Hubs took Friday off and we took the bus up to NYC on Friday afternoon. We checked into our hotel and got ready for dinner.
We met one of my BFFs and her husband for dinner Friday night at Estela - DELISH food. Everything we ate was amazing!
Saturday morning was our anniversary. We got up and grabbed a quick breakfast before heading out to the festival event.
There were literally over 100 events throughout the weekend to choose from but we decided to go with the Chopped Best Bloody Mary Brunch, sponsored by Absolut and hosted by ALL the celebrity chefs who judge Chopped (one of our favorite FN shows). You should know I'm a Food Network NERD. I mean, I would much rather meet my favorite celebrity chefs than actual movie stars. People I respect, look up to, whose food I've cooked, restaurants I've eaten at and whose recipes I love. Needless to say, I was in total fangirl heaven.
And then there was that moment that all the Chopped judges came on stage and I nearly started crying.
During the tasting portion, the chefs were just walking around eating and drinking with the guests and we were able to go up and talk to them, take pictures, etc. I made a beeline for Iron Chef Geoffrey Zakarian... one of my all time favorite culinary idols. The man is a genius, let's leave it at that. Not only was I able to talk to and hug him, but I got what might be my favorite selfie of all time because another Chef, Marc Murphy, photobombed it.
Are you a loser if a selfie with a celebrity chef makes your life? Probably. I'm ok with that.
We also got photos with Chef Scott Conant and Iron Chef Alex Guarnaschelli.
Ted Allen making rounds behind our table.
Bloody Selfies ;)
Then we went back to our hotel and got ready for the most delish dinner at STK New York.
Dress was rented, obviously.
After our amazing dinner of steak, broccolini and the creamiest, butteriest mashed potatoes ever... we went to see Aladdin on Broadway! My dream come true.
Hubs got front row tickets! And the show was AMAZING. Or, Genie-us, I should say ;) I think I had my jaw on the floor the entire first 20 minutes. Incredible. Broadway does NOT disappoint!
Sunday we slept in and then went to Ess-a-bagel for yummy bagels. We waited 40 minutes in line, apparently this place is pretty popular! Then we walked around some more, took in Rockefeller Center and a few other main attractions before heading on our bus to head home.
Overall, a great, memorable weekend! NYC is really not that far from us... 4.5, maybe 5 hours at most. And we don't appreciate that and enjoy it nearly enough! Hopefully we'll be back sooner than later :)