Daily Cookie


MEAL IN A BOX
July 10, 2007, 11:59 am
Filed under: Feast

I love New York.¬† The sights, the shopping, the sounds, the people watching, the shopping, the buzz, the pace and the food.¬† My first day of meetings here¬†went well.¬†¬† It was about 95 degrees in the shade, I felt stickey (although ladies try Secret’s new “clinical” strength in this heat)¬†and I had a shiney face just about all day. But it was good to be back in the city.¬† ¬†And it meant a great meal or two were¬†in¬†my forecast.

I have become a foodie.¬† I thoroughly enjoy cooking, especially in the summer.¬† We have a grill at our summer home that I swear looks more like a small aircraft carrier.¬† This ginormous stainless steel mother can boil water, steam veggies, grill a mean lamb burger¬†and get¬†you over to MVY in less than¬†half an hour.¬† ¬†I put mine to good use last week (happy to report there were no small UFO’s spotted over the sound).¬† My friend¬†P¬†has given me lots of easy and healthy¬†summer recipes over the years and I swear I have now bought almost all of the cookbooks at¬†Williams Sonoma.¬†¬†¬†And “home and homes” (read Summer Camp for definition) have become a regular activity.¬† All great reasons to fire up the grill, uncork the wine and have friends over for dinner.¬† Plus there are not too¬† many good restaurants in the area.¬† Personally, I would much rather entertain at my own home or go to a friends then eat mediocre fattening food on upper Cape Cod.

City life is a different story.¬† ¬†There are so many more options – great restaurants, great outdoor cafes and great take out services.¬† I have also become somewhat of a master of making reservations and ordering in!¬† And the restaurants in NYC are amazing.¬† ¬†I look forward to my business trips here if for no other reason, the food.¬† Well okay I stand corrected, one other major reason is the shopping, but that’s another post.¬† ¬†

Yesterday was jam packed with back to back meetings.¬† Our last meeting brought us to the USO.¬†¬†The director was giving us a quickie perspective on the troops’¬†daily life.¬† We left his office with a brown vacuumed sealed “Ready-to-eat, Individual” box of Pork Chow Mein.¬† He claimed that if we were courageous enough (fitting word seeing we were just at the USO huh?) to open the box, to try the cookie (wonder if he knew. . .)¬† He went on to say that this cookie could be unwrapped and remain edible for up to two weeks.¬†¬†Um¬†thanks but no thanks.¬† This meal in a box¬†dinner plan¬†certainly wasn’t on my agenda.¬† ¬†

Apparently these boxes were pretty famous here.¬† My bellman got all excited when he opened up our taxi door and saw me holding this box.¬† Silly me, I thought what great service at this hotel, only been here twice and even the bellman remembers me. . .¬†I would definitely stay here again. . .this is my new midtown hotel. . .¬†blah blah blah. . . . “Excuse me but is that one of those cool army meals?”¬†¬†¬† He spottted¬†the brown package and¬†was instantly amused.¬† How did he know what it was?

Suddenly, I was in the Big Apple and I missed my grill.