New York

by john on August 3, 2006

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We got back yesterday from a six day summer vacation in New York City, managing to have to put up with only one 100 degree day there. Of course that was the day that Connor and I headed out to Coney Island while the girls shopped at American Girl and Build A Bear Workshop. Coney Island was not worth the hour subway ride that’s for sure – what a dump! Still, it was fun getting out of Manhattan even if the heat was stifling.

We planned our trip around one main event each day, giving us plenty of wind-down time that we knew we would need. One day was the American Museum of Natural History, then Wicked, then the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum. That was probably Connor’s favorite. We also played in Central Park, visited the Statue of Liberty, shopped at Nintendo World, and of course visited FAO Schwarz and the Toys R Us in Times Square.

For a kid who doesn’t eat much Connor has inexplicably fallen for watching the Food Network, particularly enjoying Iron Chef America, Unwrapped and The Food Network Challenge.

On Unwrapped he saw a special on Chili’s Baby Back Ribs and having remembered liking some ribs my dad made a few years ago he decided he wanted to give them a try. He ate up a full slab of bbq ribs at Dallas BBQ, officially proclaiming them as the best ribs ever. I can confirm they were pretty good. Back at home tonight we went to Chili’s to try the ribs of song and left sorely disappointed – overcooked, stringy meat with a bland ketchup/sugar glaze. Terrible. Connor has made it his new mission to find ribs better than what he had in New York City. I’ll be happy to help.

I’ve been lucky enough to have had two vacations this summer – 8 days in Italy with Amy and 6 days in NYC with the whole family. Both different kinds of vacations to be sure. I know I certainly got more of a break in Italy, but it’s hard to argue with the merits of being together with family. Connor has been talking up Maine for vacation next year. Time to start planning.

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