Saturday, April 9, 2011
I had a wonderful time in New York City tonight. I had dinner with three young women and we saw a fabulous foreign film. Everything about the evening was perfect.
The women, in their mid-20's, are delightful. They have interesting lives, interesting jobs and vast travel-experience. They are all immigrants from Russia and have been here for about a decade. Their English is better than mine.
We had an awesome meal at a vegan restaurant on the Upper East Side (Candle Cafe). I ordered grilled tempeh with quinoa (which I've always wanted to try). The tempeh had a tasty chipotle sauce.
Afterward, we saw a powerful drama from Norway called "Troubled Water". It far exceeded my expectations. The movie -- which was free! -- is part of a film-series at the Czech Center, located in the Czech Consulate General.
In case you doubt New York has wildlife, I had a pidgeon walk up to me in Penn Station -- *inside* the Station. There's a picture of him below. Also, while taking the subway, I saw a rat the size of a kitten. Yow!
I socialize with groups of men and groups of women. I find differences in behavior between the groups to be fascinating. One thing I often observe is that women, when eating together, offer each other tastes of their meals and seem to enjoy sharing their food. I have never seen men do that. Why do you think that is?
I hope you had a nice evening. Here are some snapshots I grabbed.