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NYC Restaurant Week

Posted by cher on July 21st, 2009

It’s that time of the year again! Restaurant Week has actually been going on since last week – love that they extend it for three weeks. For those of you not familiar with the event, over 200 restaurants around the city offer three-course prix-fixe meals: $24.07 for lunch, $35.00 for dinner. It’s an amazing deal; many are upscale, well-known (meaning expensive) establishments. It’s a great opportunity for people (like yours truly) to dine somewhere they normally can’t afford. You can find more information on the history of NYC Restaurant Week here.

My girlfriends and I are going to Aspen (the restaurant, not the city) tomorrow night for dinner. The concept and decor is actually based on a cozy Aspen ski lodge, complete with a fireplace and mounted antlers. I’ll be back with a review and pictures.

You can find a complete listing of the restaurants participating here; you can also view some of the menus. Go make reservations (until July 31st) and enjoy some yummy food!

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So, there’s a new website out there – Eats.com – whose mission is to be “The nation’s leading restaurant information portal providing an interactive community for young foodies and the restaurants we frequent.” (SourceHappy hour and speed-dating events are so passe; it’s now all about meeting people based on your passion for culinary delights. The website caters to many major cities. You can rate and review restaurants, communicate with other “eaters,” write your own blog, and upload photos of you favorite foods. It’s like the foodie version of Facebook or Myspace.

The Post writes, “With so many New Yorkers doubling as culinary experts…it’s not surprising that the singles scene is similarly food-obsessed.” The paper also says that, “if you don’t know your sunchokes from your ramps, then go back to Jersey.” Umm, guess I’m hightailing it to NJ….?? Whatev Post, no need to be so snobby.

I’m kind of skeptical to refer to it as a “dating Web site” like the article does. Eats.com does not refer to itself as a dating website, nor does it have the normal “success” stories associated with matchmaking. It seems to me to be what I said before – a Facebook/Myspace-like site with a common interest: food. I personally am not that impressed with the site. Considering the acclaimed review it got in the Post, you’d figure they’d at least have some upcoming events posted. Alas, under Featured Events: No events schedules. You can, however, read a blog by Mona entitled, “Detox Diary,” in which she details the side affects of her green morning drink, as well as her bladder problems. Ew.

NYC Jameson Ads

Posted by cher on April 9th, 2008

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 So, I saw these ads on the train yesterday morning and suppressed my urge to laugh out loud at some of them. I think they’re geared more toward locals, but anyone who’s ridden the subway a few times can appreciate them.

“Maybe the ads give tourists something to look at. So the guy in the map seat can get a break.”

*Note: I never sit in the map seat anymore because people are always hovering over you to stare at the map. I have issues with people in my personal space. (I know, personal space issues in NYC? Ha.)

“Maybe because it’s more polite to read this ad than your neighbor’s newspaper.”

“Maybe people drink Jameson because they like to share it with people. Not like that guy sitting between two seats.”

*I hate that guy! And the guy who spreads his legs so far apart I’m allowed only half a seat. An airplane ticket only gets you one seat…a swipe should allow you only one as well.

“Maybe it’s because there are nine wrong ways to swipe your card. But no wrong way  to enjoy a Jameson.”

*Haha it is kind of entertaining to see people unable to swipe their card correctly…unless you happen to be in line behind them.