Tuesday, November 20, 2018

New York - Day 2

The next morning we woke up to a beautiful view out of our hotel window!

Food Tour
We got up, got ready, and headed to Greenwich for a walking food tour.  What is so amazing to me about New York is that you can go just a few miles in any direction and end up in an area that looks completely different than where you left.  Greenwich is one of those areas - it's so beautiful, but also looks nothing like the Hell's Kitchen/Times Square area that we just left.

We had a little bit of time to kill before our food tour got started.

We met up in a cheese shop, and it was neat to look around at the cool stuff that they had.

The first stop on our food tour was Joe's Pizza!

Our tour guide, Bert, was amazing!  He was funny, entertaining, and threw in enough history and facts to make it interesting without making us bored.


It was just plain cheese pizza, but it was so good.  Bert explained that New York has some of the best/cleanest tap water in the country.  That's why their bagels and pizza are so good - because the water is so good.  There are actually some places around the country that have NY's tap water shipped to their restaurant in other parts of the country!

Our next stop was an Olive Oil shop.  We got a pretty big lesson on olive oil, but I don't remember too much.  It was pretty crowded in the shop (and pretty warm) and Olive Oil on bread isn't my fav - it was my least favorite stop on the tour.

We also got truffle popcorn in the olive oil shop.  It was okay, but also wasn't my favorite.

At our next stop, we got rice balls.

These were crunchy on the outside, and cheesy and gooey on the inside.  They tasted a lot like a mozzarella stick with rice inside.  They were super yummy!

Our next stop was a meat shop where we had slices of salami.

There were two sit-down stops on the tour where we got to go inside the restaurant and sit down for our meal (versus eating outside on the sidewalk).  Our first sit-down stop was a at an Italian restaurant where we got these huge meatballs.

Our second sit-down stop was a little longer (about 30 minutes), and we had this cheese stuffed eggplant.  This was also very good (and I'm not an eggplant fan).


While we were walking, Bert showed us this locksmith that had completely covered his little building with keys.

This was my favorite stop on our tour - a bakery!

We got huge chocolate chip cookies that were very good!

The streets of Greenwich were just so beautiful!  Bert did a good job of telling us some history while we walked around.  A lot of these buildings were build prior to 1850!

This is one of the last wood buildings left in New York City - everything is required to be built from brick or metal now!

This is another part of history that I wouldn't have even noticed without Bert.  We saw these in almost all of the hand rails going up the steps to the front of the houses - they old boot scrapers that people would use to clean up the bottom of their shoes before entering the houses.

Recognize this?  It's Central Perk and the outside of the F.R.I.E.N.D.S building.  The exterior was the only thing shot here - the rest of the show was filmed in L.A.

It was also neat to see all the different cultural influences in the buildings (European columns).  Because of historical society, all of these buildings will stay the same on the outside now.

I glanced over while we were walking and caught a glimpse of One World!

The last stop on our food tour was at another bakery where we got a cannoli.

This was a cute house that we passed on our tour - that is for sale for a cool 12.5 million.  You can also rent it for $40,000/month - which Taylor Swift did while she renovated her Tribecca apartment.

Broadway Show #2 - Mean Girls
After our food tour, we went back to the hotel to change and get ready for our second broadway show.

Pink Drinks (Shirley Temples - haha) for Mean Girls!

As we walked through the Theater District, we found this restaurant for dinner.

I got a turkey/bacon/avocado club and sweet potato fries - they were both great.

We had some time to do some shopping before our show.  We were all going to get matching Christmas ornaments...Katie ended up not getting one, and then mine ended up getting lost on the trip home.  Now Emily is the only one who has one - haha.

After shopping it was show time!

You're, like, really pretty.

You can't go to Mean Girls and not buy Fetch hats!

This show was also so good!  It didn't have the Disney magic from the night before, but it had Tina Fey's humor and was so well done!  It was so entertaining and had me laughing a lot.

After the show, the actors came out to sign autographs.

Day 2 in NYC was a huge hit!  If you missed Day 1, you can read about it here.

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