Friday, September 3, 2010

Don't Wanna Be an American Idiot

by Meghann on September 3, 2010

Ready. Set. Go!

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Derek and I have been turned into regular ole New Yorkers today.

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Well.. New Yorkers that lug around a huge DSLR and have to ask directions on which way is uptown and which way is downtown, but we’re getting there.

Check this out.

2006

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versus 2010

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Do we look any different? I think so! ๐Ÿ™‚

Anyways…

Our NYC adventures really began this afternoon when we met the lovely Heather and Theodora for lunch at Alice’s Tea Cup.

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(Sorry we’re blue – forgot to change the white balance setting when I handed the camera over. )

I ate at Alice’s Tea Cup the last time I was in NYC and had been dying to go back ever since. Obviously it had to be my first stop of the trip. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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This time I wanted to go all out, so Derek and I decided to split the Mad Hatter Tea for Two.

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On the top we had a Butttermilk Scone (tasted like a biscuit), Pumpkin Scone (!!!), and a Ham and Cheese Scone (tasted like a cheddar garlic biscuit from back home.)

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Tier two had a Cumin Carrot Sandwich (had this last time and knew it was going to be good) and a Smoked Turkey Sandwich with Apple and Goat Cheese.

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And last but not least, the dessert tier with a Mocha Chocolate Cake (soooo good!) and an array of cookies.

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Plate #1…. and trust me I went back for a plate #2 and #3 just to make sure I had a taste of everything. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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With the Casablanca Iced Tea of the Day instead of a pot of tea – it’s hot outside!

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We kept getting phone calls/ texts today from friends and family who were worried we were going to get poured on or blown off the Island, but the weather held up beautifully all day. We had a sprinkle or two, but nothing worth pulling an umbrella out for.

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Obviously I had too much fun taking photos of Derek. ๐Ÿ™‚IMG_7543.JPG

We basically killed time at Central Park this afternoon while waiting for our lovely hosts to finish with work for the weekend.

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Ashley and Bo treated us to drinks at a fancy schmancy rooftop bar that I can’t remember the name of at the moment. :/

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Cheers!

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Ashley and I both ordered a delicious gin cocktail that reminded me of a mojito thanks to the refreshing fresh mint crushed in the ice.

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Mario Batali recently opened Eataly off of Madison Avenue and of course we had to check it out during it’s opening weekend!

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Eataly is a 5000 sq ft food mecca! Inside there are several Italian food restaurant, quick service counters, a beer garden, and at it’s core an italian grocery store! The whole place was a little overwelming, but still a cool site to see!

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We could have spent hours in there, but alas we had dinner reservations to make!

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Remi is a gem of a place that Bo had stumbled upon while he was searching for italian places near the theater district. None of us had heard of it, but it had rave reviews a beautiful extensive menu of Italian treats.

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Our table started with bread.

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I had a piece of Focaccia.

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But then this arrived.

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Marinara Sauce with Goat Cheese (holy cow!)

So, I went back for 1/2 a bread stick.

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I am now a big believer that all italian restaurants should serve their bread with goat cheese and mariana sauce. I believe we licked the bowl clean ๐Ÿ˜‰

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One of the things we enjoyed about Remi was their extensive Italian pasta menu. Instead of the usual basic Italian fare – such as lasagna, spegetti, tortellini, etc – we were greeted with a menu full of lovely pasta noodle none of us had never heard of. We had fun googling half of the menu on our phones trying to decide what to order.

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In the end we all chose something different and each dish was unique and delicious.

I ordered the Maltagliati noodles (had to google) with boiled tomatoes and string beans in a basil pesto sauce.

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Wow!

My dish had a wonderful earthy flavor that was enhanced by the smooshy green beans and grainy boiled potatoes. The noodles were very thin and tender while the boiled potatoes crumbled at the touch of the fork. I’m not a fan of pasta by any means, but this dish won me over. I would happily go back and eat it again and again. ๐Ÿ™‚

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We had tickets tonight for the musical American Idiot that was playing at the St. James Theater.

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Fun Fact: I saw RENT at the St. James Theater 10 years ago with my parents.

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I wasn’t 100% sure what to expect from American Idiot and I’m honestly still trying to take it all in. The music was wonderful, as was the choreography, but the story line was a bit depressing and a little tough to follow at times. Everyone just seemed so angry the whole time and I’m much more a happy-go-lucky kind of girl.

I would love to download the soundtrack of the show. I love the broadway spin they gave on each Green Day song and might even prefer that version to the original. ๐Ÿ˜‰

It’s been a long day and it’s going to be another early morning. I have a 20 mile run plan in the morning, so I better rest up.

Good Night!

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