Today, on one of the warmest days we’ve had so far this year (50 degrees!) we ventured out to the NY Botanical Garden for the Orchid Show and an afternoon of eating and food shopping on Arthur Avenue in the Bronx – 3 blocks of Italian restaurants and markets. We entered the beautiful conservatory filled to the brim with spectacular orchids and greenery around 10 a.m.
Every display was spectacular, filled with beautiful color and lush greenery.
And then it was time to leave the arboretum for Arthur Avenue. We had an incredible lunch at Mario’s, an old fashioned Italian restaurant with delicious food and decor that looks like it came straight from an old movie set.
We topped off our meal with a chocolately cappuccino – be still my heart!
Then we were off to do a bit of shopping. I loved every shop we visited – the smells of fresh baked bread, pastries and different cheeses filled the air.
There were outdoor displays of canned tomatoes, roasted peppers, olive oils and olives.
As well as fresh seafood
I couldn’t resist snapping a shot of this Al Cappone staue in front of a cigar store.
As we headed back to the car, we stopped for a moment to listen to a young student playing this painted, old piano in front of the market.
Wow! What a day. Of course, we didn’t come home empty handed. There was olive oil and different breads, cookies, cannoli, etc. along with a few odds and ends from the arboretum gift shop. It was really quite an experience that I enjoyed from start to finish. What could be better than beautiful flowers, delicious food and the company of good friends? The laughter and camaraderie are truly good for the soul.
Here’s hoping you’re planning something good for your soul today.