A Sunday Afternoon in the ByWard Market (Ottawa)

A Sunday Afternoon in the ByWard Market (Ottawa)

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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).

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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

So I’ll start with saying that although we were glad to be in Manhattan, three of us had caught a terrible cold virus and were suffering inwardly (some more than others). Fortunately, the one who was celebrating his birthday was free of this virus and therefore truly enjoying every moment. There is something to say about breastfeeding here as he is the only one out of all of us who has received  maternal milk for the full first year of his life (vs only a few weeks or less for the rest of us), but I digress.

Sunday was shop day. We had birthday gifts, Christmas gifts, and just-because gifts to purchase and I had to use my Macy’s card; it was Fall-Rewards after all! We first made our way to the beautiful Khiel’s flagship store for a few only-in-the-US products. I must admit I always wonder if it has to do with our stricter FDA laws (which I quite appreciate, don’t get me wrong); and if so, hmmmm is all I’m going to say. In any case, I bought four Eucalyptus lip treatment which I adore. It should last me the year…

After Khiel’s, we jumped in a uptown train to Broadway to fight the crowds in Macy’s. We found all sorts of gifts and a  really nice pair of winter boots that fit two of us. Having a teenage daughter does have up-sides (well, sometimes :)). Because we were not crowd exhausted yet, we pushed forward to M&M and the Swatch store in Times Square. And what is a New York trip without a stop (or two) at Midtown Comics?

As our birthday boy wanted to see The Martian movie (happy birthday wishes son), we ferried over to Staten Island and made our way to one of the many movie theater establishments. The movie was quite good; we all gave it a five-star! Go see it, you won’t be disappointed.

Part 3 to come soon.


Sometimes they are friends 🙂