Thursday, February 3, 2011

From the Camden Aquarium to Dinner at Babbo in the Village

When we visited our children last November, we spent time at the Camden Aquarium with our son, Tom, and his wife, Lori.  It's well designed where there are individual exhibits of various fish and marine life from all over the world, including penguins, seals, and hippos. 

The next day, the two boys, Bill and Tom, went with me back to Camden harbor to explore the most decorated battleship in U.S. history, the U.S.S. New Jersey.  The tour guide, a retired Navy officer, elucidated us about the design and workings of the ship which was first used in World War II. Both of these venues are worth a full day of sightseeing.

OK--Now onto the NYC trip with our daughter, Alexandra.  She purchased tickets for the 2010 Tony-award winning play, "Memphis." It was based on an interracial couples' relationship during the late '50s/early 60's with the evolution of blues/soul music as a subplot.  It's definitely a must-see if you're in the City!

Alex made the mistake of asking me where I would like to go for dinner after the play.  I replied, "Mario Battali's restaurant, BABBO, of course!"  She said she would try, but not to get my hopes up.  She lucked out and scored a reservation and we enjoyed an absolutely fabulous meal featuring dishes from the various regions of Italy.  In Italy, every part of the animal is used in culinary preparation and at Babbo in very creative ways.  I plan to add The Babbo Cookbook to my Cookbook Library.

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