- Cracking and eating crabs with the family in Baltimore - and sitting around the firepit and shooting off fireworks afterwards.
- Junior's Cheesecake. Just creamy enough and just cakey enough - and I love the light spongecake base.
- Discovering how good Italian cookies can be (especially the rainbow ones) at Veniero's in NYC.
- Eating New York pizza with Amanda and Randy at John's in the West Village.
- Enjoying the Tasting Menu at Cafe Boulud with Luis on his birthday.
- Going behind the scenes at Gourmet with Ruth Reichl, including a visit to her office.
- Seeing the art at the MOMA - especially the Pollacks and Rothkos, which are truly more interesting in person.
- The International Spy Museum in Washington D.C. V. cool.
- The cheese session at the Gourmet Institute with Ihsan Gurdal of Formaggio Kitchen.
- Eating fried oysters twice in one week - in a Po' Boy at Mama's on the Half Shell in Baltimore, and at Hank's Oyster Bar in DC.
- The super creepy, ultra campy John Brown Wax Museum at Harper's Ferry, West Virginia
- Watching the kayakers shoot the rapids (including waterfalls!) at Great Falls National Park.
- Sazeracs and Manhattans in front of the fire at the Reston Homestead.
- Lunch at the Modern Bar Room with some fellow bloggers (Hi Deb, Lisa and Amy!) and Ian Knauer.
- Meeting Carol at Michel Richard's Central in NYC (the gougeres are pretty amazing too...)
- The two and a half hour ride from JFK to the Millenium Broadway Hotel. (NEVER AGAIN SUPER SHUTTLE.)
- Getting the shaft at the Millenium Broadway Hotel at 11 PM after eight hours of traveling. (Though it worked to my advantage in the end because I found a better, cheaper hotel - the Roommate Grace)
- The very mediocre "dining experience" at Picholine on Saturday night as part of the Gourmet Institute.
- A not-so-great lunch at Esca. (I think Amy liked it better than I did, but we both agreed it was sub-par.)
- A downright inedible deli sandwich at the Stage Deli.
- An even worse lunch at the cafe at the Baltimore National Aquarium (We should have gone to Chipotle or Potbelly across the street)
- The insane numbers of people on the street and in every business (including the MOMA) in Midtown Manhattan. Next time, I think I'll stay downtown and take the subway.
- I had a lot of mediocre coffee on the East Coast, even in some good restaurants. Espresso was generally very good though.
- Acclimating to the time change - which I never really did.
- The fact that though I spent a fortune on a hotel in order to have extra time in NYC I still wasn't able to see a play or go to any of the shops I wanted to visit. (I know, I know, waah waah waah.)
If you're curious, here are the photos from the Gourmet Institute
More NYC photos can be viewed here, and Baltimore/DC here.
As great as it was, it's still really good to be home. I missed my dogs.