Dec 5 2019

Leaves

The foliage, of different kinds, shapes and colors.


Nov 29 2019

The Two Popes


Times Square, Friday, Nov 29, 2019

Passing by the Square, although it was only at the end of November, the day after Thanksgiving, but Christmas was already in the air. Many characters are dressed up as Santa or in red. As I was heading to the Central Park, I felt very cheerful. Blissful. Peaceful. 


Nov 29 2019

A Black Friday in New York


I rarely venture out on a Black Friday, not to mention shopping.

Not disappointed today.

Not due to shopping (concert tickets) but just enjoyed the day in the Big Apple, from the Park to the shops to the streets. Walked a hearty 6.6 miles.

The Lincoln Center

Columbus Circle, Time Warner Center, Amazon Bookstore

 

The streets


Nov 29 2019

I fall in love with Central Park

I see something golden and yellow … on a Black Friday.

 


Nov 24 2019

Bouchon Bakery & Cafe


10 Columbus Cir, 3rd Flr
New York, NY 10019

Probably will return?

Been here before for a tea, loved their view and casual attitude. It’s just right for us, before a 3pm concert.

I enjoyed my spicy mint tea and smoked salmon (lox), but the sliced cucumber are old, and their service could have been a little more attentive – like not wet my phone when putting down the tea pot with hot water for my tea. Not sure I heard “I’m sorry” …

My friend said it’s the best French toast ever. Maybe it is or maybe bec I was paying … Overall, the food is good …

    

On a Black Friday


Nov 24 2019

The Hungarian trio


First row’s trauma: the belly attack. I’m not a fan of front rows and this is a good reminder, ha ha ha.

The trio Bence Szepesi (clarinet), Kristóf Baráti (violin) and Éva Polgár on the piano, played @ Judy and Arthur Zankel Hall – Carnegie Hall:

  1. Aram Khachaturian, trio for clarinet, violin & piano
  2. Schuman’s Fantasy Pieces for clarinet & piano
  3. Brahms’ Intermezzo in A-major
  4. Béla Bartók, contrasts for clarinet, violin & piano

I enjoyed the second and third pieces but the fourth was bit too modern for me. It’s my first time to Zankel Hall, its interior decor reminds me of Shalin Liu Center in Rockport.

Their performance is arranged by AGP Agency, an international full service talent management and production company, based in New York, with remote outlets in Singapore, Budapest, Tokyo and Taiwan. I think the host mentioned that one of the musicians (Kristóf Baráti ?) is heading off to China after the performance.

As we entered the building for the performance, an Asian woman was handing out 神韵 Shen Yun booklet. Oh boy …

第一排的坏处是 … 7⃣️ OMG 欧嘛膏
小鲜肉 … 不好意思 (俺够讨厌[捂脸])
Éva Polgár 小姑凉的上衣漂亮喔

 


Nov 22 2019

Taci’s Beyti


1953 Coney Island Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11223

Turkish, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean.

Will return.

Inviting ambience, delicious food and good service.


7pm on a Friday evening, we were seated right away. A waiting staff was examining two wine glass against the light and when he was satisfied, he put on our table, which was next to their glass cabinet. Throughout the evening, more glasses were added to the cabinet and inspected before being placed on the tables. I thought about the dirty fork at Half Moon the other day … the devil is in the details.

Although all the food we ordered and shared were delicious, but the tender cubical calf liver is worth an extra shout: for I rarely eat inside stuff and they were yummy.

We finished two bottles of red: you can bring your own wine. Not sure they charge corkage. Before we left, they surprised us with a huge plate of fruits.

Thank you so much!!

Street parking, free after 7pm.

    


Nov 15 2019

The sunset at library

A lovely sunset by the library.

the sunset last November 2018, almost to the date.

 


Nov 15 2019

Autumn 2019

Deep into the autumn

 

some clouds …


Nov 9 2019

Half Moon


1 High St
Dobbs Ferry, NY 10522

Won’t return.

Great view, large portion, lousy and very very slow service.

We arrived at 1:09 pm on a weekday. Only a few tables.
I asked the staff to change my unused but dirty fork. They never bothered to bring a clean one.
Delicious warn bread.
Our appetizers were finally serviced at 1:51.
The portion is simply big.
I got up and walked around, after failing to get them to serve us.

The French fries is pretty yummy and I ate a lot of it.
We finally left, two full hours later.