I got back from my long weekend trip to NYC on Monday. I love visiting that city and don’t do it nearly enough. Mrs. C and I usually try to take a road trip in the Spring to just recharge our mental battery after the long winter but for NYC it’s easier to fly in then worry about parking the car in the city.
We were there from Friday to Monday and had some amazing food. Here’s some of the highlights:
You can’t visit Manhattan without having a slice (or 12) of pizza. A lot of people recommend Joe’s Pizza but I didn’t get a chance to try it on this trip. I got my slice from Patzeria’s Perfect Pizza and it was delicious.
Le Relais De Venise L’Entrecote. The original location is in Paris and I love this concept. You don’t get a menu at all (well, you do get a wine list). All they serve are steak frites with a side salad. They ask you how you want your steak and when you’re done eating your first portion, they slap another portion on your plate. It’s fairly inexpensive and the green sauce is addictive.
Brunch at Cookshop in Chelsea. That’s a fried egg sandwich with pickled jalapeno cabbage slaw on top. I think we just stumbled upon this place as it was opening and decided instead of walking the High Line, that brunch would be more fun. We weren’t wrong.
Pictured above is a cookie, not a muffin. It looks like a muffin top. But I don’t care what it looks like because it was one of the best desserts I had in NYC. Mrs C said there were too many chocolate chips in it which makes me question my entire relationship with her.
The combo sandwich from The Halal Guys. I forgot to take a picture of the sandwich because I was too busy stuffing it into my face. We stayed at the Sheraton in Times Square and the Halal Guys have a bunch of carts on 6th and 53rd which we walked by and always saw a line. The smell almost made me cancel a dinner reservation a few times to give it a try. We finally did try it on the last day before we left for the airport and I’m still thinking about that sandwich. Mrs. C got the combo platter over rice and that was just as good. Their yelp page has over 8,000 reviews and I can definitely see why after trying it.
Which kitchen appliance (besides, the usual, fridge/oven/microwave) do you use a lot?
Besides my toaster and drip coffeemaker which are everyday things for me, I use my panini press just about whenever I make a sandwich. And the Delonghi pump espresso maker comes in handy for an afternoon espresso/mocha in the afternoon or when there’s a blizzard raging outside the house. Like right now.
Another report about how Trump is looking to boot Spicer:
The Trump administration got off to a busy start following the president’s inauguration on Jan. 20, 2017 and it is reportedly seeking a new communications director to “lighten the load” of White House press secretary Sean Spicer, according to sources who spoke with CNN.
Sources told CNN the president is not thrilled with Spicer’s performance over the last few weeks. (Perhaps President Trump is more upset that Spicer was portrayed by a woman on SNL last week.)
How long do you think he has? Leave your estimate in the comments. I’ll say he’s gone by March 2nd.
How will you be impacted when the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare, it’s the same fucking thing) is repealed?
I receive healthcare insurance through my employer. Of course, if I lose my job, I’ll lose that coverage. I am a resident of Massachusetts which had passed a version of Obamacare before Obama was President thanks to Mitt Romney (which was extremely strange during his presidential run when he was against Obamacare despite already implementing it in his state but politics). I’m not sure what the impact will be on MA residents if Obamacare is repealed.
There are just too many questions out there for the long term.
What’s something that may be trivial but you can’t get past?
Jimmy Fallon for me. Fuck you Jimmy Fallon and your orange dictator hair tousling fingers.
What are your goals for this year?
I really don’t do the resolution thing because I constantly am giving myself goals throughout the year to work on. I don’t hate the idea of New Year Resolutions though. I think after the stress of the holidays, the first few days of the new year are a perfect time to get back to work on things.
So my new year resolutions are the same as they were heading into December, but I’ll just have some time to focus on them.
1. Stay active at the gym. A few years ago I dropped 60 lbs (I went from about 250 to 190) and I’ve managed to keep that weight off but it isn’t easy. I have to watch what I eat and stay active. In the warmer months this is easy. This time of year though, getting to the gym is half the battle.
2. Become fluent in French. I’m fairly fluent when it comes to writing and reading french but when it comes to conversation, I need a LOT more practice.
3. Cello! I started taking cello lessons 2 years ago. About the same time I started french actually. And I’m getting better but still don’t think I’m “fluent” in it. I need more practice. A LOT more.
What are your current hobbies?
Cello. I’m on year 2 of lessons and I love it. Currently working through Bach’s Cello Suite no. 1 (Working on the courante). Outside of that, still practicing my french and my latest addiction, Battlefield One which is infuriating and addictive. (Drop me a note in the comment if you play it)