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Food Trucks.

The only food trucks I knew of in NC were the F150’s with trailers attached to the back,  parked at construction sites. The thought of eating anything from them made me itch.

Then we moved to Jersey.  Every evening, a few brightly painted trucks line up at the train stop, greeting hungry  commuters  headed home. One  evening Mr. Spicy Lens suggested we try out The Krave. With lots of reservations, we drove up the street and stood in line. To my surprise lots of people were waiting for their dinner outside of an old delivery truck.

After an extra long prayer, I looked down at my styrofoam tray filled with a Kimchidilla. I took a small bite and was pleasantly surprised.  Kimchidillas are a soft flour tortilla served with choice of meat, sour cream, shredded kimchi and monterrey jack cheese.

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I feel like we have been on a roll for the past month. Travel for work, weddings, house-guests, holidays and fun! This weekend was all about nothing.

Saturday, we went to tour the New Meadowlands Stadium. J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS!
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It was Meet Your Seats Day.
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We headed to the Stadium around 8am and stood in line for a little too long.

Finally, we were allowed in to view the stadium and see our view for the upcoming season.

I was fearful I would be trampled by grown men.

This is when Mr. Spicy Lens ran ahead like a kid on his first trip to Disney.
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The Bon Jovi Concert was the night before. We were greeted by the stage breakdown. That also included lots of  stale fries,  old beer and mushy nacho leftovers.

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Testing out my Zoom. This is the other end zone.
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Are you ready for some Football? Hard Knocks featuring the NY JETS will start August 11th on HBO.

Walking the stadium made me really sleepy.  After a nap, we went to the  movies to see Grown Ups! It was a really cute movie. Go See!

Then we went for ice cream. We recently stumbled upon a great Ice Cream Shop in our neighborhood. I don’t want to share the name just yet.

They have a small following and I don’t want the line to get any longer this summer. 🙂

This is my favorite. Rainbow Italian Ice.
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They have the best Sorbet and Italian ice. The shop is 75 years old and they make homemade everything!

I also went back into my Kitchen this weekend. I was boycotting cooking since the 4th of July.

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Here is the Pesto Cream Chicken Recipe.

Have a great week! Check out http://www.6inthecity.com for some more great Bits of Weekends.

Jackie

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The joys of living across the Hudson sometimes includes a free concert or two.

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Even if you have to get up at 4:45am, before the tourists invade Times Square.

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My friend (Who went to work late and will remain nameless) and I got up before the crack of dawn and drove into the city.

We parked and took the train from Times Square to Central Park.

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We arrived around 5:45 and didn’t have to stand in line for more than 10 minutes.

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Once inside we waited as the crew did sound check, adjusted the lights and recorded teasers from the Park for the show.

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We got there right when the park opened for the show. I was pleased with our spot. I brought my big boy lens (70-300mm) with me.

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Robin Roberts and George Stephanopoulos were on vacation. We got stuck with Chris Cuomo and Elizabeth Vargas. I have no idea who they are…

Live feed of broadcast.

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Mary came out around 8:15 did a quick sound check and said hello. I screamed back. I don’t think she heard me.

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Then they shot another teaser and I screamed HI MOM! ( My mom was watching from the beach.)
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Mary came out around 8:30 and preformed “I Am”.

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Mary’s Boots. I made a bet with my nameless friend around 5ish, that Mary would have on Boots. Any true MJB fan knows Mary always wears amazing leather boots. Since it is the first week of July, my nameless friend didn’t think Mary would wear boots. As soon as she tipped on stage, I kept trying to snap a photo of the boots. They were a strapy black knee high boot.
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Mary and I sang “Just Fine”. I just wasn’t invited on stage.

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No. More. Drama.

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For the rest of the Mary Photos Click HERE.

The Summer Concert Series is held in Central Park. No tickets are needed. Go Early. Take Water and Breakfast. Bring Your Camera. Leave your lawn chair at home or surrender it at the gate. Check the weather too. It was a little chilly until about 8am.

Check the link below for the rest of the summer line up.

http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/SummerConcert/

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Found a new blog while reading  Confessions of a Young Married Couple. It’s called Six in the City. Following each weekend, she posts mainly photos of her family’s weekend. Then she lets readers add their own weekend bits to her post. Here’s mine!

Friday, I got up before the sun and went to see Mary J. Blige in Central Park.
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Mr. Spicy Lens’ family came into town.  I cooked two Hashbrown Casseroles for breakfast.
We have been snacking on them all weekend. I think it tastes even better around 3pm with a glass of Coke!
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Around 3pm on Friday. The door bell rang. My mom sent an Edible Arrangement, thanking us for our hospitality during her visit a few weeks ago.
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On Saturday, we embraced our inner tourist and honored our house-guests’ wishes. We went to China Town and Little Italy.
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Dragon Fruit in China Town. They were beautiful. I have no idea what to do with them. So I just took a photo.
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Cue “Empire State of Mind.” Our view from the NY Waterway Cruise.
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Tonight we walked down to the Hudson to see the fireworks from the Jersey side of the river.
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I took my backpack, tripod, remote and zoom lens. Found a good spot along with another shutterbug and enjoyed the show.

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Now, excuse me while I pass out. Happy 4th of July.

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Happy 4th of July!

Lady Liberty

With silent lips. “Give me your tired, your poor,

Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,

The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.

Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,

I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”

excerpt from “The New Colossus” By Emma Lazarus

Yesterday, we took out in town guest on the Twilight (no relation to the movie) Cruise of NYC.

I took all the photos on this post while on the boat. Including the new header!

First person to guess the location of the header gets a I LOVE NYC pack of Silly Bandz. LMAO!

This is my sad attempt at a giveaway.

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If your in NYC and want to see the city without walking, check out the NY Waterway Tours HERE.

Wishing everyone a Happy Fourth of July.

Enjoy a burnt hot dog and wash it down with cold cup of Coca-Cola!

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Silly Bandz.

My niece came to visit.
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We spent two days in NYC looking for Silly Bandz. $6 bags of shaped colored rubber bands, that none of her friends had.

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Exhibit A: We found an I LOVE NY set. It included a lady liberty, apple, NY, and taxi.  These are surrounded by the rest of the money I threw away on rubber bands.

I could be on a small island sipping a Mai Thai.  If I  had thought of Silly Bandz first.

PS. If your in NYC head over to the Garment District. They sell packs of 12 for $9.

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If your in the city looking for Scout, Steve’s Bar, your going to be looking a while. Scout doesn’t exist but ONieal’s , the bar it was filmed in, does. We stopped in for Cosmos and chatted with the other tour members.

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Two Cosmos before 12. It was my birthday! What’s your excuse?

Onieal’s Soho
174 Grand Street
New York, NY 10013
(212) 941-9119

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Our final stop was the HBO Store across from Bryant Park. We headed over to the park to do a little Christmas Shopping. There were a ton of vendors and goodies for all.

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We stopped by this cute booth which belongs to Aaron Potts. Aaron is a designer and creates wonderful greeting cards and calenders. Check out his site for “one-of-a-kind” greeting cards.

http://www.aaronpottsnyc.com/

It was a fabulous day of cupcakes and cosmos! I recommend this tour to any fan of the show. It was a great way to see the city and not have to walk around Manhattan.

On Locations Tours : Sex and the City Tour
http://www.screentours.com/tour.php/satc/

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