this weekend back in 2011 for further proof). We both saw the musical when the ever charismatic Neil Patrick Harris was in the titular role, however the latest headliner of the musical is the ORIGINAL Hedwig, John Cameron Mitchell (aka, he wrote the original script, played the original role off-broadway, AND starred in the movie version...), and there was no way we were going to miss an opportunity to see the original Hedwig!
Venus by Maria Tash to get a few more holes punched in my ears (i.e. 2 more piercings). I got a 3rd hole on the lobe of my left ear and a cartilage piercing on my right. I love the way my new earrings look, but I don't want to post a close up photo until my left ear is no longer purple.... After my new piercings, we headed downtown to NYC's first Cat Cafe....
Meow Parlour was certainly an interesting experience. The cafe portion isn't actually attached to the cat part of the establishment and the reservations to go to this place are packed weekends (!?!?!) in advance. We managed to get approved as walk-in's and proceeded to hang out with 8 or so cats (and even more people - it was like a competition for cat attention...) for the next 45 minutes.
Momofuku Noodle Bar. I'm a little obsessed with the Momofuku franchise and knowing that R is a ramen lover I figured this one would be a good bet. We had a run in with fame on our way in (Literally. Apparently Amber Heard was leaving just as we arrived and we brushed shoulders - oooooh. Also, some famous basketball player was sitting 2 seats down from us.) but that paled in comparison to the awesome food. R hit the lotto with her veggie ramen that had kale and some sort of incredibly prepared crunchy chickpea topping. SO GOOD! I actually couldn't eat the ramen because they use egg noodles (booooo!!!!), so instead I got some pork bao buns that melted in my mouth. Momofuku wins again!
After lunch we headed back to my cousins' place and hung out with them for a bit while we all relaxed. For dinner we made our way back downtown to Caracas Arepa Bar for a super tasty and surprisingly affordable dinner (everyone we mentioned the restaurant to HIGHLY recommended it). Afterwards we were craving some Big Gay Ice Cream, but it was the first nice weekend in NYC and apparently everyone else was also craving it - the line was insane. So we went to Van Leeuwen Artisan Ice Cream instead where I was unable to partake in their custard based regular ice creams but was happy to have access to a tasty vegan ice cream menu instead. I got the pistachio and salted caramel flavors - yum! We met up with R's boyfriend's sister afterward for drinks and wound up staying out til 1:30 talking, so it was overall a fun night!
Bareburger. We met up there with a friend of R's and ate some very unique and delicious burgers. I got a wild boar burger with sauteed mushrooms, carmelized onions, and manchego cheese. My mouth is watering just thinking about it again.... Then we were on to the show!
This weekend I'm hoping for more of the same, except I'm going to be staying here in Houston and my parents will be the ones traveling to visit! We don't have many solid plans and are just planning to relax and enjoy our time together, which sounds perfect to me!