30 in nyc
April 4, 2014 § 1 Comment
New York in March may not be the most ideal getaway, we were caught in what seemed to be a small hurricane our first night there, with umbrellas working against us and the rain pounding down on our cute outfits and high heels, but we still made the best of our rainy weekend. My sister turned thirty this month and decided that the best way to celebrate was to treat my mom and I to a fantastic weekend at her place, all we had to do was get there. She spoiled us with an itinerary that was classic New York.
The weekend began in the rain, jumping into a taxi to get to our first meal at East Pole. We indulged in brunch food, scrambled eggs and a sweet potato frittata; finishing the meal with a shot of espresso, with just enough kick to get us to our next stop, The Frick. The Frick is a beautiful home that has been converted to a full museum, reminding me of the Gardner Museum in Boston. We lingered among the paintings for a while and then headed back to the Palace Hotel, for a little relaxing and some time inside from the rain. We snacked on nonpareils and prettied up for dinner at A Voce and an evening at the Philharmonics. A Voce is classic Italian food. We snacked on fresh focaccia, salty olives, roasted red peppers and mozzarella to start. And then I went for it and had seafood stuffed ravioli with a lobster bisque sauce, just heavenly. Perfectly full and happy to be so, we headed to the Philharmonics.
It is an absolutely beautiful thing to hear so many people play at the same time. My mom likened the music to “jazz”, all over the place, nothing she could understand, but she liked it nonetheless. I might have closed my eyes for just a minute and then pinched myself to open them. (Mind you the second song was a whopping 59 minutes long.) I think my sister said it best, “It would be wonderful background music to have on at home.” Then came the hurricane I mentioned before, but we plunged our way through the rain and back to our poufy beds.
Sunday was all about brunch. We sat in Lafayette for almost 2 hours, sipping coffee and tea, snacking on an almond croissant and indulging in nutella banana waffles and berry lemon pancakes. Brunch is always my favorite, it could have been all about the food, but instead it was all about our lives. We didn’t stop talking for a single minute and finally got to chat about the really important stuff, job shifts, wedding and pregnancies, where we are going in our lives. These chats are critical to my sanity and I cherished every minute of that time.
New York wouldn’t be complete without a little shopping and a Broadway show. Saks was calling us first and then we finished up the day in an intimate theater, chuckling our way through A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder. More food at Fig & Olive, left us stuffed on our train ride out of the city, back to reality, the girls weekend away almost over.
I have a wonderful sister for planning such a fun weekend for us, each year she has become more beautiful, more caring and is always so generous. I hope she had a fabulous thirtieth birthday!