Does that roach cost extra?
Today Chris and I were in Manhattan. And the stories I have to tell. Just you wait!
We take a bus that leaves from Baltimore at 7:00 AM. It pulls in around 10:15 and lets us off in the theater district, right on 46th street. Today we were in luck. 7th avenue was closed to traffic and they were having a street festival with booths for gifts and food. So, we began to walk. Eventually, after buying a coffee and a pastry, we made it to Central Park.
Central Park is wonderful. The day was perfect. It was in the early seventies, and many of the pathways were shaded. We saw joggers and bikers and walkers, and many people just sunning themselves, and families playing with kids, and lots of little dogs. And we walked. And walked. And walked. Central Park is enormous. We crossed the park several times and I had thought that we had circled around and were headed back to the theater district. Did I mention that Central Park is enormous? After walking for over an hour and a half, we managed to find a map. We were heading further and further away from the theaters. In fact, it was after noon and we had made it all the way to 88th street. And we had to be around 45th street for a play at 2:00. So, we had to start a long, long walk back. By the time we made it back to the street fair my feet were killing me and we were hungry. We had to eat quickly so we both got chicken gyros at a booth and I think I ate it too quickly because it gave me a bit of a sour stomach. But we made it to the theater on time.
We saw Legally Blonde, and let me tell you, it is really a cute musical. It is not overly dramatic but the cast is good, the music light and there is a lot of pink. And the cast contains two dogs that are quite good. If you saw the movie, you get the plot. But Chris and I both enjoyed it immensely.
The dog is named Bruiser and they had for sale a small plush Bruiser in the gift shop, wearing a Legally Blonde t-shirt. I almost bought one. $25.00. I am not kidding. For a tiny plush dog the size of a Beanie Baby. Needless to say, I passed.
On a friend’s recommendation we went to the Playwright’s Tavern on 49th street for dinner. Chris got a cosmopolitan and I settled for a coke, and I ordered a salad and some ravioli made with marscapone cheese and sun dried tomatoes. My salad arrived and it was quite good. Chris ordered the fish and chips and our dinners arrived.
I ate about half of mine and I saw what I thought was a saffron seed sitting on one of my raviolis. Then I was not so sure. I picked it off with my fork and put it on my napkin. I thought it had antenna. I showed it to Chris and asked him what he thought. Sure enough, there was a roach in my dinner.
The manager came over and told us we had to pay nothing (thank goodness for that) and offered more drinks or dessert. At that point, I just wanted to leave the tavern. I was feeling quite ill. It was truly an unpleasant experience. I actually feel a little bit hungry as I write this but the thought of eating anything is turning my stomach. I hope I can eat something tomorrow. Who knows?
We did a little bit of souvenir shopping and then headed back to the bus to take us home.
It was a memorable day. I can’t wait til the next time!
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