48 hours in New York

This past weekend, I had a great two days with my beloved family in New York.


With such a short visit together, we made the most of our time by sitting at the hotel, eating, and going on prolonged walking adventures throughout the city. Obviously. 🙂 Highlights from the days together were:

Lunch at Katz’s Delicatessen

Katz’s is a classic New York deli with overflowing corned beef sandwiches, top-notch pickles, and piping hot knishes. Although it hasn’t achieved the same notoriety with tourists as Carnegie Deli, it’s well known to anyone from New York and all Harry Met Sally fans (you know, the scene at the deli…).

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The place was packed but we were able to get a table and order without too much difficulty. Our feast was devoured before I remembered to take a picture, but deliciousness included corned beef sandwiches, matzo ball soup, knish, latkes, and coleslaw.

Walking the Brooklyn Bridge

Heralded as the longest suspension bridge of its time, the Brooklyn Bridge serves as a great way to take a stroll and look over at the city. It bridges the water from Manhattan to Brooklyn, and there is certainly quite a different feel from one end to the other.

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Breakfast at Le Pain Quotidien 

Breakfast during vacation with my family is always quite an operation. It’s more like brunch, or lunch actually, since it often may not happen until close to noon. But hey – maybe the anticipation makes the payoff all the better. Le Pain Quotidien is a bakery with several locations along the east coast, and their breakfast was delicious. One of our favorites was the belgian waffle with jam:

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And finally, Shake Shack. 

Shake Shack is a fast-growing burger, fries, and frozen custard joint along the east coast. But, don’t be fooled. This is not the burger at your typical diner. Shake Shack puts an emphasis on sustainability and community support, donating time and money towards social concerns like hunger, education, and the environment.

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Overall, a great two days spent with the greatest of company.



Surdyk’s in Northeast Minneapolis is undeniably a specialty-shop gem. The highlights are wine and cheese, but the deli, chocolates, spreads, and other odds & ends are definitely worth nothing.


Having heard about Surdyk’s in various Twin Cities publications since moving here, when I passed by the shop I couldn’t resist going inside. Although I didn’t purchase anything, the inside view was enough to tell me this place is GREAT. And I wanted to purchase everything. Yes, everything.

First up: chocolate (naturally).


An entire display was devoted to pretty much every variety, flavor, and cocoa concentration you could imagine. This was all high quality melt-in-your-mouth stuff: the real deal. No Hershey’s to be found. 🙂

After tearing my attention away from the chocolate, I checked out the dessert case:


Cakes, bars, tortes…enough said.

Moving on to the deli case, there were several types of sandwiches (a turkey panini looked especially delicious!), cold salads, and a selection of soups:


Last but not least, the cheese. Oh, the cheese.


More cheeses than I knew existed (there’s cheddar and swiss, right?). Surdyk’s is serious about their cheese. Not only do they have literally hundreds of cheese options, they can ship anywhere in the world and there is always a cheese consultant at the counter to help you. Yes, cheese consultant is a job.

Next time I’m having a picnic, I’m stocking up here. 🙂