Tuesday, April 29, 2014

One Day It Will Be Time for Yogurt

I had planned a very sunny spring-time post for today. I was all set to wear sandals and have a glass of iced coffee. But we've slipped back into less balmy weather. I am drinking hot coffee and I'm wearing a turtleneck and socks and shoes. But one day it will be time for frozen yogurt, one of my favorite summery treats and our "Y" for today.

We all go for Yogo

I saw this truck with its big "Y" almost a month ago and knew it would be my choice for "Y." I am a fan of frozen yogurt and all soft serve products and wait eagerly for the Mr. Softee truck each year. I don't often eat them, but so enjoy them when I do. The sighting of the first Mr. Softee truck on the streets of New York is my first robin of the spring. Is anyone else a fan of frozen yogurt or Mr. Softee?

Tomorrow we conclude our Blogging from A to Z Challenge. And it was a challenge. I appreciate everyone who visited, especially in the somewhat confusing M-N-O-P letter swapabout. I've got "Z" all ready for tomorrow. It's one of my favorite food places in New York City and I'm glad to share it.

It's time for a visit to the library and the post office. As always, thanks for visiting. Stay warm and dry and for Citizens of Buttercupland in the path of storms, stay safe!

Monday, April 28, 2014

LuXurious Gardens

For one more day we're going to veer slightly off the theme for this month, New York City food. I hope you'll excuse the liberties with the letter "X" and stop and smell the flowers at Longwood Gardens in Pennsylvania. Our reunion group was blessed with perfect spring weather and some of the most beautiful flowers I've ever seen. It was a glorious visit and I wanted to share it with all of Buttercupland. If you have an interest in horticulture, please explore the link.

The tulips were planted by color and I especially liked the pink ones. 

We spent a lot of our visit in the greenhouses...

This was one of my favorite sights in the greenhouses. 

 Glorious weekend! So grateful for the weather -- sunny and just warm enough -- and the sights we saw. Another highlight was the exhibit of "Downton Abbey" costumes at Winterthur. I will be doing a post about that later this week. I'm also grateful for my classmates that put every detail together and did a wonderful job. But I'm eXpecially grateful for the opportunity for the friendship of the weekend. There were classmates I hadn't seen since graduation -- 1972 -- and those years just slipped away. The weekend went by too quickly and it's all over except for the pictures, the memories and the friendships. Thank you doesn't begin to express my feelings.

I'm so glad I could share the beauty of Longwood Gardens. Tomorrow we're back in New York for a sweet treat. I'm back to errands, a program on exercise and real life today. It's a pretty spring day in New York and real life is a pretty nice place to be.

As always thanks for visiting and take good care. 

Saturday, April 26, 2014

W Is for Winterthur

I'm happy to say there's lots for "W." We're having a wonderful weekend in Wilmington, Delaware, and spent a beautiful afternoon at Winterthur. Winterthur is a museum of American decorative arts, surrounded by magnificent gardens and grounds. We had a tour of the museum and then visited an exhibit of costumes from Downton Abbey. Downton fans, I'm sorry you weren't with me, but I promise a full post with lots of pictures on the exhibit,

As ever thanks for visiting. I hope your weekend is equally wonderful.

Friday, April 25, 2014

Very, Very, Very Good Pizza

I know we're fans of pizza in Buttercupland and pasta, too, so for "V" we're visiting Vapiano in Greenwich Village. It's not exclusively a local restaurant, but it has the feel of a New York restaurant. The pizza and pasta are so good and it's a great place to spend an evening.

The perfect decor for a New York restaurant. 

The menu greets you on the sidewalk of New York 

I generally order pizza, but the pepper and ginger soup sounds so good and I'd like to try the Pasta al Melone, too.  There's also a great bar and seating in the front of the restaurant if you want to linger over an espresso. 

Greenwich Village corner. 

Greenwich Village begins below 14th St. in Manhattan. Parts of the Village follow the winding streets of an older Manhattan, before the grid plan -- numbered avenues and streets -- was instituted. I find it easy to get lost in some of these areas and even after living in New York for almost forty years there are times I still need to use a map.  

In just a little I'm off to Wilmington, Delaware for my college mini-reunion. I had a thought for tomorrow's "W," but I may just do a Wilmington shout-out for "W." The restaurant for tonight's dinner looked really cute ...

As always thanks for your visits and your comments. Wishes for a sunlit weekend!

