1/ Maison Harlem 

French ambiance, with a warm touch that completly Harlem, NY, USA’s style! This restaurant could be in the center of Paris, I would see it in Chatelet les Halles, as it could be in Lyon or Bordeaux, but it is for our luck in NYC! 

Food is delicious, mainly French with a North African touch (a delicious couscous and the best Mergues).

The product used are carefully selected from local producer. I did give up, eating meat in many places in The USA, but in MAISON Harlem I do not think twice, and enjoy myself. 

Next on my to try list: the half rosted chicken, Miam Miam  yummy.

And my unconditional love : their ratatouille.


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2/ ChaiWali 

Indian fusion I love Their Food And Their decoration. Well though inside-out! You ll find a nice terrass on the back with a gigantic bird cage! 

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3/ The Red Rooster

This one is a corner stone of Harlem! Amazing drinks! Earthy southern American food and live music you would not want to miss!

Ambiance !!!! A real Atmosphère! People are alive ! Sensual and want to enjoy life ! You feel it all around you! It s a real pleasure to be there !

Tip: no reservations during WE arrive early and enjoy a drink by the bar. 

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It has been a little while I wanted to write about our move from Luxembourg to New York !

We are travelers in our souls and until our finger tips, but this goes beyond traveling, even if, in its direct continuity!

If you follow me since the beginning or for a while you know that I am a French American girl brought up in Paris France, married to a Dutch guy, with 3 children born in Luxembourg, and a dog coming from Friesland and extensive traveler as he joined our family. and that I write my blog from my iPhone (at 95%).

For those who joined more recently here you are into the confidence 😉💫.

I take advantage of this post to thank you for following me, and to all passing by, I give you all a great smile!

So moving to NYC was meant to be, and arrived at the right time, NYC was not unknown to us all ( except to Rocky our dog ;-)).

But moving and becoming a habitant of NYC is different from all the visits we did to the big Apple before!

We moved from a very international and cosmopolitan  city  in the middle of the green  with around 107,247 inhabitants to one of the hugest country in the world, in one of the biggest city with around 8,336,697 New Yorkers.

Some of the people we would meet, would barely knew Luxembourg, and joke that the city had as many people as in a NYC block!

Funny how it did not feel like it, but yet the difference was obvious and the energy we found here as inhabitants was what we were looking for.

We were Green as it can be!

But happy, as if we were mounting a rodeo bull, we might have felt a little or let ourselves go with the speed, but soon managed to ride it and remind him of our own pace.

So much to deal with, first and most important for us was finding a good school for the kids, and leave near by Central Park for the sake of us all.

Further to our searches, we chose the apartment.

And off we go! New language for the kids even if they were familiar with English. There is a definite gap between understanding a little and getting fluent in writing and reading.

Sticking to the French ! Our French and European culture bursted even more after we arrived!

As visitor we were found of US food, as resident it was a “no way” for our daily meals, we had to find ways to get the quality of product we were used to! Hard hard hard, as we were very organic in Europe, possible for sure in the USA but so hard! You need to be attentive to everything, in the USA as a lot more is permitted as far as food’s production. In the USA the labels are mandatory to read, I am looking for Meat: hormone free/antibiotic free/ non GMO ! Pasture raised! Same with eggs, same with Dairy! I could write a complete book on that matter! Not mentioning the bread ( no high corn syrup or high fructose or non GMO) or flour ! So complicated not to mention the price of good quality food ! Outrageous! Welcome to the country where 12 eggs “good quality” would cost not less than 6$/13$ if you do not own your own  chicken 😰. To be clear as you cab see in the below pic, you cab find 12 Eggs for 2.79$ even in NYC, but What are They Made Of!!!! Well compliant to the Us regulations is not food to me if That means That the chicken were raised inside in pour conditions, fed with hormones, antibiotics GMO grains ! Further to animal cruelty it seems like not human friendly neither. Really sorry !

 
Some options for good organic good:

No wonder so many American have health issue, it s a sin to let them eat so bad! Not their fault! If you do not have enough money to eat quality product it is very hard, thus I think they might not realize… let’s come back to that an other moment…

The “relocation” story to be continued in Part 2… With some insides in discarding and what led me to reading Marie Kondo book, and meeting her at Barnes and Nobles yesterday at Union square, while she was sharing with her audience her Konmari method….
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A bientôt,

Hopeje

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Dear all,

Hope you are doing great today. As it is and should be.

Yesterday was Earth day, it’s spring, and today is Israel’s Independence day anniversary. When I was a teenager I did not understand the importance of Israel’s existence. Not always easy to understand. Now I surely do, and I take the opportunity to thank all who contributed in creating this state, and all who stood up to protect it.

Let’s hope the world madness will stop and that extremism will disapear. This first quarter of the year, has been hard, we can’t forget CHARLIE, BARDO, NIGERIA, YEMEN, BOSTON and much more.

But as I recently saw the video of this amazing woman showing us her strengh and determination, by running the Boston marathon with a leg prothesis only 6 months after receiving it, further to the loss of her own calf during the same boston marathon explosion in 2013; I say courage, hope and optimisme is what really rule the world.

Now, that I have completly gone out of the subject of my post: the top 3 post of 2015’s first quarter:

Amsterdam, one of my favorite cities.
Steven Meisel, Free exhibition, New York City
Beaune, France, La terre d’or and Jurga Martin

A perfect mix of art and foreign atmospheres.

Happy you like me grasping and seizing moment to share with you.

For those soon travelling or planning on exploring New York, I am currently writing a post with good tips and great addresses to share with you.

In the meantimes I wish you all a good day. Let me deep mentally my foot in the french riviera’s sea:

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If you are in the mood for some music and dive in the mediteraan’s sea glamour I have Riviera radio to keep me alive, love their selection of music, you can listen to it on line and live.

http://rivieraradio.mc/listen-live/

I m singing that song, it is today, I ve got the very best of it …..New York…in a city that doesn t sleep… This vagabond shoes….

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=K-0nNWOKK2Q

Live your life ! Be part of your dream and make it real…..

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It s in your hand and in your shoes

( picture from the magician of Oz 1939, right of the picture to movies.com)

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Ah Central Park!
What else!

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