And what about food and wine and everything like that? I thought you'd never ask:
We went out to dinner twice. The first place was Artisanal
- a wonderful little fromagerie. We actually ate in a tiny room surrounded by cheese fridges. We started with a nice selection of cheeses before moving on to dinner and of course, who could resist chocolate fondue and cheesecake for dessert. We had a great Pinot Noir with dinner from ZD Wines
which was an excellent treat. As a special bonus I ran into National Review Online Contributing Editor Deroy Murdock
who I hadn't seen since meeting him at an IHS seminar in 2000. I think he was as surprised to see me as I was. You fly all the way to New York and don't expect to see someone you know.
The second restaurant - picked out by a great New Yorker - was Milos
. Of course the irony that the original Milos is in Montreal did not escape us. But I digress. It was also very good - although don't need to do Greek and seafood very often. The swordfish was excellent and the Turley
Zinfandel was to die for. This wine was so jammy it should have been served with toast or peanut butter - or better, both. It was a great dinner.
What was really funny about the dinner - and the trip in general - was hearing some real New Yorkers (real Blue Staters) muse about the post-election situation in America. I found it laughable that anyone who lives in New York right now could really be upset over George W. Bush being reelected. Look around people, is anyone is really hard done by? I was on my best behavior being in the city for work, but any New Yorker who thinks moving to Canada is the answer, needs to go much easier on the red wine!
I was in the city for give or take 5 days, and if this is America under four more years of Bush, we should brand it, package it in six packs, and sell it on Amazon.com. I've been to New York 4 times and it always seems to get better. It's different now - the one touristy thing we did was go Liberty island, and there is a hole in the skyline that changes the city. The Ground Zero site also changed the city, yet across the street was Century 21 and dynamic engine of capitalism keeps chugging along.
The point here is that New York is the same New York with or without George W. Bush, and for all the talk by Michael Moore America about "Jesus Land" is a little much. Bush did get 40% of the vote in the state after all. And sure, I'll admit it, Kerry kicked Bush's butt
in Manhattan. You don't have to look further than this Ted Rall
piece to see why there is a disconnect.
"By any objective standard, you had to be spectacularly stupid to support Bush... So our guy lost the election. Why shouldn't those of us on the coasts feel superior? We eat better, travel more, dress better, watch cooler movies, earn better salaries, meet more interesting people, listen to better music and know more about what's going on in the world." No wonder Andrew Sullivan
notes that this could be one more reason why Kerry lost. And no wonder why some Americans think moving to Canada would be so great - mostly because Canadians have that same superiority mentality of being better. So do the French. (I'm just saying) But this kind of overstatement - or worse, more like this
one - are just plain silly.