Friday, February 26, 2010

NYRewind: The Past Few Mini-ventures...

Quick photo recap of what I've been up to lately (lots of eating, of course!).  Not pictured: I also got to go to the Martha Stewart and Rachel Ray show, recently!

#1: Show Taping - Jerry Seinfeld's Marriage Ref (2/19)
Met up with Gina L., her lovely co-worker, and Greg W. to see Jerry Seinfeld's new show, the Marriage Ref @ the CBS studios!  Fortunately for gorgeous girls like these two, they pulled them from the line early to let them in, and Greg and I were some of the handful of people who got in, but then didn't get in, haha.  From Gina's text later, it sounds like it's a really funny show!!

In any case, they gave us priority tix for a show next week, so we're going for sure!

#2: Chinese New Year 2010 (2/20)
After our dance lesson, George and I went to get hand-pulled noodles (pretty delicious!), and on the way, we came across CNY festivities!  There were dragons, lions, and people everywhere, drums and symbols playing, streamers shot up from every angle...and all on a beautiful sunny day.

#3: Uncle Jack's Steakhouse - w/ our $25 gift card! (2/24)
Sam L. and I took the gift cards that Uncle Jack gave us and had a really yummy "Lunch Surf and Turf
 - petit filet mignon, petit lobster tail, side of salad, creamy spinach, and mashed potatoes!  In total, a $70 meal for a little over $25 split between us - what a deal!  P.S. this is a pretty fancy place, and I think the both of us would recommend going if you enjoy a good steak.

#4: Garden of Eden Supermarket
I had some down time between meeting up with a friend, so I stopped by a nearby supermarket to look around.  I get so inspired by beautiful, organic produce.  These purple cabbages just happen to match my fingernail polish!

#5: CU Potluck (2/26)
My cute friend I-Ching (black and white top) invited me over for a fun little potluck on a snowy day.  They cooked some tasty Taiwanese dishes (drunken chicken + mushroom soup, ma-po-tofu, short ribs!).  It was so fun to meet some of her friends too.

#6: Snowy LIC!
Just to give you a sense of the conditions today - picture on left was a nice snowy day in LIC, picture on right was today (slightly different angle)!  The idea is that the snow kept coming down and completely covered the city in the snow fog!


Monday, February 22, 2010

Happy Birthday, George Washington!

To the first president, who's face we look upon everyday on our dollars and quarters: Happy 278th Birthday to you, sir!

To celebrate, check out this 90 min self-guided walking tour of GW's NYC (link HERE).  Hopefully I'll get to go sometime this week!

Sunday, February 21, 2010

NYCOpera: Puccini's Madame Butterfly

UPDATE 3/1: I bought tix for Sat Apr 10th, $12!!  Still lots of time to come with us!  Stop by the box office at Lincoln Center to get the tix (bldg on left, when you're facing the fountain).  We have a great group coming so far - it'll be fun!

I know it's a tragic love story, but I feel like Madame Butterfly is just one of those must see productions, and I have yet to see it!  And there's no excuse not to, because tix for this production at New York City Opera start as low as $12!  This production in particular recently won an Emmy too, which makes it even more worth seeing.

There are only 9 productions, from March 19-April 18, and I'm looking at tickets for one of these shows:

  • Sun Mar 21 @ 130p
  • April 4 (Sun), 10 (Sat), or 18 (Sun) @ 130p
My first choice is Saturday April 10th @ 130p, and I'm planning to purchase them at the theater to save on extra fees: ).  Let me know if you're interested ASAP, and we can find a time to meet at the theater to get tix together!

Madama Butterfly
Mark Lamos's Emmy Award-winning production captures the romance and pathos of this heart-wrenching tale. The radiant Shu-Ying Li reprises her role as the trusting geisha, whose love for her American naval officer ends tragically when Eastern and Western cultures collide.

New York City Opera is located at the David H. Koch Theater
Columbus Avenue at 63rd Street, New York, NY

Running time: 2 hours 55 minutes with two intermissions
Performed in Italian with English supertitles