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The Report: “Special Meal” on Lufthansa

Vegetarian (Indian) Special Meal

Vegetarian (Indian) Special Meal

Ok, I admit, it doesn’t look all that appetizing. But if you think about what you normally get on an airplane – some soggy peas and carrots plotzing under a cardboard-dry grey piece of chicken with an unidentifiable lump of something (mashed potatoes?) next to it…you have to be fair with your comparison. Because after eating this vague mix of mashed up looking stuff (with some rice in the middle), I have to say that for all future cross-atlantic trips, I will never be eating the terrible Spaghetti Bolognese or Chicken Teriyaki again.

This here is the “Vegetarian (Indian) Meal” that I special ordered about 26 hours before I got on the flight home. And it was pretty good. Fairly standard stuff for Indian food – a Paneer Masala, some dal and some rice. A little bit of yogurt. A strange “salad” of chana (chickpeas) that was the only sort of odd dish because Indians would never eat chickpeas that way – with no spices, just plain. At least I don’t think they would. And contrary to predictions (take note, Dirk), there *was* a dessert – the orange stuff in the corner there was a reasonably tasty carrot halwa.

There seemed to be quite a few people ordering special meals on the flight – I was mostly surrounded by Italians, although I don’t know why, and some of them had ordered meals as well, although I didn’t get a good look at them. Two orthodox Jewish men sat one row ahead of me and they received a very carefully packaged Kosher meal. I tried craning my neck to see what they had in there (order kosher next time?), but no luck. Amusing was the fact that the meals seemed to come packaged with prayers or readings. I saw one of the men pull out the slip of paper from his tray and read it after the meal.

One other amusement on the flight. About half-way through I turned to see a DOG on the plane in the row a little further down. A little guy, he was sitting at that point between his owners on the seat – quite a surprise because I always thought they had to stay in their little cage under the seat for the whole flight. Later, when I snapped this shot, he was on the floor. He was quiet as a mouse, though. It was only chance that I even noticed him there.

Pooch in the plane

Pooch in the plane

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The end of the month in the big apple

Pussywillows blooming everywhere along the High Line

Pussy willows blooming everywhere along the High Line

Woo hoo! I’m home. I think I must have woken up 20 times last night in a fuzzy half-conscious state wondering where I was. The way you map your dark bedroom in your head – there’s the light, there’s the window, here is the edge of the bed, bathroom in that direction – it was completely skewed after a month of sleeping somewhere else. But still, when the fuzz cleared for a half a second, there was the satisfactory feeling of “oh, I am in my own bed and it is so comfortable!”

Yesterday, after landing in the morning and heading home, throwing in a load of laundry, taking a shower, eating some toast and an egg, I jumped on the bike and peddled into work to get my month of expense reports done (you know what it costs to live in a hotel in new york for a month? you better up your credit card limit…omg), taking the scenic route along the river. Beautiful weather, and there were sunbathers all along the banks of the Isar enjoying it. There was a moment, as I crossed a bridge to head into the inner city that I almost stopped and got off my bike to take a photo of the green blue river, the sunlight, the bathers, the bridge. But then thought…why not just enjoy it…and so I did. No photo for you, sorry.

As I was riding, I really considered the month in New York and the varied conversations with friends, family, and client about whether I could move to New York, and the feeling at least at that moment was that there would be no way I could trade the serenity of Munich for the hussle and crazy creativity of New York. I am definitely a “great to visit, but can’t live here” kind of New York person. But I have also learned: never say never.

Cherry blossoms?

Cherry blossoms?

And I have to admit, the last few days in New York were also splendid. Blossoms opening everywhere, and inside the buildings and museums, the city was celebrating the explosions of color too – my mother probably took 20 photos of the forsythias in the lobby of the Met when we were there.

Forsythia in the lobby of the Met

Forsythia in the lobby of the Met

Weather a perfect cool 65 degrees Fahrenheit. Taco trucks everywhere. 😉 Sarah, the information architect I brought in from Germany to help me for two weeks, had arrived a couple days back and for my last day I dragged her over to get lunch with me at the third taco truck I think I’ve tried. Perhaps the best yet!

Taco truck lunch

Taco truck lunch

These were from a lunch a few days before the kimchi taco lunch, but look more or less the same:

Korean tacos for lunch

Korean tacos for lunch

I know I should rave more about the great restaurants I got to visit while I was there:

Milos – the best greek seafood I’ve ever had. Fresh, almost no sauces – very pure flavors.

