Pre-Birthday Weekend Extravaganza-Day 1

So with my birthday looming on a Tuesday (tomorrow to be exact April 30th), I decided that the celebration should start over the weekend and carry all the way through.

Saturday started out like a regular weekend, we volunteered at a Meet and Greet for our Greyhound adoption group in the morning. It was a beautiful day out thankfully with the sun shining which made for people being out and about. After the meet and greet we drove home, dropped off the pups (who probably napped the entire afternoon), changed our clothes and hopped back in the car to drive into New York City for a late afternoon/evening of fun and Frivolity.

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Here we are in the car on the highway.

Our first stop was the Hubby’s addition to the weekend. He has followed the Facebook page of The Baconery for a while and since we had some time and it was on our way downtown we decided to stop in for a snack and to check the place out. They have only been open at their location on Columbus Ave since November but the owner has a ton of ideas. So aside from delicious baked goods all made with bacon, and the chocolate covered bacon (which seen below is what the hubby and I had), the plans are moving forward to add some Craft Beers and a small wine selection.

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Dark chocolate covered bacon with bacon bits (R) and Sprinkles (L)

After our visit there, we made the what seemed like HOURS long drive from 109th St to 44th. Honestly I really do think it took about an hour to get through Times Square and to around the block to the entrance of the parking garage. So we dropped off the car and got out into the gorgeous afternoon sun and wandered our way down to the place that was recommended to us for dinner. Now I can easily look and find someplace to eat but I do love to find a place that the locals like to eat at.

So we ended up at 5 Napkin Burger in Hell’s Kitchen. At 5pm on a Saturday the place was packed. We were a little early for our 5;30 reservation so we moseyed up to the bar and had a pre-dinner drink.

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I had a Moscow Mule

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The Hubby had a Tito Vodka Maytag Blue Cheese Olive Martini

We finished our drinks right as the table buzzer thing that most restaurants give you went off. The ambiance of the place is as eclectic as the menu, lots of windows, exposed light bulbs, and meat hooks. After we sat down we just took in the menu and ordered another drink. The Hubby ordered a beer, I moved on to a Ginger Caipiranha (seen below) and we ordered our appetizers and perused the rest of the menu. The menu here is not very large but what they lack in number of choices they certainly make up for in deliciousness.

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The Hubby had The Pork Taquitos – queso fresco, crema & salsa.

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I ordered The Deep Fried Pickles & Pastrami – honey mustard vinaigrette

From there we moved on to a burger each (hold the bun) ,The Hubby had the Mushroom Bleu-8 oz. fresh ground beef, sauteed mushrooms & shallots, with blue cheese with a side of Sweet Potato Fries. I ordered the Bacon Cheddar 8 oz. fresh ground beef, black label bacon, sharp cheddar, raw onion, lettuce, tomato with a side of Tater Tots.

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Since I wasn’t sure how long dinner would be and how far things really were from each other we had some time to waste between dinner and the show we were seeing, so we popped up a few blocks to Flaming Saddles. Now neither of us is a country music lover but the bar has this je ne sai quoi about it that just makes you feel welcome. It does help that the bartenders range from cute to Gorgeous, and that they wear tight jeans and dance on the bar. We had 1 more drink to pass the time, watched some dancing, picked on the bartender with the broken foot and just had a fun visit.

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After the bar we walked back down to the theater to get our seats and a magnet for me at the show. I splurged and bought us tickets to see Kinky Boots, it is just out of previews and has not YET won any Tony’s so ticket prices were reasonable.

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 Honestly how could you go wrong when Cyndi Lauper and Harvey Fierstein are involved. We had mezzanine seats which honestly I thought were pretty damn good. The staging was such that everything happened in center stage so there was no fear of missing anything on the side were closest to. At times I will say my only issue was that since we were so close to the speaker that some of the lyrics at times seemed muffled. The show was amazing, the scenery, the costumes, the actors were all excellent, though the hubby was a little scared by one of the Drag Queens in the show. I don’t say this often but I would definitely see this show again.

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to be continued…..

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