Welcome to part three of my BEA Wrap-up. This one isn’t really about BEA at all. It’s about the most important part of the week for me. THE FOOD. Warning!! This is a long, picture heavy post. Go have a cupcake if you make it to the end.
My friend Kimberly (from Living Fictitiously) gave me a little Gumby keychain and he tagged along for the visit and maybe tried to grab a bite of a few of my desserts. (This is a little inside joke – Gumby is featured prominently in Carolyn Crane’s Disillusionists series – a favorite of mine.) So now you know why the little green guy keeps popping up in the following pictures. Don’t know who Gumby is? –> Gumby Wikipedia
~ My excitement began with snagging tickets for a Colbert Show taping!!!! This was SO much fun!!! SOOOO. Much. Fun!! They don’t allow you to take pictures once you are inside the taping but here are a few pics from the room where the keep you before they let you in. Yup – that’s me. You probably will never see another picture of me again so enjoy. That’s also teeny tiny Gumby in Stephen’s hand.
Stephen comes out to talk to the audience before taping out of character. The guest was civil rights leader and Congressman John Lewis. What an awesome show! They play fantastic music before the show and between breaks.
~ Earlier that day & again after the taping we ate at Zen Palate, a highly recommended vegetarian restaurant. Kevin had Whole Wheat Noodles and Veggies. I had Rose Petals: homemade soy crepes w/wolfberry seeds & garden vegetables in a sweet rice ginger sauce. No clue what most of that is but it was delicious.
~ We also went to Shake Shack. A few times. Because these are my favorite burgers!!!
~ I tried to be a little experimental and went to JAPADOG – Japanese style hotdogs. The experiment was ….interesting. The hotdog (the Terimayo: JAPADOG's Signature Hot Dog: Teriyaki sauce, mayo and seaweed.) was delicious as was the sauce and bun but the seaweed was gross. And I like seaweed so I’m not sure what went wrong there. I would try the other flavors at some point though or get the Terimayo again – just without seaweed.
~ Another show taping! This time for The Daily Show!!! I am OBSESSED with Jon Stewart. I have seen every single episode except one of The Daily Show. I can’t even tell you how happy I was to go to this taping!! Again – you aren’t allowed to take pictures. He got in a heated discussion with his guest Edward Conard – former Managing Director for Bain Capitol and we were there for almost an hour as they kept rolling even after there segment was over. For a Jon Stewart geek like myself – it doesn’t get any better than that.
~ After grabbing our tickets we had two hours to kill before the taping. We were headed to Zen Palate again until I discovered people eating outside at the Italian restaurant Il Melograno. This was hands down my best meal in NY. The food was simple, fresh and delicious! We started with a salad and Kevin & I both had pasta dishes. We ended with the BEST tiramisu!!!
~ More Italian food at another restaurant we always go to while in NYC – Risotteria. The food is amazing here and they have dozens of varieties of risotto. We had risotto, pizza and tiramisu.
CUPCAKES!!!! This is my favorite thing about NYC. There are so many cupcake places. Everywhere!
Tea & Sympathy – I LOVE this place and go every time I’m in NYC. The scones and clotted cream are to die for.
Molly’s Cupcakes: They one the Food Network’s Cupcake Wars (berry and mocha cupcakes)
Magnolia Bakery – My favorite cupcakes! (coconut cream, pistachio) So light and fluffy!
Vosges Chocolate store: Good lawd! Look at all that chocolaty goodness!
I also want to mention Good Enough to Eat. This is my favorite restaurant to have breakfast when I’m in NYC. I forgot to take a picture first though
Thanks to Tori – The Book Faery – who helped me eat way too much a few of those days and shares my love of cupcakes. She also helped me discover Grand Central Station. OMG. THE FOOOOOD!!! (P.S. You’re not allowed to have classes next year! lol)
WAVES!! Hi! Did you make it to the end of this post?? I'm impressed. Sorry it was so long. I realized it too late and there was no way I was starting this sucker over lol
Until next year.......