Wednesday, October 17, 2012

East Coast trip: Part One

Hi friends! As I mentioned last time I checked in here, I was on a long and intense road trip from Michigan to New York and beyond. I packed in a ton of visits and had a terrific time.  Here's a look from along the way… 

I took a slight detour into Cincinnati to visit one of Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives finest: Lucky's Cafe. Owner Heather Haviland grows a ton of the ingredients used on the menu and sources much else from local farms and businesses. I had the ridiculously good shipwreck: hash browns, eggs, seasonal veggies, bacon and cheddar cheese. Having set out at 6:30 a.m. that day, I was ready for a nap after this meal. But I pressed on …

After a quick overnight visit in New Jersey to spend time with my brother and his family, I made my way through the rain and the Holland Tunnel into Manhattan where I shacked up with a friend in a teensy hotel room with distant views of the Empire State and Chrysler buildings and around the corner from a gorgeously colorful mural and the New Museum seen below. It's crazy to me to see a Whole Foods on the Bowery. What?!?!

After puttering around a bit, I headed out to Flushing and the New York Hall of Science to check in for the Bust Craftacular. While I was there, I had a chance for a little up close and personal with some of the World's Fair sites I love … Men in Black anyone?
We rounded out the day with a visit to the High Line — loved it! — and an amazing cocktail hour at the Top of the Standard. Apparently the bar was initially called the Boom Boom Room and I'm going to stick with that in my mind. It is a magically theatrical room filled with shimmery gold and curving lines. Before we even made our way into the room, we heard some kind of quartet with a woman singing in peppy yet lounge-y French — accompanied by a young male tap dancer. What?!? Very Matthew Barney as my astute friend pointed out. The female servers were decked out obscenely revealing skin tight dresses made from the most luscious materials in gold and lavendars. This is what I miss about New York! Though I think if you live there, you may tend toward a type of jaded attitude that keeps you from being wowed by this kind of performance. I was wowed. Not the kind of room you snap a lot of photos in, but here is one of the ceiling. *Le sigh.*

 More on my adventures soon …

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