A Sunday Afternoon in the ByWard Market (Ottawa)

A Sunday Afternoon in the ByWard Market (Ottawa)

Our yearly October Manhattan weekend (part 3)

On our third and last day in New York, we wanted to experience something new so we made our way to the Brooklyn Bridge. It was a beautiful warm sunny day and  although the bridge was packed, we quite enjoyed walking up and down the bridge, stopping only long enough to admire the views of Manhattan and DUMBO (Brooklyn’s Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass).

Brooklyn_Bridge.2 Brooklyn_Bridge Brooklyn_Bridge.3

Of course, we had forgotten that Canadian Thanksgiving falls on Columbus Day in the States, so unfortunately, some of the local stores were closed or had shortened hours. However, we were lucky enough to find West Elm Market. West Elm is the equivalent of Zone (for those familiar with the Ottawa or Quebec scene) with the additional coffee shop in the back,  seating of which is on furniture up for purchase. The cappuccino and the atmosphere were worthy of a 5-star TripAdvisor rating. I am sure to rediscover it on a following trip.

Back to Manhattan, a little more shopping was on the horizon as our son needed some longer pants (not that he has grown all that much… It is coming Ced, don’t worry!). After a quick stop at Macy’s we made our way to Eataly, another staple of our Manhattan excursions. With our sandwiches to go, we sat at an outdoor table letting the food fill our bellies and enjoying the view of the amazing Flatiron Building.

Our search for a Dean & Deluca coffee place was still pending. We were determined to find one (remember the TV show Felicity anyone?)  before our weekend was over. We had come across one on our first day, but it was closed for inventory! Now we were making our way to 8th Avenue where we were told one resided. After some street navigation, we found it. Pleased, we sat to enjoy another cappuccino. It was… disappointing. The treats were ordered were excellent, but the coffee was on the meh side if not worse. The atmosphere was lively enough, and it became a nice quiet hour of reading and writing.

Soon we were up and about again, this time bend on finding the Ghostbusters’ Firehouse in SoHo right on the cusp of TriBeCa. Well, we walked up a street, than down that same street, up an alley, the across, we followed a map and a GPS… to no avail. We were on the point of giving up when lo and behold, we find  it!


I ain’t afraid of no ghost

Manhattan is just so much fun :). At this point, we are exhausted and hungry. We cross over to TriBeCa, and right in front of the subway entrance, we find this wonderful Italian upscale restaurant Terra on West Broadway. The French owner greeted us on arrival and within seconds we were served wine and bread – a much needed respite for the adults! If you are ever in that part of Manhattan, I strongly recommend this little gem of a restaurant.

And our last day in Manhattan was complete. However, this was not our last escapade. We had one more adventure ahead of us. Upon leaving on Tuesday morning, we headed to Hoboken, New Jersey for a special ordered cake we had made for Cédric’s 12th happy birthday wishes on the 14th. A cake from Carlo’s Bakery; the same Carlo’s Bakery from Cake Boss, the TLC show. Ok, I understood upon coming back to Ottawa, that many of us are not big TLC fans (I only watch TLC when on the elliptical in the gym), but Buddy and his famiglia is somewhat of an icon for me, and having a cake made by the flagship store was simply awesome :).


Hoboken. New Jersey

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