I enjoyed several great meals over the weekend:
- Trader Joe's filet mignon
- south Indian vegetarian cuisine at Pongal
- Mexican at Maz Mezcal (taking advantage of the holiday crowd to get a good table)
- the hottest Thai food I've ever eaten at Sripaphai in Queens
- Chinese on the Fourth of July where the wait staff were all mesmerized by the Germany-Italy World Cup semifinal.
I watched Tuesday night's excellent Macy's Fireworks show from an apartment on the 43rd floor of a building near 42nd St. on the east side. I'm moving up, literally: last year I watched the fireworks from a 20-story rooftop near Union Square, and this year it was the 43rd floor. Next year it's the Empire State Building or bust. Since my camera has a special fireworks setting, I tried to take pictures. However, it seems that even with fancy digital technology you still need a tripod to get great photos of fireworks. But some of my pictures turned out OK, so you can get a sense of what the show looked like. As we were inside, we got to listen to the soundtrack for the fireworks this year, and it was better than the one the Mets put together the night before. You can't go wrong with Sousa marches and "God Bless America." I could have done without the pop-patriotic songs, though. The best part after the show was watching the crowd file off the FDR and being able to wait until the streets were less busy before walking home.
In case you hadn't figured it out already, photos from the weekend are up on my Flickr site.