Date Night in Hollywood – In the Heights at The Pantages Theater, and dinner at Delphine Restaurant.
We are going to see a show we have been waiting forever to see – In the Heights! We actually went to college with Lin Manuel and have a few friends in common. I used to see musicals all the time, growing up around/living in NYC but this is my first one in Los Angeles. The Pantages is a beautiful old theatre in the heart of Hollywood.
We get great discount orchestra seats via Goldstar but climb up to the balcony to snap a few photos of the majestic lobby. There’s a concessions stand that sells mostly overpriced sweets. Big boxes of candy and packaged pastries for about $4 – $6. You can bring them in with you to your seat (but not your camera!)
I am not hungry enough for a meal before we leave so I pack my own snacks. An organic yellow plum (that I eat before the show begins) and a Spirulina Ginseng Nut Butter Ball during the 15-minute intermission.
The show is seriously amazing – the best musical I’ve seen in a decades. Totally inspiring to witness people from our school achieve this level of artistic greatness. And the fact that they’re recognized for their incredible talents is emotional and uplifting. We get nostalgic for NYC and Washington Heights too, even the heat waves and the black outs!
After the show we head across the street to the new W hotel/residences.
Abe wants to show me the rooftop bar that he went to a few weeks ago, but there is a long line to get in. Not really our scene. Plus, I want food. So we go to one of the hotel’s restaurants, Delphine, instead.
Unlike the rest of the hotel, the bistro isn’t busy. It is gorgeous, and the service is terrific – very friendly and laid back.
It is already 11pm and I want to get dessert, but nothing on the menu sounds appealing so I order the Onion Soup Gratinee instead.
They bring us a basket of bread.
One is multigrain, and one is cheese-flavored. Both are incredible.
And a bite of Abe’s fries (perfectly seasoned and crisp).
My soup totally hit the spot – cheese-y, bread-y, and broth-y.
I eat the whole thing, but give Abe half of the cheese layer so he can make his fries fancy.
The couple at the next table notices I kept taking photos of my food and asks if we want to have one of us together. How sweet is that?
A really fun date night – totally out of our “norm.”
What’s your favorite musical? I am obsessed with old-school ones like “Guys and Dolls,” “Bye Bye Birdie,” and all the Rodgers and Hammerstein shows but “In the Heights” is changing my mind about the modern musical!