Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Off To The Big City...

It was with a bit of sadness that I recently heard that the Carnegie Deli; that iconic fixture on Manhattan's 7th Avenue, which has played host to countless celebrities, political figures and other assorted luminaries, would be closing its doors on December 31, 2016. I'd been there a few times as a kid and always loved the ridiculously huge sandwiches they served.

And I wanted one more.

So, after talking to some Long Island friends, I decided to make a pilgrimage to the big city. I decided I would, one last time, enjoy what is truly a culinary masterpiece.

It would be a quick trip. I would spend six quick days on Long Island, visiting friends and stomping around the old stomping grounds. But there would be that one goal. There would be that one unwavering draw to the city which was the catalyst for this entire trip.

Carnegie Deli.

I scored a ridiculously low airfare (which I jumped on) and flew from Jacksonville on December 3. Now, admittedly, it had been some time since I'd been on a place. I last flew in October of 2012 when I went to Portland, Oregon to scope out the area prior to accepting a job there. I was pleasantly surprised to learn that, since then, someone finally decided that it was okay for me to leave my laptop in its bag and that my shoes could remain on my feet.

I haven't used this in a few years...


I've flown out of Jacksonville International only three times, and I always get a kick out of the different displays they put up. Since I would be flying close to the holidays, I guess it comes as no surprise that there would be a sleigh. Only this had a decidedly Floridian twist. You see, the sleigh on display was being pulled by eight porpoise:

How Santa gets around Florida...


And, as if a sleigh pulled by eight porpoise wasn't enough, how about a Maserati? I'm not sure why it was here; it's not like there were a bunch of them on display. Then again, at $92,000, I guess they really need to sell only one:

Merry Christmas...


My flight to New York was uneventful (isn't that the best way?) and I was collected at Kennedy Airport by my friend Patty. As it wasn't that late, and I hadn't yet eaten, we decided it that we'd get some dinner. If you ever find yourself driving around Long Island at 9:30 at night and you want some dinner, might I suggest breakfast at the Hauppauge Palace Diner:


Any time is a good time for breakfast...

The next week promised to be a blur, so we called it a night after we ate and headed back to Patty & Chris' house.

This week should be a good one...

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