Hey NYC – What the heck is in that backpack?

 

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Seriously, what the heck are you dragging around in there? I have often wondered that myself on a daily basis here in NYC as I see people from all walks of life wearing backbacks nowadays. Growing up I never wore one of these things. In fact, I never even owned one until recently when I received it as a reward for a charity event I participated in. I used it once to carry my necessities to the Tough Mudder I did a few months back. Now it sits in a corner of my closet gathering dust and taking up space. I just don’t get why so many people see fit to wear these things every day back and forth to work or wherever they are going. I hate carrying around anything extra with me, or on me, when heading out of our apartment. I like to be loose and free. It just irritates me to no end when some of these backpack morons push into a crowded subway car wearing these things and blast me with it. Common courtesy dictates one takes it off when we are all packed in like sardines in the human orgy and non-consenting grinder that is the NYC subway system. Bad enough when some weirdo stranger, smelly dude, or over perfumed lady is rubbing up against you in a not so convivial or welcomed manner. Hey, rush hour on the NYC MTA will certainly force you to know your fellow New Yorkers up close and personal whether you like it or not! Having a backpack slammed into your face is even better! Not! I almost went all “road rage” on some hipster doofus the other day who kept hitting into me with it but refused to take it off. Really, what is so important that you need this thing attached to you? What are you hiding in there? Hmmmmm…….. Continue reading

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Philly Cheesesteaks & Craft Beer in NYC? Oh yes, at Shorty’s!

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Over 20 craft beers on tap – check!

Sports shown on the large 20 flat screens all around – check!

Beer flights – check!

Friendly service, back patio, and most of all delicious Cheesesteak Sandwiches – Check, Check, and Check!

Hello Yorkville! Another great new biz that was surely needed along 1st Avenue up near where I live in NYC and a great addition to the hood. Shorty’s Cheesesteaks brings the mouth watering comfort food staple of Philly right up here to NYC. No need to head 3-4 hours down the Jersey turnpike to get a bite of one now since it’s right up here in my backyard. This could be a blessing and a curse! Deez damn cheesesteaks are just so dang delectable!

The selection of crafty brews here makes it so easy to wash down a great cheesesteak sandwich. Actually, 24 in total served nice and cold. Last time I was here I tried out a flight of beers in the above picture which was a terrific choice. Loved my first taste of a sandwich at Shorty’s. A big key is the exceptional bread they serve it on – light, soft, and a bit crispy at the same time. The juicy meat and gooey cheese is packed inside and tastes oh-so-gut-busting-belt-loosening gloriously orgasmic! I could really eat two in one sitting. Don’t judge! Hey, this ain’t no Weight Watchers meal here! Dig in and don’t count calories! Continue reading

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Disenchanted! Snow White & her Princess Posse invade NYC!

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Warped, witty, sexy, and sassy take on the Disney Princesses that would have Walt Disney rolling over in his grave!

I’m always up for some culture, along with some laughs, and off-Broadway sometimes offers the best of both worlds. Was more than happy to attend a performance of Disenchanted! as part of a Yelp night event. When I read about the show and found out the storyline was a take on the Disney princesses I knew it would be hilarious – and it was! I’ll admit that I am a Disney fan and have seen all the movies, been to the parks, bought all of Dark Lord Mickey’s merchandise, etc, so this was a no-brainer to be a part of.

The stage setup is simple with just a few props and backgrounds which works perfectly, and compliments the actresses just right for each of their numbers. The St Clemens theater is simple in itself and you get the impression you’re sitting in a school study hall with comfortable stadium seating offering a great view of the stage. Good acoustics and AC too which was surprisingly welcomed. Easy to get to off of Times Square and it’s located in a church. Yup, a church. No frills setup for sure, but very effective and intimate. Worked extremely well when they got the audience to participate in a sing along competition. Yes, that happened. If you are sitting as a couple in the front row center area you might become a focal point in all this. Be prepared to sing! Continue reading

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Hey BRAH! Get your BRO-TEIN at Fuel Grill & Juice Bar NYC!

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Hey BRAH! I found another good spot to get in some excellent BRO-TEIN when trying to eat clean and healthy!

When you are pumping the iron your GUNS need PROTEIN to rebuild massive muscle BRO! Mammoth amounts of PROTEIN, wrapped in PROTEIN, and then even more PROTEIN. Dude, it’s all about the BRO-TEIN!!!

Hellz yeah! I am so stoked to have stumbled upon this Fuel Grill & Juice Bar location recently after a night hanging out in the Hells Kitchen NYC area. After some bar hopping and debauchery I needed a fix of BRO-TEIN to replentish my depleted massiveness BRAH!

