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I can still remember the first time I heard Sara Bareilles. At the time, I was living in Boca Raton, and she was a guest on Jimmy Kimmel. Man, that feels like a lifetime ago. But, just like the first time I heard John Mayer – in the back of a friend of a friend’s car when I was in college – it stuck with me.

In the eight years since, I’ve had the pleasure of seeing her live several times, in every venue from a free concert in an outdoor amphitheater where she wasn’t even the headliner to a full concert at Radio City Music Hall.

When we found out that both she and Jason Mraz would be starring on Broadway together in Waitress, my sister and I knew we had to go. So…

SISTER TRIP!

The Friday evening after she arrived and after dropping off bags and freshening up at my apartment, we headed to Bar Centrale.

Ducking into the anonymous brownstone that houses Bar Centrale is like stepping into a noir film—or, at the least, into the sanest, most adult watering hole in the theater district. – New York Magazine

In my days at the Disney Theatrical offices, I remember hearing the president talk about going there often, but never made the effort to check it out myself until now.

I was so self-conscious taking pictures! This guac-filled plate is the best I could do.

The menu is a little confusing, with everything from sushi to chili to tacos. We opted for the guacamole, lobster quesadilla, and skirt steak – all to share. I’ll admit that I was a little hesitant after seeing such a varied menu, but everything was really delicious!

Immediately afterward, we still had a little time to kill before the show, so I decided to take my sister over to Schmackary’s for a cookie. But when we walked up and saw a line literally out the door, we u-turned and headed to the Brooks Atkinson Theatre.

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So. Stinking. Good.

I’d actually already seen it about a year ago, but seeing Bareilles and Mraz in it was something special. That’s really saying something (hello, Jessie Mueller). I’ll admit that Mraz’s acting was a little underwhelming, but the vocals… swoon. They’re voices are great on most anything, but hearing them returning to their theater roots? Pure magic. They won’t be on stage together for long, but check it out if you have the chance.

Even though we really only had one full day together, we mostly took it easy on Saturday. After a quick breakfast at home, Miles was inspired to empty his piggy bank and drag us to Grand Central to buy another subway car for his wooden railway.

Taking a break at Muji (with his new train in hand).

The day was lovely, so we took the time to walk around Midtown. After Grand Central, we stopped to watch the ice skaters in Bryant Park and then grabbed a bite at the brand new Whole Foods across the street.

After getting back home, we settled in for the night. The boys went to Monster Jam, while we watched Midnight in Paris over Thai takeout – also known as just what the doctor ordered.

My time with my sister went by way too quickly, but I’m glad she was able to make the trip. Do YOU get to see your family much? How do you make the most of quick visits?

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