Saturday, June 25, 2011

Meet the Parents

Natalie, Phil and Sue Cole
Well, after 7-1/2 years of Dan and Natalie dating, we finally met Natalie's mom and dad.  We went out for lunch (Heartland Brewery on 42nd), saw "Wicked" at the Gershwin Theater on 50th, and went out for dinner at Nizza.  We had fabulous seats for the show:  6th row center.  We thoroughly enjoyed the show.  Natalie's mom and dad are great; interesting and good conversationalists.  It was a really great day.

Friday, June 24, 2011

Friday in Manattan

Echo by Jaume Plensa

Mark and I went into Manhattan today.  We shopped at Fishs Eddy, a really cool housewares store at 19th and Broadway.  While we were in the area, we saw this stunning sculpture in Madison Square Park.  Every summer they feature a different installation.  This sculpture was translucent.  There's so much great public art in NYC.

Then we went down to lower Manhattan to look at bikes at Adeline Adeline.  They specialize in bikes for women, and they had some cool bikes and accessories (but very expensive!).  Then we headed over to the Lower East Side to meet Dan and Natalie for dinner at Kuma Inn, a Filipino Tapas Bar.  Dan selected eight different plates for us to share, including four gluten-free options, and they were delicious.

Finally, we headed over to TeddyBoy, a custom suit shop, to get a suit made for Dan for the wedding.  It was a super-cool place; unfortunately, the guy who specializes in suit design wasn't there, so we made an appointment for Sunday, July 3rd.

All in all, a great day in the City.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Family Time

Banana Split in Rockefeller Center

My brother, Ed, and his wife, Sheila, came to New York on Saturday, June 18th and will be spending a week with us.  Mark and I drove to LaGuardia Airport to pick them up.  Even though the airport is only 15 miles away, it took us 80 minutes to get there.  The problem is crossing Manhattan. Even at the lower part of the island (where we crossed), the traffic is crazy!  But we got a tortoise-eye view of Chinatown (both ways).

We took it easy for most of the day.  Travel is tiring!  John, Nancy and Julia came over (walked along the waterfront from their apartment to ours, which is about 1-1/2 miles).  Had a nice visit.  We went our for dinner to celebrate Sheila's birthday at Bertucci's, an Italian restaurant that's just 2 blocks from our apartment.  And we were able to use the gift certificate I received as a retirement gift.

On Sunday, we went to Rockefeller Center.  There are some amazing sculptures in this complex!  It was a hot day, so we stopped in the outdoor cafe.  Sheila and I had pina coladas and Ed ordered a banana split.  A great way to spend a summer day.