Deli Date

Where: Kenny & Ziggy’s Deli

With Who: Mom and Nikki

What was eaten: The Monte Cristo and The Cloak and Dagwood (best sandwich I’ve ever had!) and some Egg Cremes

To Go: The biggest eclair I have ever seen, 7 layer chocolate cake, vanilla cheesecake with chocolate mousse!

So I had to travel from New York to Houston to try out this New York style delicatessen. I have to say, one of the best meals I’ve ever had. Good good food! They are known for their giant sandwiches which you can easily split. I loved the whole ambiance of the room. It had a Sardi’s feel with the characters on the wall and they stole my idea of having a playbill border!

I give it five stars and would I highly recommend it to everyone in the Houston area!

~cc

I’ll go back to Manhattan

This has been my first summer in 6 years that I haven’t spent in New York. At the beginning of summer I wasn’t sure how I would like being away from my city. Looking back, I have to say it was one of the best summers I’ve ever had! So glad I was home for June 3rd. Had the time of my life in eating macaroons with Nikki in Paris for a week. Got to spend lots of time with my nieces and nephew and wonderful sisters and brother in laws. Then I spent three weeks building life long friendships with the most amazing group of people and doing what I’ve always wanted to do; getting payed to perform a character that got to sing and dance her butt off on a stage I’ve been dreaming about performing on since I was a little girl!

Not to shabby of  a summer if I say so myself!

I’m back in the city now and loving NY more than ever. I’m beyond excited to see where life takes me next! In the words of Eric Robertson, fellow cast mate in Urban, “New Life. New Look. New You. New York!”

xo.

(no pic today!)

~cc

Paris Part Deux: The Food

Food, Glorious Food.

We ate SO much food. Best food of my life.

I first tried escargot on a dare and loved it. I love it even more now. Don’t be afraid to try it!

I loved that all of the restaurants served their water from old wine bottles. Added such an elegant touch!

One thing’s for sure, those Parisians certainly know how to do chocolate! Everything chocolate we at was absolutely amazing!!!! I’d go back JUST for the chocolate.

And the chocolate cake from room service? Best chocolate cake I’ve ever had.

Breakfast at Angelina’s was certainly one of my favorites. If ever in Paris you MUST get their hot chocolate. It’s like drinking chocolate soup. The richest, thickest hot chocolate. To die for!

Another note worthy comment about French eating is their portion sizes. They’re much more reasonably sized. I don’t think I ever not finished a meal. No wonder you don’t see any obese Parisians! And even though they have fast food restaurants like Subway and McDonalds, who wants to eat there when EVERY other restaurant serves fabulous french cuisine?!

Another favorite of ours were Macaroons. I don’t think we actually got a picture of the ones we ate because they were just so irresistible we would eat them right away! From what I hear, macaroons are just starting to become popular here in the states and for that I say, “Hallelujah!”

Also, I’m now obsessed with toast and goat cheese. Delish!!

 Well, we ate escargot, frog legs, duck, rabbit, cheeses, french onion soup, creme brulee, and everything chocolate.

C’est Magnifique!

~cc

Paris Part Un: Scenic Element

All you have to do is walk down a street in Paris, and you’re in love with the city.  I love going somewhere new and feeling it’s energy. As you walk along the cobblestone roads (which have no lanes!) you feel a sense of serenity. Unlike New York, no one is in her a hurry in Paris. You can’t help but realize how beautiful life is when everything slows down a bit.

There’s so much history in this city. I’m so glad we got to see all of the historic landmarks like the Arc de Triophe, Notre Dame, and the Lourve.

So I’ve never really been a tourist before, (my last vacation was Disney World at age 12), and I despise midtown tourists, so being one was quite the experience. I now have a completely different take on tourists. The frustrations of not knowing a language of the place that one is in is so embarrassing. Plus we got looked at you as if they were saying, “Oh, those stupid Americans!” We looked especially touristy whipping our maps out in the middle of streets. I have to say though, I was quite proud of myself though. My sense of direction has improved leaps and bounds and I credit it to living in NY. Living there gives you some kind of internal compass. And the streets in Paris… they make no sense! It’s a like a giant Greenwich Village! When you think you’re walking north to south your actually walking on a curve… It can get very confusing. But surprisingly, it was loads of fun getting lost. We found so many amazing places that we would’ve never found had we gone the right way.

Observing the seine.

At the Lourve.

And of course we saw the Eiffel Tower!!

View from beneath.

Then we went back to see it in the daytime!

From the streets to the palaces to the gardens… Paris, you are gorgeous!

~cc

February Celebrations

I had a very fun Birthday! Celebrated with a delicious home cooked breakfast and then later a fabulous dinner at The Melting Pot. For my birthday cake, my amazing mother made a “camera” cake. Isn’t she just brilliant?!

Now I’m not a sports person at all really, but of course my fam has to have a fantastic Superbowl Feast! So we ate our deliciousness and watched the commercials. Nikki also brought over just a few brands from her Root Beer collection. As an MT, my comments for the Superbowl were 1) Christina was good but Shoshana could take her any day and 2) What was up with Lea? I know I’m not a fan, but she seriously sounded like she had a frog in her throat. Here’s the food pics:

And of course their was Valentines Day filled with love and sweets in the Cannon household!

