Monday, April 20, 2009

New York, Part II

The rest of our trip to New York was just as much fun as the beginning of it!

On Thursday we did a "food tour" through Greenwich Village. If you've never done this I HIGHLY recommend it. {thanks for the tip, Kelly!} It's basically a walking tour through a section of the city with snacks along the way... you can't beat that! We had pizza, cookies, risotto, pesto, cannolis, and cheese. And all along the way they tell you about the history of the neighborhood. We saw the apartment from Friends, the $30k/month townhouse that food network rents for its "Next Food Network Star" contestants, and the speakeasy where John Steinbeck hung out back in the day. Here are some pics of the tour:
The "Next Food Network Star" residence. It used to be a carriage house and the horses were put on the second floor w/ an elevator!
The Dot. Loved the blooming trees.
I had to take a picture! The Chi Omega in me couldn't pass this one without a picture.

Just a pretty window box.
Murray's Cheese Shop
The rest of Thursday we shopped and then went to Phantom of the Opera that night. Phantom was really good, but the real excitement came when the bicycle man that drove us home almost killed us. Literally, I said "I wonder if anyone has ever died on one of these thi....." and looked behind me right as a Jeep Cherokee was inches away from smashing my pretty little nose in.
Friday we got up and went down to Chelsea to stalk the food network building. The bottom has all these little specialty food stores, restaurants, and kitchen supply stores. It's so cool because literally anything they might need for a show, is right downstairs. Including, GIGANTIC JARS OF NUTELLA!!
I was thisclose to buying it. If it hadn't been $64, I probably would have.

FN stopped giving tours in December so my mom and I devised a little plan: we found the elevators and decided to get on and push every button and check out each floor. If we got caught we were going to play the "dumb tourist" card and pretend like we were looking for more shopping and not secretly trying to ass grope run into Tyler Florence.

While it was a brilliant plan, we were apparently not the first ones to think of it as THERE WASN'T EVEN A BUTTON FOR THE SECOND FLOOR! The sneaky people at FN apparently have some super secret stalker-proof elevator that they use. Hmph. Whatever. It's not like I was going to hurt Tyler.

sadly, this was as close as I was able to get.

We used the rest of Friday to do all the things we hadn't had a chance to do yet. We went on a carriage ride through Central Park:
Ate at Serendipity (gotta say, didn't quite live up to the hype):
Went back to the cheese shop from the food tour, Murray's, and bought enough cheese to pay their rent for the next month, you know the usual:

My mom looking sheepish with her arms FULL of cheese and salami.

We had a blast! Three days was just about enough. We were both pretty tired by Saturday. I'm so happy we went and a big thanks to my mom for everything!!


Wayne Walker said...

What about thanks to your POPS???

Natalie said...

What was I thinking?! Of course, thank you to pops as well! You definitely made sure we were well taken care of. THANK YOU!

The Leinwetters said...

i agree, serendepity was not all its cracked up to be.