While I figure out how to say anything about our child-free trip to New York City besides, AWESOME! – I thought I would post pictures from our adventure with Marty. If you remember, Kari and I met up with him in May – back then I was very grateful to Tom for watching the kids so we could go out, but also sad he had missed out because I knew he would really like Marty – they like so many of the same things: The Beatles, mustard, snacks – I could go on. But I won’t. Instead – here are the pictures from our adventure.
After we finally arrived at Marty’s. We may have gotten lost once, and also there is a Bermuda Triangle in front of Marty’s apartment that wouldn’t allow my phone to work so I could let him know we were there. Apparently it’s just an AT&T Bermuda Triangle though because we finally tried Tom’s phone and it worked the first time.
After a few pre-dinner drinks and Snacks! (a custom popcorn mix this time – don’t try it at home – Marty is a certified snackologist, in case you weren’t in the know) we headed out to dinner at Veselka, a Ukrainian restaurant.
We had a great time pestering Marty with questions and listening to all his stories. He’s had a much more interesting life than I have – although I’m pretty happy some of those stories haven’t happened to me because I’m not sure how he lived through some of it.
I had the mushroom barley soup and the lamb burger with sweet potato fries. Everything was fantastic but the best part was the roasted red pepper relish – I need to try to make my own version.
Next on our agenda was a stop at Manitoba’s bar. Tom and I listen to Handsome Dick Manitoba on Sirius’ Little Steven’s Underground Garage. (In case you didn’t know – I didn’t – he was the lead singer for The Dictators, a NYC punk band.) Tom really wanted to check out the bar, especially since Marty said Handsome Dick will sometimes be there. But first – we had to make a quick stop at Ray’s Candy Store for a chocolate egg cream. Ray is featured on Marty’s blog frequently so it was fun to meet him (my favorite part was when he said he found a woman to marry but she didn’t cook so he needed to find someone else – and how proud he was to show us the picture of the day he became a citizen, just 4 weeks ago). This was my first egg cream – it was delicious and a steal – $3 for a large cup that he kindly split for our group.
Once we made it Manitobas, we found that Handsome Dick was indeed there, and he commented on Marty’s Gumby bag, so we all started chatting. Marty is friends with some people Handsome Dick knows so he kept the conversation going and we got to hang out with him for a good half hour or more. He was really nice and even though his bar was so crowded I felt like I was going to suffocate (he was hosting a roller derby team after a match) we were more than happy to go in and order a drink each before calling it a night.
Thanks again, Marty, for a great night. We look forward to next time, after dark!
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