So a couple weeks ago my friend and I were in the mood to see a show – we didn’t really care which show, as long as it was pretty cheap. We started talking about it on Wednesday night and bought our tickets on Thursday night… for Friday night. Spontaneous planning is not often my thing, but it worked this time: We used my HIPTIX Gold membership with Roundabout Theatre Company to get us two $25 floor seats to the Harold Pinter play, Old Times.
If you glanced back up at the subject for this post you have already realized that this is not a review for that play, because my two-line review would be, “Wow, that play was really weird – I’m glad it was only 65 minutes long. I still have no idea what actually happened.” So instead of trying to explain this play to you, I want to tell you about the gorgeous place my friend suggested we go afterward, where we spent a solid hour and a half discussing the play and trying to decide what it was about: Lillie’s Victorian Bar & Restaurant.
I’m not feeling very wordy this week – might be the fact that I still haven’t adjusted to the time change. The darkness at the end of the day is the worst, I feel like it’s time for bed hours before I should.
So forgive me if I keep this post short. Hopefully I’ll have more to say later on.
One of my favorite things about NYC: how you can be wandering the streets and come upon something neat. A few weeks ago I was walking to the subway after my visit to the Morgan Library and I spotted this stretch of food stalls at Broadway and 33rd Street. It was a little wet outside because it had been raining, but there were still people enjoying the delicious things on sale at the various stalls.
There are so many people and organizations in New York and it means that every single day there are thousands of awesome things happening all over the city. It can lead to FOMO (one of the most annoying acronyms ever even if “fear of missing out” is something most of us have experienced) but it also means that on any given day, if you want to see or hear or eat or just be somewhere interesting, you can. And sometimes you’ll even end up there accidentally.
It was a pretty quiet Memorial Day weekend for me – exactly what I needed after a hectic May! My apartment is grateful for it too, it’s a lot cleaner than it was before, just in time for houseguests to arrive this week. I did get out a little on Saturday to see “Pitch Perfect 2” (tons of fun, made me want to see the first one again!) and on my way to the theater I stopped to get snacks at the Union Square Greenmarket.
NOT from City Bakery (from Max Brenner) but man, those marshmallows were delicious!
First posted February 14, 2014.
I’m going to keep this short and sweet. If you like hot chocolate, you should go to City Bakery this month. It’s located at 3 West 18th Street in Manhattan, and right now they’re in the midst of their annual hot chocolate festival. Each day in the month of February they offer a different flavor of hot chocolate, from banana peel hot chocolate to bourbon hot chocolate to something called Ode to the Polar Bear hot chocolate. It’s definitely a good Valentine’s-Day-month activity, if you’re looking for a date idea — or just a delicious outing to do with friends!
Winter has caught up with me. It’s not that I’m sitting at home doing nothing. Well, no, there are some days (Sunday comes to mind) where that’s exactly what I’m doing. But my outside of work activities have more or less narrowed down to three categories: hanging out with friends, choir rehearsals, and trips to the theater.
I don’t mind – these are all perfectly fun things to do – but it does limit what I have to write about on this blog. I’m not exactly going to give you a rundown of the dinners and brunches I’ve gone to over the last couple weeks (though, friends, if you’re reading this — and I know at least one of you is! — they’ve all been wonderful). But meals and the conversations had over them are much more interesting if you’re there, which is why I’ve been writing a lot about my trips to the theater. That’s not going to stop any time soon, and you’ll probably get a write up about the performance I saw of “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime” later this week.
But in the meantime, I spent Monday night watching episodes of “Friends” and eating what might be the most delicious snack in the world: stovetop popcorn.