WOW. Time certainly does fly. I can’t believe it’s been 10 days since my last post. A lot has happened in that time. A lot.
Adam and I went to NYC. It was a whirlwind trip with days going from 8:00 a.m. till way after midnight. We saw friends. Broadway shows. Ate some amazing food. Had a blast. I’m exhausted a week later just thinking about it.
Day one: Had to stop at the EZPass office to exchange Adam’s EZ-Pass thingy. It had stopped working a few days before. This put us behind about an hour. Finally we were on our way. We did not drive directly to NYC though. Our first REAL stop was the Christmas Dove in New Hampshire. It’s a huge Xmas store with the most Christopher Radko ornaments we’ve ever seen. If you are not familiar with Christopher Radko, Google him. The ornaments are beautiful. Expensive. And lots of fun. Adam and I have well over a 100 that we’ve collected along the way. We bought several more at the Xmas Dove and spent far more money than we should have…but what’s a girl to do.
Finally we are on our way to the city. We get there around 4:00. We head straight to our hotel The Best Western on 38th street. Its a dump. Actually it’s fine. The rooms are tiny. About half the size of our bedroom at home. But it’s clean. And the bed was amazing. And it was the cheapest place we could find. The biggest issue either of us had with the hotel was that they played Fox News in the lobby 24 hours a day.
From the hotel we were off to dinner: Chereche Midi in the East Village. The food was amazing. We had steak tartare. Octopus. And lots of other fun stuff that was out of my comfort zone. We really loved the food. The service. Meh. It was fine. The waiter was stand offish. Aloof. Even after we mentioned that we both worked in restaurants he offered no conversation other than asking to refill our waters.
We skipped dessert at the restaurant opting instead for gelato at il laboratorio del gelato. Yuuuuummmmmmm!
Day 2: Up early and off to have coffee at Gotham West Market. Unfortunately Blue Bottle Coffee WOULDN’T make what Adam wanted and it was a coffee shop that does not offer fake sweetener so NEITHER of us was happy. We also wanted to visit The Brooklyn Kitchen there but it turns out that they’d closed several months prior. Adam was not super happy! Neither was I.
Next stop Macy’s. Macy’s in Herald Square has the best Xmas display of any department store ever. It takes up a huge part of their furniture store on the 9th floor. We wanted to check out their Christopher Radko selection along with every thing else. Once again we spent more money than we should have, but what’s a girl to do.
Next, we were off to lunch. We were meeting Adam’s best friend Kara who just happened to be in NYC at the same time. She was flying home to Iowa later in the afternoon. We were having lunch at Schillers Liquor Bar. We get there at 11:30. And just as we are about to step into the restaurant Kara texts to say that she’s just leaving Washington Heights. It will be another hour before she gets to us. We are hungry. We have a reservation. We say fuck it, go into the restaurant, sit down, order lunch and go on as if she’s not going to be there at all. She gets there around 12:30. She orders. We have lunch. It’s all yummy. And we are off to our next appointment.
Shaves at the Freeman’s Sporting Club! Adam had never had a straight razor shave and I hadn’t had one in years. I was hoping he liked them as much as I did. Turns out…he did not like it. Actually we were both underwhelmed by the experience. Especially for the cost. Turns out the best shave I’ve ever gotten is from a barber in the East Village and a hole in the wall barber shop.
After the barber we were off to Astor Place Wine and Spirits. It’s the best liquor store in town. With a bourbon selection that rivals any Kentucky liquor store. Adam and I have become connoisseurs of bourbon and we wanted to check out their selection. We spent WAY more money than we should have. But that’s a different post. By this time the clock is ticking and we had to get a move on.
After the liquor store we were on our way back to the hotel. In an hour we were showered, dressed and ready to go. Adam had suggested we get our shoes shined like real New Yorkers so we headed to Penn Station where we got our shoes shined!!! Then it was off to have drinks! A guy Adam used to work with is the bar manager at The Bar at the Nomad Hotel and he wanted to check it out. It was a little complicated, with several actual bars. Finally with some luck we found a stand up cocktail table that was free. We had a great time, and while we were there had one of the most intimate, deep conversations we’ve had in forever. Then it was off to my bosses dinner.
We got to the restaurant at 7:05. According to the invite we were not supposed to arrive until 7:00. Somehow though the place was already packed. We checked in, and the way the space is set up you walk through the kitchen to get to the dining area. So we made our way through the kitchen where we got to say to my boss and wish him luck. I’ve never seen anyone look so calm. Then it was out to the atrium for cocktails and appetizers. Finally around 7:45 we were all seated for dinner. The food was amazing. Simply amazing. The service was kind of lame. The decor was lame. But the food was to die for. We were seated with the PR team for my restaurant and one of the four owners. I felt like I had to be on all night. Finally the owner got bored and convinced the other owner who was attending to switch seats with him. As I told Adam later, they sort of made it clear all night that we were not equals. Not really anything they did specifically, it was just how I felt.
