Memphis, Times Square and Spice Market. All in One Night. Bam.

October 11, 2011


When in New York City you simply must see a Broadway show. It was a given that we would do this. After putting our picks forward my girlfriends and I decided to see Memphis – I was very very excited. And so on the first Thursday night we were in town we dolled ourselves up, red lipstick and all, to see the show.

Clearly we were very excited… It was my first time (apart from Ballet Concerts) wearing Red Lipstick. I kind of liked it. But later on in the night it ended up everywhere…like my arm and my chin. Possibly even my elbow. I think I need lipstick wearing lessons.


Memphis is a show about music and love and race in 1950’s Tennessee. It’s packed with lots of dancing, colour and beautiful tunes.

The cast were really vibrant, there were really touching moments and the songs were super catchy. I can see why it’s won some awards, including the 2010 Tony Award for best musical. We ate Twizzlers while we watched – when in Rome…

After the show we freshened up before sneaking a peek at the stage post-show!

Times Square

Then we walked to Times Square to catch a glimpse of the fluorescent madness and tick that nugget off our list. It’s a pretty frightful scene, not a place to linger, that’s for sure. So we took some pics and then high-tailed it to dinner.

Spice Market

We had reservations at Spice Market, upon Peta’s friend’s recommendation.

Spice Market is one of Jean-Georges Vongerichten‘s restaurants, and it’s a really lovely space, with a wooden interior and supreme mood lighting. The Asian-influenced menu is jumping with exciting offerings. It was really difficult to select items, as there was so much choice – in particular a lot of beautiful seafood options.

In the end we shared a whole bunch of delicious appetisers. Behold the slightly moody pictures, which are not at all representative of the happy flavours.

Complementary Papadums with a type of relish,

Egg Rolls,

Broccoli and Corn (beautiful),

Spiced, Crusted Corn Cobs (ridiculous)

and Tuna Tartare (wow)

We also shared Crab Dumplings, which were soft and delightful, and a main of Fish which came with some sort of Green Mousse – I thoroughly disliked this green concoction, so let’s not talk about that…


The appetisers were the standouts to me, and my girlfriends agree. When you’re in New York City next, I really recommend visiting Spice Market for incredibly delicious, quality bites (which are quite reasonably priced!). You can share some plates with your friends before hitting the bars around the Meatpacking District – that sounds rather great. It’s not exactly a humble district, yet a little pretence never hurt anybody. And with such tasty appetisers nearby…I’m there!

It would also be preferable if you see a Broadway show first. I think it makes the food taste better. Bam.

Heidi xo

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  • Lisa (bakebikeblog) October 11, 2011 at 7:40 am

    oooh we saw Memphis when in New York too! Loved it!

  • Michelle Chin October 11, 2011 at 7:54 am

    You picked some very good dishes at spice market. i did not. 🙁 I watched memphis too as part of my history subject and had to write something about it

  • hollypop October 11, 2011 at 8:54 am

    hehehe, i think my lippy always ends up on my chin as well. so gross.
    i want to go to new york !!!!!!1

  • Hannah October 11, 2011 at 11:52 am

    Oh yes. Swoon, my heart! Broadway, shoes, and food are the reasons I love and long for New York! I'm so glad you saw a proper show 🙂 My memories of seeing Wicked and Mary Poppins there (among others!) shine in my soul like fireworks.

    P.S. Bright lipstick and nail polish are two aspects of make-up that I still can't do! I feel so weird and conspicuous and end up rubbing both off immediately 😛

  • Heidi October 11, 2011 at 1:49 pm

    Lisa – wasn't it great?!

    Michelle – oh, what a shame you didn't have great pics at Spice Market!

    Holly – haha, it's got a mind of it's own. I want you to got toooooooo!

    Hannah – I so know what you mean. I bought my own lipstick…but I'm yet to use it more than once. Oh, I wish I saw more shows. Was trying to save my money & wasn't so sure about seeing another one. Vicki saw Wicked as well as Memphis. I miss Broadway!

    Heidi xo

  • Lisa October 11, 2011 at 1:59 pm

    I adore wearing red lipstick but I am just like you! I don't know how people don't smudge it, I guess some people actually don't touch their faces like the makeup artists tell you. A colleague of mine used to have a great expression, if you smudged your makeup (lips or eyes) he would walk by and say "you just Alice Cooper'd yourself". It made me laugh (and rush to a mirror) every time.

  • Hannah October 11, 2011 at 2:46 pm

    Aw I love going out to shows! (I'm excited to see the ballet in December!). Looks like a very fun (and delicious) night out 🙂 Ooh and I've just started wearing red lippy a bit more, it's fun, but I bought a LM 'lip stain' in a pot, so I can put on as much as I like 😉 x

  • Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella October 11, 2011 at 4:11 pm

    I think you three gals totally took America by storm! Great choice for a restaurant too-I love the descriptions i.e. "ridiculous" 😛

  • Heidi October 11, 2011 at 4:55 pm

    Lisa – hahaha that's awesome.

    Hannah – yes, lip stains are great. Enjoy the Ballet! That is something I love doing 🙂

    Lorraine – hehe, thanks, lovely 🙂

    Heidi xo

  • The InTolerant Chef October 12, 2011 at 7:50 am

    Fantastic! Awesome food, and awesome way to spend the night at a Broadway show too.
    Red lipstick is designed to melt on contact, none of the other colours mess so much. When I wear bright lipstick I always apply powder to my lips before the lippy, and seem to avoid the smudging problem- as long as I don't rub them, or eat, or drink, just smile 🙂