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6 Days on the East Coast

May 23rd, 2013 · No Comments

Day 1:

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My trips these days always begin with tortas from Frontera at O’Hare. YUM!

Day 2:

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The view from my New York hotel. Empire State Building on the left!

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After a long day of meetings, my team went out for dinner at Brasserie Les Halles. This is the French restaurant that is the home base of Chef-at-large Anthony Bourdain. I had the French onion soup and the cassoulet (a French casserole with a white bean base, three kinds of sausage, duck confit and pork belly!). For dessert I had chocolate mousse that was made with Valrhona chocolate, a high-end French chocolate. Everything was SO delicious. My coworkers and I just kept commenting how great everything was!

Day 3:

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There was a Dean & Deluca cafe just down the block from my hotel. Very different than the Soho market I used to visit, but still very good when I stopped by for breakfast.

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The Roundarch Isobar office is not far from the Word Trade Center. This is One World Trade Center, otherwise known as “Freedom Tower.” Just a few days earlier, “on May 10, 2013, the final component of the spire was installed atop the skyscraper, making One World Trade Center tentatively the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere and the third-tallest building in the world by pinnacle height, with its spire reaching a symbolic 1,776 feet (541 m) in reference to the year of American independence.” Look at how incomplete the building was about a year ago when I was in New York.

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Security badge photos are the worst!

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The East Coast has the best seltzer. I used to drink the Adirondack seltzer when I was traveling to the Boston office a lot last year.

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The Garden was around the corner from my hotel.

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Going to meet up for dinner at Chelsea Market… Ze Olde Office is across the street.

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Chelsea Market

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I was a little early so I walked around Chelsea Market….

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…. and went to my favorite chocolate shop, Jacques Torres. Remember when we got a personal tour from the man, himself?!?

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I met Jess, Tien, Jeannette, Yvan and Juliette at Giovanni Rana Pastificio & Cucina in Chelsea Market. This was Juliette’s first dinner out. She’s only 4 weeks old!

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I had ricotta ravioli with asparagus and it was served in a crispy Parmigiano Reggiano bowl! The food here was so good. All of the pasta was freshly made on site!

Day 4:

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I left New York to go to Boston, but before going to the airport, I met up with Jeannette and Yvan and Juliette for coffee.

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Juliette is so precious! Only a month old!

Day 5:

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Dallas used to live in Boston and I spent a lot of time there last year so it was fun to walk around and talk about places we both had visited. This building is behind a plaza where I used to visit food trucks at lunch. It wasn’t painted like this last year!

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Dallas showed me this place, Chau Chow City where he used to go to dim sum with Billy and Ging and Josh. He said it was the best dim sum in Boston. Funny because I used to walk past this place every day when going from my hotel to the office.

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Dallas loves Anna’s Taqueria, so we had to go there for lunch.

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After lunch we walked around Beacon Hill and then through Boston Common, where there was a Youth Pride event going on.

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I stopped at the Intercontinental Hotel to use the bathroom and we ended up staying for a while to watch the Blackhawks lose to the Red Wings.

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That night we went to Colleen’s wedding. More on that later!

Day 6:

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I had to head out of Boston in the evening, but before doing that, Ross and Chelsea picked us up and we went to visit Matt and Molly. We’ve hung out with their daughter Lucy many times, but it was our first time meeting their identical twins, Theo and Quinn!

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I’m holding Theo and Dallas has Quinn. They are about three months old.

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Uncle Ross, Lucy and Quinn.

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Aunty Chelsea and Lucy were picking flowers in the backyard. We had an impromptu barbecue and sat outside to eat. It was so nice out. And Matt and Molly’s whole yard is in full bloom. I especially liked the lilacs and they have a ton of them!


Excitement at the airport in Boston. I was just sitting there when all of a sudden flashing lights and an alarm went off… throughout the terminal. Everyone just acted like it was nothing but then I saw some firefighters walk by. A few minutes later the alarms turned off. False alarm?

