Brrr! The temperature is dropping and autumn is in the air. It’s time to begin planning this year’s Thanksgiving family get-together feast and get serious about that Christmas gift list. Soon, we will be in the full hustle and bustle of the Christmas season.
Right now though, it’s time for our focus to turn from the outdoor adventures of apple picking, hayrides, corn mazes and pumpkin patches and begin to turn to more domestic indoor adventures.
Adventures of Living and Working in New York City
For 22 years, I lived and worked in New York City. Just living there was a daily adventure. Oh to be sure, town and city adventures are quite different from the thrilling adventures one can find as a nature lover. But let’s remember that life itself is the most thrilling, and I might add diversified, journey of adventures that we will ever experience. The trouble is that often we don’t keep an open mind and recognize the new opportunity for exploration and fun that awaits us around every turn.
The Adventures of Eating in New York City
Are you a meat and potatoes person? Chances are that if you are an adventurer, you love to try new foods. New York is a great place for that. No matter where you live, you can always find both Chinese and Italian restaurants, and New York has the best of both. But, New York also has some of the most exotic foods found on the planet (if eating things like calf’s brain, goat’s eyeballs and fried pig’s ears, etc. appeals to you). They, and even more “strange” foods, can be found in New York City if you are looking for extreme exotic culinary adventures. As for me, I am NOT that adventurous. I did however, enjoy the foods of France, Germany, Israel, Russia, Thailand, Hungary and Brazil, to name just a few.
The English Custom of High Tea
It was also in New York that I discovered another one of the adventures that I continue to enjoy until this day. What I am referring to is the English custom of high tea. The elegant custom can still be found in various cities and resorts around the world. If you have never experienced having high tea (or afternoon tea as it is sometimes called), take the time this holiday season to search out a place near you where they offer high tea. If you have young children, or are a grandparent, this is one of the adventures you should introduce them to. It could even become a family tradition. If you live in, or near New York City or San Francisco, there are several places that still serve afternoon tea. You can find them in all price ranges, so check them out. Here are two links: one for places in New York City, and the other for places in San Francisco.
So, before the Christmas rush is full force, take the time to pamper yourself with at least one of the culinary adventures that I have listed above. Remember as you journey through life to keep your eyes wide open, you never know where, and in what form, you will discover new adventures.