I am not a big fan of reality TV. When Porgie was a baby, I watched Big Brother for a season or two, but all the characters annoyed me. By the end of the show, I didn't want any of them to win. Then I watched Amazing Race for a season or two, but I lost interest and stopped watching. Just recently I started watching Sister Wives, because I seem to have some weird fascination with polygamy. But that is pretty much it. I just don't love reality TV.
Over Christmas break, we experienced a few very boring afternoons. One particularly dull day, I was searching around on Netflix trying to find something that would interest both me and the kids. I kept seeing all these goofy reality shows that revolved around baking - Cake Boss, Next Great Baker, DC Cupcakes, etc. Finally, I decided to give Next Great Baker a shot. It wasn't great, but it wasn't too bad either. Porgie really liked it though and would request to watch it with me everyday.
It turns out that the show is based in Hoboken, NJ. I decided that it would be super fun to go visit Carlo's Bake Shop. I read online that the line to get into the bakery sometimes goes out the store and down the block. So, I developed a back-up plan in case my bakery plan didn't work out (because obviously we were not going to wait in line with 3 kids for HOURS to get a damn pastry). John and I decided that while we were there, we would also visit the Liberty Science Center. That way, even if the bake shop was a bust, at least the hour drive wouldn't be a complete waste.
On Saturday morning we woke up early, ate breakfast, and hit the road. We were in Hoboken by 9:30. Amazingly, we got a parking spot right in front of the bakery and there was no line! We lucked out!
Izzy and I got a strawberry cheesecake, Porgie got a chocolate mousse cake, Guppy got a chocolate chip cookie, and John got a cream puff. I also bought a full sized strawberry short cake to take home. It was all delicious. Seriously, so so so yummy.
Then we headed over to the science museum, which was tons of fun. If you are ever in NewYork or North Jersey, I highly recommend visiting this museum with your kids. We were there for 3 hours, and we had to carry a screaming toddler out the door. It was that fun.