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 …

Manhattan signs


There are a lot of stressed out and sleep deprived people in this super stimulating City that probably never truly sleeps.  No wonder yoga works here.  There’s a need.

We all have that need to find relief of relaxation and peace that comes from within.

Yoga over cookies – give yoga a try from 3am and then you won’t have unhealthy cravings nor … insomnia.


Blue Hill @ Stone Barn Farm NY

Beautiful !

Realized what “stone” barn meant when the so called “barn” is not really a barn but a mansion constructed of stone … housing array of beautiful greenery and flowers, an artisan bakery and an elegant Farm to Table restaurant, event center, Blue Hill. A little Napa-ish but no vineyards but greens in the chill.

You see that sign or slogan – “Farm in Berkeley?” in the Bay Area; well, here, we from the West Coast was wondering …

“Farm ?  in New York?”  Well, only less than an hour drive from Manhattan, there’s this special place … it’s magical to get here to celebrate an auspicious event and right back to Manhattan – best of both worlds; the Yin & Yang, the dualism we are grateful for in celebrating two people with such different background but with similar values and like mindedness …coming together.

Thank you for these favors  🙏C & S ❤️  Congratulations !

Here’s a little excerpt from their homepage describing their mission – such an appropriate place for foodies ? interested in gardening and sustainability to tie a knot … bringing the sophisticated city dwellers and urbanites to learn about where our foods come from … (okay, never mind the industrial farming – that’s another post all together)

“In spring of 2004, Blue Hill at Stone Barns opened within the Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture in Pocantico Hills, New York. The Barbers helped create the philosophical and practical framework for Stone Barns Center, a working four-season farm and educational center just 30 miles north of New York City, and continue to help guide it in its mission to create a consciousness about the effect of everyday food choices.

Sourcing from the surrounding fields and pasture, as well as other local farms, Blue Hill at Stone Barns highlights the abundance of the Hudson Valley. There are no menus at Blue Hill at Stone Barns. Instead, guests are offered a multi-taste feast featuring the best offerings from the field and market.”