Jackie and I started the day by cooking breakfast for the boys which was made complete by some freshly shipped homemade Sweet Potato Bread. Thanks, Mom!!
Our bike ride through Central Park was fabulous. We made a complete loop around the park, getting lost only a couple times through the middle. One flat tire and broken bike seat later, we returned our bikes to the shady bike rental man at Columbus Circle.
We rode past the Met so Scotty could get a picture.
Jackie, you're so pretty.
Stop for the photo opp. LOVE the Thompson's!
Starving and ready for lunch we headed for Keste Pizza & Vino, a pizza place on Bleecker Street that was recently dubbed “Best Pizza” by New York Magazine. Not only was the pizza truly incredible, but Jackie and I received a private demonstration of the pizza making process from our new friend in the kitchen.
Step 1: Build a blazing hot fire in your brick oven.
Step 2: Stretch out your dough like a pro.
Step 3: Choose from an array of fresh toppings.
Step 4: Put your pizza in the oven. (Baking time: approx. 1 minute.)
Step 5: Admire your work.
Step 6: Say "thank you" lots of times and get really excited about your free pizza!
Not willing to stop at just the pizza, we made our way down the street for gelato in order to more thoroughly clog our arteries. Grom was over-priced but creamy and good.
Tiramisu & Straciatella
We walked back to our building and entered the lobby, saying hi to our doorman and noticing Blake Lively and Penn Badgley picking up a package from the reception desk. Mike made sure to hold the elevator for them and then started the following conversation.
Mike: Oh, cute dog. What’s its name?
Blake: It’s Penney.
(Blake and Penn get off at floor 5.)
Mike: Goodbye Honey Henney Penney.
Taking a cab through the pouring rain, we made it to the Richard Rodgers Theater where we saw In the Heights, a 2008 4-time Tony Award Winner. I love LOVE loved it and my only regret was that Natalie wasn’t there to see it with us. (It’s the rapping, hip-hop musical, most comparable to the movie Step Up. So Natalie.)
Mike and his lady bug umbrella while we wait to get inside the theater. Can you see how hard it's raining in the background?!
Going out for a late post-show dinner, Jason took me to Blue Ribbon Sushi. The lines for this place are usually terrible but our new strategy of going out late on rainy nights is proving to be very effective. The restaurant was close to empty, we were graciously taken care of by about 10 different servers, and our sushi arrived within minutes. Happy and full, we walked on home.
Another reason to like Jason: He likes sushi as much as I do.