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The Book Of Awesome

The Book of Mormon. W00t.

One of the reasons The Doctors decided to come to the Big Apple was to see The Book Of Mormon; the 9 Tony award-winning – including best musical - broadway production written by the creators of South Park (Trey Parker and Matt Stone), and the writer of Avenue QBobby Lopez. This of course was not the only reason for visiting New York, but it did give us a great reason to be here.

Tonight all of our planning came to fruition, as Steph, Gerarda, and I made our way to Broadway. In a word: Amaze-balls. The play is about a couple of Mormons who have been sent on a 2 year mission to Uganda; one of the Mormons a born prophet type, the other a completely bumbling but loveable twit.

The play was absolutely hilarious; and in proper South Park style – nobody was safe, nor were any topics taboo. Everything was skewered. Dark things that people don’t speak about were brought out into the spotlight and ridiculed. And all of this in a brilliantly hilarious, yet on-point way. For example, the song “Turn it off” mocks abuse, and cancer – and who mocks those things? Better yet, the play does an amazing job of mocking it from a religious point of view, which probably equates to blasphemy to some; to me – hilarity. It also pokes fun at the Mormon, and really most religions’ view on homosexuality. For example:

“When I was in fifth grade, I had a friend Steve Blade,
He and I were close as two friend could be
One thing led to another, and soon I would discover,
I was having really strange feelings for Steve

I thought about us, on a deserted Island
We’d swim naked in the sea, and then he’d try and…

WOAH!  Turn if off, like a light switch,
there its gone! (Good for you!)
My hetero side just won!
I’m all better now,
Boys should be with girls thats heavenly fathers plan
So if you ever feel you rather be with a man,
Turn it off.”

The music was fantastic. I actually found myself dancing in my seat and smiling my face off the entire time. I honestly am not sure what my favourite songs were because they all were fantastic, but I can say for sure that some of them were so off-colour that I probably shouldn’t be singing them aloud in certain company. I also don’t want to spoil the show for anyone that might be wanting to see it, so I’m not going to link to YouTube to share them with you. Instead, if you want to see the play, just let me know. I would absolutely see this again.

Let me repeat that: I would absolutely see this again. Phenomenal. I am so glad I got to see this on Broadway, and for those of you coming to the city it is completely worth the cost. See it. See it. See it. I can’t say that enough. You won’t regret it.

Unless you are perhaps easily offended. Then it might not be your cup of tea.

Dear New York: The Doctors Are Coming For You

I can’t believe my next trip is in four days! That’s right folks, I’ll be boarding a plane on Thursday with Dr. Steph and Dr. Gerarda, heading to the Big Apple. This will be about my eleventy billionth visit to New York, and I’m still stoked about it. Okay, maybe not so much my eleventy billionth, but my dad did suggest that perhaps I should just get a place there and ‘vacation’ back here. I’ll have to give that some thought.

Regardless, I’m rather stoked for a few reasons, which I shall present to you in list form of course:

  1. Book of Mormon This play has won a bunch of awards, was written by the guys who created South Park and the guy who wrote the next play (item 2). Gerarda has already seen it, and has raved about it. Clearly, that was enough for me. Plus I love South Park, so seeing this really is a no-brainer.
  2. Avenue Q Since we were going to see Book of Mormon, we figured why not also see Avenue Q – the play created by the other writer of Book of Mormon. Also, it’s a play about puppets. How could I not see it?
  3. Cafe Habana Several trips ago, I was introduced to this restaurant by my friend Mark. The food was incredible and I’ve been raving about it to Gerarda ever since. While we won’t be able to go to the Habana Outpost in Brooklyn (since it is closed for the season), we are going to the original restaurant. My mouth is already watering.
  4. Dear chocolate: I'm coming for you.

    Chocolat Michel Cluizel This will be a first time visit for me. And it all came about because of The Twitter. Specifically, I was having a conversation with @NewtonsNoGluten (also known as Jeremy Newton). He had suggested I try this particular chocolate because he had enjoyed it so much. A quick query of the all-powerful Google informed me that Michel Cluizel has a shop not far from my hotel. Clearly the universe wants me to eat this chocolate.

  5. Maloney And Porcelli Gerarda introduced me to this restaurant on one of our previous trips to the Big Apple several years ago. The wine dinner they offer is exceptional. Great food, and 4 different bottomless bottles of wine. It’s usually a crazy wine filled night, and is always followed by a visit to number 6 on this list.
  6. The Dead Poet A most excellent little pub on Amsterdam Ave. As of my last visit, I decided to join the 100 Pints of Guinness club. The point of the club is simple; drink 100 pints of Guinness. Not in all one sitting of course. Basically, if I manage to drink 100 Pints, I’ll have my name engraved on the list of people who have already accomplished this feat. If I get to 500, they give me my own engraved plaque. Clearly, this is something I have to do before I die.
  7. Crumbs This is a staple of our trips to NYC. Due to the use of butter-cream frosting, I don’t partake in the cupcake-y goodness. However, I have sampled some of their other products and they are awesome. Plus, the bakery smells incredible.
  8. Magnolia Another staple of our visits. This bakery smells like what I imagine heaven would smell like. So freaking delicious.
  9. Dear gin: You're not safe either.

    Breuckelen Distilling Company I discovered this distillery by complete fluke just the other day. That is, I was checking out videos on Vimeo, when I noticed a channel entitled Made By Hand. The channel descriptor suggested that it offered short documentaries about artisans who, clearly, made things by hand. The first episode was about a young man by the name of Brad Estabrooke who, after finding himself unemployed, decided to throw himself into the ring of spirit-making; thus making himself the first gin-distiller in NYC since prohibition. While watching the video I found myself wondering about the gin. Hence, I’ve decided that if I can get there, I’m going to try it. For your viewing pleasure, I’ve linked the short documentary about the distillery below. It’s only about 7 minutes, but well worth the time.

Anyway, New York is always a blast and always offers something new and entertaining whenever I visit. I’m sure this trip will be no different. And it doesn’t hurt that I’ll be travelling with Dr. Steph and Dr. Gerarda; two of the best travelling Doctors that have ever existed.

Made by Hand / No 1 The Distiller from Made by Hand on Vimeo.