I work four days a week and have Friday’s off. So last Friday while my mother-in-law took care of CJ, I decided to treat myself and trek out into the city during the tail end of the week long heatwave. Before going into the depths of the subway, I armed myself with a large sweetened iced tea.
While riding the train, I read up on the story that the next X-Men film that’s due out next summer is based on.
Like a true tourist I had to stop and be in awe of how beautiful Times Square really is.
My first stop was the ToysRus at Times Square.
Obligatory photo with the T-Rex.
So many Iron-Men.
I ended up getting two Marvel action figures to add to my X-Men figure collection.
I then walked over the Midtowncomics on 40th and 7th Ave. This is the best comic book store in all of the five boroughs and probably the tri-state area. They have three large locations in Manhattan, each with two floors, one for comic books and the other for collector’s merchandise. I browsed around, but just bought one Superman Unchained book.
I only had two places of interest on my agenda, but I wanted to make the most of my rare time out in Manhattan, so I decided to call Grace and surprise her at work with a lunch date. I finally got to visit her office when her co-workers were around and it was fun to finally meet and put faces to some names that I regularly hear about after Grace comes home from work each day.
We ate at Le Pain Quotidien, a Belgian restaurant one block away from Grace’s hospital. The atmosphere was very relaxed as we got to take our own seats, but were still served and waited upon.
The food was excellent as they specialize in finger sandwiches. I had the prosciutto and mozzarella and Grace had the curried chicken salad. For such elegant sandwiches for around $12-$14, this was pretty good.
We ended our rare date with some cheesecake.
We really enjoyed our impromptu date not only because it was unexpected, but also because this was a rare instance in which we didn’t have CJ with us. We missed the guy, but it was just so relaxing for us.
My mother-in-law requested a sandwich from McDonald’s and sadly I succumbed to the temptation of french fries. I justified it because I had already completed my daily run in the morning and I did so much walking and sweating in Manhattan that I thought a small fries couldn’t really hurt. Well, I don’t know if it made a difference, but I really enjoyed those french fries.