Saturday, December 15, 2007
New York! New York!
My daughter and I
Early morning last Friday, a good friend, my daughter and I took a tour bus to New York City. My daughter was a first-timer in NYC so she was excited, while I looked forward to go on a food trip and Christmas shopping.
We arrived at our hotel around 2:30p, so we had a free time to do as we like before going to the 7p show at Radio City Music Hall. We started the ball rolling by shopping of course!
This year marks the 75th season of The Radio City Christmas Spectacular so I was anticipating something special in my head ... and I was not disappointed. Although I was awed and amazed with the show last year, there were a lot of enhancements this season. The costumes, the Rockettes, the "snow" and ribbons falling from the "sky", the state-of-the-art video technology, and the scenes coming to life on stage were just magical and uplifting! I rated the whole show as OUTSTANDING!
After the show we decided to try the dinner buffet in our hotel. It was a little pricey but hey, we were starving so we got our money's worth! :)
Dishes served at our fave restaurant
Saturday morning - was a sightseeing tour.
We took in the beautiful sights and Christmas decorations of the city by bus. Then we asked to be dropped off in Chinatown where we did more shopping before going to our favorite Chinese restaurant. Just the thought of that restaurant woke up my tastebud! I wanted to introduce snails (suso) to my daughter so we ordered that along with salted pork (not salty at all) which was served plain but very tender and delicious nonetheless. We also ordered squid (calamari) which was cooked to perfection, a Chinese broccoli with oyster sauce and talangka (crabs) swimming in its own aligi! (my cholesterol will love me) lol. The dishes were an explosion of flavors! I can't believe how many snails my daughter ate ... and I thought she would be grossed by it.
Saturday evening - we decided to take in another show. We bought tickets for The Drowsy Chaperone, a comedy/musical starring Bob Saget. It was a riot! ... we laughed so hard, tears were coming out from the corners of our eyes! The cast's performance deserved an award!
Because of our heavy lunch we opted to just have a sandwich and some pastries for dinner. They were filling but forgettable.
The famous Christmas tree @ Rockefeller Center
Sunday - check out time!
But before I end my story, let me mention that we also went to a fish market. I bought prawns and 3 kinds of fish. My friend's son who lives in NYC was nice enough to keep it in his freezer until it was time to head back to upstate NY. I cooked the prawns today and my tummy says, thank you! lol
See you next year, Nooo Yok!!!