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D.Y.B.F. Part 3

25 Feb

or Damn you Bobby Flay Part 3.

Welcome to day number two in New York!  Waking up on day 2 and looking out the window we could tell it was going to be a much different day.  The weatherman already said that today was going to be colder and windy.  Well, he was quite accurate.  It was FREEZING and gusty!

You can't tell from up here, but it's freezing out there!

Even though we knew it was going to be cold and windy on this day we still decided to do a scavenger hunt around Greenwich Village.  We used the site New York the Game for our scavenger hunt.  It was really a lot of fun!  Like I said, we chose to walk around in the Village, but you can choose from SoHo, Midtown, Little Italy and Chinatown…basically any area in New York.  Our scavenger hunt started down in Washington Square Park.

This was our first clue: Look North through the arch, what famous building do you see?  The hunt wrapped us around NYU, Bleeker St., Christopher St, MacDougal…  I started off really good with taking pictures, but that quickly went south because of how cold it was!  I seriously couldn’t feel my fingers.  The way the game works is that it sends you a text message with the clues and you answer in text also.  It would have been really great if I had gloves…  Just sayin’.  Anyway, here are a few pictures.

Music History part 1
Part 2
Part 3

The paintings were on the side of a place called Club Groove, really cool. Um, so, I guess my fingers got colder earlier than I thought because I don’t have any other pictures.  Picture fail. 😦

Oh well, it really was cool to explore the Village.  We got to see the place where the “Friends” friends supposedly lived, the neighborhood of Philip Seymour Hoffman (no we didn’t see him), the Bitter End, the Comedy Cellar; basically all the cool and iconic locales in Greenwich.  If you are ever looking for something to do while in New York City, I highly recommend New York the Game.  It gave you a lot of background information and history.

All that walking around made us über hungry, we thought, we couldn’t really tell because we couldn’t feel our faces, fingers, legs…you get the idea.  Food was in order, but where to eat?!  Of course, Shake Shack! This is one of the few places I can think of that people will wait outside in the freezing cold for their food and then eat their food huddled around outside heaters, trying to soak up any heat available.  Craziness.

Except that it was sunny or warm...

After consuming far too many calories in burgers in fries (I had the shroom burger this time, it was fried mushroom goodness) we got back on the subway to go to the hotel to defrost for a bit. 
Remember the shoes no one could walk in?

Sure, they look cute...

Well, Leanne decided that wasn’t going to happen two nights in a row.  I don’t blame her!  We headed to a Easy Spirit store, but saw that there was an Aerosole store right on the way.  As fate would have it, they had a pair of shoes!  According to the sales lady Dr. Oz had recently recommended the shoes Leanne bought.  Assured that Dr. Oz can do no wrong we set on our way, but not befoe stopping at Duane Reade to buy panty hose.  Oh yeah, we bought panty hose.  Did I mention it was freaking freezing?!

Why did Leanne need a new pair of fancy shoes for the night?  Well, I’ll tell you!  First we had dinner reservations at Aureole.  Secondly, we were going to see American Idiot on Broadway!!! 

American Idiot at the St. James theater

First, Aureole!  This is a Charlie Palmer restaurant.  He also owns places like Astra, briscola, Metrazur, Fin Fish…  We sat in the dining area and had the three course tasting menu.  We both started with the Hamachi.  This was soooo good and fresh.  I could have had two or three servings!  Next, I had the turbot and Leanne had the spiced duck breast.  Lastly, for dessert, I had the chocolate Torte.  Just imagine the perfect not quite done brownie but oh so much better!  Leanne had the chocolate pudding.  I know it was good because it was gone before I looked up!  They also gave us churros and chocolate dipping sauce.  Then after all that they brought out a tray of cookies, candies, and other goodies.  Basically I had like three desserts.  It was awesome! 

 I also discovered a new drink.  The cherry sidecar.  It was just like a regular Sidecar (I’m assuming), but with cherry liqueur.  If we had more time, I would have had four! (In a cocktail shaker place 1 oz brandy, 1 oz Cointreau and 1 oz freshly squeezed lemon juice +cherry liqueur)

All warm and fuzzy, we literally ran to the St. James Theater two streets over.  As we were running through Times Square, Leanne heard a passerby exclaim, “Oh, poor cold ladies!”  Yes, yes we were!  In only hose, high heels, thin short dress, and a not so warm winter coat; we were cold!

We got to the St. James Theater in just enough time to go to the bathroom and find our seats.  Our seats, by the way, were awesome.  We sat in the center balcony almost right above the orchestra.   This was also super awesome because Billie Joe Armstrong was going to be in our performance!

Hello sir!

If you don’t know, American Idiot is Green Day’s “American Idiot” album come to life.  It’s kind of in the tone of Tommy, where there isn’t much dialogue at all.  Everything is sung.  The characters in the musical follow the album verbatim.  Billie Joe’s character is a douche, can I say douche in the blog world?  He’s a drug pusher to the extreme!  I really enjoyed the musical and  really enjoyed Billie Joe being in the musical.  The musical itself, wasn’t my favorite, but I still loved the music.  Let’s be frank, I pretty much love any and all musicals.  I was a happy girl.

