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Monica Bielanko
A chronicle since 2005 of my marriage & move to Brooklyn in my twenties; becoming a mother in my thirties; moving to Pennsylvania and learning to amicably coparent after divorce in my forties while living 3 doors down from my ex-husband in a small country town.
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Monday
Sep252006

Autumn In New York City

Yesterday we struck out for the Upper West Side to see the sights and smell the smells. First stop; Riverside Park. But before we could get to the park I decided I was hungry and so we detoured into the first bodega we stumbled across.

Strangely, I settled on purchasing three hard boiled eggs. Three for a dollar, the sign said so I forked over my dollar and exited the store clutching a paper sack of hard boiled eggs. I've never bought hard boiled eggs before. Seems like a gamble. Like purchasing milk after the expiration date.

We strolled along the Hudson through a still green Riverside Park. Wind whipped off the water as I peeled and ate my eggs (delicious!) and chased them with mouthfuls of Diet Coke and a liberal amount of my own hair.

As the sun began to kiss the New Jersey skyline we decided to wander in a new direction. Ended up at Zabar's on 80th Street and Broadway. Zabar's, founded more than 70 years ago, is a New York City institution. This unbelievable food palace is a blend of a gourmet market, deli and department store (offering smoked fish, caviar, cheese, bread, deli meats, coffee, bread, cakes, housewares, and more). The store is open 365 days a year and I'm told there is always a Zabar somewhere on the premises.

They say Zabar’s has to be experienced, in person, to truly be understood. "You have to see the crowds, hear the banter of sales help, smell the croissants baking, admire the rich brown hues of coffee, sample cheese from every corner of the world."
After a frantic moment trying to decide what to order my eyes fell upon the soups du jour. I spent the next three minutes vacillating between Butternut Squash and Lobster Bisque. In the end, the crisp autumnal day resulted in an order of piping hot Butternut Squash to go.

The Surge with his coffee and I with my steaming soup sauntered into the grassy median of Broadway, copped a squat on a bench and watched the day go by. I shared my bit of soup heaven with The Surge while we talked about nothing special... and it meant everything.. A finer moment has not been spent by either of us in quite some time.

Reader Comments (16)

Beautiful description! Zabars is the best for soups and sandwiches.
September 25, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterGemma
What a lovely Sunday--
September 25, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterKaren
Love your hat! Very New Yorkish.
September 25, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterMichelle
I mean no disrespect but you eat the weirdest things!

I am glad you had an awesome time with your husband!
September 25, 2006 | Unregistered Commenterohthedrama
Sounds perfect! Rob and I love to treat Vancouver like we are tourists - sauntering around, talking about nothing just being with each other...

Days like this are good for your soul and fuel for your fire for each other...glad to hear you and Surge are taking the time to have days like this together after such a hectic year!
September 25, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterRichelle
Boiled eggs are my favorite snack. Lots of salt and pepper and sometimes a dash of hot sauce. That's not so weird. Is it?
September 25, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterAimee
Those little nothing moments are usually the best moments in a marriage!
September 25, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterMelanie
I found your blog last week and have been catching up on your stories in every spare moment. I was trying to cut back and here I am addicted. Keep up the great writing!
September 25, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterJaney
I love everything about shopping for food--the smells, the colors, how the food is displayed, etc. I could get seriously lost in Zabar's.
Funny, when I got to the part in your post about the boiled eggs I thought you were going to continue on to say that you were pregnant.
September 25, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterChrissy
great to know about place like Zabar in NYC,and sounds like perfect Sunday:o)

p.s. I can't image to eat hard boiled eggs and drink Coke at the same time but I know you mentioned that you love Coke, Diet Coke;o)
September 26, 2006 | Unregistered Commenterana
I have that shirt in green!
September 26, 2006 | Unregistered Commentercitywendy
Being completely at ease, comfortable and peaceful.

I have not yet found that. Today, I will settle for some really good lobster bisque.
September 26, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterStarsky
I love this photo. The busy-ness of cabs racing by in the background, and yet you are so still, so focused and, well, so in-focus.

great snap.
September 26, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterPLD
Put food in front of me and my focus is unwavering.
September 26, 2006 | Registered CommenterMonicaBielanko
That sounds like my Monday...I went out to Astoria Park with tuna salad on a toasted bagel (my absolute favorite sandwich), and ended up eating, reading, sleeping, and then watching the sunset.

The weather has been so beautiful the past few days, I hate to think that I will be stuck inside at work all day tomorrow.

Oh, and I love hard boiled eggs too. I don't think that's weird. Of course, I usually don't eat the yolks unless they're deviled eggs, so that might come across as weird.

Butternut squash soup sounds superb though. I wonder if that's hard to make...damn, this food talk is making me hungry...
September 27, 2006 | Unregistered Commenterktphotog
Your hat is so cool. If my head wasn't so big I'd wear hats like that. I've never been to Zabar's. Because of this post I now have something new to try when I come back to the city.
September 27, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterLiz

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