Monday, April 20, 2015

Busy Weekend

On Friday after work we left town for Saskatoon.  Once we got there we ate dinner at Seoul, a delicious Korean restaurant.

After dinner we met up with some pals and spent the rest of the evening with them, catching up, and having a lot of laughs.

Saturday was spent visiting with my mom, until the evening when we met up with other pals and did some more catching up.  We picked up Thai food for a late dinner in our hotel room.

On Sunday we picked up groceries for my mom, and then had another really nice visit with her.  We shared a sub for a late lunch before heading home.  Once home, we went back out to grab our groceries for the week.

Later in the evening we had some pizza for dinner.

We were both wiped by Sunday evening.  It was a busy, but really fun weekend!

How was your weekend?  What did you do?

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Vacation Detox

Since we've been home from vacation, we've been loading up on veggies.  It always seems we don't get enough of them when we're away.  We had a sandwich loaded with veggies:

Roasted vegetable lettuce wraps:

 Spaghetti squash (roasted, and then baked with sauce and cheese):

And last night we had a veggie curry.

We also BBQd this week for the first time in 2015!

It was so nice to sit outside and visit, which we do every day after work in the summer.  We even saw a little friend ...

We enjoyed our BBQd salmon and potatoes with a big salad.

Have you cooked outside yet this year?

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Until Next Time ... NYC

Soo is a family friend, so much so, that she's family.  A Korean family member (sounds about right for us)!  She met Christopher's sister while they were both working in Korea, but Soo grew up in, and lives in NY.  While there, we had to meet up with her for dinner. 

She took us to Bonchon, a Korean fried chicken franchise (think KFC meets Korea).  The chicken was amazing, and the fries were some of the best we've ever had.

I was happy to have finally met Soo, and we had a really nice visit.  She insisted on paying for dinner (thanks Soo)!  After dinner she showed us a cool, tucked away hotel lounge, called Lantern's Keep.  We had a couple more hours of laughing and visiting.

Other eats in NY included soup from The Original Soup Man (you know, from Seinfeld). 

We also had another night at a comedy club, and more pizza.  We went to The Comedy Cellar twice on this trip, and both times we laughed non-stop.  I highly recommend it.

Our last full day in NY (Friday) was spent lounging around a bit.  We were out late Thursday evening, so we ordered in Thai lunch to our room on Friday.  Later in the afternoon we went to the MOMA, and saw some amazing original paintings including some by Picasso, Dali, Monet, and Van Gogh.  We did a bit of shopping, and went to an Irish pub as well.

For dinner we went to Kunjip, a fantastic, 24 hour Korean restaurant in Korea Town.  The service at this restaurant was probably the most efficient we've ever seen. 

We left very full, and very happy.  Also, Christopher was calling our server "mom" by the time we were leaving (this seems to happen a lot).  He now has a Thai mom, a Korean mom, and his own amazing mom and mother-in-law, haha!

On Saturday morning we had a late breakfast in a place across the street from our hotel, and then headed to the airport.

A yummy beet drink (no, that's not an oxymoron).
We were upgraded to first class on both of our flights home, and it was fantastic.

The flight attendant on our first flight made sure we had beverages (in addition to the bottled water that was waiting for us) before the rest of the passengers were even on board.  We were also given pillows, and blankets, etc. etc..

Our trip to New York was so wonderful, and our list of things to do on our next visit is already too long.  We even found a few hotels we want to stay in on future trips; we loved our hotel, but next time we might step it up a bit on the luxuriousness.  It's vacation after all, and we like to go all out!

Do you have any upcoming vacations or road trips?

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Le Bernadin - 3 Michelin Stars

While in New York we made sure to dine at a restaurant that was awarded three Michelin Stars (the highest number available).  After seeing The Hundred-Foot Journey, in which the owner of a restaurant in the movie is striving to gain her second Michelin Star, we really wanted to dine in a restaurant with the highest accolade we could find.  Le Bernadin was one of very few restaurants in New York to hold three Michelin Stars not only in 2014, but again in 2015.

It has also held four stars from the New York Times for the longest period of time of any restaurant, and was rated 15th best restaurant in the world in Restaurant magazine.

The service was impeccable.  To start, the servers brought us a salmon spread, and a choice of numerous house made breads.

We had two appetizers, the salmon tartare, and the octopus.

Both were incredible.

Christopher had the snapper as his main course, and I had lobster.

The main dishes were perfectly cooked, however they needed a vegetable or something with them, and there was no option to order sides.

We had hazelnut praline and black walnut as our desserts.

The servers also brought us a taste of another dessert.

We're looking forward to our next Michelin dining experience.  This one was really fun!

Is there a restaurant on your bucket list?  What is it?
(Some we hope to visit include Momofuko Ko in NYC, and Sukiyabishi Jiro in Tokyo ... and after we do more research, we'll have more on this list)

Harlem to the Bronx

Our hotel in New York was super cute, and it was in a great location.  Across the street is the pub that was the inspiration for the pub in How I Met Your Mother.  We hung out there one evening.

We also loved that our hotel had a guest lounge.  Every morning we grabbed our coffee from there before heading out.

On Wednesday we headed into Harlem (upper Manhattan) to go to Sylvia's, which we saw on Man vs. Food.  This place is famous for it's soul food, and has served the likes of Nelson Mandela, Barack Obama, among many other notable people.

We passed the Apollo Theatre on the way.

We were so excited to try Sylvia's, as we are hooked on soul food.

The server brought out cornbread to start.

We ordered the shrimp and grits, and the rib/fried chicken combo with mac and cheese, and collard greens.  We shared everything. 

It was fantastic, and we were especially surprised by how good the collard greens were.

After lunch we went to the American Museum of Natural History.

In the evening we went to Yankee Stadium in the Bronx to see a Yankees vs. Jays game.

We shared a hotdog and a cheesesteak sandwich, which was crazy delicious.

Much later that evening we went to BarBacon, a cool restaurant in Hell's Kitchen (right by our hotel), which uses bacon in every menu item

We shared a bacon/flight pairing, that was incredible.  The four different types of bacon were all very distinctly different, and we really enjoyed each one.  We had a few other bacon-themed snacks as well.

Another great day in New York!

Have you ever been to a pro baseball game?  A different sport?

Friday, April 10, 2015

There's Nothing You Can't Do

There is so much to do in NYC.  This is my fourth visit, and I'm feeling like I haven't even scratched the surface, even though I have done a lot.

By our second full day in Manhattan, we had already seen a Broadway show, an off-Broadway show, gone to a comedy club, attended the parade, dined in many awesome restaurants, saw live music, and did loads of sightseeing.

Grand Central Terminal
Remnants of the old CBGBs, the birthplace of punk music in the United States.  It's now a clothing store.
We also had a picnic in Central Park ...

We visited an iconic delicatessen, Katz's.  This place is absolutely massive, and ridiculously busy.  It's been around since 1888, and was the location of the famous dining scene in When Harry Met Sally.

The server brought us some pickles to start.

We then ordered the pastrami/corned beef combo with matzo ball soup, and the brisket sandwich with coleslaw.

The coleslaw was fantastic, the soup was very "blah", and the sandwiches are highly overrated.  I have no idea why people wait in long lines for them ... the meat was flavourless and dry.

Happy Friday!  
What are you up to this weekend?