FUEL is a tiny little place with a few tables to sit at but they pack a pretty large menu of low-fat, low-carb, healthy, and vegan choices to choose from. Wraps, Salads, Energy Plates, Low-Carb Energy Plates, Smoothies, Shakes, Fresh Squeezed Juices, Sandwiches, Salads with lite/fat-free dressing, Low-Carb/High Fiber, and All Day Breakfast! There are so many ways to get in your BRO-TEIN! Dude – they even had a lage flat sceen showing It’s a Charlie Brown Christmas when I feasted here. That BRO is still the man! He needs to lift though and lay the smack down on Lucy. Just Sayin’. Continue reading

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New Year’s Resolutions, Frozen, Squirrels & Hangovers in NYC!

10409387_10152872711523486_9007701862672997175_nLook, I’ll be the first one to admit that it’s hard to pass up a night out on the town here in NYC. Put a booze filled cocktail in front of me along with a great steak dinner and Phil is a happy boy! I just can’t give up going out with my friends, or meeting up with them at some hot spot for a fun time. I know I have some of the “Peter Pan complex” in me. I just can’t grow up. Maybe it’s because I refuse to. I see too many people that once they hit their 30’s and 40’s they kind of give up on the things they loved along the years. Not saying that everyone needs to be hard partiers their whole life, but I kind of see the alternative as a bit boring too. I know major life events change people – relationships, marriage, children, etc – but do they have to give up on everything they did before that? The fun stuff?

I’m sitting here in my fav weekend cafe where you’ll normally find me with my computer, and on my third cup of coffee trying to shake the hangover cobwebs out of my head. Still thinking about the terrific happy hour last night in an underground lair where I drank way too much, then followed by a jaunt across town in the rain to a steakhouse to end the night with more cocktails and engaging conversation over a medium rare mouth watering filet mignon. Somehow stumbled home around 1:30 and fell into the bed. Did I drink too much last night? Maybe? Spent too much cash? That steak and sazerac cocktail was sure worth it. Do I regret not just going home, hitting the gym, then calling it a night? Hell no! Life is short and time to play is a must. Everyone deserves a cheat day now and then. Mine was last night. Back in the gym today and be good. Maybe at my age I should slow down a bit. Nah! Even though recovery takes a little longer nowadays I refuse to give in to age. You know that saying about “aging gracefully”? I call bullshit on that! There is a big difference of being older and being old. Being old conjures up images of retiring to Florida, watching the grass grow, and hitting up the seniors specials for dinner. Not me, no way. Heck, I know people around me that are already old and they are a lot younger than I am. I’ll fight it and party on until I’m dragged away kicking and screaming. Still love going out, attending heavy metal concerts, lifting weights, travelling, dancing, eating well, and enjoying everything NYC has to offer. Why stop because you get a little older?

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You can Bite me anytime in NYC!

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A sandwich almost as good as an afternoon sex session that you don’t want to end, but you know that you have to get back to work after slipping out for a little afternoon delight!

Such is the allure of Bite located in the Gramercy part of NYC. Small funky sandwich nook that offers up big flavors. Dropped in for lunch one sunny Fall day and fell in love with this place instantly. Nice amount of sandwich options, soups, combos, hummus, panini’s, salads, bruschetta, and Mediterranean tinged delights. Friendly guy behind the counter took my order, told me to take a seat, and he would bring it over when ready.

I ordered a soup and sandwich. Sitting at a table in front with the windows opened up wide it made for a comforting warm meal with a nice cool breeze blowing in. The soup was terrific. Nice sized bowl of hot mixed vegetables and bread on the side. The sandwich was just awesome. The Exotic Tuna with curry, golden raisins, red cabbage, baby carrots, organic greens and plum tomatoes on whole grain bread. The tuna was just delicious, and the bread was firm, crispy, and covered with seeds. Love soft as an easy chair….. Continue reading

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Popping my oxtail cherry at Feroza’s Restaurant Roti, Bronx NY

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My huge plate of oxtail goodness!

My first time ever eating Oxtail. So good. I’m so full. Gonna explode.

You have to hand it to these little hole in the wall ethnic spots hidden way up in da Bronx which serves authentic Caribbean, Indian, and Trinidadian eats. Sure, the hood it resides in might be a bit shady for some of those who are less adventurous to ascend all the way uptown out of their comfort zones, but for those who take the gamble the rewards are gastronomic pleasure.

A few of us decided to make a pilgrimage to Gun Hill Brewing company to check out their brews, which are terrific by the way, and then before heading home grab a bite to eat. Thanks to the handy dandy Yelp ap we found Feroza’s Restaurant Roti and took a chance on this little dingy nondescript place close to the subway. Walking in the decor is nothing to look at, and you wonder how hygienic the place really is. Yet, these are exactly the type of eateries where you can score the most delicious and authentic foods. The menu is small here, and only offer a handful of items, but they are the standards such as curry goat, roti, and oxtail. It’s not a destination spot but one where you grab your plate of deliciousness and head off to devour it somewhere else. Continue reading

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