Let me start by saying that this was my very first trip to New York City, so I approached it with the awe and wonderment of Winona Ryder’s character dancing in the snow created by Edward Scissorhands shaving that ice sculpture in her front yard. Anyone with me on that? Or nah…
Anyway, Sony Pictures brought a group of us to New York for a screening of the new movie Ricki and The Flash, which I will share more about in upcoming posts. (But spoiler alert – I really liked it!) Sony gave us all the full New York experience, and for a newbie like me, it was the perfect way to see the city for the first time.
We stayed at the JW Marriott Essex House hotel, which was absolutely beautiful. Toward the end of my trip, I took a walk through Central Park, and it was a nice surprise to be able to see the hotel from another angle!
Once I had checked in, kicked my feet up, and taken a selfie (necessary, obvi), I ordered room service from the in-house restaurant, Southgate Bar & Restaurant. I chose the Little Gem Lettuce salad and added grilled chicken breast to it. It came with a basket of two pretzel rolls and a breadstick – everything was delicious!
Later that afternoon, we were shuttled over to Sony’s New York offices, where we were treated to a private screening of Ricki and The Flash – again, more later! Post-screening, the below spread was waiting for us, along with an open bar with beer, wine, and a custom cocktail called the “Ricki and the Splash”.
While we were eating and drinking, a hair and makeup team was on hand to give us Ricki-style makeovers – dramatic, dark eyes, and hairstyles that incorporated side braids like Ricki wears in the movie. Obviously I don’t have enough hair to style, so I just stuck to the makeup part.
Once everyone had been sufficiently fleeked, our “shuttle” was waiting downstairs to take us out on the town. And by shuttle I mean party bus, complete with flashing lights, music, and…a stripper pole.
The party bus took us to Hill Country Barbecue Market, where they had created a special menu just for our event! Everything was fabulous, and I thanked my lucky stars that I’m not on a bodybuilding competition diet right now and could indulge. On the bottom left in the picture below is a brownie with chocolate chips, a crispy cracker layer, and what tasted like salty caramel chips. YASSSSSS QUEEN.
Unlike on business trips I’ve been on before, cocktails were encouraged, and they even brought out a round of sweet tea, vodka, and lemonade shots for us! Throughout the night, I sipped on a Kreuz margarita with tequila, cointreau, agave, citrus, and a kick from serrano peppers. I loved it.
Thanks, Sony, for my awesome first-time New York City experience! Stay tuned for more about the movie, Ricki and The Flash, and about how awkward I am when I’m completely star-struck. SMH.