Sunday, September 11, 2011


This two week hiatus is  the longest break I've taken since I started blogging. Needless to say there has been a huge public outcry, and due to overwhelming demand I thought it was about time I got back on it.

I have a good reason for my absence. Four reasons, in fact.

Reason 1) The Parental Visit
My parents hit NYC for two days only, on our way to Atlanta. Two days is not long to see the world's most exciting city but I have to say I pretty much nailed it. I'm considering selling tours,  I did such a great job.

On Day One we did all the posh stuff on the Upper East Side and Midtown. We checked out the Museum of New York, Central Park, Lord & Taylor, the Rockefeller Plaza, Bryant Park and the excellent Morgan Library. It was Mr Morgan of JP Morgan fame's personal library, built specially for his incredible collection of rare manuscripts and first editions. Nice to be a Morgan. Now it's lovely museum. On Day Two we took a boat trip from Chelsea down to Battery Park City, checked out the Financial District and the brilliant, engaging Tenement Museum. We walked the High Line and had a slice of pizza.

So in two days I think we can safely say they saw a good chunk of the city. The key is to chuck money at the problem and just cab it everywhere.

Reason 2) Touring Atlanta
TLOML, my parents and I went to visit TLOML's dad and his family in Atlanta, Georgia. Again, we had just two days to get a flavour of the South. Again, thanks to some excellent itinerization (thanks this time to TLOML's dad), we nailed it. We brushed up on Civil War history, checked out the Gone With the Wind museum, and most importantly ate at a Waffle House and a Chick-Fil-A, two of the South's culinary icons.

Reason 3) 5 Days of Meetings
Yeah, not much to blog about there. 5 days in London, 5 days of windowless meeting rooms. Least said the better.

Reason 4) The Hamptons Substitute
This weekend we, along with our favourite New Yorker, welcomed our favourite West Coast rascal to NYC for a weekend of Big Apple eating and drinking. The Hamptons was originally mooted but we decided to save the megabucks a Montauk hotel would have cost and spend our money instead of cocktails and gourmet delights in the city. Our weekend was carefully structured to ensure we ate and drank in the West Village (Friday night),  Tribeca (Saturday afternoon), the East Village (Saturday night) and Uptown (Sunday brunch). Unfortunately by the time Sunday rolled around we were so exhausted we had to just chill out and watch NFL with Gotham Pizza at Rabbit Hutch Towers.

So during my two week hiatus I generated enough material to write a post everyday - well, except maybe the 5 days of meetings - but just not the time. So brace yourself: you can expect a torrent of posts as I catch up in the next few days.

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