Location Love: The Pandorica

This past weekend Andrew and I traveled to Marist college for his 5 year reunion (it’s basically Hogwarts – see here) and since we were up that way we thought it would be the perfect opportunity to try the Doctor Who themed restaurant, The Pandorica!  I’ve been wanting to go since it opened but it’s pretty far out of the way so we hadn’t made it there previously.  It’s such a cute little spot and the food is fantastic.  I think it if were located in NYC it would be too crowded to truly enjoy the experience.

As soon as we walked in we were greeted by a friendly waitress and I immediately noticed a man sitting near us outfitted in suspenders and a bow tie (yeah Whovians!).  The Pandorica definitely has a quiet atmosphere which is due to episodes of Doctor Who playing and most attendees having their eyes glued to the tv screen (think sports bar but actually fun!).  We were lucky enough to catch the latter half of the David Tennat werewolf episode and the beginning of the David Tennat – Sarah Jane – K-9 episode.  Also I was that disruptive girl who totally didn’t mind being the uncool tourist running around the restaurant to photograph EVERY DETAIL.

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So speaking of those details, my favorite touch is the Police Box mason jar full on sunflowers on several tables though I’m also partial to the Dinosaur head with a TARDIS in it’s mouth.  One of the coolest things is that right near the restrooms there is a giant crack in the wall that changes colors.  The bathroom door is fashioned after a TARDIS using a wall decal and an actual light bulb atop the door.  The inside of the bathroom is decorated to look like the interior of a TARDIS (also wall decals) and the back of the bathroom door is full of tally marks.  Hmm I wonder what those could mean? :-)  There’s also a hanging member of the Silence in wall area opposite the bathroom and an Ood that sits near the front desk.  The menus look like River Song’s journal and there’s a giant Van Gogh TARDIS mural across the back wall.  There’s also a wall of artwork that’s for sale which is not allowed to be photographed (I was nicely informed about that when I tried to snap some pics).  Even the cloth pattern on the booths is very Gallifreyan.  So A+ in the decoration department.

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For dinner I ordered the Gallifreyed potato pancakes because I wasn’t super hungry and I really enjoyed them! It was the perfect amount of food and I was still able to enjoy a brownie covered in ice cream and caramel sauce once I finished.  Andrew ordered something very meaty that involved bacon so I cannot comment on his food.  If I ever have the chance to go back I would love to try the faux fish fingers and custard from the dessert menu.  It’s actually french toast sticks!

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Overall, The Pandorica is a really enjoyable place for any Whovian.  The decor is timey wimey, the staff is really friendly and the food is delish.  It’s a bit far for us to make a trip out there where The Pandorica is the sole purpose but if we ever find ourselves in the area again you can bet we’ll be going back!

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NYC: Co-Ed Geek Girl Slumber Party

Attention NYC nerds! This coming Saturday I’ll be joining Lorraine Cink of Marvel’s The Watcher  as a guest on her Co-Ed Geek Girl Slumber Party podcast which is a nerdy variety show.  The event is being held at The Peoples Improv Theater at 9:30 PM and other guests include Jill Pantozzi, Daniel Kibblesmith, Margaret Lyons, Monique Moses and a special surprise guest!  There’s going to be a Q&A panel, a geeky musical act and the chance to win a prize as long as your dressed in your favorite fangirl pajamas.  Tickets are only $10 and you can purchase them here and you can visit the official website here!

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The Lord of the Rings in Concert at Lincoln Center Recap

After months and months of building anticipation, the days finally came where Andrew and I could head to Lincoln Center and claim our seats for the three night Lord of the Rings Trilogy event.  Lincoln Center played all three films, (Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, Return of the King – one per night) on a giant IMAX screen with a live orchestra playing the score along with the film.  The event was nothing short of breath-taking.  It was so amazing to be in a theater full the positive energy emanating from all the Tolkien enthusiasts in attendance.  I loved how much audience reaction there was at pivotal moments during the films, whether it was applause, or cheering and laughter after specific lines (one of the best obviously being “They’re taking the Hobbits to Isengard.”)  There were people dressed in formal gowns, and people cosplaying as Hobbits and Elves.  There was also such a diverse age range of audience members which is wonderful to see.

There were no photos allowed during the event, so naturally I snuck one at the beginning of each night to commemorate the performance.  The 21st Century Symphony Chorus & Orchestra as well as the Brooklyn Youth Chorus and solosit KaitlynLusk were led by conductor Ludwig Wicki who has an immense amount of energy.  I hadn’t previously realized how closely conductors resemble magicians.  Kaitlyn’s voice was magical and perfectly fit the LOTR score.  The only downside to the event (which is reasonable so I can understand) is that the theatrical versions were played instead of the extended cuts.

