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a trip to my city!

last monday, mom and i went to NYC for a few days for some shopping…and eating….and seeing shows….but mostly shopping. it was the first time i had been back since we moved to raleigh, and i LOVED every minute of being there! here are some iphone photos of our trip…

the empire hotel.

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our room.

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view from our bedroom.

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view from our living room.

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antipasti at cafe fiorello.

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shopping at bendels.

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fifth ave.

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walking in central park.

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our favorite french pastries.

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anything goes with mom and sarah.

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cheese plate in the hotel lobby with sarah.

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shopping on 5th.

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lunch at the mandarin oriental, overlooking the city.

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war horse at lincoln center.

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as you can see, it was a fabulous trip. i sort of hate that im just a visitor in NYC now, and not a local, but i love the city as much as ever. thanks mom for a great first trip back!

***both of the shows we saw were AMAZING, for two totally different reasons! anything goes is happy and funny, and war horse is emotional and intense, but i loved both of them so much. highly recommend!

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one of the things i will miss the very most about NYC is broadway. i have loved getting to see so many amazing shows, and so many amazing performances, by so many amazing artists. i have seen around 41 shows, which gives me an average of about 2 shows per month (that’s definitely just an average…our last month i saw 6!). i didnt even get to see all the shows i wanted to see while we lived there…but i sure gave it a good effort πŸ™‚ here are the shows i did see:

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mamma mia

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shrek (with sutton foster)

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the 39 steps

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ragtime

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promises, promises (twice, with sean hayes and kristin chenowith)

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south pacific

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west side story

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bye, bye birdie (with john stamos)

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white christmas

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billy elliot

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wicked (twice)

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a little night music (with angela lansbury and catherine zeta jones)

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chicago (with ashley simpson)

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9 to 5 (with allison janney)

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stomp

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million dollar quartet

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time stands still (with laura linney and christina ricci)

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spiderman

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la cage aux folles (with kelsey grammar)

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driving miss daisy (with james earl jones)

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lombardi (with judith light and dan lauria)

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elf

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the addams family (with nathan lane and bebe neuwirth)

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lend me a tenor (withΒ justin bartha and tony shaloub)

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everyday rapture

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american idiot

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come fly away

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the miracle worker (with abigail breslin)

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present laughter (with victor garber)

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hair

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memphis

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rock of ages

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how to succeed in business without really trying (with daniel radcliffe and john laroquette)

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catch me if you can

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bengal tiger at the baghdad zoo (with robin williams)

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anything goes (with sutton foster and joel grey)

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wonderland

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i feel so blessed to have seen all these performances that touched me in some way! i cant wait to get back to nyc and see more shows as soon as possible πŸ™‚

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weekend fun!

last weekend was a little abnormal because i was home alone and matt was down in fairhope with his family. a friend was supposed to come stay with me for a girls weekend but it didnt work out, so i had a whole weekend to myself to walk around with my camera and explore!

i started the weekend off early on thursday buy going to see a friend’s art opening. the light was absolutely gorgeous that day so i couldnt help but snap some photos along the way…
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(…the green is for you, nicole!)

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down in chelsea there are all these huge warehouses that house art galleries…
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our friend Glen Hansen was showing his new collection in the fischbach gallery. this guy is AMAZING, he has pieces in the metropolitan museum of art and everything! go check out his artΒ here…if i had $40,000 i would have bought one on the spot!

the opening…

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sarah, barb, and me…

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sarah, barb, me and glen ( the artist himself!)

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you can’t see it in this photo, but that cute little old lady had on red heart sunglasses…she was FIERCE! and her husband was an old hipster. they were so new york. i loved them.

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on friday i took sarah to see “anything goes” for her belated birthday present.

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…um…we LOVED this show. loved it. go see it. now.

on saturday after afro-jazz i took roxie to the park on a long walk and loved seeing signs of spring!

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the rest of the weekend was spent mostly browsing some flea markets around the city…
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including one of my favorites, “the garage”…obviously named because its in an actual parking garage!

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i found some beautiful vintage children’s book (which i have been collecting forever) and proceeded to lug all 10 of them over to hell’s kitchen to check out the flea there…

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…love the views from that flea!

so when i walked over to 10th ave to catch a cab home i remembered there was a church nearby that i had wanted to photograph, but was usually in a car driving by it and not able to stop and take photos. so since i had all the time in the world i walked over to the church and proceeded to take as many photos as i wanted, which made me very happy πŸ™‚

the back of the church(yes, the back. the front is even more stunning)
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the front…

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and then a street cleaner asked me where i was from, because i sounded “european” and i laughed and hailed a cab and headed home πŸ™‚

 

the weekend definitely wasn’t what i expected but it was a great time of relaxing and photographing and enjoying my city πŸ™‚

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weekend fun!

this was such a lovely weekend! as usual it involved lots of yummy food and we spent time with some great friends!

saturday after my weekly afro-jazz class with sarah, husby and i went down to lower manhattan to meet up with safadi, one of my bestest buddies from high school! he is a true foodie and showed us around some of his favorite haunts in the city.

i love going deep into chinatown because everything is so vibrant and colorful!

