NYC Jaunt

Last weekend, a quick trip to NYC thanks to a Porter flight sale and an apartment loan by a generous friend. I’d never flown on a friday night before, and was pleased as punch to indulge it the classic free porter booze (they pour you a pint of wine) so I was feeling rather pleasant when we met our handsome buds Mark & Daniel at PDT for a hot dog and some of the yummiest cocktails I’ve ever barely been able to afford. But whocaressowhat?! I had a bourbon that tasted of smoke and bacon and contained the most beautiful giant ice cube I’ve ever seen, with some of my favourite men and chased it with a late night roast beef sandwich. What’s up, new york, i love you.

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Seth, my ultra-generous supa-lovely new-york-boy-version-of-me bud was away seeing his ultra-lovely otherLauren in London, so we got to crash at his amazing SOHO apartment, Rage Mountain, with the killer rooftop view and the giant white loftyness (and the 5 story walk-up to help work off the weekend indulgences). Thanks Seth, you’re the man.

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Saturday was over to Brooklyn for brunch at Egg (Eggs Rothko with a side of roast tomatoes and shaved ham/candied bacon WHAT?!), coffee at Blue Bottle, a very restrained lemonade at the Smorgasburg/Brooklyn Record Fair, Brooklyn Flea (where I was very good, thankyouverymuch). Dinner at Seth’s recommendation, Vinegar Hill House, and further cocktails with Frank and Melody at the Dressy Bessy show. No rest for the weekend warriors.

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Dinner was unreal – I wanted to weep each time a dish ended. My duck breast with rhubarb, kohlrabi, peanuts, oats, and cracklings was just amazing. Kevin had the lamb on smashed purple potatoes with feta, and we split a sweet-bread ravioli with porcini and chickpeas. Seriously, I will from this day forth take everything Seth says as truth. When we finished up with a coconut sesame cake with goat cheese sorbet and pickled rhubarb (and a big glass of Kronan swedish punch) it was all I could do not to fall apart. Kevin had the cheese plate – no shock there. Dude is cheese crazy.

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Sunday was all shopping at the usual haunts (Muji, Uniqlo) and we definitely broke the bank, but the deals were amazing and we never shop so whatever. A trip to the baths with Gord (I guess all of Toronto were in the city if they weren’t at the cottage) and a 3 hour dinner at Bohemian with Mark, Daniel and our new friend Kelly and we were done.

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Flight home was beyond brutal – after 2 days of PERFECT weather, a storm made for a rocky trip back, and we were nearly hit by lightning on the flight which was as scary as it sounds. A few days later, I’ve slept it off and can just think back fondly on the weekend. I hope everyone had a similarly wonderful Victoria Day.

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