My Broadway Show Review: Living On Love

After the not-so-important post last weekend, I decided to return to my normal writing habit. πŸ™‚

Yeah, as if I am always writing in a normal writing habit. πŸ˜›

So last month on 5/2/2015 boo and I spent our Saturdate by watching a Broadway show called “Living on Love“. I heard about this show like 2 months before from Renee Fleming’s page announcement and was so excited that I made a promise I would save a lot and take boo with me to see the show. Funny thing was, boo actually was aware of my love to Renee Fleming and when he asked whether I wanted to see the show, well without a doubt I said “YES” in excitement. πŸ˜‰

Off we went to Longacre Theatre at 220 West 48TH Street.

As soon as we arrived, the show was already started about 5 minutes and we were rushed to our seats which were located on the Mezzanine level. The view of the stage was not obstructed at all and if there is a word to describe the set then it would be this Italian word that I really loved: BELLISSIMO πŸ˜‰ the attention of detail for the apartment set was so amazing — the sofas, the glass cabinet display, the chair, the mini chandelier, the foyer. Oh my, I wish I study theater production right now LOL.

Oh in case you are wondering what the show is about, then here is a synopsis I took from Broadway.com site: Living on LoveΒ tells the story of celebrated diva Raquel DeAngelis. When her husband, the fiery and egomaniacal Maestro Vito DeAngelis, becomes enamored with the lovely young lady hired to ghostwrite his long-delayed autobiography, Rachel retaliates by hiring her very ownβ€”and very handsomeβ€”ghostwriter to chronicle her life as an opera star. Sparks fly, silverware is thrown, and romance blossoms.

So how’s the overall show?

OMG, this must be the funniest Broadway show I have ever seen in my life. Okay, I probably exaggerate a lil bit on this but seriously, who would ever thought that the opera diva Renee Fleming can be so charming yet funny at the same time?! I loved her performance and her flirtatious personality. Douglas Sills who played her husband was also another funny yet charming character. The other actors were Jerry O’Connell and Anna Chlumsky. They did a very good job as well.

Unfortunately, as they said, show business is tough. That night the seats were not full house and the show closed on May 3rd 2015 after like just about two or three weeks. I felt so unfair because I think all of the casts did a wonderful job but yeah, maybe their marketing strategy is not strong enough to attract Broadway fans who are accustomed with lots of songs and musics.

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The end of the show. Renee was hilarious!

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The Diva herself. and the gang. LOL

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Douglas and Jerry were trying to be goofy LOL

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Boo and I after the show.

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And of course, selfie is a must πŸ˜€

Funny thing was after we took the selfie in front of the banner, boo heard a noise coming from the other side of the entrance. When we looked to see what was happening, Jerry O’Connell came outside and started taking pictures and signing autographs for some of the fans. We definitely did not want to miss it so we waited for about 10 minutes until we finally got his autograph and a selfie with him πŸ™‚

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Jerry with boo and I. Jerry was such a charming person he literally grabbed my phone and took like 6 selfies with us. πŸ™‚

And then, moment of truth! Renee came outside and I could not help myself not to jump or cry in joy. I was literally excited because I have been a fan of her since I was in high school. Of course I still have my love for Sarah Brightman πŸ˜‰ but yeah we should not have limitation on singers. Ms. Fleming was surprisingly very patient and she took time to chat with the fans and did not feel pressure when one of the guy beside us gave her like 8 DVDs to sign. When she approached me and signed the playbill, I told her I missed her during the Met Opera season and she said she will definitely be back performing maybe next year. Funny thing, she accidentally signed my iPhone screen and I realized that later when I had dinner with boo πŸ˜€

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Such a sweet person! Thank you Renee πŸ™‚

Now Douglas Sills is one hell funny guy! No kidding, he came back to me twice because I asked him for a picture when he signed the playbill. He said: “ah we should take a proper picture, i will come back to you later” — which he did. I asked him several questions regarding the character and some of the props used on stage especially the maple syrup that he poured on top of his hair. He said: “nah, it was actually a conditioner.” LOL

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Boo. me . and Douglas Sills.

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The playbill. We were definitely fortunate and blessed that night!

I wish that the show is still playing right now because I will not hesitate to watch it again but oh well — maybe next time I will see them again in a different play. Thank you Kathleen Marshall for directing a marvelous and funny play that boo and I really enjoyed! And thank you to all the casts who did excellent job in this play!

