click on the bottom photo.)
Other feasting was also accomplished. We ate skate at the Metro Marche'- bistro food in a fairly recently opened restaurant in the actual bus station (really), yummy Indian food at the Copper Chimney, and delicious, delicious Persian Food in overwhelming quantites , thanks to and in the lovely company of the delightful Bakerina and Julie, of A Finger in every Pie. (Thank you, thank you- so good) We had great salady things with roasted vegetables with beautiful Luisa at the City Bakery, and I got some insanely good pretzel croissants there which lived up to my expectations and then some. And on and on.
We lucked into a wonderful, hysterical play ("The Mail Order Bride")...sadly, I can't urge you to see it- the last night was tonight..went to the Green Market, and bought a bunch of cool stuff at Kalustyan's-about which more later. We looked at paintings at MOMA for most of a day well spent. I hope to get to tell you more, but it may be awhile...my visiting cousin is still visiting-and we've got stuff to do and Thanksgiving pies to bake. I'm making some more no-knead bread, too- got it started-this will be my third loaf. I just didn't want you to think I'd gone to New York and forgotten all about you.
Thank you for the delicious cookies, and the hotel recommendation, Luisa, so kind, and all great. Happy Thanksgiving everyone.