We are back from our trip to NJ, NYC and Philadelphia and since I have a lot of food-related photos, and it is Wednesday, what better than to skip the Wednesday recipe and just share some pictures:
My sister J and I started our NYC days with taking the NJ Transit from New Brunswick to NY Penn Station ($10.50 one-way) and then head for a Starbucks for a quick breakfast. On our third day, on our way north from Times Square and having tried two very busy Starbucks we found a “secret” one on a side-street to Avenue of the Americas.
When sitting down I realised that it was actually part of the NHL flagship store but you hardly see it if you don’t enter the store or come from the side-street. In other words, no long queues (sorry, lines), plenty of seating space, fresh toilet (sorry, restroom 😉 we were trying to speak “American” all week long) and J met a girl from Ängelholm while waiting for the coffee!
Our first lunch in NYC was a blogger lunch at Bistro 61 (great French place, complete with French-speaking waiters on 1st Ave @ 61st St) with Saltis (NYC) and Anna Fair and True (Stockholm) – both whom I have met before, but never together. It was quite funny that the first time I met Saltis, in February 2008 we were two Petra(s)* and one Anna – and I was on my way to California. This time we were two Anna(s) and one Petra, and Anna FT had just been to California.
It was the first time my sister met my blog friends, but she seemed to enjoy it as much as us bloggers did. The lunch went far too quickly, but J and I met up with Anna and her boyfriend P the next day, and Saltis and her little family are coming to Puerto Rico next week!
We continued the French theme the next day when J and I had brunch at Bistro Pastis in the Meatpacking district (9th Ave @ 14th St) with Anna and her P after visiting the High Line Park (more about that in another post as it is an amazing place).
I had one of the yummiest scrambled eggs ever with potatoes and tomatoes. J had a bagel with salmon and cream cheese – she was after all in NYC 😉
I asked a waiter when leaving if the place was as old as it looked… Not really, he replied – just 9 years old! However, it still made me long for Paris and Brussels, and those old-style bistros and beer cafés** (in Brussels). It didn’t help either that I had just started reading Julia Child’s “My Life in France”… My sister and I decided that once O and I are back in Belgium we are going to plan a girls’ weekend in Paris!
After the brunch in the Meatpacking district, we backtracked one block north to Chelsea market (9th Ave between 15th & 16th St) – not so much a real market with market stalls selling fresh fruits and vegetables, but small bakeries, eateries, wine merchants and kitchen supply shops. Lovely!
The Chelsea Market used to be a cookie factory – making Oreo cookies!
A cupcake bakery – I have actually never had a proper cupcake and honestly, I think that they look just a little too sweet (and difficult to eat!?). Muffins are probably more my kind of thing!
Some shops did sell vegetables and fruit! We were discussing if covered market halls with open market stalls (hm, halls and stalls?) are maybe more a European thing but in Philadelphia we visited a more “proper” market, at least from an European perspective.
Baking bread in Chelsea market…
Of course there was a lot more to our NYC visits than just food and eating, we also walked A LOT and did some shopping… But that’s another story (blog post)
*) We didn’t “invite” the other Petra to our blog meeting this time since she was busy getting married in Connecticut!
**) More about Belgian beer cafés in the blog post about Philadelphia – we had a certain Belgian theme to our visit to Philly after the French bistro theme in NYC…