Tuesday, December 4th, 2012
Most parents, new or veteran, will agree that one of the hardest parts about having a child is finding time to spend as a couple. Bill and I probably waited a bit long to leave Henry with a sitter, but we left him when we felt comfortable. Now that Henry is one and sleeping well (finally) we thought it might be a good time to sneak away for a weekend and give him some time with Grandma and Grandpa. We tossed around a few ideas, Napa in the spring to make up for the HORRIBLE trip we took to celebrate Bill and his twin’s 40th birthday. (Don’t travel when you’re 35 weeks pregnant, folks. Especially when your BIL is dating an evil witch.) or Vegas for some pool time. Bill called one day from work to let me know that he had several meetings coming up in NYC that coordinated nicely with my birthday. So, we talked to his parents, booked tickets and then I invented a million reasons why I should cancel the trip.
But, I went and while driving away from the house on Friday morning as super hard, I’m so glad I did.
We didn’t have any real plans on Friday night, but I was starving when I arrived, so I freshened up a bit before heading out to have a couple drinks and some snacks. We walked down to Rockefeller Center to see the tree (and OMG THE PEOPLE) and then did some people watching in our hotel bar before heading up to bed. (There were some girls in pajamas in the bar. I’m from Portland where pajamas at the grocery store are a normal occurrence and even I was appalled).
The next morning, we had lunch reservations at Babbo, so we jumped in a cab for a trip over to Greenwich Village. We walked around to kill some time and saw two gentlemen who I’m pretty sure were paparazzi. I then became obsessed with seeing who they might have been looking for. Spoiler: I saw no famous people on this trip. Disappointing.
We made our way back to Babbo and settled in for an amazing lunch. I had the buffalo mozzarella, the gnocchi and the olive oil and rosemary cake (OMG) for dessert. Bill had shrimp to start and the beef cheek ravioli, which he gave me several bites of and it was fantastic. From there, we went over to Chelsea Market, which is not a great place to visit when you are not hungry. There were so many little places to grab a bite to eat and we were stuffed.
After a luxurious nap, we went out for some shopping and I was able to visit my beloved Uniqlo. The store was kind of a zoo and I was kind of not in the mood for that, so it was a quick trip. I left with a pair of aqua cords and three pairs of pants for Henry.
That evening, we got all gussied up for dinner at Le Bernardin, which has been high atop our list of “dream dinners” for quite some time. We weren’t able to snag a French Laundry reservation during our last (nightmare) trip to Napa and this more than made up for it. We went with the Le Bernardin tasting menu and wine pairings. My favorites were the cauliflower soup that came as part of our amuse bouche, a lobster lasagna that had a truffle butter emulsion over it and a black bass in a Peruvian chicha broth. SO AMAZING, ALL OF IT. The food, the service, the wines, the atmosphere. Everything.
On Sunday we really had nothing planned, but we knew that we had to check out the “secret” burger restaurant that is “hidden” in the lobby of our hotel, Le Parker Meridien. We hopped in line, which luckily moved pretty quickly. When we got to the entrance of the restaurant, we were kind of shocked by what we saw. It’s a…dive in the middle of a fancy hotel lobby. Well, I’m glad to report that the line was worth it. The burger was tasty, the fries were good and it was the perfect thing to eat before sitting on a plane for 6ish hours.
So, there you have it. I’m so glad we were able to get a weekend away, though I missed my little guy so much.