Saturday Night Live!

8.19.2014

saturday night live tickets

The fun pros outweighed the reasonable cons of flying across the country just for a taping of SNL

Since it was the season finale, we figured there'd be some good cameos and that it would be worth it. The number of special guests almost exceeded the cast: Maya Rudolph, Seth Meyers, Bill Hader, Martin Short, Kristen Wiig, Fred Armisen, 2 Chainz, and Paul Rudd. Despite the fact that Andy Samberg was the host, there was no Dick in a Box reprise, but it was a solid episode (here's a good recap).

A classic:



Seeing the work that goes into one episode is inspiring. It's a well-oiled machine. Watching the camera people, the lighting, and the sets coming together was fascinating.

Some notable moments: We saw Kenneth Parcell/Jack McBrayer backstage. I saw Brooks Wheelan pacing and looking stressed, and he was ultimately fired. Bobby Moynihan clearly loves being a cast member. He was casually sucking on a red lollipop before the show and stayed around after the "end credits hug-fest" to film the band with his phone. 

During a summer we spent in New York, it was decided that queuing up in the stand-by line was a waste of time / only for locals or die-hard fans (even if it was for Betty White). There's a never ending list of things to do in New York and waiting around for the chance to see an episode wasn't my idea of a good time. Every August, we entered the lottery thinking that it would be a short train ride from Montreal. Of course, we got the email when we moved across the country. There's still time to enter this year - we recommend it! - Mina


P.S. You can watch a bunch of vintage episodes, as well as clips from the finale on Yahoo Screen 




No Sleep Till Brooklyn

8.11.2014

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Back in April, Alex won tickets to the season finale of SNL (more on that later). We feverishly rearranged our schedule to take a last minute trip to NYC.

Our flight wasn't at an ideal time and we flew into New Jersey. With delays, we ended up arriving at our hotel in the wee small hours of the morning. Because we had agreed to meet some folks for brunch in Brooklyn, I felt like my head barely touched the pillow before I was at Roberta's. You go there for pizza, but everyone seemed to enjoy the brunch offerings. We all ended up sharing a margherita pizza as a "dessert" because it needed to be sampled. It was great, but I always say that about 'za, so you can't trust me.

Some photos from around Brooklyn:

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mast brothers chocolate shop
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The Red Tree House

7.31.2014

the red tree house

What can I say about The Red Tree House that hasn't already been said? They are consistently highly reviewed by guests, and with good reason. It was the first place we stayed, of what became an extensive list of B&Bs, during our "around-the-world" travels. The Red Tree House sets the bar high. 

Every morning you're greeted with a fresh, authentic, home-made, hot breakfast - Mexican style. If they had their own restaurant on the premises, I honestly wouldn't leave because it's that good. If nothing else, you have to go here for the breakfasts. So as not to exclude less adventurous folk, they also have fresh fruit, yogurt, cereal, croissants, churros... you name it.

breakfasts at the red tree house

We've talked to so many different travellers from all over the globe at the breakfast tables. Exchanging travel itineraries with others is a great way to start the day. If you're not a social butterfly, the staff at The Red Tree House is always equipped with maps, tips, and ideas of how you can spend your day. As I've previously mentioned, we chose to go back here because we didn't have to do any planning whatsoever.

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After a long day on your feet, in the sun, you return to a dimly lit, cozy space. A player piano sits in the corner and the wine is flowing. Alcohol and I broke up a long time ago, so I'm content with a chamomile tea, while going over the day's stories with your new BFFs (for the few days you're there, anyway).

Since the last time we were there, they've expanded to include another property, across the street. It is as impeccably decorated as the first house, with stunning, local artwork. You almost feel as if you're in an art gallery. Carlito Dalceggio is a friend of The Red Tree House and his mesmerizing murals grace many of their walls. 

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It's tough not to wax poetic about a place that gives you so many great memories. The beautiful people at The Red Tree House helped make my birthday a night I'll never forget. I've said that I don't care to re-visit places, but I have a feeling we'll be back.

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