Monday, October 21, 2013

NYC - Last Day, I Promise

Monday, Monday, Monday

and all the people went to work.  Yeah!

We slept in and then hit Johny's Lucheonette  for fried eggs, bacon, toast, and cranberry juice.  Two breakfasts and tip for $15...Em really slept in.


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This place seats about eleven people.  I thought it was good and quick.

Went back to Eataly.  No one was there...now know where La Birreria is.  Hung out for a bit at Madison Square Park.  Word of caution - do not approach the squirrels if you do not have food.  they will run to you, scale the fence and be in your face in a matter of seconds!

Picked up Em and headed to Greenwich for our food tour but first we had to feed something to Em...

Chocolate milkshake,

Remember, we are on vacation.

Went to a book store and giggled at :
Underwater Dogs

and


Time for the food tour with Bert from Foods of New York Tours.  I would highly recommend and do wish we had done this first.  In no particular order we visited:

Joe's Pizza - everyone got a full slice
Pesce Pasta - got a full size (four bites) meatball
Murray's Cheese Shop - three types of cheeses, apricots, and bread..had Challerhocker best cheese ever
O and Company Olive Oil Shop - So good.  Who knew about olive oil?
Rafele Ristorante - Eggplant (which I hate...but liked this) and this guy:

Chopped (TV show)  Ted Allen

Ted Allen - from Chopped and Queer Eye for the Straight Guy. That's the best I could find.

Milk and Cookies Bakery - Gave us full size cookies...Em got three!

We got lots of food and a nice history lesson too.  The tour was roughly three hours and we probably walked three blocks.

That evening we grabbed a quick bite to eat at Rare View Rooftop Bar, which Teacups recommended and was in our hotel.  Let's just say when you order the miniburgers there are six of them and they are GOOD.

Back to Times Square and Peter & the Starcatchers.  This was an Off-Broadway venue and was very well done.  Hunter stayed awake the entire time...not a lot of singing.  The theater was about 3/4 full.  Definitely recommend.  It is about how Peter Pan became Peter Pan and a bit more.

We are back in Knoxville for a few weeks and then it is off to....




This empty nest thing really isn't so bad.






25 comments:

  1. It gets better and better. Looks like a fun, foody trip. The breakfast wouldn't be up my alley, but the cookies sure would.
    xoJennifer

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    1. The cookies were really good AND warm. They came at just the right time.

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  2. I love the idea of the food tour! And if I get to NYC this year, will have to check out that play - it sounds fun! I never see anyone great when I am in NYC - this time Forrest saw Shia LeBoeuf and Barry saw David Copperfield (magician) but all I saw was Lou Dobbs from Fox news...

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    1. Lou Dobbs, that's funny. We all really enjoyed the food tour and their servings were generous.

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  3. Love the look of the Luncheonette, my kind of place! Might try one of those food tours myself. Vegas next? You lucky thing! Don't forget to let Mr H work his magic with reception - you'll probably end up with your own helipad.

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    1. He's always making friends. It's become a joke..."Where's Dad?" "He's making a friend." I forgot to tell, he made two friends from Connecticut at the bar in NYC who own a tattoo place. If ever we are in town they'll give us free tattoos :)

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  4. we did a cheese tour in Paris last spring, had 40 different kinds of cheeses and wound up with the rest of the group in the tasting room off a tiny wine shop where "pairings" were explored. I was afraid it was going to be, um, light-weight, but not at all, plus everybody in the group was delightful and enthusiastic, and it was a great way to spend an afternoon.

    so when are you coming back?

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    1. We tend to visit every four/five years and it's usually on a whim. One of the few places we can get a direct flight form Knoxville. That and Detroit :)

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  5. Sounds like a blast! Ted Allen seemed the nicest of them ( not the funniest, though). Murray's has been around a long time.

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    1. I actually have watch Chopped several times and enjoy the pace and the lack of personal drama that is most competitive shows. Hunter had a long talk with the cheese guy...new friend.

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  6. You saw Ted Allen? Very cool! They had a 10 year anniversary show of Queer Eye this week. Loved that show. I haven't been to Vegas in a couple of years. I don't gamble (I'm very unlucky at games), but the outlets and restaurants in Vegas can't be beat. And of course, the cabana boys are a nice plus...

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    1. We always go to Vegas in late November/early December...cheaper and no crowds. It is an annual trek for us. We do gamble, not always lucky, but manage to hold our own. This is definitely a place I overindulge thus stretchy clothes are brought :)

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  7. Great end of your trip!
    Doesn't sound so bad to be a empty nester :)

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    1. I had fun and it was great to see Emily.

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  8. Thanks for sharing your adventures. I really enjoyed your take on the city. I am off to Vermont trying to make the best of yet another birthday. At least it's a great time of year and the better of two alternatives!

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    1. Enjoy your birthday. May this year find you healthy, wealthy, and wise.

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  9. Great minds think alike, my husband and I were chuckling at the same dog book when we went to Barnes and Noble last week! The trip looks like a blast. I so should have joined you all :)

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  10. Oh we would have had even more fun!

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  11. The eats were good! How cool if you got to see Ted. He feels so familiar as I've seen him on the tube since Queer Eye. I loved this post!

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    1. Thanks baby. I am clueless when it come to celebrity sightings. I once say in back of Andre Agassi on a plane and had no clue who he was until everyone else was fawning over him.

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  12. Enjoyed the virtual food tour with you but I really rather have been there IRL ;)

    Are you planning to do Vegas the same way?

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    1. We do Vegas every year and just kind of wing it for the most part...let the concierge take care of us. We do have a very special dinner planned this trip. We do try one ketchy Vegas thing...wax museum, gondola ride (save your money), TI pirate show, etc. I love it.

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  13. Diners and counters - love them, I'm really not a fancy restaurant person bar, birthdays etc, that is so much more up my street.

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    1. Oh periodically I like to be wined and dined. We hardly ever eat out at home, just prefer entertaining at home. Even if it is just Hunter and I.

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