We’re wrapping up our first full day back home after a little vacation. B and I drove to Chicago last week, dropped the kids off with Grandma and Grandpa, and flew to New York to visit a friend. We arrived in the evening and made our way to Brooklyn. Ok, first of all, Brooklyn is gigantic. We could have easily spent our three days in Brooklyn alone but, since Manhattan is kind of a big deal, we ventured over there every day.
How do I summarize a trip to New York City? There's a lot going on. I mean, I know people have told me NYC is big and I’ve heard numbers, but seeing it was an entirely different experience. There are so many people, all the time, everywhere. We took the subway everyday to and from our various activities. I’ve taken subways in other cities but this was definitely the biggest train system I’ve navigated. It was initially intimidating, but I adjusted to it and, in the end, was so glad we chose this mode of transportation. It felt very “New York” to be crammed into a train, body to body, at 9am one morning during rush hour, while the conductor angrily repeated that people needed to get off and wait for the next train because the doors couldn’t close due to so many bodies.
We decided this trip was a bit of a social survey. We visited a lot of neighborhoods in and around Manhattan, getting a small taste of what each of them are like. We went to the Upper East Side for espresso and visited The Met, had a beer at a shady punk bar in the East Village, walked through shops and along the High Line in Chelsea, checked out Wall Street in lower Manhattan, and much more.
Food was, of course, at the top of our to-do list. We had some excellent fresh seafood. Our favorite was from a little spot down the block from our friend’s apartment in Brooklyn called Ocean King Seafood. The salmon and veggies were steamed in a bag and cooked to perfection. We had amazing crab pizza at Artichoke Pizza in Chelsea. We had dumplings at Joe’s Shanghai, Jianbing at Gotham West Market, tacos, ice cream, and local brews.
We did a lot of sightseeing. NYC on a budget is really fun, but we opted to skip the skyscraper views and other expensive tourist activities. We averaged 10-15 miles of walking every day. Yeah, I had several blisters by the time we left. I don’t think my body could have physically handled another day of walking around the city. We saw The Play that Goes Wrong on Broadway, which was hilarious. I highly recommend rush tickets. We ended up in the front row and, for this performance, that was great. We ended our three day stint with a show at the Upright Citizens Brigade. I laughed the entire time. It was the perfect way to end our time in NYC.
But, I am glad to be home. It feels like summer can really begin now that we are home with no plans looming in the future. I’m looking forward to sitting on the beach with my summer reads. Now, if the temp would just go up about twenty degrees. Here’s hoping!
Breakfast Mixed Veggies
2 T olive oil
1/2 red onion, diced
1 c chopped (small) carrots
1 handfuls mixed greens
1/4 t salt
1/8 t pepper
1/8 t garlic powder
- Heat oil in skillet on medium high heat.
- Add the red onion and saute, stirring occasionally, for about 8 minutes. You want the red onion to brown on the edges and be very soft.
- Add the carrots and saute with the onions for another 8 minutes or so, stirring occasionally. These should brown and become soft as well.
- Add the greens and stir until they are fully wilted into the veggies.
- Add the spices and stir until fully combined.
- Turn off heat, and remove from skillet.
- Serve with runny eggs.