|Happy 161st Birthday, Central Park|
It’s now Wednesday, and we’re now at the halfway point, this trip has gone pretty fast. Well as always we’ve got an exciting day ahead.
|Kinky Boots lottery winner|
Whilst at work, and with it being a day of Broadway matinee shows, Nancy wanted to try her luck with joining a lottery on her own. She went towards W. 45th St. and signed up for the Kinky Boots lottery. I recommended the show to her. I saw the show early this year (I tried the lottery, and got picked), and this time, the lucky streak continued and she got picked as well…YES!!! Billy Porter won the Best Actor award for his role as Lola. Long story short, Nancy was so glad to have gotten tickets, and to watch Billy Porter in the role. This is definitely one of those flashy shows with a bunch of show stopping numbers.
Hacked and Stacked Pulled Pork Sandwich
Around lunch time, I asked my co-workers to please give me a name of a nearby restaurant that’s NOT McDonald’s hahahaha. They had me walking 4 blocks down and I made it to The Smoke Joint. It’s basically a BBQ place. Never really thought of NY as a BBQ kind of a place. But since it was recommended, I went ahead and tried it. I was so glad I did so….I ordered the Hacked and Stacked Pulled Pork Sandwich with Cole Slaw and Pickles. The pork was so juicy and tender, and BBQ sauce had a perfect blend of sweet, sour, tangy taste….it was perfect for lunch.
An Off-Broadway Show
|Dinner at The Library with Ommar and Jonathan|
From Brooklyn, I took a train towards the East Village. We all had dinner reservations at The Library which was located inside The Public Theatre where Here Lies Love was playing. All I remember was the walk from the train station to the theatre. I was wearing my work clothes, and I just remember being drenched in sweat. It was hot and humid. I was relieved when I finally made it to the air-conditioned theatre. That’s where I met up with Nancy. Jonathan and Ommar arrived around 7pm, and we all had just enough time to have a quick dinner before the show.
A show about a First Lady (and not about her shoes)
Here Lies Love is a musical about the rise and fall of Imelda Marcos, the former First Lady of the Philippines. It’s such a big hit in New York, and I’ve been putting off watching it, trying to find the chance for Nancy to join me. And this was it…the chance to watch this show together. Why this show? The show allowed me to look at how this piece in Philippine history unfolded. It was hard not to look at Imelda Marcos, and think of Evita (Eva Peron). There were many similarities, a girl with big dreams who went from rags to riches.
The show was inventive. It’s not your typical show …it’s an in your face kind of a show….the songs were quite moving. The tickets we got as gifts were located on the main floor…it’s a standing room only ticket…..there were NO theatrical-style seats on the main floor. You, as an audience member, move with the show, you move with the stage. The show was so inventive, the feel inside the theatre was electrifying, the crowd got to be a part of the show….it was just amazing to be immersed in the process. There were many highlights for me, but I don’t want to give away the story. Heheheheheehe
It’s now Thursday, this day is the actual last full day for Nancy in the city. So far, we have been fortunate to have a great trip. As with all of the other days, I had to work today, while Nancy got to explore the city. I forgot to mention that on Tuesday, she had lunch at Ippudo for more ramen goodness. She texted me this picture and I drooled. hahahaaha How I envied her at the time!!!!
Early morning rush attempts
Meeting up with her fellow Paulinians
|with Rowena, Mary Rose, and Grace|
|With Rowena at Herald Square|
This trip allowed Nancy to have her “me” time which included a chance to reconnect with her college friends, Mary Rose and Rowena (from New Jersey), and Grace (from Houston). Right before lunch, she and Rowena strolled around Macy’s. When the rest of her friends arrived, they went to Turntable Mad for Chicken near W. 34th Street.
Plan B – If/Then
“If” we don’t win at Hedwig, “then” we’ll rush at If/Then. Again, 20 tickets were given out….and guess whose name was called 2nd to the last ticket winner???? Nancy’s name!!! Yes!!! We got 2 orchestra seats for $25 each….5th row!!! No complaints!!! Mission accomplished. We got to watch If/Then that evening. I have to admit, it’s not my favorite show, but to see Idina Menzel and watch her sing for a couple hours, that was enough to make us enjoy the evening. She was larger than life!
|Warm Bread Pudding at BarBacon|
After If/Then, we decided to walk over to Totto Ramen in Hell’s Kitchen, but when we got there, we were told it was going to be a 1/2 hour wait. We weren’t that interested in waiting, so we opted to go 2 blocks up to BarBacon recommended by my friend, Fletcher……where everything you order from food, drinks, desserts – all of them have a hint of bacon. Instead of buffalo wings, we ordered Pig Wings, it’s pork shank covered in Sriracha BBQ sauce and sitting on a bed of sauerkraut. It was just like eating short ribs….juicy/tender!!! We also ordered Oysters rockefeller with spinach and bacon. But I gotta tell you, the star of the show was the dessert….warm bread pudding with chopped bacon peanut brittle. It stole the show!!!! It was amazing. This was soooo good! I will come back for this.