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Lessons Learned As A New New Yorker

In Uncategorized on November 13, 2010 at 11:13 pm

YOU CAN ALWAYS FIND A RIDICULOUSLY CHEAP AND FUN HAPPY HOUR, ANY TIME OF THE DAY ON ANY STREET CORNER

This is something I don’t usually get to take full advantage of, however, if you do have the opportunity to either get off work (funny) by 5pm or you take a little break and then go back to the office, you couldn’t be more appreciative you live in NYC. The sketchier and divier the bar is the better the Happy Hour deals are usually. I walk by shoe box “restaurants” that feature both Chinese and French cuisine (yes, you read right) offering $3 vodka cocktails for 4 hours a day. COUNT. ME. IN.

IT’S A FAUX PAS TO ACTUALLY ACCEPT PLASTIC GROCERY BAGS AT THE MARKET

I’ll admit, in Boston if you looked in the trunk of BMW you’d see ….. let’s just say a sickening amount of “eco friendly Trader Joe/CVS/ Walgreen” bags. I did have the intent to use them when I frequented those stores, however, it just did NOT HAPPEN. I will say the bags were eventually used when my brother and dad moved me out of my apartment — using my “eco bags” to throw all of my miscellaneous “crap” into. Since having moved to NYC, however, I have taken accustomed to actually re using the bags — who woulda thunken?

COFFEE SHOPS SERVE MANY MORE PURPOSES THAN THEY DO IN OTHER CITIES

Ok, so my Foodie God, Frank Bruni, wrote a sick article for the NYTimes yesterday about the concept of spiked coffee beverages being served all over the city. Personally, I think coffee shops a whole lot hotter and more intimate than a loud sweaty ass bar environment. If I could bring a gentleman on a date to a coffee shop with chill music, warm couches and spiked drinks? There’s no question to be asked. Reservations for 2 please?

PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION IS IN FACT MORE EFFICIENT DURING PRIME RUSH HOURS THAN CABS

I don’t think is really some large “revelation” however, it is so true. I was not one to ever use public transportation in any other city I have resided in but when it comes to NYC? Not only do you spend 5x more money when you take a cab, but you also will most likely get motion sickness and get there 5x later than you would had you sucked it up and taken a subway. $2.50? I think I am justttt fine with that.

NO ONE GETS OFF WORK BEFORE THE SUN SETS

I tend to be too anal and get to work for no rhyme or reason earlier than my co-workers. Keeping in mind it has been fall slowly turning into winter, the mornings are dark. Now that daylight savings just passed, I actually have some light in the morning and can unfortunately see the attire I throw together for work. I’d like it to be dark again, k great thanks. Regardless, in NYC if you get off work before 6? You clearly don’t have a job with health security or benefits — I’ll leave it at that.

NO SMART PHONE? CHECK PLEASE.

As shallow as that sounds? You will NOT be called back for a second date in New York if you whop out a flip phone. You can say I’m spoiled, go right ahead but this city is very materialistic and work friendly. Most people have jobs unless you work as a struggling artist (at which point you probably would need to shower AND buy a smart phone before we call you back), you have to have a smart phone for work. I’m JUST stating the facts here guys — and sometimes life’s a bitch.

FORGET IT BEING “LAUNDRY DAY” — SUNDAY IS DEDICATED TO DOMESTICATED SHOPPING

If you are not at The Container Store or Bed, Bath, & Beyond? You clearly left town for the weekend. I literally wait in lines outside of Container Store to get inside on Sundays, it’s a bit ridiculous when you think about it. I wait in a 30 minute line to get an underwear separator? Yes, yes I do.

The Start To My Novella on NYC’s Public Transportation

In Uncategorized on October 2, 2010 at 7:01 pm

I will first and foremost make the very obvious statement to anyone who knows me that I am public transportationally challenged? Does that work? I’ve lived in let’s see here San Francisco, New York and Boston and could count on a set of hands how many times I in fact used public transportation. Perhaps my horrible encounter with a bag lady carrying a live chicken on my ONE San Fran bus ride stunted me for life? I really don’t know — all that I do know? Is that me and the Subway/T/Muni? Are not friends.

