Wednesday, February 28, 2007

I heart Ellen

Burger Showdown

Well, some of my pals and I have decided to embark on a mission. We are trying to find the best burger in New York City. As a quick web search will show, we are neither the first, nor really the most qualified to make this judgement. But that doesn't stop it from being super fun or just an all around good idea.

Last night we made our first stop. We tried Fanelli Cafe in Soho. Great atmosphere, kinda old-timey pub with fresh looking food, and a nice vibe. This place has been around for more than 150 years and it is no wonder why.

The burgers were fantastic.

Pros & Cons:
Pros:
The bun was amazing - an big square onion roll. One person (BABE) did not like the bun, though, saying it was "too crunchy."

The cheese on both sides - what a great touch! And it was quality, sharp cheddar.

The burger itself was juicy, well cooked, and crispy on the outside. I'm getting hungry just writing about it!

Delicious pickles.

Cons:
The fries weren't great. (They really weren't good at all.)
Skimpy on tomatoes. (Though D got three tomatoes on hers!)
The offering of white onions, instead of red.

Overall, the judges said:
(on a scale of 1-10 and giving a letter grade)
SJG: 7.5, A-
JS: 7, B+
DS: 7.5, B+ *** D had a salmon burger.
BABE: 7, B (It was good, but it wasn't any better than Corner Bistro, or Dalton's.)
Cod: 7.5, A- (I thought it was delicious.)

Overall score, then?
7.3. Definitely above average.

Fanelli's

94 Prince St., New York, NY 10012
at Mercer St.
212-226-9412

Sunday, February 25, 2007

Take me back!

Movie

Much like BFF, I watched a movie last night that was apparently not well received by the critics. M. Night Shamalamadingdong's Lady in the Water was totally different than any of his other movies. No big twist, no seeing of dead people or creepy children.
Instead, it was a fairy tale fantasy story about some lady who shows up in Paul Giamatti's *you know, the sad guy from Sideways* pool. Totally not scary, though there was a few jumpy scenes to keep you awake. It was a pretty entertaining movie, I'd say, and totally different from all the other movies you see out there. So if you're doing the whole netflix thing, I say go for it!

Friday, February 23, 2007

Haiku Dude Work is Hard Friday

Dude, I've been workin
like a crazy woman, dang!
things are going fast.

weekend is here, will
work on saturday but
not sunday, bitches!

Sunday night Oscar
party will be fantastic
because of Ellen.

Thursday, February 22, 2007

Television

Even if you hate television. Even if you hate singing. Even if you hate competitions.
Even if you hate televised singing competitions, you have got to admit that American Idol is one of the best things to watch on TV.

Dude, I was watching last night and MAN, some of those gals sure can sing! The banter between Ryan SeaFoam and Simon CowBell is totally ridiculous and sometimes embarrassing but otherwise, that show is total entertainment.

It's not the type of show I stay home for or rush home for, but when it's on and I'm home, I'm super stolked.

I won't even talk about the real best show on TV though - LOST of course - because it is too effing delicious for words.

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Quick Note

In my recent travels, I spent some time at a conference. At this conference, one of the mornings they offered a nice, hot breakfast. You know, eggs, bacon, croissants, homefries. Yum!

The bacon was super crazy, you guys. Like way too Bacon-y for me.

But not for the woman sitting next to me.

She split open that croissant, stuck in 5-7 pieces of fried up bacon and started noshin.

The end.

Monday, February 19, 2007

Southall

I'm working on my paper for that class I took in London. I'm telling wee stories about my trip to Southall, where the big Indian neighborhood is. Check it out.Southall Train Station
Crazy Indian Mannequins

The Reason for Federal Holidays


What could be better?

I don't know.

Friday, February 16, 2007

Blogger without Borders

Haiku New Look Friday

I read a story
In the New Yorker last night
About fisherman

They were lost at sea
For a total of nine months
Two guys died, three lived.

Can you imagine?
Luckily, they could fish well.
Sounds like Life of Pi.

Thursday, February 15, 2007

The Boo Radleys

Check out this band, they're great!

How can I put a song in this post? Does anyone know?

Thanks!

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

New

Well, this was a new sensation this morning. Being pelted with little tiny ice cubes on my way to work. Makes the best sound on the trash bags as you walk by them, but certainly doesnt feel great on the back of your ears. Ears!

What are your plans for today? Mine are to make full indian dinner and then watch LOST. Maybe Babe and I will toast with a glass of wine, before he has to go play Volleyball.

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

First Reaction

Whats your first reaction.