Oh!  I didn’t say! Going to NYC for the musical was Leanne’s birthday present.  What can I say, I’m an awesome best friend 😉

Tomorrow – the final chapter of D.Y.B.F!

Daily Post

What keeps you up at night?

Hmmm, what doesn’t?  No, things that keep me up at night are things about school, lesson plans, students…my Master’s and whether or not I am ever going to finish it!  Boring things all related in some way or another to school.


Damn you Bobby Flay!

21 Feb

…or how we ate our way across Manhattan and survived the bitter, cold wind.

Leanne and I are back from NYC and a great mini vacation.

Day 1- which was really night 1.  We got into NYC around 8:30 without a hitch.  And I mean that there were no hitches getting to NYC, getting the cab was another story.  Now, there wasn’t a problem getting a cab either.  Go to taxi cab line, tell attendant where you are going, get in taxi.  The scary part came with the actual taxi.  I’ve had some scary taxi cab rides in my travels to New York, several stories pop into mind…  This was different.  We got into the taxi, the guy spoke English and understood where we were going, A+!   Then he pulled away from the curb.  Holy sweet mother!  I swear he crossed all four lanes of traffic cutting off half of the population at La Guardia.  This is the way the rest of the cab ride went.  Speeding, cutting off traffic…good stuff.  It’s not that he was just going fast, no, no; I thought we were going to lift off, again!

Then we entered the Midtown Tunnel, again going super fast.  Mind you it’s a tunnel, there’s not a whole lot of room.  I seriously thought we were going to reenact the scene from Men In Black when Tommy Lee Jones and Will Smith are in the tunnel.  You know…

I was seriously holding on for dear life.  I’m surprised that I didn’t have gouge marks in my carry on bag.  However, that was the fastest I have every made it into the city.  Seriously.

We got to the hotel, all in one piece!  Leanne and I stayed at the Hilton Garden Inn on West 35th street.  When I booked the hotel on Travelocity the only available option for a room was a King sized bed.  This is all fine and dandy, but not really what Leanne and I wanted.  At the front desk, the clerk told me they had oversold on King sized beds for that evening and to compensate us she was going to put us in a double bed room with…wait for it…a city view.  Twist my arm, why don’t ya.

Hello New York City!

Not too shabby, I was super pumped.  Plus, we got the upgrade with no charge!  Next on the list was food.  It was now closer to 9 and we were hungry with a capital H!  We braved the crowds and headed into Times Square, I had a pizza place in mind, but once we turned onto 8th Avenue.  I saw it.  It was like a golden beacon standing out from the crowd.  It was…Shake Shack!




So excited to see this!  Even at 9:30ish at night, there was a line out the door and the place was packed inside.  I already knew what I wanted even before stepping inside, but we took menu’s anyway, it was Leanne’s first time.  We both got cheeseburgers with fries.  The only bad part was that the food had to make the journey home 9 blocks, bummer.  But, it did and it was delicious!  Leanne agreed that it was better than the In and Out burger she had in California.  Ha!  Take that Cali!

With Shake Shack in our bellies, we turned in for the night, ready  to start they day well rested the next day.

Stayed tuned for Day 2 tomorrow!

School News

I got my second batch of Girl Scout cookies today, since I wasn’t at school Thursday or Friday.  I got two boxes, it cost $7 for my two boxes.  The little girl told me that she needed the money and I told her I would get it to her either by the end of the day or tomorrow.  She said, “Ok” and let it go.  Cool beans, on with teaching.  Then, half way through my time in that particular classroom, she comes up to me again and says, “Miss G. can I have my seven dollars now?”  “Um, no, I don’t have it, I haven’t left the classroom…”

Man kids just dig into something and don’t let go!


4 Jan

By now we’ve all said goodbye to 2010




And hello to 2011.  How has it gone so far for you?

It’s been an adjustment getting up at 6:30 again when I’ve been used to 8:30 or 9.

The drive back to Ohio was in a word, wet.


Rain, rain go away!


In Charlottesville Virginia we even drove through a cloud, no joke!  It pretty much rained from Ohio to Virginia Beach.  When it wasn’t raining gross salt water mixture was being kicked up from the foot of snow that the area got when we were away.

Today is Leanne’s birthday!  Happy Birthday Leanne!

We had cake and ice cream and Five Guys.  I know, I know, it’s horrible and bad for you, but guess what…we’re going to the gym tomorrow and will not be eating like this anytime soon.  Promise!

Guess what else?!  I surprised Leanne with tickets to American Idiot!  Woo!  American Idiot is the Green Day musical on Broadway.  It’s cool, cuz I want to see it too 😉

I hope everyone is having a great start to 2011!

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