NYC on 9.02.10

restaurant

My day in the Big Apple started off with a big, ripe peach.

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A little history for new readers – I grew up in NJ (where I’m visiting my folks this week) – right across the George Washington Bridge. I also lived in Astoria, Queens for seven years; now that I call Los Angeles my home, it’s always bittersweet to go back to NYC, since things are constantly changing…

Like yesterday’s meetup location – this used to be a Tasti D but now it’s a TLC!

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Some attendees: Danielle (reader), Ada, Gabriela, and Caronae

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The Lite Choice offers four ready-to-go flavors daily (I sampled the Brownie) …

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…but you can also get anything off their menu, so I ordered the pumpkin.

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The main difference between east and west coast frozen dessert bars – the toppings – no fruit/mochi/cake bits

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Almonds on my medium cup

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It was really tasty – and absolutely necessary, with the temperatures in the 90’s. We walked a bit through Central Park – joined by reader Katie and The Salad Girl, Maggie – before succumbing to the heat and sitting in a nearby cafe.

Aroma Espresso Bar gives a free treat with all their orders! I got a small iced mango decaf and saved my chocolate (I hope it didn’t melt in my bag, now that I’m thinking about it….)

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Since it was my only day to catch up with New Yorkers, my buddy (and organic beauty blogger) Emily stopped by near the end of the meetup to escort me down to my next date in Madison Square Park – with some more friends (who are the founders of the Animal Rights Organization Our Hen House).

I bought some Mineral Water so we could sit in Bonobo’s.

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I really did not taste/feel anything particularly special – certainly no magic in that $3 bottle. But the A/C was great!

After catching up with the super vegans I hopped on the 6 train to the Upper East Side for some carnivorous action with the family (sorry, Jasmin and Mariann). One of the things I miss most about New York is riding the subway, listening to music, and people watching.

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Dinner was at a German place my Mom had seen on Anthony Bourdain’s No Reservations.

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Heidelberg Restaurant kinda feels like stepping into an attraction at Epcot – circa 1985 – especially with all the servers dressed in lederhosen and dirndls.

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This was my first time seeing my cousin Stephanie since we were little itty bitties! She grew up to be quite the lovely woman, both inside and out.

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The bread basket was overflowing with all sorts of selections.

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A taste of each. Not a butter fan, so it was pretty dry, but I was hungry so I ate it all.

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My folks were the only ones to drink alcohol – I think this wasn’t even the “large” size?

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For the four of us, we ordered 3 main entrees and one side dish to share. My mom kept talking about the Pig Knuckles that Anthony Bourdain tried, but when I ordered the “Eisben” the waitress informed me we probably wanted the Schweineshaxe. Danke!

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The tray she brought out was so impressive we all oohed.

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Also with the Roasted Pork Shank and Smoked Bratwurst came cabbage and potato dishes galore.

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My favorite were the potato pancakes with applesauce – perfectly fried, thick, and chewy.

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Plate 1

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Seconds on everything

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Tons o’ mustard

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I heart Heidelberg! None of us were especially impressed with the Bratwurst, which was a bit tough (my folks had issues with the pork too) but I thought everything else was delicious. The environment was unique and I liked the Andes chocolate mints that came with the check.

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Thanks Mom and Dad for a fun dinner!

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  • http://morethanjustaverage.blogspot.com genesis

    wow, all that food looks really good. havent had pigs knuckle in a long time. and ive only had potato pancakes once and have been trying to find a place nearby that will fill that hole in my gut :)

    oh and i finally got to listen to The Because Show podcast…that pasta sounds pretty amazing.

  • http://www.andreaswellnessnotes.com Andrea@WellnessNotes

    Wow! What a busy and tasty day! Enjoy your time with your family! :)

  • http://thenondairyqueen.blogspot.com/ Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen)

    What a fun day! My husband would have been all over that German restaurant!

