December in New York – Candle 79

After the whole engagement thing (no big deal right? I’m still eeeee-ing about it) we went back to the hotel, cracked open a bottle of champagne and started calling or emailing family members and close friends. Sometimes it just doesn’t feel appropriate to use Facebook to notify everyone of such important news. Then it was time to celebrate. And what better place than Candle 79 (154 East 79th Street at Lexington Avenue, New York, NY)? I had never been before, but after the endless series of great reviews I’ve read online, I couldn’t wait to finally go. We were the last seating of the evening, and got a lovely seat right by the front window. It’s such a nice space, cozy atmosphere with subtle lighting and plush seats. For drinks, I ordered the Reforestation; a mojito with a twist – a tree is planted with every Reforestation ordered. I love mojitos, I love trees: i.e., perfect combination. Moreover the ingredients interested me, I’d never tried Veev Acai spirit, but I had a little bit about it previously and liked the premise and ecologically responsible business model. Jordan ordered the Ginger Rush, I think mostly because it had sake in it, but it ended up being more my style than his. We picked out an organic wine from Heller Estates that I had to take a picture of to make sure we would remember it – unfortunately, the LCBO/Ontario wine stores don’t have it. We noticed the wine list was perfect,…

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December in New York – He liked it, so he put a ring on it.

After our meal at Tien Garden, we decided to go to the Empire State building. Jordan had never been up there, and I really enjoyed the view and collection of pictures from the last time I went there several years ago. One thing I never realized until our trip was that New York city is BUSY in December. I always thought peak travel times were in the summer, I was oh so wrong. To give you just a small idea, this is what the area around Macy’s looked like from the Empire State Building, each dot is one person: We picked up a CityPass, and went up to the top of the tower in a crowded elevator. The views are spectacular, so my camera was clicking nonstop from every possible side of the building, which is hard, because it was totally packed. Jordan is not a fan of heights or looking down, but eventually was coaxed to the stand with me near the edge. I have a seemingly anti-evolutionary enjoyment of heights, so I’m accustomed to people being really nervous, when I’m not. Apparently there were other reasons for Jordan to be nervous. As I was taking pictures of the sun setting, he hugged me and put his head on my shoulder, and started saying a variety of nice things in my ear. It took me a moment to realize what was happening, so there is a series of pictures that slowly start dropping as I clue into the words…

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