A welcoming sight in the Autumn sun as we heaved our suitcases back from Marignane. Back to Ménerbes and Bastide les Amis

 

To be greeted by…..new additions to our feline family: Tiger 1 and Tiger 2 – itrually identical twins.

 

 

A misty morning, gazing out to the Atlantic Ocean

 

A fisherman’s cottage

 

Chatham is ‘mutt’s heaven’

 

Back to Provence… thanks to all our old and new friends in Chatham; Maine; Nantucket; New York and Boston. Not forgetting dear E. Merci bien!! xxxx

 

Lovely old tree in the village

 

Halloween display outside of one ofthe Chatham Churches.

Almost a dolls house, almost a wendy house, almost a garden shed

 

Looking out over one of the tranquil ‘ponds’

 

Some chillies at the Village Market

The New York melting pot – for everyone

 

In the window of the shop next door

 

More vinyl and ‘gay’ icons

What’s more New York than this scene – steam rising from the Subway

 

Bit more Zabars with the mock Tudor front

The Dorlton building on Broadway

 

Part of Rockefeller Plaza

 

Memories of Christmas gone by – the Rockettes!

 

We feel a little affinity with the fanous Zabar deli in NYC – the Zabar family are landowners in Ménerbes and we ‘had’ to go and see the deli:

From the outside, Zabars stretches out over a whole New York block

 

A cheese selection to blow your mind

 

Eighty Years, and 3 generations later, Zabar’s family business is still going strong.

Our father and mother, Louis and Lillian Zabar, started the business
back in 1934, opening a 22-foot-wide shop along NYC’s Broadway at West 80th Street. Louis was a real stickler for quality, roasting his own coffee, and personally visiting smokehouses to sample and inspect the fish – rejecting far more than he accepted. 

The principles and practices of our founder and father continue to guide us: Respect the customer. Never, ever stint on quality. Offer fair value. And last but not least, keep searching for the new and wonderful. 

Without question, this last point has accounted for some memorable moments. Back in the 1960’s, we introduced New York to Brie, in the ‘70’s we brought them sun-dried tomatoes and gnocchi, and in the ‘80’s, we got so excited about caviar – and wanted everyone to taste it – that our prices set off a so-called “Caviar War”. (Incidentally, we won.)

Over the years, the business kept growing, and today we span practically the entire block front. With our sons, daughters and their cousins, we’re still at it – hand-slicing meltingly delicious smoked fish behind our deli counter…offering tastes of the latest artisanal cheeses…setting out fresh-baked batches of rugelach (it’s our Bubbe’s recipe)…overseeing the roasting of our special coffee blends (we sell 400,000 pounds a year!) Retire? Not on your life – we’re having too much fun!

As Louis taught us, to succeed as a family business, you have to love each other, and love the business – in our case, great food, great service, great prices, great folks. We ask you, what’s not to love?!

Here’s to another 80 years, and then some! Heartfelt thanks for your patronage.

- Saul & Stanley Zabar 

With over 10 million mouths a day to feed in NYC, prepared meals are the way to go.

 

What the Zabars do not say in their little piece above is that they rae the biggest purveyors of Caviar in New York!

 

 

We loved the NY buildings in the more residential areas.

On Broadway, to coin a phrase

 

 

Lovely old building sandwiched in – Upper West side

 

Apartments, apartments.

 

As we entered our parking garage – sign of the times and a liberalizing of views

New York. All the clichés – the City that never Sleeps; the Big Apple etc etc. We stayed on the Upper West Side and the ladies decided that we would walk Manhattan Island.

So we did! 125 blocks plus the width of Central Park and a bit extra, left the shoes feeling the effects of 24km : plus all the decor shops that a heart could desire, and a few more. The City of 8,5 million people and about 70m visitors a year, is a teeming mass and a melting pot. They say that you can hear 700 different languages spoken in New York. It certainly seemed like it.

 

Some of the 700 languages come from this country

 

New York fashion is something else!

 

..and more street fashion

 

Halloween is coming! A display outside a NY shop

 

Trip down memory lane – ladies outside E’s old NY Apartment block

 

Bit of excitement here

 

Colourful way to carry your horses to the races

 

Autumn colours as we drive through the State of Rhode Island

 

More autumn colors

 

Nearly there – Hudson River and George Washington Bridge

The Lexus hits the road again – this time the GPS is set for NYC.

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