Crazy week in New York City…..and, GSG is hiring

I’m just home from 5 days in New York City, one of my favorite places on the planet. It was 60 degrees the whole time, and we saw a bunch of fabulous shows, one being Brooke Shields in The Addams Family, but my favorite one was Hugh Jackman. I love to see people exactly my age, as both Brooke and Hugh are, who are at the top of their game instead of sliding off into inertia.

Did you know Hugh is not just Wolverine and one of the handsomest men on the planet–but he can sing like crazy, and dance his feet off? Wow. Two-hour one-man show and you’re on the edge of your seat the whole time.

Lately what I do when I travel is freeze a bunch of pint jars of green smoothies. Or carrot-apple-beet-celery-collard juice (made with my Norwalk juicer). I put them in my suitcase, well cushioned with Ziploc bags around them. Then I put them in the hotel mini-fridge and have some every morning.

Jamie wasn’t about to eat another raw restaurant (she hates them everywhere we go), so she brought stuff from Starbuck’s missed out on the best meal I have EVER had, bar none, at one of the best raw vegan restaurants on this planet: Sarma Melngailis’ Pure Food and Wine. Tell me you won’t miss it, if you go to New York!

But my biggest adventure in the Big Apple was on my Saturday morning 6-mile run along the Lower East Side. People who train at 4200 feet elevation like I do LOVE running at sea level—we can go forever. I was enjoying the waterfront in Battery Park, the nice weather, and the view of the Statue of Liberty, when I…..discovered a dead man in Hudson River 10 feet from me.

Just what everyone hopes to encounter on vacation! Ten minutes later, two FDNY boats, a helicopter, a fire truck, at least 100 cops and as many bystanders descended on the scene to watch the boats fish the body out.

Soooooo, that was weird. I haven’t seen any news report of it–must be just another day in the Big Apple. My main thought was: “WE’RE NOT IN KANSAS ANYMORE, TOTO!” Meantime, back at…..

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NYC: hot dogs or raw gourmet? Horn of plenty or fries and a shake?

After my second trip to New York City this year, the verdict is this: in keeping with the diversity of that teeming city as immigrants poured in during the 19th and early 20th century, the city is all things.

Hot dog stands AND lush edible vegetables growing next to the street on 9th Ave. A horn of plenty in the Macy’s parade, and a giant Ronald McDonald and Pillsbury Dough Boy. A huge Hershey’s store on Times Square, AND Sarma Melngailis’ Pure Food and Wine restaurant.

(See them below. My friends Jamie and Jennie were afraid to try the oyster mushroom I am showing in the photo, so I enjoyed most of the 10 fabulous courses myself. Both of my friends suffer from horrific endocrine / hormone problems that cause them great pain as well as infertility. I am working on getting them to see the connection between those issues and diet/lifestyle. Both subsist primarily on junk food, so raw food dishes taste strange to them. Anyway, the food was wonderful, but DARN I didn’t get to meet Sarma.)

A few of my photos

–served and cleaned up at a downtown soup kitchen run by Baptists

–watched the Macy’s parade including Jessica Simpson, Kanye West, and Gladys Knight

–ran all over the city and Central Park on the subway and on foot, impressed in the photo below at the creative places I found KALE growing!

–hung out with some drag queens, firefighters, and Elmo (see photos for proof)

–saw some fabulous shows like Promises, Promises with Kristen Chenoweth, Sean Hayes, Molly Shannon

–found a sports bar to watch BYU lose by one point to the U of U

–and of course shopped till we dropped on Canal Street and Chinatown, and here at FAO Schwartz (or the candyland “FAO Schweetz” here!)

Somehow I missed snapping the parade photo of–I am not making this up–the cornucopia of plenty from the original Thanksgiving followed IMMEDIATELY by a giant fries-and-a-shake. I did, however, capture my Nemesis #1 and Nemesis #2 as they floated past us on the edge of Central Park.

On Thanksgiving I reflected on the abundance and the paucity of modern life. How we can tap the amazing things available to us like never before in history–or we can indulge in those things that are shiny on the outside but slowly drain away our life force.