When I was a kid, 2000 seemed so futuristic, and here we are now in 2011! Seems almost unreal! Yesterday for New Year's Eve, my day was jammed packed with festivities. I started the day in Manhattan to meet my old highschool friend who now lives in Los Angeles. He came to see his family in Brooklyn for Christmas, but was stuck here in New York for a few extra days because of the blizzard. His return flight was cancelled twice and he had to wait until today for the next open flight home. Having your flight cancelled is very annoying especially when you are already at the airport, however, having to stay in New York for a few more days made it easier to swallow. He took advantage of his extra time here by visiting all his friends, including myself. So I told him that the flight being cancelled was a blessing in disguise! We decided to meet up around 1pm, and the city was already buzzing with people and vendors selling their New Year's gear!
Galaxy Global Eatery. From their website, "is about Global cuisine – taking the most flavorful and innovative culinary ideas and ingredients from all over our world to produce a new and fresh cuisine that’s delicious, never boring and always engaging. A progressive establishment committed to living in harmony with the planet." The waitress told us that it was their last day in business which made us pretty sad since they've been in business for over a decade. It's heart breaking for me to see good restaurants close down because of the bad economy. As a toast to the restaurant, we ordered up some of their signature drinks including a Bloody Mars, which is their version of the bloody mary. It's quite good with just the right amount of horseradish and tabasco sauce. Since the restaurant was closing down, another waiter came by and gave us each a cookbook written by the owners. We were so honored! He told us that even though they were closing, they still wanted to spread the word of progressive innovative cooking. The Galaxy Global Eatery Hemp Cookbook features hemp as one of the main ingredients in their cooking, from hemp oil, to hempnuts, which they say "is a cross between a hazelnut and a walnut". I've never cooked with hempseed before and the recipes look amazing! I'm always up for a culinary challenge so I can't wait to try them!