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our first stop was the golden unicorn for dim sum…

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… i cant believe i didnt get photos of the chicken feet!

after that we meandered through chinatown sampling little treats:

beef jerky…

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bubble tea…

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and of course stopping to take pictures along the way…

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after that we made our way to the lower east side for some dessert to finish out the day.
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like i said in the last post the lower east side is very colorful and full of characters. here is the mosaic mans dog “jessie jane”. she loves meeting people and getting her picture taken. isnt she cute? πŸ™‚

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now back to the dessert…three words: momofuku milk bar. this place was amazing. its well-known and for good reason.

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this is called “crack pie” and its the perfect name because its addictive just like cocaine. the milk is called cereal milk because it tastes like the milk at the bottom of your cereal bowl! genius!

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thanks safadi for a perfect foodie saturday! you are our guru! πŸ™‚

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on sunday we had a slow morning, just taking it easy and cleaning the house a bit. for lunch we met up with sarah and her friend marcel. we took them to radiance tea house and scheduled a tea tasting, since we hadnt been to one yet. the lunch was fabulous as usual, and the tea tasting was really fun! we learned alot and took home a few new tea-related items to practice our new knowledge πŸ™‚

the tasting set-up: (white, green, oolong, darjeeling black, caramel rooibos…and mochi for dessert!)

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sarah and marcel…

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the four of us ( i didnt get the “muted color-scheme” memo :))…

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it was the perfect way to spend a sunday afternoon!

afterwards husby and i took puppy for a little walk around the farmers market and picked up a couple snacks. i am loving daylight savings time and the extra hour of sunlight! πŸ™‚

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weekend fun!

so matt and i have learned recently that we love the east village. there are so many cool things down there to do, see and eat! we have also learned that we could never live down there. we don’t have nearly enough tattoos and piercings (ie: none). i love seeing what people are wearing because the fashion is pretty outrageous, and SO new york! actually, the whole neighborhood is SO new york, lol πŸ™‚

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(we saw the man who creates these mosaics all over the east village, so stinkin cool!)

some photos from around the village:

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we ate lunch at crif dogs which was AMAZING. seriously, so good.

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the restaurant was such a dive (which we loved) that there was even graffiti on the toilets!

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after that deliciousness we headed over to soho for some shopping…

kates paperie (aka a stationery store/little slice of heaven)…

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pearl river mart (a chinese superstore)…

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(matt loaded up on tons of weird snacks…you know…like dried anchovies….guh-ross)

and the new harney and sons tea lounge….

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where we had a lovely snack of cheddar chive scones with honey mustard butter and a cheese plate…

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that was one of my favorite days in new york ever, just hopping around town with husby exploring new streets and eating yummy food πŸ™‚

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macarons!

last night i went down to the lower east side to dessert trucks cafe for a macaron baking class! i fell in love with macarons in paris at laduree, and im really a horrible baker, but i thought it would be fun to know how to make them for parties every day (lets face it, anytime is a good time for a macaron)

it was a nasty, rainy night but braving the weather was so worth it for these yummy treats!

dessert truck’s cute cafe…

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the store-made macarons…

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time for the workshop! the guy in the picture in the top right corner was the pastry chef….vincent, from france…

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in the kitchen, whipping the merengue…

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piping the cookies in spring colors…

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putting the topping on the cookies (lavender, coconut, cocoa, and sesame seeds)…. i piped the first two vertical rows…

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my little bag of treats to take home!

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if you are in the lower east side neighborhood i HIGHLY recommend you check out dessert truck for their amazing sweets. and if you are anywhere in NYC, check out their website to see where their truck will be traveling around to that day!

after all those sweets, it was time for dinner! husby met me at katz’s deli (the deli in “when harry met sally” with that famous scene “ill have what shes having”).
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this place had ambience out the whazoo! it was so old fashioned and i loved it for that reason.
the cash register…

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see the sign hanging that says “this is where they sat in where harry met sally”…
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corned beef, pastrami, and full-sour and half-sour deli pickles with lots of spicy brown mustard! yum!

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you can tell it was really raining in this last shot. matt said i am just like my dad because ill do anything for a photo. i take that as a compliment πŸ™‚

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weekend fun!

saturday was beautiful so after afro-jazz(me) and doing some tax stuff(husby) we went for a family walk through the park. it felt like spring was right around the corner, which made me So happy!
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we stopped by the food tracks at tavern on the green for a bit of soup from ladle of love to warm us up…

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i always love walking by the dakota…

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on sunday we took sarah out to lunch for her birthday. she got to choose the restaurant and she chose somewhere we have been excited about trying for a LONG time…peanut butter and co!!! that’s right, a shop that sells pretty much only peanut butter sandwiches and treats!

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afterwards we stopped into an adorable belgium waffle shack just to check it out. we were stuffed from PB sammies, but they gave us some samples and they were AMAZING! im definitely going back for the cream puffs! we got some savory turnovers to take home for dinner, and matt got some banana pudding that we ate for dessert…it was better than southern banana pudding, which is saying ALOT!

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if you are in the village, i HIGHLY recommed “go for a bite” for some treats or a snack!

speaking of the village…love this shot πŸ™‚

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