Have I ever mentioned how I feel about Reese's Peanut Butter Cups?
Well, I LOVE them. I bought one hundred of them just to survive until I can get someone to fly to the States and get me some more.
There are none left.
It was Saturday morning, I was talking to my mother (what would parents do without Skype?) and I got this fabulous idea of going to the Al Hirschfeld Theatre to get myself a cheap ticket for How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, the musical. To be honest, I don't care about musicals at all. But this one had Daniel Radcliffe in it! This is also the only theatre to give cheaper tickets out to students and other people who have time to wait in line at 10am. Fortunately, not many people know about this... But I did. Because I read the fine print. Always.
Of course, I thought of this no earlier than at 9.30 and by the time I got to the theatre it was already 10.15. I waited... waited... and waited. Luckily, they had twice as many tickets to give out, because there were two shows scheduled that day. Yay! I got a ticket!
I still had the whole day to spend, so I visited the Guggenheim Museum and then went on an Uptown Movie Tour (which is a lot of fun!) and got a Tootsie Pop because I knew the answer to one of our guide's questions: which actor changed his last name to make his own reputation and not to be looked at as Francis Ford Coppola's nephew? It was Nicolas Cage. Yay.
Around five I finished with sightseeing and took the train home to take a shower and change into a pretty outfit. I was going to see a Broadway show after all! It was ten past 7 pm when I finally left the hostel and of course, I got lost. How do you get lost on 45th street? Well, trust me, it's possible. So when I finally got to the theatre, most of the people were already in. I got the Playbill and started reading. Moments later, the show started. And it was awesome! I'm sure every single show on Broadway is, but I'm pretty convinced I chose the right one for me. That was 2 hours of non-stop laughing. It was the best night ever! Even though I was alone and I had no one to talk to, I still had so much fun. After the show, I waited by the back door to see Daniel and maybe get a picture with him, but there were so many people that there was no hope for that. Plus, it was almost midnight and I was alone, so I decided it wasn't a good idea to walk around after midnight by myself. The subway wasn't that scary, because it was Saturday and there were people everywhere, but it was still... a different experience. Here, a photo in case you didn't believe me. Harry Potter was in this musical, I swear!
Next day was 9/11, a very sad (and kind of dangerous) day to be in New York City. The police were everywhere, on the subway (the whole week before), in the streets... I decided not to use the subway or stay in very populated places that day, so I walked. All the way from 103rd street to 59th street - Columbus Circle. It was a long, but very pleasant walk. It was the most walking I had done since arriving to Manhattan. I walked through Central Park and got lost in it. It was kind of fun. I realized I had been missing about 50 streets every day, because I always took the subway from 103rd street to Times Square. There was so much more New York to be seen!
And now: my absolute favorite, most exciting stores I went to in New York City. First stop: the HBO store. Where you can actually buy Tru Blood! Let me write this again. You. Can. Actually. Buy. A. Bottle. Of. Tru. Blood. I know, right? What could be more awesome than that?
Alex Skarsgard. Buying Alex Skarsgard would be more awesome. But he's not for sale.
Second place: the NBC Experience Store. Oh my. Is there anything I don't want to buy? No, there is no such thing. They have 20 different versions of Monopoly! Why? Why would you leave all that awesome stuff behind? Because you're poor, that's why. At least I was able to imagine myself using some of the things and realize I don't really need them. I did, however, buy an NBC Peacock pillow. The same one that I spotted in a 30 Rock episode a week ago. Yes, I'm awesome. I needed that pillow. To use it as, can you believe it, a pillow. On my two flights home. Because it didn't fit into my two suitcases. I bought a peacock luggage tag too. But I don't use it because I'm afraid it'll get stolen.
Third place: Hershey's Store. Wow. The only place I would love more than this is a Nutella store, which I'm still searching for. I don't really like their chocolate that much. I liked the Symphony Bar, and I love Reese's Peanut Butter Cups. So when I see t-shirts, ice cream bowls and toys, all Reese's themed, I go crazy. I had to buy that bowl, I had to. The funniest thing was the girl at the register asking me if I wanted to buy the special PB cups (they were on sale). Did I? I bought two. They were pumpkin-shaped, people! Pumpkin shaped! (I don't understand, however, why there was a Halloween promotion going on in the middle of September. And no, they weren't about to expire. I checked.)
Just like last time when I went to the US, I had to buy another suitcase because all my new things wouldn't fit in the old one. After a trip to Macy's I realized, once again, that I'm not rich, so I went to Century 21 and bought a huge, pretty, grey, 4-wheeled suitcase for 90$. Instead of 300$! Quite a bargain, if you ask me. So now I own five different sized suitcases. Yes, five! Because four were not enough.
On my way to the south of Manhattan, I found a Crumbs Bake Shop and bought myself a cupcake.
The Crumbs cupcakes are huge, and so is the selection. There are so many flavors, I spent five minutes choosing the right one for me. In the end, I chose Peanut Butter Cup, because it's my favorite candy of all time. Of all time! If I remember correctly, I paid around $4 for it, which is a bargain compared to Magnolia Bakery, since Crumbs cupcakes are about three times bigger. Seriously.
I was carrying my new suitcase with me, so I had to wait until I got home to eat the cupcake. Who cares about the ''no food in rooms allowed'' rule! I dug in with both hands and my face. Frosting was everywhere! Literally. Luckily my roommate was outside somewhere. She would've definitely thought I was crazy.
I didn't like the cupcake very much. First of all, it had more calories than my average lunch (not counting McDonald's food!). Secondly, it didn't taste anything like peanut butter cups, but more like buttercream with one PB cup on top. It was not peanut butter-chocolate-y enough. If I had known about that before, I would have ordered a chocolate cupcake. Oh, well. On top of that, it didn't come in pretty packaging and it was extremely difficult to eat. No one wants to bring their cupcakes home to eat them with a fork and knife...right?
I would still recommend this bakery to everyone, since they have so many flavors and they probably taste delicious. But please, do yourself a favor and order one of their taste packs - they include bite-sized versions of popular cupcakes and you can actually share them with other people. Something you certainly cannot do with a regular sized cupcake.
Crumbs Locations - there are so many! It wouldn't make sense to list them all in this post. Right now you can enjoy their cupcakes in New York City, California, Connecticut, Washington DC, Illinois, New Jersey, Virginia and Massachusetts (Boston only).