Here I am. New York City. Wow!
I am so excited I don't even know where to begin. Part of me feels like I just walked out of 1940's Broadway musical where the leading lady shows up in NYC with two suitcases and a lot of nerve and just dives right in.
Come on, you know that song... "if I can make it there, I'll make it anywhere.."
That's me pretty much, except I showed up with 16 boxes (half of which were shipped from France), 2 suitcases, 2 army duffle bags, and my knife case.
And the most important item: a wine opener.
I have learned through living in 6 different apartments, 4 different cities, 2 different countries over the last 5 years that having a wine opener is really the key ingredient.
Everything else can wait. But damn, that glass of wine just cannot wait.
When you're sitting around staring at an empty apartment wine makes everything look rosy. Or it knocks you out cold so you don't have to think about the grim reality of starting all over again.
I'm still in the rosy phase, but depending on how my furniture looks when it gets delivered, I might end up in the drain-the-bottle-in-one-whole-swig phase. We'll see.
But that's what I love about this city – everything can be delivered right to your doorstep even if it's on the 17th floor. How cool is that?
No wonder the French love to visit New York. They don't have to climb up and down multiple flights of stairs all day long.
Today I had 6 bags of groceries from Whole Foods delivered plus multiple boxes from Bed Bath & Beyond and I didn't even have to lift a finger. I didn't have to drag my little Parisian wheel-y cart through bumpy cobblestone streets and up five flights of stairs.
Aside from settling in to my new apartment, I'm peddling my resumé around once again. And this time it's hard. I'm anxious to see what it's like to cook in a New York kitchen, but not so energized about starting from scratch.
I know things will be different here. I know there are kitchen systems, regulations, cultures that are unfamiliar. I'm sure I will be flung mercilessly to the bottom of the totem pole and then struggle to inch my way back up again.
I'm positive that I will be cooking beside 20-something's that have boundless energy while varicose veins climb faster and darker up my legs.
Oh well, as everyone says: fuhgghedabowdit. I suppose that's a little like: tant pis.
The street food alone is reason enough to move. Oh my God is it delicious. I've been eating off the streets since my pots and pans have yet to arrive and all I have to say is: I LOVE NEW YORK!
I thought the crèpes in France were tasty, but I'm sorry, they are nothing compared to the spicy stewed chicken tacos I had for lunch today oozing with sour cream and melted cheese or the philly cheesesteak I had for dinner – again oozing with carmelized onions, peppers, and more melted cheese.
Nathan's hotdog? Yes please. Halal gyro? I'll take two. Fruit smoothie? I need my vitamins. Salted pretzel with mustard? Yup. Spinach empanadas? Oh hell yeah.
Work-out at the gym? No thank you. I'm too busy stuffing my face right now.
Maybe I should re-name my blog: Ms. Glaze Eats Manhattan. Then again, maybe not.
Just so you don't get the wrong impression about my feelings about Paris, I should let you know that I'm applying to only French restaurants.
I'm not sure how restaurants here feel about cooks blogging about their kitchen experiences, so I will keep mine on the back burner until I find out what the proper etiquette is.
My former employer was supportive about my writing and I will always be thankful for that and for everything I learned there too (bien sûr!)
So here's to New York and a new adventure! May it be just as tough, sweaty, and exhausting as the last one and filled with even more grit, grime, and elbow grease.
I'm drinking to that...