Monday, March 21, 2011

Mini BOOBs?? (not me)... BOOBs 1.5??... NYC Brunch

Seriously!  Could that have been more fun?  I'm not sure it could have been - I guess it could have if those who couldn't make it from around the world had been there too.... I'll just have to wait for Chicago for that!

Though I was totally in denial about it, I was completely nervous about going.  I had hives on and off for all of last week, but completely pretended they were just odd groups of mysterious mosquito bites - not stress induced hives.  Nope.  Not me.

Bonnie, Linda, Angie, and I took the Mega bus up and despite the obscene hour had a perfectly lovely trip up.  We were a little early and wasted some time getting coffee and walking up and down the street in the sun until the restaurant opened.  AND THEN!! Guess what?  They can't serve alcohol in NYC before noon.  I don't know if that's just on Sunday or what.  But what??? they stop serving at I'm guessing 4 or 5 am and then must wait till noon.  Totally funny to me. (thought definitely not at that moment as I seriously wanted a drink.)

We had some seriously yummy guacamole and chips, cuz we're all seriously health conscious like that!  I was telling my friend Camille about the guac and she immediately Googled it (as she is the undisputed Google queen) and this link is a chef at Dos Caminos talking about making it and the recipe is as follows:

* 2 tablespoons finely chopped cilantro leaves
* 2 teaspoons finely chopped white onion
* 2 teaspoons minced jalapeno or Serrano chilies, seeds and membranes removed, if desired
* 1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt
* 2 large ripe avocados, preferably California Haas, peeled and seeded
* 2 tablespoons cored, seeded, and finely chopped plum tomatoes (1 small tomato)
* 2 teaspoons freshly squeezed lime juice

This is a bad picture of the beautiful Vanessa reaching for their seriously yummy guacomole.

I had to enlarge to the nth degree as this picture was really of a bunch of people in the bar with Vanessa way in the back - but it was the only one with their guac in it and it was seriously good!

Guess what I had for dinner tonight!!!!!

It was so easy to make and so so so so good!!!

I was lucky enough to be sitting with Bonnie on my right and Gilly on my left and Carmen and Jen across from me with Linda and then Joey on the other side of Jen.  Sooo much fun!!  It's not like I wasn't already madly in love with all these women, but now... seriously... I can't stand it.  They were all just exactly as I thought they'd be and I had just so much fun laughing with all of them.  The connection was immediate as if we're all old friends.

At one point Joey was saying that it was sort of like meeting celebrities - as in you've seen their pictures and know what they look like and you know all this info about them - like you were on the lookout for some other famous bandy people. It's totally true. I swear I totally came to New York so I could be in the presence of the celebrities Joey and Gilly and all those other wonderful woman who's journeys I've been following. And I got to meet several others who's journeys I'll soon be catching up on!

Speaking of celebrities...

After brunch we went back up to the bar we saw Lindsay Lohan.  She was just standing there texting.  Susan just leaned over and asked.. Excuse me, are you Lindsay Lohan?  Lindsay totally denied it, but I've decided to believe it was really her and she just didn't want to tell us and really, that's okay right?  She totally deserves privacy and anonymity in her life... she's such a sweet girl.

On the drive home, poor Linda had to endure my singing as I was in a totally mellow mood and just had to listen to some Zach Brown band (and a little Steel Magnolia's too).

I didn't get to spend time with everyone, but everyone that I did get to talk to was - to a person - absolutely delightful. Warm, real, generous, open, funny-as-shit and just plain lovely!  You know, everyone says how women are these mean catty bitches - and I'm here to tell you (though I know you already know) that this community is filled with nothing but support and praise.  What a lucky girl I am!

And okay - this last picture of me and Carmen was taken on my phone just as we were leaving.  I was at my drunkest and have no idea who took it - it was a total surprise - I was so excited - when I got home and found it there as I was showing Brad the pictures.  I've also determined that, clearly, I need to have all my pictures taken when drunk because while Carmen is as beautiful as she always is - I look great in this picture - all tan and whatnot when I'm really white as a ghost.


Kristen said...

AMAZING post! You summed it up better then I could. Simply amazing! And don't worry-I was pretty nervous leading up to it as well! How the hell did I miss Lindsey Lohan, WTF!

Beth Ann said...

I'm so glad you all had SO much fun!! I'm jealous and can't wait until Chicago!

Kristin said...

HOW DID I MISS LINDSAY LOHAN? I can't freakin' believe it.

It was really great to meet you. You are lovely, and l'm sorry we didn't get to talk more but I hope we'll get a chance at the next get-together.

Banded Mommy (Angie) said...

Ok I totally thought that it was Lindsay too!! I insisted that it was her until she smiled. Her teeth were all kinds of messed up. Then Linda says she looks less cracked out. So I say should we ask which one is she? The cracked out one or the sober one?? It was a great chuckle hehehe :)
I had so much fun and I cannot wait to do it again!!

Susan said...

It was so great to meet you! And I loved the way you summed up the day. I felt the same way. It was really just soooo much fun. I agree - I think it really was Lindsay and maybe she does have bad teeth. We should google and see if she was in NYC this weekend. It just looked too much like her.

Lyla said...

Sounds awesome-- I'm glad you ladies had a great time.

You look like a teenager in that last picture! So young. Just waiting to be taken advantage of- hahaha :)

Gen said...

Awesome post. Wasn't it the best meeting all these amazing women? I miss them all and can't wait to meet you too.

Darlin1 said...

Thanks for sharing Read---I'm so jealous!!!!

Stephanie said...

Just as an FYI, Lindsay WAS back in New York this weekend visiting her family, so it was her. You all look like you had a great time!

Sandy Lee said...

What a great post. Now you can save up some love for the rest of us in Chicago. I still find it truly amazing how we can be instance friends without having to meet. I think it is the stomach scar photos that bonds us. I love that you named it BOOBS 1.5. Maybe a 1.6 before Chicago!

Ronnie said...

Aww, looks like you gals had a TON of fun, I can't wait til Chicago!! :)

Gilly said...

I can't believe I missed LL!!! Damn you, delicious guacamole and margaritas!!! I loved meeting you in person as much as I love reading your blog! Such a great afternoon! xo

Amanda said...

Looks like you guys had so so much fun! Very jealous!

amandakiska said...

Dang, you're SKINNY!

I am so jealous of the lunch!

Ronda said...

No Catherine? She's in NYC too, right?
Looks like a great time. Jealous!

Dizzy Girl said...

Can't wait to try the guac!!! MMMMMMM I'm obsessed with guac. Glad you ladies had fun- I would be too intimidated to do something like this. But it looks so fun!!!

xo- D

MLM said...

What a great was so great to meet you and wish we could have talked even more! Despite being super outgoing, I was so nervous ahead of time and walking in..phew that it all ended up fabulous. And I am soo bummed to have missed Lindsay Lohan. Your trip to NYC was complete since you had a celeb sighting!

Bonnie said...

I don't even like guac, but could have eaten it all day. So psyched you posted the recipe.

I would have much rather listened to your singing then have been squeezed into the seat next to the 6'7" man whose long arms and legs took up way too much room. The only way I'll do the bus again is if I'm sitting to somebody I know. But, definitely had a blast and your post gives those who couldn't make it a great feel for the gathering.

Dinnerland said...

great post-- when/ how did i meet ll????