Esca – again seafood, this time Italian, I ordered some sea urchin pasta! Lovely.

And then there was the untried but highly desired place I missed out on because there was no chance in hell I was going to wait 2+ hours to get in: Redfarm. Believe me, I walked by a couple times to ask if they had room for one. The owner and host looked at me and said “We don’t discriminate against single diners, we just don’t have room for you for at least 2 hours.” My colleague, Alex, had the same experience when he tried to get in a few days earlier alone.

The biggest “foodie” experience, though, was probably still the trucks. It wasn’t the best food (Esca was!), but it was great fun to look at Edible City every day and find out who/what was cruising around the office.

I can’t say I am looking forward to the long flight back to New York in a week, but there are always great things there to enjoy.

West Village flowers

West Village flowers

 

 

 

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Fog City New York

You’d think I were home in the bay area if you could see the fog swirling around today. And the problem is I promised my parents GOOD weather when they visited me this weekend. On my breakfast run this morning, I comforted myself with the fact that there was the whole day yet ahead before they arrived to burn off the white blanket lying heavy on the city.

Morning fog

Morning fog

But now on my walk back to the hotel a few minutes ago I find that the sun hasn’t found its way down and I can only hope that tomorrow is better, although we’ll likely be in museums and shops during the day and headed to a new Broadway play, “Venus in Fur” in the evening.

Evening Fog on the Hudson

Evening Fog on the Hudson

Final weekend before I head back home next Friday, although now it looks like I get a week home or maybe two before heading back here for a bit. Hmm. It’s gone faster and been more interesting than anticipated, but I still would really like to be back for longer. It is tiring to live in a hotel.

 
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Posted by on March 17, 2012 in New York City

 

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Words Words Words in NYC

Just (hopefully) a few laughs here as I post a couple photos of words I have seen while walking around NYC. I didn’t manage to capture even half of what I wanted to – couldn’t grab phone out fast enough or something of that nature.

On the run I did along the Hudson on Friday (and from which I am still sore – ouch – long run on pavement hurts like hell, even worse than a treadmill).

You Go Girl - Hudson River Run - Motivation! :-)

You Go Girl - Hudson River Run - Motivation! 🙂

This storage company’s signs – kind of obnoxious, but made me look and laugh.

Hudson River Run bilboard

Hudson River Run bilboard

The dumpling truck I had lunch from on Friday

Dumpling truck

Dumpling truck

Passed a specialized store: rice pudding – many different flavors. It was before I had eaten dinner, though, so I didn’t stop. It was jammed with people, though. So looks like worth going back.

Rice Pudding Place - haven't tried yet

Rice Pudding Place - haven't tried yet

Rice Pudding Place

 

Shampoo bottles that caught my eye.

Shampoo bottles

Shampoo bottles

 

 
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Posted by on March 4, 2012 in New York City

 

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First stop…Food Trucks

Foodtrucks

25 best NYC food trucks

Even if I am feeling a little bitter about being shunted back over the Atlantic for a month, I am trying to look on the bright side. I mean, New York is food heaven – from all I’ve heard. My last trip there, not including a few touchdowns here or there during travel elsewhere, was in 2000! And back then, well, life was a little different (priorities, budget, time I had there, blah blah blah).

But it isn’t Per Se that is first on my list of places to try out (and who knows if I could even get a reservation – you have to book a month in advance…so there goes that)..it’s rather the new street food culture: food trucks.

Some of them sound incredibly delicious:

New York City Cravings Truck: Pair the meaty Taiwanese fried pork or fried chicken over rice ($7) with a side of anchovies with peanuts and chili peppers ($4).

Richshaw Dumpling Truck: The chicken and thai basil are the best of these snack-size savory creations.

Endless Summer:The juicy pork ($2.50) or beef ($3) tacos with avocado crema are deliciously overstuffed.

Super Tacos: Try the tlacoyos ($3): long masa flatbreads stuffed with refried beans and topped, tamale style, with bright-orange spicy pork, sweet chopped onion, lettuce, and cilantro.

So…in between stakeholder interviews and workshop moderation I will be sneaking peeks at twitter to find out where the korean tacos are gonna be later in the evening…

Not to despair, though, I have also managed to find a gym less than a mile from the hotel in which to work off the calories…so feel free to drop by and find me here in the mornings before work.

Crunch Gym

Crunch Gym

 

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