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It was a great trip to NYC. The weather turned out to be amazing every day except Sunday. Warm and sunny, so can’t complain.
Instead of taking in Wicked we saw Chicago with Mr. Peterman from Seinfeld John O’Hurley and Robin Givens. It was excellent. Really enjoyed that. Great music!
We checked out a fantastic new little "hole-in-the-wall" pub in the Village called The Spotted Pig. The best upscale food in this cute little pub setting. Seating is cramped (in NY it’s always cramped!) but the food was so delectable! Try the smoked trout and roasted beets for a starter…and don’t miss the chocolate flourless cake. This was definitely our little "find" this trip.
Avoid at all costs the Saigon Grill at 88th and 2nd Ave. Heard good things about it, but was very very disappointed and Robert and I both suffered some stomach problems afterwards. (yuck I know)
Otherwise we were just delighted with the Frick Collection and a special exhibit of Goya’s Last works. The building that houses the works was Mr. Frick’s residence and it was unbelievable to see that this man had his own museum and art gallery that he basically lived in. Talk about getting inspiration! Apparently he would get up in the night and walk down to the galleries and sit on the sofa in front of some of his favorite works by Rembrandt, Gainsborough, Hans Holbein, Vermeer. What a way to live! The best thing about this museum/gallery is that unlike the Louvre you can actually visit the entire museum and see everything in one afternoon spending quite a bit of time on each piece.
The Guggenheim was nice too, but I’ve come to realize I’m not as big of a fan of modern art as I thought. They did have some wonderful older works and an exceptional painting by Manet that I hadn’t seen before called Woman Looking in a Mirror that I was very taken with. The current special exhibit on metal sculptor David Smith was different, but you need to like structural iron work to really enjoy it I think. For me I like color, shape is great, and form and line can be interesting of course, but when color is lacking I become bored. Probably why I like painting more than simply drawing.
I wanted to take some photos as some of the works really inspired me with new palette ideas for upcoming papers, a work by Picasso and another by a Russian painter were stunning, but unfortunately no photos were allowed. Will have to use the "photo" I took in my mind instead : )
Now that I’m back it full time on for getting ready for some big upcoming consumer shows and also we got word back that the papers are coming along…hoping to have them in the country by April 4th, but they will still need to clear customs and get all the way across from the west to here before we’ll have them to start packing those CHA orders. We will be including more freeBs for everyone who ordered at the show to compensate for the delay.
Off to the Big Apple!
Any orders placed after
EST March 15th will not be shipped out until Monday, March 20th as we’re off to New York City Canada
New York City
Since I’ve studied to be a chef I’m a HUGE foodie and we have about 6 or 7 different restaurants we’ll be hitting. We’re staying in Murray Hill this time for something different. Last time we stayed at the Hudson
A little breakdown of some of my NY hot spots –
The best soup I’ve ever had is at Dishes not far from Times Square
Best crème caramel was at Blue Ribbon Café in the village.
Amazing scallops can be had at the Black Duck, in Murray Hill which is right where we’re staying this time. Man…this is making me hungry!
As you can tell, I’m getting pumped! We’ll have to do a few martinis at the W still. A little bit of a tradition with us, even if they are totally overpriced. I go for the “atmosphere” of the place, but I think Robert likes it because all of the waitresses are very cute and young in teeny tiny low cut outfits with tall black boots. I was impressed with the bar at the Hudson
To really do NY right you need to see a show so we’re going to try to catch Wicked.
Since the art scene is one of the best in the world we’ll be taking in several new exhibits, Goya’s Last Works at the Frick and then the Guggenheim which we tried to get into before but was closed for some renovations. I just know that after visiting these galleries I will be so inspired to create more. Of course after visiting such works of art I feel very inadequate as an artist, but it helps with composition and colors.
A while back we saw one of the best exhibits I’ve ever seen called “Ashes & Snow” at pier 54 in a bunch of shipping containers called the Nomadic Museum Quebec Japan San Francisco
Anyhow…may write more from NYC.