Archive for January, 2007

Walken ’08

January 26, 2007

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Despair.com

January 24, 2007

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cravings

January 19, 2007

I’m on a food kick.  I love a good home cooked meal, but I also really enjoy finding a nice restaurant with little hidden talents.  I know I’ve said before how much I miss some of the food back home, but I am also quite content with the local nosh here.  Is it possible for Sonic Tater-tots and Chic-fil-a waffle fries to be replaced by Gray’s Papaya dogs and Chat n’ Chew mac & cheese?  I’ve bragged plenty of times to my friends in NY about Bodacious BBQ and Country Tavern, so maybe it’s time (after inspiration from a really cool blog) that I taunted my hometown homies with a few of my favorites here?

Smorgas Chef
2 words.  Swedish Meatballs.  These have absolutely nothing to do with spaghetti.  Oh my God, Becky.  They rock.  And that’s just the appetizer (or main course if you like).  They have an amazing Alaskan Grilled Salmon and a pretty darn tasty rack of lamb.  Remember that crazy Swedish Chef on the Muppet Show?  Yeah, he knew what he was doing.  If throwing fish and talking gibberish produce food like this, then more power to him.

Rino Trattoria
A popular lunch spot for people around Times Square.  They have a real nice lunch pri-fix.  I’ve been there twice and both times the service was very good.  I had the Lemon pepper chicken and pasta once and the Lasagna the second time. 

Chat n’ Chew
This is a fun little spot with 2 or 3 locations in the city.  My favorite is the first one I went to on Union Square.  It’s got a strictly American feel and it’s a lot of fun.  Vintage decorations everywhere and even the menu is fun to read.  And without a doubt the best mac and cheese in Manhattan.

Virgil’s
When I miss home, I come here.  Great ribs and steak and as good a chili as you’ll ever find up here.  My soul is torn between their BBQ sauce and Bodacious’.  I may never make up my mind.  The service is always excellent too.  Yankee tested, Southerner approved.

Heartland Brewery
Many of my long day’s at work are ended here.  My favorite location is the one seen here on the corner of the Empire State Building.  They have a really good plate of Nacho’s and plenty of TV’s to watch whatever game happens to be on.  But the star of the show is their selection of home brewed beers.  They have a group they always have and seasonal brews that rotate every couple of months.  I like originality and, well, it’s the best thing I can find since I can’t get a good Shiner up here.

Grays Papaya
I couldn’t find a decent website for these guys.  In short, the best hotdogs in the city (don’t even bother with the street vendors) and for the best price.  2 dogs and a drink for less than $5.00.  “The friendly New Yorkers”

Well, I guess that’s it for my Wannabe Food Critic entry.  If you’re local and reading this and ever want to check one of these places out, give me a call.  Hey and if you know of any other great places in town, by all means drop a line.  

Love y’all

J

pigeon crap

January 14, 2007

Central Park

Here in front of Bethesda Fountain in Central Park, I have for my entertainment and viewing pleasure gorgeous scenery.  The fountain itself is beautiful, while the water flowing off the bronzed angels in the center creates a very calming sound.  It’s fall, early winter and the leaves on the surrounding trees are all shades of orange, red and yellow.  Children are laughing, running and playing and generally being way too cute to handle.  A goose just honked behind me to say hi.  And of course, let’s not forget the perfect breeze.  Not too warm, not too cool – just enough to lightly blow my hair and shuffle the pages of my journal.

And I’m watching the pigeons on the ground 5 feet in front of me.

The pigeons.  The street chickens of New York.  I’m watching a group of about 10 carry on what I assume is an average pigeony existence.  There must be something about this time of year that turns male pigeons on, because half this group of city-fowl have their necks all puffed out showing shiny purple and green and they’re all following a smaller lady pigeon with heads bobbing rapidly and jumping around like crazy.

The lady pigeons are cracking me up.  They couldn’t care less about this retarded mini-peacock parade.  And it’s not like a ‘playing hard to get’ care less, it’s a ‘screw you and give it up loverbird’ care less.  And tell you’re friends too.

The males?  They could care less as well about the girls’ reactions to their advances.  They came to party and that’s just what they’re gonna do.  I wish I had that kind of determination with women.  If ignored or rejected, they just turn around and start bobbing toward another one.  (Not unlike most guys in bars I guess)  I’ve always been one to take a hint pretty quick and then give up.  Of course, most of those guys that won’t give up in a bar share about the same brain processes as male pigeons: “Eat, sex, eat, run!!  Eat, sex, eat, poop, sex, eat, poop again, eat, sex, run!! Eat. . .”

However, perhaps there’s something to be learned here from the pigeons.  Don’t give up, keep going.  If you know what or who you want then let them know.  There’s not one possible question in the lady pigeon’s minds as to what the male pigeons’ intentions are.  In turn, the women are direct and obvious and don’t lie to protect the guys feelings.  I bet a guy pigeon has never had a lady pigeon look at them and say, “Let’s just be friends.”  And you know why?  Cause pigeons can’t talk.

So you go guy pigeons.  Don’t let ‘em get you down.  And thanks for the lesson in perseverance. 

Blog This Way

January 11, 2007
I don’t usually do surveys, but this one was kind of fun.  Feel free to edit it for yourselves and repost.  Thanks Karen!

Choose a band/artist and answer the questions only in song TITLES by THAT band:

 
Aerosmith
 
Are you male or female: Adam’s Apple
 
Describe yourself: Dream On
 
How do some people feel about you: Crazy
 
How do you feel about yourself: I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing
 
Describe your current significant other or crush: What Kind of Love Are You On?
 
Describe where you want to be: Back in the Saddle
 
Describe what you want to be: Livin’ on the Edge
 
Describe how you live: Jesus is On the Main Line
 
Describe how you love: Sweet Emotion
 
Share a few words of wisdom: Get a Grip

holidays

January 4, 2007
Good news!  I survived my holiday trip.

I had an absolutely wonderful time once I finally got there.  It started pretty rough though.  Due to the tornado warnings and lightning storms in Dallas last Friday night, my 8:20 flight out of LGA was cancelled.  The next available flight they could get me on was 11:00 the next morning.  The good news was I was put on priority reserve for a 6:00am flight.  The bad news was I needed to hang around the airport for any updates if I wanted to make it.  So I spent a sleepless night at LaGuardia.  Around 4am I find out that the flight I was hoping for was cancelled as well.  At least I had my 11:00 flight though.  Of course, at 10:00 that was moved to 1:00 in the afternoon.  Eventually I made it back to Dallas around 4:30 and back to my parents around 10 that night.  So after 19 hours in the airport, 4 on the plane and 4 in commute after landing I lost a day.  

But I can honestly sit here now and tell you it was all worth it to see my family.  My niece is getting too adorable to handle and just being home is so relaxing.  I didn’t have much down time while I was home but the time spent was quality time for sure.  The only place I got to eat from my list was Texas Roadhouse.  I did make it to Johnny Carino’s which is always nice.  But I was home for the company more than the food. 

Now I’m back to the proverbial grind and it has fortunately been a slow week for me (which is great because I’m still exhausted).  I’m going to try and keep this weekend as low impact as possible.  Laundry, cleaning, sleeping, movies, church and football.  Next weekend I may treat myself to a museum here in the city.  I saw “Night at the Museum” while home.  It was wonderful and it probably had the desired effect from the producers and made me want to go back again.

God bless all y’all

J