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Monday, October 23, 2017

A Fun-Filled Weekend With #1 in NYC

Hello, dear friends.  I woke up to a dreary, wet morning.  I couldn't be happier though because I've got nothing on the agenda except baskets of laundry, a trek to the grocery store, and writing this post. 

Another reason that I don't mind the gray weather is that the weekend was full of sunshine.  The Mister and I met our Dallas daughter in NYC for the weekend.  Sadly, our #2 had other plans, and Adorable Jonathon was attending a bachelor party weekend in Vancouver.




Hmmm... I hope that he doesn't have quite as much fun as the guys did in the movie, The Hangover.  




The Mister and I left the station with Miss Daisy in hand on the 6AM train.  I love taking the train.  The seats are much comfier than a plane, it is always so relaxing, plenty of magnificent scenery, and there is no pesty turbulence.  




Every Fall, we like to spend a weekend in NYC.  We were originally planning to go on Columbus Day weekend but changed our plans when the ladies from the Traveling Totes group planned a get-together.



Now, do you see why I love taking the train?



The weather was positively gorgeous, and the foliage was at its peak.






Our #1 arrived at the hotel soon after us.  By then, our tummies were growling.  We had made reservations at  The Monkey Bar for lunch.



The Monkey Bar has a style of its own. Funky murals and swanky furniture grace the room which is filled with patrons that could make the Best Dressed List.  I had been there previously with Sista and enjoyed it tremendously.



Cheers to a great beginning to the weekend.






Both the service and food were exemplary.
Another thing about The Monkey Bar...
healthy pours.



Here is our shopper extraordinaire checking out the surrounding turf.



I think this may be one of my favorite pics of the Mister.  
He is paying for our girl's much-needed necessities with the aid of Sephora's rep, Ivan.  



As my buddy, KTG wrote after I sent her the pics:

Sephora product: $54.00
The Mister's expression: priceless






That evening, the Mister surprised us with reservations at my favorite restaurant in the whole world, The Polo Bar.  Our #1 had never been there, and I was so excited for her to experience it.



When we left the hotel for dinner, there was not a cab in sight.  I was afraid that we would lose the reservation if we were late, so we took a gentleman's offer to ride in his pedicab. 

   



If you need to get someplace in NYC quickly, I suggest taking the pedicab route.  Our driver was so fast and managed to dodge traffic jams, parked cars, delivery trucks, jaywalkers, and tour buses to name a few with the precision and speed of a professional race car driver.   




Ten minutes and sixty bucks later we were delivered in one piece to our dinner destination.



My favorite part of The Polo Bar is the actual bar.  It is tiny and everything seems to sparkle.  The doorman does not admit anyone without a confirmed dinner reservation, so it is never packed. The only entrance to the restaurant is through the bar, so there's always a chance of seeing a celeb close up.  Unfortunately, we didn't spot any like one other time that we were there.








Another reason the bar is close to my heart is that it has the best darn bar snacks in the whole world. 




 


My observations tell me that you have to be a "10" to work at The Polo Bar because the waitstaff is gorgeous.  Our lovely waitress informed us that she has waited on Paul McCarthy (I swoon) and Kim and Kanye (#1 swoons).

 We must have been a real let down for her. 




Saturday, I went off to the Russian Tea Room to meet the Tales of the Traveling Tote Ladies.  I had the pleasure of meeting a couple of them before.

Seated from left is Sarah from Hyacinths For The Soul, moi, Linda from Life and Linda,  Deb from Mountain Breaths, Patti from Pandora's Box, and Emily from The French Hutch.  
        


And last, but certainly not least, the birthday girl...
Linda from More Fun Less Laundry


It was so much fun meeting and visiting with everyone.
Rumor has it that the ladies are putting together a group post about their weekend in NYC on Sunday so make sure to take some time to blog hop.





After lunch, I met the Mister and #1 at the theater to see Chicago.  Our #1 chose it because she loved the movie and knew every word to the entire score.

I warned her before it began that the actors would not appreciate any audience participation.  So she saved her singing voice for the streets of NYC walking back to the hotel. 

The production was fabulous, and I recommend it highly.
If your schedule does not allow you a trip to NYC, send me your number, and I'll have my #1 give you a call and sing to you.




That evening, we feasted on scrumptious Italian food at another favorite restaurant of ours, Trattoria Dell'Arte.




A delightful way to top of a perfect weekend.

There was only one thing missing...
our #2.





More train pics for your viewing pleasure.



Until next time...




Ought oh... I better not mention this place to Chowdah and Chili.

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I'm Katie. Thanks for stopping by my blog. I am an empty nester meandering through my middle-aged years while entangled in the never-ending process of renovating an antique home on the South Shore of Massachusetts. I love to write about books, movies, TV, celebrities, decorating, and weekend adventures. My favorite writing material is derived from my family: the Mister, my girls, #1 and #2, and my two untrainable, rambunctious pups, Chowdah and Chili.

29 comments:

  1. Oh what a wonderful weekend! Such memories. We've not taken the train in, although we have thought of it often. Will do with your rec now. BTW- Victoria and Abdul was great. I am amazed the secret had been kept for all these years. I am so glad she found happiness in the end of her life. Even tho we joke...I'm not sure it's good to be queen!-Laurel

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  2. Your weekend sounds fun filled and I was happy I got to spend some time with you!

