Urban Mudder NYC tomorrow and Make A Wish charity!

 

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We get to play Batman on this one! Photo Credit – Urban Mudder!

I can’t believe it’s going to happen tomorrow!

That is, of course, me making a fool of myself again for a good cause. Miles of running broken up by jumping, climbing, crawling, and hanging over and through a dozen or so obstacles created by a bunch of evil madmen.

Seems like I just can’t give up doing stupid stuff to my body and putting it through some sort of hellish physical ordeal each year now. After my experiences these past few years completing a Warrior Dash and a Tough Mudder you would think I’m pretty well versed with obstacle course and mud runs by now. I thought I was. Here I am entered to participate in an Urban Mudder happening right here in NYC on July 25th and I still feel all anxious and nervous a bit! I have been hitting the gym and getting my running game in gear these past few months. Funny thing is I normally hated running, but after going out to jog 5K’s multiple times a week I think I am actually starting to enjoy it after all these years. Shudder the thought, right? Continue reading

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Muy Delicioso! Get your Mexican fill at El Paso in El Barrio NYC

 

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Muy Delicioso! Living far uptown on the Upper East Side right below Spanish Harlem it’s a quick trek for us to head a bit north and discover some new joints to dine at in NYC.

As we decided during a nice day on a past weekend to wander around East Harlem a bit and hang out in El Barrio we definitely got hungry for a good dinner and craved some tasty Mexican eats. That is when we came across El Paso Restaurante Mexicano.

What a wonderfully decorated restaurant! You can tell they put some time and effort into the decor here – artwork, statues, ceiling beams, lighting, colors, nice bar and tables, etc. Even the bathrooms with a communal sink area had a cool design. There is even an enclosed outdoor back room which was also nicely decorated and looks like it would also be great for parties. It all projects a feeling of warmth and coziness. Continue reading

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You just can’t fix stupid, and more blogging nonsense in NYC!

 

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Wait, where have all these blog posts come from? The madness of my mind surprises even myself at times.

Lately, I have not had a lot of time to keep up on my blogging adventures. Little things such as everyday life kind of get in the way. Earning a living, family dealings, going outside and actually having a life, etc. It sometimes gets kind of hard to keep up on things. So I apologize to my readers out there if my postings have been sporadic at best, and commenting back has been hit or miss. Things have calmed down a bit and I will be dropping by to see what you all are up to very soon. In the meantime, I just want to offer a big thanks to all that have stayed with me along the way through all of my gluttonous meals, drunken exploits, and rantings of NYC craziness.

I just happened to take a peek at my WordPress stats and tools to see what has been going on. The spam filter is working and caught a bunch of junk, I had a few plug-ins to update, and then I noticed one big thing that caught my eye. I had hit 400 blog posts! Holy crap when did that happen? Now, I know it’s not a huge number to many bloggers out there who seemingly have a ton of time to post something almost every day, but to me that’s something to celebrate a bit. I remember when I started this mess of a blog I had no clue what I was doing. I had a vision of the niche I wanted to develop for myself and it had to be unique. After all, you don’t find too many male bloggers out there with a lifestyle, food, and humor blog all rolled into one. Along with the 400 posts are also thousands of comments that have accumulated along the way. Again, I thank all who have read and commented. I am humbled that some actually enjoy this mindless babble.

Hopefully, I can hit the next 100 posts and people will still like what I am doing here. Even if I will need to post shots of myself in assless chaps, or pics of my junk to keep your attention. This fame whore will earn it, baby! Continue reading

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Dominick’s – An old school Italian joint in Da Bronx, NYC

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Old school Italian joint in Da Bronx.

NYC used to be a haven for Italian spots like Dominick’s up in the Bronx. Very old world, and kind of like eating at your great nonna’s home with the 70’s pictures hanging on the wood paneling in the living room while seated at the kiddie table. Man, that brings back memories.

