NYC, I realized is not all about shopping and taking a ferry to see the Statue of Liberty. You live NYC when you stay in a 500 sq feet apartment, which is of course walking distance to Saks Fifth Avenue. For a day, I did not shop at walmarts, did not have to drive up to restaurants and didn't feel the necessity to cook elaborately. You keep your life fast, quick and easy. You eat breakfast at a diner below you apartment. Grab a sandwich for lunch (we preferred Imam though) and you cook simple for diner after gym. While eating, you crib about your rent and your negligible savings. One also talks about wall street, wall street guys and wall street fluctuation. Nevertheless, your dinner conversation mostly revolves around money and sometimes to cheer up, parties and shopping may be included too.
I missed my single life after seeing my childhood friend living the New York Dream. You see, I only missed but there were no regrets. I reflected on my life while coming from NYC to Albany. With a husband and my decor interest, I found the walls too close to each other and cramped. I would also hate not owing a car. Even if I had one, it would be quite a nightmare parking it on street. Hence, I missed my single student life but
I am happy with where I am right now in life. The experience was short and the feeling, ephemeral.
Thousands of people come to this city with dreams and what they have made out of this city is spectacular. The city is colored with a shade of every New Yorker. It is literally, "the city that never sleeps".With just a few dreams here and there, NYC taught me to hold on and never give up. Everything will be fine....This too shall pass.
I really enjoyed my diner breakfast with droopy eyes and no make up look. See, in NYC, you really do not have to be dressed to go into a diner to have your Sunday breakfast.
Adapted from Madhur Jaffery's World Vegetarian.
2 large eggs (or use 3)
1/4 of a medium sized onion sliced
2 green chillies chopped
1/4 cup of firm tofu cubes (each cube is around 1/2 inch length)
1 tbl spn oil
1/4 cup of chopped carrots
1 tsp sesame seeds
1 tsp soy sauce
pepper and salt to taste
Few coriander/parsley to garnish
Preheat the broiler to 350 F.
In the 8" pan, heat the oil. Add the sesame seeds until they turn golden or splutter. Keep the flame at medium.
Add the onions, green chillies and tofu. Gently toss until the onion turn soft.
Add the soy sauce, salt and pepper. Mix well. Spread them evenly on the pan and keep the flame at low.
Beat the eggs well. Add the eggs to the pan and keep it closed for 5 mins in low.
Remove the lid and keep the pan in the oven for 15 mins or until the toothpick inserted comes out clean. Slide the omlette on a plate.
Garnish with coriander/parsley.
Serve with ketchup or any Korean hot sauce.