Some of the best presents I gave or recieved this year were going to see shows with friends and family.
JF gave me tickets to see The Nutcracker at Lincoln Center. It's the original production by the New York City Ballet. I was thrilled as I was in a local production when I used to do ballet as a kid. I played one of the mice. I remembered the thrill of traveling to different locations to perform and feeling a little sad when the Mouse King was done in by the Nutcracker.
The costumes and special effects in this version were truly magnificent. They had a Christmas tree that grew to be as tall as the stage and at the end Clara and her prince appear to fly off the stage in a sled pulled by reindeer. Afterwards we kept noticing how much the music from The Nutcracker is used in commercials and had fun trying to figure out which song was being used to sell what product.
If you ever need a place to eat before a show at Lincoln Center check out the restaurant Compass. It's on the UWS on 70th St between Amsterdam and West End Ave. They have a prix fixe dinner and the food, decor, and service were outstanding. Would definately go back again.
My sister and I took our mom to see Spelling Bee on Broadway. It was a really cute show. Audience members can register before the show starts to be contestants. One of my sister's friends who had gotten picked told her what questions they would ask. All her practicing paid off as they actually chose to be in it! She let me know right before the show started but it was a big shock to my mom. My sister was on stage for probably about 15 minutes. She spelled her first word 'jihad' right but left with a complimentary juice box when they asked her to spell 'kumus.' I think they said it's curdled camel's milk. Apparently it's a delicacy in the Middle East-bleh!
My Citysearch skills were successful again in picking out the restaurant Eatery on 9th Ave and 53rd St. We had a very yummy brunch there. I had the sweet potato pancakes with mango guacomole. My only complaint was the noise level but I guess it comes with the territory when you pick a popular place to eat at.
And for the knitting related content of this post here's a gingerbread man I made:
At the Upper East Side Knitters holiday party we all made our own versions. Here's a pic of them all playing in the 'snow.'Happy New Year's!