My post title doesn’t imply those telling reference to Care Bears or Pogo balls that would hint at my “child of the eighties” status, instead it literally means taking myself out on a date.
In my adult life I’ve experienced two great loves and two painful break ups. It is easy when you’re going through the heartbreak of ending a relationship to hibernate for awhile and put off your to-do list. Once time has worked its healing magic you often get to a point where you no longer want to put off experiencing a fulfilling life while you wait for someone special to share it with. I think even those of you in long-term relationships can learn something from this little game I like to play.
The basic premise is:
- Plan a special night/day that you will really enjoy, just as you would to celebrate your partner. Focus on those experiences that you often deny yourself in everyday life (dining in a fancy restaurant, relaxing with a massage, playing in the park, watching movies in your pjs).
- Make it really personal-this is not the time to go to the museum because you think it will impress your date. You know your date so well you can pick the perfect roster of activities to tickle their fancy (I love looking at dishes and bowls, scouring the city for unique ingredients and laying in the grass).
- Dress up in clothes that make you feel great, prime you mp3 player with an interesting playlist and just indulge in your company. Take time to think through life’s big questions and laugh at all the funny little comments that go through your mind – after all, this time your date will get all of your jokes!
After all that build up, I’d like to share the itinerary for a perfect date in NYC – with me.
I woke up early. I like to. I turned on the tv, had a shower and enjoyed an apple. Once the rest of the world was ready to wake up and open some stores I went to Whole Foods to grab a bottle of ginger Kombucha and a fruit salad.
Then I went for a long walk from SoHo to Midtown. I stopped into a few stores, like Fish Eddy’s and the MoMa gift shop. For some reason they were both full of housewares and cooking gadgets. This city really get’s me.
I continued walking North to Central Park. It was a perfect morning -warm, sunny and clear.
You could smell spring in the air -blossoms bursting forth with fragrance.
I enjoyed watching all the active New Yorkers taking advantage of this expanse of nature to get moving.
Once I reached 79th street I left the park and walked East until I found the perfect spot to treat my date to a delicious meal. Candle 79 was one of the first restaurants in North America to do vegan fine dining. I’ve never eaten there but I have prepared meals from their cookbook so I knew I was in for a lovely lunch.
I decided to select the Live Pad Thai appetizer for my meal. It was incredible -creamy, rich and full of flavour. I ate slowly and enjoyed each bite.
Energized by all of that plant power I walked back through the park.
Listened to the casual concerts and admired the little adventurers exploring the elements.
The sheep meadow was full of people who were peacefully resting away their afternoon. I wish my daily routine included a rest in the grass.
Once I left the park I met up with a couple of friends who were shopping in midtown. Lindsay had been bargain hunting in Macy’s for three hours when I caught up with her. I was amazed by her perseverance! She strolled with me toward Chelsea while her traveling mates went ahead to the Lower East Side. It was fabulous to have a few minutes with an incredible friend who lives on the other side of the country.
After we parted ways, I continue on with my itinerary – an afternoon exploring Chelsea. I wandered around and checked out a number of great boutiques. I eventually made my way to the Chelsea Market (which houses the Food Network offices-however, there was no sign of Alton). I spent a long time perusing the shops, wandering the nearby streets and resting in the sunshine.
For dinner, I picked up the Meditteranean Salad from Pure Food & Wine’s Take Away. I had been thinking about getting the famous S&M; salad but they make it without avocado at this location, and that just didn’t seem good enough for my date. I was really happy with my choice, a huge serving of kale goes a long way toward solidifying my special relationship.
On my way back uptown to the Natural Gourmet Institute for my class at 6:30 I wandered past Blossom and walked into CocoaV. If you are not up on the vegan scene in NYC then let me tell you, recently this fabulous vegan chocolate shop and wine bar opened for table service and takeout. It is beautiful, Terry Hope Romero raves about the food, and the chocolates are breathtaking.
I spent time admiring all of the confections (and picked up a little something for Mother’s Day) but knowing that I had a night of truffle making ahead of me I didn’t feel tempted to buy a box.
The flavour combinations will inspire many future experiments in my own kitchen.
If you missed yesterday’s post you can click back to read about my fantastic class with Fran. It was the perfect end to my date night – an evening spent learning and playing with food. I certainly know what Lisa likes.
I hope this message will encourage all of you take a little time to invest in the relationship you have with yourself. It is important and it deserves to be nourished.
May’d me smile – the wonderful relief of taking off your socks and shoes after walking for hours, hours and hours. I guess, I’m rather easy to please but that moment when you return from a fabulous outing and get to just relax is such a treat. We all lead very busy lives so any moment of peace should be cherished.
Have you ever planned a date for yourself?
Would you take a trip on your own? Anywhere that you’d like to visit solo?
I mentioned yesterday that I sent Heathy my winning Moon Pies as soon as I arrived in NYC. If you’d like to see her enjoying them check out the video here.