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Welcome to Tiny Thai!

The hint for "T" was in yesterday's Sidewalk post. Yesterday we visited my favorite Thai restaurant on the West side and today we're stopping at Tiny Thai, a restaurant on the East Side that I like a lot. I'm a fan of Thai food and Tiny Thai has food that's tasty, as well as very friendly and quick service. 

Though I like spicy food a lot, I have learned -- via a memorable experience in Thailand -- that it's easy to overdo it and spend the entire meal drinking gallons of water. I tend to order foods that don't have the little pepper next to them on the menu or "spicy" in bold type. I've had the good fortune to travel to Thailand three times and have become a great fan of Thai food. 

 One of my favorites, Pad Thai, is listed at the top of the menu. 

Pad Thai is made with rice noodles and tofu. Tiny Thai's Pad Thai is delicious.  

In the interest of not falling totally behind in the Blogging from A to Z Challenge I am adding to this post my pick for a somewhat Unconventional "U," filming for the television show, Unforgettable. The filming took place just a few blocks from my building and I couldn't pass up this perfect "U."

There's no parking on film days. 

We're entering the home stretch of the Blogging Challenge. It's been a lot of fun and I hope you've enjoyed travelling -- and eating -- around New York City. There are still some fun places to visit and some delicious treats ahead. 

We're blessed with another sunny day today. I'm running around doing errands before my college class mini-reunion this weekend. I'm very excited to see classmates I haven't seen since graduation. And yes, there will be pictures. One of our activities includes a visit to an exhibit of costumes from "Downton Abbey."

As ever, thanks for visiting and take good care! 

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

We Love Our Lunch on the Sidewalks of New York

Brunch and Dinner, too!

Now that the weather really seems to know that it's spring New York has entered the Sidewalk cafe season. A month ago there might be a few tables -- mostly empty -- but this week the tables were everywhere and they were filled with happy eaters. There are folks who are eating outside from the first sighting of a table to the first falling snowflake, but I am not one of them. My season is a lot shorter. It began when I could wear sandals -- just a few days ago -- and will go on hiatus when it's air conditioning season. Somewhere in September I will begin to think about it for the perfect month in the fall. It has to be warm, but not too warm. You can call me picky, but when it's too hot I prefer to sit in air conditioned splendor and happily look at the sunny day.   

On my walk to the library on Saturday Amsterdam Avenue was one long outdoor cafe. 

The tables at one of my favorite Thai restaurants, Land, were full. In the front of the photo is the bench at Treat House, a fun place for snacks. You can sit outside and enjoy krispie treats here.   

I haven't tried this restaurant -- but the chairs look inviting. One day soon I need to treat myself to the lunch special. This restaurant features Asian food.

Yes, today is actually "T." But a trip to the theater last night got in the way of my post for "S." Though I've mentioned Treat House and Thai Food I am not combining "S" and "T." I will be back tonight with a post for "T" that gives "T" the recognition it deserves. It's one of my very favorite cuisines. 

Our question for today...Do you enjoy eating outside -- sidewalk or picnic -- or do you prefer the Great Indoors?  

As always, thanks for visiting. So enjoy visitors and comments. Take good care and wishing you a great spring day. 

Monday, April 21, 2014

"R" You Ready...

...for Elegant Dining a la Russe, in the Russian style?

Then step through these doors...

With one push of the revolving doors we're going to enjoy an elegant tea or dinner at the Russian Tea Room.

During the same spring vacation I discovered Greek food I also discovered Russian food at this restaurant. It was our splurge for the trip and it was lovely. My father, who grew up in Brooklyn, had memories of eating here decades before and I wanted to try a "grown up" and elegant restaurant. I ordered the blini -- tiny buckwheat pancakes -- and caviar, and somewhat to my amazement loved them. It's not a food I eat often -- just way too pricey -- but on those occasions it's a treat and an entry to many memories, all good. 
I haven't been here in a long time, but I think a return visit needs to be scheduled. I noticed a lovely tea menu that would make a great celebration for a special birthday or retirement. 

Just a block away there is another restaurant featuring caviar and smoked fish, Petrossian. I have never eaten in the restaurant, but I have treated myself to coffee in the cafe, and what a treat! 

I liked the decorations for Easter in the cafe window. They have the best cappuccino and croissants. 

I love the architectural detail of the building that houses Petrossian. I have passed here many times and every time it catches my eye, no matter how much I may be rushing.  