P.S.: if you are wondering whatever happen to Anna Chlumsky after the show, well, turns out she did not come outside. Security said she left early but that’s alright. Maybe some other time πŸ˜‰

Yours Truly πŸ™‚

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Randomly Random: June Diary

Lately i have been under the radar.

this lazyness strucks me faster than the thunderbolt.

there is the urge of writing something here but alas, i always forget to do it.

plenty of pictures and stories waiting to be told and shared but for some reason i don’t have the energy to just jolt down a paragraph or two.

could it be fatigue? Who knows!

Anyway, just gonna write down small post here. And trust me, you don’t want to scroll down and read the rest of it.

Some of my friends asked me questions like:

what’s it like living and working in NYC?

boy, you must be enjoying life like the gals from Sex and the city!? Right?

Does your apartment look like the one i have always seen in sitcoms like Friends or Seinfeld?

Et cetera et cetera…

to answer those questions:

1. Living and working in NYC is pretty much the same like when i used to live back in Asia. Except with the expensive living cost, then i’d say there’s not much significant change. Sure NYC has its’ own niche and ghetto but i guess it is the same like any other big cities around the world. I have had the taste of living in 3 different boroughs: Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens. Even Manhattan has its own sketchy neighborhood which i try to avoid. Melting pot is what i always like to describe NYC as you can find all types of languages, ethnicities, cuisines here. If you want great Southern foods then Harlem has some of the best soul food restaurants. If you want authentic Italian cuisines then some restaurants in Β Little Italy in Manhattan and some parts of Brooklyn have them. Or if you are in the mood for Southeast Asian snacks and savories then look no further as Woodside, Jackson Heights, and Elmhurst in Queens have the best restaurants cater to those who are a devout fan of Filipino, Indonesian, Malaysian, And Thai cuisines. (And after this the list goes on and on and on). What about working? Well i can only say for myself that works in education so i guess for me it’s pretty challenging yet sorta relaxing because i don’t have to work 7 days a week. Income is not the best one (yet) but i can still save and survive. Yes i live in one of the most expensive city in the world but i guess it depends on how well you manage yourself. I know somebody with a 80K income barely able to save yet there’s a person with around 40K but she can still save and even go on vacation once a year.

2. Well tbh, i am not a worshipper of Sex and the city series so truthfully i do not live the lifestyle of Carrie and the gang. Yes i have seen episodes of SATC (heck i even saw the movie lol) but if you are assuming that i always go to Saks or Barneys and always dine at Per Se / La Bernardin / Nobu / budakan then you are wrong. Yes i used to live in the prime Upper West Side area but i did not act or shop like Carrie. I will save for a nice dinner/lunch at a fancy restaurant but i’ll do that ONLY for special occasion. As for shopping, i’ll shop at Saks or Bloomingdales once in a blue moon but only because they’re on sale or after i have saved enough money. Otherwise, i’m always happy with H&M, Forever 21, Topshop, and sometimes GAP. I even found good deals at Target and JC Penney. No Macy’s? I love Macy’s but i just hate shopping at their herald square location. For some reason, i always have a headache whenever i go there. Lol. And ooh, i love my Rebecca Minkoff, Kate Spade, Michael Kors, and Coach. I normally wait until Thanksgiving or Christmas to get one or two handbags or simply wait till they have end of season sale. If other plan fails, Century 21 is the best bargain. Sure they don’t have the best collection when it comes to bags but look for the designer shoes! I found my Calvin Klein boots and Cole Haan flats there, were 70% off and everybody complimented them.

3. If you are saying whether my apartment resembles Monica or Joey apartments in Friends then you are so wrong, my friends! The type of apt like Monica (2BR,1Bath,balcony,big livingroom, separate kitchen) in West Village is more likely to costs you $4-5,000 per month. Hurts?!? Sure! But that’s the reality. I used to rent a 2BR in Astoria Queens and i paid $1,000 Β /month. That was 4 years ago. After a while, i rented a studio in UWS and i paid $1,700/month. Sucks? Well i coped for just under 3 years before i moved to my current place. A big almost resemble 1BR studio with lots of ventilation, 2 closets, big kitchen, and big bathroom. It costs less than $1,500 but i have to commute at least 30 mins to work. Sad? A little. But it works fine with me. Yes i don’t live in the city but i’m perfectly fine. Like i said, NYC isn’t cheap but it is doable if you know how to do it. The closer your apt to the city, the more you’ll have to pay.

So that’s it, guys! I hope you enjoy this “short” post and i’ll see you on my other writing! πŸ˜‰

Yours Truly πŸ™‚

My Show Review: New York Spring Spectacular 2015

P.S: I know this post will sound a little bit old but better late than never, right?

