A couple of weeks ago we headed up to NYC for a little getaway, and to celebrate our good friends Randa and Julie turning 30! We had never been to New York before and the only way that I can describe it is that it is VERY different from Texas. We were there for 4 days, probably slept about 16 hours, did not make a dent in the city and had a ton of fun.
Day 1 we grabbed a slice of famous NY pizza, and it was just pizza, but the biggest slice I have ever eaten. We walked around, tried to figure out how to get to everything from where we were, and had our first experience on the subway. The subway system is the most confusing thing I have ever encountered. You have to be a genius to figure out which way you are going, if you are even on the right train, which stop to hop off at and then how to get back to where you started. Fortunately, Keith downloaded a subway app on his trusty iPhone. Unfortunately, it only gave us the correct info about half the time. After we rode 90 blocks going the wrong direction, I was about ready to throw his trusty little phone under the train and I don’t know, ASK FOR DIRECTIONS??? Anyway, deep breath. Speaking of iPhones, we went to the coolest Mac store ever and played the big piano at FAO Schwartz.
That night we ate at another one of Bobby Flays restaurants called Bar American. As always, we were very impressed.
Day 2 started VERY early. Randa had scored us tickets to Good Morning America and it was probably my favorite part of our vacation. I just think that it is so cool how all the “behind the scene” stuff works. I got to meet Robin Roberts and I told her how much my Mom loves her. I am sure that she was honored!
Emeril was on GMA. He looks just like this at all times…
unless the cameras were rolling and then he gave a little smile.
But his food was FANTASTIC!
The rest of day 2 was crazy. Keith and I did some retail therapy, while the others went and did all the touristy stuff. We all met up after lunch for trapeze lessons. Not me, of course. I was the picture taker, but cannot wait to go somewhere that has this again so that I can participate. They had a blast and it looked like so much fun.
Later that evening we went to see Billy Elliot on Broadway. I think the girls appreciated it a lot more than the guys did.
Day 3 Keith and I spent shopping, shopping and shopping some more. Unfortunately, I only bought 3 things, but we still had a lot of fun. We decided that our two favorite neighborhoods are Soho and West Village. Soho had the best shopping, but the West Village looked like the Cosby’s neighborhood. While we were eating at this awesome Cuban restaurant, we noticed that the sign out our window had a Lola sticker on it. Too cute.
That night we had reservations at Ruby Foos for dinner. We were expecting the best sushi we have ever had, and we were very disappointed. You just can’t beat the food in Dallas, or the prices.
Day 4 we had brunch at Balthazars. I thought it was awesome. The guys were not impressed with their $20 french toast. We spent the afternoon walking through Central Park and enjoying the snow. Great trip with great friends! Next will be my forever 29 in Mexico!
Oh, did I mention that the morning we left, the girls both woke up with a fever? My mom took them to the doctor and they both had double ear infections. Thank God for my sweet Mom! Isn’t it horrible that I thought to myself, what a great time to be across the country? Although we did miss them, I was glad to come home to happy, healthy kids and didn’t even have to deal with all the whining while they were sick!