Monday, February 14, 2011

I'm Bowling Your Mind

It still fascinates me how New York City, with a population of 8 million, can sometimes feel just like my hometown, with a population of 12,000.  Today I had this feeling because of how a completely boring Sunday that would have involved me watching four straight movies on FX magically turned into an unplanned adventure with wonderful friends.  I feel like when I lived at home during the summers in college it was always easy to just call up a friend without plans and spend the whole day together.  Today that happened as well.

During my potential 4-movie marathon (what could have been "27 Dresses", "What Happens In Vegas", "Mr. and Mrs. Smith" and "Stepbrothers") I randomly texted Ravi who luckily agreed with "I want a burger."  Ravi made his way to my place and we went over to 5 Napkin Burger, which I've been dying to try since I moved around these parts. 

Ravi ordered the Original 5 Napkin Burger, "10 oz. fresh ground chuck, carmelized onions, gruyere cheese, rosemary aioli, soft white roll".  I initially was also going to go for this, but I changed my mind and got the Bacon - Cheddar Burger, "10 oz. fresh ground chuck, sharp cheddar, bacon, raw onion, lettuce & tomato, soft white roll".  I definitely was right in switching my choice because my burger was way better (for me) than Ravi's, although he insisted that his was better.  But we were both very happy with our choices.  Of course, as Ravi said "I always think the burger that I'm eating at the moment is the best burger I've ever had," which I definitely agree with.

Ravi and I were trying to think of something to do after lunch and came up with bowling at Port Authority.  Yes, you can bowl at the bus station, that makes a lot of sense, right?  We texted a few of our friends to see if anyone else was around and luckily Adam was available as well.  Then on a whim, I decided to text our friend (and fellow blogger) Amanda who we both hadn't seen in months and she was totally down which pretty much made my day.  Who knew after months of trying to plan things to do together and then not having it work out, all it took was a spontaneous bowling trip?

Amanda and Adam met us at Frames, the bowling alley, shortly after lunch.  The alley had "league play" until 5:30 so we made our own fun and played in the arcade and then sat at the bar until we could get our own lane.  We paid for an hour of bowling and picked out our (hideous) shoes and got rolling - see what I did there?!  For some reason, I was either rolling strikes or gutterballs, never anything in the middle.  But we had a great time and any bowling alley where I can dance just as much as I was dancing the previous night is okay with me.  Also, it's pretty cool that Justin Bieber's music video, "Baby", was playing, as you all know it takes place in a bowling alley.

My sweet backswing

My sweet kicks
After bowling, we walked on over to Amanda's family's restaurant, Zigolini's Pizza Bar (9th and 46th), which although I hadn't been before tonight, I mentioned in my pizza post this fall.  The best way to experience a friend's restaurant is definitely by going with said friend.  We dined on a fabulous meal of sangria, Peronis, bruschetta, arugula salad, margherita pizza, pesto pasta, rigatoni with sausage, and my favorite part, because my sweet tooth is the size of Texas, the Pizzetta da Dolce Vita aka S'MORES PIZZA.

Smells so yummy!!

Can't wait to hang out with this crew again soon.  I will forgive you all, for blowing my mind today.


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