Day Four: The One Thing

With a family of five visiting a city full of iconic, interesting and novel things to do, it can be very challenging to make sure that everyone comes away feeling fulfilled and happy. The way we have chosen to deal with this on our trip to New York City is to have each of the boys choose one thing they want to do each day.

This is my fourth visit to New York City and, frankly, I have happily taken a back seat to the three boys for their very first one. There are certainly things that I would like to do in the city but I figure that they can all wait until Simon and I are down here on our own in the future.

And, we have been so enjoying watching the boys fall in love with this amazing city!

IMG_1650As we were planning our day this morning, it was decided that Simon and I would each have some time alone today. As much as we are enjoying our family togetherness, we felt that we each needed a little break from the kids. And so, I took the kids up the Empire State Building this morning and Simon is taking them to the Yankees game tonight.

Zachary was so cute this morning asking me what I would do with my time. He wanted to know what my ‘one thing’ would be…

I hadn’t even dared to hope for my ‘one thing’!

IMG_1682Do you remember a few months back when I told you that Raw Food Real World is my favourite raw food cookbook (in a post called Time With My Guy)? Well, tonight I am at Sarma Melngailis and Matthew Kenney’s restaurant called Pure Food and Wine and I feel as if I am in the middle of a celebrity sighting!

As I was walked through the restaurant out into the back garden a few moments ago, Sarma Melngailis was seated in the restaurant meeting with one of her staff. I so wanted to rush up to her and say…”I just LOVE what you do, I LOVE your book and I now LOVE your restaurant!!!!!

Needless to say, I did not make a complete fool of myself but I sure thought about it!

IMG_1683And so, here I sit on the stunningly beautiful patio in the back of the restaurant with my glass of organic red wine and my beautiful plate of Zucchini and Heirloom Tomato Lasagna. I am pretty sure that the Mint Sundae with Chocolate Mint Cookies and a cup of organic peppermint tea will be my dessert.

Oh, I just could not feel more appreciative to be here on this beautiful patio tonight watching people drift in and out while I savour this delicious food that is nourishing not just my body but my spirit as well!

Who knew that I would actually get my ‘one thing’ on this trip…talk about Radically and extraordinarily happy!!!!!!!!!! 🙂IMG_1681

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Day 2- Loving the Big Apple

What a fantastic day!

Started at 9:00am and got back to our hotel at 10:30pm. No wireless access tonight so today’s pics will have to wait.

What a way to spend a Monday!

Extraordinary…!!!

(Now that we have wireless, here are the Day 2 pics…)

Our favourite scene from 'Enchanted'!

Our favourite scene from ‘Enchanted’!

Can you tell Michael and Zach are fighting? I am laughing and Max is SO not amused!

Can you tell Michael and Zach are fighting? I am laughing and Max is SO not amused!

This is what an exhausted teenager does in Central Park while his brothers run around like lunatics! :)

This is what an exhausted teenager does in Central Park while his brothers run around like lunatics! 🙂

A quiet moment in Central Park

A quiet moment in Central Park

Move over Tom Hanks...!!!

Move over Tom Hanks…!!!

The view from our ferry

The view from our ferry

On the Staten Island ferry with the Statue of Liberty in the background

On the Staten Island ferry with the Statue of Liberty in the background

Lady Liberty...so impressive up close!

Lady Liberty…so impressive up close!

Freedom Tower in the background

My guys…Freedom Tower in the background

Freedom Tower

Freedom Tower

9/11 Memorial...so moving

9/11 Memorial…so moving

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Last stop of the day...Times Square at night- wow!

Last stop of the day…Times Square at night- wow!