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A Few More Days in New York

June 10th, 2013 · 3 Comments

Last week I was out in New York for work for a few more days.

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Like every trip, mine began with a stop at Tortas Frontera at O’Hare. I was actually kind of afraid I wouldn’t be able to stop because of timing, but then my flight got delayed an hour and I had more than enough time. I changed it up this time and instead of getting a torta, I got the tortilla soup and the fully loaded guacamole. The soup broth was really rich and flavorful. The guacamole was good, but getting all of the toppings was a mistake, I think. I’d stick to just one or two or none next time. Also, maybe it was a fluke, but the chips were SO salty.

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Even though my flight was delayed, I arrived early enough to visit with Jeannette and Yvan and Juliette (6 weeks old now, I think). The skies were bright and mostly sunny in Long Island City, so I don’t know what was up with the delays. It seemed fine on the Chicago side too. It didn’t even start raining in New York until later at night. Dallas was flying to Newark at the same time I was flying to New York and he had way more issues than I did.

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I stayed at an SPG property called the Element Times Square West, located at 39th and 8th. I booked the room because it was a good rate, but it ended up being pretty nice and spacious for a New York City hotel room. Not that I used it, but each room in the hotel had a kitchen with a big fridge, two burners, a sink, dishwasher, microwave, dishes.

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Even though I think the Element was on the lower end of the SPG spectrum, they still had the Heavenly bed that they have at the Westin, which was nice.

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The view from my room at the Element.

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Most days I took the subway to and from work, which made me feel like I was living there again.

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While at work, one of my coworkers was on vacation for two weeks so I used his desk. He has a pretty nice view of the East River, the Brooklyn Bridge and the Manhattan Bridge!

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The food in New York is always great! With my coworker, Stephanie, I had lunches at Flavors Cafe, where we got some great salads, and CRISP, a modern Mediterranean spot. My coworker from Chicago, Ranee, has been traveling to New York a ton and took me to Zaitzeff, a great burger spot. The menu is short and to the point, not straying all over the place with fancied up burgers. All the beef is grass-fed here. I got a cheeseburger with avocado and grilled mushrooms and it was amazing. Ranee and I split fries and neither of us finished them, but I was so full from the burger that I didn’t even eat dinner really! I think I had a fruit cup!

I also met up with Jess one night and we had dinner at Tia Pol, a tiny little Spanish tapas spot on 10th Avenue between 22nd and 23rd. I’d hoped to see her new apartment that she just bought and moved into the week before, but it was getting late. I was still glad we could catch up while I was in town!

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Lastly, but not leastly, the food highlight of the trip was when I finally visited Eataly with Ranee and her cousin, Isabelle. Eataly is a high-end 50,000 square foot Italian food market and shopping center. Mega chefs Mario Bitali and Lidia Bastianich teamed up with restauranteur Joe Bastianich (Lidia’s son) for this amazing creation. The shopping and the tasting rooms are all mixed into one huge crazy experience. You walk along and look at meats and cheeses and then theres and area to sip wine while eating meats and cheese. You’re looking at the bins of fresh produce, when you stumble upon the vegetarian restaurant. There’s seafood and freshly made pasta, a beer garden, an amazing bakery, meats and produce and a whole line of Italian desert stands. I could have spent all day there!

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In the end, we put our names in for the pizza and pasta spot and there was a wait, so we went to the vegetarian restaurant, sat at the bar and shared and artichoke that was BY FAR the best artichoke I’ve ever eaten. As we were finishing, with perfect timing, we were texted that our table was ready for dinner. I love gnocchi, but a lot of places screw it up, so I don’t order it too much, but I figured this was the place to get it. The gnocchi here was served with braised lamb shank ragu and was AH MAZE ING! To finish, I had the salted caramel gelato. OMG. So done. I’m sort of glad I don’t live in New York because I’d go broke at this place!

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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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Luke’s Lobster

June 13th, 2012 · No Comments


Luke’s Lobster


Jacqui ordering at the window.


Lobster Roll


Cape Cod Potato Chips


Maine Root Blueberry Soda

One day when I was in New York I tagged along with my coworkers RJ and Jacqui to go to Luke’s Lobster. I didn’t know what it was really, except that they had lobster rolls. When we arrived, there was a window you ordered from and then you just got your food to go. I think they had a restaurant with a small dining area, but we just did the window.

Luke’s Lobster offers a lobster roll, a crab roll or a shrimp roll, or a combo with half of each. I stuck with the lobster roll. I think you could also get clam chowder, but I didn’t. I got my lobster roll in a combo that included soda, chips and a pickle, although it should be noted that I never got the pickle. The chips were, appropriately, Cape Cod chips. The soda was Maine Root Soda. I could choose from root beer or blueberry and I got the blueberry. I never had blueberry soda before and I really liked it. I also really enjoyed the lobster roll. The chunks of meat were huge and you got a lot of it on the roll.

I liked Luke’s Lobster for something different for lunch, but it should be noted that this is not the cheapest lunch. My combo was $17, which is much more than I could afford to spend on lunch on a regular basis. Still it would be a good spot to visit once in a while.

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