CLE to NYC and back

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

The can't stop, won't stop summer keeps truckin' along as I just got back from a long weekend in NYC with Muffin and c-rossi visiting my sissy (who lives in Harlem) and seeing Jay Z and Justin Timberlake in Yankee Stadium.




The whole weekend was in fact. NYC is one of those places I'm deeply in love with, Cleveland is my plum, but damn, NYC is the biggest apple of them all.

Confession: I used to own the URL because in the second half of my 29th year I was all set to move to NYC. I was ready to start over.... then I met CK, the rest is history and I'm still reppin' the city that I love, Cleveland. 

It doesn't mean I can't love and visit NYC frequently though. I've decided that NYC is my mistress. Wait, what's the male version of mistress? My mister?  Whatever, you get the point.

Upon landing in NYC Friday we headed to sissy and Jason's apt, dropped our bags and hopped on the subway to head to SoHo for some lunch, cocktails and shopping. It was a approximately 139 degrees out so we didn't last too long shopping - cocktails at swanky spots sounded more appealing.

It was wine o'clock for Muffin, c-rossi and I at Balthazar Restaurant. Muffin made me take the picture this way, FYI.

Muffin subway lovin' + c-rossi and Muffin + Gil (who was randomly in NYC from SFO, yay!) and c-rossi + taxi cab debauchery

In addition to our meal at Balthazar we also hit up the bar at the Mondrian SoHo, The Crosby Bar in the Crosby Street Hotel (OBSESSED OBSESSED), Nagomi Sushi (we could walk in for a quick dinner), Employees Only and Upright Brew House.

You could call it a SoHo(ish) pub crawl.

Saturday brought exploring the area around my sissy's apartment including an amazing brunch at the Community Food & Juice (SO GOOD, one of the best brunches I've had in awhile) and exploring the Catholic Cathedral of St. John the Divine. Gorgeous.

I felt like I was in a Harry Potter movie walking around the grounds looking at the massive and impressive historical cathedral.

Before the show we headed to Red Rooster Harlem, Chef Marcus Samuelsson's amazingly scrumptious and soulful restaurant in you guessed it, Harlem. We essentially are our faces off, ordering pretty much one of everything but I failed to take any pictures as my cellphone was charging under the table the whole time, Trust me when I tell you to make the trip there next time you're in the area - I'm still dreaming about the shrimp and grits.

Post dinner it was time to head to Yankee Stadium for the Legends of the Summer Tour which did not disappoint. This was my fifth time seeing Jay Z and my third time (if you count an *NSYNC show) seeing Justin Timberlake. I love these men. But as I mentioned on Twitter JT is awesome, but Jay Z will always be my number one - he's just so good live! I love hip hop.

c-rossi, sissy and Muffin outside of Yankee Stadium + the view from our seats

It was non stop dancing for the entire show. Hit after hit after hit after hit. Post show we stopped at Billy's Sports Bar right outside of Yankee Stadium before heading closer to my sissy's for pizza as big as two of our heads at Koronet Pizza

Sunday the gang headed back to CLE and Muffin and I headed directly over to MOB's because we needed to meet her son Jack! In these photos "little" Jack is only 5 days old but he's such a big boy and I can't even handle the cuteness. I'm so happy for MOB and Pete bringing this new bundle of joy into the world, they are going to be AWESOME parents.

And I'm going to spoil this kid rotten. Auntie Alexa has a good ring to it.

Muffin and Jack + Mommy and Jack

Guys, I'm blessed. What a trip.

Happy Wednesday, kids!


  1. There are some places here in NYC that certainly do not disappoint. Sounds like you had a ton of fun and it's definitely the same for us locals when we go somewhere else. Of course, living here makes me want to leave to less weather moody areas in the country. But that's just me. :)

  2. I love Muffin's striped dress!!
    And JT/JayZ was amaze. I want to go again and again and again......

    1. which one, she's wearing two striped dresses in photos here! lol.

  3. Looks like an absolute blast. So glad your NY trip lived up to all the hype!

  4. cannot imagine seeing JT in concert, let alone with JayZ and in NYC! it's gotta be one of those concerts that you just re-live over and over!

  5. So either we were in NYC at the same time, or we were a few days off, AND I went to Red Rooster too. I'm stalking you, clearly. Red Rooster was so freaking amazing. Also, I am totally jealous of your concert-going experience. JT is on my bucket list (in more ways than one, amirite?)

    1. you oh are right.

      and i'm bummed we missed each other - would have been awesome to meet you (officially).

  6. I will continue to listen to Jay Z/Justin through the rest of this week.

  7. aw what a fun weekend. also I LOVE YOUR TOP/DRESS? so cute!

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