What is the deal with this?

Lets be honest. We are the truest kind of BFFs. We met at Girls' Camp 1996 in St. Lou, survived high school and 2 years as roommates at BYU. Now, we find ourselves BOTH in NYC, which rocks, and as we contemplated how we should spend quality BFF time together - the answer seemed obvious. We must beebop the boroughs in matching purple hats every Saturday morning. Holla!

Thursday, December 20, 2007

5: Chinatown

On our fifth walk we had five (5!!) special guests: my beloved sister Melanie, her husband Frank, their super cute boys, Josh and Sam, and the Marvelous Mitzi. Mitzi wore the official honorary member hat.

Here I am trying to rally the troops as we got off the subway. It was my sister's family's first time to the city, so we ran all over town for the whole weekend. You can read about it at her blog.
This is Josh, one of the cuter honorary members. He did not want to come to Chinatown, but once he was there, he thought it was pretty neat. Except for the time Frank threatened to send him to Chinatown jail for almost walking off with shop merchandise.

Mitzi looks especially good in the hat. We think she should come every week.

In Chinatown, you can buy a whole roasted duck (head and all). For a special treat, you can buy just the duck feet.
Meg and Mitz at one of the many seafood markets. If she could, Meg would eat seafood for breakfast, lunch and dinner!

This crab would not stop bubbling. It was disgusting. Josh and Sam said they catch crabs like this all the time at their beach in Virginia. Lucky!

Meg feels especially sexy while wearing the purple hat. In fact, we all do.

Meg and Mitz happy to be in Chinatown ... reminiscing on the year 2002.

Here we are looking kind of serious in front of a Buddist temple.

Meg and Mitz are SHOCKED to see a Chinese lantern.

In Chinatown, you can do all sorts of fun things ...

Like try on cool hats...

Or point to funny signs!

Megan found the best one of the day: Wing On Wo & Co.

Mitz was attracted to the Ho Fun sign.

Here we are looking stoic with Lin Ze Xu. Did you know he was a pioneer on the war agaist drugs?

Megan is just on drugs.

This photo is a bit dark, but Josh just wanted to be in one with the girls. He really loved Megan and Mitzi.

Poor Sam about froze to death - it was bitterly cold. This is where we split ways with my family for the morning. They needed to head indoors to thaw out.

There were not many landmarks documented on this week's tour card - it mostly suggested that we "explore the side streets of Chinatown." It did, however, tell us to visit this Mariner's Temple Baptist Church. I don't remember why.

Megan fell in love with the "girls" sign above these doors. I just loved the red doors. Someday I will live in a house with a red door.

Remember "crazy money eye" from the Wall Street walk? Here, Megan displays it once again. She loves money almost as much as this money-hugging child.

Megan and Mitzi were able to achieve Enlightenment at this statue of Confucius.

This structure was not on the card, so we don't know what it is - pretty though, right?

We ended the walk with a short detour to the Doughnut Plant. If you are ever in the lower east side or Tokyo, I highly recommended it. I like to consider myself a doughnut connoisseur (being a former Krispy Kreme employee and all), and I have to say, this is the BEST doughnut you will ever eat! Get the tres leche doughnut. You'll die, it's so good.

This fine gentleman would agree. We bought an obscene amount of doughnuts and sat to chat with him while we ate. He LOVES the Doughnut Plant. He stands behind their products 100%. I have two regrets about our visit to DP. 1) We did not find out this man's name. 2) We did not request a photo of him wearing the purple hat.

mmm ... doughnuts

It is time for Christmas break, so no NYC walk for the next two Saturdays! :( Get excited though, because Megan and I are planning a very special Christmas Eve walk in St. Charles, Missouri.


Meg said...

I don't know if it is un-cool to post on your own blog, but it must be said that Jill is the funniest of the planet. The only think more funny than Jill is LOUD commentary about Chinese jails.

The Shark said...

I was wondering when Mitzi's inevitable guest appearance would happen! Huzzah! Love the hats on all three of y'all, and I love even more how you kept them on while trying the Chinese hats on top of them. It's like the purple hats are literally attached to your heads.

I also agree that Asian signs can be fun to ignorantly read in English. There was a market near where I used to live in Seattle called the "Phat Thai Market." It wasn't all that phat, though. It smelled like poo -- literally.

Finally: a "tres leches" donut?? I've had a "pastel de tres leches" (tres leches cake), but never a donut. Now I am curious.

Darrell said...

I would just like to say, that this blog thoroughly entertains me. I love how the background of the page matches the purple hats. I look forward to another installment.

Anonymous said...

thank you for striking the asian picture pose in one of those pics. i love love it.

Paul and Rachel said...

what a blast!! How great to see you two are just as fun and crazy as ever. If we're ever in NYC...

The Four Lasses said...

Wow the two of you are just too cute for words. What a cool idea for a blog! The purple hats are awesome and you can tell in every photo just how excited you both are about walks. Looking at all the photos of your walks put a big smile on my face. I can't wait for the next walk.