  • Danielle

    Yesterday was a good day, so glad i was able to make the trip. Best day I had in a long time…& that “ice cream” was really good. Hope you enjoyed your day in NY. Have a nice time visiting your family:-)

  • http://www.thefoodieinthecity.com Jenna

    It is always bittersweet to go back to the area you grew up in, I totally get that. What a fun day, seems like you packed it full!

  • http://thoughtshelf.blogspot.com Marie

    Ha! That Schweinshaxe looked great! And you can congratulate yourselves for not getting “Eisbein” – living in Berlin where that dish is from I can guarantee: it’s disgusting! “Haxe” (and Bavarian food in general) is always the better option. :)

  • http://secondcityrandomness.wordpress.com Amy @ Second City Randomness

    I’m so jealous of the NYC meet up! My first big Chicago one is in a couple weeks and we’re doing brunch. I think one day we’ll have to switch it up to frozen yogurt…

  • Danielle

    btw did anyone else notice that the was “90210”? lol coincedence? lol

  • http://www.luvtoeat.wordpress.com lequan@luvtoeat

    Wow! What a busy girl you were! Glad you’re having a wonderful time. You definitely have your Mom’s beautiful features, dear! Enjoy the rest of your family time. I love family time.

  • http://veggiegirlvegan.blogspot.com VeggieGirl

    Too bad we weren’t in the city at the same time – just like when I was in California, we missed each other too :(

  • http://snackingsquirrel.blogspot.com Kelsey

    haha i thought u were going to say ur big day in the big apple started with a.. big apple! but hey, a peach will have to do ;)

    good job for getting a medium cup of frozen ‘ice cream’ .. i always feel sad when someone goes for the small, maybe cuz it just never feels like enough, ya know? lol MMM even tho its meant to be light and healthy, they sure do a good job at having amazing topping options to choose from. very nice :)

    xoxo

  • http://collegaleats.blogspot.com Ada

    Aww you look just like your parents! I’m glad you got to meet up with them at Heidelburg, I went there once years ago and really enjoyed it.

    Yesterday was so fun, it was really great to see you again! I will definitely tell MR that you say hello:)

    Enjoy the rest of your trip!

  • greensandjeans

    Your parents are so cute! German food is just good for the soul in my opinion.

  • http://lowandbhold.wordpress.com lowandbhold

    How fun! I need to go to New York, of this I am certain!

  • http://www.eatlivespin.com Vicky @ eat live spin

    Looks like you are having a great time!! Bonobo’s also has an expensive, but good drink called Coconut Chi.

  • http://thoughtfulplate.wordpress.com gargupie

    If you like German food, there’s another hidden gem in Queens too! :)

  • http://www.simplylifeblog.com/ Simply Life

    Looks like a fun time in the city!

  • http://mealsandmoves.wordpress.com janetha g.

    that peach is glorious! my favorite fruit! next time you are in SLC look me up, lady!

  • http://www.juliegolean.com julie

    what a fun meetup! i had TLC last night too :) splitskied the brownie & the cookies n cream! sooo good

  • http://edenseats.wordpress.com edenseats

    What fun! Very jealous of the meetup, but I’m glad I had one with you back in LA! Is it me, or are the peaches from la so much better? and I must be sooo immature for thinking this, but I find those two sausages very…umm…..phallic?

  • http://www.faithfitnessfun.com Tina

    That looks like a fun night. I don’t ever think of German restaurants…especially not in NY.

  • http://www.cksmetalart.blogspot.com Cindy

    Yum. Love German food…except for the sauerkraut.

    It was so hot in NYC when I was there that I knowingly got on the wrong train on several occasions just to get off the sweltering platforms. …and I live in Florida!!

    Have a great time visiting family/friends!

  • http://une-vie-saine.com Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine

    It was so great to meet you on Thursday!! I didn’t even remember you taking a picture, but it turned out great. Hope you enjoy the rest of your time with your family!

  • http://aveggiegirl.blogspot.com/ Marina

    Aww, sorry I missed the meet-up! Definitely next time!!