Thursday, July 26, 2012

Birthday in the City

Birthdays are special. It is a chance to celebrate with family and friends for another year added into our existence. It is the time to look back and realize that we are a year older and a lot more wiser. ;) It is also the perfect opportunity to reflect, be grateful that we are alive and to count our blessings.It's been more than a month since my 18th 31st birthday. ;) Let me share some snaps of my birthday weekend in Manhattan.

We went for cups of coffee and sandwiches at Dean & Deluca
Our caffeine fix for the day
Watched a Broadway Play (Spider-man Turn Off the Dark), we were supposed to watch The Lion King originally but since the tickets have been sold out for a year, we opted to watch for Broadway's best new comer instead.
Times Square at 1:00 am
Late dinner at Famous Dave's, a legendary pit bar-b-q and then we went back to our hotel and called it a night.  
The next day we went for brunch at Eatery NYC, they serve a contemporary American menu with weekly special
Mike ordered their House Buttermilk Pancakes with Fresh Berries, Toasted Pistachios & Chocolate Whipped Cream



Here's what the rest of us ordered:

Me: Belgian Chocolate Pancakes with Fresh Berries, Cinnamon Syrup and Strawberry Butter. I didn't get to take a snap of it because I wolfed it down immediately when it was served. :) 

My Brother-in-Law: 3-Egg Omelette served with multi grain toast and roasted red bliss potatoes. spinach, smoked mozzarella, monterey jack, cheddar, swiss cheese, fresh mozzarella, smoked bacon, and sausage.

My Sister: Japanese Egg White Omelette with shiitake mushrooms, tofu, japanese eggplant, plum glaze and pickled cucumber salad.

I got to sample each dish from their plates and everything was delicious!

After brunch, we went to hear Sunday Mass at Saint Patrick's Cathedral then went straight to the SOHO district.





SoHo is a neighborhood in Lower Manhattan, notable for being the location of many artists' lofts and art galleries, and also, more recently, for the wide variety of stores and shops ranging from trendy boutiques to outlets of upscale national and international chain stores.

Dinner at Babbo




We didn't have a reservation at Mario Batali's resto but fortunately there was a reservation for a party of four who didn't arrive and the receptionist immediately had us seated. Woohoo!

Here's what we ordered:

Antipasti:
- Baby Wild Arugula with Parmigiano and Aceto Manodori 
- Prosciutto San Daniele “Riserva” with Black Pepper “Fett’unta”
Primi:
- 2 orders of Bucatiniall’Amatriciana with Guanciale, Hot Pepper and Pecorino
- Garganelli with “Funghi Trifolati”
Secondi:
- Grilled Pork Chop with Cherry Peppers, Cipolline and Aceto Manodori
Dolci E Formaggi:
- Saffron Panna Cotta with Rhubarb Marmellata and Rhubarb Sorbetto 
- Chocolate Hazelnut Cake with Orange Sauce and Hazelnut Gelat
- Pistachio and Chocolate Semifreddo
and a bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon (ooops! i'm not good with names when it comes to wine and liquor)
Pistachio and Chocolate Semifreddo for dessert. Yum!
On the actual day of my birthday Mike and I woke up early to take a walk in Central Park.
Having a photo-op with the Gapstow Bridge, it is arguably the most famous bridge in the park. Many movie scenes have been shot here
Wollman Rink
On our way back to the hotel, we saw these two pretty Korean ladies in their little black dresses eating bagels and taking pictures of each other with their Iphones in front of Tiffany & Co. Cute! Just like Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany's.

Went back to our hotel to have breakfast then we went to Macy's

Bought some cupcakes for my special day here.

My birthday cupcakes from Magnolia Bakery( L- R Top: Red Velvet, Pistachio, Cirque du Soleil Zarkana Bottom: Chocolate Vanilla, Lemon, Vanilla Vanilla)
Make a Wish!
We ate our cupcakes at a nearby Starbucks which is in Rockefeller Center
That basically caps my birthday weekend off. Mike and I went back to Ridgewood while 
my sister and brother-in-law flew back to Atlanta. Thank you Ate Che and Kuya Julius. =)
T'was a special weekend treat for us.

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