Previously, I blogged about my college roommates who were coming to visit a few weeks ago, and life has been crazy since then. So here is my overdue recap of the fantastic weekend we had with perfect weather, successful shopping and great food, drink and time together.
We kicked things off at my apartment with some pre-dinner indulgences – the chunky blue cheese & yogurt dip and fresh pico de gallo were definitely a hit. You’ll see the chunky blue cheese dip (actually made with gorgonzola) featured here with yummy broccoli (blanching before serving is the trick!), Stacy’s pita chips and endive. (Thanks to Moriah for this action shot.)
Highlights include but are not limited to – a great small plates dinner at Barrio 47, complete with a toast and complimentary treats thanks to a mass Foursquare / Yelp check-in.
Very New York bagels at Murray’s (don’t ask them to toast!) followed by an intense round of shopping through Soho, primarily at Piperlime’s first store. Such shopping warranted a trip to Shake Shack in Madison Square Park. It was the perfect afternoon pick-me-up- even if we had to wait more than an hour at 3:30 pm.
Nice Work if You Can Get it was. so. much. fun. Matthew Broderick and Cameron Adams were delightful. It was probably the funniest and lightest show I have ever seen on Broadway, and the title song is actually still stuck in my head.
The name of the speakeasy in the show is called “Sweet and Lowdown”, and I just found these Sweet’n Low packets on twitter. How perfect!
One of the best parts of the show was when Cameron, who was Kelli O’Hara’s understudy, said her name was Bobbi, instead of Billie. For just a moment, the cast got tickled, but then seemingly improved their way out of it. It definitely made our performance feel unique!
After the show, we checked out a perfectly cozy French place in Greenwich Village called Amelie. The service and ambience were amazing. As was the food; especially the ravioli, or Gratin de ravioles du Royans.
They even delivered the check in cute French paperbacks. I’ll definitely be back!
On Sunday we had brunch at Tipsy Parson – a sweet and savory, Southern-influenced favorite of mine. They also serve Stumptown Coffee, which is delicious and have books painted on the wall, which I love.
Everyone started to taper off as the day went by and flights home beckoned, but a few of us were able to visit the 9/11 Memorial. Our conversation actually ended up on where we were, as freshman in high school across North Carolina the morning of September 11, 2001. How much has changed for all of us since that day. It was a sobering place to visit, and we all agreed that once complete and open to the public, it will be a safe harbor for reflection and remembrance.
In summary, we had a blast, and although I got us a bit mixed up on the subway once or twice, I hope they’ll all be back to visit soon!