Happy February!!

~CC

My Summer in Photos

Here’s a review of my summer!

I always consider the start of summer as June 1st.  Two days later was the one anniversary of the day that changed my life.

(photo credit: rebecca gladu)

A few days later we were in Gtown for RAFA’s WOZ. It was such a great experience to be in the show and to be on the artistic and technical side of the show. I’m grateful for everything I’ve learned and the people that I’ve met doing this production.

On the 16th of June, Max turned 16 and I gave him a fun scavenger hunt to find all his gifts.

Two days later we were off for the big apple!!

I attended the Rockette Intensive for my 3rd time and had an absolute blast. It was a truly a memorable experience and how special it was to find out that I was a Rockette in front of all the parents and students. I will never forget it.

Came home on the 4th of July to an excellent dinner with the fam.

Next day we celebrated Nikki‘s birthday!

Then started Singin in the Rain rehearsals!

Here’s what happened during the rehearsal process…

I went and took pictures of United Player’s production of Children of Eden.

I also got to see Miller’s production of Little Shop with a bunch of RAFA peeps! Jackery Delackery was the best ensemble kid ever!!

My sister Ashlyn, her husband, and my beautiful nieces came for a long visit. Here are some pictures from their stay (including a surprise birthday party for Ash!)

So as my summer comes to an end, I’m preparing for a number of things. Moving to New york, finding an apartment, minor eyelid surgery, and getting in shape for upcoming rehearsals… I’m so excited for these next few months. A little scared and nervous but so excited.

Hope your summer was a lovely one and that you’re pumped for this fall and winter season!

~cc

101 Things that make me happy

Since it was on my 101 things to do in 1001 days list, i thought I’d knock this one out:

  1. love
  2. my family
  3. reading the scriptures
  4. taking photos
  5. giftcards
  6. giving the perfect gift
  7. cheese
  8. blogging
  9. temple trips
  10. picking out which headband to wear with a current outfit
  11. arm scratches
  12. finding new photographers i like
  13. everything and everyone in new york city
  14. chocolate bar
  15. anthropologie sales
  16. Rockstar Diaries
  17. when my silly niece, Avery, says “I love you Aunt Cia!”
  18. back scratches
  19. hearing makenzie’s voice
  20. seth rudetsky’s deconstructions (this one‘s my favorite)
  21. laducas
  22. singing in the car
  23. anything ever uttered out of elaine stritch‘s mouth
  24. old school theatre tap dancing
  25. a new richard calmes album
  26. my scotties, Bobby and BJ
  27. comments on my photos
  28. fresh flowers on the kitchen table
  29. the nervous, excited energy i get before a photoshoot
  30. when my doctors are happy
  31. skyping with my nieces and ashlyn
  32. fierce moments (i’ll have to blog about this sometime…)
  33. doris day movies
  34. fred and ginger movies
  35. hugs and kisses
  36. reunions with friends i havent seen in forever
  37. making slideshows
  38. dressing up all fancy
  39. sleeping in my bed on cold mornings
  40. cloudy days
  41. cute umbrellas
  42. ghost lights
  43. iyogurt, red mango, and pinkberry
  44. when he says he loves me
  45. finding old journals and reading them
  46. reading snapple caps
  47. waking up to a working alarm clock
  48. my photo chandelier
  49. putting on a new pair of earings
  50. watching a really good movie you haven’t seen in a long time
  51. downstage center
  52. taking a theatre dance class
  53. charleston chews
  54. anything black with white polka dots
  55. good news
  56. getting a letter or package in the mail
  57. counting down the days till summer new york trips
  58. looking at my yellow tulip painting from king aaron
  59. quoting scrubs
  60. watching bloopers on dvds
  61. General Conference
  62. regina spektor and ben rector music
  63. making lists
  64. lunch dates with my favorite people
  65. a massage
  66. holga photos
  67. hot chocolate on a cold day
  68. family dinners
  69. when people tell me they’re looking for my cheshire cat laplander! so sweet.
  70. Kevin Cahoon in the same building :))))
  71. disco dancing
  72. nailing an audition
  73. stepping off the plane at La Guardia
  74. little letters
  75. Junior’s Cheesecake
  76. “(This will be) an Everlasting Love”
  77. finding a new artist i like
  78. trying new sushi
  79. a good Sunday at Church
  80. engagement stories
  81. a jazz class on an emotional day
  82. “You Turned my Mourning into Dancing” music
  83. singing primary songs
  84. comforting hugs from my mommy
  85. puppies
  86. red lipstick with a cute black and white outfit
  87. star sightings in NYC
  88. licking icing off of a cupcake
  89. singing in the shower
  90. shopping trips with my sisters
  91. pumpkin pie with whipped creme
  92. sunrise on the beach
  93. a warm blanket right out of the dryer
  94. speaking “broadway” with someone who understands what the heck i’m saying
  95. yellow tulips
  96. white rose petals in my banb hoodie pockets
  97. makenzie memories
  98. thinking about the future
  99. accepting the past
  100. living fully through every minute
  101. this list

here’s to happiness, life, love, and makenzie.

~cc