family food tour: DAY 4… (half marathon too – and yes, more food!)
this day was the day of joey’s half marathon and we all woke up early again to try to meet him at the halfway point which was at time’s square.
it was my first time watching a marathon in person so i really didn’t know what to expect. i was thinking, how the hell are we going to find joey among hundreds and thousands of people running? however, it wasn’t that bad – we actually spotted him without any trouble and he was able to stop by and drop off some of his gear to complete the rest of the race.
apart from watching out for joey, there were so many families and friends there supporting someone or a group – the reaction of the runners as they saw their fans in the crowd was priceless. there was a father and his 2 sons next to us at one point, and when they saw their mom turning the corner the boys yelled “mommy! mommy!” and she ran over and gave everyone a big kiss and hugs and then continued on. another runner saw her mom across the street and SHE was the one to find HER and yelled out to her lol – “mom! over HERE!” at which point the mom finally saw her and waved her arms across the street as they both blew kisses to another.
it was quite touching really… i think if it weren’t freezing out, i could have shed a frozen tear or two. it actually inspired me to get back into shape and possibly start training for a marathon! maybe. bahahaha! either way, i need to get my fat ass back into shape so this would be a good excuse.
anyway – back to the story. so we all hopped on the train to meet joey at the finish which was at battery park. on the way i took the family to see the WTC as it was close by and then finally walked/ran over to the finish.
my dad and i finally spotted joey… already eating away at the snacks they received at the finish and the first thing he said was: “meet me over at the tents – i’m gonna find more cookies!”
BAHAHAHAHAHAHA – typical ❤
after we let joey stretch it out and rest, john came to meet us as well and we headed back to the hotel to defrost and freshen up.
we were getting hungry so john and i took them to hill country for some hearty bbq – uhm… these photos don’t even do any justice because we ordered a hell of a lot more than what you see…
afterwards, we needed to walk off all that meat and we found a nice little flea market around the corner.
now, i’ve been watching a lot of american pickers and pawn stars lately, so you can say that i was on the hunt for some “good picks” bahahahahaha! and i came away with a few things that i was excited to bring home.
and here’s what i bought!
after the flea market, i took them to bloomingdale’s and then tried to go to serendipity’s but the wait there was 2 hours and we weren’t going to wait that long in the cold. so then we walked over to dylan’s candy bar that has a dessert bar upstairs but they were renovating and wouldn’t open til april!!!! WAH!
so what did we do?
we went back to the hotel then my sister, myself and john walked to shake shack in midtown and bought a ton of shack burgers, a couple of concretes, and a couple of milkshakes. OH YEA – we did. and we felt fat.
ps – the vanilla pretzel concrete is pretty tasty – the chocolate one was too chocolatey for me =/