In the Future, Tense

October 22, 2009

New York, New York

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Or: The Research Trip, pt. 1

The first day went very smoothly.  I got up at about the usual weekday time, had breakfast, bid farewell to my men, and headed to the airport.  Checked in without problem, got to the gate without problem, and had a smooth flight and the flight got in on time. These days, this may be considered a minor miracle.

Picked up bag, got into taxi queue, got taxi and told him I was going to Forest Hills where I was staying with my friend Susan.  Taxi driver drew a blank, so I drew out the iPhone and gave him directions.  We made it with only one extra jaunt around the block.

NOTE:  When I bought the iPhone and started messing around with the maps feature, my DH and I looked at each other and said, “You know where this would be fantastic?  New York City.”  We were right, but more about that later.

Susan lives in style, with original art on the walls and real china and silver on the table.  We’d considered meeting at the Ritz for tea (after all, I was in the city to check out the food scene, might as well start at the top), but between the vagaries of airline travel, taxies and the lousy weather we decided the heck with it.  Instead, she made tea; finger sandwiches (3 varieties, with the crusts cut off), and cookies from the Kosher bakery.  So we sat and nibbled, and talked and drank and talked, and when we were done with that we moved onto procuitto-melon salad, homemade brisket (what I’d call pot roast), roast vegetables and an amazing torte from that same bakery.

I had to be rolled away from the table.

And so to bed, to wake up at 6:15 in the morning in time to catch the train to Greenwich Village.

More Later.  Gotta go write for the money now.

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October 17, 2009

If I can make it there…

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NYC1If you’re seeing this on or about Oct. 18, I’m not here, I’m in New York City.

I have a new project that involves vampires and food in The Big Apple.  This means I have to do research, right?  Of course it does.  And because it’s about New York and restraunts, well I have to check out the restraunt scene, right?  Of course.  So I have to spend 2 days sampling the various offerings in, oh, say the West Village, right?  Right

I’ll be doing my best to blog and tweet from the road and there will be a full report after I get back.

October 10, 2009

Kitchen Observation

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restraunt kitchenLast night I had my notion of what constitutes a hard day’s work  radically altered.

Last night I had a chance to observe the line at Zingerman’s Roadhouse.

I’ve been reading a lot about professional restaurants lately.  I’m under contract to write 2 books with a main character who is a chef in a New York restauraunt, and, as you can imagine, research is needed, but this was the first time I’d had a chance to actually stand and watch a full blown dinner rush from behind the scenes.

I’m also a regular customer at the Roadhouse.  The service is always good, the food is always excellent, so I was confident I was going to get a look at a well-run establishment.  It’s easy to find kitchen horror stories these days.  I wanted a look at a place that works well from the bottom up.

And this is what I have to say:  Wow.

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