I have always enjoyed traveling, even if it meant sleeping in a tent when I was younger. I prefer hotels and cruise cabins now, but the motivation is the same...an adventure waiting to happen. Sometimes you will find me traveling with my husband and/or family. Sometimes I will travel alone, and sometimes I will travel with friends. I hope you find it entertaining to keep up to date with me as I explore the world around me. Warning...I like to take pictures of food so don't read if you're hungry. More adventures await...see ya soon...Amy.

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Warhorse.....a favorite day

Times Square

Bouchon Bakery in the Time Warner Center

Oh what to choose?

Kate's pecan sticky bun....luscious

The chocolate macaron on the left was large and too sweet...i prefer my little ones from Laduree in Paris. The Bouchon in the center is a little flourless chocolate cake that wasn't that great. The bacon and cheddar scone however was fabulous.

Lawn bowling in Central Park and they give lessons!

New York skyline from Central Park

a random band in Central Park

Bethesda Fountain

Central Park Lake near The Boathouse

Bow Bridge

Real Flowers in the pots on Bow Bridge

I just love sugar lumps!

wonderful french style fluffy ham and gruyere omelet

Kate's salmon and avocado sandwich with the frisee lettuce she "loves" so much

chocolate and caramel molten cake

Warhorse the play....awesome!!

the horses were puppets, but they seemed so real

The Upper West Side

Levain Bakery...home of the best cookies in New York...seriously!

almost passed it by....notice the people standing in line

Left to Right.....Chocolate Chip Walnut, Chocolate with Peanut Butter Chips, Chocolate with Chocolate Chips and sold WARM! Kate bought Oatmeal Raisin. The chocolate ones are the best to me.

the coolest subway station back to our hotel

La Masseria near Times Square....wonderful Italian food

I love a bread basket with mixed breads

Kate's spaghetti with fresh tomato sauce

I can't remember the name of this pasta, but the sauce was a light cream with panceta (Italian bacon)
The clouds were gathering today and we had tickets for the play Warhorse. We crossed Times Square to head uptown to our breakfast spot, Bouchon Bakery, located in the Time Warner Center at Columbus Circle. The subway literally popped out right there! People were setting up for a fashion show while we were there which was interesting to see. Bouchon Bakery was delicious! Once again, Kate had the best, a pecan cinnamon roll that was soooo sticky and yummy. My scone was a bacon and cheese scone and for something that wasn't sweet, it was really really good. I will probably get it again on my next trip, it was that good but I will also get that pecan cinnamon roll! Oh and the bathrooms there are quite swanky. I should have taken a picture. After breakfast, we took the subway uptown and walked over into Central Park. We entered at the perfect place to find two of my favorite parts of Central Park, Bethesda Fountain and Bow Bridge. We saw people playing lawn bowling and listened to a 3 man band giving a performance. We had reservations for lunch at Bar Boulud which was directly across the street from our theater. Lunch was delicious and traditionally french. We split a molten chocolate cake for dessert. We wandered over to the theater and thought we could find our way in pretty quickly, but we ended up following another family around as they looked for the entrance too. Warhorse was playing in the Vivian Beaumont Theater in the Lincoln Center. Warhorse is a play from London only in New York for a limited time. It is a beautiful and creative play about the love of a boy and his horse, war, family and the sensitivity of animals. The horses were actually puppets, but by the end of play they seemed so real. It was amazing and emotional. It was early afternoon when we left the play and we set out looking for the place known for the most amazing cookies in New York, Levain Bakery on the Upper West Side. Once again, we almost walked right by the place we were looking for. It was a tiny bakery with a line out the door which moved quickly. From what we could tell, they only make 4 varieties of cookies and a few loaves of artisan bread. Between the two of us, we bought all 4 varieties, well I bought 3 of them but who's counting. They were FABULOUS and HUGE and sold WARM!!! I am definitely going back to this place. We were able to go back to the hotel a little early to rest before dinner. Our hotel recommended an Italian restaurant nearby just off of Times Square. We have been so blessed to have restaurants within walking distance. We ate dinner at La Masseria. It was some of the freshest and best Italian food I've ever eaten. I can't imagine it was just because I was hungry after nibbling on cookies, but we ate so much of our pasta that we didn't have room for dessert. Actually we had cookies waiting back at the hotel, but who's telling.

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