Greetings from NYC’s LaGuardia again! I’m a the top of the stand-by list for an earlier flight, so I’m crossing my fingers to be home by 1pm. This morning’s commute went smoothly. I was glad the sun was up when I had to walk to the T. It was so easy going to the airport on public transportation and not having to worry about parking!
We had a fabulous time last night! The North End (a.k.a. Little Italy) was so cozy!! I can’t decide which Iiked more: the European feel of Harvard Square or the bustle and warmth of the North End. There were SO many people out on a Saturday night. This trip has really made me want to live in a city. I’ve never been the city girl type, but there’s something in me that is tired of the South. It’s so boring! I think Boston and San Diego (and maaaaybe NYC) are the only places we’d leave our house and beloved Carolinas for, and unfortunately both are terribly expensive. I don’t think we’ll really move anytime soon, but it’s still fun to dream about. We’re not planning to have kids for a number of years, but that’s still something to consider as well. But who knows if an opportunity came up, we might just have to trade in our planning for a little spontaneity!
Before heading out last night, Larbs and Matt hosted a wine + cheese cocktail hour at their apartment. I had two 2 oz glasses of a delicious white and two of each kind of cracker –
All dressed up! I loved the heels Larbs let me borrow! Being a survivor of foot surgery, 3 pairs of orthotics and years of athletic shoes, I often compromise my outfit for comfort (I’m wearing Adidas shoes with cropped jeans during my travels today!) but last night I decided to brave the city streets with heels and did surprisingly well (although we only walked about half a mile to the T and back). They were Mossimo from Target and super comfy so I might go look for a pair for myself (Sorry you can’t really see them in the photo).
The Allens with Matt. This was my first time meeting his parents – they are a lot of fun! And Larbs and Matt post in the Italian romance <3
For dinner we continued the Italian theme at La Galleria 33 with a bottle of Chianti. I’m not normally a huge fan of Italian wines (I prefer to sip wine to enjoying with food, as Italian wines are intended) but I really liked this one a lot. I had 2 more small pours throughout the dinner. Plus 2 of the olives you can see back there!
Larbs and I shared a Caesar salad to start. Here’s my bowl with some removed for her plate and dressing drizzled on top. I never order Caesar salads because I always go for more vegetable-filled ones, but I really enjoy them when I do.
For dinner Larbs and I split an entree – Chicken Bona Bore (I think): 2 chicken breasts topped with proschuitto, spinach, mozzarella, and mushrooms in a lemon white wine butter sauce.
My half (on a separate plate) plus some of our side dish of penne with marinara. I ate all of the chicken and most of the pasta. Plus bites of every else’s dinners – Matt’s stuffed chicken with shrimp and things and his mom’s Veal Ravioli-type dish.
I sense a “worth it” opportunity when I see one!
After dinner, the feasting started! We went to the famous Mike’s Pastry, which was packed to the brim with customers. You can’t even see in the cases for what to order! Of course I was in dessert heaven with all the choices. There were literally hundreds of things – from gelato to cake to cookies to canolis to all kinds of layered and icing-filled desserts. You know what I love: icing and fluff! I ended up getting TWO desserts with the intention of sharing them. Larbs and Matt got two as well and so did the Allens, so we had a smorgasbord of fabulous sugary things to taste!
A Rum Nut Log, Chocolate Mousse Cake, German Chocolate Cake, Peanut Butter Crunch Cookie, a Canoli and Oreo Cheesecake. This was absolute h.e.a.v.e.n.!!!
My two were the Chocolate Mousse –
And the Rum Nut Log (which had rum just gushing from the moist interior cake)
We all voted on our favorites. For me the German Chocolate won for its thick icing and buttery caramel!
There’s really no telling how much I ate, but I had about 25% of the chocolate mouse, 40% of the rum, 25% of the German Chocolate. A big bites of the cheesecake, canoli and cookie.
Oatmeal To Go
I was thrilled to find an Au Bon Pain right outside of security this morning and jumped on the opportunity to get some oatmeal while I saw it. Good call, since there wasn’t much to offer at my gate. I took about a cup of oats and topped them with raisins, sliced almonds a tiny bit of granola and some 2% milk to hydrate the oats a bit. I also got a hot tea with skim and a banana, but I decided to save the banana for a mid-morning snack.
OK, gotta pack up my computer – I got on the earlier flight!! Although there are tons of really good looking healthy salads and sandwiches here I was eyeing for lunch, I think I’m going to wait until we get to Charlotte and maybe get a salad at Dean and Deluca or something. See you a few states later!