My day in the Big Apple started off with a big, ripe peach.
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!
The Lite Choice offers four ready-to-go flavors daily (I sampled the Brownie) …
…but you can also get anything off their menu, so I ordered the pumpkin.
The main difference between east and west coast frozen dessert bars – the toppings – no fruit/mochi/cake bits
Almonds on my medium cup
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….)
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.
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.
Dinner was at a German place my Mom had seen on Anthony Bourdain’s No Reservations.
Heidelberg Restaurant kinda feels like stepping into an attraction at Epcot – circa 1985 – especially with all the servers dressed in lederhosen and dirndls.
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.
The bread basket was overflowing with all sorts of selections.
A taste of each. Not a butter fan, so it was pretty dry, but I was hungry so I ate it all.
My folks were the only ones to drink alcohol – I think this wasn’t even the “large” size?
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!
The tray she brought out was so impressive we all oohed.
Also with the Roasted Pork Shank and Smoked Bratwurst came cabbage and potato dishes galore.
My favorite were the potato pancakes with applesauce – perfectly fried, thick, and chewy.
Seconds on everything
Tons o’ mustard
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.
Thanks Mom and Dad for a fun dinner!