Thursday, April 27, 2017

Right Through the Very Heart of it ...

We started Thursday in New York with brunch at Jack's Wife Freda.  There was a bit of a wait, but it was well worth it.  The service was excellent, and the food totally hit the spot.

I had the green shakshuka (two baked eggs in a green tomatillo shakshuka, served with challah toast), and Christopher had the madame Freda (pressed sandwich with duck prosciutto, cheddar bechamel, gruyere, and a sunny side up egg).

We spent the day wandering around, admiring spring in Manhattan.

Mid-afternoon we stopped at S'Mac to share mac and cheese:

We also had some rolled ice cream:

In the early evening we headed to the Comedy Cellar, for a second time, to see some stand-up.  After comedy, we went to catch live music at Club Groove, and also snacked on a Mediterranean platter, and amazing cheese fries while there.  We stopped for late night frozen yogurts before heading back to our hotel.

Friday was the last full day of our vacay.  We slept in a bit, and then had an early lunch at Blossom, a vegetarian restaurant in Chelsea.

We spent a lot of time in the Financial district, and stopped in at Fraunces Tavern, which is a historical landmark in NYC that opened in 1767.  We visited the museum upstairs, including the long room where George Washington bid farewell to his officers on December 4, 1783.

Christopher loves history, so this was a highlight for him.

For dinner we tried a sushi burrito from Poke Green:

So good!

At some point during our trip we also saw a few live, local bands in an intimate setting at Arlene's Grocery, in the Lower East Side.  I think we were the only people there that weren't the band members' friends, which made us a little bit sad that the market for live, original music is dying. 

There are very few places in Manhattan to see bands that aren't playing covers.  Decades ago, all the venues had original music by up-and-coming artists, but now it seems as though people only want to hear songs they've heard before.  You'd think NYC would be the place to hear something you haven't heard before, but that is getting harder and harder to do.  Anyway #supportoriginalmusic #rantover.

We were in bed early on the Friday night so we could get up at a decent time to head to the airport. 

How's your week going so far?  
Do you have any plans for this weekend?

1 comment:

Lisa from Lisa's Yarns said...

Sounds like a great last full day in the city! That flowering tree is gorgeous! Our weather has been awful lately so it's not springlike here (assume you are getting the same crud, too). But maybe this will push back the flowering of trees until our wedding (which is in 3 weeks! Eeks!)

I love seeing live music. I don't need to know the band's music to enjoy it. That is sad that it's harder to see original music by up and coming bands! I think one city that is great for that is Nashville. But it should be better in more places, especially in NYC!

This weekend isn't too busy for us which is nice. I came down with a nasty RA flare this week so I am trying to take it extra easy. Tonight we are going out for a special dinner at a restaurant called Alma (I'd recommend this place to you and Christopher if you visit Minneapolis again!). We don't go out for pricier/special meals often but that means we enjoy them even more when we do! Our last really nice meal out was the night of our engagement on Dec 9th! Besides that I have some wedding errands to run on Saturday. On Sunday I'm going over to a girlfriend's house and her and another friend are going to help me cut out all of the seating cards for the wedding. I made them so they look like the cards in library card catalog drawers back when you looked for books using those card v. using a digital search. They look so cool and tie in well with our theme! But they were kind of a lot of work so I'll be glad when that project is done as it's the last BIG project on my list!