Saturday, December 31, 2016

2016 by the Numbers

Happy New Year's Eve to everyone! Who knows why I’m obsessed with stats?  It’s not as if I ever passed a statistics class in school…  I’m so happy I got back to Italy in 2016, so it automatically becomes one of my very favorite years!  In case you’re interested, here’s how the rest of 2016 stacked up:

Theater visits: 60
Shows written by women:  28 (closer to parity, but still not quite there)
Ballet visits: 10
Readings/workshops: 4
Concerts/cabarets: 7
Award presentations:  3
Lectures:  2
Opera recital:  1
New museums: 3 (Peggy Guggenheim at left)
New restaurants:  25
Winery Tours:  2
Churches visited in Italy:  13
Movies:  10
Tweets:  520 (wait, what?)
Trips for work:  1
Trips for ME:  1

photo credit: Carol Rosegg
Here are my 2016 Favorite Theater Pieces.  These are in chronological-ish order...

  • The King and I
  • Skeleton Crew
  • Southern Comfort
  • Don't Bother Me, I Can't Cope
  • Red Speedo
  • Cleopatra
  • Teenage Dick
  • Mr Wolf
  • Dear Evan Hansen
  • Indecent
  • She Loves Me
  • Small Mouth Sounds
  • The Humans
  • The Pen (part of Inner Voices)
  • Sell/Buy/Date
  • Master Harold…and the boys
  • Honorable mentions to Charles Busch at 54 Below and The Hard Nut

And, again, thankfully, I had so much good food, I had to do my Top 2016 Food Experiences!  Restaurant Week and traveling to Italy have been a big help here (photos below not necessarily in order):

  • roasted pork loin and pumpkin mostarda at A Voce
  • grilled octopus with chickpea salad at MP Taverna
  • tagliatelle with slow roasted lamb at Palma
  • kale salad with burrata and butternut squash puree at Harlem Pizza Co
  • cracker jack sundae at American Cut
  • pavlova at Lambs Club
  • avocado toast at Ca Va
  • macaroni and cheese at Peg Leg Porker
  • bruschetta at Voyager Wine Bar (JFK airport)
  • Tuscan calzone at Bar 62 (Pisa)
  • pici with tomato garlic sauce at Antika Trattoria (Cortona)
  • bruschetta at Ristorante Roma da Riccardo (Buonconvento)
  • prosciutto panini at Bar Ghirlandaio (Volterra)
  • risotto funghi at La Griglia (San Gemignano)
  • prosciutto and mozzarella panini at I Due Fratinelli (Florence)
  • café shakerato at Caffe Niccolini (Florence)
  • chestnut creme caramel at La Spada (Florence)
  • Entire meal cooked with Daniela and Veronica (Borgo alle Vigne, Selvatelle)
  • bigne alla crema at stand by Rialto Bridge (Venice)

Hey, let's all raise a glass to 2016 - goodbye to what's past and hello to what's coming in 2017!  May there be more theater, ballet, great food, spectacular cocktails, European travels and adventurous days ahead!!

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