New York City: March 17,2000: Manhattan Mix-Up: Hopefully That Hair is not a Pubic One!

Up at 06:00 for a 09:00 flight from Toronto to New York City on Air Canada. Had unexpected guests the night before so was not terribly perky for the early morning get up and go. Through US Customs quickly a nice change for once. Uneventful flight. A muffin or Danish and a cup of coffee. The quality of airline food has plummeted over the years. No doubt one day they will make you pay for food! Not pleased with cab driver from LaGuardia who gave me 20 ones in change. Checked in at the Avalon on 16th and East 32nd. They had given my room away to Patrick Stephens. A Manhattan mix-up! I would be upgraded as a result but the room would not be ready for an hour so off to a gross deli lunch starting off with a big black curly hair in the middle of the table. The pastrami was chewy and the fries a whitish colour. At least no food poisoning. Bought a daily subway and bus ticket and visited the Forbes Museum with a large collection of Fabergé eggs. Off next to the United Nations with an arrogant Israeli tour guide. The decor is tired Danish 1960’s teak. Met sister Barbara at Annan a very good Vietnamese restaurant and back to her place for a glass of wine and plans to meet tomorrow at a Cuban restaurant.

Published by Robert K Stephen (CSW)

Robert K Stephen writes about food and drink, travel, and lifestyle issues. He is one of the few non-national writers to be certified as a wine specialist by the Society of Wine Educators, in Washington, DC. Robert was the first associate member of the Wine Writers’ Circle of Canada. He also holds a Mindfulness Certification from the University of Leiden and the University of Toronto. Be it Spanish cured meat, dried fruit, BBQ, or recycled bamboo place mats, Robert endeavours to escape the mundane, which is why he has established this publication. His motto is, "Have Story, Will Write."

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