Anyway, last April I had a chance to actually watch The Rockettes plus Laura Benanti and Derek Hough in the show called “New York Spring Spectacular” which I heard was so well demanded that they actually added more dates to extend the show. Unfortunately for that night, no Derek Hough present so he was replaced with another performer who did a very good job.

To be honest with you, the story was rather cheesy and predictable with the main casts were the protagonist and antagonist. Derek was the protagonist one while Laura was the antagonist. Laura Benanti plays as Janet who runs this multi billion dollars company and was contemplating whether she had to fire the old guy or give him a chance. of course in the end we knew what happen with the old guy. (still in the company and Janet turned into a better person).

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Me with one of the Rockettes girl. Noticed how tall she was?! lol I looked like a midget!

 

Yes the story might be a bit cheesy and boring but the Rockettes and the other casts performance was jaw dropping awesome! I mean, I have no idea how many hours those girls needed to rehearse the movements in the show but I gotta say: KUDOS! Now i know why a lot of female dancers wanted to be in the Rockettes. It was more than just a dance or a show — they are the show! And if you have seen the Christmas Spectacular featuring The Rockettes during Christmas time then by any means this one was totally different! different because they suited the theme with spring season and added more special effects (real rain drops onto the stage, bright LED, even interactive session with the audience). I was also given a 3D paper glass which I used during certain sequence but i felt that it was not really worth the experience.

I am not sure whether they will continue on doing this show next Spring 2016 but if they do and you happen to visit NYC sometime from March 20th till May 7th 2016, then reserve your ticket and see this show! This is definitely a show that will please all ages!

My rating meter: 8/10

P.S: normally tickets range from $40 until $190 but they have what is called in advance purchase if you subscribe to either Ticketmaster or the Radio City Music Hall newsletter. I personally got my orchestra level ticket for around $50ish after tax and stuff so it was a real deal bargain consider orchestra level ticket costs around $90-190.

Yours Truly πŸ™‚

When In Doubt: Little Cupcake Bakeshop

Not being a sweet tooth definitely save myself from gaining a lot of weight. I mean, it’s funny that I really love eating ice cream, sorbet, gelato, pop sickle, ice cubes (this one is no joke, i like munching on ice cubes sometimes) but i have a dislike on certain cakes and pies. it’s not that i don’t like them, my taste bud is somewhat weird. like some people will find all cupcakes at Magnolia Bakery delicious but i found them to be okay. they are still delicious but they never fancy me that much.

Have i gone nuts?!?

Anyhow, couple of weeks ago I was in Bay Ridge with boo and his folks for Mother’s Day weekend and we spent a little while strolling around the area before we finally decided to have something to munch on at this cute bakery called Little Cupcake Bakeshop. At first I was like, oh yeah another wanna-be bakery that claims to have the best cupcake in NYC. We arrived around 2 ish in the afternoon and the place was not that packed. couple of customers comes and goes and mostly were just buying cupcakes and cakes for take outs. we opted to sit outside because the weather was just right (79-80f and no wind — perfect!).

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for vegan, they have this πŸ™‚

 

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Nutella fan out there?

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my favorite: red velvet

 

Boo had some type of apple pie while i had the red velvet cupcake. the folks also ordered coffee and tea and they tasted good consider the coffee was illy products while the tea was from Lipton (wish they were Twinings but oh well lol). I tasted the apple pie and it was great. Not excellent enough for me to scream : I am so craving for that pie. Now the red velvet was also great but what made me actually smile was the icing. it was just right — not too sweet but not too bland either. I mean, if you have ever tasted Crumbs red velvet then you know what i am talking about. Price wise? unfortunately, for the small cupcake and pie, the price was sort of expensive. I mean i did not know how much my cupcake costs but heard from boo that it was quite pricey for the size i had.

Will I go back to this cute place? Perhaps but maybe later when i am in the mood for cupcakes again. I saw that they have the German chocolate cake which I am dying to try to see how good that cupcake is. As a fan of Nutella i too want to try the banana nutella cake. Until then, I think i am going to stick with my love for spumoni πŸ˜‰

Little Cupcake Bakeshop

Address:Β 9102 3rd Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11209
Phone: (718) 680-4465
Hours: Mon-Wed 7:30AM-11PM
Thurs-Fri 7:30AM – Midnight
Sat 8AM – Midnight
Sun 8AM-11PM
Nearest Transit: Bay Ridge 95th St R train (2-3 minutes of walking), B37 buses (across the street).
Yours Truly πŸ™‚

When In Doubt: L&B Spumoni Gardens

OK, I think I have found a new major love for dessert.

