Platza Oak Leaf Treatment:
Lie down while in the Russian Room and a platza specialist will scrub you (actually beat you) with a broom made of fresh oak leaves, sopping with olive oil soap. The oak leaves contain a natural astringent, which will open your pours, remove toxins, and actually take off layers of dead skin. Some described the platza as "Jewish acupuncture".
And where do you go to PAY for such treatment? None other than NYC's historic Russian & Turkish Bathhouse, which is where you would've found the daddies of the day this morning. Just a couple of scrawny 30'ish nearly-naked daddies strolling the therapeutic saunas, hot baths, cold plunges and enjoying the platza whipping session among their fellow bathhouse friends, well fed 70'ish all-naked NYC Russians. Follow this with lunch at the 2nd best Thai restaurant outside of Thailand (#1 is in Queens) and you have the makings for a pretty decent Sunday. Extra spicy, lotsa sauce, delicious everything, and martinis that make you wish it was 1:30PM on a Sunday every freaking second.
And the cherry on top? These two, (see pics below) the two reasons that the four of us lucky-as-hell parents get to spend days like this enjoying early morning platza sessions, long drawn out Sunday brunches and a 1:30 martini. Wrap the day with a late evening jam session complete with three guitars and a rousing rendition of Old McDonald and well, let's just say today didn't suck. Ash decided that his new Fathers Day tradition is going to be to give daddy a new bedtime book every year because one of his most favorite things to do is read stories with daddy in his jammies. This years select was Where the Wild Things Are, and just when I thought our jam session was the most perfect way to end an evening I was met with the sounds of daddy and Ash reading his new book over the video monitor - our jam session was quickly bumped to 2nd most perfect.