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A Weekend In New York — With Oprah!

April 4, 2012

I was back in New York over the weekend, eating and drinking and seeing friends… and seeing Oprah.

The main reason I went to New York was because my mom offered Brittany and me tickets to Oprah’s Lifeclass: The Tour (my mom worked on the program). Rather than just go up for the show, I made an entire weekend of it.

What’s it like to be in a room of 5200+ diehard Oprah fans?

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Women (plus a few put-upon husbands and a handful of gay men) love Oprah.

People were jumping up and down, hugging strangers, screaming and shaking, crying and cheering and clapping… I was hoping for a little more Faces of the Last Season of Oprah moments but a few people came awfully close. A livestream of tweets using the #lifeclass hash tag was pretty entertaining too — who knew so many people were counting on a 2-hour Oprah seminar to change their lives or experience ‘the greatest moment ever’?

So… preach Oprah! You may be transforming yourself from talk show host into a pseudo spiritual leader to many but you still know how to put on a good show. And you know exactly how to energize an audience — one Oprah “ohhhhhhh!” and the crowd went nuts. (Watch the entire show here.)

Besides spending two quality hours with Oprah, Tony Robbins and 5000 of our closest friends, I enjoyed some great food and a little sightseeing while in New York.

At Ruby Foo’s near Times Square, a platter of midnight sushi and dim sum was too delicious to pass up.

Not too far away, Caffe Martier was near the top of Yelp’s recommended brunch spots.

The good: nice atmosphere, big portions of delicious food, hot illy coffee.

The bad: dreadfully slow service. It’s a tiny place but with one waiter manning both the tables and the counter, it took forever just to get a coffee refill or pay the check.

To work off all this food — there was also a massive dinner consumed at Del Frisco’s and too many lattes to count — a 10-mile walk around Central Park was both beautiful and a literal breath of fresh air. I come up to the city fairly often for work, but hardly ever just to have fun.

Grey but gorgeous.

As much as I love to travel, I feel like I’ve barely been home over the past few weeks. I’m looking forward to a few weeks back in DC — and Easter celebrations with the family — before heading into summer travel and, hopefully, a fun summer vacation.

Are you an Oprah fan?

3 Comments leave one →
  1. April 4, 2012 8:22 am

    I love the Central Park pics. It’s my absolute favorite place in NYC – such an oasis of serenity!

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    April 13, 2012 7:50 pm

    I’m a tid bit of your NYC getaway- good food, good company, and seeing Oprah… Sounds like a fabulous weekend 😛


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