It was a snowy day -- the day that people say "you should stay inside". But my friend and I already planned this for a week, so we had to go through the snow. We learned it in a hard way not to walk on the streets of New York during snowing because apparently not many people want to clean the road.
On the way to the bus stop to Port Authority, my only umbrella broke so I threw it out and put my hat on instead. We got on the subway to La Duree (near Hunter College). The macarons are so beautiful but they were so expensive. The whole box costed about 30 dollars, which was sad but I mean it was worth it.
(French macarons. From the top (12 o'clock):
lavender, pistachio, caramel de sel, orange blossom, vanilla, rose petal, lemon, rose tea)
After getting the macarons, we went to SoHo for shopping. It was funny that there are not many cars as well as not many customers in the stores. (Guess everyone is scared after Sandy?) It was better for us to walk around without bumping into others' shopping bags.
Since we reserved at 6 pm, we went to the restaurant early. The restaurant is called Benoit NY (click here for more information). Later I realized that the theme was French. Anyway, we had a great meal. My friend ordered something else than mine (unfortunately, I forgot to ask for her pictures -- I will do it soon). My appetizer was twice baked upside-down Comte cheese souffle.
(Cheese balls that waiter joked about: pay $5 for refill
obviously he was having fun making jokes to me)
(Cheese souffle with sauce -- amazing!)
And soon my main course: the crispy duck leg!
Finally, my desert. At this point, I wish I would live my life eating all of these forever. It was that great. I love the atmosphere of the restaurant and how gorgeous and gracious interior design was. Plum "bread-pudding" with vanilla ice cream.
On the way back, we were lucky because we got on the last bus before the terminal suspended all buses to NJ. It took us long time back to the campus. After a long nice shower, I went to sleep, putting my macaron box near me.
The trip to NYC was great since it was a long time since my last trip. I decided to visit more often after this trip. If I had to pick memorable moments in my life, this will be one of them. I have never seen Europe and I have no idea when my first trip will be. But I know someday I will. Because little spices like a spontaneous and crazy-weathered trip makes one's life more tasteful.
Copyright 2013. Photos by Timetaler. Website for Benoit NY restaurant is inside the text.