I arrived in New York on a Saturday evening, a brilliant Saturday evening, a brilliant warm Autumn Saturday evening. We rented an apartment somewhere in mid-town and it turned out to be completely central, i.e. between Chelsea and Hell's Kitchen, and two blocks from the Hammerstein Ballroom, where Kylie was to play 3 shows that week, ending her first North American tour.
We decided to explore the neighbourhood a bit and ended up walking up 9th Avenue all the way past Chelsea and into the Meat Packing District. Hungry from our dinner-less flight, we opted to check out a restaurant that was on our To Do list - The Spotted Pig.
It was about a 15 minute wait, but we managed to get nestled into a tiny table near the front. The place was jam-packed with people. Our food was scrumptious but what really turned us on were their devilled eggs. I love devilled eggs but I've never had any as magnificent as these. I could have inhaled these all night. Heck, I could've smashed them all up into tiny bits and then snorted them for all I cared. They were THAT good. They had just a bit of citrus/tangy flavour to them and when they were served to us, they were served chilled right out of the refrigerator. They were so good I wanted them to fill the room with them and I'd have to eat my way out.
(photo taken from Food Fashionista)
On our way back, we were thrilled to find that our apartment was only blocks away from Billy's Bakery! Daily desserts, thank you!!
The next day, I needed to get my Broadway fix started. So after a day of shopping at Century 21 and Uniqlo, we headed to the intense musical Next To Normal, the story of a delusional mother who is suffering from depression, played by Tony award winner Alice Ripley.
Of course, I mainly wanted to see this because it also stars Aaron Tveit, whom I saw in Seattle's Catch Me If You Can and was wonderful in it - not to mention HOTTER THAN HELL. I was thrilled to see a quick scene where he's in the bathroom wearing nothing but his boxer shorts! SIGH. Oh Broadway, why do you tease me so?
Here's their performance from the Tony awards. Not enough Aaron in this scene, but it'll do!! I want him to sing me to sleep every night of my life. Oh Aaron!!
I waited patiently outside too for him to come out to sign my Playbill. Alas, he is busy filming episodes of Gossip Girl so isn't coming out to sign anymore, at least presently. That's the official excuse, I believe. I've also heard that there are some crazy ass fangirls that he wants to avoid. One of those fangirls may or may not possibly be me.
Anyhow, Tony winner Alice Ripley came out in her diva-licious glory. She was right by me when she asked her assistant for a different sharpie, because she didn't like the one she was using. I offered her mine and she was like, "Are you sure? I don't want to take your sharpie!" and I assured her I had a second one in my bag. "Thank you!" she genuinely smiled at me, and then signed my Playbill.
Yeah, that's right!! I just gave a Tony winner my sharpie!!!! Now if only she could hook me up with Aaron Tveit...
Oh, and I just found out that Aaron auditioned for the role of Finn in Glee and didn't get it cause he was too Abercrombie and Fitch. WTF!!! Fail, Glee Producers! FAIL!!