Mum and I had an action packed last day in New York. We toured two museums, one being the Natural History, which has a butterfly conservatory inside. I won’t bore you with the hundreds of photos I took but it’s definitely worth visiting if you are tourist-ing around Manhattan. After a cultural day, we enjoyed a gourmet dinner at The Dutch. Their menu was a real mix, from seafood to Asian to Italian. So there’s something for everyone no matter what you’re in the mood for. Final day photo with my beautiful mumma- I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, what a gorgeous woman (inside and out). Mister C started off with a diver scallop in a half shell with blood orange and sea salt. Mumma had the foie gras, which looks like it comes from a bog standard tin, but it’s actually fresh with a hint of candied lemon.Naturally I had the oysters because my inner otter just cannot resist them if they are on the menu. For mains I had the Korean steak with kimchi rice. It was quite spicy but I’m finding that the more chilli I eat, the better I get at handling the kick. (One day I might tell you about my disaster first date with Mister C after he took me to Mexican- it involves litres of peppermint tea and an early exit.)Mumma had the truffle gnocchi, which we split. Although it was deliciously soft and light, I didn’t love it as much as my steak. Mister C was adventurous and ordered the squid ink pasta with spicy shrimp ragu, sea urchin and parsley. I thought it was by far the most delicious of the three mains and I had a serious case of food envy. For dessert, because there is always a hallow leg ready for something sweet, I had the maple custard tart. It was so unbelievably creamy without being sickly sweet, I could have easily had another slice. Mister C had a banana crepe with rum whipped cream and again, I had serious food envy. Although mine was delicious, there was something so more-ish about his, I could barely resist the urge to grab the plate and start licking. This was another phenomenal restaurant, every course was fresh and inventive but Mister C won tonight’s food envy title. If you were trying to find the perfect date night restaurant, then may I suggest The Dutch. Their low lighting, intimate seating and in-house bar make it the ideal place to continue talking long after your plates are cleared.
Sadly by the time I post this my mum has flown back to Sydney and left me devastated. Having parents live far away is really hard, is anyone else in the same boat? How do you cope?