Dave’s birthday was yesterday, and as part of the celebration we took off work the day after to hang out together and do things that are much more enjoyable to do on weekdays than weekends. It started off wonderfully by waking up at 9:30, and to boot, I finally got over my terrible cold that I’d had since Friday. We lazed around, watched some daytime tv, and formulated a game plan.
Dave’s main and only goal for the day was to see a movie in the afternoon, so we set off for that first. The movie he wanted to see was playing near Union Square, so we headed downtown. I made us stop for a bite to eat at Spoon – overrated. I guess I expected table service, but they are basically a glorified overpriced deli, and rude to boot.
After the movie we meandered down to Washington Square Park for some world-class people watching. It was beautiful in the sun, so we stayed a while.
When it was finally time to go, we agreed to walk all the way home – not like we had to be anywhere quickly. On the way home we saw a cheese store that I immediately demanded to check out. Beecher’s Handmade Cheese is a glorious place that I can’t wait to get back to. They make and sell cheese as well as other appetizer-y items and utensils. There was a sample of cheese out, which we ended up buying, but I also wanted a recommendation from them. I wanted a mild soft cheese similar to goat cheese – the guy immediately recommended Brebis Blanche, which is apparently a type of sheep’s cheese. We sprung for a baguette as well to eat them with, and while it cost us a pretty penny, it was totally worth it.
Both cheeses were good, but the Blanche was amazing. Even Dave agreed that it was basically like a dessert. After lingering in the park a bit more, we finally headed home to collapse after the fifty-block walk (Dave is passed out as I write this). I wish every day could be this enjoyable.