Monday, August 27, 2012

New York City!

Waaaayyyyy back in the end of June, beginning of July, Lee and I took a very spontaneous trip to NYC to see Wicked and enjoy a night in the Big Apple!  It was so great to get all dolled up and head out for a night on the town.  Of course, a BIG thank you to Grandma and Grandpa for taking Olivia for the day/night/day so we could head on our mini vacation!

The drive up was VERY slow.  We hit so much traffic and we felt as if we would NEVER get there!!  I snapped a few pictures from the car, but they didn't come out too great.  Not even sure what I was trying to take a picture of!  A small glimpse at the new Freedom Tower I guess!

And, of course, traffic entering the Lincoln Tunnel.  And,  no, we did not see Buddy the Elf!

When we finally arrived, we had about 15 minutes to change and get ready for dinner.  Our reservation was at 5:30 so we could make sure to get to the show on time!  Lee snapped these before we headed out the door.

We were ready for the walk over to dinner.  I probably should've planned my footwear a little smarter!  I wore 4 1/2 inch platform heels to walk around the city!  Granted, we didn't have to walk TOO far, but those blocks seemed to last forever in those shoes!  Here I am, pretending to be comfortable!!!

The place Lee chose for dinner was called 44 1/2.  I think it's safe to say, we had the best meal we've ever had at that place!!  For starters, we both ordered a drink.  Lee had a Manhattan while I tried a Soho Skinny Bitch Margarita!  Boy, was that yummy!

Then we ordered our starter.....Crispy Duck Ravioli - cranberry, chevre & sun-dried tomatoes.  Um, this was unbelievable!  We ordered our entrees next.  Lee ordered the North Atlantic Cod - applewood smoked bacon wrap, hazelnut grits & pomegranate reduction.....deLICIOUS!  I ordered the Main Lobster Risotto which was just spectacular!  We each ordered another drink; Lee stuck with the Manhattan while I tried their "Pinkwich Village, Fit for Queens".  Apparently this was their "healthy" drink!  Made with 3 Vodka that is made with soy, so no carbs...and crystal light pink lemonade with a splash of sprite!  It was pretty tasty and definitely looked pretty!!  What better way to end the meal, than with dessert!!  We shared the Warm Molten Chocolate was definitely delicious, but no better than the one I make at home!!  :)

Time to head over to the Gershwin for the show!!  I was SO excited to see Wicked again....and this time on Broadway!  Lee hadn't seen it yet, so I was definitely excited for him too.

Can you see the excitement?

As I figured it would be, the show was awesome!!  I loved every minute of it.  Lee enjoyed it very much as well.  After the show, we headed to a little piano jazz bar that was recommended by a friend who happens to be a local!   The place was called The Rum House.  We walked in, and a girl was singing some swanky jazz number with a trumpet, bass, and piano player.  It was great!  We sat at a little table, enjoyed a few (ok, a lot) of cocktails, met some really nice people and just enjoyed the night out!  After a while, we started seeing a bunch of people line up with drums like they were part of some kind of drum line or something.  We later found out they were the drum line from Michigan State about to do a performance in Times Square!  We headed out and watched them.  They were great! 

We walked around Times Square for a bit before heading back to the hotel for some much needed sleep! 

Here is some proof that Lee was actually with me on this trip!  It was a whirlwind trip, up and back, in the city for less than 16 hours, but it was well worth it!  Can't wait to go back (maybe stay a bit longer)!!

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