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My husband gave me the best gift, five days in New York City, to do nothing else, but be with him, walk around taking pictures, visiting with my family and sampling new restaurants in our never ending quest for wonderful cuisine. It felt as if we were in a worry free bubble, suspended from the grim reality of what I will be facing later on this month with my cancer treatment. It was such a wonderful five days. We found a new French Brasserie called La Gamelle on the Bowery just south of Houston. We ate there New Year’s Eve, we were the only ones in the dining room at 5:45 and it was fantastic, we had a lovely romantic dinner just the two of us. We both ordered the foie gras to start and I followed that with roasted Artic Char on a bed of leeks in a sauce prepared with a hint of caviar, I practically licked the plate clean. My husband had lamb and he couldn’t stop raving over its tenderness, its delicate yet flavorful herbal crust, we were both so enchanted with our meal at this point, we couldn’t imagine anything could top what we had just eaten and then the souffles came, we both had the passion fruit soufflé, what a taste of heavenly goodness, light as clouds with just the right amount of sweetness. We are going back without a doubt and it will be soon.

So between the wonderful French Brasserie, a well prepared eggs Benedict on 57th St and 7th avenue, a spectacular quinoa and cauliflower salad alongside a tasty green beans tempura at the restaurant The Red Cat on the 10th avenue and 23rd Street, our taste buds were extremely well served.

New York City’s hustle and bustle gives one excellent opportunities to distract oneself, precisely what the doctor ordered.