I liked seeing the reflection of the new high-rise building in the window of the restaurant. 

I hope you've enjoyed our day of elegant dining in the center of Manhattan. We're two blocks from Central Park and only a block from Carnegie Hall. Please stop by tomorrow when we salute "S" with a much more casual tribute to Spring dining. 

It was definitely spring today. I had an excursion planned downtown, but a major delay on the subway highly discouraged me. Instead I enjoyed the neighborhood, took lots of pictures for "Z," and had a big iced coffee. 

As always thanks for visiting. So enjoy your visits and comments, and take good care!   

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Wishing You...

A joyous Easter and a happy spring!

Saturday, April 19, 2014

The Question Is...

What's your favorite food ?

We're entering the last phase of the Blogging from A to Z Challenge and "Q" has me stumped. Stumped! I did get the good suggestion to write about quinoa, but it just didn't catch my interest. I'm pretending that I'm a contestant on "Who Wants to be a Millionaire?" and I'm going to ask for a lifeline. I'm asking my blogging audience...

Would you be happy with a hot dog or a pretzel?

Or would you like something a little more upscale, perhaps with tables and chairs? I was taken with this block for the range of choices. On the left is an Italian restaurant, in the center of the picture is a sushi bar and Cafe Metro on the right has salads, sandwiches and coffee. The picture in the window of Cafe Metro is a crab cake sandwich, which is their featured sandwich of the month. It looks so good to me.  

We all know my favorites, and there are still nine more posts to go where I will share more New York goodies. Any mac and cheese fans? What about home-made biscuits with peach jam? Strawberry shortcake? 

We had a glorious spring day today and I enjoyed being outside so much. I visited the library and did a little shopping. I actually found summer pants that fit, which made me very happy. 

I hope your day included things that made you happy, too. I will be back tomorrow with flowers for Easter. As always, thanks for visiting and wishes for a joyous holiday. 

Friday, April 18, 2014

...Like a Big Pizza Pie

I was chatting on the phone this afternoon with my college roommate -- yes, even after forty-five years Jane will always be my college roommate -- and the topic of "P" came up in the conversation. I asked her what she thought I would pick and she very promptly replied, "Of course you're going with the pretzel." The pretzel, sold at almost every cart in Manhattan would have been a great choice, but I am picking the food that I believe is tied with the bagel for THE New York food. As my blog friend, Myra predicted, the topic for "P" is the beloved pizza.

Pizza is everywhere in New York City, everywhere. Sometimes the restaurant is dressed up...

...with cloth tablecloths.

But generally it's very dressed down with paper napkins and the pizza is sold by the slice. 

I chose Pizza of SoHo to represent the thousands of pizzerias throughout New York City. I do need to make a return trip to see if this is the best Sicilian pizza in New York. I think there are a number of contenders for the title. Would anyone like to join me? 

I am a pizza fan and have been since my first visits to Dino's Pizza in West Hartford, Connecticut when I was eight or nine. When I arrived in New York City I was dazzled by the fact you could buy a slice of pizza -- probably fifty cents at the time -- any time you wanted. One of my favorite styles of pizza is white pizza, made without tomato sauce. It's highly delicious and highly caloric, so it's a rare treat for me. I do have several favorite places to eat pizza and will be featuring one of them in "V."

Though not a New York food, I am also a fan of the often maligned Peeps. I couldn't resist photographing these Easter Peeps last week and yes, they are pink! Perfect for a little Pink Saturday fun. 

P is for pink Peeps!

Thanks for joining me for pizza and Peeps fun. Please stop by tomorrow for a "Q"uestion. 

Appreciate all of my visitors and love your comments. Wishing my friends celebrating Easter a bright and blessed weekend. 

Thursday, April 17, 2014

The World of Takeout...

...and delivery!

When I was growing up there were two ways that we ate. Generally my mother cooked or we went out to eat. There was no thought that we would call a restaurant and they would deliver or that we would pick up food that had already been prepared. If we wanted to eat something we went to the grocery and then cooked it. I don't remember any exceptions until my senior year in high school. I was visiting my friend Joni and her mother ordered Italian food for our dinner and had it delivered. That was over forty-five years ago and it is still vivid in my mind. I didn't know that was possible in Hartford in 1968.