Without a shadow of a doubt, the absolute highlight of the event was on the third night when Return of the King ended and Howard Shore appeared onstage to give a speech.  I was nearly in tears!  I wasn’t expecting him to be there so I was totally taken by surprise.  He thanked Peter Jackson and Tolkien and the LOTR fans.  My hands were actually burning as we were leaving from clapping so hard.  If you ever have to opportunity to see LOTR played with a live orchestra, I cannot recommend it enough.  It’s one of the best experiences I’ve had!

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NYC Location Love: Sugar and Plumm

One of my favorite places to brunch in NYC is Sugar and Plumm on the Upper West Side.  Their food selection will appease anyone with a sweet tooth such as myself.  I’m talking dessert foods disguised as breakfast.  When you walk in, you’re met with a beautiful bright white decor with royal purple accents and wall mosaics that remind me of Candyland.  There’s an enormous royal purple upholstered chair which looks like a throne next to the entrance which you can take photos in.

I’ve sampled the majority of their menu (anything without meat in it) throughout my many trips there with Andrew and my two favorites are the blueberry ricotta pancakes with lemon curd and the dulce de leche ice cream waffles.  I also really love their milkshakes (grasshoppers are the best!) and their alcoholic iced tea.  Unlike many other restaurants, there is no unlimited drinks brunch deal so it can get rather expensive if you’re looking to have more than one drink with your meal.  Sugar & Plumm is all about the food.  You also have the opportunity to satiate your sweet tooth without sitting down for meal.  They have an ice cream bar, cupcakes, cake, a wide variety of macarons, a huge candy selection and my personal favorite, chocolate Eiffel Towers and and high heels.  If you’re ever planning a trip to NYC, I cannot recommend Sugar and Plumm enough.  Plus, it’s a quick walk from there to Central Park so you can try to work off some of the calories you consumed during breakfast!

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Minamoto Kitchoan

After dim sum with Andrew, we met Melissa at Kinokuniya and then headed to the Nintendo Store and this adorable Japanese bakery that I’ve been wanting to try for a few months now!  It’s called Minamoto Kitchoan and it’s located on the upper eastern side of Midtown on Fifth Avenue.

Minamoto Kitchoan is an authentic Japanese bakery that is full of mouthwatering desserts.  It can get rather expensive if you’re splurging for boxes of items, but if you buy single desserts it doesn’t break the bank.  One of my favorite desserts I tried and ended up purchasing is a red bean paste sandwiched between two pancakes.  We also tried Mille-Feuille which is sort of like a Kit Kat but with a thinner wafer and more layers of chocolate.  Lastly we got a delicious Mochi that was filled with milk chocolate and coated in cookie crumbles.

My favorite thing I saw there were the Usagisan which I didn’t get to try but OMG a dessert shaped like bunnies!!!

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Buddha Bodai

This past weekend Andrew and I went out for one of the most satisfying meals I’ve consumed in recent times.  In high school. my friends and I would wake up really early on weekends and go to this little place on Long Island called Fortune Wheel and we’d eat the best Dim Sum ever for breakfast.  Then, about 6 years ago I became a vegetarian and my dim sum addiction was forced to cease.  It was a sad day indeed.  Dim sum is actually what I miss most about being a vegetarian.  Pork buns and shumai were two of my favorite foods.  Luckily, about two years ago, Dan Slott introduced me to a lovely little restaurant in Chinatown called Buddha Bodai which is a vegetarian dim sum restaurant.  I had only been there with him the one time, but I finally ventured back and it was glorious.

We started with green tea and spring rolls, and then moved on to all the dumplings and buns!  We ordered pork buns (my FAVORITE), Green Tea Buns, Watercress Dumplings, Vegetable Dumplings, Veggetable Gyozas and Fried Sticky Rice.  We definitely over-ordered and we were almost too full to stand up and leave!

If you’ve never been to Chinatown you may want to know that on your walk from the subway to the restaurant there will be a ton of people trying to sell you fake designer handbags, watches, and telling you they’ll give you gold for cash.  A new addition to the sales pushing on Canal were selfie sticks.  And consider yourself forewarned, if you’re interested in the aforesaid fake designer handbag and agree to peruse their selection, you will be escorted into a sketchy room in a nearby building since your transaction is technically illegal.

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Rolph’s German Restaurant Wins Christmas

This year I was finally able to make it over to Rolph’s on 22nd and 3rd Avenue to admire their swoonworthy Christmas decorations with Andrew!  Warning: Rolph’s is not for the casual Christmas fan or the faint at heart.  We waited outside in the freezing cold for about an hour (they don’t take reservations too close to Christmas) but it was totally worth the near frostbite.  Luckily, the majority of people who venture over are more interested in drinking and Christmas decorations than anything else so once we were inside we were very quick to acquire a table while the bar area looked unbearably crowded.  The restaurant serves gluhwein(!), a holiday favorite mulled wine, that my grandfather has been making every Christmas for longer than I’ve been alive so that was the first item we each ordered.  Each glass was garnished with a cinnamon stick which we couldn’t see until nearing the bottom of our glasses.  Since I’m a vegetarian, food options in a German restaurant are always meat heavy and my choices are limited but luckily I love me some potato pancakes.  Andrew on the other hand enjoyed a meat dish.  We had such a wonderful time enjoying each others company and just generally being in awe of all the decorations.  If you’re in NYC around Christmas, you should absolutely try to check it out!

