It's been a fun month or so of activities
with a couple of short trips sprinkled in as well:
|Hollywood director selfie |
with Jeff Preiss after the show
|The super-nice Patron Platinum Club in the Bridgestone Arena. (Photo courtesy of levyrestaurants.com)|
Friday, January 31 - It was hockey night in "Smashville" tonight as the Predators took on the New Jersey Devils for a SOLD OUT game. We had dinner beforehand for the first time in the Patron Platinum Club (PPC) on the second floor of the arena with 8 friends including Danny, Brenda, Chris, Tarryn, John, Monique, Mike and Bethany. The food was great and the service: spectacular. We will be here again! The game was tremendous as the Preds pulled their goalie with 30 seconds left in the game, down a goal. They scored with 10 seconds left to tie it up and then won the game fairly quickly in sudden-death overtime! What a thrilling finish! We had two sets of four tickets in the lower bowl and during the game we had a fun time mixing and matching the eight of us as who sat together each period. After the game we went back to the PPC for another libation or two and then walked over to the new Omni Hotel complex stopping at the hip new bar called Barlines for some live music and even a little dancing.
|The ultra-cool Barlines venue in the new Omni Hotel complex. (Photo courtesy of priceline.com)|
Saturday, February 1 - We drove down to Atlanta today and had dinner with our dear friend, Rex, at The Optimist in Atlanta. This fairly-new seafood joint over by Georgia Tech is always busy and we now know why. The food is delicious! We each chose a different fish including cobia, red snapper and mahi mahi. Since we all sampled each others, I can tell you that all three were excellent. After dinner, Rex dropped us off at the beautiful and historic Fox Theater downtown because we hard-to-get-tickets to the national tour of the ultra-popular musical, The Book of Mormon. Rex bowed out because he had been fortunate enough to see it in NYC last year on his birthday. After the hilarious and SOLD OUT show, the winter temperatures were so mild that we walked the mile back to our Sheraton hotel (got a great price on it for a Saturday night thanks to Hotwire.com).
|Great show! Tremendously funny and not as shocking in content|
since we had already heard the rather racy soundtrack sent to us by our friend, Amy.
Sunday, February 2 - We slept in and had a delicious brunch at The Silver Skillet (thanks for the suggestion, Diner's Drive-Ins and Dives) and then drove back from Atlanta, stopping in Chattanooga for a quick visit with Ashlee's mom, Evelyn. We made it home in time to see three quarters of the Super Bowl and the great half-time show. We were both pulling for the Seahawks since they don't have a trophy there in The Emerald City...but they do now after the butt-whooping they put on the Denver Broncos!!
Monday, February 10 - Well, we've been patiently waiting to see this band again since they blew us away at The Bunbury Festival a few years ago up in Cincinnati. But, finally, The Airborne Toxic Event played tonight at one of our favorite Nashville venues, The Exit/In. Thanks to our friend, Paige, for coming along. She drove 5 hours to see the show (and to see us, of course!). The show was terrific, as expected. Even the opener band, Kongos, sounded good. It was surprising to learn they had never played in Nashville before since they've been around since 2007 and consist of four sons of rock legend, John Kongos We had an excellent sushi dinner a couple doors down from the venue at O'Sake beforehand. Thanks for that suggestion, Paige!
February 14 - 17 - Quick trip up to New York City
We strolled just around the corner from the apartment for a great pastrami sandwich dinner at Katz's Deli (known for the famous When Harry Met Sally "I'll have what she's having" scene). The sandwiches are so big we had to split it along with some fried potato knishes and their own signature beer made by nearby Brooklyn Brewing.
|This afternoon we took a beautiful albeit snowy Brooklyn Bridge Round-Trip Walk|
|After the show we took a great walk around nearby Times Square with a brilliant full moon out.|
|We headed uptown to snowy Central Park next to kill a few minutes before our showtime for the film, Frozen 3D, at the awesome AMC 84th Street 6 Theater.|
| Why is the theater at 84th Street awesome? Because every seat is a freakin' recliner!! |
Now this is how you should see a movie at the theater!!
|It was cheap hot dogs for dinner at Gray's Papaya after the show plus The Treat House for dessert where they serve up rice-crispy treats on steroids. My coconut concoction was heavenly!|
Thanks, Big Apple, for another great visit. We will see you again as soon as we can.
Friday, February 21 - We attended the SOLD OUT Brett Dennen show tonight at 3rd and Lindsley tonight with our friends, Mike and Beth.
We then met up with our friend, Wayne, and had a late lunch at Drifters BBQ in East Nashville, and then attended a cool poster fair nearby at The Barista Parlor. We scored a great poster representing the Pink concert we went to back in March 2013.
Monday, February 24 - We caught the excellent band, Imagine Dragons, again tonight. This time at the Bridgestone Arena with our friends Wayne, Danny and Brenda, and their son, Kyle and a friend of his. We all had dinner beforehand back at Barlines. The short video below shows our general admission spot for the show down on the floor in front of the stage during their fun song, "On Top of the World."
Friday, February 28 - We returned for dinner at O'Sake Sushi and then saw Nebraska at The Belcourt for more Oscars prep. It is a sometimes hilarious and sometimes quite touching film.