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New York, New York

Tuesday night I decided that I would try again to have dinner out and ignore all the road and block closures from the UN deal.  I walked (about 1 mile each way - yay to me!) to Mia Dona.  Mia Dona is a new Italian restaurant between 2nd and 3rd avenue, or is it 2nd and 1st avenue?  Oh well. Anyway, I was quickly seated and everyone was extremely friendly.  I initially ordered a Disaronno Sour and was told that they did not have Disaronno.  Really??  How can an Italian restaurant not have an Italian liqueur??  Whatever.  Water and lemon for me.... I had a nice salty salad with the saltiness being derived from olives, a nice skirt steak that while perfectly grilled didn't really have any depth of flavor.  My dessert, Zeppole with lemon cream, was amazing!  I would go back to Mia Dona and have the Zeppole - just the Zeppole.  While the food was good, it wasn't amazing.  And when I'm in New York, I kind of expect the food to be scrumptous.  Don't you?

On my walk back to the Hilton, I once again had to pass in front of the Warwick.  This time, instead of being mid-stream of the hotel, I was on the corner when the police car with siren blaring and lights flashing came roaring up followed by black SUVs that men in black suits and men in fatigues jumped out of.  The humongous men in desert fatigues jumped out with machine guns ready. And whom to my wondering eyes should appear? None other than Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the current president of Iran (no wonder the machine guns were needed).  I gingerly made my way back to the hotel.

Wednesday night, I was tired and just plain tired of food.  There is a famous food cart right outside the hotel (Tuesday night there was probably more than 50 people in line) so I decided to give it a whirl.  I first went to the local deli and picked up $20 worth of fruit.  Trust me, it was not a lot of fruit.  I ran across the street to the Magnolia Bakery in Rockefeller Square and picked up a rather large piece of chocolate cake with chocolate icing for dessert and then ran back to Halal food cart to pull my stint in line.  I waited in line about 20 - 25 minutes and once I made it to the front of the line, I just said - "I'll have what he's having".  My dinner (minus the fruit and cake) was yellow rice, some kind of meat (I really don't know) and pita bread.  It was pretty good.  But since I don't like rice, I just picked thru it to eat the meat and threw the rest of it away.  And then ate my fruit.  And my cake!!