My first post of the New Year could only be a recap of an evening well spent! I hope everyone had fun, and wish you all a wonderful 2013 up ahead. On our road trip we spent New Years eve in Manhattan at my cousins apartment. We didn't try to get close to Times Square or anything, and we were quite safe from the mob crowds being that we were on the upper west side.
We started the evening with delicious cheese from my favorite upper west side market, Zabars. To this day I still order my coffee grinds from Zabars to have a little piece of home in Florida every day. We had a delicious dinner of pork, lentils, rice, and my aunt's banging cauliflower. You must be thinking, how on earth can cauliflower be amazing, but trust me, hers is.
We joined in on our families traditions: a spoonful of lentils for a good year, caviar on mini toast to celebrate, grapes for good luck, three lentils in our wallets for good money fortune, and of course, champagne toasts.
Before midnight struck, we went to the roof of the building to enjoy the city. Surprisingly, for the city that boasts it's New Years eve celebrations, it was such a calm night. There wasn't much noise coming from the streets, and the Hudson River was quiet. It was such a precious moment in a city like New York.
After midnight, we took a walk around the upper west side to enjoy the festivities. Everyone of course was smiling, cheery with drinks in their bellies, and everyone wished each other a happy new year. Je te souhaite une bonne année!