Presenting Spumoni Ice Cream from L&B Spumoni Gardens.

What is inside this magnificent deliciously made ice cream? You get pistachio, vanilla, and chocolate. All three goodness flavors in one scoop. Once boo introduced me to this one, bye-bye regular ice cream. Shoot, even Haagen Dazs is no longer in my favorite anymore. (that one was just a joke, I still love my Haagen Dazs Green Tea πŸ˜› )

Boo’s folks, him, and I would always order at least two quarts of Spumoni to share. Talk about being a spumoni fans πŸ™‚

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one quart of spumoni around $8

 

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my spumoni on a cone πŸ™‚ NOM!

 

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Boo and I enjoying spumoni. PS: lady at the back, thanks for photo bombing πŸ™‚

 

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even this cute kid already developed a love for spumoni πŸ™‚

 

Seriously speaking, you can never have enough Spumoni. And oh, L&B Spumoni Gardens is also famous for their square Sicilian pies and their ultimate Italian foods. When we dined at the restaurant last week, we ordered bunches of appetizers to share. my favorites would be the fried zucchini, roasted artichokes, and baked clams. their house salad was delicious as well (they’re very generous with the onions — me like!). I ordered linguine with broccoli rabe and sausage — definitely worth the buck! (sorry for no picture but in case you want to look how big the portion is then here is the link for the instagram pic that i uploaded)

L&B Spumoni Gardens
Address:Β 2725 86th St, Brooklyn, NY 11223
Phone:(718) 449-1230
Nearest Transit: 86th St N train (about 1 minute of walking), Brooklyn MTA’s B buses also stop by near the restaurant.

When In Doubt: Ho’Brah

Mexican or not, almost everybody love tacos. this flavorful snack (or lunch if you have more than two) consists of flour or corn tortilla with vegetables, meat, and sometimes sour cream plus guacamole. Normally it will take you two or three bites to finish a taco.

Boo had been raving about this taco joint called Ho’Brah located in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn. I was, of course, curious on how tasty the taco will be consider I am a very picky person when it comes to eating food that I really like — in this case, Mexican food. On that warm May, our party decided to do Mexican for lunch. So, off we went to Ho’Brah… πŸ™‚

As soon as I got there, i could tell that this place is very popular consider the waiting list for the table. I believe it took us at least 30 minutes for the table. Since our party were pretty patient, so we waited while chit chatting outside the restaurant. One of our friend even ordered a Margarita to kill time. The restaurant itself was not big; quite medium with around 10-12 tables and a bar on the front. However, the decor was amazing. It reminded you of a local bar in Hawaii or California with surf themed wallpaper and surf related displays like surfboards and nets.

30 minutes passed by and we got our table. For this post, I am just going to review on what i ordered as i forgot to take some of the pictures (due to the fact that we were already starving). For the appetizer, we had guacamole with salsa and chips. I had to give my thumbs up for the guacamole; it was so good and tasted much better than Chipotle. LOL. (but i would not mind Chipotle’s guacamole tho :P). For the entree itself, I had the Sausalito and Diablo Diego tacos with Mexican rice and beans.

So, how’s the entree?

The tacos were delicious — much to my surprise that the sausalito tasted so good even though it was just vegetables. The diablo Diego was awesome — so unique and refreshing. the shrimp cooked in perfection and the sauce was just amazing. The rice and beans were also good as well. I mean, I could always go for another portion of tacos but yeah, if it costs less than $3.50 a piece then maybe I would πŸ˜€

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Diablo Diego (left) and Sausalito (right)

 

As much as Iike Ho’Brah’s food, I did not like the service. The service was pretty slow during that time and the waitress did not put the right order for one of our party. She ordered two Long beach all star tacos but the waitress only put one. The appetizer came pretty quick but the entree took forever. I was so starving despite already having their guacamole and was wondering whether they actually forgot the order or not. Then when we asked for another tacos, it took them forever also until the party actually almost wanted to cancel it. What bugs me as well was the way the cleaning guy took our plate as if it was his last paycheck day. I mean, i know you guys have plenty of customers but the feel of being rushed just pissed me off. Even though tacos are not fillet mignon but we wanted to eat without being hawked at like an eagle.