1. Beer: Effing delicious
2. Anorexic: death
3. Relationships: awesome
4. Your Last Ex: ancient history
5. Power Rangers: high school
6. Weed: mary jane
7. Air Freshener: work bathroom. ew!
8. Smoking: almost 2 years quit
9. The president: so stupid.
10. Fish: Cod
11. Cars: don't have one
12. Gas Price: california
13. Halloween: best holiday ever
14. Bon Jovi: new jersey
15. Religion: opiate for the masses* (Stole this one)
16. Myspace: stalker
17. Worst fear: something bad happening to my peeps.
18. Marriage: rocks the house
19. Paris Hilton: sidekick
20. Brunettes: hot
21. Redheads: BABE!
22: Politics: important.
23: Pass the time: chillin.
24. One night stands: fun for many.
25: Cell Phone: RED RAZR!
27: Pixie Stix: delicious.
28: Vanilla Ice cream: my favorite
29: Port a Potties: burning man
30: High: how high?
31. Pajamas: guitar pants!!!
32. Woods: Berkshires
33. Wet Socks: suuuucks.
34. Alcohol: The Pig.
35. The word 'love': Babe!
36. My best friend(s): are hilarious.
37. Money: 3 million dollars.
38. Headache: every month
39. Love: BABE didnt we do this already?
40. Time: 3:14 EST
41. Divorce: 50%

Thinkin

Supposebly we're getting snow tomorrow...I say Supposebly because Joey does...Big event last night, left all peeps here a little tired, you can tell...me, I'm a little tired, too...my stockings have a run in them, but i dont think anyone will notice...it's tuesday, and tomorrow is Valentime's day...I've got a valentime but no plans....I say Valentime because I think its funnier than regular Valentine...Watching LOST tomorrow night and going to Pilates tonight...I love it when things are like this, just real chill...Got my new grey shoes on today, first time I've ever had grey shoes...Is it Gray or Grey?...Doesnt really matter...Hope your day is going well...I'll hollar if I think of something...

Saturday, February 10, 2007

Hysterical

Even though I'm at work on a Saturday, there's always five minutes to cruise Myspace.
Check out this hilarious photo I grabbed from someone's page. It's only funny if you live in NYC. And you're not a hipster. If you're a hipster, don't be mad. I didn't write it.

Friday, February 09, 2007

Haiku Friday

Good morning to you!
Counting syllables on my
knuckles - oh Fridays!

Wonderful winter,
You are here with a vengeance -
So chilly and crisp.

Giving a training
all day long - should be good times.
Enjoy your day, dears!

Thursday, February 08, 2007

10 more things

Taken from BFF:
10 Firsts
1. First Best Friend: Talia - she lived across the street. Kitty corner if you will.
2. First Car: Me and Ang shared the Hyundai Excel. Makes me laugh just to think about that car. Man we drove it into the ground.
3. First Love: This one guy I knew.
4. First Vacation: Real vacay? Maybe when me and Babe went to Mexico in 2001.
5. First Job: Kinney Shoe Store in the Mall
6. First Piercing: My ears.
7. First Concert: Lisa Lisa and the Cult Jam at the Ventura County Fair.
8. First Record/CD bought: Pearl Jam 10.
9. First Real Love: Babraham Lincoln.
10. First Screen Name: Codfish
9 Latest
1. Latest Alcoholic Beverage: Too much red wine last night.
2. Latest Car Ride: Cab ride home, just in time to catch LOST. OHMYGOD IT WAS SO GOOD.
3. Latest Movie Watched: Ricky Bobby Talladega Nights.
4. Latest Phone Call Made: To the duplicating center.
5. Latest Jacuzzi Bath: It's been years.
6. Latest CD Played: A mixed CD made by one of my pals.
7. Latest Time You Cried: Reading Cupcake Brown, last week.
8. Latest Meal: Kashi Go Lean and some carrots for a 11am snackie.
9. Latest Curse: Dropped an F bomb earlier in regards to the computer people.
8 Have You Ever
1. Dated on of your best friends: Maybe. Man, this is nosy!
2. Been Arrested: Not yet...
3. Fallen in love at first sight: Yes.
4. Been in a T.V. program: Nah.
5. Had your heart broken: Here and there.
6. Said you love someone without meaning it: Prolly.
7. Made a prank phone call: Yes of course!
8. Shoplifted anything: Yes - magic mountain in the 8th grade. Then make up in high school. Member when Mia stole cards from Hallmark? Man, she was a thief.
7 Things You Wear
1. My super scarf.
2. Diamond Earrings
3. Wedding ring + my engagement ring
4. right now a bandaid on my funger.
5. converse
6. a belt
7. lipstick
6 Things You've Done Today
1. Showered
2. drank coffee
3. rode the subway
4. met with my boss
5. added together columns of numbers
6. this thing which is taking a long time cuz i keep stopping to do work.
5 Favorite Things
1. Raindrops on roses
2. whiskers on kittens
3. Bright copper kettles
4. warm woolen mittens
5. wild geese that fly with the moon on their wings
4 People I Can Tell Anything To
1. Babe
2. BFF
3. Ang & Sun
4. My Ma
3 Choices
1. Black or White? Black
2. Summer or Winter? Summer all the way
3. Chocolate or Chips? You mean like Lays? Cuz if its Lays, for sure those.
2 Things To Do Before You Die
1. See the world
2. Master Pilates
1 Thing You Regret
1. Racking up credit card debt in college?

Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Wednesday

A little stuck for writing ideas today (and as some of you may have noticed, I tried to pass of my 3-post Monday for a Tuesday, too).

So, without further ado, here is a collection of Meme's from around the Internet. If you have time, feel free to copy and paste onto your blog or in the comments below.

Favorite rock band?
Pearl Jam
Favorite 80s song?
Glory of Love
Favorite bassist?
Jeff Ament
Favorite male singer?
Eddie Vedder (God this is turning into a PJ love fest.)
Favorite female singer?
Gwen Stefani?
Favorite Beatle?
John Lennon
Favorite song for singing along?
Hotel California

And for further mindless fun:
Click here, put in your birthday and find out what songs were playing when you were born:

44 years 8 months younger than Yoko Ono, age 73
36 years 5 months younger than Bob Dylan, age 65
34 years 3 months younger than Mick Jagger, age 63
32 years 7 months younger than Eric Clapton, age 61
29 years 5 months younger than Stevie Nicks, age 58
22 years 1 month younger than David Lee Roth, age 51
19 years 3 months younger than Madonna, age 48
15 years 8 months younger than Jon Bon Jovi, age 44
10 years 8 months younger than Billy Corgan, age 39
7 years 7 months younger than Mariah Carey, age 36
3 years 5 months younger than Alanis Morissette, age 32
4 years 1 month older than Britney Spears, age 25

and when these songs were topping the charts
and these events occurred your age was:

Do Ya Think I'm Sexy, Rod Stewart: 1
Another Brick in the Wall, Pink Floyd: 2
John Lennon is shot to death: 3
MTV makes its debut: 3
Who Can it be Now, Men at Work: 4
The recording of We Are The World: 7
Walk Like an Egyptian, Bangles: 9
Didn't We Almost have it all, Whitney Houston: 9
Back In The U.S.S.R. is released exclusively in Russia: 11
Nothing Compares 2 U, Sinead O'Connor: 12
Emotions, Mariah Carey: 13
Fleetwood Mac perform at Bill Clinton's inauguration: 15
The Sign, Ace Of Base: 16
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum opens: 17

Monday, February 05, 2007

At the risk of belaboring a point...

Yay! Thanks BFF! Make your own word cloud. Whatever that means.

Happy Monday!

Did you enjoy the superbowl? I did. It was a good game. I couldn't hear all of the commercials very well, cuz we watched it from a bar, but I was tickled pink and super excited to see Dave and Oprah together! Hilarious!

Went to Jackson Heights on Saturday and had a fantastic Indian lunch at The Jackson Diner - all you can eat for $9.95. Who does that? Well, we do, and it was damn good. Particularly delicious was the fresh hot Dosa that the guy makes for you - similar to the omelette station at the fancy brunch.

By the way, it was 9 degrees when I left the house this morning - 9 degrees. That single digits people. I wonder if Babe made it to work or if he got frostbite? You know, Babe has had frostbite once. Something about saving a child from a snowstorm...

Friday, February 02, 2007

Haiku Friday

Whacha guys doin?
This weekend, I'm going to Queens
and watching football.

Not on the same day.
My head hurt yesterday and
it still hurts today.

Whose complaining though?
It's going to snow today!
Let's go toboggan!

Busy

Yes, we're all busy. But, if you're not reading (or even just perusing, like me) Go Fug Yourself, you're missing amazing pictures like this:
Yup. That's Bob Saget and the Olsen Twins. And for my money, it's priceless. (Does that expression work? Can I mix metaphors like that?)

Thursday, February 01, 2007

Libros



In this time between classes, I've enjoyed several books. Here they are, in no particular order:
East of Eden, which we don't have to talk about again at the risk of belaboring a point, but would you just read it already? Geez. I don't ask for much.

Also, The Tender Bar, which is a memoir about a kid who grows up without a dad on Long Island. This is a really funny book - like laugh out loud funny. It's also kinda sad, because the kid has grown up without a dad, but for the most part its just a nice, super easy read.

For me, it does beg the question about memoirs and who gets to write them. I am not generally a memoir reader. I love me some fiction novels - a nice rounded out story about whatever the author pleases that can take you out of reality or throw you squarely into the middle of it. Either one is fine with me. A memoir, though, is a story about one person's life. I think important people should write memoirs. But should 30 year olds with good jobs who live in Denver? I don't know, you tell me.

I also finished The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson which is a "true" story about a serial killer in Chicago who murdered all of his victims during the World's Fair. It's a pretty fascinating story because you just can't believe how much he got away with (the serial killer) and what the city of Chicago must have been like during those days. It's big on architects - like Frederick Law Olmsted and other guys - and big on inventions - like the Ferris Wheel. I recommend it for you all geeky types who like to read stuff about cities. One of you in particular might enjoy it, if they ever let you read anything other than law books. You too, dude.

And finally, I'm in the middle of two libros, which I'll just give you the names of and return and talk about when I'm done - one is Piece of Cake by Cupcake Brown and the other is The Inheritance of Loss of Kiran Desai.