NYC Recap and Curry Fig Shrimp

by zesty on August 24, 2011 · 4 comments

Well Well Well…. Did you think I got lost in New York?  Not really the case, but we did get stranded on Sunday as the flight was cancelled due to weather conditions in the JFK area.  On top of all that, we had to check a bag because we shopped too much and in that bag I had placed my power cord for the laptop… ooops and the laptop died.  That is the sob story as to why no post on Monday.

Too make up for the missed day I thought I would do a recap of NYC in pictures and share with you a shrimp recipe that I whipped up last night that made my heart sing.  Oh so good and oh so easy to prepare.

NYC Recap

Things We Did

  • The Lion King
  • Mets Game
  • Hop N Go Tour – Central Park, downtown loop, world trade centre
  • Shopped at Century 21 – mind boggling
  • Hit up Macy’s for 3 Hours
  • Hung out at Times Square
  • Ate at the Shake Shack!!
  • Became Subway gurus

Times Square in the Night

Times Square in the Night

The Food Emporium

A Cool Curved Building... can't remember the name

Trump Towers

Some greenery

Radio City Music Hall

New York Mets Stadium

Good Ol'e Lulu

New York Public Library

YUM... Chipotle

Atop the double Decker bus I spotted this on the lamp post.... Classic :)

Ever Have this Popcorn?

Times Square

Times Square Street Sign

Empire State Building

Empire State Building

Eataly.... so good

Zest in Central Park ...relaxing

Curry Fig Shrimp


  • 16 Large Shrimp
  • 2 Figs , chopped
  • Lemon zest
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 Tbsp. Maple Syrup
  • 1 Tbsp. Curry Paste
  • 1/4 Cup water
  • 2 Cups spinach
  • 1 Cup of Basmati rice
  • Salt and Pepper
  • 1 Tbsp. Olive oil


  1. Preheat a sauce pan over high heat and add olive oil.
  2. Season the shrimp with salt and pepper and quickly sear the shrimp, 30 seconds per side.  Pull them out of the pan and place on a plate while you make the sauce.
  3. Add garlic, lemon zest, maple syrup, figs and curry paste.  Stir quickly and lower the heat to medium.  Add water and let reduce for 2 minutes.
  4. Toss shrimp back in the sauce and coat evenly for 1 minute.
  5. Remove shrimp leaving liquid in the pan to saute the spinach.  Cook the spinach until wilted about 1-2 minutes.
  6. Serve over rice
  7. ENJOY!

Zesty Tip: Don’t over cook the shrimp!  It is very easy to do, just ensure as soon as they become translucent, you remove them from the heat.

OK, I better get my butt to the office and start the work day.  I hope you enjoyed the recap and again sorry for the lack of posting on Monday.  I will talk to you all on Friday.

Take care



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1 Marianne

Love the photos! I really need to get myself to New York one of these days – so much to see and do!


2 Lara

Great pics! Um, except I could have lived without that gum picture…thanks for that.

Reading this I realize that I think I overcook my shrimp. It never turns out right. Or perhaps it’s because I usually buy it frozen?


3 Sandy Denny

I’m so glad you got to experience Eatily. I was in NYC in July for a few days and had a blast. It wasn’t my first visit but it’s been a while since I was last there. I stayed with a friend who is now living there and she introduced me to Eatily. I was extremely fortunate that it was restaurant week while I was there so had the pleasure of also eating at Les Halles and Gordon Ramsay’s ‘Maise’. Both experiences were amazing. The highlight for me was when I told the waiter at Lel Halles I was from PEI, he responded “You guys have amazing mussels and oysters” to which I proudly replied “Yes, we do!” Glad t see you had such a great time.


4 amy

ahh new york, i love that place ! stayed really close to the food emporium so made frequent visits there for breakfast :) best place i ate there hands down was blossom, the food there was out of this world ! also peep (soho) had the best thai food (plus the bathrooms were hilarious), the food was soo good we ate there twice in one week !


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