(Twenty-Eleven B-Sides) Everybody Loves Nueva York

In just a couple of days I will be leaving Oklahoma to take a pretty extensive road trip.  I am feeling the restlessness that comes with packing my bags, but at the same time I’m feeling the autumn nostalgia that comes over me on windy fall days when we lose a lot of leaves.  Last year at exactly this time I was being wowed by New York City.  It’s a good thing I had a lot of very good reasons to stay in Oklahoma City or I might not have come home!  I had an amazing time visiting friends and eating incredible food at some great restaurants.  But somehow, when I got back from this trip last fall, I forgot about these pictures.  Probably because I was busy editing other photos and making Very Important Life Decisions.

In case you are curious about where I ate all the delicious food in the pictures below, I had brunch on arrival at The Breslin with the infamous Wills who also happened to be in the big apple, dinner with my friend Matt at Red Rooster in Harlem, and then enjoyed dinner at The Spotted Pig with my friend Caroline, who had just moved to Brooklyn a few months earlier.  (You may recognize sweet Caroline from the pictures of our epic road trip through California in May 2011, parts one and two.)   I can also highly recommend grabbing some charcuterie and beer at Cannibal, though I was too busy eating and drinking way too much beer to remember to take pictures during that meal.  I also had a really nice cup of coffee (okay, more like 4 or 5 cups) at Stumptown and some awesome smoothies from the generous staff at Juices for Life.

One of the best parts of this trip was looking at all the plants and trees and art in the many urban gardens I found around Manhattan.  I was particularly captivated by La Plaza Cultural, which is where most of the garden pictures below were taken.  I hope to make it back to NYC for longer than five days sometime before I get too much older, especially to hang around Brooklyn.  That place has a lot going on, if you can believe that.