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Tuesday, January 28, 2014

MOTOWN THE MUSICAL

MOTOWN THE MUSICAL
LUNT-FONTANNE THEATRE
NEW YORK, NY

MOTOWN THE MUSICAL
LUNT-FONTANNE THEATRE
205 WEST 46TH STREET
NEW YORK, NY 10036
212-575-9200

I loved Motown the Musical on Broadway.  The cast is explosive and delivers the music of Motown via a great story about the career of Motown Founder Berry Gordy. From his days as a young kid growing up in Detroit to a Superstar existence in Los Angeles representing some of the greatest talents in music history.  Smokey Robinson, Marvin Gaye, Michael Jackson and the Supremes.  Gordy's love interest through most of the play is Diana Ross and the gal playing Diana delivers a powerful range of songs that really bring the house down.  Gordy also sings and he delivers a solo performance at the end of the show that made me want to stand up and cheer.  Amazing performance and song.  The story of Gordy coming up through the ranks and making it big takes a turn when many of his biggest artists are loured away by larger record labels with more money.  Motown is on the verge of bankruptcy and Gordy comes close to giving up.  Loved the story and music!

MOTOWN ON BROADWAY
ALL TRUE
NON-STOP HITS IS RIGHT PLUS A SHOW STOPPING SOLO FINALE THAT BLEW ME AWAY
LUNT-FONTANNE THEATRE 
MOTOWN THE MUSICAL IS FILLED WITH GREAT HITS
GREAT 7TH ROW SEATS FROM BROADWAY.COM

CHELSEA MARKET - NEW YORK, NY

CHELSEA MARKET
NEW YORK, NY

CHELSEA MARKET
75 9TH AVENUE
NEW YORK, NY  10011
212-652-2110
HOURS:  Monday thru Saturday 7:00 AM - 9:00 PM
                 Sunday 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM

Enjoyed a mini food tour of our own at Chelsea Market in New York.  This is the home of the Food Network and a great place to eat, drink, people watch and relax.  The place seems like an underground cavern with twisting corridors that lead to dozens of restaurants and shops that all have something to do with food.  There is even a supermarket with tons of fresh vegetables and fruits.  You can eat most anything here and we did our best to sample a few of the restaurants.  Started with a small bottle of wine procured at the Chelsea Wine Vault.  This is a great little wine shop that will open your bottle and provide glasses so you can enjoy your wine while eating in the market.  You can walk anywhere in the market and drink your wine at any of the establishments.  I grabbed a mini bottle of Cabernet and two plastic glasses and was off on yet another food adventure.  Our first stop was Dickson's Farmstand Meats where they serve up local and natural meats in a Butcher Shop plus serve up some pretty good food.  We tried the Carne Enchilada Torta ($11).  Adobo Smoked Pork, Guacamole and Refried Beans.  Loved the sandwich but really wanted more pork and refried beans.  Sandwich was a bit thin for $11.  The House Made Hot Dog with Preserved Chilies and Kewpie Mayo ($5.50) was the bomb.  The Hot dog had a nice skin and crunch plus a ton of flavor.  Great Dog!  Our next stop was Los Tacos No. 1.  I had the Carne Asada Taco ($3.50) on a Corn Tortilla.  This Taco was terrific.  Tasted like the tacos I would get in Tijuana at a cart on Avenue Revolution.  These are the type of Carne Asada Tacos that I crave and cannot get in Hawaii.  The flavor and freshness were incredible.  My friend tried the Adobado Taco ($3.00) and said the same as me.  Terrific and very tasty.  Loved these tacos and will put this on my New York favorites list.  Moving right along we ended up at The Lobster Place Seafood Market.  This is a huge fish market/restaurant that served up the best Lobster Roll I have ever had.  The Lobster Roll ($16.95) was nothing but meat.  Sweet, cold and buttery lobster meat on a perfectly grilled roll.  This sandwich is Lobster Heaven and really delivered the lobster taste that I love.  We moved on and came upon a Thai restaurant and Vietnamese restaurant.  Eat more we asked ourselves.  I wanted to but just couldn't eat another bite.  I would love to spend several days grazing Chelsea Market.  This is a little gem that should not be missed if you love food and people watching.