By the time I moved to New York in 1975 everyone I knew kept menus from Chinese restaurants and ordered from them. Somewhere between 1975 and today it became possible for just about every kind of food to be delivered. The paper menus kept by the telephone have been replaced by computers and smart phones. In my working days I also found that on the four block walk home from the subway I could buy almost anything I wanted for dinner and avoid cooking after a long day. Takeout and delivery became the mainstay of New York eaters. 

You may ask what this has to do with "O." "O" is for Ollies, the closest takeout food shop to my apartment, only a block and a few yards away. It stands between a natural foods store with lots of prepared foods and a vegetarian restaurant, where any dish can be ordered to go. There is also Murray's Sturgeon -- the takeout store with the best smoked salmon -- a great favorite of mine -- anywhere. All to takeout and all on the same block. 

 Ollies is to the left, but alas, I didn't get a photo. 

Murray's window a few weeks before Passover. Note the bottom right and "New York Magazine's" Takeout Guide. 

I'm going to do the unspeakable and count this as "M" and "O." I apologize if I have totally confused everyone by switching the order around. I thought about macaron for "M," but I think that's been covered pretty thoroughly in "L" with Maison Laduree. though I did discover a new macaron cafe today just a few blocks away. I think macarons are the fad of 2014. 

It was cool but sunny today and I had a wonderful walk through the neighborhood with my friend, Betsy. I found "W," which made me happy, the new macaron store and actually walked two miles. There are lots of spring flowers at the markets and I am so enjoying seeing all of the tulips.

Back tomorrow with "P," which is in a tie with the bagel -- in the Buttercup calculations -- for the most popular New York food. Any guesses?

As always so glad for my visitors and your comments. Take good care and thanks for visiting. 

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Nuptial Fun

If I wasn't doing the Blogging from A to Z Challenge this post would have been titled "Wedding Fun." But when this handsome couple was right in front of me heading to their nuptial reception and I was in dire need of an "N," I took this as a sign for my "N" post.

They very graciously agreed to post for a picture. Beautiful, beaming bride!

I also happily get to write about their reception destination, Carmine's. This is a family style Italian restaurant perfect for big parties. The food is good, the atmosphere is lively and the portions could feed a very, very large family. I rarely eat here because I don't often go out with a large group, but when I have the event is a lot of fun. 

A fun place for a large party. 

I doubt if anyone is keeping track, but if you are, yes, I have skipped "M." I need a few more pictures for "M" and decided to trade around the letters. I hope this doesn't disqualify me from the Challenge. I will be doing "M" tonight or possibly tomorrow morning and have "O" ready to follow. I read on the webpage for the Challenge that this is part of the A to Z Challenge "where we are exhausted." I wouldn't quite say exhausted, but it is a lot to blog every day with the Challenge and Pink Saturday. 

Our Passover Seder was lovely. There are now two little ones joining us and yes, it's noisier, but so much fun. The weather has slipped back from summer to late winter -- thankfully, no snow -- and I am back to dreaming about going away for some of next winter again. I'd put the idea aside as the weather got nicer, but it came back with the return of my winter coat. 

As always, thanks for your visits and comments. You make my day!

Monday, April 14, 2014

Return to Maison Laduree

One of my favorite posts of 2013 included photographs of Laduree Maison, a pastry shop on the Upper East Side. Their specialty sweet is the macaron, a brightly colored almond meringue wafer with delicious fillings. While I was researching the post I read that another branch of the French pastry stores would be opening in Soho Lower Manhattan this winter. With the winter being what it was I didn't make my trip to visit Laduree Soho until this Friday, but as part of Blogging from A to Z April Challenge I am happy to feature Laduree Soho as our "L." Instead of the gold holiday look this window was dressed in its bright yellow spring finery, but the macarons looked equally delicious.

Laduree Soho is a complete restaurant that is lovely. It was just a little too pricy for a random cup of coffee and a macaron, but it would be the perfect spot for a birthday celebration tea. If you'd like to order a different pastry there is lots to choose from.

But the star of the show is the macaron...

Whether it's the mostly pastel macaron...

...or the mostly chocolate, they all look delicious. 

I hope you've enjoyed our delicious visit to Laduree. I hope you will stop back tomorrow for a very different post for M, and a very different macaron. 

I'm off to finish a few quick errands and some last minute Passover preparation. For those celebrating Passover, wishes for a very sweet Passover -- that's the traditional greeting. For citizens of Buttercupland celebrating Easter, have a bright and blessed Holy Week. And to all, wishes for sunshine, health and happiness. Thanks, as always, for your visits. 

