Saturday, March 15, 2014

I Love New York!

It's been a busy week for me, with lots of work projects and two visits into the City (New York City, for those readers who aren't on the East coast).

Tip for any out of town readers who plan to come for a visit, if you don't want to seem like a tourist you say you're "going into the City," not "I'm going to New York City."

Because I've lived near New York my whole life, I really love it and am an unabashed fan.  I personally think it's the second best city in the world, right behind Paris.  There are so many things to do with every type of food you'd ever want and such a variety of cultural activities that you could visit for weeks and never see it all.

This week I went into the City for a meeting at Jazz at Lincoln Center which is inside the Time Warner Center on Columbus Circle, one of my favorite parts of  NYC.  It's the first time I've been to Jazz at Lincoln Center and it's a gorgeous venue with wonderful acoustics.  I was there for the Nickelodeon upfront media review, and at the end of the show (which was very well done) they had Sara Bareilles come out to perform; an unexpected treat!  She's adorable and charming with a knock-out voice.


The next night I went back into the City for dinner and a play with my two oldest and best friends from college. Let me clarify before they chew my head off; they're not OLD, they're just long-time friends!

We went to Da Tommaso on 8th Avenue and 53rd for a delicious dinner and lots of fun talking and catching up.  We see each other at least once a month, and catch up on the phone often, but we never seem to stop talking (and laughing) when we're together.  There was good wine, a cocktail or two and great Italian food.  I find that there's nothing better for my soul than to spend time with old friends who knew me back-in the-day.  It refreshes my spirit and lifts me up for days afterwards.


Then we went to see the musical "Chicago" at The Ambassador Theater.  I'd never seen the play on Broadway, only the movie, so this was a treat.  It's a great production and I just love that Bob Fosse style of dance.

Now it's back to the weekend chores of grocery shopping and laundry (for those teens).  Tonight we're going to a St. Patrick's Day party and I really hope that they don't have corned beef and cabbage -- blech!  What's to like about boiled meat?  Never liked it, never will (and I'm about 40% Irish).

Hope you're all enjoying the week; spring is right around the corner.  I can feel it coming finally!  What about you, my readers?  Any fun plans for St. Patrick's Day?

14 comments:

  1. Sounds like you had a great weekend in the City. It's funny you say that because being from Northern California we refer to San Francisco as the 'City' too. I've never been to New York, but it's on my bucket list. A funny aside, my daughter has a semi-connection to Sara Bareilles...she is best friends with the sister of my daughter's roommate. They are all from the same town in Northern California. We don't know her personally but you're right, she has a killer voice!

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    1. Hi Cyndi - NY is an amazing city, if you ever come to the East coast, let me know and I can give you lots of good info about the best places to go and restaurants etc. So cool that your daughter has a connection to Sara Bareilles, she was so adorable, I was very impressed with her!

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  2. One of my younger friends was just diagnosed with breast cancer. I am going to share the link to your blog with her.

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    1. Thank you, Pat. If your friend has any specific questions about what to do, she can reach me via my email if she has any questions she doesn't want to share publicly online. I send her love and support through the process.

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  3. You make me wish I were back and I've only been home little over a month!

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    1. Hi Carol, Didn't realize you were in NYC recently? Next time, let me know, we can meet in real life :)

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  4. I LOVE New York. One of my all time places to visit!
    Thanks for sharing your adventure Claudia.

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    1. Hi Nancy - Thanks for stopping by, I love your site! Such healthy recipes.

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  5. I also love NYC. My friends daughter is a senior at NYU and I have had the pleasure of going to visit at least once a year. There is so much to do and seems like there is never enough time. I do feel fortunate that I have been able to see some usual tourist attraction but also some restaurants that are mainly frequented by locals. I have been able to see 4 Broadway plays and hope to see a few more. It sounds like you had a lovely time. Always a plus to catch up with old friends. Great post and thanks for sharing

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    1. Lucky you! The area around NYU is fun with lots to do. I feel so lucky to live so close by that I can get in at least once a month. Glad you get in pretty often, too! Thanks for stopping by!

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  6. Had a whirlwind tour of NYC some years ago. LOVED it! Must go back for a little more leisurely tour! :)

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    1. Hi Diane, It's a city that you can go back and revisit often as there's always something new to do. Glad you also enjoy it. Hope you get to come back one day soon!

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  7. That's fabulous! We love NY. We go 3-4 times a year. That neighborhood around Lincoln Center is nice. I like the neighborhood around NYU heading into Greenwich Village...anything that keeps me away from Times Square. ;-) Congratulations on being this week's Blog of the Week! :-) Cheers!

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    1. Yes, Lincoln Center and the area around NYU are both really nice neighborhoods. I also love the Gramercy Park area. Thanks for stopping by and reading!

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