Sunday, September 14, 2014

David & Lauren's Wedding on Ellis Island

It was a gorgeous day for David & Lauren's Wedding on Ellis Island.

Blue Fin Tuna Tartare ... Layers of avocado & blue fin tuna flavored with wasabi rice wine, crispy shallots & honey dressing.

Intermezzo of grapefruit sorbet

Grilled Ribeye Steak ... Merlot reduction with rosemary sprig, red & yellow peppers, caramelized pearl onions, timbale of sauteed spinach & wild mushroom ragout

Dessert Duo Tasting ...

Raspberry Terrine ... Crunch malted meringues enrobed in bitter French chocolate, layers of raspberries, raspberry brulee & raspberry cream

Flourless Chocalate Cake ... Thin layer of praline crunchy wafers, chocolate colored sphere, chocolate curve & meringue kisses

Sunday Morning

Andrea & I spent the day walking around the city & running errands.

We went over to the High Line. It was really nice. I was shooting a pic of this cool building when I got photo-bombed by Webb Simpson!

Saturday, September 13, 2014

National September 11 Memorial Museum

I spent the day at the 9-11 museum with Andrea, Bobby, Billy, Emily, Josh, Helaine & Norm. It was impressive, a chilling reminder of my US Open trip to NY in 2001. The buildings came down 2 days after the men's final.

There was a graphic with some interesting figures. Here are some of the amazing facts:
  • Approximately 50,000 people worked in the World Trade Center each day.
  • Each floor was an acre in size.
  • Each tower had 110 floors.
  • There were 198 elevators in the Twin Towers & 15 miles of elevator shafts.
  • Each express elevator could hold 55 adults.
  • There were 43,600 windows in the Twin Towers & it took 2 months to wash them all.
  • The World Trade Center contained 12 million square feet of office space.
  • It took 10 carriers to deliver all of the World Trade Center's mail each weekday.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Early Riser

3am wake-up to get Stella to Pet Paradise by 4am. On the way to the airport, my car suggested I stop for a cup of coffee.

When I got to the airport at 5am, even Starbucks wasn't open yet.

After arriving at JFK, I had a pleasant first experience with the AirTrain. Sure beats a cab during rush-hour. I had lunch with Karen & spent the day visiting old friends at SI. After dinner with Janet we hung out with Brandon. Just like the good old days.

Saturday, September 06, 2014

Strut Your Mutt 2014

The good news was that Stella & I raised $250 ($500 after match) for The Old Dog House, a Jacksonville non-profit charity focused on rescuing, rehabilitating and re-homing older & senior dogs. The bad news was that it rained all morning. After the walk Stella got peanut butter & bacon Luckee Dog K9 Ice Cream.

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

New Magnifica

Stella was curious. What's in the box & why am I so excited?

Out with the old (right) & in with the new (left). My new DeLonghi Magnifica is so awesome! It was time to retire my old one after a good 9-year run. Cappuccino anyone? All I have to do is push a button! No manual frothing! Crazy!

Monday, September 01, 2014

Labor Day Swim

Pool party with the pups.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Beach with Pups

Stella & Google had a great time at the beach today!

Nancy caught Stella navigating the surf with her GoPro.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Awesome Rim Light

I love Stella in this late afternoon rim light.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Happy 40th Anniversary!

Cora & Rob came over for a playdate. After they left, Stella posed with all of the toys Cora took out of her toy chest. Those two always have so much fun.

In the evening it was time to celebrate Vilma & Carl's 40th anniversary.

The food was fab & very photogenic!

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Day 9 ... CDG-ATL-JAX

After checkout, I hung out in the lobby before heading to the airport.

While I was sitting in the lobby, I noticed their amazing curtains were changing colors. They're made of woven optical fibers that continually migrate through a million colors. Propelled by LED battery tubes, these are the first ones of their kind in the world.

CDG ... flight delayed then all flights suspended by weather.

Luckily, we finally took off.

This picture is worth a thousand words! Stella had a BLAST while I was away! Thank you Pet Paradise JIA!!!

Saturday, August 09, 2014

Day 8 ... My Old Stomping Grounds ... Paris

Our last breakfast at the chateau. I'm gonna miss this!

Waiting for the bullet train to Paris at Gare d'Avignon TGV.

Since I was going to be in Paris for one night, I was looking forward to seeing my old friends & staying at Hotel Passy Home, a small family owned & operated hotel I stayed in for the 15 years I covered Roland Garros. Unfortunately, it was sold about 3 years ago. Now it's a small, amazing high-end boutique hotel called Hotel FĂ©licien (this link is a great article). Here's a link to their Facebook page & their website.

Famous French clothing designer Olivier Lapidus, has used his exceptional talent to create this exquisite contemporary hotel. The design & attention to detail is like nothing I've ever seen. Simply awesome!

The breakfast room.

I want this espresso machine!

Each floor has a theme. I was on the couture floor (4th). Every room in the hotel has it's own unique design. No two rooms are alike. Check out the photo gallery on their website. The images are awesome!

Mini bar snacks.

The LED closet rod lit up every time the door opens.

I spent the afternoon walking around Paris, shooting iPhone pix.