So… now that I’ve switched offices of work in the city, I really have no option but to commute — tear sad face. Here’s the thing, two weeks into trying this whole “subway” system? And I feel COMPLETELY confident I could write a full blown novella on the ins and outs of the subway system here in New York. I’m appalled? Fascinated? Concerned? All at once.

Here are some rules I have for the subway — and yes, even though I’m a newbie I can sure as hell still make some guidelines for all to abide.

If you have a bag, ladies, no problem. Do not however, bring a bag onto the subway the size of a small toddler. It not only is WILDLY not necessary (unless your office doesn’t supply you a computer and you’re forced to bring your own PC from home) and it’s also wasteful use of cramped subway space.

Books — Ok, no. I have a Kindle — if I don’t have my Kindle I’m ‘pretending to be doing business’ on my phone. You do not have any right to bring a full fledged hard cover onto the train — sorry but you know it’s true too you’re just not admitting it to me right now. Reading hard backs should be a past time enjoyed solely in the comfort of your own home on your own goddamn couch.

Newspapers I can deal with IF folded — you’re clearly not Superman, able to read the entire NYTimes cover at once, therefore, it would be CONSIDERATE of you to do us all a favor and just close the parts you’re not reading. Thank you and goodnight.

Last but most certainly not least — people who bring food onto the train. Let me be as inoffensive as I can be with this here. If at 6:10 you’re having you’re “dinner” on the public subway bus? You’re most likely eating fast food. In that case? The last thing I personally want, when coming back exhausted on a hot crowded subway bus at 6:30 at night, is to smell your stinky ass $2.00 Filet-O-Fish from Wendy’s. Sorry. Enjoy it in the privacy of the public NYC bathrooms instead.

Scarpetta Restaurant — Two Thumbs Way Up

In Uncategorized on March 30, 2010 at 3:18 pm

Very rarely am I swept away by a restaurant — Scarpetta, however, swept me away. I have wanted to try Scott Conant’s restaurant since it opened a few years ago in the city. I love when a restaurant conjures up a lot of buzz — it makes me wonder whether or not it will live up to its hype. Most of the time the restaurant does not — but Scarpetta most certainly did.

For an appetizer, I had the Asparagus and Mussel soup — it was prepared flawlessly. It was a frothy green base (consisting of pureed asparagus) with a bit of truffle oil, pieces of asparagus and mussels. Deliciously smooth and appetizing.

For my main course I had the Black Cod with Caramelized Fennel and Concentrated Tomatoes.  When I say I left absolutely nothing on my plate, I am not exaggerating. The dish was flawless — it was the perfect size fish, delicious balance of sweet and acidic. Wonderful dish.

The pricing for the dinner was not as outrageous as I had been expecting either — with cappuccinos and wine included this meal was absolutely worth every dollar. If you’re in the Meatpacking District or even… any where in NYC and want a memorable meal, go to Scarpetta.

Scarpetta NYC, 355 W. 14th Street, New York, NY

www. scarpettanyc.com

This is what I do for my “internship” if you can even call it that…

In Food, New York City on July 22, 2008 at 4:24 am

Just got back from one of the restaurants Gita Group represents, L’Absinthe. Unreal experience. Granted? I was with the restaurants “hope” at gaining recognition, aka we were literally unloaded with every… single….extravagant dish Chef could concoct. The place is located on 67th, scene is very French, and the clientele is all upper crust people who live in the area. Pricey but well well well worth it, in my opinion. 

Let’s highlight some of the stronger appetizers, entrees, and desserts.. if that is even possible to do. 

Appetizers:  Lobster Salad with Guacamole, Casserole of Fresh Peas (Pea Shoots, Pea Dumplings, and Chicken Wings oddly enough) , and the seasonal Salmon Tartare 

 

Entrees: Orange Marinated and Glazed Black Cod, Signature Poached Chicken in Black Truffle Oil, and Steak Frites

 

Desserts: Profiteroles, The Daily Soufflé, and the Thin Crisp Apple Tart.