So we’re into week 51 of Meatless Monday… Fully based in the States this week and primarily in NYC still so that is what I will focus on…
Here’s my week in 4 (week ending Sunday 19 June 2016):
- We have really made the most of our time in the city and seen a whole bunch of stuff which I hadn’t before, the city really does have so so much to offer, it’s the kind of place where you only ever feel like you’re getting the tip of the iceberg when you go there, but I would suggest going for 4-5 days at a time as there is just so much walking and we were both glad that we did our 4 days before flying on to see my sister in Michigan. One of the fab things which we saw this time but I hadn’t seen last time is all the amazing street art – we found this one in the East village and Adam took a photo of me in front of it – it’s just so full of colour – I love it – well worth keeping your eyes peeled as you walk round the city for any possible examples.
- On one of our final days in the city we went to the World Trade 911 memorial fountains… 911 is a day I will never forget along with everyone else in my generation, it just seemed so unreal as we watched it play out on the TV, I remember I was in town shopping on the way back from MK College and one of my contemporaries came running over to me and said “Gill, go home and turn on the TV, WW3 is about to start!” – Well thank God that didn’t exactly happen but it certainly did change the world and we know it – so so sad how many innocent people died that day, how in spite of how it came about, as I am aware that there are many many conspiracies about how the towers came down and who exactly was behind it all, the point is far far too many innocent people lost their lives that day, far too many families were broken forever! I think it really sank in for me and finally didn’t feel like it was all just a movie when I watched the Fireman documentary on the events of the day – that brought it home and made it all real. Last time I was in NYC in 2008 the site was still just a massive hole in the ground which we just drove past on our cab ride uptown, so I really wanted to make sure I saw the finished memorial this time around. I have to say I was quite blown away by its beauty, it really had been designed to be such a poignant, peaceful and beautiful place to reflect, and I can only imagine that I would bring some peace to those who lost people they knew and loved on that horrific day. This is one of my favourite photos I took at our visit, hope you love it too.
- Today was the official start of summer and the longest day – we were based in Michigan and it has been boiling (29’C) all so we have mostly just lazed round the house huddling round various fans and going to the nice cool basement whenever we have an opportunity to as my sister is yet to have her AC installed. It’s been lovely hanging out with my American family as, we only get to see them a maximum of once a yr and a minimum of every 3 which can be hard to take so I really to cherish any opportunity I have to spend with them.
- Finally I wanted to mention the second tragedy to take place since we have arrived in the States, the 1st being the Orlando shooting; an American-born man who’d pledged allegiance to ISIS gunned down 49 people early Sunday at a gay nightclub in Orlando, the deadliest mass shooting in the United States and the nation’s worst terror attack since 9/11, authorities said. And the second, Congresses complete failure to even amend any of the gun laws post this dreadful attack which was confirmed today – I can’t even describe my disgust at this – I just don’t understand the rationale of these people, how can they possible think that no changes are needed! Seriously!
Right onto food…
It’s worth stating that this Monday just gone I was really suffering with jet lag as we had only just arrived in the country and so my eating was still very topsy-turvy… luckily after 24 hrs I did finally regulate and have felt fine ever since… 🙂
Breakfast was just simply and what our AirBnB host had kindly left for us to use in the apartment, a nice blended part cornflake part granola cereal and some Tropicana orange juice, I then came across this really tasty Raspberry Lemonade, also by Tropicana, which I don’t believe we can get back home but was really refreshing in the heat so I bought some from the deli downstairs to take out and about with me.
I have called this lunch/brunch this week as it was probably closer to a 2nd breakfast, but end of the day I was still getting used to the 5 hrs time difference, it was what I fancied and it was yummy. I found this gorgeous cafe just off of Central Park and down from the Guggenheim with help of the places to eat function on google maps, which is so easy to use and really does show you some places which you wouldn’t otherwise find. I just ordered some really nice fresh, brown honey toast and one of the nicest cups of earl grey tea I have had in a very long time! – who said American’s don’t know how to make tea – I definitely proved that theory wrong with this place. and had to post you some photos of the inside too as it really was just stunning architecture, highly recommend you checking it out if you are ever in the city!
By Linner/Dinner, with my stomach still utterly confused as to what was going on, I unfortunately made the school-girl veggie 101 error of ordering a veggie burger in a restaurant, if I’m honestly with myself pretty much because my husband had ordered a delicious looking meat burger and the chips looked awesome too – so I though – oh it won’t be that different, it will totally meet that need – right – wrong! Learn from my mistake – never order a meat substitute in a restaurant, especially one which doesn’t specialise in veggie food – it’s along the same lines as the rule to never order a curry outside of an Indian restaurant it is just always a disappointment! I just wish I had ordered the veggie pesto pasta – which I was toying with the idea of – but then I got won over by the idea of the chips…damn it. Ah well it wasn’t all bad – it just meant that dinner (linner) consisted of the very nice French Fries and the side salad which came with the burger which I just couldn’t eat 🙂
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Find out how I got on to Meatless Mondays in the first place by watching this video:
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