After dinner we all stood around and congratulated my boss on a job well done. And finally my bosses wife, a friend of theirs, Adam and I made our way to another restaurant/bar where everyone was going after ward. We hung out there about an hour. Adam was annoyed with the friend, and I was tired and a bit cranky so we had a couple of drinks and went home. VERY long day!
Day 3: First stop, breakfast with Chuck. He’s the Chuck who was my roommate in NYC. He’s even guest written a couple of posts on here. We met at Cafeteria which is a restaurant in the heart of Chelsea that has great food, cute boys and lots of attitude. We all had a great time, laughing and playing catch up. After breakfast we checked out the thrift stores that are on 17th street in NYC. And then we headed up town where we had theater tickets.
First show of the day: It’s Only A Play. It’s a great cast and it had such promise. That’s about as good as it got. Having promise. It’s kind of a bad play. That doesn’t really go anywhere. That should have ended after the first act. In fact Adam thought it was over when the curtain fell at the end of Act One. Perhaps he was just hoping. We both left feeling disappointed. And the set and lighting were bad. REALLY bad.
Next stop: Shake Shack! Always a stop for us. It’s yummy and fun. And the best part this time was while we were sitting there Adam noticed a friend of mine from my old job, Suzie sitting across from us. She finally noticed us and immediately burst into tears. I had not seen her in at least 2.6 years. And she was SO happy to see us. I’d known from Facebook that she was pregnant but it was great catching up and she kept apologizing for being so emotional. She talked to us for about 15 minutes and then we had to be off for play 2.
Second Show of the Day: A Delicate Balance. Ugh. It was worse than the first play. Neither of us is sure what it’s about. It was only the second or third preview so the actors still weren’t sure of their lines and it was just sort of meh! The set however was beautiful. The lighting was bad college lighting.
After the show we were exhausted. It was pouring rain. We walked to the McDonald’s for a huge diet coke and for Adam to have a snack. and then we managed to get a cab and we were on our way back to the hotel.
Day 4: I’m exhausted just retelling the story. First stop breakfast with an old friend of Adam’s. She’s a hoot. Older. Works for a famous artist. And is filled with fun stories. We had a great time chatting with her. I’d tell you what restaurant we were at but I don’t remember and Adam’s in the shower. Breakfast was at 10:00. We left breakast and immediately went to SOHO where we had lunch with Adam’s old boss. Seriously it was about an hour between meals. Lunch was at a restaurant called Parm. It was yummy and delicious. And they had great Diet Coke. We were there about 2 hours.
Then we were off to find buy Macarons. NOT to be confused with Macaroons which are NOT the same thing. NOT at all. Adam had seen them at a bakery a couple of days earlier! Then we stopped to buy a tea pot for our friend Julia who was cat sitting for us. And then we were off to Fish’s Eddy to look at fun dishware. It’s easily our favorite store in the city and we always make time for it!!! We bought a cutting board there. And then we were off to buy paper for our Xmas cards. There is an amazing store in Chelsea, Paper Presentation that sells all things paper and we always buy our paper there. For the past five years we’ve hand made over 200 Xmas cards each year that get cut and pasted etc together and then mailed out to 200+ of our closest friends. So we bought most of our paper but Adam decided we should check paper store number 2 so we were off to do that.
THEN Adam had decided we should get manicures and pedicures. So we stopped at a Nail Place in Chelsea and got pedicure. The whole time I’m freaking out because I’m worried that we aren’t going to be on time for our show on Thursday night. Turns out I was half right. We didn’t have time for a manicure, only a pedicure. We pay, pick up our car which we’d parked earlier in the day and fly up town to the theater district. We pick up our tickets, run to the Edison Hotel for a sandwich and then back to the theater.
We barely get the food before we are running back to the theater to see:
You Can’t Take It With You. It’s a crazy 1940′s play that was amazing. Simply amazing. The set was amazing. The lighting was amazing. The acting was amazing. It was near perfect. And as soon as it was over, we ran across the street to get our car (This took close to 30 minutes) and we were off.
Next stop: HOME!
It’s now after 10:00 p.m. I’m driving. Adam’s in the passenger seat. I turn on the radio. Get settled in. And I drive. 5 hours. Adam is asleep by 10:30. Seriously. We aren’t even out of the city by the time he’s asleep. We are actually only driving to my restaurant. I’ve booked us a hotel room for the night. We get there at 4:15 or so. We are in bed by 4:30. And thirty seconds later the alarm goes off and it’s time for me to be downstairs to open the restaurant.
I’m exhausted. We’ve had fun. BUT GODDAM am I glad to be home.
Whew! As I said. I’m exhausted just typing this. I’m not proofing it or making corrections so please excuse any mistakes. I’m off to be now!