New York City is one of the world's most visited tourist destinations and I feel blessed to call this crazy, creative, and chic city my home. If you are planning a visit to Manhattan, here are a few wonderful things that have recently caught my eye and tempted my tastebuds.
I was strolling along Park Avenue and suddenly these gorgeous, curvy, vibrant sculptures appeared - absolute joy! You can see The Three Graces in all their larger-than-life glory until November 15th at Park Avenue and 53rd Street. This exuberant work of art was created by the late Niki de Saint Phalle and more of her sculptures appear on the Park Avenue Mall from 52nd-60th Streets. Visit Art in the Parks for additional information.
I spotted this wacky blue shoe car zipping down Lexington Avenue last week. Apparently, it was a promotional vehicle for the discount retailer Marshalls to promote their shoe department. Will it appear again? Who knows - but that's the magic of Manhattan - you never know what amazing sight will appear, if only for a fleeting moment.
I've had some pretty great culinary moments recently. Last week, I was invited to help judge chocolates at the International Chocolate Awards. It was pretty intense but very delicious! The winners will be announced soon.
Whole Roasted Suckling Pig at The Breslin
Thanks to my friends at Frederick Wildman & Sons (wine & spirits importers) and Pig's Nose Scotch Whisky, I finally experienced the chef's table at one of my favorite restaurants - The Breslin. Our guest of honor was a whole roasted suckling pig - juicy meat + crispy skin = hog heaven!
I've been dining at Kellari Taverna for years and I always recommend it when people ask for dining suggestions near Broadway theatres, Times Square, and Grand Central Station. Kellari Taverna serves authentic Greek cuisine and the seafood is amazingly fresh and expertly prepared. I had lunch there yesterday and it was marvelous - I've never had a bad meal at Kellari Taverna.
A friend treated me to a very ooh la la evening of drinks and dinner at The Mark Restaurant by Jean-Georges. The creative & classic cocktails, superb food and elegant ambiance get high marks from moi. And, I must commend the lighting that makes everyone look like a movie star!