Truly a Wicked Experience

New York City, New York, United States
Sunday, March 11, 2012

So. What did we do today, you ask. Not a lot, but we had fun doing it. Got up a little later than hoped for, although the time change largely explained that. We ventured out for breakfast, or to be more specific for brunch, at Applebees. Truly an excellent steak and eggs breakfast for me.

We had already decided that we would walk around Times Square today, so we headed further in after Applebees, but didn’t get very far as we ended up going into Ripley’s Believe it or Not, which was like two doors down. We spent at least an hour in there viewing the exhibits and they had a lazer zone stealth game that we tried out. It’s basically a small room with lazers all over the place that we have to try and get through without crossing within 75 seconds. The first time around all three of us took a turn and I have to take my moment and say that while I did not beat Maggie, I did beat Jessica. Hehe šŸ™‚ But then the girls each took another turn and Maggie managed to actually make the top five best times of the day!

Our next stop was a rush to make it to Wicked! on time. We managed with about three minutes to spare and, lo-and-behold, it actually was a truly wicked experience! Huh. This was one of a very few that I did not actually read the book before hand even though I have the book, so I really didn’t know what was going to happen. It was very entertaining and the references and one-liners from the Wizard of Oz were well placed and executed. I’m afraid to give the story away though, so I won’t elaborate, but it really is a show worth seeing.

By the time we got out of the show it was after 6:00 and we still had to get over to the M&M Candy Store. On a spur-of-the-moment decision we took a rickshaw to get there. It was expensive, but fun; the guy actually raced another rickshaw that was empty.

Unfortunately, the M&M Candy Store was a bit disappointing. It was stupid crowded and difficult to get around in, and the merchandise really was just standard stuff. Jess and I still picked up a few things, and we did get some assorted candies from the huge selection of dispensers. I think we all expected a more unique selection of M&M food products rather than the fairly standard merchandise, and dispensing products to be of better quality than the cheap plastic most appeared to be made of.

Once we left there we realized we were getting hungry. We decided we would walk back down Broadway on the other side of the street and choose a place at random to eat at. We passed places we were familiar with, like Olive Garden, Sbarrio’s, and Red Lobster, and eventually ended up at Ruby Tuesday’s. This was an unexpectedly wonderful choice. The pre-dinner bisuits were delicious, the shrimp cheese fondue was excellent, the wings Maggie had were spicey for being mild, Jessica’s shrimp parmesan was super rich and thick but so worth it and filling, and my seafood trio was excellent. The crab cake in particular was amazing! Yes, a surprising find, this one.

We tried briefly to find Magnolia’s Bakery for dessert, but it must have been closed for the night because we couldn’t find it and we were getting tired by then. We decided we could try another day and went back to our hotel instead. Now we are starting to get psyched for tomorrow’s road trip!

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