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Marge_Simpson
05-29-2012, 06:00 AM
Dinner, please. :) Just tell me where and when.

skateboy
06-02-2012, 06:29 AM
Bumping this up to say I'm leaving for NYC tomorrow morning and very excited to meet Marge, emason and any other FSUers who would like to come to the concert!

Marge_Simpson
06-02-2012, 07:30 AM
Whoo-hoo! I will see you on Tuesday. I may have a surprise for you. ;)

emason
06-02-2012, 02:41 PM
Looking forward to meeting you, Skateboy. Marge, you always make great eats suggestions. Do you have any place in mind for dinner first?

Marge_Simpson
06-02-2012, 07:37 PM
I can always come up with a restaurant suggestion. (Can you tell I eat out a lot? :lol:)
There's a nice Italian place on the corner of Columbus and 68th, close to where we are going:
http://www.ilviolinonyc.com/
I am very fond of Alice's Tea Cup. They have regular food as well as teas, but the service tends to be rather leisurely. There's one on 73rd, right off Columbus:
http://alicesteacup.com/
For something more casual, Nanoosh has good food, but the Broadway/68 St location is rather small (so getting a table might be a problem):
http://www.nanoosh.com/
A coworker told me Indigo Indian Bistro has tasty food, it's on Columbus and 68th:
http://www.indigoindian.com/
I am determined to check out this place for dessert, also on Columbus at 68th:
http://www.bomboloni.com/menu.html
I can personally vouch for the chocolate cake here (Bway and 69th):
http://www.chocobolo.com/index.php
I don't suppose I can talk you into doing a dessert crawl instead of dinner, can I? We could hit up Magnolia Bakery, too.......

emason
06-02-2012, 10:46 PM
Dinner first, please, but I always want dessert. There is no such thing as no dessert in my family.

Let's go with an Italian theme: dinner at Il Violino and checking out Bomboloni for a dessert.

Time to meet?

Marge_Simpson
06-03-2012, 03:15 AM
Eccellente! Io ti permettono di decidere a che ora di mangiare. :)

emason
06-03-2012, 01:23 PM
A ore sei di sera.

Marge_Simpson
06-03-2012, 02:17 PM
molto buona!

Marge_Simpson
06-06-2012, 05:36 AM
emason and I both had a fine time tonight. We had a nice dinner and even better desserts, the bombolini were delicious and I must go back there ASAP. I had a vanilla and a chocolate, and she had the apricot and the raspberry, in case you're wondering. Even though we had just had dessert, emason insisted on going to Magnolia bakery down the block to investigate their Firebird cupcake. It is not orange as I had imagined, but looks very tasty. I will go back to purchase one on Friday. In the meantime, I noted that there was a creperie right next to Bombolini; I could have skipped dinner altogether and just eaten sweets. :lol:
The showcase was excellent! I am in no teknik regarding opera, but I was majorly impressed with Anna Kolkhida - I also loved her beautiful gowns. I also liked the 2 men who sang the duet from L'elisir d'amore....the tenor was adorable in addition to having a fine voice, and I could easily develop a crush on the baritone. He looks like he has a wicked sense of humor.
Besides being a wonderful musician, Skateboy is extremely attractive. He kind of resembles Alan Rickman. emason and I introduced ouselves after the show and can report that he is sweet and personable as well.
I am glad I went. :)

skateboy
06-06-2012, 06:05 AM
I am glad I went. :)

Me too! It was great to meet you and emason in person. Wish we'd had more time to chat, I can already tell we get along famously.

Bomboloni sounds great: I would go right away if I weren't in the midst of this fricking diet--but next time I'm in NYC for sure.

Thank you for the very nice compliments. :)

emason
06-06-2012, 03:26 PM
Marge said it all Skateboy; we really enjoyed the evening. I, too, loved the men. It's funny as I don't normally like tenors (I'm a counter-ternor groupie), but I really enjoyed all your male singers, tenor included.

Please be sure to remind us next year if you have another evening like this.

skateboy
06-08-2012, 08:19 AM
I know this event is over, but wanted to update you on something:

Today I flew from NYC to San Francisco, then took BART (train) to Walnut Creek, where I live. Once I arrived, I was exhausted but relieved to be home, but the moment I got off the train, I realized I'd left my violin on the train!!

I went to the station agent immediately, who made some calls. An agent at another station checked and did not find my instrument, but someone told her that she saw a guy take it when he left the station a couple of stops after mine. It was not turned into lost and found. Of course, I filed a report, but felt like I'd been sucker-punched.

For about an hour I felt numb and gutted, but the guy who took it called and I'll pick it up from him tomorrow. Whew! Dumbest thing I've ever done and I'm extremely lucky.

Also, I wanted to thank Marge_Simpson and emason for the flowers you gave me at the concert. Very thoughtful and much appreciated!

Marge_Simpson
06-08-2012, 08:26 AM
:)

emason
06-08-2012, 12:49 PM
Marge gets all the thanks for the flowers; I came empty-handed. Very bad of me. I'm glad you got your instrument back; that would have been awful if you hadn't.