I love brunch

I love brunch. I love waking up a little later on the weekends and think about what I’ll have that morning.

Coffee is an essential part of the meal but it is equally appropriate to have champagne cocktails. You can have a sweet and savory meal at the same time.

But, most of all, I love lingering over my food and catching up with friends or family after a busy week.

I took the first three pictures last January at Untitled in what essentially is the basement of the Whitney Museum in New York. It has a relaxed and casual atmosphere making you feel refined and homey at the same time.

The last two pictures were taken at two different restaurants last February in Johannesburg.

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Brunch at The Dutch

Some photos from the weekend before Christmas taken with instagram.

I met Sarah and her sister, Alyson, in SoHo for brunch on a chilly morning last Sunday, perhaps the only time I’ve ever seen the streets there empty.  Priceless.

We went to The Dutch, the new restaurant by the same chef at Locanda Verde, Andrew Carmellini.  We ordered the pastry board to share, which came with a curry sugar donut, apple cheddar scone and a banana nut muffin.

Sarah had the fried chicken with coleslaw and honey biscuits.  I had the eggs with chorizo and hominy grits and Alyson had the cornmeal flapjacks with blueberries.

We had to wait for the bloody marys (in NY, alcohol isn’t served until noon on Sunday) but it was worth it.

Happy Holidays!

Some photos from the past few weeks taken with instagram

Bryant Park Christmas tree
Santa as Christmas tree vendor
Choir singing at South St. Seaport
Metropolitan Opera
Santa display in Soho storefront window

Guggenheim Museum, New York

I went to the Guggenheim Museum a few weekends ago.  I loved the art collection here but the most memorable part was the building itself.

Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1943, it wasn’t completed until after Wright’s death in 1959.  I liked the compactness of the building, which makes seeing the works on view manageable in one afternoon.

Ascending and descending the helical ramp is the only way to appreciate this modern interior space.

Bryant Park

When you want to get away from the city but can’t, you go to Central Park.  You can find a spot there that makes you forget you live in New York.  But, if you want an oasis right in the middle of skyscrapers and the busy streets of midtown Manhattan, you go to Bryant Park.

Located next to the New York Public Library building, this park is one of my favorites in the city.  It packs a lot in a small space.  You can listen to music, watch movies, play petanque, ping pong and chess, and learn how to knit!  It has fencing, juggling, tai chi, and yoga. It has free wifi, a restaurant, a sandwich and coffee kiosk, by Tom Colicchio no less, and a….

…carousel!  While these are all great reasons to love this park, its pièce de résistance is that it’s built on books.  Bryant Park sits on top of underground storage stacks containing several million books!

UWS

Here are some pics from the Upper West Side neighborhood.  I took this picture while in a cab on the corner of 79th and Broadway.

I’ve never actually tried a Gray’s Papaya hotdog but I heard it’s tasty.