Sunday, April 13, 2014

2x the Fun Pink Saturday

It's time for some Pink Saturday fun. I know it's Sunday and getting into Sunday night, but I've taking pictures all week to share. Keeping up with the A to Z April Blogging Challenge and doing a Pink Saturday post has been tough, but I am enjoying both. Many thanks to Beverly, who graciously hosts Pink Saturday every week. She's a doll and not just because last week's Pink Saturday bunnies were the featured link for this week. I was pretty excited when I stopped by to visit this afternoon and the bunnies are thrilled.

I took pictures during my excursions around New York City. They're very different from last week's cute bunnies, but I loved all of the bright pinks I discovered.

This advertisement for Property Brothers was next to me at the bus stop. The bright pink lettering caught my attention and it's a show I enjoy. Drew and Jonathan, can you give my apartment a makeover?   

Later in the afternoon I found these flowers up the street from my dentist's office. 

These pretty in pink flowers were a bright sight on West 58th Street

I know I titled this post, "2x the Fun," but I couldn't resist this bright pink shirt on Seventh Avenue. We'll have to make this post three times the fun. 

Today was another almost summer day and I made an excursion to Astoria, Queens. I could have bought everything I needed closer to home, but I enjoyed the trip. There is one fruit and vegetable market there I especially like and I found the dried figs I was looking for. They also had fresh almonds and I couldn't resist taking a picture to share. 

The almonds are on the upper right.

I hope you had a glorious spring day, too. Please come back and visit tomorrow for a very sweet and elegant treat for "L." Thanks for stopping by and take good care.

K Is for Kosher

I was stumped when it came to "K." I had the good suggestion from my friend's daughter, V., that I write about Korean barbecue restaurants, but as much as I liked the idea I just didn't seem to make the time to get down to the West thirties to take pictures. But as I took one of my almost daily walks on Broadway the word "kosher" popped out at me, and it was clear that "K" was for kosher. It's not a specific food or a place to eat, though there are a number of kosher restaurants in Manhattan.

Eating kosher is a very detailed way of eating, derived from Leviticus 11:1-47 and Deuteronomy 14:3-20. Very simply the major qualifications are that certain foods cannot be eaten and certain foods -- milk products and meat products -- must be separated. Those "keeping" kosher have separate dishes, glasses and flatware for dairy foods and for meat products. On Passover, which begins this Monday night, all dishes and cooking utensils are changed for the duration of the holiday. Passover also has a separate and complex set of rules about what foods can and can't be eaten. We'll be looking at Passover foods in our "M" post next week.

Today was another glorious almost summer day. A quick trip to the post office, our Bible study group in the afternoon -- we read two chapters of Ecclesiastes -- and then dinner with my friend, Mary. If the weather could just stay like this forever!

I'll be back tomorrow with a little belated Pink Saturday fun. As always thank for visiting and wishes for a very sunny Sunday.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Take Me to Junior's

Junior's was founded when the Dodgers were in Brooklyn and Harry S. Truman was President. It was also the year I was born and I have a definite soft spot for one of the great homes of New York Style Cheesecake. The original Junior's is on Flatbush Avenue in downtown Brooklyn, but I am more apt to stop in for coffee and a black and white cookie at the Grand Central Station location. It's also a top choice when I am with visitors in the Times Square area.

Plain and less plain, and all delicious. 

I am a fan of the fruit topped cheesecake, but I have a hard time choosing between cherry and pineapple. Luckily I see the cheesecake in the back of the case with cherry, blueberry and pineapple topping.  

My beloved black and white cookies, one of the world's truly great desserts. 

I took the pictures here and at Financier on the same day and somehow managed not to order anything. It was a great temptation, but I am determined to do this series of posts without gaining five extra pounds. I've got to be able to wear the same clothes in May as I did in March when I started and it's a challenge. I'm doing okay so far, but there are nineteen more days to go.  

Today is beautiful. It felt like the first day of summer in the middle of April and I loved it. I made an excursion to Greenwich Village for the photos for "L," and it was lovely. 

 As always, thanks for stopping by and visiting. Don't be shy and please leave a comment and let me know what is your favorite cookie. 

Enjoy the weekend!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

We All Scream for Ice Cream...

...But not as much as I used to. 

