August 5, 2010

My Birthday 2010

This year, my birthday was very pleasant.  I shared some really delicious meals with friends and I got to blow out candles on a few different cakes.  On the actual day of my birthday, I arranged an early morning hike with my trainer, Mary Tedesco and my friend, Muffin Dowdle along the Leatherman’s Loop at the Ward Pound Ridge Reservation.  This lovely 4700-acre park is owned by Westchester County and was assembled from 18th and 19th century farms and ancient wilderness.  There are more than 40 miles of trails through the woods, past wetlands, rock outcroppings, or through open meadows.  Our hike was moderately strenuous, but very invigorating.

My birthday dinner was held at Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s ABC Kitchen in Manhattan.  This rather new eatery has a strong focus on farm-to-table with most items on the menu obtained from local suppliers whenever possible.  I was joined by my daughter, Alexis, Kevin Sharkey, Robin Marino, Susan Magrino, and her husband Jim Dunning.  It was a very delicious and memorable celebration.