I love New York.
It’s the total opposite of Valdosta 😉
We got settled into the hotel and spent a couple of hours walking around. It’s perfect because our hotel is right in the middle of all the action and I love to walk around and look at all of the stores and people. I’m definitely a people-watcher and this is the prime place to people watch 😀
Before going out, I hit up the hotel bar with the pilot and we each had a shot of tequila:
Had to get the night started the right way 😉
For dinner, we went to a restaurant I’ve been wanting to try since Megan visited last summer…
The atmosphere in Pure is absolutely gorgeous. It’s dimly lit and everything inside of the restaurant is eco-friendly, from the linens and furniture, to the extremely filtered water. Everything on the menu is raw, vegan and prepared on site.
Megan and I shared a bottle of Cotes de Rhone:
Oh how I love red vino
And we dined on the patio, which is my idea of heaven. It’s in a garden type setting with comfy lounge tables, trees, a fountain and a little bar.
For appetizers we all shared the sushi (filled with jicama “rice”, avocado, mushrooms and cucumber) rolls:
And cashew “cheeses” (spicy, mint and plain) with rosemary crackers:
For my meal, I chose the tamales, which I’ve been wanting to make for quite some time but figured I’d leave it to the pros 😀 I was SO glad I did. The corn filling was so light and delicious with the cilantro and cucumber topping and I looooooved the mole sauce and “sour cream”.
Megan got the stuffed squash blossoms:
Her pilot got the Thai coconut noodles:
And my pilot got the ravioli:
It was the ideal spot for our first dinner in the greatest city in the world.
Of course was had to order dessert 😀
Listen to what I got….. Chocolate INDIAN SPICED ice cream treats. They might as well have called it “The Gina”
There was in ice cream “popsicle” spiced with garam masala, an ice cream cookie sandwich and a coconut ice cream cone. I’m very glad the pilot shared it with me, even though we all know I could have devoured it on my own.
Thanks again to Sarma for giving Megan and I such a beautiful dinner 😀
After our meal, we decided to hit up a nearby karaoke bar called the Watering Hole:
Even though I had a belly full of wine, I didn’t sing. I totally would have but didn’t see any songs I was crazy about on the list. Do you karaoke? What’s your song of choice??
Needless to say, we’re having a wonderful time here and I’m so glad that both of our pilots could join us 😉 I’m not sure when I’ll have the chance to post again but you know I’ll be back soon with the rest of our NY adventures (including an awesome blog lunch that we had today!!).
Have a wonderful weekend!!