Jewish Deli

Used to have a “starving artist” of a friend trying to make it in this big city living in East Village area so I sort of know East Village area having stayed there (bless her soul) but …staying in Upper West side is first time for me … Opened in 1908, apparently this place is an institution…  Seinfeld has been spotted and maybe that explains, wow, so expensive – $17 for just a sandwich?  as I in shock pull out a 20 over a chaotic counter where the cash register sits with mess of checks covering the surface in disarray.  It’s charming …how the waiter yells with that New York accent for a change to a guy who sits at the cash register … In some ways, this scene (without the yelling) reminded me of a Soba shop in Tokyo where an old lady, the 4-5th generation owner’s mom basically is entrusted with handling of money – sits there like a fixture.  Rumor has it that she’s in her 90’s but quite spry and full of vitality:)

This place is packed – it’s Sunday morning …

I realized I was doing this wrong as I saw the dishes on the patrons’ tables – best to order several deli items a la carte and have toasted bagels to spread them on – share with a friend or two for best assortment while you save some money …

As always, sharing is the best way to go …

Gratitude to friends’ hospitality ❤️

Grateful to spend Thanksgiving with friends and family. Thank you to this generous soul, the “bright & luminous” One who should give us a cooking class and a lesson in sharing from the heart. The leftovers should serve as our lunch and dinners for couple of days… she laughed as she insisted we take more home.

My first Moscow Mule in copper mug + straw:) it has a … kick!
So we can kick up our heels and dance and let the world whirl and spin around us?!?
Music please:)

Then … there was the dessert table …

Counting our blessings, not calories* (really!) – Happy Thanksgiving !

* post- thanksgiving detox yoga to glide through the bustle and hustle of the holiday season. Many studies have shown, lowering the cortisol levels is as if not more effective than lowering the caloric intake for weight management – if applied consistently and regularly, customizing the style/school/type of yoga to fit the particular conditions and timeline/age/stage, yoga works even better. Ashtanga style of yoga was primarily designed to settle down the teenage boys through strong athletic physically demanding sequence enough so that they can get to a place of peace where meditation – the ultimate goal of yoga – is even possible. Without all the angst, the frustrations or chaos. Ashtanga style according to yoga scholars*, modeled after British gymnastics/calisthenics dished up as yoga – would that INTENTION – to whip the boys into shape and get them to a point of quiet – would that be appropriate for women in her 30’s, 40’s and 50’s and beyond? How about for men in their 30’s? maybe; 40’s? or 50’s and beyond? Something to think about, that … your own intention defines your practice.

* Read The Yoga Body, by Mark Singleton Fascinating book that makes one think about the cultural appropriation when it comes to yoga … what is authentic? What is real and true for that Self.