Playing tourist in your hometown is always fun — especially when you do it with a dear friend. This weekend, that’s exactly what I did with my galpal Jackie, visiting from Toronto.
Saturday was action-packed. After taking in 360 degree skyline views from the Top of The Rock observatory, we strolled through Times Square, found some accessories in a bargain boutique and browsed at Macy’s before heading down to Union Square.
Our destination — Lady Mendl’s Tea Salon, rated the best afternoon tea in NYC for good reason. With its cozy Victorian B&B vibe and first class service, Lady Mendl’s delivers a truly memorable experience. Jackie and I savored the multiple variety finger sandwiches, classic buttermilk scones, cheesecake and petits fours for dessert.
Sunday, we got in touch with our inner child and walked through FAO Schwartz then stopped in The Plaza’s Food Hall by Todd English for lunch (Caesar salad for me, falafel sliders for Jackie, complimented by a round of mimosas). Taking advantage of the glorious weather, we ambled through Central Park, where the sight of kids playing got us talking about motherhood — Jackie has a three-year-old son — myths and realities.
Yesterday, we beat the heat with a ride on The Beast, a 30-minute high speed boat ride around NYC’s harbor. Refreshed from our mild soaking at the end of it, we stopped in Grand Central for cupcakes at Magnolia Bakery, then capped off the day with a delicious dinner at cozy UES bistro Mediterraneo.
Of course, our weekend itinerary was also full of conversation. We talked a lot about the lingering power of first love, the importance of finding yourself before finding a mate and, of course, the slumber parties we had during our junior high school days. Jackie and I are already planning our next one, when I visit Toronto later this year.
Many times over the last couple of days, Jackie and I marveled that we’ve known each other for a quarter of a century. Old friends really are like good wine — they simply get better with age.