Just a no frills place with little decoration or ambiance, long family style tables that you will share with others on the main floor, but it has a certain old school charm to it. Heck, they don’t even have a website. The bathrooms are upstairs on the second floor seating area which looks like a nice place for large parties, but I heard it’s hardly ever used. Continue reading

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The Times They Are A-Changin’ in NYC and Across the Land

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It’s been quite a week here in NYC and across the good ol’ USA, right?

As Bob Dylan wrote and sang so many years ago  – The Times They Are A-Changin’. Those lyrics are so appropriate for what has been happening lately. Especially in light of the Supreme Court’s decision which now legalizes gay marriage across all 50 United States. Now, as many of you know, I never, ever like to really discuss politics and religion unless it’s to poke fun. Most politicians are idiots no matter what party they are in anyway, so they are an easy target. I’m not an overly religious person to begin with. To me, it’s an evil subject matter, unless you pen a blog or column devoted to them. Then more power to you. I just see both as a subject that causes more pain, anger, and arguments than any other across the globe. So I usually steer clear.

Yet, when it comes to this I feel different. I feel as if this is a momentous decision, and one that has such a profound affect on not just this country, but the world. I want to write about it. There has been a shift in humanity. A shift in reasoning. A cause for celebration. After all, more than for political or religious reasons this is a human rights decision. One that should have been made long ago. I have always said “Live and Let Live”. It still boggles me as to why so many people get so uptight and freaked out over two people of the same sex marrying. Who cares? They aren’t hurting anyone. They aren’t hurting you. They want love, compassion, and happiness just like anyone else. No matter who they sleep with, live with, kiss, or hold hands with. No matter what a legally binding piece of paper says with their names on it. Gay or straight don’t we all want the same thing? To be happy and live in peace? Continue reading

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Tippling a brew at Gun Hill Brewery in Da Bronx, NYC!

 

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Yay local craft beer in Da Bronx! Mmmm……beeeeeer.

Seems like craft beer brewing is all the rage nowadays, and I’m all for it! Why drink some sort of plain light beer that resembles barely yellow water with little flavor when you can enjoy a full-bodied flavorful brew? Just to save a few calories? Really, that’s no reason to sacrifice your taste buds when you can be sipping a cold Cherry Tree Ale, Thunder Dog Stout, Schuyler’s American Wheat, Indian Field Pale Ale, or Void of Light among the rotation of seasonal offerings at Gun Hill Brewing Company in the Bronx, NYC.

It’s a bit of a hike to get up here but if you’re willing to make the journey you will be well rewarded with some terrific tasty quaffing. I have noticed breweries and distilleries popping up all around the NYC area from Brooklyn to the Bronx. Each with its own unique personality and offerings. It harkens back to the golden age when New York City was the mecca for beer breweries. Ruppert Brewery, Schaefer, and Rheingold, among others across the boroughs used to rule here. As a beer lover it’s heartwarming to see the success of businesses such as Gun Hill, Brooklyn Brewery, Six Point and their like doing well here. As a guy who lives in the Yorkville area of NYC which used to be known for an abundance of German beer bars back in the days before gentrification and high rises on every corner I appreciate the history, and also look forward to this new generation of breweries. Continue reading

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Be Fancy with Pinkies Up at King’s Carriage House in NYC.

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Yeah, sometimes I can be a bit fancy enjoying a spot of tea. (pic not taken at King’s but pinkies up anyway)

Yeah, we fancy. Or, at least we pretend to be once in a while. Most normally we have champagne wishes and caviar dreams to go along with our all too real beer bottle budget. That being said, I have no shame with using a Groupon for afternoon high tea in a fanciful quaint place featuring old world charm on the UES!

Even though we have lived in the neighborhood for many years we had never checked out King’s Carriage House on the Upper East Side of NYC. We decided to be a bit froo-froo one day and partake in their weekend afternoon tea here when I found a Groupon for it that was actually quite a good offer. Yeah, I can clean up a bit and be a bit fancy when it’s a good deal! Continue reading

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