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New York Odds and Ends

June 14th, 2012 · 1 Comment

Just a few final images from my week in New York.


Pretty view from our office on the 45th floor. Williamsburg Bridge and Brooklyn Bridge.


This sculpture, entitled “
Red Cube,” by Isamu Noguchi is located in the plaza outside our office building.


Noguchi’s Red Cube has a hole in the center, angled down. When you look up into it you see our office building.


Also in the plaza are about a dozen food carts. In the morning they have breakfast offerings, but at lunch they mostly all switch to street meat/halal/middle eastern.


This looks disgusting, but it was delicious. I ordered chicken over rice and opted to get the white sauce, but not the hot sauce. They asked if I wanted chick peas and I said yes. I guess the salad and fries are extras. It reminded me of the cart that Jeannette and Yvan took us to a few years back, although that cart, 53rd and 6th is regarded as the best. I was wondering then if the photos were disgusting or delicious-looking. Ha.


My temporary badge on the first day had the worst photo.


On the second day there was no photo at all. Whew. I was afraid I’d be stuck with that terrible photo forever.


One morning I was getting ready for work at the hotel. I had Good Morning America on and when I looked up I saw Liz’s brother, Greg, was on, playing guitar with Joe Walsh.


If you ever think that the train stations in Chicago are looking shitty, just visit New York’s. West 4th isn’t even that bad. Some of them are so gross and leaking mystery liquids!


Had a couple mini black and whites, a favorite cookie that I hadn’t had for years.


I was so happy for Bagel Friday in the New York office because we had REAL bagels!


Kobeyaki had meh sushi. I realized right after I ordered that they seemed to be better known for their bowls and other things, but it was too late. Cute restaurant. I’d go back and order something else.


The World Trade Center was a block away from the office and I walked past it often. Interesting to see how the rebuilding is progressing.


This is One World Trade Center, formerly known as the Freedom Tower. When it is completed in 2013 it will be the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere and the third tallest building in the world.


I was walking around and was drawn to this sculpture/fountain, immediately recognizing it as the work of Jeff Koons, whose work I saw at the MCA a few years back.


Federal Hall National Monument was built in 1842 on the site of the old Federal Hall, which was built in 1700 as New York’s City Hall and was later the first capitol building of the United States and the site of George Washington’s inauguration.


The MetLife Tower glowed at sunset.


And at night too.


Going over the Brooklyn Bridge on the way to the airport.

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Annnnd… a few more weeks in Boston.

April 30th, 2012 · No Comments

I was in Boston last week and two weeks before that. I have totally lost count of how many trips I’ve made to Boston, but it has been pretty consistently every week or every other week since from the beginning of February through the end of April. Let’s hope these were my last two trips!

I have been staying at the W Hotel a lot. I like it, their customer service is great, and it’s not too far from my Boston office. Both of these weeks I had non-standard, oversized rooms. The first room was oddly shaped and next to the elevator bank. It wasn’t loud and it was nice to have the extra room. Too bad the view was so crappy!

The second time I also stayed at the W and had a big room. It was on a corner and had almost 3 full walls of windows. The view over there was much better!

And here’s how you know you’re staying in a hip, trendy hotel:

The W Hotel has a packet with condoms, lubricant and mints in the mini bar.

One day my coworker Ranee and I were walking to work and we happened upon the Paris Creperie food truck. We decided we just had to try a crepe.

We split the La Vie en Raclette crepe which was an oregano-infused crepe with Yukon gold potatoes, garlic sauteed mushrooms and onions, raclette and guyere cheeses and ham. Half a crepe was plenty, as you can see from this photo. On another trip to Boston I passed by the truck again and got the same thing, but ate the whole thing. It was so filling I didn’t eat lunch that day! So so so so delicious, though. This was the best crepe I’ve ever had (both times!) If you see this truck, you have to stop. Or, they have a storefront you can visit too!

One night I went out with some of my coworkers for happy hour at Kingston Station. I worked later and got there late and they seemed a bit tipsy when I arrived. To point, they decided that drinking this absinthe would be awesome.

I passed and focused on these truffle fries instead. Gruyere cheese, scallion, truffle oil and aioli? Yes, please! I also had some mussels there. All really good. This seems like a popular spot after work, but by 8 p.m. I think we were the only ones still in there.

Finally, FINALLY!, I was able to finally meet up with friends on one of my Boston trips. For dinner one night I met Ross and Chelsea at Bistro Du Midi, a restaurant nearby the W Hotel that they had been wanting to visit. This place was great. I found the ambiance to be really relaxing and with interesting design details. And the food was great. We split some fried artichokes and olive tepenades. For my entree I got a roasted monkfish with grilled and roasted eggplant, tomato, capers and olive oil. Super good. For dessert Chelsea and I split a hazelnut milk chocolate cake with salted caramel ice cream. Also very good. But, more importantly, I got to catch up with Ross and Chelsea, who I haven’t seen since July of 2011. So nice to see them again!

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Todd’s New Years Eve Party

January 2nd, 2012 · No Comments


Vanessa, Chelsea, Kelly, Todd


Dallas & Marty


Damian & Rachelle


Kelly’s concoctions


We played a lot of Pictionary.


The girls won!


Big man, little dog.


Poor Bella


Larry & Adam


Getting ready to ring in the new year.


Noisy Kelly


One champagne, one sparkling wine.


Lilia & Larry just after midnight


Kelly & Todd


Rachelle & Dallas


Chelsea & Kelly


Marty, Josh & Lynda


Kelly, Brett, Lynda, Rachelle (& Todd)


I don’t know what happened to Steve here.


Adam & Katjie


Adam & Dallas

Around 9:30 we left Jen and Chad’s party and headed down to Wicker Park where Todd was hosting a party. We did this same thing two years ago when Todd hosted a party, and sort of did last year, except the party was at Frasca, not Todd’s house. Dallas brought our Wii over the night before and we all played that. We also played some good, old-fashioned Pictionary. We each put in $10 and the girls won all the money! Kelly made some delicious jello shots with real cherries in them and some fantastic mystery punch.

At midnight we toasted with Dom Perignon and some Sofia by Francis Ford Coppola Winery. A few people have asked me how the Dom was, since it’s known to be expensive and one of the best champagnes. To be honest, it tasted like champagne. Good champagne, but it was the only one at the party so I couldn’t compare and I’m not a huge connoisseur of champagne. Katjie, on the other hand, said she loves champagne and that it was great, so I’ll take her word for it. I also really liked the Sophia sparkling white.

I don’t know what happened after midnight. It’s a bit of a blur. Haha. Someone (ADAM!?) had my camera and took about a thousand photos. Dallas said I took them, but I’m in a lot of the photos, so that can’t be. Anyway, fun party. Great New Years Eve overall.

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