Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Three Girls Loose in the Big City

For the past four days I’ve been playing tour guide to my mom and grandmother who came to New York for a girls’ only trip.  The last time Ma (as her grandchildren call her) saw the Empire State was the 1950s, so we of course made stops at Time Square and Macy’s.  But for us, it was less about tourist destinations and more about fabulous food.  From the Yaffa Cafe and Alfredos to Hard Rock and Serendipity 3, there’s no denying we ate well!  And, in between all those meals we stopped off at 30 Rock, Tiffany & Co, the Disney Store, and FAO Schwarz.  We even saw Jersey Boys on Broadway.  I’m so sad to see them head back to GA (and let’s face it I’m already counting down until Christmas), but at least I’ve got pictures to prove all our adventures!
 FAO Schwarz is turning 150!  To mark their extra special anniversary, 150 toys from years gone by are scattered throughout the store.  Be sure to get your picture taken with toy soldier guarding the door, and don't forget to see the famous Big Piano.

Looking for the best desserts in New York City?  Then head over to Serendipity 3 for  their famous frozen hot chocolate.  Once she moved to Manhattan, Jackie O would frequently be found enjoying a sundae from the famous cafe.  And today, young Hollywood stars like Paris Hilton and Justin Bieber have all stopped by.   
After watching "Jersey Boys" it's quite obvious why it won the 2006 Tony Award for best musical.  Its costumes are fabulous, and the singing's superb.  My grandmother made a great decision with this pick!
Dylan's Candy Bar may be known for their sweet treats, but I was much more impressed with their oversized cupcakes and giant gum ball machines.  If you make the trek to 60th and 3rd, be sure to check out the colorful stairs too.  Even the wall paper looks like something you'd find in the land of Willy Wonka. 

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