Dinner at Colicchio and Sons


The highlight of our short trip to NYC was our seasonal tasting dinner at Colicchio and Sons.

Fans of Top Chef, we were excited to see if the meal at a Tom Colicchio restaurant would live up to his perfectionist persona on the tv show.


In fact, it exceeded our expectations completely.



First off, the restaurant itself is gorgeous and minimalist in neutral shades of gray and brown.

The aesthetic is masculine if not for all the lovely floral arrangements and a towering wall of flowers in a line in the middle of the restaurant.



Instead of ordering our meal off the menu a la carte, we opted for the 7 course tasting menu.

We wanted to be surprised by each course and try out some dishes we wouldn’t normally order on our own.

So, that’s what we did and our 2 hour food adventure began.

I don’t think I can convey how lovely this meal was… course after course of beautiful plated and delicious food including oysters, sea urchin, caviar, prawns, scallops, lobster, duck, lamb, a special cheese fondue course with mustard ice cream, and lavender donuts.

I’ll just let the pictures show it all.





lobster duck lamb cheese donut

My favorite course was the beautiful plate of cucumbers followed at a close second by the little pot of cheese fondue.

Sean raved about the duck wrapped in pancetta.

Until we meet again, Colicchio and Sons!



September in New York City






central park



Sean and I made a short trip to NYC last weekend to see the Book of Mormon and eat at Colicchio and Sons.

It was so sticky hot in the afternoon, so we headed to Central Park for a cool down and some green.

That’s where I spotted a bench where someone had dedicated a plaque: Don’t You Just Living Here.

I think I would love living there… and maybe hate living there too at times but mostly love it.

We stayed at the Row Hotel in Midtown and had a wonderfully fancy dinner, but that is so good that it deserves its own separate post.

Who Let The Dogs Out?

cheddar close up

A few weekends back, Sean and I participate in the Lost Dog 5K Race Series. Basically we ran a 5K with Quinn and all the other participating dogs by our side as they played the song “Who Let The Dogs Out.”

You can imagine there were lots of doggies that got scared, tangled leashes, and people who got tripped up, but it was so much fun… and afterwards you could cuddle with puppies that were up for adoption.

I fell in love with Cheddar, the brown puppy pictured above.

Seeing that I was falling for this one hard, Sean sternly directed me, “Mary, put the puppy down now!”

It’s been a few weeks and I’m still thinking about Cheddar. Isn’t he the most adorable puppy that ever was?