Monthly Archives: Thursday January 23rd, 2014

Pizza in NYC

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With or without a fork and knife? That is the real question. At least, it is as far as pizza is concerned.

When Damien first arrived, he always asked for utensils  to eat his pizza slice. He was the only one while the rest of us ate with our hands at home or at the neighborhood pizza place.

That was before.  After 6 months, Damien has moved on to the next phase – without silverware. A fork and knife no longer appear on the table for pizza lunches. It is the past for my French husband. He no longer hesitates to firmly grasp his pizza slice and eats it as is and not in bite size pieces.  I am proud of him.

In New York, it is rather the debate to fold or not a slice of pizza.  There are some who fold it into two and others who leave it as is.  There are still others who dab it to remove any excess oil before eating.

This topic recently drew attention and was featured in The New York Times. The new mayor of New York, Bill de Blasio, was eating his pizza with a fork and knife. This action surprised many and spurred debate.

The debate continues… For anyone who ventures to New York, be careful when you order a pizza. The psychology behind pizza eating is taken very seriously.

The New York Times article: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/11/nyregion/de-blasio-skewered-for-eating-pizza-with-utensils.html?_r=0

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American Museum of Natural History

American Museum of Natural History

The American Museum of Natural History is one of my favorite museums in New York.  I have been there many times with Damien, but we always enjoy going back.  From dinosaurs to minerals to a gigantic whale replica suspended from the ceiling, there is something for everyone.  For me, this museum evokes the awe I felt as a child as I stood in front of each exhibition.  Looking at artifacts from around the world, it made me dream about faraway places and, at the same time, revealed the delicate beauty and ferociousness of nature.

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The Museum of the City of New York

Museum of the City of New York

The Museum of the City of New York focuses on the shaping of the city. Upon arriving, we were initially struck by the façade.  When we commented on this, a woman at the reception told us that the building was also used to host events and weddings.  Near 103rd street, the museum overlooks Central Park.  As it is not too big and offers several select exhibits, it is possible to really take the time to look and appreciate each one instead of feeling overwhelmed. The museum has paintings, photographs and a variety of objects that focus on major events that shaped the city’s history and offers a view of life in New York today and in the past. http://www.mcny.org

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Snowy Central Park

snow in Central Park

This year started out with hot chocolate weather.  We had snow and cold temperatures which always make me feel like a steaming cup of hot chocolate.  Damien and I ventured to Central Park to enjoy the new fallen snow. We came across several people crossing the park on skis. Children congregated on slopes to have sledding parties. For those without skis or sleds, there was always the traditional snow ball fight or just the pleasure of leaving foot prints in the snow. There was something almost magical and peaceful about Central Park covered in glittering white.

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