At about this time, the New York Grill became my kitchen.
I knew all the chefs by name and I had the restaurant on speed dial. I was also one of the lucky regulars who could get a booth table — these were the best tables in the house and the New York Grill used to keep one available for valued regulars — at very short notice, which was quite something, especially as most people couldn’t even get a table at all.
The chefs all knew what I liked and I never looked at the menu because I knew it by heart.
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ONCE THE BEST “PRIVATE CLUB”
And dinner on a weekday here was once like a private club, where many people knew each other and table-hopped all night in a heady atmosphere of way too much success that was incredibly intoxicating.
This was a very long time ago and things have changed much since then.
But I still remember how an evening at the New York Grill, which probably happened at least twice a week for me at one point, made people feel like they were on top of the world.
Still in Tokyo, but already in a Sri Lanka state of mind
REMEMBERING THE PARK HYATT TOKYO
So many people I know are staying at the Park Hyatt Tokyo this weekend for the Tokyo Marathon, so this hotel inevitably became the topic of conversation.
And I remembered with fondness everything that happened for me at this hotel. It has seen so many important milestones in my life.
ALREADY IN A SRI LANKA STATE OF MIND
So I’m still in Tokyo but already I’m in a Sri Lanka state of mind, as I’m literally doing a hop-and-a-skip to Colombo from Tokyo.
I’ve been so busy ironing out the details of this simply perfect Travelife of a trip to Sri Lanka that I haven’t had much time to get excited about it.
But finally I’m so looking forward to this, and to showing a wonderful group of friends and friends of friends around a country I really love and know like the back of my hand, on just another eventful trip in my never-endingly eventful #Travelife.