I’m honored that I had an opportunity to have dinner at my company’s private and exclusive restaurant. Everything was highest quality from food to service.
I got to go work in Japan for a third time this year. I spent most the time in Osaka and spent my Saturday in Kyoto. Here are some of the highlights from my trip.
On Saturday, a friend took me to Kyoto for a day. We went around to a few places and had dinner (many tofu dishes) before going back to Osaka. It was a fun day.
I celebrated my birthday this year at one of my favorite restaurants, Eleven Madison Park. It was a 15-course meal and it took 3.5 hours to complete. Eleven Madison Park is one of seven 3-star Michelin restaurants in New York City (2013). We have been there 3 times and we sat at the same table every time, Coincidence?
Here are all the dishes (in the order they were served).
As a bonus, they gave us a jar of granola with a menu to take home.
For drinks, we had a half bottle of 2011 Maximin 2011 Maximin Grünhäuser Riesling Auslese.
It was my first 4th of July in New York City. We started the day with a trip to Chinatown for dumplings at Prosperity Dumpling and boba tea at Ten Ren Tea Time. The dumplings at Prosperity Dumpling were very good and cheap. For one dollar, you get four dumplings. It is a small place with only a few seats to sit on. After lunch, we took a subway and the free ferry to Staten Island. The view from the ferry was amazing. From the ferry, you can see downtown New York and the Statue of the Liberty. The Statue of the Liberty just reopened on the 4th of July.
At Staten Island, we took a bus to Historic Richmond Town. It took about 30 minutes on a bus from the ferry station. It was not very crowded. Only a few of the buildings were open including a tin shop, a grocery store, a pub, a house, and a school. The school is the oldest standing remaining school in the country. In the afternoon, there was a parade, a pie contest, and a free ice cream tasting.
In the evening, we went down to Chelsea and had Thai food at Chelsea Thai Wholesale in Chelsea Market. We didn’t plan to have Thai for dinner but it was one of the few places open. After dinner, we walked to the West Side Highway and I was surprised to see so many people were already there sitting and waiting for the fireworks. We walked from around 14th Street up to around 30th Street. We saw fireworks from a rooftop of a building on 8th Avenue between 36th Street and 37th Street. A vendor I work with put me on a list to access to the rooftop. We got a great view from the 28th floor. Here are a few pictures of the fireworks.
The Empire State Building also had a light show that lasted about 5 minutes at the end of the Fireworks. It was very pretty. I think they should start doing it everyday. The top of the building also had red, white, and blue colors.
It was a quiet Thai New Year, at least in Manhattan. I celebrated Thai new year by having Thai food at Pure Thai restaurant. It was my first time eating there. It was good. I had Sukhothai tom yum dry noodles. At night, we went to see Pippin. It was a good show. I really enjoyed it.