Although it is our mantra that “to be early is to be on time,” this only applies to meetings and appointments. For parties and social gatherings it’s best to be late. This way you avoid lines as well as have a larger audience for your outfit when arrive. We arrived at the Chateau Briand at around 6:00pm, late enough to be fashionable but still early enough for sunlight, heavy hors d’oeuvres, and aperitifs. Or so we thought. Our hors d’oeuvres constitute a meal and a half in and of itself, and the aperitifs, well let’s just say they weren’t stingy with the liquor.
The patio area of the Chateau was a perfect backdrop for our nostalgic reunion as well as great place ideas with new friends. Despite being in New York, the decor gave us a tropical south Florida feel. At one point I looked for a pool but to no avail. Still I made my way around the crowd spotting faces I hadn’t seen in years that looked as though not a day had passed by.