John’s subscription is usually shared with our daughter who is far more musical than I, but now and again, I make the scene, usually for Verdi or Puccini!
We had a lovely belated anniversary dinner at Le Grenouille ,the last great bastion of old-style, formal, French dining left in New York with the closings of Lutece, La Caravelle, La Cote Basque and Le Cirque – giants! Each was famous for impeccable service, gorgeous interiors, and exquisite, Escoffier-based cooking served by armies of formally-attired waiters and their assistants gliding about the rooms overseen by a Maitre d' all of whom make you want to return again and again. It is all still possible at Le Grenouille with its gorgeous interior with extremely flattering peach-colored lighting (dating from its opening 50 years ago according to our waiter), and a justifiably famous display of astonishingly beautiful flowers. I found it to be a small refuge of restorative quiet and elegance in the midst of cacophonous and not always beautiful Manhattan. Needless to say, we had a lovely meal, and a lovely time.
|Lily and the Alien|
|Lily and her picture|
|Lily creating her rendition of New York City, note statue of liberty,tugboat, taxi, balloon she got at restaurant.....|
newyorker.com/online/ And then the drive home to Vermont where a few more inches of new snow, and subzero weather greeted us..