When I was growing up ice cream was a big treat. My mother would buy a package of Neapolitan -- chocolate, vanilla and strawberry -- to keep in the freezer or serve at parties. I bought treats from the Good Humor truck in the summer or lemon ice in little cups at the beach. An excursion on summer nights was a car ride to Guida's Dairy in New Britain for ice cream cones. My father and I got pistachio, my grandmother got cherry vanilla and my mother, vanilla. Howard Johnson's twenty-eight flavors was a dream. 

When I first thought about "I" I was sure I was going to write about one of my favorite foods, ice cream. But the more I thought about it I realized I didn't have an ice cream place in mind. I knew of an old-fashioned soda fountain in Queens and a delicious place in Brooklyn, but I didn't go out for ice cream. There are national chains, but I rarely stopped at them. The world of ice cream had gone from the chocolate, vanilla and strawberry of my youth to every flavor and kind of icy treat at the grocery. I could find organic, sorbet, gelato and premium exotic flavors just around the corner. 

It once took a trip to Italy to eat gelato. Now it just takes a trip to the grocery store. 

I still love ice cream and I still enjoy a hot fudge sundae. When I am visiting in New England the menu frequently includes a trip to Friendly's or Peterson's in West Hartford. I do have an indulgence in New York City that is close to ice cream, but it's not ice cream and it's another letter later in the alphabet. 

What's your favorite ice cream treat?

I wrote yesterday that "I" was going to be a world cuisine and I was going to write about Indian food, a favorite of mine. I'm still going to give a tip of my blogging hat to the Indian restaurants of the Upper West Side, especially one of my favorites, Sapphire. The food is delicious and well priced. It's very close to Lincoln Center, which is not a well-priced restaurant neighborhood, which makes Sapphire more of a find. 

The interior of Sapphire and the street scene on Broadway

I hope you've enjoyed our trip to the grocery and to Sapphire. Tomorrow for "J" we're going to visit a classic New York bakery. It's going to be a very sweet trip. 

Today was an errand day. The bank, the drugstore and the library. But it's entirely different than the short and cold days of the winter. I am so happy to be outside and walking in the neighborhood. I'm also taking a lot of pictures. I've been pondering "K" and in the midst of my errands I found an answer just a block away. 

Thanks for visiting and taking the Buttercup Culinary Tour with me. Take good care and wishes for a glorious spring Friday!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

An Ode to the Humble Hot Dog

Some of my favorite memories growing up are backyard cookouts at the beach. The food was generally pretty simple, hot dogs and hamburgers with potato salad and cole slaw. Dessert was s'mores or popsicles. The extended family was all together and we kids had the run of the beach. It was as close to heaven as life gets on earth.

But those halcyon summer days are gone -- as are many of the people I spent them with -- and I've learned that such days are rare and fleeting. I've had the good fortune to spend time on the deck of my friends' Long Island house more recently and will again at their just-about-restored Breezy Point house this summer. We'll still eat hamburgers and hot dogs and cole slaw and potato salad. Lucky for this hot dog and beach fan.

When I started to think about "H" both hot dogs and hamburgers came to mind. I actually eat hamburgers more than hot dogs, but I am a big hot dog fan, and this post is a salute to one of the most humble, yet beloved foods I know, the iconic hot dog.

I believe that a hot dog needs a grill -- my only exception is at baseball games -- and one spot that meets this qualification is Gray's Papaya, a hot dog restaurant on the corner of West 72nd Street and Amsterdam Avenue. I stopped by this morning to take pictures and the aroma of the dogs almost enticed me to order one at 11:00 in the morning. I resisted, but it was a great temptation.

My favorite hot dog restaurant 

You can also buy coffee and muffins, but the centerpiece is the hot dogs. 

The containers on the left have the legendary fruit drinks that include bananas, pineapple and coconut. 

There's only a counter by the window to sit at, and it's not a leisurely spot, but I'm pretty sure there's no more festive decor anywhere in New York City. 

Dear Citizens of Buttercupland, do you favor the humble hot dog or the hamburger? Ketchup or mustard? I'll take a grilled hot dog with mustard and relish and I will be very happy.

After my photo shoot at Gray's Papaya I met up with my friend Anita for lunch. We spent some time discussing the menu for Passover, which starts next Monday night. And yes, there will be a post to talk about some of the foods of the holiday. Tomorrow we're going to visit another world cuisine. 

I hope you're enjoying our Blogging from A to Z Challenge culinary adventures. Thanks, as ever, for visiting and take good care.