On my birthday morning, I met my adopted twin-sister and we walked to the Boathouse Cafe in Central Park for coffee and croissants. We met about 20 years ago in the Hamptons and found out that we were both born on the same day, month and year!!! Grandma Jane is her nick-name. Yes, she is a grandma and after all her kids have grown-up she came into Manhattan (the island of joy) to re-create a new life for herself. I am so impressed with her drive and energy.
Afterwards, I met up with my 2 sisters and 2 nieces and we all had a slow meandering stroll in Central Park uptown to Cafe Sabarsky to enjoy lunch and delicious slices of cakes for my birthday. I cannot recall all their Austrian names but we enjoyed 5 assorted slices. My old friend Hans Pohlschroeder joined us for the celebration.
Next we went to the MET Museum for a cooling interlude. Came back to my apartment for a short rest and discussion about to-go-or-not-to-go for my sister, Sophia. She had to go and so we all rode the subway to Chinatown. Luckily, we missed a very harrowing electrical black-out due to the heat-wave.
We enjoyed a very delicious 7-course HK-Cantonese meal before her departure at 7 pm. The menu of roast duck, chicken, ribs, won-ton, fresh dumplings, ginger-scallion lo-mein, roast pork lo-mein, yau-choy vegetables, etc. So good and satisfying to the soul. Little place on the southwest corner of East Broadway and Market Street. The owner, Madame Nelli, is a fantastic host.
After sending her off on the bus, the rest of us went to see a great jazz performance by Ms. Paula West and John Pizzarelli at the River-to-River festival … because of the bad weather the free concert was moved indoors … to the Stuyvesant High School with such great acoustics. Next was Congee Village (100 Allen Street) and Ciao Bella ice-cream …. Oh what a birthday!