There are some experiences that stay with you long after they are over. I recently had just that. About a week and a half ago, I ventured east to New York City for the weekend. It was my first trip to the Big Apple, and within minutes of arriving, I knew it would not be my last. While I love the wide open spaces I come from, the vibrancy of the city left me feeling inspired and energized.
What brought me to New York? Well, I had the privilege to photograph a cookbook by my friend Laura, ‘The Best Homemade Kids Lunches on the Planet’. She was having a book signing at Barnes & Noble that weekend and graciously invited me to tag along. We have a second book (!) coming out in just two short weeks, so this was a chance to celebrate that, the beginning of work on a third book and a time for us to collaborate face to face.
Laura is no novice when it comes to New York, and I could not have had a better tour guide for the weekend. One of the first things we did, was venture to the Top of the Rock, the 67th floor at Rockefeller Plaza. From that vantage point, she taught me the layout of the city, as well as its’ streets and Burroughs. After a few pics of the gorgeous skyline, we set out to explore.
If the step tracker on my phone is right (and my legs/feet would agree), we put in a good 13 miles of walking each of the three days we were there.
I have so many pictures to share from my NYC adventure. Below are just a few…Rockefeller Plaza, Union Square Farmers Market (oh the lilacs!), and the book signing. I’ll save the rest for another post…the One World building and memorial, Times Square and Central Park.
Two food bloggers hanging out in a place like New York, and there’s sure to be some goodness when it comes to eating. On Friday, we had a late, light dinner at Le Pain Quotidien. Two words: avocado toast. So simple, and brilliant. Avocado on thinly sliced, crusty wheat bread topped with course gray sea salt, cumin, lemon zest and red pepper flakes. I loved it so much I had it again for brunch on Saturday, after visiting the Union Square Farmers Market.
Ingredients Instructions Notes Inspired by Le Pain Quotidien
Inspired by Le Pain Quotidien