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As I have mentioned in my previous posts, in New York at 3 – 4 pm, there is a cab shift so finding a cab is mission impossible.

So you have few options: you can take the metro (and as we know I don’t do that), beg for out of duty cabs to take you (and if you are on their way they will), get a town car (which will cost three times more than a regular cab)… or go to a bar and drink until the cab shift is over.

Today besides the cab shift we have the snow factor as well, so instead of killing ourselves we decided to make a stop at the St. Regis Hotel. Last time that I was at St Regis was to have dinner at “Adour” with my friends.

When you enter, you turn on your left for the tea room that they call “Astor Room”, “Adour” is on the right of it, and at the end of the room you have the “King Cole Bar”.

Before talking about the bar, let me tell you about their Astor Room. They have this pretentious person presiding empty tables, who thinks he is the king of the Astor Room. We told him we are three, looked at us and decided that we shouldn’t sit at the front, so brought us to the back at a tiny table for two.

When I had only a not happy face to my question: where the third person is supposed to sit? On my lap or at another table? We decided to leave him alone, with his empty tables and white clothes and go to the bar.

The bar was buzzing; we waited 10 minutes and finally got a place to sit. My mom and sis had a glass of bubble, and me a bloody mary, or as a friend of mine will call a “happy meal” (you have your fruit, your vegetables and the carbs).

The service was good; the crowd was composed of hotel guests and some other tired shoppers. Just the perfect way of finishing our day.

After few drinks, we were ready to fight the cold and the snow and find a cab!!!!

When my friends from Dominican Republic proposed to have dinner at “Adour” in St. Regis Hotel I was off course very excited…. What is it with me getting excited over food??? and then I keep complaining that I gained weight, lol.

“Adour”, the new restaurant of Alain Ducasse in New York, opened its doors in early 2008. I prefer this new venue than the old at the Essex House. It is a much grander venue, and David Rockwel did a fantastic job with the design.

After a short stinky cab ride, the driver left me at the corner of 55th street and 5th avenue. I haven’t planned the rain so my feet wearing the open toe shoes, were not particularly thrilled to walk under the rain. Thanks god, it wasn’t too long…

We all started with the Sauteed Duck Foie Gras, it was delicious… no need to say not very light but worth every calorie. The boys took after the Venison, and I took Nebraskan Beef. My meat literally melted in my mouth, and the Syrah sauce was just perfect.

For the desert, I took their signature dish; “Dark Chocolate Sorbet”. It was very good, and I even had edible gold on top of it ;) The Pineapple Souffle that my friend took was worth the 15 min wait. The only disappointing desert was “the Chocolate Leaf”… only chocolate nothing exciting.

The entire experience was amazing. I think Ducasse has chosen apples as the main ingredient for his seasonal menu, because I have eaten apples in all the possible ways with every dish.

The only thing that I will reproach is their bubbles… not cold enough, and we know by now that I like my bubbles cold and fizzy.

It was an excellent dinner, with perfect company. Our annual dinner as we call it was as usual a great success… now our new challenge would be to see each other more than once a year;)

Thank you my loves for the great evening!!!