(Post late but better than never!)
After our first guest left we started to reset our apartment by doing laundry, cleaning, resting & shopping for a 2nd spare pillow. Seriously, Bed, Bath & Beyond is awesome but they have way too many pillow options.
Day 1: Jess & Mike were set to arrive on a Thursday so we left the key with our doorman and made plans to meet them for dinner at Carnegie Deli. They were going to drop off their bags and head straight to the MET. On their first night we went to Carnegie & then Rockefeller center followed by Magnolia Bakery and Times Square just because. Then if that wasn’t enough, once we got home we got to enjoy the insanely large quantities of Mexican pastries they brought us from both our favorite bakery in Austin and theirs (you know, so we could compare them!). They also brought a ton of Ranch Style beans and a box of Lammes Candy. I LOVE guests who bring gifts (especially food gifts)! Oh another quirky thing that they brought with them in their magical-clown-car-style luggage: a fan. YES, a fan because, like almost all Texans I know, they need to feel the and hear the fan on them as they sleep and were worried I wouldn’t have a fan or I wouldn’t have a fan loud enough. It was funny, and of course they didn’t need to use theirs since I had adequate combination of ac/fan in the apartment.
DAY 2 was hot. It was pretty ironic that the last time Jessica visited she vowed never to visit in the winter again because of how cold it was (right before the 2010 blizzard). She strategically chose May and somehow a heat wave was announced just a few days before her flight. Anyone who knows me is familiar with my distaste for the heat. I’m happiest in the 60s and have a serious fondess for the 40s so my husband decided we should spend the day in Coney Island since it would be cooler closer to the ocean water.
Here are the highlights: starbucks, train, Totono’s Pizzeria, Luna Park rides, Nathan’s hot dogs, walk on the beach and then back on the train followed by a walk through China Town, Little Italy street festival, Lombardi’s Pizza (for comparison), Ferrara Bakery (because it’s awesome) and finally home. Turns out Jessica is a ride fanatic so she peer-pressured me into the first ride but I went willingly into all the others. Neither of our husbands was interested in riding anything so they stood around and held our purses which was awesome. All the food was amazing and the beach was overcrowded and dirty (as expected) but we managed to get some nice pictures anyway.