May 19th, 2013 — 8:23pm
Friday, I enjoyed a girls night out with my Starwood colleague and friend Anna.
Gaonnuri: authentic Korean fare set against NYC’s stunning skyline
Anna introduced me to Gaonnuri, an upscale Korean barbecue restaurant located on the top floor of 1250 Broadway with stunning city views. She read my mind when suggesting it as the perfect date venue (especially the drinks-only window seating area). I may have to return here if my tentative date with a recent Speed Dating bachelor comes to pass.
While enjoying white wine and beef bibimbap (served with rice in a traditional hot stone pot), we talked about being true to where you are in the single versus settling down trajectory, the allure of living abroad and the good fortune of working for a company that is rich with opportunity.
That last tangent of conversation continued over Cosmopolitans at Hotel Metro’s rooftop bar. I confided in Anna about the challenging first few days of my new job – Marketing Manager of the Sheraton New York Times Square. I’m now a two-hotel girl, dividing my time between the Sheraton and my beloved Westin New York Grand Central.
They’re very different hotels so, inevitably of course, I felt somewhat overwhelmed at first. I started to settle in, though, as soon as I received words of support from both my Westin and Sheraton colleagues. For the first time ever in my long and winding career, I finally feel like I’m in a place where I can truly grow and stay put. The management at Starwood Hotels & Resorts is that rare breed capable of pushing you beyond your comfort zone while ensuring you are ready for it.
I’ve said it many times but it bears repeating here. Professionally speaking, I’ve gone from kissing a frog to finding Prince Charming. I was so miserable in my last job that I never thought I would find this kind of career fulfillment again. I can’t help thinking that’s also a good metaphor for dating too. There is always the possibility for something really wonderful to happen.
With an out of town old flame heading this way in a few weeks, I’m looking forward to some kind of wonderful becoming a reality.
| career changes, Girls Night Out, Midtown NYC, Midtown NYC hotels, new jobs, Sheraton New York Times Square, Westin New York Grand Central
July 23rd, 2010 — 4:17pm
Last weekend, I enjoyed a girls night out with my new friend Faith.
The Peninsula Rooftop: A great spot for rooftop mingling
Our mission was to check out one of NYC’s new rooftop bars. When the one we had in mind was closed for a private party, we headed over to the bar atop the swanky Peninsula Hotel in Midtown.
Over a crisp glass of Chardonnay, we surveyed the well-dressed, friendly crowd. At one point, fortysomething bachelor Alan came over and asked the clichéd line of why we were single. Alan was nice enough, albeit a little too friendly with his hands.
Suddenly craving a change of scenery, Faith and I headed over to Irish pub O’Flanagan’s — joined by Linda and Vania, two fun and fabulous single gals we had met at the Peninsula. As we danced the night away to some cheesy 80’s tunes, I couldn’t help thinking how easy it is to meet great people in NYC. I can’t wait to see how the singles scene stacks up in London and the other amazing cities on my European Dating Blitz!
| Girls Night Out, Midtown NYC hotels, O'Flanagan's, rooftop bars
December 13th, 2009 — 6:33pm
If you still have feelings for an ex, does that mean you’re not really in love with your new significant other? That weighty question was on my mind during an intense encounter with California-based old flame Mark (a.k.a Sparky) back in 1998.
Le Parker Meridien: Sparky and I caught up at this Midtown hotel back in ‘98
Sparky’s visit came at a time when I was at my most vulnerable — a little more than a month after losing my mom. Up in his hotel room, the connection between us resurfaced. I now Open The Vault and take you back to November of ’98…
November 21, 1998 – Volume 70
New York, NY
As Sparky and I embraced, I could feel his face turning toward mine. I made sure to keep only my cheek next to him.
He suggested I come out to Arizona.
“You could be the other woman,” he said. “Okay, let’s have a fling.”
I wasn’t entirely sure he was joking, but we both grew serious and Sparky said he has too much respect for his wife (as do I for David) to do that.
Suddenly, I could feel myself getting emotional and nostalgic about us. I struggled with the words. Finally, they came.
“When we were together, I was completely certain I loved you,” I admitted. “I haven’t had that certainty since.”
“Wow,” he said, clearly taken aback. “That’s really nice of you to say.”
I also told Sparky how upset I was to learn of his marriage. Though, I said, I never expected him to wait for me–
“I always thought we’d get back together someday.”
“Now you tell me!” he said with a laugh.
Later, Sparky reassured me that I will be okay, and reiterated how sorry he is about mom’s passing.
We hugged again. He squeezed my hand as he told me–
“I’ll always be here for you.”
He said not seeing me had been gnawing away at him since Mom’s passing in September, that he wanted to just jump on a plane.
“I still care about you — I think about you all the time.”
About David, he said he was 99 and 1/10 percent happy for me, but also a little jealous.
“Because I wish it was me.”
So, what does all of this mean for my relationship with David?
I don’t know.
* * *
David and I managed to survive Hurricane Sparky. And a happy milestone for us as a couple would prompt David to execute one of the greatest grand gestures I’ve ever received.
| catching up with old flames, Le Parker Meridien, long-distance relationships, losing a parent, Midtown NYC hotels