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In the cab home. I never noticed the vomit clean up fee.

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Space Shuttle Enterprise Makes Its Way to the Intrepid

June 11th, 2012 · No Comments

Last Wednesday work stopped for a few minutes while we all watched the Space Shuttle Enterprise floating up the Hudson River on a barge on its way to the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum. We saw it pass by the Statue of Liberty and go on up the river to midtown.

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Worldwide Plaza: My Waymarker

November 21st, 2009 · 1 Comment

When I lived in Hell’s Kitchen I lived pretty much right across the street from Worldwide Plaza. Maybe not right across the street, but when I looked out my bedroom window Worldwide Plaza is what I saw. Because the building is distinctive, with a blue copper pyramid on the top, and because it meant “home” to me for so long when I’d just moved to New York and was still trying to figure out the lay of the land and orient myself, this building has become my wayfinder. It’s only 49 stories tall, so not the tallest of buildings, but has helped me out many times when I was in Midtown and unsure of which way to go.

Last week while I was in New York for the Web 2.0 Expo, I could see Worldwide Plaza from many of the places I was walking. One day we had a long lunch break and it was warm and sunny outside so I decided to follow it “home” to my old neighborhood for lunch.

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After my corporate housing ran out, Hell’s Kitchen was my first New York neighborhood. When I lived there I was just learning so many things and going through such a trasition. This neighborhood always brings back a rush of emotions for me. It’s where I learned about living with a Craigslist roommate, how to orient myself in Midtown, what it’s like to have super who doesn’t care if both your heat and hot water don’t work at the end of November, how to eat and drink in public places by yourself, how to go a long holiday weekend without seeing one person you know (not counting the deli guy), how to eat 100 different cuisines without leaving the street I lived on. It was hard. But it was also exhilarating. Every day, every second was something new and I was constantly on the go. Just walking. Just looking.

A lot of things in the neighborhood have changed, but many have not. There’s still The Delta Grill, where I took my parents when they visited. Still Westside Sushi, the restaurant I lived above and never went to. I preferred the fast and casual Go Sushi. Zanzibar was a place I really liked to go to at night. Loungy, but later did have a lot of dance music. Great chocolate martinis. Maybe my first chocolate martini. I remember drinking one with Kelly. And I remember Match.com dates here and I remember losing my voice when I was really sick but still went out with all the girls. We were screaming over the music to talk. And the Amish Market. I was obsessed with the Amish Market. I have no idea why it’s called the Amish Market, since it’s an international gourmet supermarket, but I loved it. I couldn’t afford it, but I loved to look. And maybe buy just one thing at a time to try.

I was happy to see this was still outside of Rudy’s:

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I find it hysterical that they’re officially called Rudy’s Bar and Grill since the only food item I remember them having is a hotdog that had been rotating on the warmer for what seemed like years and they were free. Maybe back when they opened (in the 30′s) they had more of a food menu, hence the “Grill.”

In the photo below, my bedroom window is the one in the red building, farthest to the right and on the second floor. Right above the sushi restaurant. My window had no screen, but I kept it open a lot and would sit and watch the world go by. 7 Brothers Famous Deli was MY deli. True story: When my parents first visited me in NY I introduced my dad to my deli guy, the most important man in my life at the time.

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Across the street from my old apartment is The Coffee Pot. I used to sit and sit there and read and pass time. It was like on Friends, I thought. I remember a cute guy who worked there. He told me he was from Trinidad and Tobago. I had no idea what that was, but I think I liked it.

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Finally, my destination. Go Sushi for lunch to take back to the conference center and eat before keynotes started.

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It made me happy that all of these places were still around. I had fun walking down this memory lane, literally.. they are all on 9th Avenue. It made me miss it so much, at the same time knowing I’ll probably never move back. It’s nice know I’ll always enjoy every trip I take anyway.

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