After work this evening, I made my way uptown to Bryant Park to hear the boyf play a concert. I decided to pick up some deliciousness from Bonobo's for dinner en route and spied this at Madison Square Park:
Yeah, it's just a film set, but that structure in the middle says "Taj Ma Hot Dog." Words cannot describe how much I wish that were real. This punster's day was made right then and there. Alas, I do believe it's a fictional hot dog stand, but word on the street (via my friend, Amanda) is that it was for Ugly Betty! This is excellent news for me, since that's pretty much the only show left that I make an effort to watch.
Anyway, the concert. The boyf plays with the Columbia Summer Winds, and they closed their season tonight at Bryant Park. Being the dutiful Band-Aid that I am, I was very much in attendance, along with my grub for support and blood sugar stabilization. Tempting as it was to pick up a bottle of crack (aka Coconut Chai) at Bonobo's, I was determined to try something new, so Gingeraid it was.
This drink is made with fresh squeezed lemon/line, fresh grated ginger, agave and mineral water. Ten times better than regular old lemonade, in my opinion! Then again, I can never get enough ginger, so this was a safe bet for me.
The boyf paid me a visit at my little table pre-performance, and we contemplated the scenery a bit before he took up his post behind the bass drum.
I ripped open my dinner as soon as he was gone (not that I wasn't entirely focused on the music, which was fabulous). Behold one of the more prettier meals you've ever seen:
Note to self (and anyone considering a nori roll at Bonobo's): always have them make your nori roll fresh, as opposed to buying one of the premade ones from the fridge at the door--you'll get twice the salad!
And twice the fillings, from the look of it. I chose the macadamia nut pate as the base (flavored with sundried tomato and parsley) and had carrots, beets, zucchini, red peppers and purple cabbage as the fillings.
I nearly exploded with food baby, but it was worth it. I seriously dream of Bonobo's nori rolls, so I just had to take the opportunity to splurge tonight!
Back to the concert: I got to hear 1.5 hours' worth of concert band music, including fun stuff like a medley from South Pacific, An American in Paris and Stars and Stripes Forever. Nothing says summer like a Sousa march!
This concert was part of the Bryant Park After Work Celebration of Music, which is a series of performances each weekday at 6:00pm on the Fountain Terrace.
The setting was really pleasant, especially since we got some sun today. A welcome sight after so much rain lately!
Can you spot the boyf?
He looks very serious. I suppose outdoor concerts are a bit challenging for the performers, what with all the random breezes and ambient noises swirling around, but I had a ball.
No, seriously--I had a ball.
I have been lusting after these sweet treats at Bonobo's for a while, so I gave in tonight. I'm not sure what the ingredients are, but my guess is that the first two would be sesame seeds and agave. It had sort of a nut meal-ish texture and looked pretty much the same inside as it did outside. Dense, but delicious!
My sesame ball was the perfect way to round out a lovely evening in the park. I will stop with the ball jokes now. I didn't even make you endure a TWSS!
If you go to Bryant Park's website, you can find out about the goings-on remaining for the summer, but here are the other (FREE!) concerts happening this week:
Wednesday, August 26: Ethan Lipton & his Orchestra
Thursday, August 27: KJ Denhert
Friday, August 28 (12:30pm-2:00pm): Chuck MacKinnon Mactet
Friday, August 28 (6:00pm): El hotel
Just wanted to pass on some fun, free outdoor happenings!
In other happenings around the blogosphere (and, incidentally, the music scene), Katie's boyfriend's band, The Upwelling, released their first album today! Click here for details and a chance to win a copy. EDITED TO ADD: I won a CD! Must've been that good karma I spread here.