A Weekend of Opera and Broadway

Whew! These past few days have been BUSY around here. I need another weekend after my weekend 🙂 Here’s a little recap starting with Thursday since I didn’t get a chance to check in on Friday.

Thursday

After work on Thursday, AJ and I headed to Lincoln Center because we had tickets to the Metropolitan Opera! We started for dinner at an Upper West Side favorite, Epicerie Boulud where we shared oysters, pâté, and the most amazing honey lemon ricotta paired with prosecco for dinner. Once we finished eating we headed across the street for the 7:30pm show of Puccini’s La Bohème.

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We were a little unsure of what to expect going to the opera. Three hours of singing in Italian sounded like a long night. However, in reading the story line synopsis earlier that day, I realized that the musical Rent was loosely based off of the La Bohème, and Rent is one of my favorite musicals!

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There were two intermissions and one short break and the night really moved along pretty quickly. We both got into the story line, and it definitely helped that there were English subtitles at each seat. 😉

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Friday

Friday started off early when we rented a car to head to AJ’s parents in New Jersey. AJ had to work on a college campus nearby and I worked from home with this Teddy bear.

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Later in the afternoon, I met up with AJ and his client for a business happy hour and ate way too much fried food. It always sounds so good at the time but I found myself craving salad when we got back to his parents’ house for dinner!

We finished off the night with a slideshow of my father-in-law’s recent trip to Israel, which was very cool and we came home with some great souvenirs too!

Saturday

Saturday was a bit of a marathon day. I started the day with a 3 mile run before we headed back to New York. That run was rough, ever have those days when even your short runs are just a struggle? I was never so happy to finish up a workout!

Our afternoon was spent on Broadway because we had tickets to see the award-winning musical, Kinky Boots!

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Our friend and neighbor Ross was playing the lead, Charlie Price. The show was great and it’s so fun to watch someone you know absolutely crush it on the big stage!

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After the theater we came home to relax for a little bit before heading back out for a birthday celebration for our friends Steve and Chris at Empire Steakhouse East. We had a private room, which was perfect for catching up with friends over good food and drinks!

Sunday

Sunday was a day spent relaxing, and boy did we need it after all our gallivanting around town. Lunch was one of my absolute favorites, grilled cheese and tomato soup. Anything with cheese is just the perfect comfort food and this hit the spot!

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My afternoon was spent during a lot of online window shopping for summer dresses (don’t worry AJ, I didn’t buy any! 😉 ) while catching up on our primetime TV shows that we didn’t get to watch during the week, like New Girl, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, and The Big Bang Theory.

We’re a little behind on our Blue Apron meals, so for dinner I finally dug into last week’s delivery box to whip up these Korean Bao Sliders with Gochujang Mayo & Sweet Potato Tempura.

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I really do love Blue Apron because of the convenience and deliciousness of their meals. Each week we decide if we want to place an order based on the menu selection. If we do, we’ll get three different meals with all ingredients and the recipes delivered right to our front door.

I kind of think grocery shopping is the worst, so anything to cut down on that gets points in my book. Plus, they provide the exact portions of each ingredient needed, so there’s no waste and no shopping around to find some strange item you’ll only use once. It works out to around $10 per plate, which we found to be a pretty good deal. The food really is top notch and I find myself making dishes I would never think to try on my own.

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And that’s what life has been like over here, I finished up the night by writing this blog post and mentally preparing for the week ahead with a glass of Pinot Grigio. Hope you all have a great Monday!

How About You?

What’s your favorite play or musical?

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