Last Monday, on our trip to New York City, we had tickets to see Katie Couric's show. Katie was just like she seems on TV; funny, perky, friendly. She chatted with the audience in between segments, and was very good about explaining what was going on; where the cameras were, that she was talking to her producer on her wireless mike and not to an empty chair before the show started.
Katie and her staff were very nice about letting everyone take pictures. If I had wanted better pictures, I probably should have made friends with the lady in turquoise standing in front of me...
Normally the show is filmed in six segments, in order, but because of different guest's time constraints, we saw last Monday's episode, filmed out of order, and two seperate segments from other shows.
We had been on the subway by 7:45, in line at 8:30 and seated in the studio since about 10:00. By the time we got done watching so much TV, I was STARVING. (Katie's show was nice enough to provide granola bars to tide us over).
As we left the Katie show, a staff member handed out a list of nearby restaurants. When I spotted Top Chef's Head Judge Tom Colicchio's sandwich shop, WichCraft on the list, I knew where I wanted to go.
WichCraft is a soup and salad cafeteria style eatery. There are several all over the city. We ate at Lincoln Center.
An aside: I'm currently on a quest to find the world's best tomato soup. Maybe not the actual whole world, maybe just where ever it happens to be convenient for me. So far, Nordstrom's and Jason's Deli are neck and neck.
Later, we headed to Times Square to the TKTS booth to get discount tickets to Forever Dusty, a musical about Dusty Springfield.
If your in New York and don't have your heart set on a particular show, the TKTS booth is the way to go. They sell same day tickets at 20%- 50% off both Broadway and Off Broadway shows. I've gotten tickets for every show I've seen in New York City through TKTS, and its always been a positive experience.
After the show, we had more delish food. Crab and Pork Soup Dumplings at a packed restaurant on a dark narrow little street in Chinatown. I would never have gone there if I hadn't read so many great reviews.
See the "B" sign on the door? Restaurants in New York are required to post their inspection codes. Everywhere else we ate had an "A". The dumplings and scallion pancakes were so good, I'd go there even if they had a "D".
I've got to make some money for more dumplings, so I've added some new (old) things to my Etsy shops.
Here's what you'll find in Gathering Dust