Remember how my fingers almost fell off when we did our scavenger hunt through Greenwich Village? Well they didn’t (fall off that is), but I didn’t take a lot of pictures. Guess what!? Leanne did!
I still have a few other pictures to share, but I didn’t want to overwhelm everybody!
What is your hidden talent
Hmm, I don’t know how hidden this talent is, but I am a very good whistler. No, really I am! I show you an example, but I don’t really think it’d do me justice 😉 I think it’s due to all those years of playing the flute…
As much as I want to hate Bobby Flay (which is a lot), every time he proves me wrong. Every recipe or restaurant that I’ve tried of his has been comforting, spicy, and really well made. Thusly, damn you Bobby Flay! *shaking fist toward the sky!*
Sunday morning, before heading back to Virginia Beach, we ate at Mesa Grill for brunch.
Side note,has everyone seen the How I meet Your Mother where Marshall talks about brunch??
Anyway, Mesa Grill!
Brunch really is the perfect meal. You can have alcohol and pancakes all in one sitting. I mean, come on! Leanne got a Bellini and I got a Mimosa, champagne is so bubbly. With the drinks they brought out a bread basket with the best assortment of little popovers, corn muffins, and cinnamon streusel bread. I wish I had the recipe for all three! Leanne got the Spicy Scrambled Eggs with Apricot glazed ham and buttermilk biscuits and I got the Spicy chicken + sweet potato hash with poached eggs and a green chile hollandaise. Both of our meals were perfection. I swear if I didn’t have to look at or listen to and he wasn’t already married, I would snatch Bobby Flay up and make him be my personal live in chef for always. How it pains me to enjoy his food so much!
It was an awesome trip to New York, but there is never enough time. I want to go back! It doesn’t matter how many times I’ve gone; I always have so much fun and find something new and interesting to do. This time was no different. New York…I heart you!
To leave you, some of the other New York photos that didn’t get posted earlier! Enjoy!
Goosebumps and R.L. Stine books are all the rage right now in 4th grade. There is one little girl who every time she gets a new Goosebumps or Stine book she asks me, “Were these books invented when you were a little girl?” Yes, invented. Every time I tell her that they were, she is so amazed. It’s like she’s learned how many licks it takes to get to the center of a Tootsie Pop. Oh youth.
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!
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.
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.
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?!
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!
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!
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.
Where were we? Oh yeah, wd – 50.
On Friday night Leanne scored reservations for us at wd – 50. We were both super excited, since we had seen Wylie Dufresne on Top Chef and other food related shows. He specializes in molecular gastronomy; which means he can make what looks like udon noodles taste like oysters or vice versa. It’s really amazing stuff.
Remember how I said Leanne got shoes at Macy’s? Remember? Well she did and she tried them on at Macy’s walked around in them… The shoes fit fine, they were a little tight, but they were okay. Leanne thought everything was cool, this was not the case. We got ready to go; makeup, dressed up and of course shoes. As soon as we stepped into the hallway, Leanne stepped out of one of her shoes. No biggie, she just slipped out. Umm, no. The shoes would not stay on!
These shoes kept slipping off, sliding off, whatever. They were not staying on! We were now walking around Delancey St. trying to find the restaurant and Leanne’s shoes kept falling off. Edit – just a side note. I tried the shoes on the next day and as soon as I took my first step; my foot came right out. Would. Not. Stay. On!
There may or may not have been a “catching” incident whilst trying to find wd – 50. After much walking around, having to turn around and go the other way, and cursing; we found wd – 50.
We got there right at 7:00, right when our reservation was, and got seated right away. From our table we could see into the kitchen and guess who was there? Wylie himself!
It was pretty cool and maybe I was a little starstruck. I mean you know your food is going to be good when the chef who came up with the concept of the restaurant is actually there, right?
We split a bottle of wine and decided on the tasting menu. The tasting menu was a pretty hefty price. Ready for this? Okay, $140 per person. Whoo, deep breath. Lemme tell ya…it was worth every penny. So, the tasting menu… It’s a nine item tasting menu, plus dessert items. When we got the first plate, we were thinking we made a bad decision since the portion was so small, but by the end of the night we were stuffed!
The bathroom? Confusing! Leanne told me it was confusing when she went (she had to have someone tell her where the door was). She told me you have to push where you can see the door outline. So when I had to go to the bathroom I thought,” Psh, I thought, I got this!” Wrong friendo!
I got to the bathroom, it’s unisex, no biggie. I get to the doors, I can’t tell where the outline is! Panic sets in! I was just standing there with my arm kind of extended trying to figure it all out. Luckily a guy came in at the same time and said, “I think you just push the wood.” So I did, and the night was saved. Okay, maybe that’s a bit dramatic, but when have I ever shied away from drama?
Even though wd-50 had a confusing bathroom situation; they well made up for it in their food. As soon as I become a millionaire, I am going to move to New York and have Wylie Dufresne be my personal chef. That sounds plausible, right? Seriously, it was one of the best food experiences I have ever had. Nothing was exactly as it seemed, but yet, it all tasted amazing!
If you could have anything to eat right now, what would it be?
How appropriate! After the weekend that we had, I think it would be hard to choose what I would want to eat, but no. I would want to eat wd-50’s foie gras, passionfruit, and chinese celery. It was sooooo good. I could have kept eating it and eating it.
…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.
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.
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!
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