Anyway, yes if you happen to be around Bay Ridge area then this taco place could be your next destination consider the foods were great and fresh but be prepare to wait a long time for a table as they do not take reservation (as far as i know). My sausalito taco costs $3.50 while the Diablo Diego costs $4.25. If you want to add a side of Jasmine rice and beans then it will costs you another $2.95. If you are a big eater then i think you will need to order at least three or four tacos because their tacos were quite small. I mean I am not a big eater myself but I still felt hungry afterwards even with the addition of rice and beans. However, my friend ordered burrito bowl and to me the portion was huge so if you feel like saving then you can try ordering that one instead.

Ho’Brah
Address: 8618 3rd Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11209
Phone: (718) 680-8226
Nearest Transit: 86th Street R train (1-2 minutes walking), B16 and B37 buses (in front of Ho’Brah)

Yours Truly πŸ™‚

When In Doubt: Baohaus

Hello again, dear readers! Sorry for the delay but as you have learned from my previous post, I was dealing with difficult issue with a passing of someone I loved dearly. I believe that she is now in Heaven with the Lord; maybe she is walking around the garden with Him? who knows!

Anyway, if you noticed carefully, about 2 or 3 weeks ago I wrote a post about spending my time with my boo at this cute place called Wasan. (click here for the story) Shortly after we left Wasan, we agreed to walk around East Village and paid a visit to this small yet homey bun joint by the name of Baohaus. If you love watching TV shows, then then name Eddie Huang should be familiar to you. He is one of the character in the TV series called “Fresh Off The Boat” and of course, he is a real person in real life.

I am not going to talk about Eddie Huang here but yes, he is the owner of Baohaus. On Saturday (or should i say early Sunday) night, Baohaus was quite packed with customers when boo and i arrived but order was taken pretty quick. Mind you, if you are not familiar with the area, you can easily miss this spot as boo was actually the one who found it LOL. The place itself was small and only consists of one long table with 5-6 chairs and a higher bar-like table with 5-6 chairs. I am not sure if they have a restroom there but looks like they have it in the back.

So, what did we got?

We had two Chairman Bao buns, two Birdhaus Bao buns, a taro fries, and two AiYu Jelly lemonade drinks.

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Taro Fries – Fresh hand cut taro, seasoned w/ Haus spices, served w/ Haus sauce. $3.55

Ok, this has got to be the most amazing taro fries I have ever had. (at least for NYC standard). I successfully made boo fell in love with taro and what makes it even tastier – the sauce! Yes, looks like they combined some spice with peanut sauce. We both loved peanut sauce and to had this with the taro? BLISS! the fries were also cooked to perfection and actually were already tasty even without the sauce. the seasoning was just right. Shoot, if only Baohaus is next to my workplace/school, i would not mind having this stuff every day!

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Chairman Bao – Braised all natural Berkshire pork belly served with Haus Relish, crushed peanuts, Taiwanese red sugar, and cilantro. $4.05/piece

Pork bun is something I would not resist even after such a scrumptious dinner date. lol. The pork belly was so tender and juicy it makes you beg for more. However though, the fat from the pork belly served here was cut quite thick so sometimes there was not much meat left when you bite on it. Boo said it was delicious unfortunately he had to scrap off the fat. as for me, I was okay with the fat part but yes, too much of the fat would make me gag. Will i order it again when i come back? Probably.

P.S: TBH, I still like the pork bun from Japanese restaurants like Ippudo or Totto ramen. πŸ˜‰

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Birdhaus Bao – All natural fried chicken. Brined 24 hours, served with Haus Seasoning Salt, lemon-garlic aioli, crushed peanuts, Taiwanese red sugar, and cilantro. $3.55/piece

Now this bun was definitely the winner of the night as boo and i both agreed it tasted so good we wished it did not costs $3.55 a piece lol. the chicken was so moist, tender, and juicy i felt like asking the staff on how to cook the chicken πŸ˜› normally i would be skeptical on fried chicken in a bun (as i was so into pork bun, cause to me if i want to eat fried chicken then i would eat just the fried chicken by itself) but this one was an exception. πŸ˜‰

Conclusion: all the foods were exceptionally delicious but the prices tend to be on the high side so depends on your budget, this can be your go-to place everyday or probably once in a blue moon. ooh, i forgot to mention about the lemonade — they tasted good and fresh.

Baohaus
238 E 14th St, New York, NY 10003
Phone:(646) 669-8889Nearest Transit: 3rd Ave L train (closest), 14st-Union Square L,N,Q,R,4,5,6 trains (5-6 minutes walking)
website: www.baohausnyc.com

Yours Truly πŸ™‚