September 22nd 2009

Happy First Day of Fall.

We’re back!

Chris and I had a great trip to New York. His show was a success, (the boys even got to meet the art critic from the NY Times!), and the show looked really lovely.

It was nice to finally meet the staff at Giant Robot. They were all very friendly and had fun tips to keep us busy in the city.

30 Rock!

Some of the best street signs I've ever seen

The first meal we had in the city was at Caracas, a Venezuelan arepas bar. Erica and John had recommended that we meet up for lunch before they took off for their honeymoon to New Zealand. It was nice to see them, and they also had loads of places for us to visit. Our meal was so delicious that we went back for our last meal before we left the city, and we took Lauchie and Shauna.

We ended up walking around a good part of Manhattan, and explored some of the old subway stations.

I love this Eames children's chair so much

Remember when I said I really love ceramics? Well, I really looooove Russel Wright...

The day of the show we went to the MoMA for hours and explored every exhibit they had up, yet somehow managed to miss what would have been our favorite pieces of artwork in the whole gallery! Lauchie informed us after we met up later that day that we had missed a Henry Darger painting, a couple of Hockney’s and Koons' and a Marcel Dzama piece. We still don’t know how we missed them.


One of my favorite meals, (and we did quite a lot of eating while away), was at Freemans. It was a restaurant that Anthony had recommended before we left, and I’m so glad! It was such a gem! It was a small restaurant hidden down a little alleyway off of Bowery. It was decorated like a mix between an old hunting lodge and farmhouse, with lots of taxidermy and old oil paintings on the walls, and the food was amazing. We ate tiny cocktail sausage corn-dogs, the biggest pork chop I’ve ever seen, and the most delicious scallops. What a meal. Oh, and their raspberry ice cream was the best I’ve ever had. I’m sure it was homemade.

Park Avenue

Caracas Arepas Bar

Some of the most fun things we did were the things we stumbled upon, like Yogurtland. Chris and I are thinking of opening up a chain in Canada. We’re really missing out up here!

Everyone we came across in New York was incredibly friendly. (I’m a little embarrassed to say that people in Toronto are far less hospitable). We couldn’t have had a better trip. I can’t wait to go back again soon.


  1. Lovely pics Melinda! those ceramics are amazing. Give my congrats to Chris for the show! Glad you two had such a great time!

  2. yeeaahhh!!! sounds like so much fun. were those photographs of the furniture and wallpaper from the design section at the MoMa?

    and im glad you made it to freeman's. it IS a little gem.

    im in winnipeg (again!) until saturday. lets all get together and have fun sometime next week!


  3. You are? What are you doing back in Winnepeg? Sick of school already? I would love to do something next week!