The Good Life

Sometimes I am so busy planning events and trips and things that I don’t stop to realize how lucky I am to be able to do all of the fun things that we get to do. I had a ticket to BlogHer Food this weekend, and I ended up selling it, a decision that I am so happy about. Since I am headed to San Francisco for the Foodbuzz Festival next month and have had a bunch of weekend trips in the past months, not to mention a recent life-changing decision, I was more than happy to just make the short trip to New Jersey to visit my family and then into New York City for a New York City Wine and Food Festival event.

We drove into the city in pretty record time considering the traffic in the Holland Tunnel and found free on street parking. Score! We had plenty of time to wander around SoHo before our dinner reservation, taking in the beautiful fall weather and all of the great energy New York has to offer. I love all of the little things, like artists on the street and random, amazingly talented singers like these guys who were singing Up on the Roof for everyone to hear. They were SO good.

SoHo

After some wandering we headed to Barolo for dinner. Being that it was so warm out, all of the front windows were open to the sidewalk. I enjoyed a glass of Vermentino at the bar while waiting for our table in the garden.

Barolo Vermentino

To start, we shared a Caprese salad to enjoy the last of the summer tomatoes which are still quite delicious in October! We cleaned every last drop of the fragrant olive oil off of the plate with fresh breadsticks.

caprese salad

For dinner, I ordered the spaghetti with seafood and spicy tomato sauce, cooked in parchment paper. It was absolutely incredible. I wanted to eat the paper to get the rest of the sauce! I didn’t Smile But each and every piece of seafood was cooked to perfection, the sauce was truly spicy, as advertised, and the pasta was exactly what I wanted, since I ran a whopping one time this week!

spghetti

I didn’t snap a photo because we devoured it too quickly, but we shared a flourless chocolate cake and each had a cappuccino for dessert

cappucino

After dinner, we headed to the main event of the evening, John Lennon’s 70th birthday party at City Winery, an event that was part of the New York City Wine and Food Festival.

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City Winery is a very cool venue for live music and wine. I had never experienced a music and wine pairing before, but it worked. Pairings included a Nigl Gruner Veltliner with the song Julia, Cristalino Cava Brut with Instant Karma, and City Winery Late Harvest Riesling from the Finger Lakes with Imagine.

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city winery

The evening included 5 flights of wine and 5 sets of John Lennon’s songs. The crowd was rockin! It was both fun and emotional as many people in the room clearly had a connection to the music, the man, and his simple message of peace. Leaving City Winery and walking back out into the city late at night and after a really fun evening kind of made me want to move to New York. But I guess I say that about a lot of places I visit Smile

How’s your weekend going so far?

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  1. Terri’s avatar

    Sounds like a great way to spend a Saturday night! Your dinner looks amazing!

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  2. MelissaNibbles’s avatar

    Sounds like a perfect day and night. I love John Lennon so that party would’ve been right up my alley. Enjoy the rest of the long weekend!

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  3. WineDineTv’s avatar

    Good choice! And thank you for sharing your wonderful photos.
    Cheers:)
    Judit & Corina

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  4. MarathonVal’s avatar

    WOW I would have loved to be at that John Lennon event. Unfortunately Chicago just doesn’t seem to care about his birthday as much as NYC… that must have been incredible! Are you a huge Beatles fan like I am?!?

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    1. traveleatlove’s avatar

      I have always loved the Beatles! It made me uncool when I was younger :), but I still love them now!

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    2. Alex Baldwin’s avatar

      Val.

      Sorry you couldn’t enjoy the festivities for John’s Birthday.

      You won’t have to wait too long however….we have a City Winery Chicago on our mind…..

      Pretty soon you’ll be able to enjoy a night that ends up with a music and wine pairing.

      Alex Baldwin
      CitY Winery.

      p.s Thanks to TravelEatLove for the kind words.

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      1. traveleatlove’s avatar

        Thank you for commenting! I am glad that we discovered City Winery and look forward to returning soon!

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      2. enrico’s avatar

        …and we all shine on, like the moon and the stars and the sun. and we all shine on, on and on and on and on… INSTANT KARMAs GONNA GET YA…

        happy birthday mr. lennon :)

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      3. Michelle’s avatar

        That pasta dish looks incredible! I’m having a great weekend so far and I’m so happy to have one more day to enjoy it!

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      4. Kelly’s avatar

        It’s funny I was just talking to a friend about a place in the North End that cooks pasta in parchment paper and I was like huh? what does this look like? and bam there is it in your blog :) Glad you had a nice relaxing weekend!

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      5. Megan’s avatar

        That sounds like a fabulous way to spend an evening! I’m so glad you ordered dessert. :) The City Winery sounds like a really cool place. Glad you had a fun time!

        I spent most of the weekend on the Cape and it was nice and relaxing and just what I needed.

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      6. Finance Foodie’s avatar

        Oh fun! I didn’t see that event – was there for the weekend for the Wine and Food Festival too!

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        1. traveleatlove’s avatar

          I am definitely going to try to get tickets to more events next year. The lineup was amazing!

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