A Day at the Opera

Until Saturday, I’d never been to an opera. It was something I always thought I should do eventually, but made no real effort to go. So when I learned that the Metropolitan Opera Summer Series was happening in Williambridge Oval Park as part of SummerStage, I knew I had to check it out. Plus, it was the first time that they’ve ever performed in this park, which is pretty cool.

We’ve all seen some kind of opera on tv at some point in our lives (I am specifically thinking of this episode of Hey Arnold) but let me tell you that seeing it in person is something totally different.

Performing a variety of songs from Verdi, Mozart, Tchaikovsky, and Wagner (among others!)  Gabriella Reyes de Ramirez (soprano), Gerard Schneider (tenor), and Adrian Timpau (baritone)  did such an amazing job conveying the passion and conviction of each song that it didn’t matter that I didn’t actually understand what they were saying. It’s really moving and captivating, not to mention that their vocal abilities are insane.

While this was their only show in the Bronx, they have two more shows coming up in Jackie Robinson Park in Manhattan and Socrates Sculpture Park in Queens. I highly recommend checking it out if you can.

 

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Happy Hours on Happy Hours

This week I found myself at two beautiful Bronx bars for happy hour.

Tuesday, I met up with a friend to catch up at Pine Bar & Grill on Eastchester Rd. Every time I come here and see the elegant decor, I always wonder why I don’t come here more often. They have a really great rooftop as well, perfect for enjoying a cocktail on a summer night. But, alas, it wasn’t open when we were there. We ordered the mango mojitos, which were delicious and not too minty. My friend ordered the fish tacos, while I had the Po’ Boy pulled pork sliders. Both of our dishes were flavorful and affordable, my favorite combination.

Pine

Last night, I caught up with another friend and we decided to check out the newest bar in Norwood, Lexa Bar.  With exposed brick walls, the wall adorned with the names of Bronx neighborhoods, I think I’ve finally found my local go-to bar. The bartender was super sweet and attentive. We started off with mojitos (….lot of mojitos this week!) which are $5 on Thursdays and ordered cheeseburgers. To be honest, I didn’t love the burger as it was a bit too salty, but they have a bunch of other items on their menu I’d love to try, from flatbread pizzas to salads and wraps. Best of all, I was able to stroll back home in ten minutes.

Lexa