No, we’re not in Miami – we’re in New York! And despite the air and wind making a deadly chilling combo, the heat is blasting inside every building.
We are here for two reasons: #1 is that Matt’s college roommate Chris aka Canada turned 30 a week ago and about 40 of his friends – many from college – are here to celebrate. A college/frat boy reunion! Reason #2 is that MATT is turning 29 tomorrow!! This trip wasn’t perfect timing since we just came back, but we found great deals on transport and hotel and Matt didn’t want to miss this weekend.
Our train was on time (we’re still in shock over how nice/fun/comfortable the ride was) and we made it to our hotel. By 5pm, we were starving and had a bit of time to kill, so we went out for a snack
Two coffees –
And a sandwich – a mozzarella, tomato, basil on warm focaccia split between the two of us.
It came with french fries, but since this was a snack and not a meal, I asked if we could sub in fresh fruit. You wouldn’t believe my smile when I saw the beautiful pile of berries, melons and bananas put in front of us!
As the sun set, we met up with 4 of Matt’s fraternity [SAE!] brothers at a craft beer bar we just happened to stumble upon called Upstate Craft Beer and Oyster Bar.
This place was PERFECT and we got to chat with the owner about owning a small business while we sipped a Double IPA before our friends arrived
One they did, things got rowdy!
The boys enjoyed some raw oysters (I prefer mine fried)
And I ended up ordering an entrée when 6:30 came around and it looked like dinner wouldn’t happen until 10pm. I don’t know how people eat so late here!
My dish was linguini with clams – perfectly garlicky and buttered.
Our next stop was a friends’ apartment for the evening’s “pre-game”
We nibbled on a nice spread of appetizers and caught up with old friends.
There is certainly no shortage of alcohol this weekend!
I just cabbed it home and left half the crew on their way to a bar. I can handle bars at 7pm or Kegs + Eggs events, but midnight is too late for me to get going. I’m all warm and cozy in my room and hoping to be hydrated by the time we all head to brunch tomorrow. Matt and I are actually staying in a room with two double beds because who knows how late that animal is going to stay out this weekend!