The Raw Vegan, Part CXLVII: The NYC Tourist

Getting up Wednesday morning, there was a momentous decision to make. What should we do? Where should we go? At DD and merm’s urging, I had gone online the night before to see what I might want to take in before I left the next day. I had my list. And I had studied the shower curtain in the bathroom. I was glad I wasn’t alone to navigate the labyrinth of what is known as the New York City Subway System.

Shower Curtain

DD had said the curtain was getting shabby and she wanted to replace it. I told her when she did, I wanted it but I don’t think she believed I was serious. They’d actually bought it so the interns who used to share the living quarters could learn their way around. Now, the interns were no longer living there.

One place I’d settled on was the Sony Wonder Technology Lab. When we got inside, we were greeted by a giant Spiderman.


Here he is from a little different perspective showing just how big he is.


Sony Wonder Technology Lab

The entrance was quite dramatic.

Sony Wonder Entrance

Once inside, I was much too busy with all the “toys” we could play with to take pictures.

Out in the wind and drizzle, we became part of the crowd again. I took this picture for my sister who was a great fan of Barnes and Noble before Amazon got to be so popular.

Downtown in NYC

Another store for all ages is FAO Schwarz. DD patiently posed for a picture in front of Barbie’s house.

At Barbie's House

Then there were the famous landmarks made of Legos.

Famous Landmarks in Legos

If you click on the picture and look at the original size, you can see King Kong on the Empire State Building waving a Legos banner.

We didn’t have a video camera with us when we saw the piano that Tom Hanks and Robert Loggia played in the movie “Big”. There were a couple of fellows that came out and entertained the crowd that had gathered to watch and listen. I don’t know why, but I got teary-eyed. It was so neat!

Our stomachs were letting us know we hadn’t eaten since breakfast (leftovers plus bagels merm had brought in from a neighborhood bakery). DD took me to the Zen Palate in the theatre district, one of her favorite vegetarian/vegan restaurants. The food was delicious and the company was excellent.

At the veggie restaurant

Then there was the fat woman across the table.

She would bring a fancy price.

It had been a long day with lots of walking and we were both getting tired. There was one more place she wanted to visit. It was a little hole in the wall eatery offering raw vegan food. The place was almost like a wide hallway and there was a very friendly jolly sort of fellow behind the refrigerated case. A couple of tables took up most of the space. Everything seemed to be overpriced in the extreme but she wanted me to have the raw vegan experience. She settled on a piece of chocolate “cheese” cake that we’d split when we got back to the apartment. The chef (I supposed that was who he was) offered us a sample of some “candy” made of sesame seeds, walnuts and I don’t know what else. There were several pieces in a cup. When I bit into it, I wished I’d taken more than one. It was wonderful! That just whetted my appetite for the “cheese” cake.

DD guarded her precious packet as we boarded the subway that would take us back to the apartment. It seemed to take far longer than it should. I wanted to sink my teeth into that chocolate-y goodness!

Inside, merm declined sharing in our bounty. He probably figured he’d have a fight on his hands and he didn’t need that. DD got two plates and carefully cut the piece in two. I was practically drooling by that time.

She handed me my plate and a fork. I took a bite.

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