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Once Upon A Christmas: Saks Fifth Avenue Fairytale Windows

There is no doubt in my mind that New York City is the best place to be during Christmastime.  We have Christmas trees that are almost as tall as skyscrapers set up in multiple locations, there are adorable holiday pop-up shops set up (I wrote about the ones at Bryant Park a few weeks ago!) and the department stores deck out their windows with the most wonderful decorations.  People get so excited about store windows that the unveiling has even become somewhat of an event.  There are always tourists and New Yorkers lined up outside to catch a glimpse or snap a photo.

This year, Saks Fifth Avenue’s windows completely exceeded my expectations.  The outer windows are inspired by the 20’s, but it’s the main windows facing ‘The Tree’ (I feel like this deserves capitalization) in Rockefeller that really caught my attention.  Each display is inspired by a fairytale!  There are windows devoted to Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Rumpelstiltskin, Snow White, Little Red Riding Hood, and Rapunzel.  My favorite is the Sleeping Beauty window because I am in love with her gorgeous pink dress, the tiny whimsical fairies sitting atop the vines and of course, the very made-up face in the moon.  Swoon.

It’s challenging to take good photos since the windows reflect the buildings and people opposite them so I took a set at night and a set during the day (yes I waited in line twice and I will probably go back another few times!) but the day photos were better, so I hope you enjoy them.  Merry Christmas!

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The Great Book Giveaway With Neil Gaiman & Lemony Snicket

Yesterday morning Andrew and I braved the below freezing cold weather and headed to Washington Square Park before work because we found out that one of our favorite authors would be there handing out free books.  The author in question is Neil Gaiman (*heart pounds* *arm flails* *Sailor Moon heart eyes*).  On top of Neil being there, Daniel Handler, the author better known as Lemony Snicket, was also in tow for the event which was held by The National Book Foundation.  The Great Book Giveaway was a contest in which Neil Gaiman and Lemony Snicket would spend 30 minutes competing to hand out the most free books of their own and those nominated for the 2014 National Book Awards.
Two brilliant authors in one Manhattan park?  TOTALLY worth the loss of sleep and feeling in our extremities.  We arrived around 7:50AM and were handed numbers (60 and 61!) to wait in line for our chance to meet and greet the mastermind who’s changed both of our lives (side note: a mutual love of Neil Gaiman is one of the reasons Andrew and I started dating).  After getting our numbers, we headed to Starbucks for a quick hot beverage to combat the cold (another side note: I tried the new Chestnut Praline latte from Starbucks and it was scrumptious!  I’ll definitely be grabbing another one this season) and a warm buttery croissant to fill our empty stomachs.  As we walked back to get on the line which was now long enough to circle an entire New York City avenue, Neil Gaiman and Lemony Snicket walked RIGHT BY US.  So.  Much.  Excitement.
The line moved fairly quickly and the closer we got, the higher my already inflated energy level climbed!  I got a copy The Graveyard Book Volume 1 graphic novel which was adapted by P. Craig Russell, a big hug, a photo and an everlasting memory!  Andrew let Neil choose his book for him and he ended up with a copy of a graphic novel nominated for a book award called Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant?  I had a wonderful time despite the 20 degree weather and having to wear multiple pairs of leggings yet still losing feeling in many places on my body and then being in pain from coldness once I re-entered the warmth of the subway.  Also enjoyable were the fall foliage and architecture of Washington Square Park.  Yay books!
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Bryant Park Holiday Shops

Last weekend, Andrew and I headed over to Bryant Park for our first of many trips to see the Holiday Shops.  Each year, Bryant Parks sets up a number of pop-up type boutiques in the area surrounding the ice skating rink.  All the shops are full of great ideas for holiday gifts and there are so many eateries to sample along the way!  My favorite shop each year is By Whoops which sells macarons in a wide variety of flavors.  I tried to be patient on our walk to their kiosk but it was rough!  The first flavors I sampled this season were 1) Cookies & Cream – so much yes, 2) Pumpkin – delicious, 3) Nutella – OMG there are no words, 4) Caramel Apple – not my favorite, 5) Raspberry – always one of my favorites, and 6) Coffee – pretty good!  I’m looking forward to going back and trying more.  While we were walking around I also purchased a snowflake necklace (I’ve always wanted one!), ate a delicious cheddar truffle pretzel from Bavarian Food Company and sampled the always amazing chocolate at Max Brenner.  Another shop I really liked had beautiful necklaces made out of painted leaves from Central Park.  I (obviously) had to stop anywhere that had Christmas decorations.  One of the last shops I stopped in had the most creative chandelier made out of teacups.  Overall, it was a lot of fun and I can’t wait to go back once the Christmas tree is displayed and lit up at night!

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