Julie came over last night, under the guise of “taking all of us out” for my birthday, which was (as you readers know) on Tuesday. Where we were going was a surprise.

When she arrived, she gave me the real surprise. We were making dinner here.

Wait! Don’t say, “Awwww….”!!! It was SO AWESOME!

If you’ve been reading our blogs for a while, you’ll know about Julie’s New York connection and how much fun we’ve had when we go there together(which is not often enough!). If you need a refresher, see this, about halfway down.

She BROUGHT New York for dinner! And I don’t mean this New York. I mean THIS one!

That’s right, she brought our favorite breakfast, lunch, dinner, and late night snack, shipped fresh from NYC!

The hot dogs were only the beginning. She brought fries to go with it–which, just for the record, are NOT necessary in NYC when you’re grabbing a quick brekkie on the way to the subway–deli pickles, and the ingredients to make papaya smoothies! Yes! You read that correctly! New York Dogs and Papaya Smoothies, right here in Suburbia!

We actually tried the smoothie recipe that she found on the Food Network website a bit after our trip last year, and it’s delightful (at that time, we made it for breakfast with French Toast…but there’s nothing like having it with NY Dogs.). If you’re curious, the recipe is by Dave Lieberman, and here it is:

Papaya Smoothie

2 cups papaya juice
1/3 cup whole milk
3 Tbsp. honey
6 to 8 cubes ice

Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until frothy. Pour into 2 glasses and serve immediately.

That’s it! For an added touch of glamour, Julie cut up fresh papaya and tossed it into the glasses.


All I have to say is, thank goodness Cuisinart finally came through with my blender gasket and blade assembly. Coincidentally it arrived the day before yesterday.

So that was the first time the rest of my family had tried a real NY Dog. We made sure that everyone paid close attention to the “snap” of the first bite, and when Julie asked Jim what he thought of these hot dogs in comparison with what we’re used to here, he came up with the winning quote of the night: “It just seems like too much work, to bite through that.” We were in hysterics! He’s so funny!

By the way, she also brought Carnegie Deli cheesecake (YUM again!), but we were so incredibly full from dinner that we’re going to have to save that for another day…

I’ve gotta close out this post. I still have to have breakfast before I head off to work. Hey…I think there are leftover hot dogs in the refrigerator…Gotta go!