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The Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic on Governors Island

Yesterday morning, our usual Sunday slumber was interrupted by the buzz of an alarm clock.

At Ryan’s request, we woke up around 7 a.m. so that we could catch the very first ferry to Governors Island for this year’s Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic–an event we’ve been looking forward to for a couple of months now.

We arrived so early, in fact, that we actually got onto the press ferry, with several other die-hard polo fans who we befriended.

Our new friends had an impressive set-up for the day, complete with their own tents, tables, and even decorations, as you can see above.

The match didn’t begin until the early afternoon, so we enjoyed our self-packed picnic lunch while we waited, complete with cheeses from Murray’s, fresh strawberries with crème fraîche, and of course, a bottle of Veuve.

In the true spirit of polo, the day also brought about everyone’s sartorial best—women were outfitted in their finest hats, while men donned bowties of all shapes, sizes and colors.

The people watching was undoubtedly fantastic, but the polo match itself was too, as Nacho Figueras’ Blackwatch team beat the Veuve Clicquot team, 6-5.

Nacho, a Ralph Lauren model and the 2nd Most Handsome Man in the World, according to Vanity Fair, stole the show and was subsequently awarded the match’s MVP award.

(Ladies also relished the opportunity to have their photo taken with his life-sized cardboard cut-out as well.)

After the match ended, we stayed and chatted with our new friends, who invited us to join them for polo out in Bridgehampton later this summer.

The crowds slowly dispersed and once again, we lucked out and beat the lines for the ferry and made our way back to Manhattan, slightly sunburned and tired, but very happy.

– Laura and Ryan

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Ryan’s Birthday

For Ryan’s birthday this year, we decided to have a staycation at the Ace Hotel, right up the street.

However, before we checked into the Ace on Saturday night, we had a little party of our own at the house. Despite the dreary weather on Friday, I trudged over to Milk Bar in the East Village to pick up one of their delectable (and quite famous) birthday cakes that I had ordered earlier in the week. I made another stop after picking up the cake:

On Saturday, we grabbed the dog, hailed a cab and headed to the Ace. We check into our room, complete with an amazing view of the Empire State Building, and then headed downstairs for some pre-dinner tipple at the John Dory Oyster Bar, Ken Friedman and April Bloomfield’s newest restaurant.

When we arrived back into our room, the Ace had left us a little birthday surprise.

After relaxing in the room, we had a delicious dinner at The Breslin (where Ryan actually works). Of course, we were already pretty full from some of the most decadent oysters ever at Dory, but we still managed to stuff ourselves with scrumpets, a terrine board, day boat scallops, sweetbreads, oxtail, seafood sausage, and brioche doughnuts, to name a few. (It was seriously gluttonous.)

After an hour or so in the room to let our dinner settle, we headed down for a nightcap at the Dory. It was relatively quiet in the bar—the only other patrons at the time were the Arcade Fire—but we enjoyed watching the long line of people outside queuing up for the LCD Soundsystem after party through the massive windows.

Thanks to the resulting food coma, our night ended earlier than expected, but we woke up to next morning to a full-on breakfast in bed, courtesy of the hotel. Before departing our staycation, we relaxed (read: recovered) in the hotel lobby for a couple of hours before heading out.

Ryan has exuberantly claimed that it was his best birthday ever and I’m inclined to agree. This year’s festivities will make next year hard to top.

– Laura

Us, pre-The Breslin. (Note that Ryan had multiple costume changes throughout the day and into the evening.)

The Birthday Boy

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