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Working in New York

January 9th, 2011 · 1 Comment

Last week I was working in New York again. It was long, long hours, but I did manage one night to meet up with Jeannette, Tien and Jessica for dinner. Jess had suggested maybe going to Hill Country Barbecue for dinner. Tien said that there was a spot across the street they opened called Hill Country Chicken that specialized in fried chicken and he’s been wanting to try it. I’ve been trying to eat better this new year for the wedding, so in the end we did a 360 and decided to check out Takahachi for sushi dinner. It was good and reasonably priced and didn’t make me feel bad about what I ate. But then…..

I’d told Tien earlier that I’d always wanted to go to a Momofuku restaurant. I actually mention in a 2008 blog post that I always wanted to go there. So Tien took us to the Momofuku Milk Bar for dessert. I didn’t feel bad, though. We ordered and split several things and everything was so delicious, it was so worth it.

Jess ordered old fashioned donut soft serve and it tasted exactly like a donut. Jeannette got a cornflake-marshmallow-chocolate chip cookie and horchata soft serve. Tien got a salty pistachio “fancy” milkshake which was spiked liberally with butterscotch schnapps and was delicious. Tien also got this:

Cereal milk? I didn’t get it. Then I took a sip. Wow. It tastes EXACTLY how your milk tastes after you eat your cereal out of it. Crazy.

I wasn’t sure what I wanted to get. It seemed like the thing to do was to get the “crack pie,” so that’s what I did. OMG. Crack. It’s so rich and sweet.. and totally addictive… like crack (or so I hear).

This crack pie is amazing. I’m kind of obsessed now. Thanks, Tien! I have located the recipe for crack pie and I vow to make it as soon as I can (after the wedding). Oh, and I just found this clip of Andersoon Cooper going on and on about how he loves crack pie. “I sent it to my mom,” he said. “My mom’s now addicted to crack — pie. And uh, yeah, seriously, my teeth are going to fall out. It’s like doing crack. After a while of doing it your teeth will fall out.” FYI, Anderson Cooper’s mom is Gloria Vanderbilt.

Ah. And watch this… when Martha Stewart visits the Milk Bar and the pastry chef there, Christina Tosi, makes crack pie with Momofuku chef/owner David Chang.

Zowie! And now I just found out you can order Milk Bar’s cookies and pies online. This is no good. Don’t do crack kids, even if it’s just a crack pie. Moral of the story.

Anyway….. what else?

I mostly just worked and worked. The Bloomberg office is at 59th and Lexington and on this trip I stayed at the Renaissance New York Hotel 57 on 57th and Lexington. It was nice and close and they had these cute mirrors in the elevators.

Small rooms, but clean and modern. Pretty bathrooms. I liked it.

I ate probably half or more of my meals at Picnic on 57th. Everything at Picnic is good and it is close to the hotel, close to the office. I didn’t have to think about where to go. One of my coworkers goes here every single day and orders the same salad. While the salads at Picnic are great, I got a few, they also have really good sandwiches, soups and sushi. And my favorite yogurt for breakfast, too!

And on Thursday… LGA waiting for the plane to take off. It was such a long week. I just stared at this thing for like 20 minutes.

Finally. Sky Mall. I saw these shoes. In the ad they are described as having a “slick speed of life logo,” but all I could think is that the logo looks like sperm.

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Working in New York

December 18th, 2010 · No Comments

This week I was in New York working on a new account I’ve been assigned to, Bloomberg Sports. Their office is located in Midtown East. It is a crazy busy building, a big corporate office, but very modern and contemporary. It reminded me of Google a bit in the way that they have all the free snacks and drinks you can think of. And they are very green and make as much as they can compostable. The sports area has big flat screen TVs that play ESPN all of the time. People randomly shout out “So and So was taken by fill-in-the-blank MLB team.” Interesting. I’m not a huge baseball fan, but sports is a really cool account to be on. I am learning a lot on this project so far and am looking forward to my work in the upcoming weeks. BTW, I’m working on designing iPhone portion of our project, so that is fun.

The office is located a block south of Bloomingdale’s. While I didn’t really have time to shop, I did pause for a moment to look at their holiday windows and to take this short video.

You can almost hear the music playing over the taxi cab horns. Oh, New York.

While I was out there I also managed to get a really horrible photo taken for my security badge. I don’t think the camera at the security desk knows how to take a good photo. Everyone’s photo is pretty horrible. They only have to wear it around their neck every second of every working day. Pretty much you’re wearing the worst representation of yourself.

My photo makes me look like I have a Hollywood Bumpit or that I’m doing a Snooki impersonation! I looked in the mirror right after this photo and I DID NOT look like this in real life!

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Dinner With Jeannette

June 13th, 2007 · 7 Comments

Last night I met up with Jeannette at Kasadela on 11th and Avenue C, which is basically Japanese small plates… or a fancy izakaya. My first experience with izakaya was when Ryan took us to Tokkuri-Tei in Honolulu earlier this year. I like it. It’s fun to order drinks and small plates and share.

Busy Bee Cake @ Black Hound Bakery
Busy Bee Cake, Black Hound Bakery, East Village, Manhattan

After dinner we tried to go to Chikalicious, a dessert bar on 10th and 2nd, but it was closed up and only open on Wednesday – Friday Sunday. Instead we stopped by Black Hound Bakery on 11th and 2nd to share a little mini Busy Bee Cake, which consists of three layers of chocolate butter cake, two layers of almond butter cake, two layers of bittersweet chocolate mousse and on layer of marzipan… all covered in marzipan and bittersweet chocolate and decorated with marzipan and almond petal bees. It was so delicious, but so rich that we couldn’t finish it even though it was the tiny mini version.

Afterwards I walked Jeanette to Union Square, at about 14th and Park, where she caught the train home to Long Island City in Queens. Feeling like I’ve been eating far too much dessert without any exercise, I walked up to my hotel at 48th and Lexington Avenue. It was a long walk, but not hard. The hardest part was that I was carrying my laptop bag and it started to get feeling really heavy.

Grand Central
Grand Central Station, Midtown East, Manhattan

I haven’t seen friends much in the two weeks that I’ve been in New York on business so it was good to see Jeannette. Also, I love the people I work with, but it was nice to have one night away from the office.

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