On the way to the inner sanctum of Food Network, our new best friend Chef Rob told us about two things we should experience. He didn’t exactly have to twist our arms, since the first suggestion was chocolate.Jacque Torres chocolate. These are not your basic supermarket sweets, so the deliberation and decision-making took some time… We ended up with an assortment, including a mystery chocolate. It was a legitimate mystery, too–not even the girls behind the counter knew what was in it. Every batch includes three flavors and the people who make them don’t tell what they are. We detected hazelnut, caramel, and…a mystery. Then there were chocolates with wine, with salt, with lavender, with…well, I’d better stop before revealing how seriously piggy we were. Stuffed with chocolate, the only thing to do was walk it off. Fortunately, suggestion number two was this: It’s a rather wonderful park up above the street… And when you look south, you can see all the way to the Statue of Liberty. The other direction is this fun building… and along the way, many beautiful flowers. It was a lovely walk and we enjoyed it very much. If you find yourself in the area, stop in for a box of chocolates then take yourself for a walk in the park. And if you see Chef Rob, tell him the girls from Texas said, “Hi.”
P.S. This is how New Yorkers park their cars. The mind (the minds of us from wide open spaces, anyway) boggles.