Miss Arabella has recovered from her homesickness.
That’s not to say I’m cancelling my trip.
All it took was my sister taking her for a trip down Rodeo Drive for some therapeutic shopping where she purchased a Michael Kors jumpsuit.
And the after-party-dinner followed at Nobu, ‘the best restaurant ever’ according to Em, where Miss Arabella was ‘absolutely loving the sushi’.
But back home in Sydney, I’ve been wondering where, while in New York, we might stay. As luck would have it, Em has a friend with an apartment that’s vacant. It happens to be on Fifth Avenue, very close to Union Square and Washington Square Park and the shops. Of course importantly, the shops, are just eight blocks up the road.
Em’s friend owns an apartment in the building and recently purchased the studio apartment next door with plans to convert the two apartments into one. That hasn’t happened yet. Meanwhile, the studio is vacant and she has kindly offered it to me and Arabella. There’s a doorman who will give us the keys on arrival (so very Seinfeld!) Then there’s a bed that we pull down from a wall (so very Happy Days). There’s a small kitchen but, ‘every eats out in New York anyway’, and a bathroom. As this is a very kind and generous ‘gift’, I dare not ask, ‘How about the air-conditioning?’
As the accommodation was all being sorted, Em asked, ‘Why don’t you stay at least one night in LA?’ And I suppose it did seem silly that I’m travelling all that way and not actually catching up with my sister and her family. So I investigated changing the flights. That’s where you can be gouged. Qantas wanted nearly $800 for a direct flight to Sydney but because I agreed to go via Brisbane, the change over fee was less than $200.
So now I leave New York at 6.30pm and arrive in LA at 10pm. I’ll spend the night and all the next day with Em and have dinner with her and her family. Then they’ll kindly take me to the airport for my midnight flight to Brisbane. I arrive in Brisbane at around dawn then I have a wait before boarding a flight to Sydney.
I’ll arrive in Sydney at 10am which is hopefully just enough time to arrive home, shower or at least spray my armpits before heading to Bather’s Pavilion for a special lunch launching Gary Mehigan’s new cookbook, ‘Favourites’.
And of course I absolutely must attend the lunch, firstly, because my friend, Annie bought me the ticket. A few weeks ago it was her daughter’s birthday. Annie’s kitchen was being renovated so she wasn’t able to make a birthday cake. She asked me if I could help her. I made a double layer sour cream chocolate cake but as I knew her other daughter was gluten-intolerant, I made some individual raspberry cakes as well from Hannah’s blog. Annie was overjoyed and as a thank you, bought me a ticket to attend Gary’s book launch with her.
The other reason I’m desperate to be there is because I recently posted a recipe for tortellini. That was one of Gary’s recipes and I absolutely must let him know that the tortellini is the best dish I’ve cooked this year and that I’m going to reproduce it at a dinner party. And then I hope to have my photo taken with him as well!
So today I’ve had a pedicure in readiness for a New York summer. With our summer being some time ago, it was a long overdue overhaul. I’m now ready to greet my no-longer homesick daughter in New York.
Four sleeps to go.
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