One of the things I deeply regret is not being in New York when Grace opens on Broadway.
I really, really wish Grace and I could’ve seen this
Paul Rudd in the flesh. I regret.
Stars Paul Rudd, Michael Shannon, Kate Arrington, and Ed Asne, Grace follows a wide-eyed young couple (Rudd and Arrington) who start a new life in Florida, with big plans to open a chain of Gospel motels.
Shannon co-stars as the agitated neighbor, and Ed Asner, a caustic exterminator.
The cast held a press conference last August 21 at the Room Mate Grace on 125 West 45th Street.
No mono-blocks allowed obviously
Paul Rudd being interviewed
I wish New York weren’t so far away and expensive so I could come more often.
Grace runs from September 13, 2012 to January 6, 2013 at the Cort Theatre on 138 West 48th Steet (between 6th & 7th Avenues).
To know more, go to http://www.graceonbroadway.com/
From New York to Australia to Manila comes New York’s West End smash hit, Potted Potter: The Unauthorized Harry Experience.
Created by two-time Olivier Award Best Entertainment nominees Daniel Clarkson and Jefferson Turner, the show is a must-see for Harry Potter addicts and a great introduction for anyone who’s ever wondered what the fuss is all about.
Even if you don’t know the difference between a Horcrux and a Hufflepuff, Potted Potter will make you roar with laughter. This brilliant family entertainment is suited for ages six to Dumbledore (who is very old indeed).
Performing in Manila are Jesse Briton and Gary Trainor, who take on the challenge of playing all your favorite characters, condensing all seven Harry Potter books (plus a real-life game of Quidditch) into 70 hilarious minutes.
Expect a fire-breathing dragon, endless costumes, brilliant songs, ridiculous props, and a generous helping of Hogwarts magic.
L-R: Jesse Briton, Gary Trainor
Potted Potter will run for 10 shows only from August 28 to September 2, 2012 at the Carlos P. Romulo Auditorium, RCBC Plaza. Book your tickets now at Ticketworld 891-9999 or go to Ticketworld.
Tuesday, August 28 – 7:30 PM
Wednesday, August 29 – 7:30 PM
Thursday, August 30 – 7:30 PM
Friday, August 31 – 5:00 PM • 7:30 PM
Saturday, September 1 – 2:30 PM • 5:00 PM • 7:30 PM
Sunday, September 2 – 5:00 PM • 7:30 PM
Potted Potter is written by Daniel Clarkson & Jefferson Turner
Performed by Jesse Briton & Gary Trainor
Direction and additional material by Richard Hurst
Set design by Simon Scullion
Lighting design by Tim Mascall
Music composed by Phil Innes
Associate direction by Hanna Berrigan
Produced by Lunchbox Theatrical Productions, Potted Productions and Concertus Manila.
Brought to you by ETC, 2nd Avenue, Jack TV, The Philippine Star, Radio High 105.1, Monster Radio RX 93.1, 99.5RT, ClickTheCity, PEP.ph, Candymag.com and RCBC Realty Corp.
I’m not really one to jump in the bandwagon whenever everyone raves about certain foods, but Shake Shack I had to try because I kept seeing it on Instagram.
Grace suggested we go to the Upper East Side branch because it has a shorter queue than Madison Square Park.
Shake Shack began in 2001 as a seasonal hot dog cart in Madison Square Park. It became popular with fans who lined up daily for three summers. Then in 2004, they won a bid to open a permanent kiosk in the park.
Sixteen stores later, Shake Shack is known for delicious burgers, hot dogs, frozen custard, shakes, beer, wine and more.
Grace and I took a cab to 154 East 86th Street and found a reasonable queue
I ordered the simplest burger and grabbed a table. Grace followed with this beeper and we waited.
As usual Grace and I were giggling because right next to us were four cute Catholic school boys about 1/3 my age.
Well that’s New York for you—cute boys are everywhere.
Minutes later the line turned to this. Our timing was lucky.
The beeper lit up and Grace picked up our order
The fries were hot and crispy—not bad—and I say this because I’m partial to hot, soggy fries.
I had very high expectations, so I thought I would be disappointed. But my burger was perfect. Probably the best burger I’ve ever had. The bread is soft and simple. The burger, crisp on the outside; tender, juicy inside. I like that they understand the meaning of a plain burger.
Perfect with ketchup and Coke
Grace prefers her burgers normal
A couple of nights later I was back with my mom, sister, and SIL. This time I ordered a strawberry shake because my sister said, what’s the use of going to Shake Shack if you’re not gonna try the shake.
The shake was thick and perfect. I couldn’t finish it though because each sip felt like 3,000 calories.
I also ordered a double burger because I thought double just meant bigger. Turns out it means two patties, which is much too much for me.
Oh and there were cute boys again. No longer 1/3 my age. Maybe half?
Aside from the US, Shake Shack has two locations in the Middle East.
So I heard they partnered with a really huge F&B group in the Middle East (read: pera), so I wonder if they will ever open in Asia? If so, which country first?
When I was a kid in the ’70s, I thought Kowloon House had the best siomai ever.
I remember the rather crude cardboard takeaway box lined with wax paper, with the piping hot siomai that was so magical.
I stopped eating it in high school after I saw some rats running out of its Park Square store back in the ’80s.
I don’t know exactly who introduced me to Golden Unicorn in New York back in the ’90s. All I remember was you had to wait in line and the food was really good. It was such a treat to take a bus there and eat with friends like Biden
Seventeen years later, I wondered if it would be as magical for me. Luckily I was able to drag Grace and Alexei to Chinatown last Sunday.
We had a kind taxi driver who had no idea how to get to 18 East Broadway.
Spotted a couple of hipsters in the area
And then that magical building
We were lucky the line wasn’t bad when we got there around 11:30 AM
I had to look for the mirrored hall of rave reviews, and there it was (kabrokot ang mga utao)
After a 15-minute wait, we got a go signal to go up to the 3rd floor.
Inside looks a bit gaudy/creepy with all the drapery, mirrors and funky tiles
We managed to call a few dimsum carts to our table and got the piping hot siopao, which was perfect
I didn’t try this one. It was “bola-bolish”
The best pork siomai in the world!! Exactly how I remembered it 17 years ago
This one paled in comparison
The perfect hakaw
and golden-fried shrimp balls. No idea why it’s served with Pringles. It was good though
Our bill was only $40. We had no soy sauce, no calamansi, no rice. If you want soy sauce and calamansi, you might have to bring your own. LOL. But seriously, it didn’t need anything else because it was perfect. Except maybe a glass of ice-cold Coke.
AVA presents its first one-day members-only Private Designer Sale this August 26, 2012 at the Rockwell Tent Extension.
Enjoy discounts of up to 70% off creations by designers Dennis Lustico, James Reyes, Ivar Aseron, Joey Samson, Tippi Ocampo, Amina Aranaz and Louis Claparols, plus exquisite pieces from Cura-V and a11.
Register now and get a free entrance pass at http://www.ava.ph/designersale.