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New Orleans-ishman in New York — Part two

union square farmer's market new yorkWoke up on a New York morning to mild temperatures and a spotty drizzle. Julie’s cousin Allysa joined us at the open air farmer’s market in Union Square that had the most beautiful fruits, veggies and flowers.

At Wild Wood on Park Avenue we had delicious barbeque —they even had Louisiana’s own Abita Beer. The service was excellent and friendly and the prices reasonable.

We did a little shopping at Macy’s where it was packed with people on a Saturday. This amazed me. It didn’t seem like anyone was worried about the economy. I struck up conversations with people here and there and all seemed very friendly and down to earth and more than willing to talk with me.

When people asked where I was from I got the reaction that I was always get when I tell them New Orleans. Their eyes light up and they say, “Wow” or “Really” or something like that. In fact, I love for people to ask me that because I like to see that reaction. It lets me know that where I live is recognized universally as someplace special. And of course, I often got the Katrina-inspired reaction of “so how are things down there?”

One evening we had drinks inside Grand Central Station in the Michael Jordan bar overlooking the cavernous lobby. Beautiful building, friendly people. Later on In the basement of this huge building we had crawfish pizza of all things, a little slice of home.

Sunday morning we grabbed a taxi and rushed to Mass at magnificent St. Patrick’s Cathedral, heard the beautiful organ and choir and then headed on over to Chinatown to have Dim Sum with Tristan, a French friend who works for the Alliance Francaise, along with a few of his friends from France and Mexico.

I’ve heard so many stories about how high the prices for meals are in New York. Well, every meal we had was good and very inexpensive, so I don’t know what that’s all about. People were friendly, streets were clean and although New York is someplace I wouldn’t want to live, still too crowded and not very green, it’s a fun place to spend a few days.

All in all we had a fantastic weekend in the Big Apple. I’m looking forward to the next time I go back. And it was so good to get back home to New Orleans.

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