community, Dining, Entertainment, Family, Groovin' Eats

Dinner and Broadway with My Daughter

My daughter Vera send me a text inviting me to see Pretty Woman:The Musical and said that we would first meet up with her darling friend Natalie for some great Italian food at La Mela Restaurant. Oh Yeah!! It’s Ladies Night. I always love spending time together whenever I can. So the evening started off on Mulberry Street in Little Italy, what a great place to start. A Perfect Cosmo, followed by the Three Course Meal (always ask the waiter for suggestion, he was so right). Caprese Salad, Calamari Hot Antipasti and Famiglia Pastas because the minute you step in you are family.

There was no room for dessert but I packed up the left overs and we headed over to Broadway. I have to be honest here, Pretty Woman is my least favorite Julia Child movie ~ don’t hate me. But like I said I love to be with my daughter who is always working and I jump for the chance to be with her.

The music was fabulous, the energy was high and the cast was well, they were perfectly cast. If I had to pick a favorite character it would be Kit De Luca (what a voice, when she was on stage you were listening to her and looking at her) played by Orfeh. This is not a family friendly show I would not bring anyone under 17. No spoilers here. Because everyone deserves a second chance. Good food, good people, good entertainment, good times. Life is too short for anything else.


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Ladies Can You Please Keep It Down

Getting together with childhood friends refreshes the soul and that is why we try to get together as often as possible. After the long winter we decided to met at 5 pm on a Saturday at Street Taco for some drinks and some grub.

We grew up in Murray Hill/Kips Bay in Manhattan and know all the ins and outs and it is always a joy to go back to see the changes. This neighborhood is still pretty amazing. We decided to start off with a pitcher of Tsunami, a frozen mix of House Margarita and Red Sangria swirled together and some chips and salsa.

Sadly two of the ladies Kathy and Marlene were not able to come this time, so we texted them and told them we miss them! Then we got to talking about our families and about the old days and the friends who are still with us and even those who no longer are with us. We remember them all. We laughed and laughed until finally, we got hungry and we ordered some tacos, quesadilla, chopped salad with pork, street corn pops.

The food was excellent and we did order another Tsunami pitcher and even one more, not too sure. Anyway, we were having a wonderful time planning our next meeting hoping that the ladies that could not make it this time, will join us next time. Yes we laughed and laughed, I guess a little too loud because the waitress asked if we wanted coffee and dessert and Ann Marie said no bring us another pitcher. Well…….

The waitress then told us if she brought us another pitcher we would have to keep it down, be quiet. Really? Are we in church or something…it was still daylight….so, we got the check and left. But we did find the humor in the matter because it proves age is just a state of mind and we are not invisible.

We went off to find another place and on the way we passed our favorite Italian Pastry Shop La Delice, and we had to take a picture with the chef! So on we walked until we came to Home Base Bistro and we decided to sit outside because it was still early and a very lovely evening.

We toasted our friendship and laughed at how we were told be pipe down ladies, we did not let it get us down. We were together and having a wonderful time. We had some fun with the water bottle!!

Nothing is better than hanging out with friends and being able to say “Remember When”. The next day I called my daughter and told her what happened and she laughed and said Ma, it’s not as exciting as being chased by cops in a stolen car. Yeah, we have lots of stories about growing up in the old neighborhood and I shared them all with her. Thank You Street Taco for another story we can all share, laugh about and remember together for years to come.