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Raining cats and dogs – Se piove a dirotto

Raining cats and dogs – Se piove a dirotto

By on Dec 30, 2013 in New York - Manhattan, Travel journal | 0 comments

What could you plan to do on a rainy Sunday if you’re visiting New York for your very first time? Joining a Harlem worship, obviously! Let’s say, it’s quite a cliché seeing lots of tourists throughout Harlem on Sunday morning, trying to get into one of the many churches between the 126st and the 138th. And, if you’re not so skilled about the issue, you could be disappointed because of the crowd. To get in the main church (Abyssinian Baptist Church, on the 138th) you need to wait in line at least 1hour and a half. And you seriously risk to keep outside. Due to the situation, I preferred to find another church avoiding the queue. So I finally arrived at Salem, the united Methodist church on the 129th. It was quite strange getting in with the church almost empty and starting the worship with the church full of tourists. The minister – a perfect mix between Berry White and a US rapper – was attractive and ironic in his long sermon, although personally I’m not interested in religion. There was a little choir – too little, to be honest – who tried to attract the attention. At lunchtime, Cafè Eighty Two on the Broadway (Upper West Side). They have a gluten free menu and you can choose between breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner dishes. I’ve chosen a triple decker sandwich with turkey and backed potato. Too healthy for US, too junky for me. But yummy Ok, man. When they say that it will be a rainy day, it will be raining cats and dogs…this is Times Square under the rain. Impossible to do anything outside. This is the Empire State Building today…surrounded by the fog! The last choice was spending our afternoon in Macy’s, waiting to get dry. A useful tip: this mall has free wifi. Today’s soundtrack: You learn – Alanis...

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The world is a village – Tutto il mondo è paese

The world is a village – Tutto il mondo è paese

By on Dec 29, 2013 in New York - Manhattan, Travel journal | 0 comments

Senator Hilary Clinton has a slogan: “the world is a village”. Maybe inspired by Marshall McLuhan “global village” concept. But I’m not sure they use it in the same sense. Anyway, no matter where you go, no matter where you come from. Wherever you go, the world is the same. Today was a long day, hanging out through Chelsea, Chinatown, little Italy and Medison Square Garden borough. The start was the High Line Park. Guess it’s a very fascinating place in spring/summertime. In winter it’s a little less stunning because of the trees and the plants with no colors. Anyway, it’s interesting how from “nothing” such an old railway line crossing the west side of manhattan, the city (under the pressure of the local citizens) created a park over the street level. The same would happen in Italy. Of course. A nice place, an uncommon path that gives you a different point of view of the city. Today no specific gluten free venues, trying to “survive” 😉 in a common restaurant. The experience was good at the Tia Pol, a Spanish restaurant with a staff aware about gluten issues who could confirm if the dishes I choose contained gluten or not. I definitely felt at home when I found out this advertising on my way. It could be made for Rome (Italy) as well. Then, I went to a couple of places more similar to a theme park then a borough. Now I understand if American people come to Italy thinking in clichés (to understand what I mean, please watch the movie Eat, Pray, Love). No matter where you go, no matter where you come from. Wherever you go, the world is (apparently) the same. Today’s soundtrack: City – Sara...

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Getting fat – Prendendo peso

Getting fat – Prendendo peso

By on Dec 28, 2013 in New York - Manhattan, Travel journal | 0 comments

A few days ago I tried to join Bloom’s Deli, but with no chance. Today I reached one of my goals: to have my breakfast with a gluten free pancake (at Bloom’s Deli, as you can figure out). My choice was pancake with banana and chocolate chips. It was definitely delicious but, to be honest, I have no idea how people can afford this quantity of calories…this is the easiest way to get fat. For sure, with lots of happiness 😉 The place is nice and cosy, even if the waitress constantly calls you “honey” or “dear”. It doesn’t seem a touristic place, mostly visited by American people. I couldn’t finish my dish, so I had it take away in a doggy bag (for my breakfast tomorrow!!). Then, it was time to get into the modern art at the MOMA, with a long round-the-block queue because of the free entrance (remind: free admittance on Fridays all-day long). But the cost saving (0$ vs. 25$) was enough to afford a little bit of cold and await. One of the most famous and interesting pieces in there was the following one, by Andy Warhol. Does he want to tell us anything about US food habits? Exactly… Trying to burn calories, we moved during the day between downtown, uptown and Queens… On the way back home, this is the scene I preferred: musicians playing and catching attention of people passing by the subway station. Great! Today’s soundtrack: When the saint goes marching in – Louis...

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Between snow and sunshine – Tra neve e sole

Between snow and sunshine – Tra neve e sole

By on Dec 27, 2013 in New York - Manhattan, Travel journal | 0 comments

NY is an unpredictable city, where it’s often difficult to plan anything. When you decide to spend your day outside, then comes the snow…and you can freeze, thanks to the Atlantic wind. And when you change your plans and decide to visit a (warm) museum, here comes the sun! All in the same city, in the same day, two subway stops far away 🙂 Finally, the whether let me join the Greenwich village, when I had a special gf pizza at Kestè pizzeria. Italian staff, nice place, a really good tasting pizza. Neither in Naples I reached to taste a pizza like this one. And really close to the pizzeria there is a very famous place for those who have grown in 90′ years with a nice tv sitcom…who can recognize this building? Although the cold was freezing me, it was possible to see the Brooklyn bridge and the manhattan skyline as well. Too many buildings, is what I think since my arrival here. But I admit this landscape has something stunning. My personal success today is coming back home with the whole fingers still sticked to my hands! Today’s Soundtrack: I’ll be there for you – The...

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Christmas in NYC – Natale a New York

Christmas in NYC – Natale a New York

By on Dec 26, 2013 in New York - Manhattan, Travel journal, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Due to the jet lag, I started my day very soon in the morning. Trying to have a US breakfast with gluten free pancakes at Bloom’s Deli, but it was closed on Christmas. Unfortunately they didn’t mention it in their website 🙁 So I had a simple tea in another place with a view on the Chrysler building…which was good. Although in a capital and international city, I always need to carry out a gluten free breakfast while travelling! I had a look around the city centre, toward Central Park from Times Square and Rockefeller centre. It was a very warm day, perfect to hang out all day long: -7 degrees… Too much tall, too many buildings, too many people: New York is definitely ‘too much’. But it’s fascinating as well! The only way to afford this cold was walking with a collar-cup of tea, jumping from a coffee house to another. Finally, I had my (late) lunch at The Counter in Times Square ( 7 Times Square, 41st & Broadway). You can build your own hamburger choosing between a wide selection of meats, toppings, sausages and much more, with a special gluten free menu available. The bread was surprising: mild and soft. About the food & beverages sizes: remember I’m in USA…too much! Anyway, a really good experience. From this post and from the Rockefeller tree with ice skating, I’d like to wish everybody a merry Christmas. Soundtrack of the day: Have yourself a merry little Christmas, Frank Sinatra...

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