I remember when I was a teen and the thought of going anywhere cool with my parents was mortifying. I love how things have changed. My parents are pretty fantastic. They are young in spirit and always up to try new things. We are never stuffy with each other and over the years I've come to really appreciate our relationship. I couldn't imagine being formal or awkward with them.
Though we've gone many weeks without seeing each other in the past, this time it felt a bit longer than usual. We spent the weekend walking (a lot), eating (a lot), inquiring about future life plans, commenting on every single dog that walked by and missing the other addition to our core-four (my sister who will be visiting at the end of the month).
I also showed them around my hood in Brooklyn and they actually enjoyed their introduction into hipster culture. My Dad kept referring to himself and my mother as just plain, "hip." They met my roommates for lunch (and loved them) and we ended the trip by watching Rent and strolling around Times Square for 15 minutes as it is my least favourite place to be, ever.
I took advantage of their foodie personalities and booked some restaurants that
- Locanda Verde - Chef Andrew Carmellini and Robert Deniro's Italian restaurant in TriBeCa. The beet and goat cheese stuffed Raviolini was the perfect mix of savoury and sweet; but I'd order more of the crostini if I could.
- Eataly Rooftop Birreria - The perfect after-work drinks spot (if I actually worked in Manhattan) on the roof of Mario Batalli's Eataly mecca. Without pizza or pasta on the menu, their local meat, fish, cheese and mushroom selections are perfect for sharing. The view of the city is pretty great too.
- Big Gay Ice Cream - The best ice cream you will ever have. Ever. With ingredients like sea salt, dulce de leche and Nutella, and creations called "Salty Pimp" you know you're in for a good time. Order: The Monday Sundae. It was the only thing my mother could talk about for the next 2 days.
- Momofuku Noodle Bar - My parents couldn't believe their eyes when I, a former vegetarian (who still doesn't eat much meat) sunk my teeth into a pork belly steamed bun. (It's chef David Chang's specialty! I had to). Fan of ramen? You'll get the freshest noodles here.
- Fornino - This pizzeria in Williamsburg creates authentic, thin-crust wood oven pizza. The kind that made four Italians give their salivary stamp of approval.
All in all, I'm grateful to have these two wonderful and supportive people in my life. Thanks for visiting Mom & Dad. (Yes, they read my blog).
Below are some photos from their trip! Enjoy xx