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We had a good time at the restaurant

Bloody jet lag. I fell asleep at 8.30pm and woke up at 2.30am. I have been patiently waiting for the Starbucks around the corner to open at 5.30am. Things are always far easier with a coffee. They even remembered my Starbucks name, Julia (Muriel is far too complicated). That’s it, I am Julia at the corner of 6th Avenue and 57th street.

The weather in New York is just great: warm, but not too warm. It feels completely natural to be here. 
We had lunch with an university friend in a Belgian restaurant and it was good to catch up. I had the best mussels ever (‘moules frites’). Why do I have to come to New York to eat Belgian food?
For some reason I feel right at home here. Maybe I have just become an international citizen. Well, a French one obviously…
I went to the local supermarket to buy some essentials. An American lady was behind me, at the till. She was looking at me in a funny way. 
Then she said:
“- I feel like I have seen you somewhere. Have you been on TV?”
In the flesh I am quite shy. She might have mistaken me for someone else or she might have read me.”
I just smiled back and said.
‘ No, never been on TV. Have a great evening!’
What do you think? I would like to believe she knew me from this blog but somehow it must be some sort of mistake…
Muriel – A French Yummy Mummy In London
  • The printed word travels far and wide, Muriel… Oh, wait- Julia…


    To be fair, you do look rather like a couple of actresses (and don’t ask me who, I am rubbish at that sort if thing) so just bask in feeling good. Oh and next time, when someone asks you if your famous, say “Yes!”, smile sweetly at them and leave… You will make THEIR day too!

  • AnotherKiranInNYC

    Here are a few things we like in NYC. 1) If you don’t have the time to do the Statue of Liberty thing (it is a long, long, long wait) take the FREE staten Island ferry from the bottom tip of Manhattan to Staten Island and back. Great for NY photo ops and a nice ride if you stand on the forward deck. 2) My kids love a treat lunch at Max Brenner Chocolate restaurant at Union Square. 3) If you are visiting the Metropolitan Museum, do not pay the “suggested” fee of ummmmm…. 20 dollars each. You can give them a dollar and they have to accept it. Let the Rothschilds and the Annenbergs subsidize the experience for ordinary people! Art should be accessible to all. Except for the Moma (free on friday afternoons) and Museum of Natural History, the donation works. Have fun in my City!

  • If they can’t bother to learn your name then coffee shops should stop being so pretentious and faux friendly. Have a great day tomorrow.

  • Penelope J.

    You do resemble a TV actress – can’t remember who – so it’s not far-fetched, but wouldn’t it be nice if it were your blog? Next time if you go in there why don’t you ask her? And yes, if you’re international, New York is the place for you!

  • Glad to hear you feel at home in NY. At least you don’t feel so homesick.

  • MuMuGB

    I don’t really feel home sick. I think that I am a gypsy at heart!

  • MuMuGB

    Juliette Binoche! I was told I looked like her and loved it!

  • MuMuGB

    Thanks Julie! I think that it it just because some first names are easier for them. Muriel is far too complicated…

  • MuMuGB

    Thanks a lot for your recommendations. We actually followed them to the letter and had a great time. I didn’t know about the ferry to Staten Island and it was fantastic (no wait, and free!!!). As for the MET, I loved it. I could have spent 3 days in there. The kids loved Max Brenner. Again, thank you!

  • MuMuGB

    I wish I had done it…am just far too shy!

  • MuMuGB

    Thanks, Roy, thanks. Julia happens to be my middle name -it is not too far-fetched, is it?

  • Flora

    I have a similar problem at Starbucks; its quite amusing to see what the baristas come up with when I give them my real name…the worst so far has been ‘Flon’!