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Month: May 2011

NYC day 4

NYC day 4

We joined J and M on their last day off of the holiday weekend (Monday) and headed to Madison Square Park via taxi.  While on the ride we saw the only street accident (a cab  rear ended) of our entire trip.  Something quite significant considering how fast the cabs drive around.   Half a block later we saw a podium facing the street with Chuck Schumer waiting to speak in front of the cameras.  Just a regular morning in Manhattan. We…

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NYC day 3

NYC day 3

To start our Sunday we followed M and J to one of J’s favorite restaurants, Pastis, in the meat packing district (which is now quite trendy).  We were all surprised by the price of the food.  J very generously picked up the tab for us.  Everyone but me got to have the eggs benedict over waffles (or something – in Sam’s case I think it was eggs over meat).  They looked delicious (and the non-yolk portion that I tried of…

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NYC day 2

NYC day 2

On our second morning in New York City we let M and J lead the way.  We took the subway up to Harlem to eat brunch at Melba’s with J’s friend’s S and N.  Most ordered the chicken and waffles.  I ordered the omelet as I do at every breakfast restaurant.  (I similarly order chile relleno at every Mexican restaurant) The food was well presented and delicious but can’t touch the breakfast vittles I’ve had at places like More Than…

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NYC day 1

NYC day 1

Friday morning Sam and I ate at COSI (no, not the Columbus, Ohio museum), a really bad choice we’d find out considering the wealth of decent food our friends would later recommend – and places just a few blocks away we’d later find.  After finishing our wilted salads and tiny half sandwiches we boarded the subway and headed to Battery Park.  We couldn’t figure out where to go at first and we were worried about missing the boat as we…

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NYC day 0

NYC day 0

On Thursday afternoon Sam and I flew to New York City to visit her friend M (who had very generously invited us to stay at her apartment in mid-town).  When we walked out of the airport to find our pre-booked towncar at 1am EST we discovered a “pick ups” lane at JFK that was nothing like LAX (or any other American airport I’ve seen).  Typically in airports (and LAX has an army of security officers to enforce this) the pick-up…

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Saturday May 21

Saturday May 21

On Saturday Sam and I hiked in Griffith Park with her coworker Sara.  We started going the long way up to the top of the mountain (Dante’s Peak) by the observatory.  We turned right when nearing the top though and went instead to Dante’s View, a garden with benches on the slow trail to the back of Dante’s Peak. In the evening we went to two gallery openings.  Our first stop was at the corey helford gallery for the Folkman/Samaras/Huot…

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Byron Visit

Byron Visit

On Friday night Byron and Christine flew in to Los Angeles for the weekend.  After picking them up at LAX we headed to Shamshiri. The next day started off at More Than Waffles in Encino.  Then Byron and I walked around Silverlake and EchoPark (which included Danny Devito and Rhea Pearlman, who live in Echo Park,  siting in a garage at the top of the hill hanging out with hipsters) while Christine ran in Griffith Park and Sam did some…

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Art Walk May

Art Walk May

The number of “Events” happening at or around the Art Walk is growing.  However, the amount of “art” at the Art Walk is shrinking.  Many of the older galleries are now closed.  The “citizen art park” regular area was closed and the booths were moved across the street.  There are now only three galleries which we consider worth even visiting.  Every once in a while BlueCanvas has a show as well, and that is usually the best show of the…

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Liberal Elite

Liberal Elite

This is what Sam cooked for dinner at 9:45pm on a Friday night after we got back from the gym: I couldn’t help but think that we were playing into some kind of republican stereotype “liberal elitist”  fantasy… a couple of 30 somethings with MBAs eating lobster for dinner in Los Angeles at 10pm on a Friday night after working out in Beverly Hills. The only thing that would have made it better is if we had wine (but, alas,…

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