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My friend Esther came into the city on Thursday and we did a little sight-seeing. We started at the Strand Bookstore, a reader's paradise, and the one place I always take someone who is visiting. With eighteen miles of books, there is something for everyone's tastes.
Then we headed to the Highline, which is a former elevated freight train track that has been turned into an eighteen city block long walkway, filled with wild flowers and plants. It was the first week of school, and we ran into a large school group drawing the plants.
|People enjoying the Highline|
I haven't been to the Highline since they added food vendors. We stopped at the Taco Truck and tried their Chilaquiles which was absolutely delicious. They start with homemade corn chips, top that with grilled chicken, black beans (my favorite!), queso cotija, shredded lettuce, roasted red salsa and crema. I added a Mexican Coca-Cola and was in heaven.
We couldn't leave without having a small cup from L'Arte del Gelato, one of the best gelato places in the city. I had my favorite, Pistacchio del Bronte, and Esther had chocolate.
Our next stop was a tour of the New York Public Library, where they have an exhibit titled Lunch Hour. It's all about lunch in NYC, with pizza joints, food trucks, lunch boxes, white tablecloth two hour business lunches and the highlight, an automat display.
We couldn't take photos at the exhibit, but they did have recipes available for take-away from Horn & Hardart's Automat and I'll share one with you for
2 cups cooked pumpkin (mashed)
3/4 tbsp. salt
1 can (14 1/2 fl. oz.) evaporated milk
1 tbsp. butter, melted
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. ginger
1/4 tsp. nutmeg
Heat oven to 425 degrees. Beat all ingredients together with a rotary beater or wire whisk. Pour into a pastry-lined 9-inch pan. Bake 40-45 minutes. Insert a silver knife into the filling about one inch from the side of the pan. If the knife comes out clean, the filling is done.
There were also recipes available for Creamed Spinach, Baked Macaroni and Cheese, Baked Beans and Burgundy Sauce with Beef and Noodles.
I'm leaving with one final photo- the Children's Room at the library has the original Winnie-the-Pooh dolls on display, and it is darling. We ran into a twenty-something young man there who was filled with such joy at seeing these dolls, it touched my heart.