Wednesday, October 28, 2015

To make it through the everyday minutiae of life in New York City, you have to fall into one of the following categories:
  • Crazy
  • Alcoholic
  • Druggie
  • Rich

Sunday, October 25, 2015

"You would've found out anyway, motherfucker!"

Said by Amy Schumer in her HBO special: Amy Schumer, Live at the Apollo.
No more pretending.

Friday, October 23, 2015

Dear friends,

Please check out my latest write-up for VICE's food channel, MUNCHIES: Secrets from the Guy Who Runs Your Cash Register.


Thursday, October 22, 2015

"Over the years, Gross has done some 13,000 interviews and the sheer range of people she has spoken to, coupled with her intelligence and empathy, has given her the status of national interviewer."

From the October 21, 2015, New York Times article: Terry Gross and the Are of Opening Up. Written by Susan Burton.

Love you, Terry.
"Taking action on a political issue that has long been stalled here, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo is posed to announce executive action on Thursday intended to protect transgender people from discrimination in housing, employment and other areas."

From the October 22, 2015, New York Times article: Cuomo Planning Discrimination Protections for Transgender New Yorkers. Written by Jesse McKinley.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

It's a big world out there, with so many people and places to see.

Whenever you're feeling despondent or discouraged from your everyday routine, remember this.
"Officer Holder's body was driven from the hospital around 1:45 a.m. as dozens of colleagues saluted. Not a word was spoken."

From the October 21, 2015, New York Times article: Suspect in Fatal Shooting of New York Officer Was on the Run for Weeks, Officials Say. Written by Marc Santora, Al Baker and J. David Goodman.
Who says salad isn't delicious?

There's macaroni salad. Potato salad. Tuna salad. Egg salad. And my ultimate favorite, pasta salad.
"One added advantage: You can't text while you're walking and eating, or look at your email, or see what the weather is like on your phone. The walking-and-eating world is mercifully disconnected from the Internet."

From the October 21, 2015, Eater article: An Ode to the Pleasures of Walking and Eating. Written by Robert Sietsema.
"Padding the pavement while eating an impromptu meal is something New Yorkers are inordinately fond of."

From the October 21, 2015, Eater article: An Ode to the Pleasures of Walking and Eating. Written by Robert Sietsema.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Monday, October 19, 2015

"He had lain there for a while, nothing to announce his departure to the world, while the hyperkinetic city around him hurried on with its business."

From the October 17, 2015, New York Times article, The Lonely Death of George Bell. Written by N.R. Kleinfield.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

You know in the beginning of the movie, Rent, when everyone is standing on their New York fire escapes and burning their eviction notices because they refuse to pay rent?

Yeah, I like that scene.
Pass the oxtail, please.
"'As a culture we are much more interested in how and why things are happening,' Ms. Rothman said. 'People want a road map but they don't want you to drive them there.'"

From the October 13, 2015, New York Times article: Written Recipes Undergo a Makeover. Written by Kim Severson.

Monday, October 12, 2015

It's my earned right as an adult to have a beer while watching an episode of a tv show about high schoolers trying to score beer.
"For many New Yorkers, Queens---home to La Guardia and JFK airports---is a place of arrivals and departures, a place one passes through en route to somewhere else: the city's gateway to the world. But for those of us lucky enough to live and eat here, Queens is a world unto itself. An entirely delicious one.

How could it not be? The borough has one of the most ethnically diverse populations in the country. Name an immigrant group and I'll point you to where they've settled in Queens: Greeks and Egyptians in Astoria; Thais in Woodside and Elmhurst; Mexicans in Corona; Nepalese, Indians, Bangledeshis, and South Americans in Jackson Heights; Chinese, Taiwanese, and Koreans in Flushing... It's a patchwork, polygot landscape that, not coincidentally, offers up some of the city's finest momo, bao, tacos, moussake, pad kee mao, dosas, kebabs, kasha, soup dumplings, and almost any other far-flung speciality you can think of---often just an elevated train ride away.

Yes, Queens can seem baffling to outsiders. It's New York's largest borough by area, a sprawling, gritty streetscape where 30th Avenue intersects 30th Road and 30th Drive, street addresses involve numbers like 135-25, and a good many signs and menus are not in English. This might explain why visitors and residents from across the river generally stayed away, at least until recently---while a certain other borough next door grabbed all the attention. But while the brownstones of Brooklyn may have a corner on charm, Queens traffics in a different sort of energy: Its allure is authenticity, and its beauty is on the plate.

Lately, however, a palpable shift has occurred as more New Yorkers wise up to Queens's endlessly varied food scene. Among savvy and hungry locals and out-of-towners alike, it's become the borough to explore, and to eat your way across."

From the article, The World Across The River, in the October 2015 issue of Condé Nast Traveler. Written by Stephen Orr.
Visiting Berlin was great. It was nice to be in a major city abroad again. 

Living in New York, it's so easy to get bogged down by the grind of everyday life here. I had forgotten that not all major cities need to run at a constant and neurotic speed of 24/7. The change of scenery from being in Germany's capital was refreshing, and I really enjoyed my time there.

It would've been nice to just have had one extra day to myself. I would've loved to take the subway, checkout some restaurants on my own, or explore neighborhoods in general. But I guess that'll have to be on another trip to Berlin where I'm not there for work.

Here are just a few pictures I was able to take while there.

Wednesday, October 07, 2015

"On my first two outings at Wildair, I passed up the pork rillettes, suspecting that they were outsourced. They are not. They are beautifully made on site, smooth and pinkish and creamy in a glass bowl sealed with a white blanket of fat. I spread the rillettes on thin toast and took a bite, letting the fat and its warm, holiday flavor of ginger and other seasonings melt on my tongue."

From October 6, 2015, New York Times Restaurant Review: Wildair on the Lower East Side. Written by Pete Wells.

Monday, October 05, 2015

Just because this doesn't happen often, there's something special about that moment when I'm freshly showered and in my hotel bathrobe to hear a knock at the door followed by, "ROOM SERVICE!"

Sunday, October 04, 2015

I'm heading out to the airport in a few hours to leave for my work trip to Germany.

See you in Berlin! Have a great Sunday.