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05 September 2005 @ 08:44 pm
Honeymoon - fin - written at 10:51 this morning  

We started the day slowly.  Alarms went off at 8 and 9, but we didn't feel a need to get moving.  Turned on the TV and watched Men In Black on HBO.  Had fun watching for "we've been there" moments.  It ended and we still didn't feel like moving, so we switched to A&E, which had two biographies back-to-back: Hulk Hogan and The Rock.  Both strangely interesting.  At noon, we finally got out of bed and started the day.

Walked over towards the the theatre and discovered another street fair.  This one seemed to be in celebration of Brazilian independance day or Brazil Day or something.  Decided to check to see if the BRazilians like corn on the cob.  As it turns out, not so much.  Oh well.  We tried to get our way back towards the theatre district, but the festival (several blocks wide and long) made things difficult.  Not impossible, though - we managed to walk it.  Picked up our tickets, and looked around for something to eat (as the morning apple wasn't quite as satisfying in the early afternoon).  Found a local pub and had fried mozzerella to split, and a french dip each.  Not bad, but not excellent either.

Went to the theatre and I felt similarly about Forbidden Broadway: Special Victims Unit as I felt about lunch.  Some good stuff, but nothing spectacular.  Oh well, it was still fun.

Started walking back to the hotel to get ready for dinner, and found ourselves completely blocked off by the festival.  Dead end where there should have been a walkway - cars were being let through, but no pedestrians.  We started backtracking, but lucked out and found a cab to get into to take us the rest of the way.

Chilled at the hotel for a while, prepacked for the inevitible trip home, and got all spiffed up for our dinner.  Taxi ride there, including a nice drive across the Brooklyn Bridge, sat at the bar for a while and were seated at The River Cafe, a seemingly hole-in-the-wall situated almost directly beneath the Brooklyn Bridge with a wonderful view of the Manhattan skyline.

I'm going to pause in the narrative for a moment to make a recommendation to anyone in a relationship.  At some point, find a time and the means to have a "money doesn't matter" meal with your significant other.  I mean it, call a hotel's concierge and say you have a $250 budget and would like to take your someone someplace romantic and do they have any recommendations, and then go.  The experience is fantastic and very worthwhile.  Be forewarned that a dinner jacket may be required, but if they're a good restaurant they'll have some available to borrow.

Back to our story.  We started with a frois grois on a sweet cherry chutney on a potato chip-like-thingy, and had some rolls.  The wine we chose was phenomenal - a sparkling, sweet white wine from Italy that was surprising at only $40 for the bottle.  Ask me later and I'll try to find where I wrote down what it was.  The meal was a three-course, fixed-price menu.  Jen had a mushroom soup appetizer that she describes as "yummy."  I decided to be a little adventurous and try the rabbit and ravioli - which paid off; it was extremely flavorful and quite tasty.  Entrees were a rack of lamb for Jen and halibut for me, which we both thoroughly enjoyed.  At this point, we made sure to toast Jen's mother's birthday, which shares this date.  Dessert for me was a strawberry shortcake a la mode - with the vanilla bean ice cream being the highlight.  Jen's was a chocolate something shaped like the Brooklyn Bridge.  She probably would have been happier with the assorted sorbets, but "it was so purty!"  Throughout the meal, we were treated like royalty, and loved every second of it.

And look, pictures!

Here's where we ate:


It's fuzzy, but here's Jen's dessert:


...and here's mine:




We walked over the Brooklyn Bridge (a much easier walk than we anticipated), and decided that the walk back to the hotel from there would have been too much for us, so we hailed a taxi (after much effort - few were going down that road) and rode back.  Collapsed in bed, and ended a wonderful day.

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Rather than spend a new entry on this morning, I'll just post script this one.  We had the alarms set for 7 and 8, but it was the 8:30 wake-up call that got us moving.  Got the final packing done, took a pleasant towncar ride to the airport (with a stop at Dean & Deluca for breakfast stuffs - Bagel!), and are now waiting in the first class lounge for our noon flight.  I'd post now, but it'd cost me about $7, and this close to the end of the honeymoon, I'm starting to get back into the swing of reality regarding my cash flow.

Home awaits, and with it, work and school.  But there's also kittens and unopened wedding presents, and tomorrow we're seeing Little Women at OCPAC.  So it'll be a transition to the real world, rather than a sudden jolt.  It's been a great trip, a relaxing honeymoon, and a fantastic experience from moment one.  Thanks for following along with us.  See you IRL sometime!  =)
 
 
 
Nentikobe - a work in progressnentikobe on September 6th, 2005 06:37 am (UTC)
I'd like the wine name :)

it sounds wonderful - I never thought of myself as wanting to eat in a place like that, but that sounds fantastic.

*sigh* what a wonderful honeymoon. You deserved all of it.
(Anonymous) on September 9th, 2005 02:57 am (UTC)
Pictures
They look like wonderful desserts, but where are the pretty pictures of you? :) I know, I know, we'll see them later.
Idtechnomonkey on September 9th, 2005 03:02 am (UTC)
Good question!
We only had one picture taken of us that evening - and trust me, it wasn't pretty.

We're getting wedding photos trickling in from various sources - Jen's grandparents being the most recent. No word on when we'll have access to the official ones. But if you want to see stuff online, the Miners have been kind enough to post some online for us!