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  3. What a fun time with the Mister and #1. Thanks for breaking away to have lunch with us. It's always a treat to spend time with you! I'm making note of your restaurant/bar suggestions for my next NY trip. I'm ready to get back in the swing of some frequent visits. I don't know the words to the songs, but I've seen Chicago at least three times. Love it! Glad you had a terrific weekend! Fun seeing you!

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  4. What a fun time we had meeting at the Russian Tea Room with our Traveling Totes! Your weekend sounds like a lot of fun!

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  5. So much fun meeting you in person .. I wished we had more time together. Your trip with your hubby and daughter looks like a great time. The train photos are lovely.

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  6. It sounds like the perfect weekend with #1! I have seen Chicago in NY and loved it, and one of my favorite places is Trattoria Dell'Arte.I love the food, decor and more.

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  7. Such good times!! I enjoyed looking back to see who you saw on your last visit! Wow! loved all the pictures on both posts!

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  8. Oh dear lady, what a splendid weekend with your beautiful girl! Sir Paul has nothing on you beauties and dapper Mr. of yours at The Polo Bar! Grand snacks indeed and what a sweet group of ladies at the tea room! LOVE the jazzy vibe of Chicago...in my top 3 of all time musicals.

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  9. Oh, I'm so jealous! What gorgeous scenery, and what a fun, fun time to share with your daughter. We used a Pedicab all over Charleston and absolutely loved it. Happy week Katie!

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  10. How fun!! I still have NYC on my bucket list.

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  11. What a great, great weekend, Katie! I went to school in NYC and loved the time I spent there. I wouldn't want to live there now but it sure is fun to visit. I missed seeing Chicago but hope to catch it at some point.

    LOVED the picture of the Mister coming out of Sephora! I laughed right out loud. NYC--a world unto its own. xo Diana

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  12. Hi Katie, my husband and I celebrated our 25th anniversary in NYC this past weekend and stayed right across the street from the Russian Tea Room! We visited so many bakeries, and I even brought an extra bag to pack up with breads, bagels, and cookies to bring back home to Dallas. Oh dear. You and your beautiful family looked so elegant even after a whirlwind pedicab ride! I would not have been presentable! xo Sherry

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  13. Sounded like a great weekend on all fronts (other than #2 not being able to be there). Glad you got to meet up with the tribe, too. I love Chicago, have seen a couple traveling troupes perform it, and it would be high on my list for NYC.

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  14. It looks wonderful and isn't it fun to be able to spoil your daughter just a little? I have only taken a train once - from Detroit to Toronto - just not something we do too much in the Midwest, but it looks like a great way to visit the city.

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  15. I loved tagging along on your after-the-fact trip description. What fun you all must have had. I haven't taken many train rides, but I'm thinking that would be the way to go.

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  16. What a wonderful and somewhat romantic fall getaway! This reminds me so much of our NYC trips we took in December....there is nothing like it...loved this post Katie!

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  17. What a wonderful weekend you had with #1 and your mister. We made it in late last evening after a couple of delays. It was so nice to meet you. Such fun meeting for lunch with our TTT pals and it's always great to meet fellow bloggers.........Have a wonderful week.

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  18. What a fun weekend! Why haven't I been to NYC in over a dozen years?? The Mister is a better sport than my husband who isn't interested in any sort of shopping. Ever. Going with my daughter could be the solution.

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  19. Looks like the PERFECT weekend! I'm so jealous of you east coasters who can hop on the train and be somewhere fabulous in a few hours.

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  20. What a fabulous weekend!! Looks like so much fun with The Mister and your #1! Next time maybe #2 can be there too!

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  21. This looks like more fun than a barrel of Monkey Bars! What a grand time and all the better that you could spend it with #1 too!

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  22. We vicariously enjoyed your trip so much! This after a day spent working on my little studio (grimy and not glamorous!) but some wine helped. We were wondering if that is Uma Thurman in the Theatre photo for Chicago? I know everyone in the world has done this role, but she is the only one I could think of. I looked at the menu for the Italian restaurant, and although we had just had some steak flatbreads, I think I was salivating again. The pedicab looks like quite the adventure!

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  23. What a fun, memory-filled weekend!

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  25. What a fun weekend! All the restaurants and the beautiful food! Wow, you certainly packed it full of fun!! So sorry I missed the Tote luncheon, so special!
    Jenna

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  26. The first time I went to the Russian Tea Room, my mother took me and I was about #1's age. We knew the manager, so had a fabulous table reserved and then Shelley Winters came in and took it. My mother was outraged! "That blowsy Shelley Winters in her ratty mink coat took our table!" We ended up with a better table ;)

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  27. No news in the local papers or online here about crazy over the top stag parties that weekend, Sis ...

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  28. Looks like you had a great time. I'm with you on preferring trains over planes, but I don't usually have that choice. Love that precious fur face in your last photo, what a charmer!!

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  29. What a FUN weekend! I see why you take the train - so pretty! I have lived an hour from NYC almost my entire life and have never gone to the Polo Bar! I need to get moving on that! Looks like you had fun with the ladies. I recognize a few of those bloggers. Thanks for linking up to Take Me Away again this month! Enjoy your weekend!
    Shelley

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