Posts Tagged ‘upper west side’

Never Really Been So I Don’t Really Know

Saturday, February 27th, 2010

me, fairway

I have run an informal, not- for -profit concierge service for years.  I field calls weekly from various friends asking what restaurant to go to for certain occasions.  I like giving this advice, I love sharing information.  From very early on in life I have loved connecting people.

If I’m in a hotel, no matter where or when, I’m often found deep in conversation, in a hot tub, probably about food with strangers.  I once belonged to the Loews Hotel fitness club which was, and is, not terribly expensive and comes with the use of their pool, hot tub, steam room.  It was a great deal and I really love to swim and didn’t have a pool of my own at the time.  Most nights I could be found in the hot tub with random people telling them where to eat while they were in L.A. on vacation.  Great for THEM.

Years ago,  I remember sitting in a hot tub in the Berkshires, at a hotel I recommend by the way,  called Porches.  I told some of my new -found “friends for the next 20 minutes “that I would be spending a lot of time on the upper west side of New York.  They were my east coast counterparts.  They told me all these places I needed to go.  Did I listen? Well, I never forgot but I never really tried all, no make that any of their suggestions.  I am set in my ways and love my Magnolia cupcakes so much that I totally disregarded their recommendation of the “real” best cupcakes in the city.  They had said the name Mitchell London and it sounded like a salon and not a food place so I just ignored it.  The mental note was still there and sometimes I would pass a Mitchell London store as I was headed to a museum or somewhere to eat on the upper east side.  But I just kept ignorant.  And, it was maybe better that way. (more…)

Nice Matin

Wednesday, August 26th, 2009


The great thing about New York and lets face it everything is great about it, is that you pretty much have to or should walk to your destination.  And by destination,I mean restaurants of course!  After that long walk, sometimes many blocks, you will be rewarded by the spectacular food.  And when I say “food” in New York, I’m talking about bread, no comparison to any bread I’ve ever had in L.A.

Bread server just came by and I’m always greedy so I ask for one of everything, and then I often have them hunt for the heel.  Runs in the family, my dad was keen on the heels and would ask busboys to go fetch “the end” as he called it, from the kitchen.  Okay, breads not killing me today which is probably  good (better for my health) because I can really scarf down the bread and butter.  I’m thinking maybe this isn’t the day for the freshest bread but what I always like about Nice Matin is that you don’t have to ask for butter.  It’s automatically served. (more…)