CHELSEA MARKET NEW YORK CITY
CHELEA MARKET IS A MUST VISIT FOR FOODIES
THE FOOD NETWORK STUDIOS ARE UPSTAIRS
CHELEA MARKET IS A LONG WINDING HALL ON STREET LEVEL
DOZENS OF RESTAURANTS AND FOOD SHOPS
THE WAREHOUSE LOOK COMPLETE WITH CHRISTMAS LIGHTS
DOZENS OF PLACES TO EAT AND RELAX.  TABLES INSIDE AND OUT IN THE CORRIDORS
DICKSON'S FARMSTAND MEATS WAS OUT FIRST STOP IN CHELSEA MARKET
THIS IS A REAL BUTCHER SHOP WITH LOTS OF YOUNG PEOPLE BUTCHERING
AWESOME TO WATCH THE BEEF BEING CUT
TAKE OUT BUTCHER SHOP AND RESTAURANT COUNTER
LONG COUNTER WHITH CHAIRS WHERE YOU CAN EAT LUNCH OR DINNER
DICKSON'S FARMSTAND MEATS LUNCH MENU
CARNE ENCHILADA TORTA
HOUSE MADE HOT DOG
LOS TACOS NO. 1 IN CHELSEA MARKET IS GREAT PLACE FOR TACOS!
LOS TACOS NO. 1 MENU
ORDER AT THE WINDOW AND YOUR TACOS ARE MADE TO ORDER WITH FRESH TORTILLAS
FRESH PICO DE GALLO, GUACAMOLE AND SALSA
CARNE ASADA TACO WAS JUST LIKE MEXICO.  ONE OF THE BEST EVER ON THIS BLOG
SUPER FRESH AUTHENTIC CARNE ASADA TACO
ADOBADA TACO - MARINATED PORK
THE LOBSTER PLACE SEAFOOD MARKET IS HUGE AND FILLED WITH ALL TYPES OF FRESH SEAFOOD
GRAB A BOWL OF SOUP ON A COLD WINTER DAY
THIS SECTION SELLS FRESH LOBSTER
SANDWICH AND CHOWDER DELI IN THE BACK OF THE MARKET
FRESH LOBSTER ROLL MADE TO ORDER
LOBSTER ROLL SERVED WITH PICKLE AND BAG OF CHIPS FOR $16.95
SANDWICH IS PRETTY MUCH ALL LOBSTER
SWEET AND MEATY LOBSTER ON A GREAT TOASTED ROLL - DELICIOUS!
THERE IS EVEN A SUSHI BAR HERE
THE CHELSEA WINE VAULT FEATURES GREAT WINES AND SERVICE





AZALEA - NEW YORK, NY

AZALEA RISTORANTE
NEW YORK, NY

AZALEA RISTORANTE
224 WEST 51ST STREET
NEW YORK, NY  10019
212-262-0105
HOURS:  Monday thru Thursday/Sunday 12:00 PM - 11:30 PM
                 Saturday and Sunday 12:00 PM - 12:00 AM

Ran into Azalea after watching a play on Broadway.  Saw that it was an Italian restaurant and we hustled inside to take refuge from the biter cold New York night.  We were happily greeted by an a male wait staff that was eager to serve us.  They presented specials verbally and made recommendations of house favorites.  We were here for fresh pasta and ordered a side of pasta filled with three cheeses and topped with tomato sauce.  The dish was light and delicious.  Followed this up with an order of Scallops.  They were good but not great.  I enjoyed the Fettuccine Bolognese and my friend had the Pappardelle with Braised Veal.  Both dishes were excellent and so was the service.  I told the waiter that we loved the service and he quickly asked "what about the food".  Great too we said as we bundled up to go outside and brave the cold.  I liked our visit here and would not hesitate to return.

AZALEA RISTORANTE LOCATED NEAR THE THEATRE DISTRICT IN NEW YORK
WARM INTERIOR WITH FANTASTIC SERVICE
ANTIPASTI, INSALATE AND LE PASTE
LA CARNE AND IL PESCE
FRESH BREAD WITH OLIVE OIL AND TOMATO
ROSES ON THE TABLE WAS A NICE TOUCH
THREE CHEESES WITH PASTA AND TOMATO SAUCE
SCALLOP APPETIZER
PAPPARDELLE AL RAGU DI VITELLO
FETTUCCINE BOLOGNESE
A LITTLE ITALIAN CHIANTI TO WASH DOWN THE FRESH PASTA
IT WAS COLD OUTSIDE OF AZALEA - REAL COLD!
AZALEA IS NEAR TIMES SQUARE AND THEATRE DISTRICT